Here: Laughing is fun, good for health!

With a new year comes a renewed awareness of health. Health is a gift to cherish, and exercise is a must. Laughter is exercise – it is internal jogging.

Certified Laughter Leader Laurie Nathanson’s Laughoholic Club is a safe place to be silly and act like a kid again. The next get together will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, in the Community Room at Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Wear comfortable clothes, step out of your comfort zone, re-connect with your inner child and laugh for the health of it. It’s free, it’s fun and everyone is welcome.

The group is affiliated with For more information, contact Laurie at (480) 540-4776 or


Near: Patti LuPone in concert

The incomparable Patti LuPone, superstar of Broadway, performs live in concert with The Phoenix Symphony starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 2 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

LuPone has become the queen of musical theater in New York City, taking the city by storm with her powerhouse performances on Broadway. Known for such challenging roles in Gypsy and Sweeney Todd, she swept the 2008 theater awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (602) 495-1999 or visit

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