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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 11:00 pm

‘Superstar’ Easter egg hunt at ASU Gammage

Kids and parents are invited to attend a free Easter egg hunt from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today, March 26, on the box office lawn at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe.

For more information, call (480) 965-5062 or visit


Festival offers free arts projects for kids

Kids preschool through sixth grade will have the opportunity for free hands-on visual arts projects during the Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, from 10 a.m. to dusk March 26-28 along Mill Avenue in Tempe. Admission is free.

For festival details, visit


Annual concert benefits the homeless

Attorney Matt Feeney, Judge Larry Winthrop and Pat Winthrop will again roll up their sleeves, get out their instruments and become the band feeney/winthrop, performing a concert at Xavier College Preparatory to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a job service for the homeless. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the Xavier College Preparatory Performing Arts Center, Kemper and Ethel Marley Theater, 4710 North 5th St.

Tickets are available at (a $15 donation is suggested for each ticket). For more information, call Blue at (602) 417-9854, ext. 3467 or e-mail


New art gallery opens downtown

AOI Gallery and Japan Acupuncture have opened a small art gallery inside of Japan Acupuncture at 600 N. Fourth St., Unit 147.

For details, call (480) 246-0624.


Laugh with CleanComedyClub

CleanComedyClub shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Midtown Manhattan Studio, 209 E. Baseline Road, Suite E107, Tempe; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Sandstone Cafe, 4959 W. Ray Road, Chandler; and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Mad Chef Restaurant, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd. (at 40th Street) in Ahwatukee Foothills.

For more information or tickets, visit or call (480) 759-5120 or (602) 369-8906.


Spring Paintout at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League are co-sponsoring their 15th annual Spring Paintout through April 4 at the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

More than 40 of the league’s best landscape artists will set up their easels throughout the Garden and paint from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in March. The public is encouraged to interact with them and see art and nature in new ways.

A show and sale will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 to 4, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit


The Phoenix Symphony partners with St. Mary’s Food Bank

The Phoenix Symphony is again partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank as participants in Orchestras Feeding America.

This nationwide project started last year and was inspired by the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player who was living on the streets of Los Angeles as a result of a mental illness. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez noticed Nathaniel and was drawn to his talent, intelligence and passion for Beethoven. The fascinating story led to the film The Soloist, a film about Ayers, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Last year’s Orchestras Feeding America project involved 250 orchestras collecting over 200,000 pounds of food.

Phoenix Symphony patrons may donate items at Symphony Hall during the “Symphonic Star Wars” and “Star Wars Mania” concerts beginning one hour prior to the start of each concert. Concerts on March 26 and 27 begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee on March 27 begins at 2 p.m. The Family Series concert on March 27 starts at 2:30 p.m.

The most needed items are dry soup, rice, powdered or canned milk, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, beans, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, canned meats, soup, pasta and fruit juices/sip-sized juices. For every 10 accepted items donated, Phoenix Symphony patrons will receive a voucher good for two tickets for an upcoming 2009-10 Symphony concert (some exclusions apply.)

For information, visit


NBC’s The Biggest Loser is casting

Are you ready to change your life? Do you have at least 100 pounds to lose? Are you outgoing with personality? Do you have the desire and competitive edge to vie for this once in a lifetime opportunity to change your lives forever and compete for $250,000?

NBC is looking for individuals or teams of two and will host an open casting call for The Biggest Loser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. You must be at least 18 by May 24 and a legal U.S. citizen to apply. If you are unable to attend, you may submit a videotape.

For more information, visit


Teen career workshop focuses on industrial design

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is teaming up with talented Valley professionals to provide a dynamic workshop for teens interested in careers that focus on art, design or architecture. The workshop will help high school students who are at the college application stage explore one of the many creative careers offered today.

The workshop will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Arizona State University’s Skysong complex, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 150, Scottsdale.

To dovetail with the museum’s current spring design exhibition titled Rewind Remix Replay: Design, Music & Everyday Experience, this year’s event will focus specifically on the field of industrial design.

Tickets are $30 per teen and parent pair ($20 for SMoCA members). Pre-registration is required by calling (480) 874-4641.


Fringe Festival coming up

The third annual Phoenix Fringe Festival – Phoenix’s premieres experimental performance festival – will run April 2 to 11 and feature more than 140 artists hosting 37 performances at six venues across downtown Phoenix.

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and are available at and

For more information or a performance schedule, visit


Phoenix Symphony searching for vocalists

Vocalists across Arizona are invited to audition for The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Season from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

Performance opportunities will be available in Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, as well as parts in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hans Krása’s opera Brundibar. If needed, Phoenix Symphony pianist Larry Loeber will be available for hire to provide accompaniment.

For more audition information, call Jennifer at (602) 495-1117, ext. 465.


Contestants sought for Mrs. Arizona America Pageant

The Mrs. Arizona America Pageant is looking for contestants from all areas within the state to compete for the title of Mrs. Arizona America. Contestants represent a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles and personal interests and range from ages 21 to 72.

The pageant will take place May 22 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and contestants will compete in three categories: personal interview, evening gown and swimsuit.

Mrs. Arizona will go on to participate in the National Mrs. America Pageant in Tucson in September.

For contestant or sponsorship information, contact Diane at (602) 870-7572 or visit


Candidate search is on for Miss Asia Arizona 2010

Candidates are being sought for the seventh annual Miss Asia Arizona Pageant, which will take place June 26 in metro Phoenix. The pageant is produced entirely by volunteers.

The goal of the pageant is to showcase young Asian/Pacific Islander women in a colorful production that will represent their culture, beauty, intelligence and talent.

The deadline to apply is April 10.

For more information or to apply, visit


Herberger Theater Art Gallery seeks artists

The Herberger Theater Center is accepting applications for inclusion in its Art Gallery Exhibitions for the second half of 2010. Work is selected by a blind juried panel consisting of artists from various disciplines.

Entries must be postmarked by April 1. Official rules and applications are available at or by calling (602) 254-7399, ext. 105.


Learn about the benefits of art therapy

Are you curious about what your drawings and doodles say about you? The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Childhelp hopes to illuminate this for you by presenting “Drawing From Within: An Exploration of Art Therapy” workshop. Learn about the basic concepts behind art therapy in this hands-on workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at SMoCA’s Young @ Art Gallery (inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building), 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

This workshop is in conjunction with SMoCA’s current exhibition, Healing Expressions, that displays artwork created in one-on-one therapy sessions at Childhelp, an organization devoted to the investigation and treatment of childhood abuse, neglect and trauma.

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Pre-registration is required to (480) 874-4641.


Wild Horse Pass presents Julio Iglesias live June 18

Julio Iglesias has won the hearts of devoted fans all over the world as a popular singer and song writer. Selling over 300 albums worldwide in 14 languages and releasing 77 albums across the span of his career, Iglesias has become one of the top 10 best selling music artists in history according to Sony Music Entertainment. Among his many accomplishments, he is best known for the romantic ballads that launched him to stardom in the 70’s and 80’s.

Iglasias will perform starting at 8 p.m. June 18 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino,  5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

Tickets start at $60 and may be purchased online at, by calling Ticketforce at 1-877-840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.


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.

The lineup includes (date, venue, band, cocktail): April 1, Ullman Terrace, Dry River Yacht Club, Sangria; April 8, Boppart Courtyard, Black Carl, Manhattan; April 15, Ullman Terrace, The Market, Dirty Martini; April 29, Wildflower Pavilion, DJ Dana with Tony Martinez, Tom Collins; and May 6, Boppart Courtyard, Surfside IV, Tequila Sunrise.

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.


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.


The hills are alive at Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre

Maria and all of the Von Trapps will sing up a storm this spring when Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre presents The Sound of Music, directed by David Mittel.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 and 10, 2 p.m. April 11, 7 p.m. April 16, 2 and 7 p.m. April 17 and 2 p.m. April 18 at the theater, 5051 E. Elliot Road.

The show is suitable for kids and families.

Tickets are $15 each and go on sale March 29 at the theater or by calling (480) 705-9319.

For more information, visit


Arizona Country Thunder rumbles with blockbuster 4-day schedule

Country Thunder USA will run April 14 to 17 at the Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Ariz. Music fans can cowboy-up for a full, four-day general admission pass for $99 – with passes now on sale. One-day event tickets will also be available closer to the event. VIP and sponsorship packages are available with added perks of hospitality tent access, preferred parking and premium concert seating.

For more information or tickets, visit


ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival

The 14th annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, outdoors on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center, directly behind the museum at Mill Avenue and Tenth Street in Tempe.

Twenty-one works will be included in the one-night outdoor festival.

The event is free to the public, but make sure to bring our own seating.

For details, visit


‘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


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. As the sun sets, guests will take in the evening beauty of the Garden as they make their way to Dorrance Hall to bid on plants, pots and garden art and savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. A short stroll takes you to the magical setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza for a Native-American inspired dinner. The party continues at Boppart Courtyard with entertainment and dancing under the stars.

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.


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. Boys will be a part of one of America’s largest and most prestigious choirs and will join 60 years of excellence, earn a sophisticated musical education, learn multi-cultural music and make lifetime friendships.

Auditions are being scheduled on March 13, April 17 and May 22. Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule a time on their desired date. During the audition, parents and potential members will have the opportunity to observe a typical rehearsal and talk with current parents and choir alumni. The program will be discussed and questions answered. Auditions will be held at the Phoenix Boys Choir building at 1131 E. Missouri Ave. 

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. Families will be informed immediately after the audition if the boy is accepted and at which choir level he will begin. Boys selected to join the choirs will be invited to become active members of the choir directly following their acceptance. Scholarships and financial aid for tuition and other costs are available.

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


Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden

The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series are under way and run Friday evenings through June 25 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Enjoy listening to a variety of jazz styles under starry skies on the Garden’s beautiful Ullman Terrace. Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open with food for purchase from the daily café menu. Cash bar and wine flights are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle.

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 schedule is as follows: March 12, Solomon Douglas Quartet - Jazz-Blues-Big Band; March 19, Big Pete Pearson - Blues-Boogie-Soul; April 2, Hot Club of Phoenix - Acoustic-Swing Jazz; April 9, Pete Pancrazi - Jazz Guitar-Bossa Nova; April 16, Fuerza Caribe - Latin Jazz-Salsa-Mambo; April 30, Huneybrown - Jazz-R&B-Blues; May 7, Dave Riley and the Juke Joint Blues Band - Blues; May 14, The Del Rayz - Blues-Boogie-Jazz, featuring members of Sistah Blue; May 21, Cinco de Moio - Latin Jazz-Lounge; May 28, Dennis Rowland - Jazz-R&B-Soul; June 4, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns - R&B-Soul-Funk; June 11, Junction 10 - Western Swing - Blues; June 18, The Jump Back Brothers - Roots-Blues-Rockabilly; and June 25, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters - Chicago Blues.

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.


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.


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


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.

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