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It has always been a childhood dream for Lainie Seretis, artistic director at Classic Image Dance, to direct a production that encompasses “West Side Story.”
A recent grant from Target is making summer programs more affordable and available to more dancers at the Phoenix Dance Cooperative in Ahwatukee Foothills.
UrbanAZ presents a two-night music festival of some of today’s most proven R&B artists at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at Celebrity Theatre.
Concert-going can be a pricey hobby, but the Hits Deep Tour coming to Grand Canyon University Arena on Feb. 28 gives you more bang for your buck. Hosted by the multi-Grammy-winning hip-hop artist TobyMac, the concert features a hit-parade of contemporary Christian music from stars like Mandisa, Matthew West, Brandon Heath and Matt Maher.
When Kyle Pereira wanted to start a band, he got a few of his friends together and things were good at first. But Pereira quickly learned, in his words, he couldn’t just count on himself after more than one group disbanded.
African American male rappers have long endorsed products in commercials. Google “A Brief History of Rappers in Soda Commercials” and “20 Best Rap Commercials of All Time.” There’s nothing inherently problematic aesthetically, creatively, or politically about non-black rapping. I am curious about the television ads and viral YouTube videos that use hip-hop solely to entertain primarily through a comedic end. Such creations beg critical exploration.
To jump start the spring semester, the Desert Vista dance program will be hosting auditions for students interested in being involved with the program.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” was perfect pop pleasantry, full of back-to-back hits that were oh-so-fun and addictive, fused with humor, emotion and a hint of edge. How could you resist?
Popping, whacking and breaking are all part of a day’s work for 5th generation Arizonan Sarah “Saza” Dimmick, who, along with the coach of the Phoenix Suns’ hip hop squad, Luis “Weezy” Egurrola, leads EPIK Dance Company. We chatted with “Saza” about her troupe and the original dance theatre work (“Common Ground”) they’re performing Oct. 18 and 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts.
You don’t need to be buttoned-up to be the boss.
True Music Festival, a new event coming to Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, has booked its first round of performers.
This time, we are not talking about Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Paula Deen, or Riley Cooper.
As the Phoenix Mercury races to the ultimate finish line, a third WNBA Championship, the team invites fans and Valley residents to “Run With Us” into the 2013 WNBA Playoffs by participating in the team’s inaugural “Race to the Playoffs” 5K walk/run on Sept. 14 at 7 a.m.
Within the first minute of “That’s My Kind Of Night,” the opening track on Luke Bryan’s new album “Crash My Party,” he cites tailgating, beer drinking and a nameless “pretty girl” in suntan oil and cowboy boots — all standard modern-day signifiers for a country song.
A multi-talented musician who taught himself to play piano, drums, guitar and bass by the age of 6, Rostrum Records’ Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick performs on The Space Migration Tour with Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, and Vince Staples and The Internet.
Humorist Dave Barry has said, “the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. The wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
When Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up for a new album, they knew their pairing was unlikely and unconventional, so they secretly recorded music without the approval of their record labels.
Urban AZ’s first Spoken Word Showcase brings together a range of poetic performers, along with R&B artists Dwele and Bilal with a band, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
If you weren’t convinced of his talent by James Blake’s debut album, his sophomore release, “Overgrown,” will do the trick.
“ISBK” and “MLB” were two of the graffiti tags appearing frequently on block walls, trash dumpsters, and road signs in Ahwatukee during 2010, particularly inside the Elliot-Warner Loop.
As staff at the Mesa Arts Center began preparation for its second “Festival of Creativity,” MAC executive director Cindy Ornstein said the group was looking for something to pique their interests — a spark, of sorts.
Jessica Starr was never one to take no as an answer.
Since gaining notoriety among his peers by producing music videos for locally known hip-hop artists and rappers, Desert Vista High School senior Jake Osmun hopes to continue down a path that leans more toward film-making after graduation.