Candidate search is on for Miss Asia Arizona 2010
Candidates are being sought for the seventh annual Miss Asia Arizona Pageant, which will take place June 26 in metro Phoenix. The pageant is produced entirely by volunteers.
The deadline to apply is April 10. For more information or to apply, visit www.missasiaarizona.com.
Local multimedia entertainment company Arizona’s Own, Inc., is conducting a statewide talent search for artists between the ages of 16 and 31.
For details or to register for an audition, visit www.azowninc.com. To encourage serious registrations only, a $25 non-refundable audition fee applies. The deadline to register is midnight April 11.
Set scheduled auditions will take place in May at the Mesa Amphitheatre.
Culture Pass provides access to Valley attractions
The Culture Pass, an innovative program launched by Valley arts and cultural organizations in April 2009 to provide library card holders free admission to top metro Phoenix destinations, was reinstated for a second year on April 1. The program, which served 140,000 participants in its first year, pairs 14 local organizations with public libraries in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Culture Passes are checked out like library books at the 30 local branches of participating city libraries. Each pass grants admission for two or four people. Libraries have a limited number of passes for each organization. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are checked out at the library’s circulation desk. Passes cannot be reserved, renewed or requested through interlibrary loan and are valid for seven days. Passes do not need to be returned.
More information is available at www.theculturepass.org.
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 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.
Julio Iglesias live June 18
Julio Iglesias will perform starting at 8 p.m. 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.
Contestants sought for Mrs. Arizona America Pageant
The Mrs. Arizona America Pageant is looking for contestants from all areas within the state to compete for the title of Mrs. Arizona America. Contestants represent a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles and personal interests and range from ages 21 to 72.
The pageant will take place May 22 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and contestants will compete in three categories: personal interview, evening gown and swimsuit.
Mrs. Arizona will go on to participate in the National Mrs. America Pageant in Tucson in September.
For contestant or sponsorship information, contact Diane at (602) 870-7572 or visit www.mrsarizonaamerica.com.
Spiked! Thursdays return to DBG
Spiked! Thursdays has returned for the spring season with fresh locations, cocktails and new music at The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The happy hour and social event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through May 6.
Spiked! tickets, $25, include general Garden admission featuring the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit, music and hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Guests must be 21 or older to attend, and children will not be admitted.
For more information or tickets, visit www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.
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.
Arizona Country Thunder rumbles with blockbuster 4-day schedule
Country Thunder USA will run April 14 to 17 at the Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Ariz. Music fans can cowboy-up for a full, four-day general admission pass for $99 – with passes now on sale. One-day event tickets will also be available closer to the event. VIP and sponsorship packages are available with added perks of hospitality tent access, preferred parking and premium concert seating.
For more information or tickets, visit www.countrythunder.com.
ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival
The 14th annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, outdoors on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center, directly behind the museum at Mill Avenue and Tenth Street in Tempe.
Twenty-one works will be included in the one-night outdoor festival.
The event is free to the public, but make sure to bring our own seating.
For details, visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/filmfest.
Get the party started at comic and costuming workshop
Phoenix Comicon’s free Comic Create workshops continue with a costume party April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bookmans, 1056 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa. People dressed up as their own original superheroes have a chance to compete in a costume contest as local comic artists discuss their sources for inspiration.
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, television and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27 to 30 convention at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.
For more information, go to www.phoenixcomicon.com.
‘Rock the Zoo’ coming up
Tickets are available for “Rock the Zoo” (formerly known as ZooBrew), which will take place from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway.
This annual adults-only fundraiser promises plenty of music and merriment while raising money for the Zoo. Nationally-known alternative rock band Vertical Horizon will energize the crowd with live performances throughout the night. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample beverages from more than 30 vendors. A silent auction and a host of other fun activities will round out the evening.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
General admission tickets are $55 for Zoo members and $65 for non-members. VIP admission tickets are $115 for Zoo members and $125 for non-members.
For information or tickets, visit www.phoenixzoo.org.
Pandora Festival showcases Arizona women playwrights
Arizona Women’s Theatre Company will present the fourth annual Pandora Festival, a celebration of new plays written by Arizona women playwrights, April 23 to 25 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Staged readings of full length, one act and 10 minute plays will showcase contemporary Arizona women playwrights.
For more information, visit www.azwtc.org.
Dinner on the Desert
The Desert Botanical Garden will host Dinner on the Desert starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
The evening begins in the Ottosen Entry Garden with a signature cocktail and a final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit. As the sun sets, guests will take in the evening beauty of the Garden as they make their way to Dorrance Hall to bid on plants, pots and garden art and savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. A short stroll takes you to the magical setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza for a Native-American inspired dinner. The party continues at Boppart Courtyard with entertainment and dancing under the stars.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500, and reservations are limited. Call Esther at (480) 481-8182 for more information or reservations.
Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Inaugural Gala
In anticipation of its historic cultural exchange tour to China including the Shanghai’s Children’s Palace, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will host its inaugural Gala with a Chinese themed concert, dinner and entertainment.
The 25th Anniversary Inaugural Gala will take place April 24 at Memorial Hall in Steele Indian School Park beginning with outdoor hosted cocktails, Asian themed appetizers, martial artists and lion dancers from White Crane Kung Fu at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., with all 250 members of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus performing.
Tickets, $125, are available by calling (602) 534-3788. All proceeds benefit The Phoenix Children’s Chorus.
Mid-season auditions open for the Phoenix Boys Choir
Due to ongoing demand, the Phoenix Boys Choir is open for auditions mid-season for the first time in its history. Auditions are being scheduled for boys from seven to 14 years old for three levels of the Boys Choir – the Training (located in Tempe, Peoria, Scottsdale and Phoenix), Cadet and Town choirs. Boys will be a part of one of America’s largest and most prestigious choirs and will join 60 years of excellence, earn a sophisticated musical education, learn multi-cultural music and make lifetime friendships.
Auditions are being scheduled on April 17 and May 22. Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule a time on their desired date. During the audition, parents and potential members will have the opportunity to observe a typical rehearsal and talk with current parents and choir alumni. The program will be discussed and questions answered. Auditions will be held at the Phoenix Boys Choir building at 1131 E. Missouri Ave.
Eligible boys should possess an unchanged, clear and pleasant singing voice and a good ear for music. Previous choir experience is not required and there is no need to prepare audition material. Families will be informed immediately after the audition if the boy is accepted and at which choir level he will begin. Boys selected to join the choirs will be invited to become active members of the choir directly following their acceptance. Scholarships and financial aid for tuition and other costs are available.
For more information, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.
Auditions set for Phoenix Children’s Chorus
Phoenix Children’s Chorus will host auditions for the 2010 season on Saturday, May 1, and Monday, May 3, for boys and girls currently in first through eleventh grades. No prior choral training is required – applicants need only possess a clear and pleasant singing voice and the desire to learn. There is no fee to audition, and the audition location is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the choir has over 225 children in two training choirs and two touring choirs. This award-winning chorus has performed throughout Europe and Russia and has taken top honors at the World Choral Olympics. The two touring choirs will travel to China for a three-city tour in June.
For more information or to schedule an audition, visit www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org or call (602) 534-3788.
SMoCA announces three new exhibitions for summer
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art at 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale will have three new exhibitions this summer: Spy Hopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the permanent collection (May 22 to Sept. 19), the new “Architecture + Art” series launches with an exhibition titled 90 Days Over 100° with Phoenix architects Atherton | Keener (May 22 to Sept. 19) and Re-imagining the West: selections from the permanent collection (June 12 to Aug. 22).
For details, visit www.smoca.org.
Mother’s Day lunch and concert with Esteban
Celebrate Mother’s Day (May 9) with the musical talents of Esteban in concert at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
Two concert options are available. The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious catered brunch (table seating only). The 4 to 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only).
Tickets for the 11 a.m. concert and brunch are $85 (doors open at 10 a.m.). Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert only are $50 (doors open at 3 p.m.). Tickets are limited, and advance ticket purchase is recommended.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.