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Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Paradox art quilts

PEACEFUL: “Rain Chain,” a Japanese-inspired art quilt by Loraine Sample of Queen Creek is displayed at Chandler Center for the Arts and will become part of the Chandler Public Art collection. STSN photo

Explore duality in art quilts at “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox” on exhibit through Jan. 19, 2013 in the gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. All quilts are accompanied by a story and artist biography expressing the “paradox” theme, according to curator Adriene Buffington, who says a paradox “can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true.” The Chandler Arts Commission purchased six pieces for the City’s public art collection, including from

PARADOX: Gilbert resident Linda McCurry’s art quilt “Truly, Madly, Deeply” is part of the “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox” exhibit at CCA through Jan. 19, 2013 and was purchased by the Chandler Arts Commission. STSN photo

Arizona artists Loraine Sample’s “Rain Chain” and Gilbert resident Linda McCurry’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” An Art Quilt Invitational Exhibit of 25 selections by national art quilters is 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 the public. CCA’s Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For details, call 480-782-2680 or visit


Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Children’s choir Women’s choir sings holiday joy sets auditions For a chance to sing with Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC) beginning in January, boys and girls ages 7 to 16 can audition on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Arizona Music Academy, 1700 E. Elliott Rd., Suite 11, Tempe. No previous experience is required. Auditions last approximately 15 minutes and focus on matching pitches, reproducing intervals and rhythm. Vocal range is also assessed. Another round of auditions takes place Tue., Jan. 8, 2013. The CCC consists of three choirs: Junior for ages 7 to 9; Encore for ages 10 to 12; and Cantus for ages 12 to 16, and aims to “share the beauty of classical, folk and art song styles” with its singers and audiences. Instructors teach solfege and note reading skills, as well as choral blend and vocal technique. Rehearsals are held at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, 8600 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. Email auditions@ or call 480-699-9846 to schedule an audition.

DECK THE HALLS: Sun Lakes’ Chordaires Chorus prepares to perform throughout the community during the holidays. Submitted photo

What’s Christmas without holiday music? The Chordaires Chorus will be performing throughout the Sun Lakes community in December, showing off their signature a cappella style in barbershop harmony. Under the direction of Doreen Hansen, the Chordaires can be seen at the Sun Lakes Country Club tree-lighting service, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, as well as at the Cottonwood Country Club Christmas party at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 at 25630 S. Brentwood Dr. Its final show is 6 to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at

Oakwood at Diamond Lake’s luminaries Christmas caroling, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. The Chordaires invite all women who like to sing to attend rehearsals in January for its upcoming 33rd annual spring show “Hats Off to America” in April. Rehearsals are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the Mirror Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. For more information, call Cindi Edwards at 503-307-1730 or Chris Roen at 480-229-5412.


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Time for holiday shopping Savvy holiday shoppers can find both holiday gifts and decorations at the Sun Lakes Arts and Crafts Association’s Annual Fall Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., south of Riggs Road. This artistic group created an assortment of handcrafted pieces including jewelry, beadwork, gourds, stained glass, quilting and hand-sewn items, ceramics, artwork, lighted wine bottles, fused glass jewelry, diachronic glass, handmade cards and leather-tooled items. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Donna Penna at 602-882-3651 or Diane Enders at 480-982-7744.


Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Auction benefits art organization

‘Boulevard 35’ benefits Legion An arts and crafts show to benefit veterans’ programs takes place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 in the backyard of American Legion Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The “Boulevard 35” event features more than 80 vendors selling paintings, crafts, handmade items, food and more. Nonprofit groups and commercial vendors also take part. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Legion and its veterans’ programs. Admission is free, and leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Ample parking is available. Vendor space is still available. For more information or to request an application, email info@boulevard35. com or call 800-603-3213, ext. 4.

ART Quilts Year XVII Invitational Nov. 2 - Jan. 20

SLOW LIGHT: Photographer Kate Breakey is one of the artists whose work, like this piece titled “Swirly Cloud from Slow Light,” will be featured in a silent auction to benefit Art Intersection. Photo courtesy of Kate Breakey

A silent auction featuring the works of more than 50 artists connected to Art Intersection runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 201, Gilbert. The event is free and open to the public. A special preview of the works up for auction takes place 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17. The works will be on exhibit Tuesday through Saturday Nov. 20 through Dec. 1. This fundraiser allows Art Intersection to bring quality art exhibitions to the Chandler and Gilbert

communities. The auction list includes works from masters in photography including Kate Breakey, Mark Klett, Stan Klimek, Richard Laugharn, Mike Lundgren, Carol Panaro-Smith / James Hajicek, Andrew Phelps and Anna Strickland. Also featured is notable emerging artists including David Emitt Adams, Peter Bugg and David Cook. For additional details, visit or call 480-361-1118.



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Two memorable gals bid goodbye There are just a few chances left to cheer on a spunky redheaded orphan or watch a beautiful young women be woken from a deep slumber by love’s kiss, as productions of “Annie” and “Snow White” wrap up Sat., Nov. 24 at Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. America’s favorite orphan, Annie, tries to run away from the Girls Orphanage, run by the chronically hung-over Miss Hanagan. Although her escape is brief, she finds the loveable Sandy, a clever canine with endearing charms, and her life changes for the better when she wins the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks.

‘Snow White’

Originally a Grimm brother’s fairy tale, “Snow White” tells the story of a beautiful yet envious Queen who seeks to be the fairest in all the land by striking vengeance on an innocent maiden. In this Hale Theatre restyling, enjoy favorite characters along with a few new ones. The show is geared towards a child audience, and youths of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favorite royalty and feel a part of the magic. Similar to the “Dora the Explorer” television show, “Snow White” allows

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A LITTLE HELP: A retelling of the classic Grimm fairy tale, the Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “Snow White,” features brand new characters along with familiar ones, including, from left: Spritely, Jimmy Shoffman; Ticklish, Keaton Honaker; Slow Poke, Charlie LeSueur; Sarge, Joe Nuttall; Snorey, Frank Aaron; Gabby, Kevin Whitaker; Gloomy Gus, Tyler Pounds; and Snow White, Kayla McLemore. Photo by Wade Moran

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Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Holiday happenings Here are more holiday-themed entertainment options for adults and families to enjoy this holiday season.

‘Cirque Dreams: Holidaze’

An international cast of more than 30 artists perform acrobatic feats Dec. 4 and 5 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment featuring gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers. Tickets are $22 to $52. Info: 480-644-6500,

Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’

This heartwarming Broadway adaptation featuring 17 Irving Berlin songs comes to life via Copperstar Repertory Company at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, Dec. 21 through 29. Songs include “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the iconic “White Christmas.” Tickets are $15 to $19. Info: 480-279-7194, Sonoran Desert Chorale celebrates the season with the “Rejoice! Hodie! Concert,” featuring Brass of the Desert at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa. This year’s festive fare includes the rousing “Hodie!” by Z. Randall Stroope for chorus, organ, brass and percussion; traditional carols and a sing-along. Info: 480-305-4538, Victorian Christmas with John Doan takes place 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 23 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts (HCPA), 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. Presented in part

by AMAZ Radio, it’s a live version of the EmmyNominated Public Broadcasting Television Special, which re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago. Info: 480-279-7194,

Holiday comedies

“A John Waters Christmas” is a one-man show featuring Waters at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Waters is the director of the classic cult movies “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester” and “Hairspray,” as well as the author of the 2010 bestselling book “Role Models.” In this show, he cruises into town on his sleigh full of smut spreading yuletide cheer and lunacy. Placing the ‘X’ firmly in X-Mas, Waters shares some of his favorite holiday traditions. SPINNING: A dizzying array of acrobats and entertainers make the season sparkle Not suitable for young children. Info: 480-499a little brighter in “Cirque Dreams: Holidaze,” on stage at Mesa Arts Center Dec. 4 TKTS (8587), and 5. Photo courtesy of MAC “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” returns Dec. 18 through 23 at Jan. 20, 2013 in Herberger Theater’s Stage West, 222 E. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Monroe St., Phoenix. Piper Theater, 7830 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale. Watch as Steve attends holiday dinner at Grandma’s, The show stars Patti Hannon as Sister, the tartwhere if you’re younger than 55, you still sit at the tongued, ruler-wielding Catholic nun. In an unusually children’s table, and 35 over-fed people share one toilet. jolly mood, Sister teaches her students the story of the Info: 602-252-8497, Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those ‘Spirit of Christmas’ three wise men gave to baby Jesus? Hosted by Tom Booth, the “25th Annual Spirit of Info: 480-499-TKTS (8587), Christmas” is an energetic variety show set for Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Arizona Ave., Chandler. Home for the Holidays:” When the family arrives home The show features a cast of more than 100 dancers, to celebrate the holidays, Steve is thrown together with singing, a horse and carriage, special guest performers all of his dysfunctional family members in a riotous and a champion hoop dancer. Info: 480-782-2680, celebration of the holiday season, Dec. 19 through


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School kids Lunch features senior string players perform ‘Seussical’ A musical program by The Sonic Senior Strings highlight the annual Christmas Luncheon of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), set for noon Sat., Dec. 8 in Ballroom A of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Socializing begins at 11:30 a.m. The Sonic Senior Strings are part of an international group called New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), with groups throughout the United States and Canada. The purpose of NHIMA is for people older than 55 to have a music group to either begin with an instrument or continue with one they played in high school. There currently are 16 members in Sonic Senior Strings, under the direction of Richard Rader, who retired as strings director for Mesa Public Schools. Linda Miller, a member of the local P.E.O. chapter who is from Sun Lakes, performs with the Sonic Senior Strings. P.E.O. has six philanthropic projects, and the members strive to make a difference in women’s lives through scholarships, grants and loans. All unaffiliated and visiting P.E.O.’s are encouraged to attend this festive event hosted by P.E.O. Chapter DW. The cost is $20 per person. Send payment by Nov. 27 to Judi Clement, 25615 S. Ribbonwood Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. For more information, call Clement at 480-895-2828 or Shirley Langer at 480-895-1505.

On stage Venue index

The St. Genesius Theatre Troupe, the drama club at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, performs “Seussical Jr.” through Sun., Nov.18 in the school’s Parish Life Center, located at 7655 E. Main St. in downtown Scottsdale. This year’s cast of 130 children, comprised of school students in grades three through eight, entertains audience members of all ages with lovable characters from Dr. Seuss’ celebrated books, including the infamous “Cat in the Hat” and his prankster “Things.” Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday as well as matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $20 for reserved seating and $50 for VIP packages. Tickets may be reserved by contacting Stacy Karis at karisa@, Maureen Bussoletti at or OLPH at 480-874-3720.

Arts Chronicles The 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, which are presented in six categories to individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona, are now accepting nominations through 5 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14. The awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, and winners are announced at the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards event Wed., March 6, 2013 at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Applications: Pronounced, “dee-shocka”


DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café CC – Children’s Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, FELC – First Evangelical Lutheran Church 142 N. Date St., Mesa Info: HCPA – Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater; WFG – Wells Fargo Garden 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Info: 480-478-6000, PT – Phoenix Theatre LT – Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix Tickets: 623-252-2772, SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art LG – Lounge 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Info: 480-874-4666, USAC – US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Tickets: 800-745-3000,



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“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” through Jan. 13, 2013, DST – AC. Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man, undergoes a lustful mid-life crisis and attempts to take part in a sexual revolution before it is too late. Cashman’s gentle nature leaves the crowd roaring with laughter at his efforts to seduce the women he manages to encounter. “Shear Madness,” through Dec. 2, MAC – Piper. The Shear Madness hairstyling salon is scandalized by the wacky murder of its illustrious upstairs neighbor, and if the shop doesn’t get to the bottom of things soon, someone is going to die laughing. Tickets are $22-$25. “Romeo et Juliette,” through Nov. 18, PSH. Arizona Opera continues its 2012-2013 Season with Gounod’s French operatic masterpiece. Tickets begin at $25. 19th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-18, SCPA – Plaza. Featuring more than 200 juried artists and craftspeople from across the nation, continuous live music, international foods, family area featuring handson art activities and creative challenges for children and more. Free admission. La Catrina String Quartet, 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19, HCPA. The quartet’s unique blend of Latin American and standard repertoire caters to the more traditional concertgoers while still attracting the next generation of listeners. Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, Nov. 23, SCPA. The group will take audiences on an exhilarating musical journey. Lit Lounge, featuring playwright Kim Porter, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23, SMoCA-LG. A monthly series that’s a little bit “This American Life” and a

CAPITAL COMEDY: Known for putting the “mock” in democracy, D.C.’s Capitol Steps will return to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for its annual Thanksgiving weekend visit on Nov. 24 and 25. Photo courtesy of the SCPA

little bit rock-n-roll, where engaging writers and performers share true stories fused with live music. Tickets are $10. D.C.’s Capitol Steps, Nov. 24-25, SCPA – VGPT. Known for putting the “mock” in democracy, this comedy improv troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest election results, headlines, scandals and more. Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation, Nov. 27, SCPA. A

cutting-edge mix of new urban rap and ancient Javanese music and poetry. Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion,” Nov. 28Dec. 2, USAC. Fusing the 3000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion, pronounced “Dra-lee-on,” draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012 “Arizona Pastorela: Mission to Mars,” Nov. 29-Dec. 9, PT – LT. A multi-ethnic satire, presented by the New Carpa Theatre Co., about the Hernandez family, who hears about the birth of Christ and decides to walk to Phoenix to catch the light rail to Bethlehem. On the way, Sheriff Joe’s posse goes to Mars seeking evidence President Obama is really an alien. Clint Eastwood is talking to chairs. Big Bird is talking to Clint Eastwood. Gov. Brewer is talking to headless immigrants. And more. Tickets are $8-$12. Manhattan Transfer, 7 & 9 p.m. Nov. 29-30, MIM. This well-known vocal ensemble performs four-part harmonies combining doo-wop, pop and jazz. This show also offers a few holiday selections. Mozart and More 2012, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30, FELC. Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck as performed by the San Tan Orchestra, featuring Dawn Corso, coloratura soprano and Andrew O’Brien, piano. Tickets are $15. “ARTrageous Starring Bernadette Peters,” 8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, SCPA – VGPT. Accompanied by her longtime arranger and musical director, Marvin Laird, and an eightpiece orchestra, Peters will perform classic Broadway songs and standards at this annual gala extravaganza benefiting Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA. Tickets are $125 for the concert only. Ronny Cox, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, HCPA. Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall,” but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight and a lulling Southwestern folk sound.


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