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Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at Phoenix Art Museum with Ansel Adams: Discoveries

Enjoy art-inspiring nature and all its wonder on Earth Day, April 22, with Ansel Adams: Discoveries at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. 

The Museum is also hosting a free lecture: A Photographer Documents a Changing World, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Environmental photojournalist Gary Braasch will show how time exposures, repeat and sequential images can evoke the motion and change of the world.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit


The Tears of Lives tells story of undocumented immigrants

New Carpa Theatre Co. and Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation will present two performances of The Tears of Lives by Ahwatukee Foothills resident James E. Garcia at 8 p.m. April 23 and 24 at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, Scottsdale.

The production is a fundraiser event on behalf of the Arizona Advocacy Network, an immigrant advocacy organization headquartered in Central Phoenix.

For information or tickets (minimum $25 donation), visit, e-mail or call (602) 297-2500 or (602) 460-1374.


Paul Rodriguez live at Wild Horse Pass May 1

Comedian Paul Rodriguez will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

Tickets are $30 to $60 and may be purchased online at" title= ""> or by visiting the gift shop at the resort. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.


‘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


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


McDowell Mountain Music Festival to benefit Ear Candy Charity

The seventh annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) will take place April 23 to 25 in the 101 Scottsdale Shopping Center at the northeast corner of 68th Street and Mayo Boulevard.

The event will help provide kids access to music education by having Ear Candy Charity as one of this year’s beneficiaries. All proceeds will be donated to two local charities: Ear Candy and Phoenix Day Child & Family Learning Center. 

The festival’s new location is outdoors, but there will not be a camping option. The MMMF will continue to offer the acoustic stage, drum circle, silent auction and raffle, as well as the kid’s area.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketforce (


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.

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.


The Buttes Resort rocks on the rock with Chuck E. Baby

Chuck E. Baby and the All Stars perform every Saturday night at Tequila on the Rocks at The Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way (48th Street and Broadway) in Tempe. Voted as Arizona’s favorite Party Band, enjoy the musical and interactive performances from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

The band also performs at the outdoor pool bar stage of the Thirsty Cactus Bar every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from noon until 4 p.m.

For more information, call (602) 225-9000.


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 or call (602) 534-3788.


Phoenix Children’s Chorus announces new East Valley Choir

With 25 years of developing young vocal talent and inspiring team work and self confidence, The Phoenix Children’s Chorus has announced that it is opening a new branch of the Choir to accommodate youth in the East Valley. This will be the first satellite choir for the 25 year organization and will be led by Director Janel Huyett.

The first auditions will take place May 5 at Sirrine Elementary School, 591 W. Mesquite St., Chandler, for children who will be enrolled in second to fifth grades by fall 2010.

Rehearsals for this beginning level choir will be every Thursday night with members participating in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus’ performances around the Valley.

Children who would like to audition must complete an online audition application located at or should call (602) 534-3788. In addition, every child who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket to the Phoenix Children’s Chorus’ 25th Anniversary Celebration concert at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater at 7 p.m. May 22.


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 or by calling (602) 495-0901.


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.

Auditions are being scheduled on May 22 at the Phoenix Boys Choir building, 1131 E. Missouri Ave. Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule a time.

For more information, visit


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, 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.


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 or call (480) 481-8188.


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 or call (480) 481-8188.


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

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