Free summer comedy series features top national comics
The Summer Comedy Series showcases headline comedians starting at 8 p.m. Fridays in the Ovations Live! Showroom at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.
The series is featuring nationally accredited comedians including 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.
Shemer Art Center to feature two new exhibits
The city of Phoenix’s Shemer Art Center and Museum at 5005 E. Camelback Road is featuring the new exhibit Fine Art Prints & Paintings by Joan Thompson. The exhibit will run in the center’s Front Gallery through Sept. 8 and will kick off with an artist’s reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 13.
The center’s Howard House and South Wing galleries will feature the annual Shemer Faculty/Student Exhibition, highlighting the best works of the student’s and teachers in the center’s popular arts classes. This exhibit will be highlighted by a faculty open house and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. July 17 and Aug. 28.
The non-profit Shemer Art Center and Museum Association recently reached an agreement with the Parks and Recreation Department to operate the facility. Under the agreement, the city will continue to maintain the grounds while the association takes over programming and operating the center’s exhibits and arts classes and programs.
For details, visit http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/shemer.html or call (602) 262-4727.
Single tickets available for Phoenix Theatre’s 90th Mainstage Season
Single tickets are now on sale to Phoenix Theatre’s 2010/11 Mainstage Season. Shows include Noises Off, Aug. 25 to Sept. 12; 3 Redneck Tenors – Broadway Bound, Sept. 29 to Oct. 17; Hairspray, Nov. 10 to Dec. 12; No Way to Treat a Lady, Jan. 12 to 30; Avenue Q, Feb. 23 to March 20; and Nine, April 13 to May 8.
Phoenix Theatre is located at 100 E. McDowell Road, just east of the Phoenix Art Museum at Central and McDowell.
Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased by calling (602) 254-2151 or pick your own seats online at phoenixtheatre.com. Season subscriptions are also on sale with six show passes starting at just $120.
Audition call for Phoenix Children’s Chorus East Valley location
This season marks the inauguration of the East Valley Chapter of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus with rehearsals to be held in Chandler. Members of the satellite Chapter will be part of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus main stage performances and activities, but have the convenience of the East Valley rehearsal location for those families located in that part of the city.
Final auditions for the 2010/11 Season for students entering second through fifth grades will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Sirrine Elementary School, 591 W. Mesquite St., Chandler. The choir will also be hosting auditions at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, for boys and girls entering second through twelfth grade.
Those interested in scheduling an audition for either location should visit the Phoenix Children’s Chorus website to download an audition form at www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org or call (602) 534-3788 to schedule an appointment.
Summer Movie Madness for kids at MADCAP Theaters
Summer Movie Madness is under way at MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.
Remaining films are 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.
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.
Entertainment at Wild Horse Pass
The following entertainers will appear at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5400 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler: Mitzi Gaynor, 2 p.m. July 11 and 12; “49 Laughs” Comedy Tour (Starring Ernest Tsosie and James Junes of the popular “James and Ernie” comedy team and featuring Pax Harvey and Tatanka Means), 8 p.m. July 24; Josh Turner, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; Brian McKnight, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22; Loverboy, 8 p.m. Sept. 10; and Sinbad, 8 p.m. Sept. 25.
More information or tickets are available at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop at the resort.
Piper Trust awards arts grant to enhance branding, awareness and involvement
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded a two-year $60,000 grant to the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix to develop a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy to build the agency’s brand, enhance awareness and increase the number of businesspeople participating in Business on Board training.
The Trust, which began awarding grants in 2000, focuses on healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. To date, the Trust has invested more than $151 million in nonprofit organizations and programs that serve the people of Maricopa County.
For more information, visit www.pipertrust.org.
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 email@example.com 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 www.mcldaz.org for rules, additional submission guidelines and entry and release forms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 921-5751 or visit http://childsplayaz.org/school-tour-info-2010-2011.php.
Spa samplings, wine, live music and more
The Heard Museum’s free Third Friday evening series, NU (Native + You), continues from 5:30 to 9 p.m. July 16. Guests will enjoy a cash bar, a sampling of services from Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and hear a musical collaboration by BPM Cadenza. The Café at the Heard Museum will serve dinner until 8 p.m., and a wine tasting will take place in the Berlin Gallery. The event is co-presented by Chase and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.
The free event will take place at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave.
For more information, call (602) 252-8848, or visit www.heard.org/NU.
Summer Family Night at the Museum
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Annual Summer Family Night will take place from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.
This year’s event, titled “I Spy Art,” playfully takes its cue from themes found in the summer exhibition Spyhopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the Permanent Collection which features a gallery installation inspired by the Italian Renaissance board game Game of Goose. Families will be treated to a specially crafted kid-friendly tour of the Spyhopping exhibition full of woodland creatures jumping through dishes, whimsical works of art and ideas that harken back to childhood games and treasure maps.
After the tour, families may venture out to the park at the nearby Scottsdale Civic Center Mall to make their very own art-inspired board game while enjoying cool refreshments and live music by Jeff Jones and the Earthtones. Parents are encouraged to bring kids’ swimsuits and towels for fun splashing in the outdoor fountains and giant bubble play.
The cost is $20 for a family of up to four people, and $4 for each additional member.
Pre-registration is required to (480) 874-4641.
Actors present complete works of Shakespeare in 90 minutes
In this universally acclaimed theatrical experience, enjoy watching three of the Brelby Theatre Company’s finest actors compress the complete works of Shakespeare into 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity as they present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Condensed into side-splitting, easy-to-swallow bits, this is a show for anyone who ever thought they didn’t like Shakespeare - and especially for those who do!
Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 24 and 25 at Theatre Artist Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. Tickets are $15.
more information, call (602) 765-0120.
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival coming to AMC
Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton shares the stage with some of the greatest artists in the world during a star-studded, extraordinary concert on Tuesday, July 27, in more than 475 movie theaters nationwide, including AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.
Presented by NCM Fathom and Rhino Entertainment, the Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010 special two-hour event will be shown in HD beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will feature historic musical performances from the day-long Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, which took place in Chicago’s Toyota Park on June 26.
Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010 gives fans around the country a chance to experience many of the greatest moments from the legendary day-long festival, including performances by Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, BB King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Bill Murray and many others. Theater audiences will gain exclusive backstage VIP access to behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with the performers, including an introduction by Clapton himself.
Tickets are $15 for the in-theater event and are available at the box office and online at www.fathomevents.com.
‘Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration’ hits big screen July 29
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, Warner Home Video, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and NCM Fathom are teaming up to present an Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration special in-theater event that celebrates the timeless music of the rock ‘n’ roll icon. The event, featuring remastered film footage shot with The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on tour and in concert, will be broadcast to more than 460 select movie theaters at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, July 29, including AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.
In addition, this exclusive event will feature performances and interviews from the 1972 Golden Globe Best Documentary winner, “Elvis on Tour,” and a specially-produced, exclusive retrospective from Priscilla Presley. Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration includes never-before-seen Elvis tour footage as well as montage sequences produced by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese that showcase The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s early career and movies.
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 email@example.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.
Registration begins Aug. 5 for Scottsdale Artist’s School
2010/11 workshops and classes at Scottsdale Artist’s School begins
Aug. 5. For details, visit www.ScottsdaleArtSchool.org
or call (480) 990-1422.
Free ‘Sketching in the Galleries’ summer activity at SMoCA
After the success of last summer’s series of free “staycation” programs and events offered at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), the all-ages Sketching in the Galleries Workshop is back by popular demand. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Museum’s lobby at 7374 E. Second St. in Downtown Scottsdale.
This summer’s sketching event will allow participants the opportunity to explore and sketch a “sense of place” in the exhibitions Re-imagining the West: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Spyhopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the Permanent Collection.
The workshop is free and open to the public. No previous drawing experience is necessary. The Museum asks that children be accompanied by an adult. Visitors simply need to bring a sketch pad and pencil to participate. Though walk-ins are welcome, visitors may RSVP by e-mail to SMoCArsvp@sccarts.org.
Valley Youth Theatre announces 22nd season lineup
Valley Youth Theatre’s 22nd season lineup will include Grease, Aug. 13 to 29; Pinkalicious, the Musical, Oct. 1 to 17; A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, Dec. 3 to 23; Alice in Wonderland, Feb. 4 to 20; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, April 1 to 17. The 2010/11 season ends with a return to the newly renovated Herberger Theater Center June 10 to 26 with Annie.
Auditions for Pinkalicious will begin at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 North First St.
For auditions or ticket information, call (602) 253-8188, ext. 307 or visit www.vyt.com.
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.
Phoenix Symphony opens season with ‘The Music Man’
Kicking off not only the 2010/11 APS Pops Series but the complete 2010/11 Season, The Phoenix Symphony will perform a semi-staged extravaganza of the award-winning musical The Music Man. This will be a historic collaboration with Phoenix Theatre, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership between the Symphony and the renowned Valley theater company. Performances of The Music Man will be at Symphony Hall on Sept. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
For more information or tickets, call the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Other highlights of The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Pops Season, sponsored by APS, include “Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes” (Oct. 1 to 3), “Hocus Pocus Pops” (Oct. 29 to 31) and “Home for the Holidays with Bob Moody” (Dec. 3 to 5).
Mesa Arts Center announces 2010/11 performing live season
The upcoming season at Mesa Arts Center offers a variety of unique experiences with a lineup full of laughs, legends and awe-inspiring talent from around the world.
On the schedule: Jana Mashonee, Saturday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.; Hanson – Shout It Out Tour 2010 with A Rocket To The Moon, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.; NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour: 2010, Friday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sheena Easton, Friday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Bellydance Superstars Presents: Bombay Bellywood, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; 4Troops, Saturday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Nikki Yanofsky, Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Eric Bibb with Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Vince Gill, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Ravi Shankar, Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.; Perlman and Bailey present Chopin, Liszt and Friends, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Eugenia León, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Celebrity Autobiography, Nov. 4 to 21 (two shows daily); Straight No Chaser, Friday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Richard Nader’s Doo Wop, Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; Savion Glover: Bare Soundz, Sunday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.; The King’s Singers, A Holiday Concert, Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas with special guests Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Lang Lang, Thursday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Menopause the Musical, Feb. 8 to 27; Joshua Bell, Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Girls Night, March 1 to 20; Canadian Tenors, Friday, March 4, 8 p.m.; A Vienna Gala, Opole, Philharmonic of Poland, Friday, March 11, 8 p.m.; Ricky Nelson Remembered, starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Steve Tyrell, Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.; The Aluminum Show, Sunday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Yasmin Levy, Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Great Big Sea, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.; and Septeto Nacional De Cuba, Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
The National Geographic Live Speaker Series will feature Ocean Adventure: An Evening With Jean-Michel Cousteau, Underwater Explorer & Conservationist, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; America’s Great Wildlife Migrations, Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Exploring Mars: The Next Generation, Kobie Boykins, Nasa Engineer, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.; and My Wild Life, Mireya Mayor, Primatologist & Tv Correspondent, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center members receive the first chance for tickets along with many other benefits. For more information or to become a member, call (480) 644-6615. Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. July 1 by calling (480) 644-6500, online at MesaArtsCenter.com or visiting the box office at One East Main St. in downtown Mesa.
‘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 www.mesaartscenter.com 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 www.nglive.org/arizona.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu.
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.
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.
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 www.phoenixboyschoir.com 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 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.
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 Jobing.com 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 www.ticketmaster.com 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 Jobing.com Arena box office at (623) 772-3800.
For more information, visit www.radiocitychristmas.com.
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