Doctors Without Borders event with Elizabeth Vargas

Audiences across the country are getting a rare inside look into the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders LIVE with Elizabeth Vargas is an exclusive, one-night only event, which will be broadcast via satellite from New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to thousands of Americans seated in nearly 450 movie theaters across the country, including AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road. Show time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

Doctors Without Borders gave a documentary crew unlimited and uncensored access to its field operations in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia.

Following the documentary, Elizabeth Vargas, anchor of ABC News 20/20, will moderate a live town-hall discussion with doctors featured in the film and award-winning journalists, including Sebastian Junger, best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and Vanity Fair contributing editor.

Tickets, $12.50, are available at


$5 concert tickets with canned good or new toy

Operation Santa is now in progress. Make a difference and get a concert ticket for just $5 to see one of the shows at the Celebrity Theatre this weekend when you bring a new unwrapped toy, children’s clothing item or packaged food/canned good donation to the box office at least a day in advance of the show – $10 tickets will be available with the same donation on the day of the show. Offer good while supplies last.

Eligible shows are Fabolous at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; Cameo With The Mary Jane Girls at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and Collin Raye Christmas at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

All toys and food received will be donated to the Sanderson Ford Lincoln Mercury Volvo “Operation Santa” benefiting Valley youth charities.

For additional show information, call (602) 267-1600, ext. 1. Celebrity Theatre is conveniently located just south of the Loop 202 Freeway, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix.


Ford offers free weekend at Arizona Science Center

Ford Motor Company Fund is underwriting the cost and offering the public free general admission to Arizona Science Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13.

In addition to free general admission, guests will also receive free entrance into ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition and special discounted pricing will be available for presentations in the Dorrance Planetarium and movies in the IMAX Theater. A variety of hands-on demonstrations and activities are also planned.

For information, visit


Holiday mixer at ASU Art Museum

The Arizona State University Art Museum at Mill Avenue and Tenth Street in Tempe will host a holiday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

For details, visit or call (480) 965-2787.


Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet

This year marks the 10th anniversary production of the Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet, and performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Desert Vista High School Fine Arts Theater, 16440 S. 32nd St.

The sets will come to life as the theater is filled with falling snow, angels dancing on clouds and a Christmas tree that grows through the roof of the theater.

Santa Claus will make a special visit following the 2 p.m. Saturday performance. The audience will also be invited on stage for an opportunity to take photographs on Clara’s Throne in the Land of Sweets and to meet and get autographs from the cast.

This holiday classic is for the entire family and features young dancers ages 3 to 22 from around the Valley.

Tickets are currently on sale at Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8, or by calling (480) 706-6040 or e-mailing

For more information, visit


Music & Music Business Seminar coming up

Vocalists, instrumentalists and those interested in the music industry are invited to participate in the Music & Music Business Seminar set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 at the Phoenix Mesa Marriott, 200 N. Centennial Way. The seminar also includes a concert Saturday evening, as well as personal auditions and individualized feedback with renowned artists Marvin Goldstein and Randy Kartchner. The cost is $160 per attendee for those who sign up before Nov. 30 and $200 after that date.

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with other aspiring artists, as well as have a chance to be selected to perform in an evening concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

The event is sponsored by Adelaide Music Group. Registration is available online at or by calling (480) 766-0381.

The “You’re All I Want for Christmas” concert starring Goldstein, as well as actor and songwriter Kirby Heyborne and classical vocalist Sarah Morgann will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 18 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. in Mesa. Tickets are $25 and $35 and are available at the MAC box office, online at or by calling (480) 644-6500.


2009 PacTour features Saosin, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem

PacSun, the clothing store inspired by the California lifestyle, has kicked off is 2009 tour featuring Saosin, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem with opening act Eye Alaska, and will make a stop on Friday, Dec. 18, at The Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe.

PacSun stores near each tour stop will play host to PacTour bands each day of the tour for free. Innerpartysystem is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Chandler Fashion Center store at 3499 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler.

For more information on the PacTour, visit


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:

• The magnificent Zoppé An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 will take place under the Big Top on the west lawn at various times Dec. 26 to Jan. 3, 2010. The New Year’s Eve show will be a celebration and includes party favors.  

• 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.

For details or a complete schedule, visit


‘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. He addresses both technique and course strategy from the tee, the fairway, the bunker and most importantly, the green. This instruction alone will improve golfer’s scores everywhere. However, it is the mental portion that separates Dr. Fox from other mental coaches.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit


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


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. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec.  27, Sister’s Christmas Catechism; 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Jesse Cook; Jan 21 and 22, Best of Momix; 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Afiara String Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Garrison Keillor; and 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.

For details, call the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or visit


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.


Music design exhibition begins with DJ and music culture events

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s highly anticipated exhibition about the intersection of design and the material culture of music will kick off the New Year Jan. 2. Rewind Remix Replay: Design, Music & Everyday Experience will allow visitors to see how the designs of musical instruments and playback devices have shaped our ever-evolving experience of music. The exhibit runs through May 23.

Free (except for May SMoCA Nights) Spring Rewind Remix Replay events include:

7 p.m. Jan. 21, Gallery DJ demonstration and discussion featuring Mark Chai; noon Feb. 3, lecture on music and popular culture by Arizona State University music history professor Richard Mook; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, panel discussion moderated by guest curator Prasad Boradkar featuring some of the most knowledgeable experts in the music delivery field; 7 p.m. April 29, DJs Maji, P-Body and dk.strickler will demonstrate and discuss their diverse styles; and 9 p.m. May 6, SMoCA Nights Party featuring live bands, DJs and fashion.

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. For information, call (480) 994-2787 or visit


Winter Music in the Garden lineup at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden will present its annual Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 10 to Feb. 21. All concerts are held outdoors on the Garden’s Ullman Terrace at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Fabulous Food Catering will provide a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge, the Patio Café will also be open and a cash bar will be available.

The schedule is as follows: Jan. 10, The Swingtips – Swing/Jazz/Lounge; Jan. 17, Big Pete Pearson – Blues; Jan. 24, Mosaico Flamenco - Spanish Guitar; Jan. 31, Back Porch Bandits – Bluegrass/Folk/Acoustic; Feb. 7, Brazen Heads – Irish/Celtic/Rock; and Feb. 21, Cascabel – Latin/Rock/Pop.

Tickets are limited, and advance purchase is strongly recommended. The cost is $14 for members, $20 for non-members, $8 for children ages three to 12 and free for children two and under. Garden admission is included.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at the box office or by calling (480) 481-8188.


ACT hosting free golf event

The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre will hold its annual golf event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Foothills Golf Club.

Golfers must raise a minimum of $300 to golf for free. Golfers/fundraisers with $500 to $999 in donations will be awarded a $50 gift card, and a $100 gift card will be awarded for every $1,000 raised. Prizes will also be awarded for “longest drive” and “closest to the pin” winners. Each golfer will also be treated to lunch.

Now is the time to register as it will take time to gather donations. Golfers may register at, then click “I am playing in a golf tournament.” Remember that your event is “Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre.”

For more information, call (480) 705-9319 or e-mail


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.


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


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.


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.

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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