Arizona Grand Resort searching for Arizona Grand Jam Dancers

Arizona Grand Resort has launched a Valleywide search for the Arizona Grand Jam Dancers, an elite team of high school-aged dancers who will perform exclusively at the resort’s Oasis Water Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The resort has partnered with the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance to assemble a group of 24 to 35 professional level dancers to become members. Dancers will perform every weekend as part of the Arizona Grand Jam, the resort’s new summer entertainment program.

Open auditions will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. Hopeful candidates of either gender must be between the ages of 14 and 19, and no formal dance training is required.

In preparation for auditions, the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8, is offering free classes weekly now through April 16. Classes are offered 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling (480) 706-6040.

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Spiked! Thursdays return to DBG

Spiked! Thursdays has returned for the spring season with fresh locations, cocktails and new music at The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The happy hour and social event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through May 6.

The lineup includes (date, venue, band, cocktail): 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.


Volunteers needed for Chandler Jazz Festival

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is looking for volunteers to help serve as greeters, tickets sellers and pourers at the Chandler Jazz Festival’s Beer & Wine Garden March 26 and 27.

The Chandler Jazz Festival, now in its 11th year, will feature two days of free music in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Volunteers are needed for shifts on Friday, March 26, from 3:45 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, March 27, from 3:20 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each shift is approximately two hours. All volunteers will receive a Chandler Jazz Festival T-shirt and a Downtown Dividends discount card. Proceeds from the Beer & Wine Garden benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation.

For more information, call (480) 855-3539 or e-mail


‘40s Big Band Dance, USO Show

The annual Night of the 40’s Big Band Dance and USO Show will take place Saturday, March 20, in an airplane hangar at Falcon Field in Mesa. Doors open at 4:30, with entertainment at 5:30 p.m. followed by a costume contest. The full 15-piece Sun Lakes Big Band will perform Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie style tunes from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Guests may also have their photo taken next to the “Sentimental Journey” B-15 World War II bomber.

Tickets – $35 in advance or $40 on day of event – are available by calling (480) 924-1940, ext 111. For event information, visit

To learn more about the Sun Lakes Big Band, go to or call leader Bart Salzman at (480) 786-4424.


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.

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


PCM Spring Session starting

The Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s Spring Session begins the week of March 22, and classes are offered all over the Valley.

For complete details, visit or call (602) 353-9900.


Registration open for Kre8tive Kids classes

Registration is now open for three new and exciting Kre8tive Kids Classes - Leadership 101, Aviation 101 and Fashion 101. Classes are offered to students in first to fifth grades and will begin the week of March 29. Registration is due by Friday, March 24.

The fun and engaging classes give kids opportunities to work on various projects, but the primary focus is on building character, leadership skills, interpersonal skills and general life skills.

Visit for detailed class information and to register. Questions may be directed to Jerry at (480) 773-4686 or


Birthday in March? Get in free at Jester’Z Improv

Jester’Z Improv Comedy Troupe will celebrate its nine-year anniversary in March and is offering free admission to everyone who has a birthday in the month of March. Free birthday admissions are available for any one of the four weekend shows (8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) between March 1 and 31 (guests will need to show identification with their birthdate on it). Reservations are requested in advance by calling (480) 423-0120.

Jester’Z Improv is located at 7117 E. McDowell Road in Scottsdale.


Message in a bottle at MADCAP

TAPPED, a new documentary about the bottled water industry, takes a full cycle look at America’s addiction to bottled water and  illustrates the history of how we got to where we are and the undeniable fact that bottled water is more of a behavioral issue than a necessity.

The TAPPED “Get Off the Bottle” Tour is traveling across the country and will stop at MADCAP Theaters (730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe) March 23 with a glass cube truck filled with single-use plastic water bottles gathered during bottle exchanges. An empowering film screening starts at 8 p.m. that focuses on the different communities affected by the bottle water industry in the U.S.

For details, visit


Local entertainment collaborations create March Madness at MADCAP Theaters

Throughout March, MADCAP is hosting a tribute to the “The Rarest Greatness of Chuck Jones” in conjunction with the Tempe Center for the Arts exhibit honoring the late cartoonist, as well as showing the Oscar-nominated film Jesus Christ Superstar to celebrate the opening of the Broadway show at ASU Gammage in April.

MADCAP Theaters will present a heavenly event with a screening of Jesus Christ Superstar at 7 p.m. March 25, with giveaways to the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar at ASU Gammage. Tickets are $8, and the first five people to buy a ticket to the screening online at and the first five people to buy a ticket at the box office will each get a pair of tickets to see Jesus Christ Superstar at ASU Gammage which runs April 6 to 11. All other attendees who buy a ticket will be entered to win free tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar at ASU Gammage.


Comedy show at ARC this weekend

“Comedy Kaleidoscope,” a show featuring the acting talents of Ahwatukee Recreation Center members in four one act plays (comedies), will begin at 7 p.m. March 26 and 27 and 3 p.m. March 28 at the ARC, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.

For more information, call Rita at (480) 496-4535.


Arizona Science Center entrance gets a facelift

After three years of planning and thanks to a voter-approved, 2006 city of Phoenix bond award for much needed facility and safety improvements, construction has begun on a new entrance and lobby at the Arizona Science Center.

Soon the Science Center will offer a larger, air-conditioned environment for queuing, improved accessibility for patrons who have a disability and school groups, as well as making it easier to enter the building and begin your scientific explorations.

The demolition phase of construction will last three months and the entire project is expected be completed by the end of the 2010 calendar year.

During the first phase of construction, temporary entrances and exits for both general public and school group access will be highlighted by signage throughout and surrounding the Center. Guests are encouraged to continue parking in the Heritage & Science Park garage located on the corner of Monroe and Fifth streets.


Spring Paintout at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League are co-sponsoring their 15th annual Spring Paintout through April 4 at the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

More than 40 of the league’s best landscape artists will set up their easels throughout the Garden and paint from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in March. The public is encouraged to interact with them and see art and nature in new ways.

A show and sale will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 to 4, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit


The Phoenix Symphony partners with St. Mary’s Food Bank

This March, The Phoenix Symphony will once again partner with St. Mary’s Food Bank as participants in Orchestras Feeding America.

This nationwide project started last year and was inspired by the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player who was living on the streets of Los Angeles as a result of a mental illness. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez noticed Nathaniel and was drawn to his talent, intelligence and passion for Beethoven. The fascinating story led to the film The Soloist, a film about Ayers, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

This film and the Orchestras Feeding America project are testaments to the power of music. Last year’s Orchestras Feeding America project involved 250 orchestras collecting over 200,000 pounds of food.

Phoenix Symphony patrons may donate items at Symphony Hall during the “Symphonic Star Wars” and “Star Wars Mania” concerts beginning one hour prior to the start of each concert. Concerts on March 26 and 27 begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee on March 27 begins at 2 p.m. The Family Series concert on March 27 starts at 2:30 pm.

The most needed items are dry soup, rice, powdered or canned milk, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, beans, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, canned meats, soup, pasta and fruit juices/sip-sized juices. For every 10 accepted items donated, Phoenix Symphony patrons will receive a voucher good for two tickets for an upcoming 2009-10 Symphony concert (some exclusions apply.)

For information, visit


NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ is casting

Are you ready to change your life? Do you have at least 100 pounds to lose? Are you outgoing with personality? Do you have the desire and competitive edge to vie for this once in a lifetime opportunity to change your lives forever and compete for $250,000?

NBC is looking for individuals or teams of two and will host an open casting call for The Biggest Loser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. You must be at least 18 by May 24 and a legal U.S. citizen to apply. If you are unable to attend, you may submit a videotape.

For more information, visit


Teen career workshop focuses on industrial design

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is teaming up with talented Valley professionals to provide a dynamic workshop for teens interested in careers that focus on art, design or architecture. The workshop will help high school students who are at the college application stage explore one of the many creative careers offered today.

The workshop will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Arizona State University’s Skysong complex, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 150, Scottsdale.

To dovetail with the museum’s current spring design exhibition titled Rewind Remix Replay: Design, Music & Everyday Experience, this year’s event will focus specifically on the field of industrial design.

Tickets are $30 per teen and parent pair ($20 for SMoCA members). Pre-registration is required by calling (480) 874-4641.


Fringe Festival coming up

The third annual Phoenix Fringe Festival – Phoenix’s premieres experimental performance festival – will run April 2 to 11 and feature more than 140 artists hosting 37 performances at six venues across downtown Phoenix.

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and are available at and

For more information or a performance schedule, visit


Phoenix Symphony searching for vocalists

Vocalists across Arizona are invited to audition for The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Season from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

Performance opportunities will be available in Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, as well as parts in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hans Krása’s opera Brundibar. If needed, Phoenix Symphony pianist Larry Loeber will be available for hire to provide accompaniment.

For more audition information, call Jennifer at (602) 495-1117, ext. 465.


Contestants sought for Mrs. Arizona America Pageant

The Mrs. Arizona America Pageant is looking for contestants from all areas within the state to compete for the title of Mrs. Arizona America. Contestants represent a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles and personal interests and range from ages 21 to 72.

The pageant will take place May 22 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and contestants will compete in three categories: personal interview, evening gown and swimsuit.

Mrs. Arizona will go on to participate in the National Mrs. America Pageant in Tucson in September.

For contestant or sponsorship information, contact Diane at (602) 870-7572 or visit


Candidate search is on for Miss Asia Arizona 2010

Candidates are being sought for the seventh annual Miss Asia Arizona Pageant, which will take place June 26 in metro Phoenix. The pageant is produced entirely by volunteers.

The goal of the pageant is to showcase young Asian/Pacific Islander women in a colorful production that will represent their culture, beauty, intelligence and talent.

The deadline to apply is April 10.

For more information or to apply, visit


Herberger Theater Art Gallery seeks artists

The Herberger Theater Center is accepting applications for inclusion in its Art Gallery Exhibitions for the second half of 2010. Work is selected by a blind juried panel consisting of artists from various disciplines.

Entries must be postmarked by April 1. Official rules and applications are available at or by calling (602) 254-7399, ext. 105.


Pueblo Grande earns rare distinction for the 2nd time

Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park has, for the second time, earned a rare distinction from the American Association of Museums.

The honor from the association recognizes Pueblo Grande Museum’s success in achieving its mission and goals as well as using best practices and meeting or exceeding museum standards. The museum first earned accreditation in 1999.

Pueblo Grande Museum is located at 4619 E. Washington St., the site of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village.

More information is available online at or by calling (602) 495-0901.


The hills are alive at Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre

Maria and all of the Von Trapps will sing up a storm this spring when Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre presents The Sound of Music, directed by David Mittel.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 and 10, 2 p.m. April 11, 7 p.m. April 16, 2 and 7 p.m. April 17 and 2 p.m. April 18 at the theater, 5051 E. Elliot Road.

The show is suitable for kids and families.

Tickets are $15 each and go on sale March 29 at the theater or by calling (480) 705-9319.

For more information, visit


Arizona Country Thunder rumbles with blockbuster 4-day schedule

Country Thunder USA will run 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


‘Rock the Zoo’ coming up

Tickets are available for “Rock the Zoo” (formerly known as ZooBrew), which will take place from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway.

This annual adults-only fundraiser promises plenty of music and merriment while raising money for the Zoo. Nationally-known alternative rock band Vertical Horizon will energize the crowd with live performances throughout the night. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample beverages from more than 30 vendors. A silent auction and a host of other fun activities will round out the evening.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

General admission tickets are $55 for Zoo members and $65 for non-members. VIP admission tickets are $115 for Zoo members and $125 for non-members.

For information or tickets, visit


Pandora Festival showcases Arizona women playwrights

Arizona Women’s Theatre Company will present the fourth annual Pandora Festival, a celebration of new plays written by Arizona women playwrights, April 23 to 25 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Staged readings of full length, one act and 10 minute plays will showcase contemporary Arizona women playwrights.

For more information, visit


Dinner on the Desert

The Desert Botanical Garden will host Dinner on the Desert starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

The evening begins in the Ottosen Entry Garden with a signature cocktail and a final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit. As the sun sets, guests will take in the evening beauty of the Garden as they make their way to Dorrance Hall to bid on plants, pots and garden art and savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. A short stroll takes you to the magical setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza for a Native-American inspired dinner. The party continues at Boppart Courtyard with entertainment and dancing under the stars.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500, and reservations are limited. Call Esther at (480) 481-8182 for more information or reservations.


Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Inaugural Gala

In anticipation of its historic cultural exchange tour to China including the Shanghai’s Children’s Palace, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will host its inaugural Gala with a Chinese themed concert, dinner and entertainment.

The 25th Anniversary Inaugural Gala will take place April 24 at Memorial Hall in Steele Indian School Park beginning with outdoor hosted cocktails, Asian themed appetizers, martial artists and lion dancers from White Crane Kung Fu at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., with all 250 members of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus performing. 

Tickets, $125, are available by calling (602) 534-3788. All proceeds benefit The Phoenix Children’s Chorus.


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 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.


Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden

The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series are under way and run Friday evenings through 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 are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through May 29 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays June 4 to 25.

The schedule is as follows: 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.


Mother’s Day lunch and concert with Esteban

Celebrate Mother’s Day (May 9) with the musical talents of Esteban in concert at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Two concert options are available. The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious catered brunch (table seating only). The 4 to 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only).

Tickets for the 11 a.m. concert and brunch are $85 (doors open at 10 a.m.). Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert only are $50 (doors open at 3 p.m.). Tickets are limited, and advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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

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