Holiday mixer at ASU Art Museum
The Arizona State University Art Museum at Mill Avenue and Tenth Street in Tempe will host a holiday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.
For details, visit http://asuartmuseum.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/holidays-at-the-museum/ or call (480) 965-2787.
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:
• 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.
For details or a complete schedule, visit www.chandlercenter.org.
Night at the museum lets inner child come alive
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will host its 2010 fundraising Gala – Night at the Museum … Where Your Inner Child Comes Alive! - from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Museum, 215 N. Seventh St.
This exclusive, adults-only playdate is designed to be a totally different fundraiser. Some of the best restaurateurs in the Valley will present an array of old childhood favorites to dine on with a gourmet spin. Performers and musicians will entertain, participate in an exciting scavenger hunt and purchase raffle ticktets. Attire is cocktail or playful – your choice.
Tickets, $250 each, are available at the Gala 2010 page at www.ChildrensMuseumofPhoenix.org or by contacting Carl Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 253-0501, ext. 8. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Operating Fund.
The Art of Golf, with ‘Beat The Bogey Man’ coming in March
The official head coach to four of the top 10 PGA golfers will present an exclusive show at the Chandler Center for the Arts at a spring endowment fundraiser celebrating the Art of Golf. A trained psychologist and hypnotist, as well as an official head coach for the US Pro Golf Tour, Dr. Travis Fox will present “Beat The Bogey Man” at the center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, with all net proceeds benefitting the Chandler Center for the Arts permanent endowment fund.
Tickets are $55 for a single ticket and $100 for a twosome and include the show, hors d’oeuvres and access to an exclusive raffle and live auction prior to the show.
In “Beat the Bogey Man,” Fox uses his 25 years of knowledge about the golf swing and course strategy to help golfers resolve consciously confusing physical issues and uses his methodology to ignite the mental side of the game.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.ChandlerCenter.org.
Phoenix Suns Charities announces 2010 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 email@example.com.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., offers a variety of entertainment, and the lineup includes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 27, Sister’s Christmas Catechism; 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Jesse Cook; Jan 21 and 22, Best of Momix; 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Afiara String Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Garrison Keillor; and 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.
For details, call the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
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.
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 www.dbg.org, 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 http://miraclegolfconcepts.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.gpjff.org.
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: 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.
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 Ronizee@cox.net.
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 www.heard.org/fair or call (602) 252-8848.