Science Center hosting Goose Bumps exhibit
Why do our hearts race, our knees shake and our bodies sweat when we are scared? Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear answers these questions and explores the universal emotion of fear through fun, interactive challenges where guests can experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses. Guests are invited to face their own fears every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St.
For details, visit www.azscience.org or call (602) 716-2000.
Chandler to celebrate inaugural Mardi Gras Festival
The Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF) will celebrate its inaugural Mardi Gras Festival from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Hundreds of revelers are expected to line the streets of Historic Downtown Chandler donning beads, masks and costumes for the Cajun-style celebration.
A cocktail reception and registration will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. at di Sciacca. The Mardi Gras Parade runs from di Sciacca to the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort is also hosting a dinner, costume contest, music and casino night from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $100 for VIP, which includes a reserved seat, food and beverages and $75 for regular admission, including food and beverage. For tickets and event information, visit www.chandlermardigras.com.
Phoenix Chinese Week
Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year 4708 – the Year of the Tiger – with a variety of cultural, educational and sporting events at the 20th annual Phoenix Chinese Week Feb. 8 to 14.
The highlight of this year is a double celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year and the 20th Anniversary of Phoenix Chinese Week.
Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Chinese Cultural Center, 668 N. 44th St., with opening ceremonies at noon. The culture event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14. Admission is free, and parking is $5 with partial proceeds going to culture and education.
In addition, Phoenix Chinese Week will have a traditional gourmet and authentic Chinese New Year Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Great Wall Restaurant.
‘Humor for the Healing of Haiti’ concert offers help
The aftershocks of tragedy over the situation in Haiti continue to reverberate in our hearts, and musical comedian Marty Berk has offered to do a free comedy concert to help.
The concert, Humor for the Healing of Haiti, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa. Berk’s musical comedy offers good clean fun suitable for people of all ages who like to laugh. His show is based on comedy songs from years ago (Ray Stevens and others) and is propelled by his energy, facial expressions and choreography.
A love offering will be collected, and all proceeds will go to Haiti relief via the American Red Cross.
For more information, visit www.fpcmesa.org.
MAC Spring 2010 Performing Live Season
Mesa Arts Center announces its Spring 2010 Performing Live Season with diverse acts that will excite patrons of all ages.
The upcoming schedule includes: Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story, Jan. 19 to 31, 2 and 7 p.m.; Itzhak Perlman, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.; George Winston, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Hal Holbrook In Mark Twain Tonight, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Les Ballets Trockaderos De Monte Carlo, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Acoustic Brotherhood, Carrie Rodriguez, Alejandro Escovido, Los Lonely Boys, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Quinn Lemley: Gotta Get a Gimmick, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.; TAO (Japanese drumming), Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; and Kathleen Madigan, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now by calling (480) 644-6500, online at www.mesaartscenter.com or at the box office at One East Main St., Mesa, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk changes to 3rd Fridays
The Downtown Chandler Art Walk, previously held on the first Wednesday of each month, will move to the third Friday of the month, beginning in February. The hours of the next walk on Feb. 19 will remain 5 to 9 p.m.
Free art activities for children will continue during the art walk.
The juried Downtown Chandler Art Walk, under the auspices of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to all artists in the Valley. To exhibit or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.
‘Out to Lunch’ concert series kicks off
Mesa Arts Center’s free outdoor concerts will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 4 to March 25 in the Wells Fargo Garden at 1 E. Main St.
Performers include: Feb. 4, Tim Sadow and Liam Mackey (rollicking traditional and original Irish tunes); Feb. 11, Bill Taylor’s Early Birds (Big Band and Dixieland); Feb. 18, Mikioi (traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance); Feb. 25, MC6 (a cappella and doo-wop); March 4, Jan Sandwich Trio (jazz standards); March 11, Zubia + Deguvara (classic rock favorites); March 18, Hot Club of Phoenix (Gypsy jazz); and March 25, Myron Sommerfeld featuring the Music of the Stars Orchestra (big band and dance favorites).
Guests may combine their lunchtime visit with a free visit to Mesa Contemporary Arts, the five visual arts galleries at Mesa Arts Center.
For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www.MesaArtsCenter.com.
Romance in the Garden
Desert Botanical Garden kicks off the most romantic weekend of the year with Romance in the Garden, a special Friday night concert on Ullman Terrace featuring Nancy Gee and Phoenix legends Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience. The concert will take place 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Dorrance Hall at the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
For the concert only, tickets are $30 for Garden members and $35 for the general public. The optional dinner ticket is $35 and features an Italian-inspired menu. Each meal ticket is valid for only one trip to the buffet. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance. A cash bar will also be available along with wines by the bottle.
Guests must be 21 or older and must show ID. Children will not be admitted.
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance by going online to www.dbg.org, calling (480) 481-8188 or visiting the Admissions Box Office.
Arizona Country Thunder rumbles with blockbuster 4-day schedule
Country Thunder USA will be held 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 www.countrythunder.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 the following Saturdays: Feb. 13, 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 www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will run Feb. 20 to March 4 this year, offering a wide variety of films with universal appeal to audiences of all ages and interests.
The festival opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, with the film A Matter of Size and a dessert reception at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale. Other films are Noodle, Blues by the Beach, Stealing Klimt, Eli and Ben, Leo and Claire, Eli and Ben, Father’s Footsteps, Polish Winter, The Debt, Brothers, Toyland, Stealing Klimt, Brothers, and A Trip to Prague.
Tickets are $9 for each film date.
For further information, film descriptions, locations and tickets, visit www.gpjff.org.
2010 Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant seeking contestants
Contestant applications are now being accepted for the 21st Annual Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant to be held Saturday March 27, at the North Canyon High School Auditorium. The Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant is the largest pageant in Arizona with an attendance of over 1,000 each year.
Contestants must be 60 years of age or older and express their lifestyles through evening gown, talent, philosophy of life and a judge’s interview. Each contestant is judged on “inner beauty” and an energetic and positive outlook on life.
Ms. Senior Arizona 2010 will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America competition in November in Atlantic City.
To request an application or for more information on the pageant, call (602) 788-9556 or (480) 634-8753.
Events at Chandler Center for the Arts
The Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., is celebrating its 20th anniversary season with the following line up:
Family entertainment with Red Grammer at 4 p.m. Feb. 6; Canadian “popera” sensation Destino at 8 p.m. Feb. 19; magician Richard Steele at 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 28; Ellen Snortland’s Now That She’s Gone March 10 to 14; Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding March 23 to 28; and Yu Wei at 7 p.m. April 17.
For details, visit www.chandlercenter.org.
Live Jazz at Monti’s Sunday and Monday nights
Catch live Jazz acts at Montis Back Door Cabaret Series from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays in the newly-remodeled Fountain Room at Monti’s La Casa Vieja, 100 S. Mill Ave. Tempe.
For more information, call Stu at (480) 966-0812.
Jazz in AZ sponsors the Montis Sunday Nite Jazz Improv from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday nights, which includes jazz jam sessions led by guitarist Jeff Libman. The improv is for experienced jammers-pros, amateurs and students. Arrive prepared to play one to three memorized tunes. No cover charge.
For details, call Jeff at (480) 529-1392.
Night at the museum lets inner child come alive
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will host its 2010 fundraising Gala – Night at the Museum … Where Your Inner Child Comes Alive! - from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Museum, 215 N. Seventh St.
This exclusive, adults-only playdate is designed to be a totally different fundraiser. Some of the best restaurateurs in the Valley will present an array of old childhood favorites to dine on with a gourmet spin. Performers and musicians will entertain, participate in an exciting scavenger hunt and purchase raffle ticktets. Attire is cocktail or playful – your choice.
Tickets, $250 each, are available at the Gala 2010 page at www.ChildrensMuseumofPhoenix.org or by contacting Carl Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 253-0501, ext. 8. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Operating Fund.
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 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.
The Art of Golf, with ‘Beat The Bogey Man’ coming in March
The official head coach to four of the top 10 PGA golfers will present an exclusive show at the Chandler Center for the Arts at a spring endowment fundraiser celebrating the Art of Golf. A trained psychologist and hypnotist, as well as an official head coach for the US Pro Golf Tour, Dr. Travis Fox will present “Beat The Bogey Man” at the center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, with all net proceeds benefitting the Chandler Center for the Arts permanent endowment fund.
Tickets are $55 for a single ticket and $100 for a twosome and include the show, hors d’oeuvres and access to an exclusive raffle and live auction prior to the show.
In “Beat the Bogey Man,” Fox uses his 25 years of knowledge about the golf swing and course strategy to help golfers resolve consciously confusing physical issues and uses his methodology to ignite the mental side of the game.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.ChandlerCenter.org.
March is Arts & Crafts month at Children’s Museum
Get to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in March where educational programming and activities include all things arts and crafts, teaching important early childhood development skills. Children will use a variety of textiles, media and their imagination to capture a whole new perspective on the world.
Admission into the museum is $9 per person; children under the age of one are free. Check www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org for specific programs and times.
Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden
The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series will run Friday evenings from March 5 to 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 will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays March 5 to May 29 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays June 4 to 25.
The schedule is as follows: March 5, Nina Curri and the King Snakes - Blues-Jazz-Roots, featuring members of the Jump Back Brothers; 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, Armand Boatman’s Be-Bop Revolution - Jazz; 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, The Bad Cactus Brass Band - Jazz-Funk-Blues, featuring Meridith Moore and Mikel Lander; 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 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.
Phoenix Suns Charities announces 2010 gala
Phoenix Suns Charities invites Valley residents to rub elbows with Phoenix Suns players, coaches and alumni at the annual Suns & Stars gala on Saturday, March 13, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St. Guests will also enjoy entertainment, dinner and much more.
Tickets are now on sale. All proceeds will benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families. Other sponsorship table options are available as well as limited individual tickets.
For more information, call (602) 379-7767 or e-mail email@example.com.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., offers a variety of entertainment, and the lineup includes: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Garrison Keillor; 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall; 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Leila Josefowicz with John Novacek; 8 p.m. Feb. 6, L.A. Theatre Works presents The RFK Project; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Di Wu; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Orville Schell; 8 p.m. Feb. 13, Shen Wei Dance Arts; 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia; and 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27, The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
For details, call the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
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 www.heard.org/fair or call (602) 252-8848.