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April 6 – 19, 2013

Teens headline fundraiser at CCA Water dances, Cinderella ballet on stage

Teen musicians and dancers from around the Valley and some nationally known local professional bands will rock the stage during the Starbright Foundation’s Teen Talent Fest 2013, 6 to 8 p.m. Sat., April 6 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. This inaugural variety show benefits the Starbright Foundation, a local charity that serves children caught in abuse. Performances include local talent such as Arrowheart, dancers from Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center in Phoenix and more. SanTan Sun area youth band Lane Change will donate its time and talent to the Starbright Foundation’s Talent Fest as well. The four teenagers who make up Lane Change include San Tan Valley resident Sam Lehtinen, 17, Gilbert residents Elijah Alvarez, 15, and Riley Bash, 14, and Cameron Holladay, 13, of Ahwatukee. Visit or to learn more about the band and its upcoming performance schedule.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680. The Starbright Foundation focuses on rescuing children between the ages of birth to 18 from human trafficking in Arizona. For additional information, visit the Starbright website at starbrightfoundation. org or contact Nicole at 480363-0814.

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GET WET: Scorpius Dance Theatre performs at CCA with a water theme. Submitted photo

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through the eyes of a young boy’s imagination and explores water as a common and powerful dream symbol. “Dreaming in Water” is performed at 3 and 8 p.m. on Sat., April 13 at CCA. The performance showcases all new choreography, original underwater filming by Josh Kasselman and Stephanie Lucas, with original lighting design by Mike Eddy. Tickets are $26 to $36 plus fees. For more, visit

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The classic fairytale of a downtrodden but kindhearted girl who becomes a princess comes to CCA Sat., April 27 and Sun., April 28. With rich sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev’s score, Ballet Etudes’ fan-favorite production of “Cinderella” is sure to leave attendees believing in magic. Backstage tours are offered following most performances. Tickets are $15 and $20. Visit or call 480-782-2680 for tickets and information.

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Costumed characters play laser tag

A charity laser tag tournament involving Phoenix Comicon, local fan clubs and the general public will take place noon to 4 p.m. Sat., April 13 in the Urban Arena Laser Tag at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 Maricopa Road in Maricopa. Costumed characters, from such franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek and others, will come together for a children’s charity know as Kids Need to Read, which works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. To learn more, visit To sign up for the event as an individual or group, visit or email or choltz@phoenixmarketingassociates. com. For more information on UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, visit

Reception honors student art, writing

A reception celebrates the students who submitted work to the 2013 Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Young Authors & Artists Showcase from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., April 19 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., downtown Chandler. Students submitted artwork, essays and poems for the 2013 Showcase, themed “The Power of Exchange.” One winning essay, one poem and one art work from Chandler will be submitted to the international competition for a chance to win the overall competition and be featured at the SCI Annual Conference in July in San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit


April 6 – 19, 2013


Hohokam exhibit at Chandler Museum Art studio open house aids LBGTQ youth

Open mic, froyo benefit theatre kids

Chandler artists John Gleason and Jacque Keller of Quantum Art, Inc. are hosting a special Open Studio show benefiting local nonprofit one•n•ten. The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., April 13 in their home studio, located at 371 N. Carriage Ln., Chandler. Gleason and Keller are nationally known artists who continue their philanthropic efforts through art. During the Open Studio Show, and continuing for 60 days afterward, 20% of all sales are being donated to one•n•ten. Financial contributions also can be made during the show directly to the nonprofit group, whose mission is to serve LGBTQ youth and young adults by providing social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. To learn more about one•n•ten visit There is no admission charge for the Open Studio show. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the artists, call 480-216-0450 or go to

Hamilton High School’s Theatre Department has teamed with local frozen yogurt purveyor Frio Mio to present a special benefit night 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. The shop is located in the Fulton Ranch Promenade. Shop owner Geoff Roehrick will contribute 50% of the night’s proceeds to the theatre club. In addition, there will be an open mic event from 7 to 9 p.m., and all who sign up to participate will receive a complimentary Frio Mio gift card. There also will be a chance to win a door prize for all who stop by that evening. Financial contributions to the theatre club will be accepted on-site. For more information or to sign up in advance for the open mic event, call Roehrick at 480-6090007 or email gbak_r@yahoo. com. Each participant will be given approximately five minutes. If a lot of people sign up, the open mic event will be extended to 9:30 p.m.

WATER LESSONS: A new exhibit at the Chandler Museum explores water use in the Salt River Valley over the last 2,000 years, paying particular attention to water management lessons learned from the Hohokam, the pre-historic people who lived in the region. Photo courtesy of the Chandler Museum

Is the water supply in the Valley sustainable for the near future? What about for the next 1,000 years? These are just a few of the questions asked in the new exhibit, “Choosing a Future with Water: Lessons from the Hohokam,” on view now at the Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. The museum is in the historic McCullough-Price House southwest of Chandler Fashion Center. This exhibit explores water use in the Salt River Valley over the last 2,000 years, and questions the sustainability of an overpopulated desert culture. By examining the Hohokam, the pre-historic people who lived in the region, the exhibit focuses on water management and possible contributors to societal collapse.

Turning to more recent and local water management, the exhibit examines Dr. A.J. Chandler’s effort to green the desert more than 100 years ago, and asks what lessons modern-day residents can learn from the town founder and apply to our own water choices. Exhibit visitors will also have the unique opportunity to view a 4,000-year-old tree ring, which documents rainfall in the Valley over four millennia. “Choosing a Future with Water: Lessons from the Hohokam” is on view through July 27. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 480-7822717. View the online version of the exhibit at


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April 6 – 19, 2013

Enjoy jazz ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ closes April 7 Caliendo with brunch headlines new Tempe Improv JAZZY BITES: Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro in Gilbert introduces a new weekly jazz brunch featuring a jazz trio and special menu. Submitted photo

Jazzing up the weekend just became a regular event at the Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro as it introduces a weekly jazz brunch beginning at 9 a.m. each Sunday at 1451 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. The Aebi/Coulson/Nistico Jazz Trio will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays inside the restaurant, although those who choose to sit on the patio and enjoy the spring mornings will still be able to hear the music. In addition, Sleepy Dog has created a special Sunday brunch menu, with several new additions. Reservations are recommended by calling 480-963-1805. To view the menu online, visit

UNDER THE SEA: Belemi Thompson stars as Flounder and Emma Welch swims along as Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” on stage through April 7 at the Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Studio 3 Performing Arts

Life above the ocean’s surface proves too irresistible to a precocious mermaid in Studio 3 Performing Arts’ production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” on stage through April 7 in the Nesbitt Elliott Playhouse at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Under the direction of Emma England, this experienced cast will bring awardwinning choreography, strong vocals and colorful costumes to create a delightful show for the entire family. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a one-act play, features

the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.” Final performances are set for noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 and 2:30 p.m. Sun., April 7. Ticket prices are $13 and $15. Call the Mesa Arts Center box office at 480-644-6500 or visit Gilbert-based Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy provides many learning opportunities, including weekly classes in dance, drama, voice and instruments. For more information, visit studio3arts. com or call 480-545-1492.

After several months of extensive renovations, the Tempe Improv will once again open its doors and unveil its state-of-the-art transformation on April 19, when it hosts local favorite and master impressionist Frank Caliendo Frank Caliendo of FOX-TV’s “NFL Sunday” and “MADtv.” Caliendo will perform through April 21. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 and on sale now. Located in the heart of Tempe at the Cornerstone Mall, the Improv, which first opened in 1988, will continue to host the biggest names in comedy in 2013, including Pablo Francisco, Kevin Nealon, Carlos Mencia and other acts. The club, under new ownership, will feature a full-service upscale bar in the balcony with a VIP area for hosting private events, as well as wall-to-wall renovations throughout the club that bring a fresh and contemporary feel. For tickets, show times, a full schedule of upcoming acts and more information, visit


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April 6 – 19, 2013

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Multimedia artists Joan Baron and Laurie Lundquist host a free Family Art Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., April 20 in the Native Seeds Gallery, Tempe Center For the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Baron and Lundquist will create small, recycled artworks with plastic bottles and native seeds with participants, who can later take the seeds home to plant. The artists have created an installation called “In Seeds We Trust.” They describe the process of seed saving and sharing as a potent connection a fresh, seasonally grown healthy food source. Both artists work professionally in the public art realm and are self-described

Family and friends are the focus for the San Tan Orchestra as it presents the “Bring a Friend Concert,” with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 19, at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E. University Dr., Mesa. The event will feature Cynthia Baker on violin and Suzanne Johnsen on oboe, along with soprano Cynthia Elek. Orchestra conductor Katherine Shields says the concert’s theme was inspired by a national movement annually in

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April called TAFTO – “Take a Friend to the Orchestra.” The concert will open with a piece entitled, “exclamare vociferatiónis,” written especially for the San Tan Orchestra by Zachary Bramble, an ASU music school graduate. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales of 10 or more and $5 for youths/students. They are available at the door or online at For more information, email or call 480-297-7552.

Top Broadway shows come to Valley New subscriptions go on sale May 13 for the Broadway Across America – Arizona 2013-14 series at ASU Gammage, now in its 23rd season and featuring a seven-show series and three special engagements. The Broadway Across America series will bring some of the biggest Broadway hits to town including “Evita,” The Gershwins’ “Porgy & Bess” and Disney’s “The Lion King.” ASU Gammage subscribers get the best seats at the best price. Additionally, season subscribers get exclusive benefits, including flexible payment and ticket exchange options, advance purchase

opportunities and more. The full season includes: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” Sept. 17-22; “Evita,” Dec. 3-8; “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Jan. 14-19, 2014; “The Wizard of Oz,” Feb. 4-9, 2014; “Once,” April 29-May 4, 2014; “Porgy & Bess,” June 3-8, 2014; and “Jersey Boys,” July 22-Aug. 10, 2014. The 2013-14 Broadway Across America – Arizona special engagements include: Disney’s “The Lion King,” Oct. 22-Nov. 17; “Mamma Mia!” Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 2014; and Blue Man Group, Feb. 25-March 2, 2014. For more information or to purchase a subscription, visit

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Enjoy art among the olives

OILS AND OLIVES: Art enthusiasts browse the displays of fine arts during the “Art in the Olive Grove” show at the Olive Mill in Queen Creek. Photo courtesy of Artists of the Superstitions

Enjoy fine art spread among a lush olive grove during the Artists of the Superstitions’ spring show “Art in the Olive Grove,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., April 7 at the Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek.

The 30 artists in the show will display a diverse selection of art including paintings, jewelry, photography, woodworking, glass, ceramics, gourds and more. In addition to the art show there will be entertainment and wine tasting in the grassy area by the Olive Mill buildings. Admission to the art show is free to the public. Tours of the Olive Mill are available to see the oil making and bottling process, for a fee. There also is a restaurant and gift shop available for purchases. For details, call the Olive Mill at 480-888-9290. For more information about the art show, visit or email

Not exactly ‘men in tights’ Affectionately known as “The Trocks,” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has entertained audiences for more than 30 years and established itself as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. The company will perform 8 p.m. Fri., April 19 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Putting a new spin on the art of dance, the all-male company performs faithful renditions of the most celebrated works – from romantic ballets like “Swan Lake” to the modern masterpieces of Martha Graham – fabulously costumed and delicately balanced en pointe. With grace, charm and comic genius, The Trocks bring to life the heroic characters and plots of

DANCING QUEENS: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also know as The Trocks, is an all-male company that performs renditions of the most celebrated works. Submitted photo by Sascha Rene Vaughan

these works. Tickets are $49 to $79. For more information, call the box office at 480-499-8587 or go to

Arts Chronicles Jesse Armstrong of Chandler, a ceramic artist, is one of seven Valley artists chosen to create art pieces for the awards presented to honorees at the 32nd Governor’s Arts Awards, held recently at Herberger Theater Center

in Phoenix. The Governor’s Arts Awards is presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. Info:

On stage Venue index

SCCA – Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater 75th & Main streets, Scottsdale Box office: 480-994-2787, ext. 2, SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7373 E. Second St., Scottsdale Info: 480-499-TKTS, scottsdaleperformingarts. org/smoca-events.php TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. First St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-253-8188, ext. 2,

ASUG – ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe Tickets: 480-965-3434, CPJHC – Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix Info: 602-241-7870, CSCC – The Comedy Spot Comedy Club 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4422, DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, QCPAC – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Box office: 480-987-7469,


On stage “They Chose Me!” through April 21, VYT. Arizona musical premiere about adoption as seen through the eyes of children. Shows are Friday through Sunday; times vary. “OrigiNation: A Festival of Native Cultures,” 12-4 p.m. Sun., April 7, SCCA. A free outdoor community festival offering visitors the opportunity to learn about native cultures in Arizona and India through music, song, dance and storytelling. “Anything Goes,” through April 13, QCPAC. Anything but your typical boy-meets-girl story, this is a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns that will make you dizzy with laughter. Topped off with a host of Cole Porter songs like, “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “You’re The Top.” “Spring Awakening,” through April 21, MAC. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teen years. Due to adult language and themes, this show is intended for mature audiences only. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre. “Recipe for Disaster!” April 6-14, TCA Studio. Presented by Childsplay. Two “master” chefs’ constant arguing makes a mess of an important exam for a struggling young apprentice. Culinary chaos ensues, as one chef struggles to top the other and the apprentice tries desperately to convince them to put down their spatulas and work together. For ages 5 and older. “She Stoops to Conquer,” April 11-27, MAC. Presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Old Hardcastle, a man of means, looks to marry off his daughter to his old

STRING MEN: Young Croatian cellists Stjepan Hauser, left, and Luka Sulic, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. They will be at the Mesa Arts Center on Fri., April 19. Submitted photo by Dean Bertoncelj

pal’s son. But, when two male suitors arrive, troublemaker Tony Lumpkin plays a practical joke and the Hardcastle household is launched into a dizzying and deliciously preposterous romp of mistaken identities. “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” April 12-May 11, DST. Presented by Cullity Hall Productions. The blonde and beautiful Elle Woods has the world on a string until her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her. A demolished-turned-determined Elle emerges on a mission and follows him to Harvard Law School to win back his heart. Shows are Fridays through Sundays.

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Comedian Big Jake Oakerson, April 12-14, CSCC. Oakerson’s story-based style of stand-up comedy got its start after a series of dead-end jobs, including driving strippers and escorts around his hometown of Philly. Now the New York City resident has made comedy his fulltime job, flooring audiences with true tales of odd threesomes and bizarre sexual encounters. “Great Falls,” April 12-28, TAS. A man and his stepdaughter drive across the west in an attempt to salvage trust and understanding. Their journey, both geographical and emotional, includes personal stories of disappointment and betrayal, but there is hope that they can find forgiveness and acceptance and move toward the reconciliation they both desperately need. Drumatic Dialogues, 7:30 p.m. Mon., April 15, SCPA – VGPT. ASU’s Contemporary Percussion Ensemble presents a program of exotic rhythms and vibrant colors, tracing the history of percussion from the 1920s to the present. “Sugihara: A Conspiracy of Kindness,” 7 p.m. Tues., April 16, CPJHC. A free documentary film screening. In the fall of 1939, in the face of the Nazi onslaught, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara made a decision that would change his life and thousands of others. With no possible hope for reward and at great risk to his family and career, he used his diplomatic power to rescue desperate Jewish refugees. Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, 7:30 p.m. Thu., April 18, MAC – Ikeda. After winning the Academy Award for his performance as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart,” the ever-charismatic Jeff Bridges returns to play live to more popular and critical acclaim. 2CELLOS, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 19, MAC – Piper. Former cello rivals Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser joined forces in January 2011

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uploading a unique cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views. A month later, 2CELLOS signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks. Dionne Warwick, 8 p.m. Sat., April 20, SCPA. Celebrating her 50th anniversary in music, Warwick has had nearly 60 charted hits, starting with her 1962 recording debut, “Don’t Make Me Over.” Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company, 7 p.m. Sat., April 20, ASUG. This year’s performance features live musicians, as the company presents the Classical Music Program applying Jones’s inventive choreography to some of the most important Western musical works of our time, including compositions by Mendelssohn and Mozart. Film: “Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form,” 4 p.m. Sat., April 20, SMoCA, Stage 2 Theatre. No Festival Required presents this film followed by a special tour of the exhibit “Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti,” with Tomiaki Tamura & Roger Tomalty from Cosanti Foundation and Assistant Curator Claire C. Carter. Tickets are $7. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Childsplay, April 21-May 26, TCA. Meg, her precocious younger brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin find themselves in the middle of a fantastic adventure, traveling through space and time to save her father and – quite possibly – the world. For ages 8 and older. David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m. Thu., April 25, ASUG. Slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

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