“No Service Fee June” for all tickets at Cricket Wireless Pavilion

Live Nation has announced “No Service Fee June” with the elimination of service fees on nearly eight million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists at all 50 Live Nation owned and operated amphitheaters for the entire month of June.

Tickets for “No Service Fee June” are available only at LiveNation.com through 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 30.

The following shows at Cricket Wireless Pavilion are applicable: Iron Maiden with Dream Theatre, June 17; Vans Warped Tour, June 29; Kings of Leon with Built to Spill & The Features, July 10; Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Rob Zombie, Korn and more, July 16; Rihanna with Ke$ha, July 22; Toby Keith with Trace Adkins, Aug. 8; John Mayer with Owl City, Aug. 18; Green Day with AFI, Aug. 30; Kiss with The Academy Is, Sept. 24; Jonas Brothers with Demo Lovato, Sept. 26; and Jack Johnson with G. Love & Special Sauce and Zee Avi , Oct. 10.

No service fee tickets are available while supplies last. Parking, shipping and other non “service fee” costs may apply.

For a complete list of all artists, venues and on sale dates, visit www.LiveNation.com.


Wine 101 dinners offered at Sanctuary

A series of intimate Wine 101 dinners at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (5700 E. MacDonald Drive, Paradise Valley) will pair fine vintages with the season’s freshest local flavors. The events will be open to no more than 12 guests, who will gather for great wine, food and conversation in XII, the new private chef’s table in elements that is accessed via an impressive wine corridor lined with 800 bottles.

Each Wine 101 dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and be hosted by an expert from Rebel Vinum, the boutique wine company of Phoenix-based Alliance Beverage Distributing Co. The evening’s host will lead guests through a four-course tasting dinner prepared by elements’ renowned Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and a variety of accessible wines.

The schedule is: June 16, The Oregon Trail; June 23, España; and June 30, The French Paradox.

The cost is $75 per person and includes food, wine, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling (480) 607-2300 or visiting www.SanctuaryAz.com.


Buy one ticket to any Late Nite Catechism in June, get one free

To celebrate Late Nite Catechism’s tenth year, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is offering two tickets for the price of one to the hit comedies through the end of June. The offer is valid for both the original Late Nite Catechism, which runs on Friday evenings at 8 p.m., and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part running Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Both shows will go on hiatus at the end of June, returning for a limited engagement in 2011.

Originally priced at $38 each, tickets for this special two-for-one offer must be purchased through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Patron Services Box Office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2. Additional information about Late Nite Catechism and its show times also is available at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.


Free summer comedy series features top national comics

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

The series will feature nationally accredited comedians including Tom Clark (actor, writer, comedian) on June 11, Tommy Savitt (international comedy star) on June 25, B.T. (featured on HBO) on July 2, Barry Diamond (as seen on Friends and Seinfeld) on July 9, Marc Yaffee (Native American international comedy star) on July 16, Richard Villa (as seen on LATV) on July 23, Dean Austin (as seen on Comic View) on July 30, 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 WinGilaRiver.com, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the resort’s gift shop. Tickets are free with a complimentary Player’s Club card.


Sculpt the Perfect Date Night at Mesa Arts Center

If your ideal image of romance is the scene in Ghost when Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are working on the potter’s wheel, then Mesa Arts Center has the date night for you.

The largest ceramics studio in the state of Arizona is offering a hands-on, experiential date night around the potter’s wheel. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays June 11 and July 9, guests are invited create a unique piece of art and have fun with their dates in the state-of-the-art and friendly learning environment at 1 E. Main St. in Mesa.

The cost is $24.

To book your date night, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call (480) 644-6520.


Upcoming season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 2010/11 season features more than 75 performances of dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire, including expanded holiday offerings, in addition to its well-known outdoor festivals.

Community members are invited to learn more at a free open house starting at 5 p.m. Friday, June 11, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The open house will include staff presentations and video previews of the season, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in celebration of its summer exhibitions.

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


Summer exhibition opening celebration at SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is preparing to celebrate another dynamic cycle of new exhibitions for the summer season with a kick-off opening party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 11 at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The event is free and open to the public.

The new exhibitions are Re-imagining the West: selections from the permanent collection and Spyhopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the Permanent Collection. The third exhibition represents the inauguration of SMoCA’s new Architecture + Art series, featuring an intricate installation by Phoenix-based architects Atherton | Keener titled 90 Days Over 100°.

Opening reception guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists and architects as well as a chance to venture next door to see the young@art gallery exhibition featuring SMoCA’s teen Visions student exhibition titled Text Messages (inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building).

For more information, visit www.smoca.org.


Special summer rental rates at Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center at 1 E. Main St. in Mesa is offering special theater rental rates from June 1 to Sept. 1, giving the perfect solution for those looking for a summer booking or tour venue.

The spaces available include all four theaters, ranging in size and price. The stunning Tom and Janet Ikeda Theater is the largest with 1,600 seats; the more intimate Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater has 550 seats; the Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Theater can seat 200; and the Anita Cox-Farnsworth Studio Theater has 99 seats. In addition to the special prices, Mesa Arts Center will discount 50% off equipment fees.

Contact event services for more information at rentals@mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6511. Mention discount: SUMMER.


Summer courses filling up at Scottsdale Artists' School

A variety of courses are offered at the Scottsdale Artists’ School this summer. A sampling includes Dick Heichberger, “Painting Landscapes from Photographs,” June 15 to 17; Joni Falk, “Mastering Miniatures,” June 22 to 24; Linda Tracy Brandon, “The Three-Quarter Portrait Pose In Oil,” July 6 to 8; Nancy Chaboun, “The Not-So-Still-Life,” July 20 to 22; and Robert Lemler, “Go Figure," July 27 to 29.

For a complete course listing, visit www.ScottsdaleArtSchool.org


See Julio Iglesias, taste Spanish food and wine

Julio Iglesias will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets start at $60 and may be purchased online at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling Ticketforce at 1-877-840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.

Taste of Spain will offer a selection of fine wines and hors d’oeuvres from various regions of Spain preceding the concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. inside Classics with a Twist at the resort. Tickets, $45, may be purchased at wingilariver.com, by calling (877) 840-0457 or visiting the gift shop. 


Sesame Street Live at Mesa Arts Center

VEE Corporation is raising the curtain for the 30th season of its world renowned 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 www.mesaartscenter.com.

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 Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. For details or tickets, call (623) 772-3800, (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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 www.sesamestreetlive.com.


Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax concert coming to movie theaters

The “Big Four” - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - are bringing their historic European tour to the global stage via satellite to 800 movie theaters around the world in a special high definition cinematic event. These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants have never shared the same stage until now.

The legendary June 22 concert from the tour’s stop at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, will be presented in the U.S. in more than 450 theaters in over 140 markets at 7:30 p.m. local time on the same day by NCM Fathom. The event will be broadcast into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America through other international exhibitor partnerships. Delayed screenings are also planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Locally, the concert will be shown at AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.

Tickets are available at the box office and at www.FathomEvents.com or www.thebigfourlive.com, where fans may also view the event trailer.


Create your own T-shirt and make waves this summer

Artist Red Rohall will show teens 12 to 18 how to add some color to their wardrobes by designing and printing a one-of-a-kind T-shirt from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Ironwood Branch Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd.

T-shirts will be provided for the first 20 participants. Space is limited. Those interested in participating are asked to visit the library to sign up.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library and is part of the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Program - Make Waves at Your Library.  


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 www.azafterschool.org/News---Events/Faces-of-Afterschool.aspx.

For more information about the Faces of Afterschool and about afterschool programs in Arizona, visit www.azafterschool.org.


Summer Movie Madness for kids at MADCAP Theaters

Summer Movie Madness will run through Aug. 6 at MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 

Scheduled films are Harriet the Spy (June 9 to 11), Hotel for Dogs (June 16 to 18), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (June 23 to 25), Rugrats in Paris (June 30 to July 2), Shark Tale (July 7 to 9), Spongebob Squarepants:  The Movie (July 14 to 16), Spiderwick Chronicles (July 21 to 23), Rugrats:  The Movie (July 28 to 30) and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Aug. 4 to 6).

Families may purchase a 10-week pass to see G and PG rated films for just $7 or pay $2 for individual screenings. Tickets are available at www.madcaptheaters.com or at the door. Kids Packs will also be available at the concession stand, which include popcorn, candy and a juice box for $5.


Creedence Clearwater Revisited coming to Wild Horse Pass

Creedence Clearwater Revisited featuring original Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. July 1 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5400 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler.

The concert will feature legendary tunes including Susie Q, Fortunate Son, Down on the Corner and There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise. Creedence Clearwater Revisited is a trip down rock ‘n’ roll’s memory lane with classic hits at every turn. 

Tickets, $30 to $100, are available online at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop at the resort. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.


Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band offers free summer concert

The Ahwatukee Foothills Concert band will perform a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.

The band will perform some of 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 shimmering brass, winds and percussion can bring.


Mitzi Gaynor at Wild Horse Pass

The incomparable Mitzi Gaynor brings her dynamic stage show “Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins” to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, for shows at 2 p.m. July 11 and 12.

The theatrical production combines music and memories from Gaynor’s unforgettable career including personal stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her roles on South Pacific, Les Girls, There’s No Business Like Show Business and numerous television specials. 

A Broadway Brunch will be served before each show from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at an additional cost of $13.50 plus tax per person. 

Tickets, $25 to $55, are available at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop at the resort. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.


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.

A free family fun day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, offering art-making projects, performances and a visit from PBS characters Maya and Miguel from Eight/KAET.

For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit ASUArtMuseum.asu.edu.


“49 Laughs” Comedy Tour features all-star Native American lineup

The “49 Laughs” comedy tour brings together four award winning Native American comedians for a unique and clean comedy routine that has been entertaining audiences throughout the country.  Starring Ernest Tsosie and James Junes of the popular “James and Ernie” comedy team and featuring Pax Harvey and Tatanka Means, the show provides something for everyone and is sure to keep audiences laughing out loud. 

The show will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, 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.


Loverboy coming to Wild Horse Pass

Loverboy became one of the most successful rock bands of the 1980’s with four multi-platinum albums and a string of number one hits. 2010 marks the 30th anniversary for the hardworking Canadian rock band known for their energetic live performances.

The band will reprise some of their most loved number one hits including Working for the Weekend, Turn Me Loose and Lovin’ Every Minute of It starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

Tickets, $23 to $58, may be purchased at WinGilaRiver.com, by calling (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.


Phoenix Opera receives SPAA grant

The Sundome Performing Arts Association (SPAA) recently awarded a major grant to Phoenix Opera. Twenty-five local non-profit organizations received a total of over $2 million in “Grants for the Arts” ranging from $16,000 to $200,000 to help maintain the vitality of the arts in the northwest valley and fill the void left by the closing of Sundome Theatre.

The grant will fund Phoenix Opera’s production of The Magic of Opera for All Generationsthat will be performed at Valley Vista High School Oct. 22 and 23. Phoenix Opera will also produce a Saturday evening performance at the high school for the general public. Tickets will be available at www.phoenixopera.org.

The company will also stage a gala performance of the second act of Die Fledermaus in Prescott on July 24 for the reopening of the newly restored 1905 Opera House.

Phoenix Opera’s upcoming 2010/11 season features Mozart’s The Magic Flute Dec. 3 and 5. The work is in the popular form of a Singspiel, which includes both singing and spoken dialogue.

Verdi’s classic La Traviata will be presented on March 4 and 6, 2011, at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster or by calling the Orpheum Theatre at (602) 262-7272.


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 jfox@childsplayaz.org or (480) 921-5751 or visit http://childsplayaz.org/school-tour-info-2010-2011.php.


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 http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/pueblo.html or by calling (602) 495-0901.


Bret Michaels to headline at State Fair Oct. 23, tickets available now

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. 

Michaels who has recently underwent an emergency appendectomy, been hospitalized for a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage and suffered a warning stroke, resumed his tour on May 28 in Biloxi, Miss. 

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

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

For more information on the State Fair, visit www.azstatefair.com.


Jazz in the Garden

The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays through June 25 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

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 www.dbg.org, 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.


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. Priority will be given to applications received by Aug. 1.  An application is available at www.mesaartscenter.com/foundation.htm. or by e-mailing newmacaz@aol.com.

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.


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 www.childsplayaz.org. 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 www.childsplayaz.org/box office. For more information, visit www.childsplayaz.org.


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 www.heard.org/Sizzlin’.


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 Sundayprogramming 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 www.wildhorsepassresort.com.


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 www.redrocksmusicfestival.com 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 www.arizonafallfrenzy.com, www.luckymanonline.com, 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 www.arizonafallfrenzy.com.


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 WinGilaRiver.com, 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 asugammage.com/groups 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 www.cleancomedyclub.com.


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.


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 www.actorstheatrephx.org


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 www.BroadwayPalmWest.com or call (480) 325-6700.

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