Mesa Arts Center offers summer classes, workshops
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., is offering a variety of youth classes this summer for children ages 3 and up including dance, drama, music, ceramics, beading, drawing, summer arts camp and more.
Adult visual arts classes include flameworking, blacksmithing, drawing, jewelry and more.
Performing Arts intergenerational and adult classes provide students the opportunity to work with and learn from different age groups. Generational improvisation, belly dancing and many other classes are available in this category. Classes start the week of June 1.
Five new artist workshops are also being offered during the summer session. Taught by professional instructors and experienced artists, each workshop offers a unique opportunity for travelers as well as residents. The seminars are available in both printmaking and a variety of glass work. Taking place over the course of one or two days in state-of-the-art studios, these classes are affordable and ideal for all skill levels, from the beginner to the professional artist.
The upcoming workshops feature highly regarded artists Adam Frus, Elissa Smith and David Manje as instructors. Students will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic setting in workshops such as Mono-Screen Print, Pandora Style Flameworking, Pandora Style Bead Lining, Power Techniques Glass Blowing and Beginning Sandblasting.
For a list of classes and workshops or to register, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call (480) 644-6520.
Heard Museum collection to be featured on ‘Antiques Roadshow’
Viewers of the popular PBS television series Antiques Roadshow will get a special treat during the final Phoenix episode at 8 p.m. Monday, May 3, with a special segment showcasing three pieces from the Heard Museum’s collection of more than 2,550 American Indian baskets. Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Natalie Linn will discuss the history, artistry and comparable value of three baskets from the Panamint, Pomo and Apache cultures.
Antiques Roadshow is broadcast on KAET-TV, Channel 8, at 8 p.m. Mondays. The next episode featuring appraisals from Phoenix is scheduled to be broadcast April 26.
Neuroscience, Quantum Physics and Dance Intertwine For the first time in history, neuroscience, quantum physics and dance have collaborated to create a performance work based on the tones of brainwaves.
Through a grant issued by Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction, Scottsdale Community College Department of Dance has partnered with Brain State Technologies, the Leading System for Brainwave Optimization with Real Time Balancing. The grant allowed SCC dancers to experience individual brain training sessions, and the results were the basis of the inspiration for the development of an original musical score by Xakk Stauber and choreographic work by Chad Michael Hall.
To create the musical score, Stauber converted the dancer’s brain patterns into musical tones. These tones were separated and eventually put back together into a musical composition. Likewise, Hall translated the same brain patterns into movement for the dancers to embody. The culmination of these two artists’ work, “A Matter of Balance and Harmony,” will be performed by Scottsdale Community College’s pre-professional multi-discipline ensemble Instinct DanceCorps at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, in the PE Building, North Gym, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale.
Tickets - $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors – are available by calling (480) 423-6600 or at the door.
Live entertainment at Wild Horse Pass
Several performers are scheduled to take the stage at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.
The original Latin King of Comedy, Paul Rodriguez, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Rodriguez has done it all in a career spanning more than two decades. Among the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all Time according to Comedy Central, the multi-talented performer has also directed, produced, written and starred in over 30 feature films and countless television series.
Comic Louie Anderson will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Anderson is a two-time Emmy award winner with a “clean” and self-deprecating brand of humor. Recognized as one of Comedy Central’s top 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, Anderson has had his own comedy specials on HBO and Showtime, experienced success in television and movie roles and taken a turn as a best-selling author.
Mitzi Gaynor comes to town for shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11. Best known for her starring role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Gaynor is one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars. Gaynor starred in many other popular 50’s films including Anything Goes with Bing Crosby, The Joker is Wild with Frank Sinatra, Les Girls with Gene Kelly and There’s No Business Like Show Business opposite Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe. Performing steadily through the 70’s on television and in Las Vegas, Gaynor resumed her stage act in 2006 after the death of her husband and long time personal manager, Jack Bean.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to WinGilaRiver.com or visit the gift shop at the resort.
‘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 www.phoenixzoo.org.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival to benefit Ear Candy Charity
The seventh annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) will take place April 23 to 25 in the 101 Scottsdale Shopping Center at the northeast corner of 68th Street and Mayo Boulevard.
The event will help provide kids access to music education by having Ear Candy Charity as one of this year’s beneficiaries. All proceeds will be donated to two local charities: Ear Candy and Phoenix Day Child & Family Learning Center.
The festival’s new location is outdoors, but there will not be a camping option. The MMMF will continue to offer the acoustic stage, drum circle, silent auction and raffle, as well as the kid’s area.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketforce (www.ticketforce.com).
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.
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.
The Buttes Resort rocks on the rock with Chuck E. Baby
Chuck E. Baby and the All Stars perform every Saturday night at Tequila on the Rocks at The Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way (48th Street and Broadway) in Tempe. Voted as Arizona’s favorite Party Band, enjoy the musical and interactive performances from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
The band also performs at the outdoor pool bar stage of the Thirsty Cactus Bar every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from noon until 4 p.m.
For more information, call (602) 225-9000.
Auditions set for Phoenix Children’s Chorus
Phoenix Children’s Chorus will host auditions for the 2010 season on Saturday, May 1, and Monday, May 3, for boys and girls currently in first through eleventh grades. No prior choral training is required – applicants need only possess a clear and pleasant singing voice and the desire to learn. There is no fee to audition, and the audition location is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the choir has over 225 children in two training choirs and two touring choirs. This award-winning chorus has performed throughout Europe and Russia and has taken top honors at the World Choral Olympics. The two touring choirs will travel to China for a three-city tour in June.
For more information or to schedule an audition, visit www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org or call (602) 534-3788.
Phoenix Children’s Chorus announces new East Valley Choir
With 25 years of developing young vocal talent and inspiring team work and self confidence, The Phoenix Children’s Chorus has announced that it is opening a new branch of the Choir to accommodate youth in the East Valley. This will be the first satellite choir for the 25 year organization and will be led by Director Janel Huyett.
The first auditions will take place May 5 at Sirrine Elementary School, 591 W. Mesquite St., Chandler, for children who will be enrolled in second to fifth grades by fall 2010.
Rehearsals for this beginning level choir will be every Thursday night with members participating in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus’ performances around the Valley.
Children who would like to audition must complete an online audition application located at www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org or should call (602) 534-3788. In addition, every child who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket to the Phoenix Children’s Chorus’ 25th Anniversary Celebration concert at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater at 7 p.m. May 22.
Phoenix Symphony to perform music from the Beatles, Beach Boys and more
Guest conductor Michael Krajewski will return to Symphony Hall May 7 to 9 with a brand new show highlighting the musical hits of the 1960’s. “Beatles & Friends: Sounds of the 60’s” will include the soundtrack of a generation including Eleanor Rigby and All You Need is Love from the Beatles as well as favorites from such 1960’s icons as The Mamas and the Papas and The Beach Boys with guest vocalist Rob Evan making his Phoenix Symphony debut.
Concerts will begin at 8 p.m. May 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. May 9 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.
Tickets, $26 to $76, are available by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org. Other highlights of the Symphony’s Pops Season include “Patriotic Pops” (May 28 and 29) and “John Denver” (June 4 and 5).
Acclaimed screenwriter leading conference
The Arizona screenwriting community is gaining more influence and getting one step closer to Hollywood with the introduction of the Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference, the Valley’s premiere resource for educating, inspiring and connecting all local screenwriters with “the Biz”. The conference will take place May 15 and 16 at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort and Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road. This conference is for aspiring writers as well as established screenwriters interested in either film or television. Ken Rotcop, former creative head of four film studios (Embassy Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Trans-World Productions, and Cannon Films), winner of the Writer’s Guild Award and the Neil Simon Award, founder of Pitchmart (as featured on Oprah) and author of the best-selling The Perfect Pitch, will lead the conference.
Rotcop’s “Pitchmart” workshop in Los Angeles guarantees attendees the opportunity to sit one-on-one with 25 literary agents, studio executives, and producers to pitch their own material. Pitchmart is open to anyone who attends the two-day Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference. Attendees from the Scottsdale conference will also have the chance to win one of two free tickets to Pitchmart.
Tickets for both days are $175 and include lunch. Seating is limited.
For more information or tickets, visit http://scottsdalescreenwritingconference.com.
Phoenix Comicon runs Memorial Day weekend
Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees to its convention May 27 to 30 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.
For more information, visit www.phoenixcomicon.com.
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 http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/pueblo.html or by calling (602) 495-0901.
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.
Auditions are being scheduled on May 22 at the Phoenix Boys Choir building, 1131 E. Missouri Ave. Interested parents should call (602) 264-5328, ext. 21 to schedule a time.
For more information, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org.
Jazz concerts return to Desert Botanical Garden
The annual Jazz in the Garden Concert Series is under way and runs Friday evenings through June 25 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
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 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 www.dbg.org, 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.
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.
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 www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.
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 www.dbg.org or call (480) 481-8188.
SMoCA announces three new exhibitions for summer
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art at 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale will have three new exhibitions this summer: Spy Hopping: Adventures with Sue Chenoweth and the permanent collection (May 22 to Sept. 19), the new “Architecture + Art” series launches with an exhibition titled 90 Days Over 100° with Phoenix architects Atherton | Keener (May 22 to Sept. 19) and Re-imagining the West: selections from the permanent collection (June 12 to Aug. 22).
For details, visit www.smoca.org.
Phoenix Boys Choir offers St. Lawrence Seaway Tour Concert Preview
Before the members of the Phoenix Boys Choir’s top choir embark on their summer tour to St. Lawrence Seaway, the Tour Choir will perform a Tour Concert Preview on May 23 at the Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road. A cocktail reception will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the concert at 5 p.m.
Audiences will have the chance to preview the unique repertoire that will be sung on the nine-city tour through northern New York and southern Canada and say farewell to the departing 32-member choir before they set off on June 3.
A recording of the 2010 St. Lawrence Seaway Tour Concert will be available for purchase at the Preview Concert.
Tickets to the reception and concert are $50. Concert-only tickets are $15. Tickets go on sale April 26 and are available through www.phoenixboyschoir.org or by calling (602) 264-5328, ext. 21.