Spring concerts in the park start Sunday
The Fitch Group of Keller Williams Realty will host the 2010 Concerts in the Park series from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 at Desert Foothills Park, 1010 Marketplace SW.
The free concerts will feature a variety of music played by some of the Valley’s favorite bands.
For more information, visit www.thefitchgroupaz.com.
Tickets for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour on sale Saturday
The Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga with special guests Semi Precious Weapons comes to the US Airways Center Saturday, July 31, and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10.
For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
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 http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/pueblo.html or by calling (602) 495-0901.
The Temptations perform April 23
The Temptations will perform at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, just days before the release of their 49th studio album Still Here.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential vocal groups in music history, The Temptations will perform classics including; My Girl, Ain’t to Proud to Beg and Pappa was a Rolling Stone, as well as music from the new album scheduled to be released on May 4.
Tickets are $35 to $80 and may be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com or in the resort’s gift shop. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.
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.
The event is free to the public, but make sure to bring our own seating.
For details, visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/filmfest.
Get the party started at comic, costuming workshop
Phoenix Comicon’s free Comic Create workshops continue with a costume party April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bookmans, 1056 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. People dressed up as their own original superheroes have a chance to compete in a costume contest as local comic artists discuss their sources for inspiration.
For more information, go to www.phoenixcomicon.com.
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 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 www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.
‘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 www.phoenixzoo.org.
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 www.azwtc.org.
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 (www.ticketforce.com).
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.
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 www.dbg.org, 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 www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.
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 www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org 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 www.smoca.org.
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 www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.