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October 6 – 19, 2012


Five Star publishes Navajo herbal Nighttime creations come to life

Herbal remedies known to many generations of the Navajo people can now be found in “Nanisé, A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation,” published by Chandler’s Five Star Publications, Inc. “Nanisé” is a Navajo word meaning “vegetation.” Navajo plant uses have been transcribed since explorers, missionaries, traders and soldiers first encountered the Navajo people. But their reports, and those of early scientists, were published in limited scholarly editions. “Nanisé,” co-authored by Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy with illustrations by Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee, details plant species found on the Navajo Reservation – a 25,209-square-

mile area that covers portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The herbal book provides the Navajo name for each plant and explains how the Navajos used them in everyday life, whether for ceremonial, medicinal or household purposes. The plants were selected from the reservation flora of more than 1,500 species by the Navajo Health Authority, Ethnobotany Project staff and approved by the Navajo Medicine Men’s Association. The book is designed for the classroom as well as a field guide for hikers, botanists and those interested in Navajo culture. “This book is a wonderful collection of plant descriptions and habitats that are native to the beautiful Navajo Reservation,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “It gives the reader not only a complete botanical understanding of the plants and their uses, but a glimpse into Navajo culture as well.” Scheduled for release this month, “Nanisé, A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation,” will be available in traditional print as well as through electronic media, with distribution through Midpoint Trade Books and For more information, visit

Childhood fantasies of monsters and creatures that go bump in the night have come to life in an exhibit of fun and creative artwork Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. An opening reception for artists takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19. “The artworks relay stories and cultural folklore passed down through generations,” says Visual Arts Coordinator Eric Faulhaber. Artists participating in the “Things That Go Bump In The Night” exhibit

include: Taylor Atchley, Carol Balyozian, Sue Berzelius, Sandra Branjord, Brian Carroll, Elaine Pilbrow-Cash, Linda Chappel, Craig Cheply, J. Connelly, Emily Costello, Sue Cullumber, Breana Curtis, Lee Davis, Paula DeBenedetto, Sherry Drzal, Kathleen Escobedo, Jeff Falk, Sue Falkner, Cheryl Juracich, Linh Lam, George Lenz, Susan Lenz, Spencer Mahaffey, Rodney McLellan, Mark A. Molina, J. Pierce, Christy Puetz, Mary Ann Rodriquez-Veatch, Tony Rosano, Illa Ross, Helen Rowles, Jay Stewart, Mary Lou Stewart, Hank Tusinski, Steven Velazquez, Lorraine Whitt and Timothy Wong. Children’s art projects are provided by Vision Kidz Program and Galveston Elementary. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 480-782-2695 or visit

Jazz heats up cool autumn nights Live jazz music is back at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler, from October to May 2013. Laurie Fagen & Friends, Vandal Hancock Duo and others will perform in AJ’s Café and the 1912 Lounge during the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. Items may also be ordered off the menu as well.

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Laurie Fagen performs on the first and third Saturdays, and on Oct. 6 with Charles Lewis at the keyboard. The Vandal Hancock Duo of instrumental jazz guitars plays on the second and fourth Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 27. For details, visit For reservations, call 480-857-4422 or visit

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October 6 – 19, 2012

Swing band features Chandler resident

BIG BAND: Chandler resident and internationally known trombonist Bill Tole leads the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, which will perform on select Tuesdays at The Castle. Photo courtesy of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

Have a cup of tea and listen to the nostalgic sounds of the Big Band era as Chandler resident and internationally known trombonist Bill Tole leads the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on select dates October 2012 through March 2013 at The Castle, 1300 S. Price Rd. in Chandler. The afternoon Tea Dance Series features the orchestra, fronted by vocalist Nancy Knorr. The orchestra plays Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey hits and other music of the 1940s, some with a modern twist. Tunes made famous by the Dorseys include “Amapola,” “The Breeze and I,” “Maria Elena,” “Green Eyes,” “Tangerine,” “Besame Mucho,” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “So Rare” and more. Tea Dances take place 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 12. The cost is $16 in advance, $18 at the door or $90 for a series of six. Purchase tickets by calling 480-786-8847 or online at

Art quilts grace CCA with paradox Holiday ‘spirit’ to CCA Quilts made for art, not beds More than 60 representations in fabric, many hand-quilted, printed, handembellished or picturesque, comprise the exhibit, “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox,” Nov. 2 through Jan. 19, 2013 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. A Meet the Artists Reception will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2. All quilts are accompanied by a story and artist biography. The “paradox” theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality, according to curator Adriene Buffington. She says a paradox “can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.” Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, notes Vision Gallery’s Eric Faulhaber. “Although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic,” he explains. “Art quilts are representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into these canvases of fabric.” In addition to the exhibit, there will

be an Art Quilt Invitational Exhibit of 25 selections by national art quilters. This portion of the exhibit will be held at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. For more information, call 480-782-2695. Admission to all Visual Arts events is free to public. CCA’s Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For additional details, call 480-782-2680 or visit

“The Spirit of Christmas,” an energetic variety show featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers and singers, takes the stage Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the CCA. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. and evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. The production is presented by The Christian Dance Company and Tempe Dance Academy and is hosted by Tom Booth. The show features a horse and carriage, a living Nativity with a flying angel and a champion hoop dancer. In addition, dancers perform original Radio City Music Hall Rockettes choreography including the world-famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” along with other excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Performers from the Chandler area include: Ella Gunkel, Hannah Burns, Carly and Delaney Hudson, Arica Ares, Allison Doak, Gabby Otis, Jessica Thomas, Olivia Kramb, Judy Alcala, Claire and Anna Cortabitarte, Elan Morriis, Georgia McCook, Michael Richards, Chloe Roskos, Erin Broas, Danielle Bowen, Irelan Inoshita, Bethany Haskin, Anthony and Phillip Giandiletti, Tatum Graham, Katelyn Reiland, Tatum Rooney, Isabelle Peyton, Aimee Paredes, Emily Lenz, Erina Ueda and Ashley Wellik. Tickets are $24 to $28 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Child Crisis Center. Buy tickets at the CCA Box Office at 480-782-2680 or online at or


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October 6 – 19, 2012

Grant funds long-range plans

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A $75,000 grant for a professional organizational assessment and creation of a long-range blueprint for the 23-year-old Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) was given to Chandler Cultural Foundation. The grant was provided by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The nonprofit Chandler Cultural Foundation is contracted by the city to raise funds for the CCA. A facility review study was conducted five years ago to evaluate the facility improvement needs of the center. It was the 2007 study that guided the scope of renovation work that was completed in 2010. A long-range facilities plan was generated to address the longer-term facilities and resources expansion needs at the center. “The center still operates on an organizational framework from 23 years ago, when it was first built,” says Katrina Pappas, general manager at the CCA. “In 1989, Chandler was a very different town with a much smaller population.” Today,

Tap your toes during the ASU Gammage performance of “Anything Goes,” then give those little piggies a pedicure as part of the “Anything Toes” Spa Package offered by the Aji Spa in conjunction with ASU Gammage, Nov. 1 through 18. The Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, provides a 50-minute spa pedicure including aromatic blue foot soak, gentle exfoliation, relaxing foot massage and a therapeutic paraffin treatment at the discounted price of $60 Monday through Thursday and $70 Friday through Sunday when booked in advance. As a special gift, all guests who receive the “Anything Toes” pedicure will be given

the center often struggles to meet the growing demands of an expanding city and the increasing needs for multi-use space, enhanced technology and resources. In 2011 the Long-Range Planning Committee, launched by former Mayor Jerry Brooks and currently chaired by Barbara Meyerson, hosted six professionally facilitated focus groups with patrons, volunteers, user groups, youth groups, community leaders, the staff and the board to determine the blueprint for what the center will look like to meet the needs of the growing and expanding city of Chandler. “The support from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a tremendous benefit to the Center,” adds Pappas. “This grant is a crucial step in furthering our movement towards the goal of being a major cultural and gathering destination for the Valley.” A Request for Proposals will be issued by the Chandler Cultural Foundation soon to select a consultant for the project.

Olive Mill hosts art, wine event

Sample local wines and peruse an art show during a special event hosted by The Artists of the Superstitions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd., off Combs Road in Queen Creek. Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch on the shaded grounds, experience wine tastings and examine works from a diverse group of artists representing

all types of media, including painting, photography, wood, jewelry, pottery, glass, clay and more. The Olive Mill has a restaurant and coffee bar for the public to enjoy as well as tours of the Olive Mill facility, for a fee. For more information about the mill or to schedule a tour, call 480-888-9290. For more details about the event, visit


a complimentary gift bag, complete with an “Anything Goes” CD sampler, nautical-inspired treasures and an Aji Spa Indigenous lotion at check-in. Make a day of it and stay for lunch in Aji Café and full access to the spa’s amenities including a private swimming pool, instructor-led fitness classes, steam room and sauna. All guests who book and receive their “Anything Toes” pedicure by Nov. 9 are entered to win two tickets to the Nov. 13 opening night show of “Anything Goes” at ASU Gammage. The show runs through Nov. 18. Winners will be announced on Nov. 12 and contacted by email. For more information and to make a reservation, call 602-3855759 and mention promotional code: “Anything Toes.”

Murder mystery comes with dinner Solve a murder while enjoying dinner as the Sun Lakes Community Theatre presents an interactive mystery dinner show, “Murder at Café Noir,” Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Oakwood Ballroom of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes. This Casablanca-style mystery with a humorous twist is written by David Landau, and includes laughs, suspense, murder, music and romance. The tale follows Rick Archer, a private investigator

who comes to an island in the Caribbean to find a runaway who has taken up residency on the small island of Mustique – a place that is stuck in a black, white and gray era. To get in the “noir” mood, audience members are encouraged to dress in black, white and / or gray. Show tickets are $35 and include dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Come early for cocktails and music. For tickets, call 480-895-1026.


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October 6 – 19, 2012

Cost of freedom explored Scrooge and cast to audition at Hale

IN HONOR: “Jack,” a U.S. soldier played by actor Michael Sackett, bows his head at an image of fellow soldiers’ graves in “The Price of Freedom,” on stage at the Hale Centre Theatre. Photo by Daniel Sontag, Hale Centre Theatre

“The Price of Freedom,” showing through Tue., Oct. 30 at the Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert, is an inspiring musical tribute dedicated to all of those who have served – and sacrificed – in the U.S. Armed Forces. The play returns to World War II to recount the lives of four soldiers through the letters they wrote to the ones they left behind. The production serves as a theatrical tribute to remember the humanity and stories behind those who have fought for the nation’s freedom and the sacrifices they made. “The Price of Freedom” features an original score composed by Rob Gardner

that serves as a moving underscore to the stories of the men and women of the “Greatest Generation.” McKane Davis’ lyrics are based on actual correspondence between soldiers and their loved ones. Displayed on both walls of the Hale Centre Theatre stage will be archival film footage from the war. The musical tribute plays at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for ages 6 to 18. Reservations can be made through the box office by calling 480-497-1181. For more details about the show, visit

Festival features art, music, more Enjoy an array of music, dance and cultural presentations by local performers, as well as works by local artists and artisans, during the 5th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28 in the courtyard at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. in Tempe. The free festival includes activities for children, live painting, jewelry making, food booths by local nonprofit and community organizations and more. There also will be a “Cosplay” costume contest conducted by Touch of Creation Cultural Events (TCCE), featuring an appearance by LRS Tokyo Girls and Guys. Stop by the TCCE booth to get all information regarding the contest at the festival and meet their special guests. This is the introduction to the TCCE’s spring 2013 new theatre production and they will be recruiting Cosplay artists and theatre performers.

MAKING MUSIC: An array of music, including performances by local youths, will entertain visitors to the 5th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts, taking place Sun., Oct. 28 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Tempe. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts

The Fall Festival of the Arts is in collaboration with the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park and the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, a nonprofit community organization. For information, visit

Monthly art event set in Gilbert Local artists are provided with a platform to exhibit their works to the public at the Gilbert Art Walk, an outdoor event held at 45 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert. The Art Walk is set up Saturdays beneath the water tower located west of Gilbert Road on Page Avenue, across from the Hale Centre Theatre. Participating artists come together in one place to show off their talents,

and the community is welcome to come stroll around their exhibits for free. The Art Walk will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 20, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10, Dec. 1 and 15, Jan. 5 and 19, Feb. 2 and 16 and March 2 and 16. For more information, visit


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Hale seeks production help

Experienced carpenters and a sound board operator are being sought by the Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., to join its award-winning production team. Needed are set carpenters who will work either part-time or as an overhire on upcoming productions. Applicants must have excellent carpentry skills in cabinetry work or finish carpentry. Carpenters will build, load-in and strike, and should be proficient with all shop tools and theatrical construction. Scenic painting knowledge is also a plus, but not required. Individuals should have the ability to work in a team environment, build from shop drawings, demonstrate strong work ethic and meet deadlines. A sound board operator also is needed to oversee microphone distribution and run the board throughout the production of “Annie.” Tech rehearsals start Mon., Oct. 8 with performances through Sat., Nov. 24. Previous experience in theatre mixing is required. Knowledge of the Yamaha M7CL is a plus. Email your resume to Cameron Tryon at Resumes will be reviewed in a timely manner, and interviews will be scheduled according to individual qualifications.

October 6 – 19, 2012

Youths review Childsplay’s shows In addition to the Kid Reporters, Childsplay also has launched a Mom Blogger page for moms to give their perspective on the performances and how theatre impacts their children. Childsplay’s Mom Blogger page is at www.childsplaymoms. Lizzie Stewart

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Local youths will write and post reviews of Childsplay’s 2012-13 season performances through the new Kid Reporter program. Plus, the reporters receive an exclusive backstage tour and interview with cast members. Four kids were selected from more than 100 entries submitted from aspiring young journalists from across the Valley. Among them were Lizzie Stewart, 12, of Chandler and Bryn Creek, 9, of Gilbert. Lizzie will review “The Giver” and “Wrinkle in Time,” while Bryn will critique “Rock Paper Scissors” and “Recipe for Disaster.” Children from the community are encouraged to read and comment on reviews to keep the conversation going. Each performance during the season will be reviewed by at least one Kid Reporter, with all entries posted and open for commentary at www. The Kid Reporter program is part of Childsplay’s new initiative to bring the community closer to its performances.

Not so perfect

Childsplay’s next production, “The Giver,” set for Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, creates the uneasy feeling that something is wrong with main character Jonas’ “perfect world” – a world without war, fear or pain. All of the world’s problems have been eliminated, including making choices or feeling emotion. But when Jonas turns 12, he is selected to receive special training from The Giver. Soon a new world opens up to him, exposing harsh truths about his society. Audiences discover what it means to grow up and take charge of their own future. Performances take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. All tickets for the Oct. 21 Storybook Preview Performance are $12 and come with a complimentary book for all families who attend. Tickets start at $12 and are available at or by calling 480-350-2822, ext. 0.


Artists sought for Scottsdale event SanTan Sun area artists working in all media are invited to exhibit at the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival, March 8 through 10, 2013 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Applications must be submitted online at www.zapplication. org before Oct. 14. A jury of arts professionals selects the artists to participate in the festival and awards prizes in numerous categories including painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, printmaking, textiles, woodworking and more. Founded in 1971, the event showcases the creativity of nearly 200 juryselected artists from throughout North America. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the festival’s online art auction. Those attending the festival can enjoy local cuisine from the food trucks of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, wine tastings, live music and entertainment from Arizona bands and performers, creative activities for children and families at Imagine Nation and more. The Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a division of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council. Proceeds benefit the center’s arts and youth education programs. For information, visit



October 6 – 19, 2012

Country stars shine this month Arizona native Dierks Bentley headlines the all-day KNIX Country Fest on Sat., Oct. 27 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, 15406 N. Maricopa Rd. in Maricopa. Harrah’s is partnering with 102.5 KNIX to bring top-named entertainment for this first-time, outdoor event. Taking the stage is country music stars Kristen Kelly, Easton Corbin and Gloriana, along with Bentley. Kelly, known for her debut single “ExOld Man,” kicks off the concert at 3 p.m. Her music mixes rock and blues, while staying true to her country roots. Hitting the charts with their latest

song, “Kissed you Goodnight,” Gloriana will entertain the audience with other favorites such as “Can’t Shake You” and “Wanna Take You Home.” Easton Corbin has drawn the attention of the country music world with hits like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It.” Bentley is among country’s most versatile artists and is known for his hits “Home,” named the official song of the Arizona Centennial Celebration, as well as chart-toppers “Come a Little Closer” and “5150.” In, addition, Bentley recently was nominated for three Country Music Awards.

‘Ghostly Gala’ scares up funds for EVCT

LOCAL BOY: Valley singer Dierks Bentley is one of many country music stars on the rise who performs during the KNIX Country Fest on Sat., Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort

Harrah’s is constructing the temporary amphitheater, for seating up to 4,000. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased at For more information about Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, visit or call 480-802-5000.

A costume contest, games and more entertain all ages during the East Valley Children’s Theatre’s fall fundraiser, “The Ghostly Gala”, on Sat., Oct. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson in Mesa. Activities at this family friendly event include DJ music, a raffle, food and drink. Tickets are $50 for adults 21 and older, $25 for ages 13 to 20 and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit EVCT, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides live theatre experiences for children ages 5-18. EVCT offers classes, workshops, troupes, spring and summer camps, as well as four main stage productions at the Mesa Arts Center. For more information about The Ghostly Gala and to purchase tickets, go to

Learn skills from top talents Seven dancers / actors and choreographers from Los Angeles share their knowledge and moves during a special weekend Master Class Oct. 20 and 21 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111 in Phoenix. Kimberly Lewis, owner of Dance Studio 111, is bringing in Cris Judd, choreographer for Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson as well as movies and music videos, and Dave Scott, choreographer for the “Step Up” movies. Joining them will be “So You Think You

Can Dance” alums Ivan Koumaev and Ade Obayomi, and Kenny Wormald from the recent remake of the movie “Footloose.” This two-day Master Class workshop is open to the public. No previous Dance Studio 111 connection is required. The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to register, visit or call 480-706-6040.


Arts Chronicles Bart Evans, a veteran music teacher in Arizona, brings his experience and talent to the Sun Lakes Chorale as its new performance coordinator, engaging venues, overseeing sound, lighting and recording environments prior to Bart Evans performances and supervising concert support activities. Evans taught music for 36 years, including instrumental and choral music in Mesa and Snowflake. He recently retired as the choral director at Dobson High School, where he taught for 30 years. He currently conducts an evening community choir at Mesa Community College and is the interim conductor of the Concert Choir at Arizona State University. He will interact with the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church staff for the chorale’s Holiday Concert on Dec. 13 and the Spring Concert on March 21, 2013. Info: Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert wins seven awards during the annual ariZoni Theatre Awards, Arizona’s version of the Tony Awards. The theatre received the most earned in its category and includes: Actress in a Supporting Role-Play, Charlotte Strayhorne for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Actor in a Supporting Role–Musical, Rob Stuart for “Little Shop of Horrors;” Director–Play, D. Scott Withers for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Director–Musical, Cambrian James for “Crazy for You;” Choreography, Cambrian James for “Crazy for You;” Actor in a Major Role–Play, Rob Stuart for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” and Overall Production–Musical, “Crazy for You.”

On stage

DEFYING GRAVITY: Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, known throughout the world for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess, the Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill and stunning movement of Kung Fu to the Mesa Arts Center stage Sat., Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of MAC

“Little Bunny’s Halloween,” through Oct. 31, GAPT. Little Bunny’s mother helps him to get over his fear of Halloween by having fun in this “non-scary,” musical show. For ages 2 and older; all matinee shows. “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Childsplay, Oct. 6-14, TCA. The adventures of Ollie and Yuki bring together two complete opposites in this hysterical squabble of old versus new. Their two worlds collide, as Yuki’s high-voltage antics disturb the quiet creations Ollie makes with only paper and scissors. Pianist Murray Perahia, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7, SCPA-VGPT. This Grammy Award-winning artist performs Haydn’s Sonata in D Major, H 24; Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, Op. 94; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 and more. “Monsters, Mutants and Other Tales of Love,” Oct. 11-13, 18-20, S55. The end-of-theworld premiere features five short comedies set in a post-apocalyptic world crawling

October 6 – 19, 2012 with cannibals, cyborgs, zombies, mutants, Frankenstein sisters and crafty panhandlers. Rated PG-13 for some “comedic” violence. Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran and “here’s your sign” slogan creator Bill Engvall, 7 and 10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12, SCPA. Engvall brings his biting humor and everyday insights; comedian Gary Brightwell opens the performances. “How I Became A Pirate,” Oct. 12-28, VYT. Based on the bestselling children’s book written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, this Arizona musical premiere is about a young boy recruited by pirates to help them find the perfect spot to hide their treasure. FearCON V, Fear Film Festival and Convention, noon-midnight Sat., Oct. 13, USCS. An all-day event showcasing the best horror cinema from around the world. Cast and crew of many of the films will be in attendance for Q & A and panel discussions. Other highlights include Zombie Dancers, a Zombie Fashion Show, live “Fear Factor” games, an artists’ and vendors’ area and more. Bellydance Superstars: The Magic Of Dance, 7:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 16, MAC-Piper. The culmination of 10 years of touring the world – over 800 shows in 25 countries – to capture the artistry, magic and passion of this unique dance form. “Annie,” Oct. 18-Nov. 24, HCT. A musical set in the Great Depression and based on the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie.



An Evening of Story Telling Featuring Donald Davis, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19, MACPiper. Featuring a youth teller, an Arizona teller and Donald Davis, whose masterful storytelling captures the real and daily adventures of life in an entertaining and engaging way. “The Servant of Two Masters,” Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27, SCCPAC. The 16th century commedia dell’arte masterpiece where identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited when the wily and chronically hungry servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages – and his meals – by serving two masters at once. Free. Comedian Al Del Bene, Oct. 19-21, CSCC. Born near the end of the 20th century, Del Bene started doing comedy in Boston at the age of 18, then quickly became a staple of New York City’s underground comedy scene. The Daily Show Live: Indecision Tour 2012, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20, SCPA. Join correspondents Rob Riggle and Al Madrigal, writer/Executive Producer Rory Albanese and Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for a night of political satire. Greg Proops is “The Smartest Man In The World,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20, MAC-Piper. Best known for his appearances on “Whose Line is it Anyway,” Proops’ show is based on his podcast of the same name. Adult themes and language.

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