Actors, makeup artists needed for vampire, zombie video

Jillian McDonald, social studies artist-in-residence at the Arizona State University Art Museum, is seeking participants in a video installation for her November exhibit at ASU. No experience necessary and materials will be provided.

Meetings begin Oct. 15, and the video will take place the afternoon of Oct. 31.

For details, call McDonald at (917) 443-8107 or e-mail


International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival at MADCAP Theaters

Arizona’s Premier Genre Film Festival, the International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival 2009, will take place Oct. 15 to 18 at MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe.

The Festival will kick off on Thursday with an Opening Night Event featuring a screening of Starship Troopers with a special guest appearance by the film’s star Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico).

Friday will feature Night of the Living Dead with a special guest appearance from Judith O’Dea (Barbra). Films will continue into the night, featuring retro and late night fare. The Friday Night Bash will feature the Gore Girl Competition.

Saturday will see Marilyn Burns inducted into the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame and there will be a screening her classic film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Later that night will be the Saturday Night Costume Party, featuring a cash prize costume contest. Bring out your best costumes.

On Sunday the films continue to roll on three screens. More indie and retro titles will be scattered throughout the day. The Closing Night Film will be followed by the Closing Night Party with awards.

Call (602) 955-6444 for more information.


VYT auditioning for A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail and 13

Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., will hold auditions for A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail and 13 starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 22.

Based on the beloved stories by A.A. Milne, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail has become a holiday tradition at VYT, now in its 14th season. 13, a new musical with an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, is a hilarious, high energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it … and sometimes where you least expect it.

There is no fee to participate in main stage productions, but parents and families are asked to help with set construction, costumes and front of house during rehearsals and the run of the show.

Winnie the Pooh performance dates are Dec. 4 to 23, and performances of 13 are Jan. 29 to Feb. 14 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

For audition details, a schedule of show dates and times or ticket information, call (602) 253-8188, ext. 4, or visit


SMCC seeking community singers for Handel’s Messiah

For the 22nd year, the South Mountain Community College Music Department is inviting singers from the community to be part of the SMCC holiday tradition of performing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Auditions will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 in the SMCC Music Building, Room 530 or by appointment. To schedule an audition, contact Desiree Armijo at (602) 243-8382 or Dr. Jerome Garrison at (602) 243-8055.

The 22nd Annual Holiday Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St.


Grease discounts available

The national tour of Grease, starring American Idol Taylor Hicks, will be performed at the Dodge Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 to 22, 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 1 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets range from $44 to $79, plus applicable service charges. Special offers are outlined below.

• Students with valid ID may purchase special student rush tickets for $20 that will be released for sale two hours prior to curtain time. Student rush tickets may only be purchased in person at the box office at 400 W. Washington St. and are limited to two tickets per ID.

• Families may bring their children to the 2 p.m. Oct. 24 performance with a special offer of one free child ticket with each adult ticket purchased. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. To purchase, go to and use the promo code KIDS, call 1-877-598-6671 or visit the box office.


Artists combine game show, reality competition

The fourth event in the Artists on Artists series, the “Arte Gigante Variety Hour,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Stage 2 Theater inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

For more information, visit


Out to Lunch free fall concert series at MAC

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and local music during Mesa Arts Center’s free outdoor concerts from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 22 to Dec. 17 in the Wells Fargo Garden, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Chairs and lawn seating are available, but guests are encouraged to bring stadium cushions and blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. All Out to Lunch concerts are free and open to the public.

Performers include Sandy Oglesby + Friend (storytelling), Oct. 22; Nosotrosound (traditional music from Latin America), Oct. 29; Paul McDermand (steel drum), Nov. 5; That Kool Band (rock and pop favorites from the 50s, 60s and 70s), Nov. 12; Chris and Lena Jacome (Flamenco guitar and dance), Nov. 19; Pete Pancrazi Trio, Dec. 3; Carolyn Sills and the Poor Man’s Roses (music of Patsy Cline), Dec. 10; and Salt River Brass Quintet (classic and pop favorites), Dec. 17.

Guests may combine their lunchtime visit with a free visit to Mesa Contemporary Arts, the five visual arts galleries at Mesa Arts Center.

For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit


Mesa Storytelling Festival Oct. 23 and 24

The seventh annual Mesa Storytelling Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa.

Enjoy the captivating art of storytelling, as nationally-known tellers engage and enthrall audiences as they take part in the Valley’s largest storytelling event celebrating the love of reading and the power of imagination. Oct. 24 includes an all-day free festival, with evening ticketed performances ($15 each) on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit


ASU Día de los Muertos celebration

The 10th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Exhibit will run through Jan. 8 at the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, SHESC Building, on the Tempe campus. The gallery will be filled with traditional altars, cajitas (small traveling altars) and artwork celebrating this unique holiday and its 10th anniversary. Admission is free.

An opening reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29, in which Dr. Carmen King will present “Searching for Origins: Day of the Dead in Colonial Mexico” at 6 p.m., followed by music, food and a performance. The event is free and open to the public.

Día de los Muertos: An Ancient Tradition in the 21st Century: A Panel Discussion will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Oct. 24 at Xico, Inc., 44 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. A panel of artists and scholars will discuss issues related to the holiday. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


 Fall at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., is offering a variety of programs this fall, including ongoing performances of Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part (8 p.m. Saturdays) and Late Nite Catechism (8 p.m. Fridays).

Other events: 8 p.m. Oct. 24, ARTrageous, featuring Kristin Chenoweth; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 2009-10 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Haochen Zhang, Gold Medalist – 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2009); Talk Cinema, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 14, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 16, April 27 and May 11; and 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble .

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


Viesturs kicks off National Geographic at MAC Oct. 28

America’s most acclaimed mountaineer, Ed Viesturs, will kick off the 2009-10 National Geographic Live Arizona speaker series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Called “the ultimate climbing machine” by Men’s Journal, preeminent alpinist Ed Viesturs has successfully ascended Mount Everest seven times, mostly recently in May 2008. Join him as he shares his awe-inspiring experiences and stories of determination and accomplishment.

Tickets - $26 to $38 - are available at or by calling (480) 644-6500.

A free student program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the same location. Seating is limited, and registration is required at


 MAC events

Events at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa: Out to Lunch, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, 10 5 p.m. Oct. 31, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 FOMA Collects, through Nov. 15 (the exhibit showcases the best in Mexican folk art from the private collections of Friends of Mexican Art members) Conexiones, Contemporary Works by Mexican Artists, through Jan. 3 (this exhibition demonstrates the kind of artwork being produced today by Mexico’s foremost emerging and established artists). For information, visit


Grand Canyon State Games hosting annual art contest

The Grand Canyon State Games Art Contest promotes creativity through art as an effective method for artists across the nation to express their dreams and ideas for a successful life and a better community.

Draw, paint, decoupage, be innovative artistically as the challenge is on to use creativity and imaginations to put this year’s themes into art. Themes range from topics on Character Education, being Tobacco and Alcohol free, to the importance of taking care of your bodies in a healthy manner and the importance of practicing peace in your everyday life.

The contest is free, and entries will be judged on originality, theme interpretation and use of media. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top winners from each grade, kindergarten to 12, and two adult categories (ages 19 to 49, and 50 and up). Brochures are available by calling the Grand Canyon State Games office at (480) 517-9700 or online at The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 30 .


 Phoenix Symphony holding a Halloween costume contest

Little ghosts and goblins will fill Symphony Hall on Oct. 31 as The Phoenix Symphony presents “Trick or Treat,” the second concert of the Target Family Series. From Glaser’s March of the Little Goblins and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, to the suite from John Williams’ Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone and the memorable theme from Ghostbusters, the afternoon’s program will be sure to put a chill down the spine of the young and old.

Pre-concert activities begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby and include a Halloween costume contest, meet and greet with the Arizona Ghostbusters, a photo booth to capture the memory and a Halloween-themed craft.

The Oct. 31 concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Tickets for “Trick or Treat” range from $10 to $18 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or by visiting


'The President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band offers free concert at MAC

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, America’s oldest professional musical organization, will present a free performance filled with tradition and fanfare at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa.

The performance is free, but tickets are required by calling (480) 644-6500 or visiting www.mesaartscenter.c om.


 Dìa de Los Muertos celebration at MAC

On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., the Mesa Arts Center campus (1 E. Main St., Mesa) will ignite in a celebration of the memory of departed loved ones. Dìa de Los Muertos is a community celebration complete with a community altar, live music and performances, food, a mercado featuring an assortment of Day of the Dead merchandise, jewelry, arts & crafts, children’s activities and more. The event is free to the public.

In addition to the many events at Mesa Arts Center, a free trolley will run between Mesa Contemporary Arts, Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History throughout the two-day event. Mesa Contemporary Arts will be free to the public on Saturday and Sunday, while Target 3 for Free will provide free access to the other two museums on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Complete details may be found at www.MesaArtsCenter.c om.


 Pop sensations Jonnie and Brookie giving benefit concert

Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” pop sensations Jonnie and Brookie will hold a benefit concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Mountain View Lutheran Church to help raise funds for the Music Ministry. The annual Chili Cook-Off will also be held.

Jonnie and Brookie are local girls who have made it big. Their music has a fun pop feel. Both play electric, acoustic and bass guitars while filling in with piano and drums. They have been performing across the country since they were 3 and 5 years old, and their mission is to be good role models for our youth and to show them that it’s cool to help others, have good character and to make a difference. This year they were voted Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. They’ve released seven CDs and are working on a new release for 2009. To learn more about them, visit

Tickets to the concert are $5 and include dinner. Tickets are available at the church office at 11002 S. 48th St., before and after weekend services and at the door the day of the concert.

For information or reservations, call Jennifer Sheldon at (480) 893-2579 or e-mail jsheldon@mvlutheran .org.


Storytelling at the 'Buzz

The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will host the next storytelling event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110. The story theme this month is A Cornucopia of Tales. The next event will be held Dec. 7 (Happy Holidays).

Even though these sessions are called “Stories for Grownups,” everyone is welcome. Coffee and good food are available, and there is no cover charge.

For more information, or if you would like to participate, e-mail Kelly Davis at or visit


Heard Museum continues Community Second Sundays

The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., is offering free admission to Arizona residents on the second Sunday of most months. In addition, the Heard is partnering with local Valley nonprofit organizations and charities to give back to the community. Visitors to the museum, whether free or paid admission, who bring an item will receive a coupon for 2-for-1 admission when they next visit.

This fall, the Heard is asking the public to aid these special organizations:

• Sunday, Nov. 8: Bring a personal item (such as grooming items) or a household item to aid veterans and their families. The donations will assist veterans who are hospitalized or in other need and to their families who are staying in apartments nearby the Phoenix Veterans’ Hospital.

• Sunday, Dec. 13: Bring an unwrapped toy to help provide a merry holiday for underprivileged American Indian children in the Valley.

For additional information, call (602) 252-8840 or visit


Palette of Homes Tour benefits Free Arts of Arizona

The Palette of Homes Tour, sponsored by Phoenix Home & Garden magazine to benefit Free Arts of Arizona, will occur on Sunday, Nov. 8, taking participants through exceptional residences in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Monies raised from this event support Free Arts of Arizona’s therapeutic art programs for children who are abused, homeless or at-risk and living in group homes, homeless shelters or treatment centers. 

Ticket prices are $125 for the Dream Home Tour and $225 for the Deluxe Dream Home Tour. For more information, visit or For reservations, call (602) 258-8100.


Beaux Arts features silent auction of paintings, sculptures

Scottsdale Artists’ School 17th annual “Beaux Arts” reception and silent auction will be held 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the school, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale.

Reserved seats are $125 and general admission tickets are $100.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (480) 990-1422. For more details about the Scottsdale Artists’ School, go to


Phoenix Boys Choir fall gala coming up

The Phoenix Boys Choir invites community members to attend its fall 2009 gala, “A Night of Wondrous Entertainment,” beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Herberger Theater Center Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St.

The cabaret-style evening will include a performance by the Tour Choir, silent and live auctions and cocktail reception.

All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Boys Choir. Cocktail attire.

For more information, visit or call (602) 264 -5328.


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. we ekdays.


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, Tempe. 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 www.phoenixchildrenschor


Phoenix Children’s Chorus hosting auditions

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will hold auditions for boys and girls, second through 8th 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.


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.


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:

• 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.

• 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


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 expands

After a year of negotiations, the 13-year-old Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and the five-year-old East Valley Jewish Film Festival have merged.

This year’s festival gets under way Feb. 20, with a total of 10 films being shown at two geographically spaced venues - Harkins Chandler Crossroads off Route 202 and the Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale.

For further information, visit www.


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 Roni


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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