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Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2009 11:00 pm

Top Valley chefs serve up favorite dishes in support of the arts

The Fourth Annual Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts event will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

The event offers guests the opportunity to mingle with more than 20 of the Valley’s top chefs and to sample their culinary creations, a seminar with internationally-known viticulturalist and consultant Jennifer Hashim-Buckey and a book signing by Pamela Swartz. Rakata will provide Latin-inspired music and there will be raffles and tastings of fine wines, beers and spirits.

Advance tickets, $55, are available by calling the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or online at Tickets at the door are $65 (if available). Proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ programs and youth education and outreach initiatives.


YouTube Karaoke with the Symphony

Phoenix Symphony patrons are invited to participate in the Symphony’s first “YouTube Karaoke” contest by videotaping themselves singing their favorite Billy Joel or Elton John songs, then posting their video on YouTube as a video response to the “Piano Men II starring Jim Witter” video.

The fan video that gets the highest ratings will receive a grand prize at The Phoenix Symphony’s Piano Men II concert, including four VIP tickets to the show on Oct. 9 at Symphony Hall, a meet and greet backstage with “Piano Man” Jim Witter and an autographed CD. The deadline to post videos is Oct. 7.


FastFrame hosting kid’s art contest

FastFrame stores are now accepting artwork for their inaugural art contest for kids. The theme is “My Favorite Place,” and the contest is open to children ages 6 to 10.

A first and second place winner will be chosen from each store, and all winners will receive their artwork back custom framed, for free.

One national winning artist will win a $250 gift card for art supplies, with an additional $250 gift card for his or her school.

The nearest location is at 4232 E. Chandler Blvd.

Call (888) TO-FRAME (863-7263) or e-mail for further details.


‘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


October at The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony is offering the following performances at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.:

• 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Piano Men II – Starring Jim Witter; Pops Concerts No. 2;

• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 11 a.m. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – Homecoming! James Sedares; also 2 p.m. Oct. 18, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale;

• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Simply Sinatra, Pops Concert No. 3; and

• 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Trick or Treat, Family Concert No. 2.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visit


110 local artisans showcase original artwork

Mesa Contemporary Arts will host its first Benefit Show & Sale from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa. Admission is $10, free for Mesa Contemporary Arts members. To become a member, call Tiffany at (480) 644-6562.


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


Progressive Insurance named title sponsor of Broadway Across America-Arizona

Broadway Across America-Arizona has announced that Progressive Insurance is the title sponsor for the 2009-10 Broadway Season at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium. The season opened last week with the smash-hit Legally Blonde The Musical.

This season features some of Broadway’s most recent Tony Award-winning shows combined with Broadway smash hits including Mary Poppins, In The Heights, August Osage County, Phantom and Avenue Q.

Mini-subscriptions include four shows and start at just $61.40. Mini-subscribers are assured priority seating, great seats for every show, priority ticket offers for special Broadway engagements, plus additional benefits, ticket exchange privileges and lost ticket insurance.

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-982-ARTS (2787) 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, beginning in October. 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 three very special organizations:

• Sunday, Oct. 11: Bring a household item or non-perishable food item for Ronald McDonald House. This organization provides housing for families of children who are patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Visit for a list of needs.

• 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


ASU Día de los Muertos celebration

The 10th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Exhibit will run Oct. 12 to 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


Lisa Williams presents ‘Messages From Beyond’

Lisa Williams is an internationally acclaimed medium and clairvoyant who has an amazing ability to communicate with loved ones and friends whom have passed on to the “other side.” She is appearing at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $35 to $60, are available by calling (480) 644-6500 or online at


Duo to present “Shanks for the Memories”

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Bob Pasch and Lynn “Win” Roberts will present “Shanks for the Memories,” a golf tribute to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.

Pasch is known as the most outstanding bing Crosby Tribute Artist in the industry. He has won multiple awards and delighted audiences throughout the United States and Australia with his good, clean humor and remarkable likeness in sound, appearance and mannerisms of the great master, Bing Crosby.

Roberts is recognized as the most outstanding Bob Hope impersonator in the industry. He developed a variety show in 1964 and began to impersonate not only Hope but also Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante. He also has won numerous awards and has performed throughout the country as well as in commercials, on radio, television and industry programs.

The evening tees off with a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a Front Nine dinner at 7 p.m. and the Back Nine show. The show centers around golf, music and humor. Door prizes will also be given away.

Tickets are $38 each, and reservations are required. To purchase tickets, stop by the golf pro shop or call (480) 460-5350. For more information, pictures and video clips, visit


Mesa Storytelling Festival Oct. 23 and 24

The seventh annual Mesa Storytelling Festival will be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa.

The schedule includes “Tried and True” at 3 p.m. and “Best of the West” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and “Humor Us” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to these main concerts, the festival includes a free storytelling festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, which features vendor booths and storytelling concerts.

Headed by well-known storytellers from around the nation, the festival also includes Arizona and youth tellers.

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


Talk Cinema Film Series opens Oct. 27

The popular Talk Cinema film series will present its first screening of the 2009-10 season at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The “surprise” film will be an award-winning entry from the Sundance Film Festival.

Future screenings will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 14, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 16, April 27 and May 11.

Single tickets are available for $20 ($18 for members, $10 for students with current ID) through the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at


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


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.


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


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


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); and 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


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


Sonoran Desert Chorale announces upcoming season

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: How Can I Keep From Singing?, Oct. 10 and 11; 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.


Upcoming 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: The Overcoat, Oct. 8 to 11; 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. weekdays.


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 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.


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.


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


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.


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, 2010.

For complete details, e-mail Roni Zee at


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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