Performers wanted for Nov. 20 Block Party

Are you involved with an arts and culture or school group that has crowd appeal? If so, the city of Chandler and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership would like to put you "center stage." Local groups are invited to apply to perform on the community stage at the Nov. 20 Downtown Chandler Block Party.

The Block Party is a community-wide event to celebrate the completion of the Arizona Avenue construction and the new City Hall, as well as a chance to showcase the events and businesses that have made the downtown area so popular.

Performances will be between 20 to 30 minutes from noon until 8 p.m. The stage will be located on Arizona Avenue, which will be blocked off for the day.

All performers must submit a DVD or audio sample of their performances.

For more information, call Darryl Toupkin at (480) 609-3978.

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 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.

Sheena Easton coming to MAC

Multi Grammy-winner and top '80s pop icon Sheena Easton will perform at Mesa Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, highlighting hits from her platinum and gold 30-year career.

The Scottish singer is best known for her infectious songs that have become Top 5 hits on Billboard's five major charts: Pop, R&B, Country, Adult Contemporary and Dance. Not only did her albums earn major success in North America, the United Kingdom, and Asia, but she made runs as an actress and starred on Broadway.

Experience the legendary eighties pop star like never before in an unforgettable night, "For Your Eyes Only."

Mesa Arts Center is located at 1 E. Main St. in Mesa.

Tickets are available at or by calling (480) 644-6500.


Herberger Theater Center kicks off grand re-opening

The Herberger Theater Center has undergone major renovations this summer as a result of the 2006 voter-approved bond. The new look of the theater will be unveiled to the public during the grand re-opening weekend, Oct. 1 and 2, at the theater, 222 E. Monroe St.

Be the first to see the theater at the Grand Re-Opening Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. The event will feature entertainment by Bad Cactus Brass Band and Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience, cuisine, re-dedication ceremony, raffle and tours of the theater. Tickets are $100 person.

The inaugural Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The festival will feature theater and dance performances from more than 25 Valley arts groups, food, artists, live music, film festival shorts by the Phoenix Film Foundation and an interactive children's activity area. Admission is free for kids age 12 and under and $5 for age 13 and up. Free parking for attendees is available in the Arizona Center's parking garage.

The Herberger Theater Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and foster the growth of the performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate.

For tickets or more information, visit or call (602) 254-7399, ext. 105.

Fall Saturday music camps at Music Maker Workshops

Looking for fun weekend activities? Seventy-five dollars gets you a fall session at Music Maker Workshops' Saturday music camp ($145 value). Sessions consist of four courses that meet once a week on Saturdays. Session One meets Oct. 2, 9, 23 and 30, and Session Two meets Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec 4. Camps include:

• Kindermusik Around the World Camp (ages 4 to 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m.). The adventure features singing, games and instrument play-alongs, as well as story time and arts and crafts.

• Popular Voice Camp (ages 6 to 12, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Teen idol-loving children will learn current hits from the likes of Taylor Swift and vote for the music they'd like to learn. Camp ends in a performance for friends and family.

• Rockstar Camp for intermediate or advanced students (ages 7 to 15, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.). This camp is for budding musicians who already know the basics in either guitar (must bring their own), drums or vocals.

• Rock Guitar Camp for beginners (ages 7 to 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.). This camp is for students looking to learn either acoustic or electric (must bring their own guitar).

For more information or to register, visit, call (480) 706-1224 or stop by the studio at 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2 (southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street).


Oktoberfest with Salt River Brass

Salt River Brass will present an Oktoberfest concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa.

Oktoberfest will feature fun and festive music, including selections from the Tony Award winning musical Cabaret, the Bacchanale from Saint-Saëns' wild opera Samson and Delilah and The Blue Danube and Thunder & Lightning Polka by the waltz king, Johann Strauss. Sing along and celebrate the harvest season with Shine on Harvest Moon, Edelweiss and Tavern in the Town. The center will really be hopping when the Salt River Brass plays Count Basie's Jumpin' at the Woodside and brings the party to a close with the Beer Barrel Polka.

Tickets - $15, $18 and $20 - are available by calling the box office at (480) 644-6500.

‘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 top 10 performers from this season's cast to 25 cities, including the Dodge Theater in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The spectacular live stage version will be hosted by Jerry Springer.

Tickets are now available at

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.

Chandler Symphony Orchestra performances

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra performs at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler (unless otherwise noted). Upcoming concerts will begin 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; 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

2011 Scottsdale Arts Festival - Call for Artists

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is seeking artists working in all media to exhibit at the 41st annual Scottsdale Arts Festival set for March 11 to 13, 2011.

A jury of arts professionals will select the artists and will award prizes in numerous categories, including ceramic, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodworking.

All artists must apply online at before Oct. 12. The application fee is $30.

For additional information about the Scottsdale Arts Festival visit or e-mail

THE Concert & THE Encore with Donna Summer

Due to overwhelming excitement for "THE Concert" featuring Donna Summer with The Phoenix Symphony on Oct. 16, additional limited seating starting at $50 has been added.

Previously taking place annually on New Year's Eve, the 2010/11 Gala will be on Oct. 16 and will feature the talents of Donna Summer and The Phoenix Symphony under the baton of The Virginia G. Piper Music Director, Michael Christie. "THE Encore" dinner party will feature short performances by some of the Valley's most talented, young musicians.

At 6:30 p.m., The Phoenix Symphony will take the stage for "THE Concert" featuring Donna Summer. Following the concert, musical vignettes by members of the Phoenix Youth Symphony will escort patrons to The Phoenix Convention Center for an evening filled with dinner and dancing with "THE Encore." A sumptuous dinner prepared by Chef Jesus Cibrian will be served at 9 p.m.

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.

Tickets for "THE Concert" as well as "THE Encore" start at $500. To purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999. For more information about "THE Concert", contact The Phoenix Symphony Development Office at 602-495-1117, ext. 425.

Phoenix Boys Choir auditions

Auditions for the Phoenix Boys Choir will take place on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 at 1131 E. Missouri Ave.

Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule an audition appointment. For more information, visit or call (602) 264-5328.

Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner John Lithgow performs ‘Stories By Heart'

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present John Lithgow in his critically acclaimed, one-man theatrical memoir Stories by Heart at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale.

A Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Lithgow offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own experiences with two great stories that were read to him and his siblings when they were children: Uncle Fred Flits By, by P.G. Wodehouse, and Haircut, by Ring Lardner.

In addition to his acting, Lithgow has written eight best-selling children's picture books, released three children's albums and performed concerts for children with numerous symphonies.

Tickets, $49 and $59, are available by calling the box office at (480) 994-2787, ext. 2, or online at

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.

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.

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.

Entertainment at Wild Horse Pass

The following entertainers will appear at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5400 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler: Cinderella, 8 p.m. Sept. 3; Loverboy, 8 p.m. Sept. 10; Clay Walker, 8 p.m. Sept. 25; Sinbad, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; and Paul Anka, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

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

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.

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

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

Phoenix Symphony showcases composers silenced during Holocaust

Their lives cut short by the horrors of war and genocide and their works denied to be heard in the world's concert halls, World War II affected all walks of life including music composition. Several composers' vital and passionately lyrical compositions were banned and entire schools of composition were eradicated during the Holocaust while small pockets of music thrived in concentration camps across Eastern Europe.

The Phoenix Symphony will explore and perform many of these works for the first time during the 2010/11 season in its series, Rediscovered Masters. The composers include such masters as Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, Erwin Schulhoff, Marcel Tyberg, Kurt Weill and (spotlight composer) Felix Mendelssohn. Throughout the season and academic year, The Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Orel Foundation, will present a series of lectures and films around the Valley, linking the musical presentations to the cultural and historical themes of assimilation, modernization, destruction and remembrance.

Speakers for the Rediscovered Masters Lecture Series feature prominent educators, artists and business individuals from around the globe. Sponsored by Sheila Schwartz and in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, all lectures at Congregation Beth Israel are at no charge and lectures at Symphony Hall are included with ticket to the evening's performance.

Exact dates for each Rediscovered Masters concert and more information about the 2010/11 season may be found at A free concert guide detailing the upcoming season is available by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999.

Phoenix Boys Choir offers Thursday concert series

The Phoenix Boys Choir will present mini-concerts from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 7 at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road.

The Choir's top choir, the world-renowned Tour Choir, will perform new works, sneak peeks at special repertoire and audience favorites.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

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

‘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

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.

Navajo weavers gather, showcase work at Heard Museum

More than 50 Navajo weavers are expected to gather to show and sell their textiles on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Gathering of Weavers: Navajo Weavers Marketplace at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. The event takes place in the Heard Museum's Central Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book signings (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), live music, lectures (noon, 1 and 2 p.m.) and demonstrations (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are all part of this annual event.

For more information, call (602) 252-8344 or visit

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

November at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale is offering the following performances in November: Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, Nov. 4; Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Nov. 5; La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture, Nov. 6 and 7; Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: André Watts, Nov. 10; Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project, Nov. 13; Talk Cinema, Nov. 16; Turtle Island Quartet, 25th Anniversary Concert with special guests Cyrus Chestnut and Mike Marshall, Nov. 19; and The Capitol Steps, Nov. 26 and 27.

For details and tickets, call (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 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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