Registration open for Rock Star classes

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills, located at the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street, is now registering for the spring session of Friday Rock Star.

Classes are designed for students between the ages of 8 and 15 who wish to meet other musicians and ultimately play in a band. All ability levels are welcome. Students get to pick two instruments to study – bass, guitar or drums. At the end of the session, friends and family will get to enjoy a concert put on by the students.

Classes run Fridays March 5 to April 30 (with a built in spring break March 19). Beginner/Intermediate classes will meet 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Intermediate/Advanced classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $170.

For more information or to register, call (480) 706-1224 or visit


Young Artists’ Competition seeks talented performers

Aspiring young performers between the ages of 16 and 20 are invited to enter the 11th Annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition on Saturday, March 27, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

From March 23 to 25, performers will compete in the categories of acting, modern dance and voice for a panel of industry professionals. At the conclusion of the preliminary process, four finalists from each category will be selected to compete in the final competition March 27. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner in each discipline. The audience will also have a chance to vote on a “People’s Choice” winner in each category. Tickets to the competition are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The entry fee is $25, and forms and audition information are available at The deadline for submission is midnight March 5.

For more information, call Judy at (602) 254-7399, ext. 106.


Arizona School for the Arts and PCM

The Phoenix Conservatory of Music has teamed up with Arizona School for the Arts to unleash the power of music and promote education of the arts in a rigorous academic and performing arts learning community cultivating leaders of the future.

Open registration at Arizona School for the Arts has begun for grades five through 12.

For more information or to sign up, visit,


Local entertainment collaborations create March Madness at MADCAP Theaters

MADCAP Theaters has partnered up with Arizona State University Gammage and the Tempe Center for the Arts. Throughout March, MADCAP will host 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.

World-renowned film scholar and animation expert Dennis Nyback will be at MADCAP Theaters at 5 p.m. March 6 to present a 16mm tribute to the pioneering animation of Chuck Jones. Tickets are $10. This event runs in conjunction with the show Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter that runs through June 18 at the Tempe Center of the Arts.

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.


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 music group The Love Me Nots.

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.


Indian Market 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 festival draws nearly 20,000 visitors and more than 700 American Indian artists. This year’s fair honors the clans, tribes and arts of the Apache peoples.

For information, visit or call (602) 252-8848.


Spring Paintout at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League will co-sponsor their 15th annual Spring Paintout March 6 to 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


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.


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.


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


Target Day of Music offers free family fun

The Phoenix Symphony and Target are giving back to the community with a free, fun-filled musical afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

Kids’ activities include exploring musical instruments in the instrument petting zoo, crafts and balloon artists. Food will be available for purchase.

Due to limited capacity, patrons wishing to attend must call the box office at (602) 495-1999 to receive a free voucher. On event day, vouchers will be redeemed at Symphony Hall for a general admission ticket. Patrons holding a voucher will receive tickets first, then any remaining tickets will be distributed to non-voucher holders on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The entertainment schedule includes: Balloon Artists, 1 to 3 p.m.; Panda-Monium Marimba Band, 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.; Afro-Caribe Drum & Dance, 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.; Ballet Etudes, 1:45 to 1:55 p.m. and 2:45 to 2:55 p.m.; and The Phoenix Symphony at 3 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Benjamin Rous, will perform works from Bernstein and Williams to Joplin to complement a perfect day at the hall. Don’t miss the rousing rendition of Copland’s Rodeo!


Kool & The Gang to headline Suns & Stars Gala

Grammy award-winning R&B group Kool & The Gang will headline Phoenix Suns Charities’ annual Suns & Stars Gala on Saturday, March 13, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Guests will enjoy appearances by the entire Suns team, dinner, exciting raffle items and much more, beginning at 6 p.m.

All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families.

Table sponsorship options are available as well as a limited individual tickets. For more information, call (602) 379-7767 or e-mail


Goodguys 1st Spring Nationals

The Goodguys 1st Spring Nationals take places March 12 to 14 at WestWorld, 16601 W. Pima Road, Scottsdale, featuring more than 2,000 1972-and-earlier hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks. The event will also include manufacturer and vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars for sale area, special vehicle corrals on Saturday, model and pedal car show and lots of fun for the entire family.

In addition, special awards and featured vehicles will be showcased during the event, including the 2010 Muscle Car of the Year finalist, 2010 Custom Rod of the Year finalist, Truck of the Year late Finalist and the Gazette Pick.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $18 per day for adults, $6 for kids seven to 12 and free for ages six and under. Tickets are available at the event or online at WestWorld charges a $5 spectator parking fee.


‘40s Big Band Dance, USO Show coming up

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.


‘Rock the Zoo’ tickets now available

Tickets are now on sale 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


Breakfast, lunch with the butterflies

A special breakfast with the butterflies event will take place 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, to celebrate the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

The breakfast event will take place in Dorrance Hall and is recommended for children ages three to 10. Enjoy a delightful catered breakfast, followed by children’s entertainment and butterfly-related activities. All guests will receive admission to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, and children will receive their own pair of butterfly wings to wear and take home. Breakfast tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children (for Garden members), $40 for adults and $35 for children (for non-members).

A butterfly luncheon for adults will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Dorrance Hall. Guests will enjoy a buffet-style lunch, the cheerful sounds of acoustic trio Hot Club of Phoenix and an interactive and educational presentation by Terri Nacke, Eco-ista and Founder of La Bella Terre, Botany for the Body. Guests will also receive admission into the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. The menu and presentation are designed for adults.

The exhibit will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 9. Admission is free for Garden members, $3.50 for non-members three and older with paid Garden admission.

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


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


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.


Kre8tive Kids hosting poetry writing contest

Kre8tive Kids’ 2010 Poetry Writing Contest is open to students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Entries will be divided into four grade divisions (K to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12).

The title and theme is “What Color is Love?” The theme relates to the fact that kids and adults should be open to accepting, respecting, embracing and even loving people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. This, however, does not mean that race and/or culture have to be written about as part of the poem … be Kre8tive.

Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entries must be submitted using the official Kre8tive Kids entry form and may not be more than 25 lines of text. At least one winner from each grade division will be selected, and each winner will receive a $100 value prize package.

Entries must be received by March 15, and winners will be determined by April 30.

To enter the contest, mail your completed entry form with your poem to: Kre8tive Kids, Poetry Writing Contest, P.O. Box 93042, Phoenix, AZ 85070. Typewritten entries may be e-mailed to Jerry Ervin at


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 on 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. Sidewalk bands will also play along the streets of Historic Downtown Chandler on Saturday afternoon. Last year’s festival attracted more than 15,000 people.

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. Anyone who volunteers to be a pourer must have either completed a training class within the past year or be willing to attend a one-hour class which will be held in March.

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


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


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


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


Thursday night market in downtown Tempe

Thursday Night Market on Mill Avenue in Tempe showcases local food vendors, growers and craftspeople, plus live performances from Music on Mill musicians from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. If interested in participating, e-mail Amanda at or visit


ASU Art Museum Ceramics Gala

The Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center will present its bi-annual ceramics gala, CERAM-A-RAMA: A (really) Progressive Clay Affair, March 4 to 7. Events include tours of private homes, exhibitions, live and silent auctions.

The guest of honor for the weekend event is internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko.

The March 6 event will hop from Ceramics Research Center to Camelview Optima in Scottsdale to a DJ pumping After Party at the W Hotel. Entry to the Saturday night gala cocktail party, standing dinner, auctions and after party is $150 per person. Entrance to the after party only is $25 per person.

All-inclusive weekend packages are available for $550 per person and include all events.

For tickets, event information or to view auction items, visit For general questions contact Cyndi at (480) 734-5178 or


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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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