Late Nite Catechism is back, funnier than ever

The hit Late Nite Catechism comedies are returning to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for a new season of laughs.

The newest sequel to the long-running series, Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part, will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 12, while the original Late Nite Catechism will run at 8 p.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 18. Each “Late Nite” performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

Tickets, $38, are available online at or by calling the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787). Performances will take place in the Center’s intimate Stage 2 theater at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets available starting Monday

With the long awaited new album Night Castle on the verge of being released, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of rock music’s biggest arena attractions, has announced it will once again return to Arena in Glendale on Sunday, Dec. 6, for performances at 3 and 8 p.m.

Tickets, $30.25 to $59.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at, the Arena box office, Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-(800)-745-3000.


DV Theater Company performs The Seven Year Itch

It ran for 1,141 performances on Broadway, and now The Seven Year Itch is coming to Desert Vista High School’s Black Box Theater Sept. 16 though 18.

The production is the first of the season for the Desert Vista Theater Company and features Dillon Olmanson, Kelsea Moore, Amber Justmann, Tom Bross, Sterling Boyns, Hannah Sager, Rachel Chada, Ashley Swazey, Sara Salthouse and Cristi Scobie.

Although it ran on Broadway, the movie version will be forever linked to Marilyn Monroe and the iconic picture of her dress billowing over a subway grate.

The setup revolves around a Manhattan “summer bachelor” and the girl in the apartment upstairs.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday with a 4 p.m. matinee on Friday. Tickets are on sale for $5 for adults and students and are available at the school bookstore.


CGCC hosts Hispanic Heritage exhibit  

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Library is now hosting the Hightown/Pueblo Alto history exhibit, which features the history of a west Chandler Hispanic neighborhood. This exhibit is on loan from the city of Chandler’s Museum Division and will be displayed through Oct. 1 at CGCC, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (480) 732-7030.


Tickets on sale Sept. 21 for Great Russian Nutcracker Tour

The exquisite dancing, gorgeous costumes and fanciful storytelling of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Dodge Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. show on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at, the Dodge Theatre box office, by calling 1-(877)-598-6671 or at participating Blockbuster stores. A four-pack of reserved tickets is $60. Adult reserved tickets are $28 to $85, and children’s reserved tickets (ages 12 and under) are $23 to $80. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at a 20 percent discount by calling (602) 379-2800 or e-mailing

For more show information, visit


Childpslay sponsoring “Nominate Your Coach” contest

In conjunction with its baseball-themed opening production of Honus and Me and in recognition of the hard work and dedication of youth sports coaches, Childsplay has launched a “Nominate Your Coach” contest. Each week through Oct. 8, Childsplay will give four tickets to Honus and Me to at least one randomly selected coach and his or her family. A grand prize (an autographed copy of Ken Burn’s “Baseball”) will be awarded to the coach with the most nominations by Oct. 11.

To nominate the coach of any youth sport, go to No purchase is necessary.

Honus and Me will run Sept. 26 to Oct. 11 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

For information or tickets, call (480) 350-2822 or visit office.


When In AZ!

The When In AZ! project is the largest locally-created music compilation the valley has ever seen, featuring more than 55 local musicians paying homage to the great scene happening in Arizona and to give back to the community.

This compilation is a mix of Arizona bands doing Arizona music and is now available on a download card for only $8. Proceeds from the purchase of download cards will benefit charities that support music education: Ear Candy Productions and the Phoenix Conservatory of Music.

For information on upcoming release events or to purchase download cards, visit


Heard Museum courses teach about southwest history, cultures

The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., is offering history buffs an opportunity to learn more about southwest American Indian cultures and art.

A Las Guias Docent Training Class will begin Oct. 6 and meet weekly until early May. The deadline to register is Sept. 29.

The docent program combines extensive learning about the regions people and cultures with camaraderie and public service. At the course’s conclusion, participants become Las Guias guides at the Heard and provide tours to the public.

The cost is $100, and advance registration is required by calling Lucille Shanahan at (623) 556-1430 or e-mailing


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

The 4th 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., Scottsdale.

One of the Valley’s most exclusive culinary events, Dine Out with the Chefs returns with an expanded roster of celebrated chefs, entertainment and other surprises.

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.


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 three and five 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


TASTE Culinary Festival tickets on sale

Tickets are now available for the inaugural TASTE Chandler’s Culinary Festival 2009, taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Historic Downtown Chandler. The festival, presented by the HDE Agency and E Events & Entertainment, will give participants the opportunity to taste, savor and enjoy the delicacies of Chandler’s finest eating establishments.

TASTE will be held at AJ Chandler Park, between Arizona Avenue and Buffalo Street. The festival is expected to draw 35 restaurants and beverage purveyors, as well as 1,000 patrons.

Tickets are $45 for this is a 21-and-older event. Beverages are included.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Scottsdale Artists’ School begins fall workshops

Scottsdale Artists’ School begins the fall workshop season Oct. 5 with painter Michael Malm.

To find out more about the workshop and weekly class programs, visit or call (480) 990-1422.


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


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:

• 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.

• Family entertainment continues with Red Grammer who will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 6.  

• 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, starting Sept. 12) and Late Nite Catechism (8 p.m. Fridays, starting Sept. 18).

Other events: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts; 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 celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through October.

• Fall Season Kick-off, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 11.

• 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.

For information, visit


Arizona Fall Frenzy coming to Tempe Beach Park

The inaugural Arizona Fall Frenzy is a three-day event taking place Sept. 18 to 20 along the Tempe Beach Waterfront, featuring some of today’s hottest recording artists.

On Friday, gates open at 4 p.m. and the lineup will include Colbie Caillat, Gavin Rossdale, The B-52s, Jason Mraz and Rob Thomas. Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday, and on the schedule are Authority Zero, Asher Roth, Anberlin, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Fall Out Boy and Blink 182. On Sunday, gates will open at noon with entertainment from the KEDJ Local Band Winner, Carolina Liar, Airborne Toxic Event, The Bravery, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Flogging Molly and Social Distortion.

Accompanying the wide variety of musical acts will be water slides, a Ferris Wheel, arts and crafts booths, a gaming center, food vendors, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and much more.

For details and ticket information, visit


Free fall events at SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 7374 E. Second St., is offering a full spectrum of free fall programs for the public to enjoy.

To reserve a spot in advance, or for more details, call (480) 874-4641.

Programs include: 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Artist Lecture: Dennis Oppenheim; 6 p.m. Sept. 10, Film Screening Featuring Architecture; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Learn About Being An Expert Museum Guide - Become a SMoCA Docent (RSVP to (480) 874-4641 or; and 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Dog Friendly Outdoor Screening of Selected William Wegman Films.


Ballet in the Park

Ballet Arizona will present Ballet in the Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Steele Indian School Park Amphitheater at Third Street and Indian School Road.

For information, call (602) 495-0739. 


Monarch butterfly exhibit returns to the DBG

Mariposa Monarca, a monarch butterfly exhibit, returns this fall to the Desert Botanical Garden.

Guests may view these delicate creatures in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Sept. 26 through Nov. 15. 

Visitors may also participate in a tagging demonstration each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Southwest Monarch Study. Reservation required by e-mail at or by calling (480) 481-8128.

For more information, call (480) 941-1225 or visit


ASU Gammage offers Performances for Students series

To encourage students to experience the world of art and culture, Arizona State University Gammage offers exclusive one-hour performances for students throughout the school year. Performances cost $3 per student, teacher and chaperone. An accompanying teacher’s guide filled with interactive lesson plans is provided to teachers free of charge. Space is available for schools to attend the following two performances.

Contra-Tiempo: Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m., suggested for grades 3 to 12. Contra-Tiempo is a dynamic Urban Latin Dance Theater Company from Los Angeles. The company fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, West African, hip-hop and abstract dance-theater styles creating an electrifying, inspiring and educational performance.

JazzReach: Thursday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m., suggested for grades 3 to 7. Discover the rich cultural legacy of Jazz in America with critically acclaimed New York-based JazzReach, who will present “Get Hip!” - an entertaining, interactive multi-media introduction to jazz.

For more information or to register, call (480) 965-5062 or visit

ASU Gammage is also offering a new bus scholarship program to help fund school field trips to ASU Gammage’s Performances for Students. Scholarships will be awarded to Title 1 schools and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact the ASU Gammage Cultural Participation Department at (480) 965-5062 for more information.


Tempe Community Chorus looking for new voices

Tempe Community Chorus (TCC) was founded in 1991 by several individuals interested in performing choral music productions. A relatively small organization then, the Chorus now boasts a seasonally fluctuating membership of approximately 80 singers.

TCC is directed by Cary Burns and performs two formal concerts annually. Weekly practices for the fall concert begin in mid-August and early January for the spring concert. Music is selected to appeal to all ages and cultural preferences.

The Chorus is always searching for new voices (particularly tenors and basses) and encourages anyone seeking a fun and rewarding musical experience to contact them through The public is also invited to attend the performances. For more information or a schedule, visit


Artists’ School offers Michael Malm workshop

Scottsdale Artists’ School will begin the fall workshop season with painter Michael Malm Oct. 5 to 9.

Malm, a resident of the Cache Valley in northern Utah, is a contemporary painter of the inspired landscapes of this region and loves figure painting. Malm’s workshop will meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and spaces are still available.

To find out more about the workshop and weekly class programs, visit To register online, search for the workshops under “2009 Fall” or call the school at (480) 990-1422.


Comedy Bail-Out offers laughs while supporting breast cancer research

Erik Miller’s Comedy Bail-Out will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St.

In addition to Miller, the comedy/magic benefit show will also feature national comedians Sam Tripoli and Dave Hanson. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research, which was selected because of Ahwatukee Foothills friends and breast cancer survivors, the “Tukee Tata’s.”

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (602) 262-7272.


Upcoming events at The Phoenix Symphony

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

• 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12: Opening Night – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Symphony Classics Concert No. 1, with Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix Boys Choir, Symphonic Chorale from Arizona State University and University Singers from Western Illinois University;

• 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19, with pre-concert activities at 1:30 p.m.: Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, with special guests Classical Kids, Family Concert No. 1;

• 8 p.m. Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Oscar Night! Pops Concert No. 1;

• 2 p.m. Sept. 24, Alondra de la Parra, Mesa Concert No. 1;

• 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Alondra de la Parra, Symphony Classics Concert No. 2;

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


Target 3 For Free back for 2nd season

Mesa Museums will be open for free on the first Sunday of every month for another year thanks to Target. Through September 2010, Mesa Contemporary Arts (One E. Main St.), Arizona Museum of Natural History (53 Macdonald St.) and Arizona Museum for Youth (35 North Robson St.) will be free to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. All three museums are located within three blocks of each other in downtown Mesa.

For more information, visit


Library seeks proposals for Día de los Muertos exhibit

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking proposals from Arizona residents 18 years or older for artist-made altars inspired by Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) for its @Central Gallery, located on the first floor at 1221 N. Central Ave. The 10th annual Día de los Muertos exhibit will run Oct. 26 to Nov. 7.

Artists are asked to submit a brief written description (200 words or less) of their proposed altar. Photographs and/or sketches may be included. Altars must be freestanding and no larger than 3 feet by 4 feet by 8 and one-half feet.

While non-traditional altars will be considered, all altars submitted should reflect the theme and traditions of Día de los Muertos. Artists should be ready to install their altar on Saturday, Oct. 24. The submission fee is $5, and the deadline for submission is Sept. 11.

For complete submission instructions, visit or send an e-mail to


SMCC Storytelling Institute features mythology in fall series

The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will present its popular annual “Myth Informed” series beginning Sept. 14, featuring three concerts that spotlight mythical tales from cultures around the world.

The first performance will feature “The Stories of Signy, Brynhildr and Guorun,” as told by Harriet Cole, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the SMCC Studio Theatre, 7050 S. 24th St.

Upcoming performances include “Sundiata of Manden,” a West African tale scheduled for Oct. 12, and “The Story of Pwyll and Rhiannon,” a Welsh legend, set for Nov. 2.

In courtesy to the storyteller, no one will be seated once the storytelling has begun. Admission is free.

For information, visit, call Liz at (602) 243-8026 or e-mail


Movie theaters getting Warped Sept. 17

The Vans Warped Tour will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special theatrical event in more than 460 movie theaters on Thursday, Sept. 17, including AMC Ahwatukee 24 at 4915 E. Ray Road. Show time is 8 p.m.

Presented by NCM Fathom and 4Fini, this event will include performances from 3OH!3, The Aggrolites, All-American Rejects, Bad Religion, blink-182, The Decaydance All Stars, Ice T, Katy Perry, NoFX, Ozomatli, Pennywise, Rise Against and Underoath. Red carpet clips and special behind-the-scenes access footage will also be aired.

Tickets are available at the box office or online at

Vans Warped Tour will make a donation to Musicares in association with this event. Offering a wide-range of programs and services to members of the music community, Musicares ensures they have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.


SMCC Storytelling Institute offers fall concert

“Love of Story” will be celebrated at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute’s annual fall concert, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the college’s Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St.

SMCC storytelling programs are not exclusively children’s events; they often contain sophisticated themes and content suitable for both adults and young people.

General admission tickets are $10 each and are available at Maricopa Community College students will be admitted free of charge with ID.

For information, visit, call Liz at (602) 243-8026 or e-mail


DBG participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Desert Botanical Garden will participate in the 15th annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian Magazine.

Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found at

Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.


Herberger Call to Artists Prospectus now available

The Herberger Theater Center is now accepting applications for inclusion in its Steele Pavilion Art Gallery. Artwork may be submitted for consideration in an exhibit in the first half of 2010. Work is selected using a blind juried panel consisting of artists from various disciplines.

Applications are due Oct. 1. Official rules and applications are available on the art gallery page at or by calling (602) 254-7399, ext. 198.


ASU Gammage offers mini-subscriptions

Arizona State University Gammage is offering a mini-subscription package that includes four shows and starts at just $61.40 – a great sample of a blockbuster Broadway season. Ticket buyers may select four or more shows from the following lineup to create their very own mini-subscription:

Legally Blonde The Musical – Sept. 22 to 27; Phantom of the Opera – Oct. 28 to Nov. 22; Little House On The Prairie – Dec. 8 to 13; Annie - Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, 2010; August: Osage County – Jan. 5 to 10; Mary Poppins – Feb. 11 to 28; Avenue Q – March 9 to 14; Jesus Christ Superstar - April 6 to 11; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps – April 20 to 25; and In The Heights – June 15 to 20.

Mini-subscribers are assured priority seating, great seats for every show and priority ticket offers for special Broadway engagements - plus additional benefits, ticket exchange privileges and lost ticket insurance. To buy a mini subscription, visit

ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard. The Broadway Across America – Arizona series and is presented by ASU Gammage and Broadway Across America.


DBG Music in the Garden fall concert series

The Desert Botanical Garden will present its annual Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series 2009 from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evenings starting Oct. 2. All concerts are held outdoors on the Ullman Terrace at the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Guests must be 21 and older to attend concerts. The cost is $14 for members and $20 for non-members - ticket price includes Garden admission.

Tickets are available online at, by calling (480) 481-8188 or at the box office.


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.


Fall 2009 exhibitions and events at ASU Art Museum

The Arizona State University Art Museum’s fall 2009 season, titled Defining Sustainability, is a series of dynamic and interactive projects that will come together to illustrate ideas about sustainability.

Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures; Aug. 29 to Nov. 28.

Friday Conversations @ 11; Sept. 18, I’m Keeping an Eye on You; Sept. 26, Defining Sustainability: From the ASU Art Museum Collection; Oct. 2, Defining Sustainability: Sustainable Interiors; Oct. 9, Alone Together in the Dark; Oct. 16, Nowhere to Hide: Three Artists in the Desert; Oct. 30, Political Ply; Nov. 13: Alone Together in the Dark.

I’m Keeping An Eye On You; Sept. 19 to Dec. 12.

Defining Sustainability: From the ASU Art Museum Collection; Exhibition and Community Seminar; Sept. 19 to Jan. 30.

Jillian McDonald: Alone Together in the Dark; Social Studies Project 5; Artist in residence in the gallery: Oct. 5 to Nov. 14; exhibition: Oct. 5 to Jan. 9.

Nowhere to Hide: Three Artists in the Desert; Julie Anand, Richard Lerman, Carrie Marill; Oct. 10 to Feb. 20.

Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture Series; Oct. 22, artist Kathy Butterly.

Canalscape for Metro Phoenix; Nov. 7 to Dec. 1.

Political Ply: Recycled Evaporative Cooling Shade Structures; Oct. through Dec.

The ASU Art Museum is located at the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe, and admission is free. For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit


Childsplay announces 2009-10 season

Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences, has announced its 2009-10 season, and all performances will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The schedule includes:

Honus and Me - 4 p.m. Sept. 13 (preview with discounted tickets), runs Sept. 19 to Oct. 11. Recommended for age six and older.

Androcles and the Lion -  4 p.m. Oct. 25 (preview), runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. Recommended for age five and older.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Santa Smells - 4 p.m. Nov. 15 (preview), runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 27. Recommended for age four and older.

Peter and the Wolf - 4 p.m. Jan. 24 (preview), runs Jan. 30 to March 14. Recommended for ages three and older.

Tomato Plant Girl - 1 p.m. April 10 (preview), runs April 10 to 18. Recommended for ages five and older.

The Big Friendly Giant - 4 p.m. April 25 (preview), runs May 1 to 23. Recommended for ages five and older.

Ticket prices remain the same as last season. Childsplay Play Passes (flexible subscription packages customized for families) are on sale through the Childsplay Web site at Single tickets will be on sale at the theater box office starting in early August.

For the box office, call (480) 350-2822 or visit office.


ASU Gammage, Broadway Across America announce upcoming season

Arizona State University Gammage has announced the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. The seven show series includes Legally Blonde The Musical, Sept. 22 to 27; Little House On The Prairie, Dec. 8 to 13; August: Osage County, Jan. 5 to 10, 2010; Mary Poppins, Feb. 11 to 28; Avenue Q, March 9 to 14; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, April 20 to 25; and In The Heights, June 15 to 20.

Special engagements include Phantom Of The Opera, Oct. 28 to Nov. 22; and Annie, Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, 2010.

Season subscriptions start at $112, and single tickets will go on sale July 27.

For more information, call 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), or visit or


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 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


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


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.


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.


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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