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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:00 am

Free Arts, Harkins tie holiday spirit in a bow

Free Arts of Arizona is once again partnering with Harkins Theatres for its annual holiday bow fundraiser. Unique bows made from authentic movie trailers may be purchased for $2 at Harkins Theatres throughout the Phoenix area, and all proceeds will go to programs and services for the children served by Free Arts of Arizona. The holiday bows are available now through Dec. 25, while supplies last.

For more information, visit


Holiday Community Soup Drive

Live Nation and The Phoenix New Times join forces for the Holiday Community Soup Drive in celebration of Joel McHale’s (of NBC’s Community and E!’s The Soup) Dec. 31 performance at the Dodge Theatre.

Help give to families in need this holiday season by donating any soup or other non-perishable food item for St. Mary’s Food Bank or unopened toys for The Real Gift Foundation.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 1 to 22 at any Zia Records location (the nearest is at 1940 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler). Those who donate will receive $5 off tickets to see Joel McHale on Dec. 31 (limit two tickets per donation, while supplies last).

Show tickets are available at, by calling 1-877-LYV-6671 or visiting participating Blockbuster stores.


Set a ‘PlayDate with Chrysalis’ and see Childsplay’s Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Chrysalis, together with Childsplay, will host the exclusive Valley debut of Childsplay’s Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! on Dec. 5 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The unique “fun-raising” event includes a day at Tempe Center for the Arts, the performance, a concession treat, interactive activities and a silent auction with proceeds going to the Chrysalis shelter. The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. performance.

Tickets are $25 per person, with proceeds going to support Chrysalis’ array of services to families and individuals affected by domestic violence. Services include crisis shelter, transitional housing, outpatient counseling, offender treatment, victim advocacy and lay-legal support.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jodie Weisenberg at (602) 955-9059.


Phoenix Children’s Chorus announces 2009-10 season

The renowned Phoenix Children’s Chorus has announced its 25th Anniversary Season. The chorus is comprised young singers from second to 12 grades in four distinct choirs.

The upcoming season includes: 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert, Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church; Phoenix Children’s Chorus Dinner Gala, April 24, Memorial Hall at Indian Steele Park; 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert, May 22, 7 p.m., Ikeda Theater at Mesa Center for the Arts; and 25th Anniversary Tour to China, June 2010, Shanghai, Zhengzhou and Beijing.

Season tickets are on sale now by calling (602) 534-3788. Individual performance tickets will go on sale Nov. 10 by calling the number above or through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit


Jazz Cabaret Series to feature top Valley vocalists

The Jazz Cabaret Series is under way and will continue every Monday night through December at Monti’s La Casa Vieja, 100 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.

All performances run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Show up early for good seats to see and hear the following: Dec. 7, Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience; Dec. 14, “Tribute to Chet Baker” featuring trumpet greats Fred Forney, Dmitri Matheny & Denny Monce; and Dec. 21, Judy Roberts and Friends Celebrate the Holidays.

Tickets are $8 (cash only) at the door. Student discount tickets are $5. For more information, call (480) 966-0812 or visit


Phoenix Children’s Chorus hosting auditions

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will hold auditions for boys and girls, second through eighth grades, for the 2009-10 season. Auditions will begin at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St.

No prior choral training is required – applicants need only possess a clear, pleasant singing voice and the desire to learn. There is no fee to audition.

The choir has over 200 children in two training choirs and two touring choirs. This award-winning chorus has performed throughout Europe and Russian and has taken top honors at the World Choral Olympics. The touring choirs will be traveling to China for a three-city tour in June 2010.

For more information or to schedule an audition, visit  or call (602) 534-3788.


Wegman ‘Dog Portrait’ sketching event

A fun, free evening of hands-on sketching in the galleries for children and adults is being offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 7380 E. Second St. Visitors will have the opportunity to creatively explore the Unexpected Wegman exhibition through a series of sketching exercises focusing on “dog portraits” with SMoCA’s education staff.

Reservations are suggested by e-mailing or calling (480) 874-4641. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.


Music Maker Workshops celebrate season

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills, located at the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street, will celebrate the season with a variety of fun events for the community.

A free Winter Wonderland Workshop featuring Kindermusik will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, for ages 3 to 6. Drop off the kids and they will enjoy centers, arts & crafts, a yummy snack and a fun interactive Kindermusik lesson. Please bring a canned food or toy for the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Reservations are required.

A Studio Open House and Holiday Celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Stop by for great food, live music and the opportunity to meet many of the studio’s teachers. Anyone that attends the open house will also get free studio registration on lessons or gift certificate purchases.

Winter 2009 Music Camp will run from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, to Wednesday, Dec. 23, for ages 5 to 12. All skill levels are welcome. Kids will pick three activities: drums, guitar, bass, voice, piano, or arts & crafts. The cost is $80. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, call (480) 706-1224 or visit


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., is offering a variety of programs, and the December lineup includes: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin for Lovers; Dec. 1 to 27 (7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays), Sister’s Christmas Catechism; 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Yo-Yo Ma; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 5, The Golden Dragon Acrobats; 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Kenny Barron Trio; and 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice: Night Sky Essays.

For details, call the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or visit


ACT presenting ‘A Christmas Carol’

Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre will present A Christmas Carol Dec. 11 to 20, featuring great music and a heart-warming tale. This version is based on the Muppets A Christmas Carol and includes original songs by ACT Executive Director, Michele Rubino.

The show is suitable for all kids and their families and will take place at the theater at 5051 E. Elliot Road. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

Tickets, $15, are available at the theater or by calling (480) 705-9319. For more information, visit


Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet

This year marks the 10th anniversary production of the Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet, and performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Desert Vista High School Fine Arts Theater, 16440 S. 32nd St.

The sets will come to life as the theater is filled with falling snow, angels dancing on clouds and a Christmas tree that grows through the roof of the theater.

Santa Claus will make a special visit following the 2 p.m. Saturday performance. The audience will also be invited on stage for an opportunity to take photographs on Clara’s Throne in the Land of Sweets and to meet and get autographs from the cast.

This holiday classic is for the entire family and features young dancers ages 3 to 22 from around the Valley.

Tickets are currently on sale at Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8, or by calling (480) 706-6040 or e-mailing

For more information, visit


Calling past ‘Annie’ performers

Arizona State University Gammage and the national touring company of Annie is looking for any past cast members from the Broadway production of Annie that played in New York from 1977 to 1997. The Annie tour will be returning to ASU Gammage Dec. 29 through Jan. 3.

The current cast of Annie is extending an invitation to all former cast members to join them for a special reunion event here in Arizona this December.

If you were a part of the cast, contact ASU Gammage at (480) 965-1884 or by Dec. 20.


Theater season at MCC

The Theatre Arts & Film Department at Mesa Community College will present the following performances at Theatre Outback, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa: Blood Wedding, Dec. 3 to 6; The Great White Hope, Feb. 25 to 28; and To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, April 29 to May 2.

Tickets are $15 for the public; $12 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for students and seniors. For information or tickets, call the box office at (480) 461-7170 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.


Phoenix Suns Charities announces 2010 Suns & Stars Gala 

Phoenix Suns Charities invites Valley residents to rub elbows with Phoenix Suns players, coaches and alumni at the annual Suns & Stars gala on Saturday, March 13, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St. Guests will also enjoy entertainment, dinner and much more.

Tickets are now on sale. All proceeds will benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families. Other sponsorship table options are available as well as limited individual tickets.

For more information, call (602) 379-7767 or e-mail


Sonoran Desert Chorale

Inspired with optimism, the Sonoran Desert Chorale has themed its new season “How Can I Keep From Singing”? and features a year of heart-lifting, infectious songs designed to entertain audiences.

Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, and Sunday afternoon performances will be at 3 p.m. at Paradise Valley Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.

The schedule includes: Singing Together – A Holiday Tradition, Dec. 12 and 13; Song, Go On!  A Tribute to the Music of Canada, Feb. 27 and 28; and Music of Fame and Fortune – the Stage and Screen, May 1 and 2.

Tickets are available by calling (480) 305-4538 and will also be available 30 minutes prior to each concert at the door. Visit for more information.


Music & Music Business Seminar coming up

Vocalists, instrumentalists and those interested in the music industry are invited to participate in the Music & Music Business Seminar set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 at the Phoenix Mesa Marriott, 200 N. Centennial Way in Mesa. The seminar also includes a concert Saturday evening, as well as personal auditions and individualized feedback with renowned artists Marvin Goldstein and Randy Kartchner. The cost is $160 per attendee for those who sign up before Nov. 30 and $200 after that date. Participants will learn about the various aspects of the music business from industry professionals in a values-based, family atmosphere. 

The event is sponsored by Adelaide Music Group. Registraion is available online at or by calling (480) 766-0381.

The “You’re All I Want for Christmas” concert starring Goldstein, as well as actor and songwriter Kirby Heyborne and classical vocalist Sarah Morgann will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 18 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. in Mesa. Tickets are $25 and $35 and are available at the MAC box office, online at or by calling (480) 644-6500.


2009 PacTour features Saosin, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem

PacSun, the clothing store inspired by the California lifestyle, has kicked off is 2009 tour featuring Saosin, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem with opening act Eye Alaska, and will make a stop on Friday, Dec. 18, at The Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe.

PacSun stores near each tour stop will play host to PacTour bands each day of the tour for free. Innerpartysystem is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Chandler Fashion Center store at 3499 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. Not only can fans show up for the performance and meet and greet, but this year Ernie Ball will be giving away a free guitar at every in-store performance.

For more information on the PacTour, visit


Chandler Center for the Arts announces 2009-10 season

The Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season with the following line up this season:

• The magnificent Zoppé An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 will take place under the Big Top on the west lawn at various times Dec. 26 to Jan. 3, 2010. The New Year’s Eve show will be a celebration and includes party favors.  

• Sprinkled throughout the season will be the Rhythms of LIFE series - a unique collection of powerful and personal stories of the most celebrated artists in history. The series begins at 3 p.m. and includes “Pardon My English” Gershwin By Ira Jan. 10, “Love Letters: From Beethoven to Bernstein” Feb. 14 and “Copland and Me” April 11.

• Family entertainment continues with Red Grammer who will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 6.  

• If you who love renowned artists like Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo or Josh Groban, then you will love the Canadian “popera” sensation Destino, who will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 19.

• Magician Richard Steele will give performances at 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

• Ellen Snortland’s Now That She’s Gone will be on stage March 10 to 14.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will run March 23 to 28, and members of the audience will play the roles of family and friends. The all-inclusive evening features eating, drinking and conversation.

Yu Wei will perform at 7 p.m. April 17. Yu Wei’s dance art features music and costumes from China and around the world.

For complete details, visit


2010 Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant seeking contestants

Contestant applications are now being accepted for the 21st Annual Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant to be held Saturday March 27, at the North Canyon High School Auditorium. The Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant is the largest pageant in Arizona with an attendance of over 1,000 each year.

Contestants must be 60 years of age or older and express their lifestyles through evening gown, talent, philosophy of life and a judge’s interview. Each contestant is judged on “inner beauty” and an energetic and positive outlook on life.

Ms. Senior Arizona 2010 will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America competition in November in Atlantic City.

To request an application or for more information on the pageant, call (602) 788-9556 or (480) 634-8753.


Music design exhibition begins with DJ and music culture events

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s highly anticipated exhibition about the intersection of design and the material culture of music will kick off the New Year Jan. 2. Rewind Remix Replay: Design, Music & Everyday Experience will allow visitors to see how the designs of musical instruments and playback devices have shaped our ever-evolving experience of music. The exhibit runs through May 23.

Free (except for May SMoCA Nights) Spring Rewind Remix Replay events include:

7 p.m. Jan. 21, Gallery DJ demonstration and discussion featuring Mark Chai; noon Feb. 3, lecture on music and popular culture by Arizona State University music history professor Richard Mook; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, panel discussion moderated by guest curator Prasad Boradkar featuring some of the most knowledgeable experts in the music delivery field; 7 p.m. April 29, DJs Maji, P-Body and dk.strickler will demonstrate and discuss their diverse styles; and 9 p.m. May 6, SMoCA Nights Party featuring live bands, DJs and fashion.

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. For information, call (480) 994-2787 or visit


Winter Music in the Garden lineup at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden will present its annual Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 10 to Feb. 21. All concerts are held outdoors on the Garden’s Ullman Terrace at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Fabulous Food Catering will provide a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge, the Patio Café will also be open and a cash bar will be available.

The schedule is as follows: Jan. 10, The Swingtips – Swing/Jazz/Lounge; Jan. 17, Big Pete Pearson – Blues; Jan. 24, Mosaico Flamenco - Spanish Guitar; Jan. 31, Back Porch Bandits – Bluegrass/Folk/Acoustic; Feb. 7, Brazen Heads – Irish/Celtic/Rock; and Feb. 21, Cascabel – Latin/Rock/Pop.

Tickets are limited, and advance purchase is strongly recommended. The cost is $14 for members, $20 for non-members, $8 for children ages three to 12 and free for children two and under. Garden admission is included.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at the box office or by calling (480) 481-8188.


ACT hosting free golf event

The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre will hold its annual golf event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Foothills Golf Club.

Golfers must raise a minimum of $300 to golf for free. Golfers/fundraisers with $500 to $999 in donations will be awarded a $50 gift card, and a $100 gift card will be awarded for every $1,000 raised. Prizes will also be awarded for “longest drive” and “closest to the pin” winners. Each golfer will also be treated to lunch.

Now is the time to register as it will take time to gather donations. Golfers may register at, then click “I am playing in a golf tournament.” Remember that your event is “Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre.”

For more information, call (480) 705-9319 or e-mail


Phoenix Opera begins 3rd season

Phoenix Opera will present two of the world’s best-loved operas, Bizet’s Carmen Nov. 6 and 8 and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Feb. 12 and 14, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (602) 262-7272.


Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will run Feb. 20 to March 4 this year, offering a wide variety of films with universal appeal to audiences of all ages and interests.

The festival opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, with the film A Matter of Size and a dessert reception at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale. Other films are Noodle, Blues by the Beach, Stealing Klimt, Eli and Ben, Leo and Claire, Eli and Ben, Father’s Footsteps, Polish Winter, The Debt, Brothers, Toyland, Stealing Klimt, Brothers, and A Trip to Prague.

Tickets are $9 for each film date.

For further information, film descriptions, locations and tickets, visit


Amateur film-makers invited to enter contest

A new collaboration between the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and the New Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has resulted in the creation of the Scholastic Film Contest.

The contest is open to all amateur scholastic film-makers in the United States. Film-makers do not have to be Jewish to enter the contest, but must fall into the following two grade levels for which one winner will be selected for each level – Level 1, high school students grades 9 to 12; and Level 2, undergraduate or graduate students at any college or university.

Submitted films must be no longer than 10 minutes and of obvious Jewish content or reflect issues related to any cultural, political historical, religious, geographical or any other aspects of Jewish life.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.

For complete details, e-mail Roni Zee at


Indian Market continues to combine innovation with tradition

The 52nd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, “Where Art Meets Entertainment,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave.

The world-acclaimed festival draws nearly 20,000 visitors and more than 700 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists.

The Fair is the perfect place for families wishing to enjoy a cultural and inexpensive weekend of music, entertainment and food. Festival goers can enjoy an array of American Indian music and dance performances in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater throughout the weekend. A variety of foods including American Indian favorites like fry bread, posole stew, piki bread and Hopi stew as well as Mexican and American fare tempt the tastebuds. There’s even gelato available to satisfy every sweet tooth.

This year’s Fair honors the clans, tribes and arts of the Apache peoples.

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

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