Auditions set for MLK Jr. Celebration

Dancers, bands, vocalists, spoken word artists, rap artists and groups are invited to audition for the 2010 city of Phoenix Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Auditions will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 in room MA11 at Gateway Community College, 108 N. 40th St.

For more information, contact the MLK Entertainment Committee at or (480) 216-7779.


Phoenix Symphony presents annual Target World Music Festival

With the support of the Target Corporation, The Phoenix Symphony will present its second World Music Festival Jan. 14 through Feb. 27. The lineup includes:

• Master Peter’s Puppet Show, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Jan. 16, along with a shortened Coffee Concert at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Master puppeteer Basil Twist and his puppeteers present the puppet-opera devoted to the escapades of Don Quixote.

Jake Shimabukuro, 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Renowned for his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro shows how the ukulele is so much more than traditional Hawaiian music. (The Phoenix Symphony does not perform.)

African Children’s Choir, 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Orpheum Theatre. Proceeds go towards the choir’s relief and development projects in Africa where they provide education, food, shelter and medical assistance to Africa’s orphans and needy children. (The Phoenix Symphony does not perform.)

Vivaldi/piazzola: Eight Seasons, 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23 at the Orpheum Theatre. Argentinean Astor Piazzolla composed his fiery Four Season of Buenos Aires combining jazz, Latin rhythms and the mighty tango.

Argentine Tango, 2 p.m. Jan. 24, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Bandoneón master and composer Raul Jaurena brings his sizzling Tango Sinfónico as part of the World Music Festival.

The Band of the Irish Guards, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. The Band of the Irish Guards was formed on April 1, 1900, on the expressed wish of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. (The Phoenix Symphony does not perform.)

Tickets for all concerts may be purchased by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visiting


Cantemus looking for singing Mozart lovers

Cantemus Chamber Chorale will hold auditions and a meet-and-greet with its members from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St.

The group is looking for area singers interested in performing Mozart’s monumental Coronation Mass. All voice types are welcome to participate. The Cantemus Chamber Chorale will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C and Regina Coeli on April 17.

Specializing in works for chorus and orchestra, Cantemus is led by Music Director Mark Francis and is frequently joined by musicians from Arizona State University’s School of Music. 

To schedule an audition, contact Lynn Jech at or (623) 936-9120. For more information, visit


Chandler Multicultural Festival

Each January, Chandler sponsors the Multicultural Festival, in association with the Celebration of Unity, to highlight the cultural diversity of the community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more.

This year, the 15th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Chandler Public Library Plaza at 22 S. Delaware St.

Winners of the Creative Expression Competition also will be announced, and Childsplay will present Androcles and the Lion. An interactive area for kids will feature a rock wall, bouncer, coloring and arts and crafts. Great food from different cultures will be available, as well as information on sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity, along with arts and crafts that represent various cultures.

Admission is free. For information, visit


January classes at Music Maker Workshops

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills, located at the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and 32nd Street, is registering for weekly music lessons, Kindermusik, rockstar and voice classes and music therapy. Studio programs are designed for musicians of all ability levels and ages.

Weekly lessons started Jan. 4 for ages 3-and-a-half to 99. Lessons are available in piano, voice, drums, guitar, string and woodwind instruments.

Certified Music Therapy started Jan. 4 for all ages. Weekly sessions are offered on Wednesdays with board certified music therapist Lauren Zaslow.

Morning Kindermusik & Music for Little Mozarts starts Jan. 12 for babies to age 5. Parent participation and drop-off programs are available. Classes are once a week on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Extended day program available on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon with an option for piano lesson before or after.

Rockstar classes for ages 8 to 15 will meet Friday afternoons starting Jan. 8. Beginners and intermediates meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m., intermediates and advanced from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Pick two things to learn from bass, guitar, drums and/or keyboarding.

For more information, call (480) 706-1224, e-mail or visit


2010 Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant seeking contestants

Contestant applications are being accepted for the 21st Annual Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant on 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 more than 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.


ACT hosting free golf event

The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre will hold its annual golf event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Foothills Golf Club.

Golfers must raise a minimum of $300 to golf for free. Golfers/fundraisers with $500 to $999 in donations will be awarded a $50 gift card, and a $100 gift card will be awarded for every $1,000 raised. Prizes will also be awarded for “longest drive” and “closest to the pin” winners. Each golfer will also be treated to lunch.

Now is the time to register as it will take time to gather donations. Golfers may register at, then click “I am playing in a golf tournament.” Remember that your event is “Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre.”

For more information, call (480) 705-9319 or e-mail


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 schedule includes: Girls Night: The Musical, Jan. 5 to 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Merle Haggard, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.; 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.; Kathleen Madigan, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Moscow State Radio Symphony, March 9, 7:30 p.m.; Steve Tyrell, March 11, 7:30 p.m.; Three Irish Sopranos, March 14, 7:30 p.m.; Around the World in a Bad Mood, March 23 to April 3; Big Band Broadcast, April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Arlo Guthrie – Guthrie Family Rides Again, featuring Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee and Johnny, April 10, 7:30 p.m.; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, April 15 to 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and the Avett Brothers, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

The National Geographic Live! Speaker Series includes: Hunting Dinosaurs, with Paul Sereno, paleontologist, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., and Army Ants and Flying Frogs, with Mark Moffett, ecologist and photographer, March 17, 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.


Chandler Center for the Arts announces 2009-10 season

The Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., is celebrating its 20th anniversary season with the following line up:

• Sprinkled throughout the season will be the Rhythms of LIFE series - a unique collection of powerful and personal stories of the most celebrated artists in history. The series begins at 3 p.m. and includes “Pardon My English” Gershwin By Ira Jan. 10, “Love Letters: From Beethoven to Bernstein” Feb. 14 and “Copland and Me” April 11.

For details or a complete schedule, visit


Winter Music in the Garden lineup at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden will present its annual Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 10 to Feb. 21. All concerts are held outdoors on the Garden’s Ullman Terrace at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

The schedule is: Jan. 10, The Swingtips – Swing/Jazz/Lounge; Jan. 17, Big Pete Pearson – Blues; Jan. 24, Mosaico Flamenco – Spanish Guitar; Jan. 31, Back Porch Bandits – Bluegrass/Folk/Acoustic; Feb. 7, Brazen Heads – Irish/Celtic/Rock; and Feb. 21, Cascabel – Latin/Rock/Pop.

Tickets are limited, advance purchase recommended. The cost is $14 for members, $20 for non-members, $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under. Garden admission is included.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at the box office or by calling (480) 481-8188.


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


Amateur film-makers invited to enter contest

A new collaboration between the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and the New Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has resulted in the creation of the Scholastic Film Contest.

The contest is open to all amateur scholastic film-makers in the United States. Film-makers do not have to be Jewish to enter the contest, but must fall into the following two grade levels for which one winner will be selected for each level – Level 1, high school students grades 9 to 12; and Level 2, undergraduate or graduate students at any college or university.

Submitted films must be no longer than 10 minutes and of obvious Jewish content or reflect issues related to any cultural, political historical, religious, geographical or any other aspects of Jewish life.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.

For complete details, e-mail Roni Zee at


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


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.


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.


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, Armand Boatman’s Be-Bop Revolution - Jazz; 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, The Bad Cactus Brass Band - Jazz-Funk-Blues, featuring Meridith Moore and Mikel Lander; 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. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec.  27, Sister’s Christmas Catechism; 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Jesse Cook; Jan 21 and 22, Best of Momix; 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Afiara String Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Garrison Keillor; and 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.

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.

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