After the success of last summer's series of free "staycation" programs and events offered at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), the all-ages Sketching in the Galleries Workshop is back by popular demand. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Museum's lobby at 7374 E. Second St. in Downtown Scottsdale.

The workshop is free and open to the public, and no previous drawing experience is necessary. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Visitors simply need to bring a sketch pad and pencil to participate. Though walk-ins are welcome, visitors may RSVP by e-mail to // --> // -->

‘Eat, Pray, Love' Girls' Night Out

Have a girls' night out with a premiere screening of Eat, Pray, Love and fun with your lady friends at the pre-party in Nordstrom court at Chandler Fashion Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

For only $25, enjoy beauty touch-ups and a fragrance bar by Nordstrom, mini-yoga sessions and valuable spa giveaways provided by Aji Spa, nail polish changes from Madison Avenue Day Spa & Salon, delectable hors d'oeuvres, desserts and summer mocktails and a ticket to the film, all while supporting a great cause - Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort is offering an all-inclusive escape. Reserve your stay by Aug. 12 and enjoy room rates from only $89 per night. To secure your reservation, visit or call (602) 225-0100 and ask for the LOVE2010 promotional code.

For more information, visit or call (480) 786-9307. To purchase tickets, visit

Valley Youth Theatre announces 22nd season lineup

Valley Youth Theatre's 22nd season lineup will include Grease, Aug. 13 to 29; Pinkalicious, the Musical, Oct. 1 to 17; A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, Dec. 3 to 23; Alice in Wonderland, Feb. 4 to 20; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, April 1 to 17. The 2010/11 season ends with a return to the newly renovated Herberger Theater Center June 10 to 26 with Annie.

Auditions for Pinkalicious will begin at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 North First St.

For auditions or ticket information, call (602) 253-8188, ext. 307 or visit

Fall classes stimulate creativity at Mesa Arts Center

Registration is open for fall classes at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Classes are available at various times starting between August and December, and a mix of classes and workshops are offered for all ages and skill levels.

For a full list of classes and to register, visit or call (480) 644-6520.

Film industry economic impact report

Despite a national and local recession and dip in total dollars spent, the Phoenix film industry remained relatively consistent with the number of jobs created in fiscal year 2009/10.

The economic impact of the film industry resulted in $25.5 million spent locally on film-related wages, construction materials and equipment rentals as well as non-film-related retail stores, hotels, car rentals and other businesses. This is down $9.5 million from last year. Although the number of jobs created was relatively the same, compared to last year, the dip in overall economic impact is attributed to smaller budgets for industry projects.

In fiscal year 2009-10, the Phoenix Film Office issued 146 film permits for projects including feature films, commercials, still photography, documentaries, music videos, corporate/industrial films, web casts and more. Overall, Greater Phoenix attracted 380 film projects to the Valley and employed 3,796 film-industry talent, technicians, carpenters, and crew; shot for 1,653 days; and accumulated 5,253 hotel nights.

Phoenix was the scene for 123 commercials, 42 still photography shoots, four reality shows, 51 television specials, 23 documentaries and 11 feature movies. Among the many projects in Phoenix, Hollywood headliner Will Ferrell starred in "Everything Must Go," which shot in the Arcadia neighborhood among other locations in and around Phoenix.

For more information about the Phoenix Film Office, call (602) 534-2295 or visit

Mesa Arts Center seeking artists

Mesa Arts Center is now accepting applications for the Sixth Annual Mesa Arts Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 1 E. Main St., Mesa. This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows artists to display and sell work to over 15,000 visitors looking to purchase unique gifts for the holidays. Customized packages are available. Ample volunteer and promotional support is provided to artists.

For complete artist details or to apply, visit For inquiries, call Shawn Lawson at (480) 644-6627.

SMoCA inaugurates the fall season with art and fashion

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is once again celebrating its newest fall lineup of exhibitions with a public opening reception bash on Friday, Oct. 8. The fete features five new exhibitions, curatorial gallery talks and mingling with the artists followed by a special fashion runway show highlighting Valley designer finalists competing for Scottsdale Fashion Week's annual Designer of the Year title. The opening celebration is a free, public event which includes a cash bar, DJs and dance entertainment.

Exhibitions on view for the opening include: Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum; southwestNET: photography and video; Modernity and Its Discontents; Jean Shin and Brian Ripel: Unlocking; Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri; and Bridges: Connecting Earth to Sky.

Scottsdale Fashion Week is Arizona's ultimate fashion celebration. The high-energy event celebrates fashion, lifestyle and fun. Up-and-coming designers join the runways with nationally and internationally renowned names. Emerging designers seeking a chance to launch their career at Scottsdale Fashion Week's highly publicized Nov. 4 to 6 event compete in a runway show hosted by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art during the Museum's October Opening Celebration. The winning designer will be selected by a panel of industry judges during the SMoCA competition and featured as the opening Scottsdale Fashion Week show on Friday, Nov. 5.

Designers interested in entering the Designer of the Year competition must submit electronically at by Aug. 27. Official competition rules will also be available online through the website. Finalists chosen for the Oct. 8 SMoCA runway show will be announced in September.

Donna Summer to headline Phoenix Symphony benefit

Five-time Grammy award winner Donna Summer will headline "THE Concert," the new annual benefit for The Phoenix Symphony featuring a grand evening of music, dinner and dancing, starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The annual concert previously took place on New Year's Eve. "THE Encore" dinner party will follow in The Ballroom at Civic Plaza with dinner and dancing featuring short performances by some of the Valley's most talented young musicians.

Tickets start at $500 and give patrons access to the entire evening's events from the cocktail reception to the concert at Symphony Hall, followed by the evening of dinner and dancing to the music of Affinity. Corporate sponsorships and tables are also available.

Since 1954, the annual benefit has raised money in support of the Symphony. Proceeds from this year's event will support The Phoenix Symphony's education, outreach and artistic activities.

For more information, call (602) 495-1117, ext. 422.

Childsplay program receives funding for early childhood educators

Childsplay, Arizona's award-winning theatre company for young audiences, is one of three Helios Education Foundation grant recipients for programs aligned with the Foundation's Early Childhood Theory of Change. Grants were awarded for development of programs which are designed to strengthen the literacy and language acquisition knowledge and education of early childhood teachers, professionals and other providers working with children ages birth to five. In addition to funding for Childsplay, other recipients include the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida, and Paradise Valley Community College in partnership with Central Arizona College.

Phoenix Symphony tickets on sale

Individual tickets for the Phoenix Symphony's 2010/11 season are now available by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visiting

This exciting season includes the US Airways Classics, APS Pops and Target Family Series with more than 200 concerts and presentations in downtown Phoenix and throughout the Valley.

The season will feature collaborations such as the semi-staged co-production "The Music Man" (Sept. 10 to 12) with Phoenix Theatre and "Elijah" (Feb. 3 to 5) with the Phoenix Art Museum. Other season highlights include "Boléro" (Sept. 23 to 25), "Handel's Messiah" (Dec. 9 to 19), "Brandenburg Festival" (Jan. 14 to 17), "Cirque de la Symphonie" (Feb. 25 to 27), the two-week "World's Greatest Piano Concerto Festival" (May 5 to 14) and "The Red Violin" (May 19 and 21) featuring Concertmaster Steven Moeckel.

During the Holocaust, the works of numerous composers were banned and entire schools of composition were eradicated while small pockets of music thrived in concentration camps across Eastern Europe. Throughout the 2010/11 season, The Phoenix Symphony will explore and perform many of these works for the first time in its series "Rediscovered Masters." These composers include such masters as Pavel Haas, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Hans Krása, Erwin Schuloff, Marcel Tyberg and Kurt Weill. Throughout the season, The Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will present a series of lectures, films and discussions around the Valley, linking the musical presentations to the cultural and historical themes of assimilation, modernization, destruction and remembrance.

More information about the upcoming season may be found at, and a free concert guide detailing the season is available by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999.

Chandler Symphony Orchestra sets 2010/11 schedule

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its upcoming season. Performances will be at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler unless otherwise noted.

Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11; 3 p.m. Oct. 10; 3 p.m. Nov. 14; 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes; 8 p.m. Feb. 4; 3 p.m. March 27; and 3 p.m. May 1.

In keeping with the underlying premise of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, all of the concerts in the Chandler Center for the Arts are free of charge. Donations are accepted to help defray the Symphony's operating costs.

For more information, call (480) 899-3447 or visit

‘America's Got Talent' nationwide tour coming to Phoenix, tickets on sale

America's Got Talent, NBC's hit television talent show, will launch its first ever nationwide tour this fall, taking the country's most dynamic and diverse entertainers to 25 cities, including the Dodge Theater in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Hosted by Jerry Springer, the spectacular live stage version will feature the Season 5 winner, who will be crowned during the show's season finale on Sept. 15. This show will also feature other dynamic finalists and fan favorites from the hit series.

Tickets are now available at

MAC seeks artists for Dia de los Muertos celebration

Mesa Arts Center (1 E. Main St., Mesa) is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration set for Oct. 30 and 31. The festival is a unique opportunity for artists to display and sell work at the mercado during this cultural event that draws in over 22,000 people. Customized packages are available. Ample volunteer and promotional support is provided to artists.

For complete artist details and to apply, log onto For inquiries, call Shawn Lawson at (480) 644-6627.

The house that Phoenix Theatre built

Phoenix Theatre's production team is currently constructing a three ton set for Noises Off, the first show in Phoenix Theatre's 90th Mainstage season.

Noises Off runs Aug. 25 through Sept. 12 at the theater at 100 E. McDowell Road. The show pushes farce as far as it can go, following the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe touring in a new, horribly-written sex farce called Nothing On. The show is complete with slamming doors, characters falling down the stairs, windows breaking and a plate of sardines that continues to go missing. Each act is packed with more laughs than the one before it.

Tickets for the Noises Off begin at $25 and may be purchased by calling (602) 254-2151 or visiting

Tickets now on sale for La Traviata and The Magic Flute

Phoenix Opera has announced that tickets are now on sale for its 2010/11 season, which will feature two of the most beloved operas in the repertoire. Mozart's The Magic Flute will be presented on Dec. 3 and 5, and Verdi's La Traviata on March 4 and 6 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

Tickets, $35 to $95, are available at Ticketmaster or by calling the box office at (602) 262-7272. Discount packages, when purchasing both shows, are also available by calling the Orpheum Box Office. Alternately, single tickets may be purchased from Ticketmaster.

Schools delivering arts education programs with few dedicated resources

The first statewide Arizona Arts Education Census shows that many Arizona schools have found ways to deliver arts education programs with few dedicated resources.

Results from the statewide research show that nearly 90 percent of Arizona students have access to at least one arts education program, but that half of the schools responding to the survey reported no budget for curricular support in arts education and almost eight out of 10 schools spent less than half-a-penny a day on arts education.

The Census, conducted between March 15 and Sept. 15, 2009 by New Jersey-based Quadrant Arts Education Research on behalf of the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, produced responses from 409 charter and district schools representing 236,645 students in every county and school district in the state.

Live 30-hour craft extravaganza coming to Phoenix

Ignite your creative passion and join members from across America for a Creative Home Arts Club 30-hour craft extravaganza set for Oct. 8 and 9 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave.

More information and registration is available at For questions, e-mail or call 1-877-893-7947.

Fab Faux offers Labor Day weekend concerts

Fab Faux, the renowned Beatles tribute band, will rock the stage with two live concerts over Labor Day weekend. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fab Faux concerts are the grand finale of the resort's summer-long Hollywood & Wine blockbuster festival. The nonstop fun, which will be an annual event at the resort from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, features celebrity bands in concert, celebrity winemakers uncorking their best, Hollywood professionals revealing their creative secrets, movie screenings, theater productions and much more.

Concert tickets are $25 (plus $2 processing). To purchase tickets or for more information on Hollywood & Wine, go to

For those who want to stay at the Arizona Biltmore over Labor Day weekend for the Fab Faux concert, or anytime during the summer-long festival, guest rooms are available at rates starting at $99 per night. All-inclusive packages that include guest room, meals, self parking, resort charge and more start at just $179. Book online at or call (800) 950-0086.

Trashy Sculpture Show announces call for entries

As a fundraiser for the Grand Avenue Merchants' Association (GAMA), the Bragg's Pie Factory at 1301 Grand Ave. will host the annual Trashy Sculpture Show on Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of the quirky Grand Avenue Festival. The Trashy Sculpture Show will be one of many events taking place during the all day event along the Lower Grand Avenue Corridor.

All work for the exhibit must be made primarily out of trash or recycled materials, with a limit of three pieces per contributor and an entry fee of $ 10 per piece. Works can be for sale (or not). The entry fees will go directly to GAMA, and if work is sold, 70% of the proceeds will go to the artist with 30% donated to GAMA. Children's projects are welcome; entry fees will be waived for school groups.

The exhibit will be on display at the Pie Factory for the festival as well as during October and November for the First Fridays and Third Fridays of the month.

For details, call Beatrice at (602) 391-4016.

Call for entries for Hanging Gardens, Woven Fences project

As part of this year's upcoming Grand Avenue Festival on Sept. 25, the Kooky Krafts Shop will be hosting a Hanging Gardens, Woven Fences project along Lower Grand Avenue. The $ 15 entry fee will be donated in it's entirety to the Grand Avenue Merchants' Association.

Artists/fabricators will be paired with property owners who would like to have projects installed on their trees or fences, with an emphasis on those that line Grand Avenue. A map of projects and participants will be provided to festival-goers. Participants are responsible for their own set up and break down at the end of the project.

For details, call Beatrice Moore at (602) 391-4016.

Calling teen writers, artists for Teen Zine

Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 who compose poetry, write short stories, etch cartoons or capture photographic images are invited to submit their works for publication in the 2010 Teen Zine, a Maricopa County Library District magazine that showcases original teen art and creative writing.

Deadline for submissions is Sept. 20, and up to three creative works per person may be submitted for evaluation.

Every district library is accepting entries. Entries can also be mailed to Maricopa County Library District, 2700 N. Central Ave., Suite 700, Phoenix 85004.

One of the arts submissions will be chosen for the Zine cover via website voting. Teens who want their art considered for the cover should designate their interest on their entry form.

Some short stories longer than the standard two-page submission will be accepted for web-only publication. Teens interested in submitting longer short stories should contact their local branch for details. Longer short stories should be sent via e-mail to or saved on disk and mailed.

The 2010 Teen Zine will be published and circulated in district libraries and other county government facilities by December. Entries selected for the Zine will also appear on the library district's website.

Visit for rules, additional submission guidelines and entry and release forms.

Entertainment at Wild Horse Pass

The following entertainers will appear at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5400 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler: Josh Turner, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; Brian McKnight, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22; Loverboy, 8 p.m. Sept. 10; and Sinbad, 8 p.m. Sept. 25.

More information or tickets are available at, by calling (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop at the resort.


ASU Herberger Institute announces 2010/11 events season

Engage your imagination during the Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts 2010/11 events season. Creative and professionally staged productions are offered in dance, guitar, music, musical theatre, opera and theatre.

Tickets range from $8 to $23, and single-event ticket sales begin Aug. 23. For more information on those productions and more than 700 additional exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, productions, recitals, screenings, symposia and workshops offered, visit or call (480) 965-6447.

Signed performances for the hearing impaired also are offered the first Sunday performance of each MainStage Theatre and Lyric Opera Theatre production. Signing must be reserved four weeks in advance. Listening devices also are available for all performances. Seating is available for patrons who have physical disabilities. To reserve signing, listening devices or special seating, call (480) 965-6447.

Single tickets available for Phoenix Theatre's 90th Mainstage Season

Single tickets are now on sale to Phoenix Theatre's 2010/11 Mainstage Season. Shows include Noises Off, Aug. 25 to Sept. 12; 3 Redneck Tenors - Broadway Bound, Sept. 29 to Oct. 17; Hairspray, Nov. 10 to Dec. 12; No Way to Treat a Lady, Jan. 12 to 30; Avenue Q, Feb. 23 to March 20; and Nine, April 13 to May 8.

Phoenix Theatre is located at 100 E. McDowell Road, just east of the Phoenix Art Museum at Central and McDowell.

Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased by calling (602) 254-2151 or pick your own seats online at Season subscriptions are also on sale with six show passes starting at just $120.

Free summer comedy series continues with top national comics

The Summer Comedy Series showcases headline comedians starting at 8 p.m. Fridays in the Ovations Live! Showroom at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

The series is featuring nationally accredited comedians including Tim O'Rourke (as seen on the Drew Carey Show) on Aug. 6, Vic Dunlop (as seen on the Richard Pryor Show) on Aug. 13, Carrie Snow (as featured in The Aristocrats) on Aug. 20 and Jimmy Della Valle (as seen in Without a Trace) on Aug. 27.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the resort's gift shop. Tickets are free with a complimentary Player's Club card.

Phoenix Boys Choir auditions resume in August

Auditions for the Phoenix Boys Choir will take place on Saturdays Aug. 21, Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 at 1131 E. Missouri Ave. Auditions are open to boys beginning at age 7 for the first two choir levels -Training and Cadet. Boys will be a part of one of America's largest and most prestigious choirs and will join 60 years of excellence, earn a sophisticated musical education, learn multi-cultural music and make lifetime friendships.

Eligible boys should possess an unchanged, clear and pleasant singing voice and a good "ear" for music. Previous choir experience is not required, and there is no need to prepare audition material. Families will be informed immediately after the audition if the boy is accepted and at which choir level he will begin. Boys selected to join the choirs will be invited to become active members of the choir directly following their acceptance. Scholarships and financial aid for tuition and other costs are available.

Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule an audition appointment. During the audition, parents and potential members will have the opportunity to observe a typical rehearsal and talk with current parents and choir alumni. Time will also be available to review the program and have questions answered.

For more information, visit or call (602) 264-5328.

Cult classic ‘Reefer Madness' returns to theaters

Fans of the legendary hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and Internet sensation are in for a hilarious night of live comedy on Thursday, Aug. 19, when NCM Fathom, Something Awful and RiffTrax team up again to present RiffTrax LIVE: Reefer Madness in More than 470 movie theaters nationwide. AMC Ahwatukee 24 will host a showing at 8 p.m. at 4915 E. Ray Road, with an encore on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $12.50.

The creative team behind MST3K - Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett - will reunite on the big screen for an evening of live riffing on the 1936 cult classic feature that warned generations of Americans against the horrors of excessive marijuana consumption. Audiences will also receive access to free digital goodies after the event including a downloadable short, avatars and a digital photo of the guys.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at

Bracken School of Irish Dance offers open house

An open house will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Bracken School of Irish Dance, 610 N. Alma School Road, Chandler (in the Jeanne's School of Dance studio). Visitors will be able to observe classes and instructors and championship dancers will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

Dancers compete in solo competitions as well as team competitions. At the Bracken School, under the guidance of director Thomas Bracken, lead instructor Alexis Hodel trains students from beginning level through championship. Hodel has competed on the world stage several times and has seen her students reach that level as well. The school emphasizes teamwork, discipline, friendship and a family community for all ages.

For more information, visit or call (480) 699-2455.

Upcoming Phoenix Symphony events

The Phoenix Symphony will present the following concerts at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.: The Music Man, Sept. 10 to 12 (family concert on Sept. 11); Brahms Violin Concerto, Sept. 16; and Bolero, Sept. 23 and 25.

For details or tickets, visit or call (602) 495-1999.

September at the Mesa Arts Center

Experience the rhythms, beats, sights and theatrics as the fall season kicks off from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, and new exhibitions open at Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA). MCA will feature artwork by contemporary American Indian artists and the entire Mesa Arts Center campus will take part in the celebration. Festivities will include free live performances by Mesa Arts Center's Founding Resident Company organizations in the four theaters along with Art Studios activities and demonstrations.

Live performances in September will include eight-time Native American Music Award winner Jana Mashonee at 8 p.m. Sept. 11; the Hanson - Shout It Out Tour 2010 with A Rocket to the Moon at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14; and NBC'S Last Comic Standing Live Tour: 2010 at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

Fall exhibitions include Transcending Traditions, Contemporary American Indian Artwork from Sept. 10 to Jan. 2; Mario Martinez from Sept. 10 to Jan. 30; and Installation by James Luna from Sept. 10 to Jan. 9.

For details, call (480) 644-6500 or visit

Chandler Center for the Arts announces grand re-opening season

After a yearlong renovation, Chandler Center for the Arts (250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler) is once again ready to host great performances this coming season.

At $6.7 million, the largest remodeling effort ever undertaken by the Center, completely revamped everything from the rigging system above, to the carpet beneath, and all the way down to the expanded offices and dressing rooms. The newly designed exterior features a new plaza and a welcoming, open design that shows the Center to all who pass by.

The Center's mission has always been to provide world-class programming for the area. With the state of the art equipment in place, the Center will be able to meet the requirements of leading Broadway performances.

The 2010/11 season is filled with magic! Scheduled performances includes: Michael Bolton, Sept. 10, 8 p.m.; Howie Mandel, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; Benise, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.; Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.; Alpin Hong, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Point of Grace, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.; ABBA Mania, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; In the Christmas Mood ~ Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Zoppé An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 ~ Presented By Steena Murray, Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 (times vary); Golda's Balcony, Jan. 23, 3 p.m.; Dancing on Ice, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Rita Coolidge, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Axis Dance Company, March 4, 8 p.m.; The Lennon Sisters, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; America's Favorite Cowboys Riders in the Sky, March 13, 3 p.m.; Frank Sinatra Jr., March 19, 7:30 p.m.; Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, March 26, 7:30 p.m.; Steve Wariner, April 2, 8 p.m.; Street Beat, April 8, 8 p.m.; Hotel California, A Salute to the Eagles, April 16, 8 p.m.; Spencers Theatre Of Illusion, April 17, 3 p.m.; and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, April 30, 8 p.m.

For a complete listing of shows, visit

2010/11 Chandler Symphony Orchestra performances

For almost 20 years, Chandler Symphony Orchestra has been serving the community by offering concerts to the public, free of charge. Families discover exquisite music of exceptional quality at an unbelievable price!

Concerts will take place at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, and are free, unless otherwise noted.

Concerts for the upcoming season will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at; 3 p.m. Oct. 10; 3 p.m. Nov. 14; 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes (for tickets, $10, call (480) 895-8766); Dec. 17 and 18 Nutcracker performances at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert (see for tickets); 2 p.m. Jan. 8; 8 p.m. Feb. 4; 2 p.m. Feb. 19; 3 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m. April 16; and 3 p.m. May 1.

For more information, visit

Childsplay offers school tours for upcoming year

Childsplay is a professional theater company for young audiences that performs publicly at the Tempe Center for the Arts. In addition to public performances, Childsplay has been touring all across the state to Arizona's schools since 1977, and the school tour program remains a cornerstone of the company today. Each year, Childsplay creates productions that are specifically designed to be performed in schools, libraries, community centers and other indoor spaces. Schools do not need to have a stage, lighting instruments or other theatrical requirements. Sets and costumes, sound equipment and actors pack into a van and come to your school.

An in-depth resource guide is also developed for each play to be used by teachers with students or parents with their children to deepen their appreciation of the theatre experience and to promote literacy and learning. Resource guides contain a plot outline, booklist for further reading, discussion ideas, puzzles and games related to the shows and curriculum-related pre- and post-show activities. They also provide ways to fulfill the Arizona Arts Standards in the classroom.

Two touring shows, New Kid and The Imaginators, are available for the 2010-11 season. New Kid is available October to December, and The Imaginators is offered February to March. Both shows are appropriate for grades K to six.

For more information on booking a school tour show, contact Jaime at or (480) 921-5751 or visit

MAC Foundation continues free-rent theater program for local arts groups

The Mesa Arts Center Foundation, in cooperation with the Mesa Arts Center, is continuing to offer a limited number of "free-rent" dates in the Mesa Arts Center's theaters. The dates will be available for use by local non-profit organizations who want to present arts and cultural education programs during the 2010/11 season. Not-for-profit educational institutions are also eligible for this offering.

The Foundation is currently soliciting proposals from local arts groups for its Arts and Cultural Education Sponsorship ("ACES") Program. An application is available at or by e-mailing

Sponsorships will be available for a single presentation on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next season. The Foundation will underwrite the theater rental costs and facility restoration fees that are normally charged for groups performing at the Mesa Arts Center. Technical and Front-of-House staff service fees will be the responsibility of the successful applicants.

The selection of sponsorship recipients for next season will be made solely by the Mesa Arts Center Foundation.

Summer program self portraits sought for Faces of Afterschool Art Project

Children and youth participating in summer programs statewide are being asked to create self portraits for possible display at an art exhibit this fall at the Children's Museum of Phoenix to raise awareness of afterschool programs in Arizona.

Through the Faces of Afterschool Art Project, young artists from 5 to 17 years of age can use any two-dimensional medium (paintings, drawings, prints, photography, digital art, collages, etc.) to capture their personalities. Artwork must be on 8.5 by 11-inch paper and submitted by Aug. 30.

Project guidelines, submission information and registration are available at

For more information about the Faces of Afterschool and about afterschool programs in Arizona, visit

ASU Art Museum hosting summer family exhibition

The 11th annual Summer Family Exhibition, What Moves Us: Art of Transportation from the Permanent Collection, is on display through Sept. 4 at the Arizona State University Art Museum at Mill Avenue and Tenth Street in Tempe. Learn about modes of transportation from paintings, sculpture and prints. Hands-on activities throughout the exhibition will get your imagination moving, too.

For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit

Phoenix Symphony opens season with ‘The Music Man'

Kicking off not only the 2010/11 APS Pops Series but the complete 2010/11 Season, The Phoenix Symphony will perform a semi-staged extravaganza of the award-winning musical The Music Man. This will be a historic collaboration with Phoenix Theatre, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership between the Symphony and the renowned Valley theater company. Performances of The Music Man will be at Symphony Hall on Sept. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visit

Other highlights of The Phoenix Symphony's 2010/11 Pops Season, sponsored by APS, include "Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes" (Oct. 1 to 3), "Hocus Pocus Pops" (Oct. 29 to 31) and "Home for the Holidays with Bob Moody" (Dec. 3 to 5).

Mesa Arts Center announces 2010/11 performing live season

The upcoming season at Mesa Arts Center offers a variety of unique experiences with a lineup full of laughs, legends and awe-inspiring talent from around the world.

On the schedule: Jana Mashonee, Saturday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.; Hanson - Shout It Out Tour 2010 with A Rocket To The Moon, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.; NBC's Last Comic Standing Live Tour: 2010, Friday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sheena Easton, Friday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Bellydance Superstars Presents: Bombay Bellywood, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; 4Troops, Saturday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Nikki Yanofsky, Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Eric Bibb with Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Vince Gill, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Ravi Shankar, Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.; Perlman and Bailey present Chopin, Liszt and Friends, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Eugenia León, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Celebrity Autobiography, Nov. 4 to 21 (two shows daily); Straight No Chaser, Friday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Richard Nader's Doo Wop, Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; Savion Glover: Bare Soundz, Sunday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.; The King's Singers, A Holiday Concert, Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas with special guests Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Lang Lang, Thursday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Menopause the Musical, Feb. 8 to 27; Joshua Bell, Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Girls Night, March 1 to 20; Canadian Tenors, Friday, March 4, 8 p.m.; A Vienna Gala, Opole, Philharmonic of Poland, Friday, March 11, 8 p.m.; Ricky Nelson Remembered, starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Steve Tyrell, Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.; The Aluminum Show, Sunday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Yasmin Levy, Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Great Big Sea, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.; and Septeto Nacional De Cuba, Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

The National Geographic Live Speaker Series will feature Ocean Adventure: An Evening With Jean-Michel Cousteau, Underwater Explorer & Conservationist, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; America's Great Wildlife Migrations, Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Exploring Mars: The Next Generation, Kobie Boykins, Nasa Engineer, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.; and My Wild Life, Mireya Mayor, Primatologist & Tv Correspondent, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.

Mesa Arts Center members receive the first chance for tickets along with many other benefits. For more information or to become a member, call (480) 644-6615. Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. July 1 by calling (480) 644-6500, online at or visiting the box office at One East Main St. in downtown Mesa.

October at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Upcoming performances at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, include: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Fifth Annual Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida; 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Talk Cinema; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22, John Lithgow in Stories by Heart; 8 p.m. Oct. 23, Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi; 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Viver Brasil; and 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Venice Baroque Orchestra with Robert McDuffie, violin soloist and leader, The Seasons Project.

For more information, call (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or visit

‘Dine Out with the Chefs' celebrates 5 delicious years

One of the Valley's premier culinary events, Dine Out with the Chefs, celebrates its fifth anniversary in grand style on Sunday, Oct. 3, with a new roster of outstanding chefs, live entertainment by the Beth Lederman Trio and other surprises. The event will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

Dine Out with the Chefs offers guests the opportunity to mingle with more than 20 of the Valley's top chefs and to sample their culinary creations, from delicious soups, salads and appetizers to some of their signature dishes and most decadent desserts. Also on the menu is a book signing with Pamela Swartz, event founder and author of Dine Out Phoenix: Where to Eat from Chic to Unique.

Advance tickets, $55, are available by calling the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2, or online at Tickets at the door are $65. Proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' programs and youth education and outreach initiatives.

‘National Geographic Live' Arizona Speaker Series at Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center and National Geographic announce a riveting line-up of events for the fourth season of the Arizona speaker series. National Geographic Live will showcase four of National Geographic's most beloved explorers.

The lineup includes: Ocean Adventure: An Evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20; America's Great Wildlife Migrations, with National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8; Exploring Mars: The Next Generation, with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19; and My Wild Life, with Primatologist and National Geographic WILD TV host Mireya Mayor, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Four-part series tickets range from $78 to $138 and are available now; single tickets go on sale Aug. 30. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (480) 644-6500, visit or visit the box office at 1 E. Main St., Mesa.

National Geographic Live and Mesa Arts Center will also present companion events for area students and educators. Each of the speakers featured in the evening series present a matinee performance specifically geared to students (primarily middle school students). Lessons plans and other related materials are available in preparation for the events. Schools may register on a first-come, first-served basis for these matinees at

Bret Michaels to headline at State Fair Oct. 23

Bret Michaels, first time ever Poison front man and Celebrity Apprentice winner, will headline at the Arizona State Fair on Saturday, Oct. 23. Reserved seat tickets are now available through Ticketmaster for $15 each (Fair admission is separate and required). General admission seats will be free with Fair admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this show, other Bret Michaels performances or his new album Custom Built which will be in stores July 6, visit

The Arizona State Fair runs Oct. 15 to Nov. 7 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

For more information on the State Fair, visit

CleanComedyClub offers shows first Saturdays

Comedians with CleanComedyClub will take the stage on the first Saturday of each month at Midtown Manhattan Actors Studio, 209 E. Baseline Road, Suite E-107, Tempe (between Rural Road and Mill Avenue on the south side of Baseline Road, just behind the Baseline Bar).

Some of Phoenix's funniest working comedians will provide fun and clean entertainment for both young and old. Laughter is 100% guaranteed! Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts about 7:30ish.

This venue does not serve food or beverages. Feel free to bring your own bottle of refreshment.

For information or tickets, visit

Childsplay unleashes a season of hits for 2010/11

Childsplay, Arizona's award-winning theater company for young audiences, announces a season filled with unsurpassed crowd-pleasers, including a Tony-nominated musical, brilliant adaptations of classic children's stories, original work and the return of that sell-out star, Junie B. Jones!

The season schedule includes: A Year With Frog and Toad in September, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! in November and December, Go, Dog. Go! January through March, The Imaginators in April and The Borrowers in May.

Childsplay is keeping ticket prices at the same level for the third year in a row. Play passes (flexible, cost-saving ticket packages for families) are available at Single tickets will be on sale at the theater box office starting in early August. Play passes cost between $15 and $18 each depending on quantity and date purchased. Single tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus applicable box office charges. Each production will have one discounted preview performance with a general admission ticket price of $12.

All performances will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. For tickets, call (480) 350-2822 or visit office. For more information, visit

Red Rocks Music Festival

The Red Rocks Music Festival will kick off with "Classical Meets Jazz," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Steinway of Phoenix, 14418 N. Scottsdale Road. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 children 12 and under.

The festival then moves to Sedona and the schedule includes a 50th Celebration Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 (call (602) 955-8200 for tickets); J. S. Bach, A. Vivaldi and H. Villa Lobos at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3; A. Vivaldi, Four Seasons at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4; and Classical Meets Latin Jazz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5.

For more information, visit or call (877) 733-7257.

Arizona Fall Frenzy returns to Tempe Beach Park

The highly anticipated Arizona Fall Frenzy returns to Tempe Beach Park on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, brought to you by Lucky Man Concerts.

Last year's inaugural event drew over 30,000 music fans to downtown Tempe to enjoy the sights and sounds of some of today's hottest musical artists.

The you-won't-want-to-miss 2010 edition promises to be another blockbuster event with the newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Primus, Devo, Blue October and others.

Single day tickets (prices vary per day) are available at,, Bookman's locations, Marquee Theatre box office and the Headquarters Smoke Shop in Tempe. To charge by phone, call (480) 829-1300.

For additional information or a schedule, visit

Fall exhibitions at Arizona State University Art Museum

The Arizona State University Art Museum will host the following fall exhibitions:

Signs and Signals from the Periphery, an Installation by Dinh Q Lê, through Sept. 18 - closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection, Aug. 28 to Nov. 27 - opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Brent Green's Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, Artist Residency, Aug. 16 to Sept. 3 - exhibition, Sept. 4 to Dec. 31 - opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Open for Business, Oct. 9 to Jan. 29, 2011 - opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes, Sept. 17 to Jan. 8 - season reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

The ASU Art Museum and ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center are always free to the public. Free parking is available in marked spots located in front of the Ceramics Research Center location on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe.

For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit

Sinbad coming to Wild Horse Pass Sept. 25

Award winning stand-up comedian and accomplished television and movie star Sinbad brings his unique comedy to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Sinbad has appeared in a host of television series including A Different World and the self-titled series, The Sinbad Show. The multi-talented comedian has also appeared in such films as Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All the Way, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tickets, $28 to $58, may be purchased online at, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the resort's gift shop. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player's Club card.

ASU Gammage announces 2010/11 Broadway season

Arizona State University Gammage has secured its lineup for the 2010/11 Progressive Broadway Across America - Arizona series.

The full series includes Young Frankenstein, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3; NETworks presents Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Oct 19 to 24; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Nov. 16 to 21; Hair, Dec 7. to 12; Shrek the Musical, Jan. 4 to 9, 2011; 9 to 5: The Musical, Feb. 22 to 27; Fiddler on the Roof, March 29 to April 3; Billy Elliot the Musical, April 27 to May 8; Mamma Mia!, May 17 to 22; and Les Misérables, June 7 to 12.

New subscription orders will begin June 7. Season subscribers are assured priority seating, the same great seats for every show and priority ticket offers for special Broadway engagements. Additional benefits include ticket exchange privileges and lost ticket insurance. Season subscriptions start at $124.

Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 9. Groups may order tickets now. Visit for policies, pricing and to order.

Black Theatre Troupe announces 2010/11 season

Black Theatre Troup performs at the Playhouse on the Park, located on the ground floor of the Viad Tower at 1850 N. Central Ave., and performances for the 2010/11 season include Fences, Oct. 1 to 10; Hairspray, Dec. 1 to 12 (in association with and performed at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road); Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Feb. 18 to 27; My Secret Language of Wishes, April 1 to 10; and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, May 13 to 22.

For more information, call (602) 254-5121, ext. 4 or (602) 258-8128, ext. 2.

New season for Sonoran Desert Chorale

The Sonoran Desert Chorale kicks off its "Pathways in Song" season with its first concert, In Search of Light, Oct. 9 at First United Church in Mesa and Oct. 10 at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. This opening concert explores the words and writings of history's most enlightened men and women - from St. John the Apostle and the Buddha to Desmond Tutu and Mother Theresa.

The season continues with Home for the Holidays Dec. 11 and 12 and American Routes Feb. 26 and 27 and concludes with Crossing Paths April 30 and May 1. The final concert also serves to kick off the Chorale's fourth international tour next summer as the group embarks on an historic performance tour with appearances scheduled throughout Austria, Hungary and Slovenia.

Season packages, $50 and $40, are available now by calling (480) 305-4538. Single tickets for all concerts go on sale Sept. 1 and are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62) and students.

For more information, visit

Phoenix Boys Choir Fall Gala

The Phoenix Boys Choir's annual Fall Gala will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. This evening of celebration features a performance by the choir, a jazz ensemble and live auction. The choir will also honor Ralph Rockow for his long term commitment to the organization.

Attire is cocktail. Individual tickets are $125, and table sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Boys Choir.

For more information, visit or call (602) 264-5328.

Actors Theatre sets 2010/11 schedule

Actors Theatre will celebrate its 25th season at the Herberger Theater Center this year with the following schedule: In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Oct. 29 to Nov. 19; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 4 to 24; This, Jan. 21 to Feb. 6; Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, March 4 to 20; and An Enemy of the People, April 22 to May 8.

Season tickets are on sale now. Single tickets are $25 each or $125 for the five-show package. Flex-pass packages also are available for three and four shows at $75 and $100.

For more information, call (602) 253-6701, Ext. 108 or visit

Broadway Palm offers lineup of Broadway's best musicals

Scandalous femme fatales, an iconic heroine, musicians incognito, singing nuns and gospel virtuosos comprise the tenth anniversary season at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa.

The season includes Sugar - The Some Like It Hot Musical, Oct. 7 to Nov. 13; Annie, Nov. 18 to Dec. 25; Chicago, Dec. 30 to Feb. 12; The Sound of Music, Feb. 17 to April 9; and Smoke on the Mountain, April 14 to May 14.

For the first time in its history, subscribers may now add Saturday evenings to their subscriptions. Broadway Palm has also lowered the price on Saturday nights for dinner and show tickets to $39 for subscribers. Subscriptions start as low as $54 for three main stage musicals.

For more information, visit or call (480) 325-6700.

Cookie Company moves, announces shows

Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company has moved and is now performing from the Greasepaint Theatre at 7020 E. Second St. in Scottsdale.

Upcoming performances include If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Nov. 19 to 28; Unstoppable Me!, Jan. 28 to Feb. 6; and Charlotte's Web, March 25 to April 3.

Shows are suitable for elementary age students. Tickets are $15.

For more information, call (602) 254-2151 or visit

World famous Rockettes offer new Christmas show

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular's beloved holiday show will thrill the entire family during four shows Dec. 1 and 2 at Arena in Glendale.

This newest production was specifically designed for large-scale venues and replicates on a grand scale the exact production of The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Christmas Spectacular is truly unique in its universal appeal to people of all ages and celebrates Christmas with show-stopping Rockette numbers, dazzling costumes, dramatic arena lighting effects, breathtaking imagery and festive musical compositions.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more are on sale now, and purchasers will save 15% by calling (623) 463-8844. Individual tickets range from $35.50 to $79 (plus applicable service charges) and go on sale Aug. 12. Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the venue box offices, online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

A limited number of Gold Circle seats and Meet the Rockettes packages are available through Ticketmaster. Accessible seating will be available for patrons with disabilities by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or Arena box office at (623) 772-3800.

For more information, visit


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