Color your summer with music

Color Your World With Music will host a spring concert starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St.

A two-for-one music lesson offer is also available through July. A series of four music lessons is available for $90 (normally $180) with a coupon. Choose from voice, guitar, keyboard or drums (or a combination). Payment must be received by June 1.

Chords, colors, keys and coke (or coffee) for adults is a quick overview program (four 30-minute lessons) to discuss the “music language” children are speaking.

For more information or to sign up, contact Rhon at (480) 460-0802 or e-mail


Newest gallery opening at Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center announces the grand opening of its newly renovated gallery, Solarville, located in the APS Solar Gallery on Level 4.

Focused on sustainability, this hands-on gallery takes visitors on a stroll through scientific labs, not only studying the sun, but also how to harness and distribute sustainable green energy – from algae, to alternative fuels.  Guests will also learn about cutting-edge technologies being implemented in businesses and cities around the world to address sustainability.

The exhibit officially opens to the public on Sunday, May 23, and will offer daily demonstrations to further explore some of these sustainable concepts.

For more information, visit


Pre-sale tickets available for Vans Warped Tour

The 2010 incarnation of the Vans Warped Tour – affectionately known as “punk rock summer camp” – will host a distinct and diverse lineup of artists, as well as a full concourse of lifestyle attractions and vendors. Visit for a full list of bands performing and more.

The 43-date tour comes to Cricket Wireless Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., on Tuesday, June 29.  Doors open at 11 a.m.

An Internet presale is ongoing where fans may purchase tickets early.


Burns it Up offers summer workshops

Burns it Up, a musical theater group at The Studios of Ocotillo, 2625 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler, is offering summer workshops on Fridays in June.

“Musical Theatre” for ages 5 to 8 will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and features singing, dancing and acting to current Broadway music with a showcase on the final day.

 In “Write Your Own Play,” students ages 10 to 14 will create and act in their own original play that will showcase at the end of the session. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The cost is $60 per class or $100 for both.

For more information, call instructor Karen Burns at (480) 332-7914 or visit


Museums offer series for adults with Alzheimer’s

The Arts Engagement Program offers Valley residents with mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s and their care partners an opportunity to engage in the benefits of visual arts. Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) have begun enrollment for the summer session.

Events take place June 10 through Aug. 19 at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. SMoCA, 7374 E. Second St., will host events June 3 through Aug. 19.

Enrollment is limited and fees apply.  For more information, contact Phoenix Art Museum at (602) 307-2032 or SMoCA at (480) 874-4641.


Scottsdale Artists’ School targets beginners

The Scottsdale Artists’ School has unveiled a new series of summer classes designed specifically for beginners. More than 20 daytime and evening classes will be available from June 7 to Aug. 28 offering the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever considered dabbling in the arts. 

Summer programs will be led by professional artists teaching everything from beginning drawing and pastels to the basics of oil painting and botanicals. 

Some classes directed at budding beginners include: 

 Summer Fine Art Camp. Students ages six to high school will learn drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media and for the first time, cartooning will be available.

Art for Amateurs. Students sample three art mediums - drawing, painting and sculpture - during three separate three-hour sessions for just $45.

Instructor of the Week. Classes provide a unique opportunity for working adults to get a quick creative fix without making a huge commitment. Three-hour classes are available each week for six weeks, giving students the chance to experience the styles of a variety of teachers in a casual studio setting. 

The Scottsdale Artists’ School summer catalog is available online at


Watch the 64th annual Tony Awards live at ASU Gammage

Arizona State University Gammage and Tony Award Productions will host an official Tony Awards Viewing Party, a live Tony Award simulcast from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 13.  The black-tie event, which will take place at ASU Gammage (1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe), will feature an advance telecast of the 2010 Tony Awards allowing guests to see the ceremony and the winners prior to the local airing on CBS 5.  Red carpet activities begin at 4 p.m., and the live simulcast begins at 5 p.m.

Partygoers will enjoy a red carpet arrival complete with local celebrities, paparazzi and more.  Each guest will receive the official Tony Playbill (the same Playbill that will be handed out to guests inside Radio City Music Hall). 

Reserved-seating tickets to the Tony Award Viewing Party are $20 to $35 and are available at the ASU Gammage box office and through Ticketmaster. Tickets for the Tony Awards Viewing Party and a VIP post-show dinner are $150 and are available through the box office or by calling (480) 965-3434 only. For more information on the event, call (480) 965-5062.

The Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall on the local CBS station from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 13.


Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band offers free summer concert

Mark your calendar to extend your Independence Day celebration week with the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert band on Thursday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will take place at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (5001 East Cheyenne Drive) and, as usual, the seats will fill up quickly.

The band will provide a tour into the greatest music of the American West, from film to the concert halls, with beloved folk tunes, Copland’s Rodeo and Hoe-Down, music from classic song-writers and much more. The band will also celebrate music from the stages of Broadway.

Then, celebrate our nation’s birthday (as well as the birthday of the band’s founder, Crawford McClue) by singing and clapping along with your favorite patriotic songs and marches celebrating our country and the men and women in uniform who so selflessly serve it.

The evening will be a monumental musical celebration that only a 60-piece ensemble of brass, winds and percussion can bring.


Renovations under way at Herberger Theater Center

The Herberger Theater Center will be closed May 17 to Sept. 30 for the second and final phase of renovations as a result of the 2006 voter-approved bond. The theater will undergo much-needed improvements to enhance all public spaces, including the theaters and lobby.

The theater will re-open with a weekend of festivities. A Grand Re-Opening Celebration kicks off on Friday, Oct. 1, featuring a re-dedication ceremony, entertainment, cuisine, a champagne toast, music, tours of the newly renovated theater and a few surprises.

The inaugural Herberger Festival of the Arts is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, featuring theater and dance performances, food, art, live music, film festival shorts and an interactive children’s activity area.    

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


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


Pueblo Grande earns rare distinction for the 2nd time

Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park has, for the second time, earned a rare distinction from the American Association of Museums.

The honor from the association recognizes Pueblo Grande Museum’s success in achieving its mission and goals as well as using best practices and meeting or exceeding museum standards. The museum first earned accreditation in 1999.

Pueblo Grande Museum is located at 4619 E. Washington St., the site of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village.

More information is available online at or by calling (602) 495-0901.


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


Phoenix Comicon runs Memorial Day weekend

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees to its convention May 27 to 30 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.

For more information, visit


Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden

The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series is under way and runs Friday evenings through June 25 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Concerts are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through May 29 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays June 4 to 25.

The cost is $14 for members and $20 for non-members (includes Garden admission). Guests must be 21 or over to attend.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling (480) 481-8188 or visiting the admissions box office. For groups of 10 or more, call (480) 481-8104 to learn about discounted group tickets.


Sesame Street Live at Mesa Arts Center

VEE Corporation is raising the curtain for the 30th season of its Sesame Street Live touring productions.  As the live stage show licensee of Sesame Workshop (the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street), VEE will present its 100th tour in Mesa and Glendale when the stage lights come up on “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends.”

Show times are 7 p.m. June 22, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 23 and 10:30 a.m. June 24 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. For details or tickets, call (480) 644-6500 or visit

The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. June 25; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. June 26; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. June 27 at Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. For details or tickets, call (623) 772-3800, (800) 745-3000 or visit

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon,” “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” and “Surfin’ Safari.”

  For more information on the show, visit


Culture, creativity and cool activities fill Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays

From exciting music and dance performances to an extravaganza of hands-on activities, artist demonstrations and free goody bags, Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays gives kids and families a cool and creative way to spend Saturdays in July. Events will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Everyone gets in free on Target Free Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays, thanks to a grant from Target.

The official launching of a new book by Jana Mashonee, one of the biggest names in the Native music world, will take place at 2 p.m. July 24. Mashonee is a Grammy nominee and eight-time Native American Music Award winner in every major category including Artist of the Year. Her young adult book, American Indian Story – The Adventures of Sha’kona, is based on her bestselling album of the same name. After a short musical performance and discussion, she will sign copies of the book, which will be on sale as a book or book/CD combination.

For more information, call (602) 252-8848 or visit’.


Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Heard Museum form unique partnership

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa and the Heard Museum have forged a long-term partnership that will enhance both organizations and open the door for Arizona guests and residents looking to gain a distinct perspective about the cultures of Native People of the American Southwest. In the months ahead, the organizations will work hand-in-hand to offer several new elements of programming.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa will become the presenting sponsor for the Heard Museum’s Second Sunday programming through April 2011. This program began as a way for the Heard Museum to thank the community for 75 years of support and has remained as an ongoing tribute to the dynamic partnership between the museum and local residents. Nearly all Second Sundays of the month offer free admission to Arizona residents at both Heard Museum locations and, as a result of this partnership, will be free to all Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa guests when they show their resort room key.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa will join NU (Native + You) series presenter Chase to co-sponsor the July event. The evening series takes place on the third Friday of each month from 5:30 to 9 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free museum admission, outdoor courtyards, Heard Museum Café, the Berlin Gallery and Shop. There is also a cash bar and comfortable IKEA lounge. Local bands, salons with contemporary artists, DJs, artist demonstrators, activities, special speakers, authors and films are all a part of NU.

The two attractions will also partner to host a Native culinary celebration at the Heard Museum.

For more information, visit


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.


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


Painted holiday wine glass contest under way

The fourth annual painted holiday wine glass contest has begun, and those interested in participating are invited to visit di Sciacca in Historic Downtown Chandler, 81 W. Boston St. Register, get the glass, paint it with a Christmas or winter theme and have it back by May 31. Then customers will vote on the entries during June. The winner gets $500.

For more information, call (480) 855-9888.


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

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