Symphony, Youth Symphony perform together

The Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Youth Symphony (PYS) will join forces at the annual free Side-by-Side Concert starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. The concert will feature the winners of the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Young Musicians Competition.

The Phoenix Youth Symphony, under the direction of conductor Benjamin Rous, will open the concert with Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville.

Tickets are free and will be available starting at 1 p.m. on the day of the concert at the Symphony Hall box office.


‘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.

A love offering will be collected, and all proceeds will go to Haiti relief via the American Red Cross.

For more information, visit


Auditions set for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Auditions for performers ages 16 to 25 for the upcoming summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take place Monday, Feb. 15, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa.

Auditionees must sing, dance and act to be considered for casting as the brothers and wives in this popular musical.

Auditionees are asked to bring a non-returnable theatrical resume and headshot. Performers should prepare 16 bars of a Broadway pop song and bring music in their own key; an accompanist will be provided. Auditionees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement and be available for dance callbacks after auditions. Rehearsals begin June 21, with performances Wednesday through Sunday from July 9 through Aug. 21.

For an audition appointment, call (480) 325-6700 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.


Mesa Contemporary Arts exhibits and events

Mesa Contemporary Arts’ exhibits and events currently at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., include: 31st Annual Contemporary Crafts, through March 14; Station Identification by Teresa Sullivan, through March 14; Polar Obsession by Paul Nicklen, through Feb. 28; and Picturing Maricopa, A Community Photography Project, through Feb. 15.

For more information, call (480) 644-6500.


Annual Ceramic Studio Tour at ASU Art Museum

Fifty-five professional ceramic artists, many with regional and national prominence, will participate in the ninth annual Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour organized by the artists advisory committee of the Arizona State University Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center.

The tour will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, featuring 15 studios throughout the Valley each hosting two to eight artists. The tour offers the public a rare opportunity to view the working and living space of participating ceramic artists. Studios will offer live demonstrations of wheel throwing, hand-building and glazing techniquies. Participating artists will have a wide range of both functional and scul artwork on exhibit and for sale. The tour is free to the public.

A downloadable brochure is also available at

For more information, call (480) 965-2787.


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 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 this month. 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


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, 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


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 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


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


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 or by contacting Carl Jimenez at 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.


Prominent curator of Latin American art to speak

Latin American Art Alliance, a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, will present Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif., who will discuss the challenges and rewards facing curators, artists and supporters of Latin American art. She will speak from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Whiteman Hall in Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., as part of “The Americas Series 2010,” a series of events that explores the traditions as well as innovations in Latin American art.

All events are open to the public. The lecture is included in general museum admission.

For more information, 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit


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 for specific programs and times.


Spiked! Thursdays at DBG kicks off with The Love Me Nots

Spiked! Thursdays returns for the spring season with fresh locations, cocktails and new music at The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. The Thursday night happy hour and social event gets under way March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. with Phoenix-based The Love Me Nots, who will unleash their blend of surf, spy, fuzz and go-go music in The Steele Herb Garden as guests enjoy classic cocktails and food prepared by Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts.

The complete lineup includes (date, venue, band, cocktail): March 4, Herb Garden, The Love Me Nots, Mint Julep; March 11, Wildflower Pavilion, DJs dk.strickler & World Famous Rani “g,” Greyhound; March 18, Wildflower Pavilion, Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce, Bloody Mary; April 1, Ullman Terrace, Dry River Yacht Club, Sangria; April 8, Boppart Courtyard, Black Carl, Manhattan; April 15, Ullman Terrace, The Market, Dirty Martini; April 29, Wildflower Pavilion, DJ Dana with Tony Martinez, Tom Collins; and May 6, Boppart Courtyard, Surfside IV, Tequila Sunrise.

Spiked! tickets, $25, include general Garden admission featuring the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit, music and hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Guests must be 21 or older to attend, and children will not be admitted. 

For more information or tickets, visit or call (480) 481-8188.


Tempe/Ahwatukee Young Life host Broadway-inspired variety show

The Tempe/Ahwatukee chapter of Young Life will host “Nite on Broadway” from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The variety show will feature performances and appearances from local celebrities and artists.

Valley sports legend Jerry Colangelo will serve as the evening’s special guest. As a member of the Young Life Board of Directors, he will share his perspective on how the ministry has impacted his life and the community. 

“Nite on Broadway” will also feature a silent auction, Young Life Club skits and family-friendly performances by Taylor Anderson (opera singer), Rick Burress (magician), Riley Erin (Christian musician), Dan Hanson (comedian, Clean Comedy USA), Jenna Hardenbrook (dancer) and Erica Ross (dancer).

Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged youth. This event marks the chapter’s 35 years in the East Valley.

Tickets, $20, are available at Tickets are 501(c)3 tax deductible.

For more information, e-mail Troy Gray at or call (480) 209-2049.


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, Dave Riley and the Juke Joint Blues Band - Blues; 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, Junction 10 - Western Swing - Blues; 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, 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


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


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.


Costello, Cash and more

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2010 Desert Sky outdoor concert series, which will feature an all-star line-up of musical talent on Friday and Saturday evenings from March 21 through May 8 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater at 75th Street and Main Street in Scottsdale.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m. Low lawn chairs, pillows and blankets are welcome in designated areas.

Scheduled performances: March 21, Gilberto Gil; March 26, Roseanne Cash; April 9, Elvis Costello Solo; May 1, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers; and May 8, Solas & Bearfoot.

For details or tickets, call (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or visit

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