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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 11:00 pm

Chinese Tea Artist to perform at CoffeeBuzz

Chinese Tea Artist Hongmei Lu will perform the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110.

Lu is from Shanghai, China, and celebrates the beauty of tea drinking in a way that brings ones self into harmony with nature. Admission is free and participants are encouraged to bring questions.

For more information, visit or call (480) 893-3430.


ASU Art Museum upcoming exhibitions and events

The Arizona State University Art Museum, located at Tenth Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe, continues to present contemporary art with exhibitions in all media by regional and international, emerging and established artists.

Exhibits include:

• Through May 30, NCECA Clay National, 43rd Annual NCECA Conference, April 8 to 11, Ceramic Interface: From Dawn to Digital.

• Through May 31, Potters on Paper: Selections from the Collection. Reception: April 9, 5 to 7 p.m.

• May 16 through Aug. 30, 10th Annual Summer Family Exhibition, Food: Feasts for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection. Family Fun Day: July 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. Entry is free. Hours are 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. Tuesday during the academic year, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit the museum online at">">


Happy Notes Music nominated for awards

Happy Notes Music in Ahwatukee Foothills has been nominated for 2009 Parents' Picks for Best Party Entertainer and Best Music Class with Nickelodeon's Parents Connect.

Voting is under way and continues through July 15 at

For more information, e-mail Maureen Conlin at


The stars will align for Valley Youth Theatre May 31

In 2003, four young actors, with big dreams of becoming stars, shared the stage in Valley Youth Theatre's production of The Wiz. Jordin Sparks, Emma Stone, Chelsea Staub and Max Crum's dreams have come true!

On May 31, these four stars are coming home and will take the stage together again to perform in concert to benefit Valley Youth Theatre. As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, VYT will hold its first-ever alumni concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. In addition to Sparks, Stone, Staub and Crumm, other VYT alum from the past 20 years will be on stage singing various Broadway songs from its most popular shows.

Tickets, $35 to $100, are available by calling the Symphony Hall Box Office at (602) 262-7272 or through Ticketmaster. VIP ticket packages are also available. There are no services fees for tickets purchased in person at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St.

For more information, go to


Phoenix Children's Chorus sets June auditions

The Phoenix Children's Chorus will host auditions for its 2009-10 season in June, and children and youth from second grade to high school are encouraged to audition. Audition dates are 5:30 p.m. June 2 for grades 2 to 12, 9 a.m. June 6 for grades 2 to 5 and 10:30 a.m. June 6 for grades 6 to 12 (grade is based on child's enrollment for the 2009-10 school year).

Children interested in participating do not need a musical background. The PCC is a choral music education program and will teach the children to sing chorally.

To schedule an audition, visit to download an audition form or call (602) 534-3788.


VYT sets auditions for Peter Pan and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Valley Youth Theatre has announced its 2009-10 season line-up, and first up is Peter Pan Sept. 11 to 27 followed by You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Oct. 16 to Nov. 1.

Auditions for both shows will be held at 4 p.m. June 8 and 9 at 525 N. First St.

Remaining shows in the season include A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail Dec. 4 to 23, the musical 13 Jan. 29 to Feb. 14, The Hobbit March 19 to April 4 and Willy Wonka! May 7 to 23.

Season memberships are currently available.

For details, call (602) 253-8188, ext. 4, or visit


New nonprofit formed to support music education

Desert Sounds Performing Arts was founded in July 2008 by three former band parents who saw a need to provide support for fine arts education, specifically music education. The mission of Desert Sounds is to provide music education opportunities to those students that might not otherwise be able to participate. Support is offered to any elementary, middle or high school student in Arizona demonstrating a desire and commitment to learning more about music.

Desert Sounds is hosting an introductory meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Tumbleweed Park Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Fundraisers are currently being planned. Persons interested in donating a gently used instrument or assisting Desert Sounds is asked to call (480) 304-4762, e-mail or send a note to P.O. Box 7526, Chandler AZ 85246.


Childsplay announces 2009-10 season

Childsplay, Arizona's professional theater company for young audiences, has announced its 2009-10 season, and all performances will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The schedule includes:

Honus and Me - 4 p.m. Sept. 13 (preview with discounted tickets), runs Sept. 19 to Oct. 11. Recommended for age six and older.

Androcles and the Lion -  4 p.m. Oct. 25 (preview), runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. Recommended for age five and older.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Santa Smells - 4 p.m. Nov. 15 (preview), runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 27. Recommended for age four and older.

Peter and the Wolf - 4 p.m. Jan. 24 (preview), runs Jan. 30 to March 14. Recommended for ages three and older.

Tomato Plant Girl - 1 p.m. April 10 (preview), runs April 10 to 18. Recommended for ages five and older.

The Big Friendly Giant - 4 p.m. April 25 (preview), runs May 1 to 23. Recommended for ages five and older.

Ticket prices remain the same as last season. Childsplay Play Passes (flexible subscription packages customized for families) are on sale through the Childsplay Web site at Single tickets will be on sale at the theater box office starting in early August.

For the box office, call (480) 350-2822 or visit office.


Auditions open for Phoenix Boys Choir

Auditions for the Phoenix Boys Choir are now being scheduled for boys 7 to 14 years old.

Auditions are for three different levels of the Boys Choir - the Training, Cadet and Town choirs. Most boys begin in the training choir and move up through their years of training with the choir.  Auditions are held from April through Oct. 1 for the Training Choirs and from April to June for Cadet and Town Choirs. To audition, boys must turn 7 years old by Sept. 15.

All audition appointments will be held at the Phoenix Boys Choir building at 1131 E. Missouri Ave. and will occur during after-school hours, usually between 4 and 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Pat or Latesha at (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 or 22.

The audition process takes about 15 minutes. 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.

Rehearsals and concerts take place September through May. Scholarships and financial aid for tuition and other costs are available.

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


New Horizons looking for members 40 and up

The New Horizons Band and Orchestra provides an entry point for a peer group of adult learners. Members are all 40 years and older and include those with no musical experience and those who were active in school music programs in the past.

So dust off those instruments and join them at the Historic Irving Elementary Building, 201 N. Center St. in Mesa, on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first hour is for class lessons and sectionals; the second hour for the ensembles. Tuition for the eight-week class is $100, and a recital is held at the end of each term.

The national Web site is, and the local Web site is - click on "Sonic Seniors."

For more information, e-mail Dick Rader, the string orchestra director, at or Michele Kalo, the band director, at


Art on Boston offers summer youth programs

Art on Boston Community School for the Arts is the name of the newly-formed nonprofit corporation that will be providing community arts education programs, outreach arts based programs in local schools and community venues as well as free and low costs public arts events in the Ahwatukee Foothills, Chandler and surrounding area.

Local business professionals, artists and non-artists, interested in serving on the volunteer board of directors are being sought, along with additional performers and teachers for its many programs.

Art on Boston Gallery, which also offers artist studios, an artist participation gallery and art classes, is located at 11 W. Boston St., Suite 1, Chandler.

For more information, call (480) 917-1112, e-mail or visit


ASU Gammage, Broadway Across America announce upcoming season

Arizona State University Gammage has announced the 2009-10 Broadway Across America - Arizona season. The seven show series includes Legally Blonde The Musical, Sept. 22 to 27; Little House On The Prairie, Dec. 8 to 13; August: Osage County, Jan. 5 to 10, 2010; Mary Poppins, Feb. 11 to 28; Avenue Q, March 9 to 14; Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, April 20 to 25; and In The Heights, June 15 to 20.

Special engagements include Phantom Of The Opera, Oct. 28 to Nov. 22; and Annie, Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, 2010.

Groups may order tickets starting March 23 (visit or call (480) 965-6678 for policies, pricing and to order). Season subscriptions start at $112, and new subscription orders will begin May 11. Single tickets will go on sale July 27.

For more information, call 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), or visit or


Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is presenting its annual Jazz in the Garden 2009 Concert Series on Fridays through June 26. Enjoy listening to a variety of jazz styles under starry skies on the Ullman Terrace in the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

The concerts currently run from 7 to 9 p.m.; June concert times will begin 30 minutes later (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.).

The cost is $14 for members and $20 for non-members. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available online at by calling (480) 481-8188 or by visiting the admissions box office. Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (480) 481-8104.


Men's expo teams with renowned gaming event

The national video gaming event Devastation will join the Big Boys & Their Toys men's expo June 19 to 21 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St.

The video gaming event includes at least 16 tournaments and $10,000 in guaranteed prize pots for tournament winners. In addition to a gaming tournament, Devastation offers one of the largest collections of casual and exhibition gaming areas for both players and spectators to enjoy.

Ticket prices to the expo vary by day and include reduced ticket prices for senior citizens, active and retired military, police and firefighters. Separate entry fee and early registration are required for gamers interested in participating in Devastation's event sanctioned tournaments.

For more information, visit or call (602) 331-4744.


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 wondrous entertainment featuring 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.

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