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CONTENTS 58 CLICK ARTISTS In the two years of its existence, the Arizona Photography Alliance has made developing a community—as well as advancing photography artistry—its purpose. The organization is borrowing on the five C’s from Arizona’s early days by focusing on fine art photography through four C’s—create, collect, critique and connect. 64 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Fall-into-winter is the season for dressing up, eating out and entertaining more often. This year, hosting intimate dinner parties in our homes seems right for the times and allows us to capture the joys and rhythm of a season that feels different. Chef and restaurateur Mark Tarbell shares a perfect menu and tips for an elegant dinner at home. 70 A GOLDEN MILESTONE One of the longest continuously operating black theater companies in the United States, the Phoenix Black Theatre Troupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This holiday season it will again tell the Christmas story in Black Nativity, combining the Gospel of Luke and the poetry of Langston Hughes with toe-tapping
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22 A South of France-Inspired Restaurant 24 A Dark Sky Zone Resort 24 A New Book and a Dark Sky Zone Resort 25 A Book and Print Bundle for Holiday Giving STYLE 27 The Art of Gifting 28 Gifts for Her 30 Gifts for Him 32 Gifts for Kids 34 Gifts for the Home SOCIETY 37 Nonprofit Fundraising Events PERSONALITY 50 WINTER WARRIORS Part-time residents Ellen and Howard Katz do more than play golf. Their philanthropic mindset has led them to give both time and money to make a difference in the Valley community. 54 FORCE FOR THE ARTS Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director, leads a massive arts and culture enterprise in Arizona—and is part of a national brain trust protecting and advancing the arts. CALENDAR 76 S ocial Events 80 Culture THIS IS ‘ME’ 88 Tim Woods, Big Chief, The Thunderbirds, hosts
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hings don’t always turn out the way we plan them. This truth seems to have represented the better part of 2020.
There’s no question the nonprofit world we support
through these pages took a hit. Arts performances were canceled. Museums closed. Fundraisers were stymied. For a while. But then resilience kicked in. And good ideas. And creativity. And with all of that, it turns out that, sometimes, the outcome is even better than we had planned. In “A Golden Milestone,” p. 70, we celebrate the Black Theatre Troupe’s 50th anniversary and anticipate its performance (virtual and live) of Black Nativity. Other performing arts organizations also plan traditional holiday performances for you to enjoy—with safety in mind—and we include these at the end of the story. When large gatherings became impossible, gala organizers made virtual events an immediate reality. The World of Wonder Gala, p. 47, had been scheduled for March 28. Organizers concluded that postponing the gala was not a viable solution. They quickly shifted gears and turned an obstacle into an opportunity with a Virtual WOW. The results were another kind of wow! Ballet Arizona will present its re-imagined Nutcracker Suite in Dorrance Theatre and streamed, p. 75
Childsplay extended its reach and increased proceeds over the previous year. Valley Youth Theatre’s VYTal Affair became VYT Affair-athon, raising $238,000-plus in an eight-hour virtual telethon, surpassing the previous in-person gala fundraising record. Other organizations did the same, with similar success. Our “Party” pages may look a little different for a while, but you can still see the joy on the faces of participants. There are silver linings. For me, one of these is the opportunity to spend a little more time with my stay-healthy team—a close circle of family and friends. Restaurateur and chef Mark Tarbell says hosting intimate gatherings in our homes will bring energy and warmth to this holiday season. In “Home for the Holidays,” p. 64, he shares an elegant holiday menu that’s perfect for your stay-healthy team to enjoy this season. Cindy Miller Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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clean, contemporary aesthetic and floor-to-ceiling window walls that open to private terraces to maximize indoor/ outdoor living and showcase the dramatic backdrop of the desert mountains. Club One, on the ground floor, includes an indoor/outdoor fitness center, yoga studio, steam and massage rooms, sauna, cold plunge pool and spa. Also on the first floor are barbecues and lounge areas, a covered dog park and dog wash, a game room with a golf simulator, and more. The Sky Deck atop the 12th floor was designed to feel as if it has a negative-edge view, with the railings lowered just under the sightline so the eye goes straight to the vistas beyond, imparting the sensation of floating above the city. The Sky Deck also has Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first residential rooftop running track, plus a heated lap pool and spa, and a cold-plunge pool, a steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy areas. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more: an outdoor theater, fire pit seating areas, an indoor/outdoor yoga studio and a full kitchen and entertaining spaces with barbecues, covered bar and counter seating with large flat-screen TVs. The building presides over a six-acre, lushly landscaped oasis accented by a sparkling water feature. The park was designed to reduce ambient temperature, mitigating the heat-island effect. Optima worked closely with Dr. Chris Martin from Arizona State University to develop and refine a plant palette that thrives in the desert climate and is sensitive to the water demands. All of the landscaping creates a microclimate that lowers the ambient temperature from five to nine degrees. A vertical landscape system with self-containing irrigation and drainage enables plantings at the edge of each floor to grow both up and over the building. HOLIDAY 2020 / 21
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CUISINE FROM THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
nchored by the cuisine and inspired design from the South of France, FRANCINE
Valley native and classically French trained Executive Chef Brian Archibald leads the culinary
is nestled in the luxury wing at Scottsdale
team. Signature dishes on the brunch menu
Fashion Square near other notable fine dining
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establishments including Ocean 44, Toca
Compote and Chantilly, Smoked Salmon Eggs
Madera and Nobu. The restaurant officially
Benedict, the Omelette Francine with fine herbs,
boursin and tomato confit, and the Croque
The founder and owner is Scottsdale resident
Madame with egg, ham, gruyère, sourdough and
Laurent Halasz, known nationally for his highly
béchamel. For lunch and afternoon hours, the
successful Fig and Olive in Los Angeles, New
menu offers a wide selection of salads, carpaccio,
York and Washington DC.
pizza, and informal and shareable dishes. Among
Halasz named the restaurant after his mother.
the Mediterranean dishes on the dinner menu
“I grew up in the South of France in a culinary
are Grilled Octopus, Zucchini Carpaccio, Steak
town called Mougins, which is the birthplace
Tartare, Salad Niçoise, Ratatouille Tart, Poulet Rôti,
of the French nouvelle cuisine: a lighter, olive
Mushroom and Talleggio Pizza, Bone Marrow, and
oil and vegetable centered cuisine. My mother
Seared Duck à la Provençale.
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Scottsdale restaurant FRANCINE,” Halasz says.
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DISCOVERY SPIRITUAL FITNESS
ormer collegiate first baseman for a championship Central Arizona College softball
team, Crystal Waltman, 42, shares what she calls “spiritual fitness” in her book Quitting to Win. It is based on her life experiences in overcoming alcoholism and other destructive habits. After graduating from CAC, she transferred to Arizona State University, where she earned a degree in communications and later pursued a career in fitness and nutrition. Waltman, who grew up in Glendale, is a fourth generation Arizonan who knows the value of taking care of herself so she can be of service to others. She has coached nutrition and fitness for more than 20 years, but her message of hope is more about the spirit than the body. Through the lens of experience, she delves into the issues of teen alcohol consumption and competitive teen athletics. She relates her raw stories of triumph over tragedy—including sports, sobriety and spine surgery—providing a message of hope to those with anxiety, depression and addiction. Quitting to Win is available on Amazon as well as on her website, crystalwaltman.com.
cottsdale’s first and only dark sky zone resort opened in October. Adero Scottsdale, the culmination of a $100-million
investment by Palisades Resorts LLC, Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, sports elevated views of the Four Peaks and McDowell Mountain Range. Named after the canyon that surrounds the resort, Adero will connect guests to its natural setting in the heart of the Sonoran Desert with an offering of outdoor adventure, fitness activities, nature experiences, art, wellness cuisine and culture. Rising from the desert foothills, the summits of the Four Peaks wilderness frame the resort’s view. The six-story resort features 177 rooms, including 16 oversized suites outfitted with the latest technology, custom furniture, a simple design palette that reflects the colors of sunrise, trailhead-inspired dreamcatchers and expansive balconies. Ninety-five percent of the accommodations are positioned to take in the panoramic mountain vistas. Additional amenities include a boutique spa with a menu of body and facial treatments, markets featuring local vendors and telescope tours of the galaxy led by official “Dark Sky Zone” guides. The resort’s signature restaurant, Cielo—meaning “sky”— offers cocktails crafted with regional tequila and mezcal. The menu includes inventive cuisine created with regionally sourced ingredients, as well as partnerships with local companies. The resort also is equipped with more than 16,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Adero is located at 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive in Scottsdale.
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LOVE THROUGH A LENS
arry Goldwater is best known as a U.S. senator from Arizona, but he’s
also known for his love of photography. Last spring, Arizona Highways published Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection, co-authored by his granddaughter Alison Goldwater Ross and Robert Stieve. The coffee table book features many of his photographs, along with profiles of the senator. The Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation is offering a special holiday gift bundle including a signed copy of the 128-page book along with a matted Goldwater print on archival pigment. Four different images are available. The book is available at goldwaterfoundation.org or shoparizonahighways.com.
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THE ART OF GIFTING Time to treat someone special? Find luxury picks for the most discerning personalities on your holiday gift list— the fashion-forward lady, sophisticated man, curious child and décor lover.
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Treat someone special with these precious picks
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1. 18k yellow gold and diamond earrings by MARCO BICEGO, $4,510, HYDE PARK JEWELERS, Scottsdale Fashion Square, hpjewels.com 2. Panthère de Cartier 18k rose gold bracelet with emeralds, onyx and diamonds, $51,000, CARTIER, Scottsdale Fashion Square, cartier.com 3. Rossini kaftan by PAX PHILOMENA, $70, paxphilomena.com 4. Platinum Hydrafacial, $325, MDSKIN LOUNGE & BAR, Scottsdale, mdskinlounge.com 5. Serpenti Viper 18k rose gold earrings set with mother-of-pearl elements and pavé diamonds, $4,250, BVLGARI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, bulgari.com
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1. MB 01 headphones, $595, MONTBLANC, Scottsdale Fashion Square, montblanc.com 2. VIP Experience Skybox tickets for the 50th ANNUAL BARRETTJACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION, Jan. 16-24, 2020, starting at $1,999, barrettjacksonvip.com 3. Home audio system MTI100 by MCINTOSH, $6,500, mcintoshlabs. com, and ACOUSTIC DESIGNS GROUP, Scottsdale, adgroupaz.com 4. Octo Finissimo Skeleton Chronograph Tourbillon, limited to 50 units worldwide, $142,000, BVLGARI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, bulgari.com 5. HD Golf Electric Scooter by PHAT SCOOTERS, $3,750 (starting price before customization), phatscooters.com
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Transforming the Landscape of Health Care Education Creighton University’s cutting-edge health sciences campus is rising up in the heart of Phoenix. With its completion, Creighton becomes the largest Catholic health professions educator in the nation—dedicated to training the next generation of healers at a time when they’re needed most. We’re building on a decade of care to Arizonans. And we’re just getting started.
projected jobs created on the Phoenix campus over 10 years
Phoenix campus opening spring 2021
to serve 900 health sciences students
With deep gratitude to the Once in a Blue Moon Committee and to the generous sponsors who contributed to a successful campaign. Your support sustained the Heard Museum during its temporary closure and beyond. Thank you.
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON COMMITTEE Chairs
Janet and John Melamed George Abrams Milena and Tony Astorga Arlene Ben-Horin Howard and Joy Berlin Salvador A. Bretts Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler Erika and Russell Dickey Mary and Dr. Tom Hudak Carrie Hulburd Ruth Kaspar Sharron Lewis
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TWICE THE FUN For the first time in its 55-year history, the Desert Foundation Auxiliary has postponed its annual Desert Ball. The 2020 Desert Ball will be combined with the 2021 Annual Desert Ball, which is its 55th annual. While no date has been set, the 26 debutantes and the future 2021 debutantes will experience a memorable ball that is “Twice the Fun in 2021.”
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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers
FEB. 29 DANCING WITH THE STARS National Kidney Foundation of Arizona The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona hosted its annual fundraiser at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel and Resort. The event was themed An Evening in Eden. The 650 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception sponsored by BD, followed by a three-course dinner in the ballroom. Kim Alexis emceed the event. Entertainment was provided by 14 celebrity dancers, who paired with professional dancers in a competition.
1 3 4 PHOTOS COURTESY NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF ARIZONA
1. Raquel Perez and pro partner Damir Karaman 2. Kidney camper Tayten Brown and Kim Alexis, emcee 3. Scott and Diane Munger 4. Kristen Murphy, Cindy Albracht Crogan and Kim Scott 5. Cristin Hegel and Dr. Trond Hegel 6. Dr. Mark and Lexis Blitstein with Drs. Suzi and Harlan Schufeldt
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In every crisis there is opportunity, and out of necessity, we innovate. During these challenging times we have been adapting new ways to bring joy and inspiration to our community when it is most needed. Understanding the challenges ahead, Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance, have made a challenge gift of more than $250,000 to Ballet Arizona to help us navigate the financial crisis presented to us by the global pandemic COVID-19. With this incredible gift as the foundation, the Dorrances are asking you to join them in raising $1,000,000 in recovery and resiliency funding to provide Ballet Arizona a financial bridge to the other side of this pandemic. Please help be our bridge to ensure Ballet Arizona is here for future generations.
Visit balletaz.org/support/be-our-bridge or mail Director of Development Jami Kozemczak, Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, Arizona 85034 | Tel: 602.343.6520
SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 29 A NIGHT IN MOROCCO Child Crisis Arizona Colorful caftans and alluring entertainment created a memorable evening for the A Night in Morocco gala at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort. The 500 guests raised $600,000 for Child Crisis Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early education, prevention and intervention programs to help end the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Tracy and Louis Basile received the Legacy of Love Award and also served as honorary co-chairs. Isaac Jewelers and Jiffy Lube were the presenting sponsors.
1. David Lueth 2. Fire dancer 3. Louis and Tracy Basile 4. Scotty and Noelle Miller 5. Roger Hill and Yvonne Debeauville 6. Karilee Ramaley and Nina Mullins
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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers MARCH 6 RUNWAY TO SUCCESS GateWay Community College
More than 250 guests attended Runway to Success at the Clayton House in Scottsdale. The fundraiser supports student success initiatives at GateWay Community College. Oscar De las salas and Lauri Termansen co-chaired the evening, which opened with a fashion show by Fashions by Robert Black. Carey Peña and Dizzie Ramsey helped tell the stories of GateWay’s students. In addition to a silent auction, the evening included a live auction hosted by Letitia Frye. 1 2 3
1. Rose Marie Sloan 2. Dizzie Ramsey 3. Paul Newman, MaDonna Hall Newman and Jonathan Jacko 4. Eric and Lauri Termansen 5. Oscar De las salas and Gary Jackson 6. Afzal Gill and Nasira Asim
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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers AUG. 28 11TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Ryan House Almost 1,100 guests attended Ryan House’s Virtual Community Breakfast on Aug. 28. The event kicked off a yearlong celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary and raised $250,000-plus. Barb Flynn and Laura Tolson co-chaired the breakfast, and Lin Sue Cooney, Hospice of the Valley’s community engagement director, teamed up with 12News anchor Mark Curtis to co-emcee the event. Ryan House co-founders Jonathan and Holly Cottor received the Courage Award. Ryan House provides respite and end-of-life
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care to children with life-limiting conditions.
1. Holly and Jonathan Cottor 2. Laura Tolson 3. Linda Hunt 4. Jennie Esler 5. Barb Flynn 6. Jane, Mattie, Nate, Katie and Jon Andersen
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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers AUG. 22 VYT AFFAIR-ATHON Valley Youth Theatre Valley Youth Theatre replaced its annual VYTal Affair gala with an eight-hour virtual telethon. The event raised $238,000-plus, surpassing the previous in-person gala record. In the past, VYTal Affair has included live performances at the Herberger Theater Center, along with food from Valley restaurants. This year, more than 116 past and current cast members performed virtually. Local restaurants participated by donating a percentage of their sales during designated times. A highlight was artistic director Bobb Cooper’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
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PHOTOS COURTESY VALLEY YOUTH THEATRE
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1. Past and current VYT cast members 2. Elliott Noah Thompson 3. VYT alumni Joe and Katie Casey 4. VYTALITY Award winner David Carruth 5. Bobb Cooper 6. John Hook, Gina Salazar Hook, VYT alumna Emma Stone and Bobb Cooper
SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers MARCH 27 – APRIL 5 WORLD OF WONDER Childsplay Childsplay’s Gala had been scheduled for March 28 at Tempe Center for the Arts. When COVID-19 struck, organizers came up with the idea for a 10-day virtual event open to the entire community. Within a short period of time, they sprang into action, using social media as their main vehicle for communication. The results were positive in every way, including increased social media engagement and participation. Net proceeds increased by $10,000 over last year’s event. Ruby Farias chaired the gala. 1
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Winter Warriors Part-time residents Ellen and Howard Katz pitch in to support community Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN
hen Ellen and Howard Katz decided to escape New York winters and spend them in Arizona back in 1998, the couple was initially looking to relax and play some golf. “The last thing on
our mind was getting involved in the community and various nonprofits,” Ellen says, laughing. “Been there, done that, all of our lives in New York.”
But of course, being the Katzes, that’s not what happened. The couple is known for their philanthropic mindset and a drive to help the communities they are part of. And soon after they arrived in Arizona, just as when they were in New York, the couple began becoming involved with various destinations and nonprofits throughout the Valley. They had begun exploring their new city, and Ellen, who had majored in art history at Northwestern University and been a collector of contemporary art, found herself drawn to Phoenix Art Museum. “I just kept going back,” she says. “It spoke to me.” Soon, she was volunteering and looking for ways to help the Museum. “I was impressed with how much Phoenix Art Museum could do with so little financial involvement from the community, so I tried to raise that level of giving,” she remembers. She did that by creating what are now two of the most successful fundraisers in the Museum’s history: The pARTy, and 50 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE
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the Independent Woman Luncheon. She also served as the
well. He has served as chairman of both the Arizona Science
Museum’s chairman of the board from 2007-2010 and today
Center Board of Trustees and the HonorHealth Foundation
is an honorary trustee of the board of trustees. On March 2,
Board of Trustees. Howard will be the honoree at the 2021
2020, Ellen was honored at the 10th anniversary of the
lndependent Woman Luncheon. In 2006, the couple made a significant gift that resulted in the construction of the Ellen and Howard C. Katz Wing for Modern Art. Ellen also became involved with The Phoenix Symphony,
Additionally, the couple is passionate about Arizona State University, Ellen says. “We are big fans of Michael Crow, as well as Steven J. Tepper, who is the dean of the Herberger Institute for
helping bring renowned musicians to the Valley for intimate
Design and the Arts. We’re currently the co-chairs of the
fundraising events, and she is on the Barrow Neurological
ASU Foundation’s President’s Club, which has about 650
Institute Foundation Board of Trustees. Beyond the Valley,
members. It’s a philanthropic group that gives annually to
she is a trustee at Northwestern University and has been a
the President’s Club and typically attends a variety of events
trustee at Mount Sinai Health System for almost 40 years.
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“That’s our ‘MO’. . . to be involved, to be busy, to give not
only our money, but our time, too; to make a difference, and to hopefully add a little something to the organizations we’re committed to, which adds to the communities we’re committed to,” she explains. The Katzes have been married for 23 years, and have four grown children and 14 grandchildren. They still have their
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home in New York City and enjoy spending their summers in Bridgehampton, New York. But for six or seven months of every year, they love their time in Arizona, where they play golf, spend time with friends and give back to the Valley. “We truly can’t imagine living somewhere and not being a part of the community in some way, and we appreciate having the opportunity to get to know and work with such wonderful and dedicated people,” Ellen says. ❖
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A Force for the Arts Colleen Jennings-Roggensack relies on fluidity to steer her way through 2020
Text by JENNIFER DOKES â?&#x2013; Photos courtesy ASU GAMMAGE
ovement is a constant in the life story of Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. She grew up in a military family and lived in 13 states and two countries outside the United States before heading off to college. Her first steps in a lifelong career in arts and
culture were as a modern dancer and choreographer. By the time she arrived in the Valley in 1992 to become executive
director of ASU Gammage, she had built a sterling resume with accomplishments stamped in places as divergent as Russia and New England. On her way to becoming vice president of cultural affairs at Arizona State University, she led a movement to make Gammage
a top stop for the Broadway Across America series, and she pushed forward a mission of connecting communities through ASU programming and events. When COVID-19 essentially brought life as we know it to a standstill, including no live events, for a good part of this year, Jennings-Roggensack did what comes naturally. She kept moving. HOLIDAY 2020 / 55
Forward. With none of the “pivoting” that has
pandemic, Jennings-Roggensack says. The nation
become part of the common language to discuss
also is struggling mightily with what she sees as
business strategies during a global pandemic.
the pandemic of racism.
“I believe fluid is the right word,” JenningsRoggensack says to describe what’s happening in
COVID-19, the vaccine for racism is us,” Jennings-
her world of arts and culture. “Everything is very,
Roggensack says. “It’s about us, listening to each
very fluid. We just have to roll with the punches.”
other. Talking. . . .We have to listen, learn and act.
Jennings-Roggensack leads a massive arts and culture enterprise in Arizona that includes
We have to take action.” Arts and culture powerfully tell stories that
responsibility for non-collegiate sports activities
inspire deep understanding of the people who
at the university’s stadium and arena. As a board
share a big, diverse world, Jennings-Roggensack
member of Creative Capital and the Broadway
says. Perhaps now more than ever, she says, it is
League of Governors, where she serves on the
important to continue to provide opportunities
executive committee and chairs several other
for individuals and communities to benefit from
committees on legislative, labor and government
the restorative, affirming and edifying powers of
relations, she is part of the national brain trust
arts and culture. Longstanding ASU programs in
protecting and advancing the arts.
the criminal justice and K-12 education systems
The calendar of Arizona’s only Tony voter is
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“While there may be coming a vaccine for
will continue. New programs need to grow and
full of duties that include addressing the serious
multiply, like the one with students and ASU
challenges of our time. COVID-19 is not the only
police officers learning how to understand each
other and looking at how police officers are trained through the lens of artists. Some of Jennings-Roggensack’s most important work this year has been facilitating national digital conversations about racism, inclusion, diversity, equity and representation with notable arts leaders, such as Broadway director Kenny Leon and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, vice president and artistic director of social impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Soon after the start of the fall semester, she hosted a virtual townhall featuring W. Kamau Bell, creator of the Emmy-winning United Shades of America, as part of the Live from ASU virtual event series. Digital programming developed this year to advance the mission of connecting communities likely will continue after the public health crisis ends, Jennings-Roggensack says. There will continue to be a place for virtual gathering for live performances, like the summer concert featuring singer Jason Derulo that had 11,000 viewers, and for promoting wellness through programs like virtual yoga classes. Jennings-Roggensack also knows well that the public misses live theater. People need to gather
Colleen JenningsRoggensack is Arizona’s only Tony voter. She attended the 2019 Tony Awards wearing an Aconav gown by Native American designer Loren Aragon
for shared experiences, but only when it’s safe and legally responsible to do so, she says. Hamilton and Oklahoma were postponed because it wasn’t prudent. My Fair Lady will run in February, if all goes well. Jennings-Roggensack is married to Kurt Roggensack, a volcanologist at ASU, and together they have a daughter, Kelsey. The Gammage executive director has called Arizona home for nearly three decades. “We realized,” she says, “there were so many more things we could do. We could make this the number one Broadway community. We could build a program that’s been going on for 25 years at Estrella correctional facility; it has the lowest recidivism rate of any program there. We can build our K-12 program that sees 35,000 school children during the course of a year. We can teach teachers to teach the arts and help them to get their accreditation—and teach artists to become teachers. “All of a sudden there were so many things to do that this became the most exciting place to be.” Staying put is one of her best moves. ❖
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Reflections, Jeffrey Luth, © 2016, Digital image, Open Edition, winner of the Viewers’ Choice in the Arizona Photography Alliance's online exhibition
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Sahara, Barbara Garber, © March, 2020, Digital, Open Edition
t the first meeting of the
achieve that purpose. It has grown out of the disbanding
of InFocus, Phoenix Art Museum’s former photography
Alliance, a question
support organization. The alliance also is borrowing on the
was posed to those who
five C’s from Arizona’s early days by focusing on fine art
had gathered: “What do
photography through four C’s—create, collect, critique and
you expect to get from
such a group?” The
“We’re working to increase the visibility of creative
photography,” says Neil Miller, president of the alliance,
“As photographers, we
whose members include fine art photographers at all levels
work alone. We’re out photographing on our own. We
of experience. The alliance is also working to increase
work in the darkroom on our own. We need a sense of
appreciation of it. “Compared to other arts, photography is
a relatively new art.”
In its two years of existence, the nonprofit alliance
Fine art photography can take many forms, mediums
has made developing a community—as well as advancing
and styles: landscape, fashion, collage, still life, abstract
photographic artistry—its purpose. And, while it could
expression, a newer technique or an older process, among a
still be considered a startup, it is building on legacy to
myriad other possibilities. “The optics on today’s cameras
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Hello There – Western Mongolia, Betty Drake, © 2005/2020, Open Edition
are good; it’s hard to buy a bad camera,” Miller says. “It’s up
thought processes. For me, photography started out as
to the person who’s using it to become the creator.”
documentary. I was in architecture school at University
As he notes in the foreword to Arizona Photography
of California, Berkeley, and we had to keep a portfolio of
Alliance Charter Member Portfolio 2019, printing
our work. Being a poor starving student, I couldn’t afford
techniques, lighting and composition are just some of the
to have photographs made and printed, so I learned how to
artistic elements of fine art photography that can inspire
do it myself. That got me started.” Ever since, photography
photographers and collectors alike. The book, published
has been integral to her work and travels.
late last year and featuring essays and photographs by
Through the alliance, Drake says, “I’ve gotten to know
charter members, commemorates the alliance’s first year.
so many photographers, and it’s inspired me to take my
For Betty Drake, who also is on the alliance’s board,
photography more seriously and try new things,” and to
photography is expressive. “It has a point of view,” she says.
expand artistically. “We’ve done studio visits, where we’ve
“For me, that’s been a great learning experience.”
gone to people’s homes, and we can learn a lot more about
Photography is an art that connects people. “Most
the technical side—the thoughts behind people’s work, and
people have some experience taking pictures,” Drake
what their ideas and aspirations are. We can ask all the
says, “Over time, you realize how valuable those pictures
techno-geek questions we want.”
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The Girl in the Apricot Hat, Rosemary Holusha, © 2018, Film to Digital to Photoshop
and field trips, offer opportunities for further creation,
to sit around the campfire with all those creative souls and
learning, critique and connection. Before the pandemic,
tell stories. That’s the kind of community I was hoping for.”
members visited the Barry M. Goldwater Range in
For the alliance, part of developing community is
southwestern Arizona for a long weekend. “It was
connecting photography artists with collectors. “All
remote desert—and going back to the solitude (of being a
creative artists need some place to have their work shown
photographer)—once there, everyone disappeared,” Miller
or purchased,” Miller says. With the coronavirus pandemic
says, adding that he enjoyed the opportunity to see how
preempting the annual in-person exhibition of members’
other photographers work.
work, a virtual exhibition is being held in its place on the
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alliance website, azphotoalliance.org. Some photographers
The Day the Soldiers Came, Doris Ong, © May 2019, Digital Image, Edition: Unique
have provided audio commentary, and some works for sale. The pandemic also hasn’t dampened other aspects of the
alliance is developing strategic long-range plans, which include seeking programming sponsorships. Other plans:
group’s sense of community. Virtual meetings, studio tours
working with other Valley institutions, encouraging student
and talks are keeping members engaged.
photographers and getting the word out about the alliance.
In just two years, Arizona Photography Alliance has
“Being around the members, getting to know them and
made headway in increasing awareness and appreciation
seeing the whole body of their work over time—and that
of photography as fine art and developing a community of
they’re willing to take me seriously as someone who could
members who support its vision. But there is much more
do this — is inspiring,” Drake says. ❖
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Holidays Mark Tarbell shares an elegant, intimate dinner menu for friends or family
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he clarion call from now through New Year’s has long been four simple words: Home for the holidays. After nearly eight months of lives spun topsy-turvy by a pandemic, the call rings more apropos than ever. Fall-into-winter is the season for dressing up, eating out and entertaining more often. But maybe not so this season. Many are likely to avoid mega-packed cocktail parties and other traditional gatherings, but
skipping holiday celebrations altogether seems a sacrifice gone too far. This year, hosting intimate dinner parties in our homes seems right for the times. Dinner at
home allows us to capture the joys and rhythms of a fall-into-winter season that feels different. So believes Mark Tarbell, chef-owner of Tarbell’s restaurant, tavern, wine store and catering in Phoenix, and host of an Emmy Award-winning PBS show Plate and Pour. “This year it’s more important than ever to gather safely in our homes with a small community of others, whether family or friends. It’s what will bring energy and warmth to this holiday season,” he says. Although there’s nothing wrong with casual entertaining, this year begs for the elegant. Trade those well-worn yoga pants and gym shorts for holiday glitz. Create and serve a showstopping meal because, as Tarbell explains, “food is the magic dust of human interaction.” 64 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE
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To help others put just such a meal on the table, Tarbell shares a menu he recently created for a holiday dinner party. His recipes for an amuse-bouche and three courses, complete with wine pairings, are available on azredbook.com. The menu is untraditional, on purpose. That’s because not all holiday surprises come wrapped in bows. Some of the best are served on plates. Tarbell jump-starts appetites with an amuse-bouche—mini vol-au-vents with red wine braised escargot and goat cheese from Crow’s Diary in Buckeye. The first course, a root vegetable salad, showcases citrus, micro-arugula and quark, a mild European creamy cheese with a whiff of yogurt flavor. For the second course, he dresses a duck breast with lamb merguez, confit potatoes, butternut squash, parsnip coulis and chervil. His dessert offers a fitting end with an apple tart with homemade mascarpone and caramel semifreddo. A silver lining to the pandemic’s shuttered restaurants has been a renaissance in home cooking and baking. If you’re one of the many who have been finetuning cooking skills, replicate part or all of his meal exactly. Those less apt in the kitchen or who prefer being a guest at their own party can order the entire meal to-go on tarbells.com. Tarbell’s, like so many local restaurants, switched gears early
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into the pandemic to offer takeout meals. Tarbell, a former wine columnist for The Arizona Republic, also offers these pairings to bring out the best in each course, from amuse to dessert: Steorra Brut Sparkling from Russian River Valley; Elouan Klamath’s Kettle Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir; Belle Glos Las AlturasSanta Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir; and Boen Tri-County California Chardonnay. When preparing a holiday meal, Tarbell suggests following his lead and using local foods available at farmers markets and specialty grocers. The benefits are more than culinary. Cooking with local ingredients HOLIDAY 2020 / 67
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supports neighboring farmers and food makers sucker punched by the coronavirus. A well-crafted meal deserves a well-dressed table. Fashion stylist Carole Cotten recommends “dressing your table the way you would dress yourself for a special night out. The table sets the mood for the dinner and should reflect your style.” There are no rules. Mix edgy with family heirlooms or earthy with formal. Inspired? If so, Tarbell has one additional suggestion. “It’s so important this year to safely bring people into your circle. We all need this. So really think about inviting someone who has been isolated to the table. Food is really nothing without people.” ❖
Follow Mark Tarbell’s lead with this elegant fourcourse menu for a small, at-home dinner party. He starts with an amuse-bouche—mini vol-au-vent with red wine braised escargot and goat cheese from Crow’s Diary in Buckeye. The first course, a root vegetable salad, showcases citrus, microarugula and quark, a mild European creamy cheese with a whiff of yogurt flavor. For the second course, Tarbell dresses a duck breast with lamb merguez, confit potatoes, butternut squash, parsnip coulis and chervil. The finishing touch? An apple tart with homemade mascarpone and caramel semifreddo. Recipes can be found on azredbook.com.
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Black Nativity combines the Gospel of Luke and the poetry of artist and social activist Langston Hughes with toe-tapping music and dance
A Golden Milestone Black Theatre Troupe Celebrates 50 Years Text by JANIE MAGRUDER ❖ Photos courtesy BLACK THEATRE TROUPE
the turbulent summer of 1970, Helen K. Mason had a dream of creating a new artistic platform for a rich and resonant voice Arizona was missing. Then, as now, racial tensions had spiked around the country, but Mason was undeterred. The stories of Black America were there. They just needed telling.
Mason, whose great-grandmother Mary Green was the first African-American woman to arrive in
Phoenix in 1868,* had the know-how and access. A city parks and recreation manager who organized youth sports and arts at downtown Phoenix’s Eastlake Park, Mason began inviting artists and young people of color into her home to share their work. The Black Theatre Troupe thus was born. Today, at age 50, it is one of the longest continuously operating black theater companies in the United States. It has presented 3,072 performances of 256 plays—dramas, musicals, satires and comedies—for all audiences. “Sometimes it takes a story or a re-enactment for people to be provoked and think deeply about things,” says David Hemphill, BTT’s director since 1994. “The Troupe provokes deep thought and emotional empathy, and we hope people will act on those thoughts by learning to turn protest into policy.” From its debut performance of Lonne Elder III’s 1969 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men about a Harlem family dreaming of a better life, to its current 50th anniversary season, “Telling Our Stories,” BTT has always illuminated the African-American experience. The troupe will again stylistically tell the Christmas story through that lens in Black Nativity, combining the Gospel of Luke and the poetry of artist and social activist Langston Hughes with toe-tapping music and dance. Matinee and evening performances are scheduled, virtual and live at its Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center in Phoenix, on select dates, Dec. 4-20. For details, visit blacktheatretroupe.org.
*City of Phoenix African American Historic Property Survey
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The Black Theatre Troupe produced Scottsboro Boys, the true story of nine African-American boys accused of rape in 1931, with the Phoenix Theatre Company
FINDING ITS FOOTING Following its humble beginnings in Mason’s living room,
hosts five productions each season. The opening was a high point for Walter Belcher, a
BTT bumped around to various venues, from housing
BTT actor and director who also runs its children’s
projects and houses of worship to Herberger Theater
programs. “It was BTT’s own Radio City Music Hall—
Center and Playhouse on the Park. In 2006, Phoenix
the pride was as big as that,” Belcher says.
voters approved a bond issue that awarded BTT $2.5
That same year, BTT received the Longevity Award
million for a new home. Combined with a successful
from the National Black Theatre Festival. “It was
capital campaign, the company in 2013 opened its
wonderful, so very heady,” Hemphill says. “We were really
performing arts center in downtown Phoenix. In
surprised with the number of theaters around the country
addition to children’s programming, the 152-seat theater
that recognized our work.”
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Helen K. Mason founded the Black Theatre Troupe, which celebrates its golden anniversary in 2020
FINDING THE STORIES REG MADISON PHOTOGRAPHY
BTT has performed no shortage of works. Hemphill’s favorites include August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh Cycle, a 10-play cycle of stories set in each decade of the 20th century; The Whipping Man, a post-Civil War story by Matthew Lopez; and The Wedding Band, Alice Childress’s interracial love story set in Charleston, South Carolina, during World War I. “The troupe does really well in presenting issues in stories that touch the hearts of people, that get us thinking about ourselves as human beings and how we interact with each other,” says Toni Robinson, BTT supporter and former actress. Collaborations with other local companies have introduced BTT to new audiences, Hemphill says. It produced Scottsboro Boys, the true story of nine African-American boys accused of rape in 1931, with The Phoenix Theatre Company. And with Childsplay it produced This Corner: Cassius Clay, based on the early life of Muhammad Ali. “We told the George Floyd story long before George Floyd,” Belcher says. “We’re trying to make it ok to say, ‘Let’s talk about this.’” FINDING A FAMILY Robinson felt like a fish out of water when she moved to Arizona from New York City in 1994. Until she discovered BTT. “I found a family,” she says. “I was serious about the craft of theater, and there were multiple roles I could audition for as opposed to one every season.”
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David Hemphill has served as Black Theatre Troupe’s director since 1994
Over the years, BTT has helped launch the careers of
has prevented BTT from performing live since the
local and regional artists, including dancer Alvin Ailey Jr.,
spring, and it hasn’t had the funds to produce virtual
actor Charity Dawson (Waitress), and Curtis Wiley (Ain’t
content, other than some youth discussion panels
Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations).
over the summer. Robinson says she spends a lot of
Robinson credits BTT’s longevity with community
time thinking about ways to expand BTT’s base,
support, Hemphill’s ability to navigate through financial
reach younger people on social media and create new
and other storms, and performers’ demonstrable skill in
audiences to fill the theater. Local talent is growing, and
the great pivot.
she envisions one new production each season by an up-
“Inevitably things go wrong with a show—like the time a telegram was part of the play, being passed around and
and-coming Arizona artist. Hemphill shares Robinson’s optimism for the next
read, and it was dropped off the stage,” she recalls. “The
50. “We’ve had faith since the beginning,” Hemphill
actors didn’t miss a beat.”
says. “Our problems over the years have seemed insurmountable sometimes. But we have overcome.”
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Tickets for BTT’s 50th anniversary season, including Black Nativity are available at blacktheatretroupe.org. ❖
Tap into the season’s festivities with these heartwarming arts experiences
alley performing arts groups and cultural institutions are making holiday magic through technology and social distancing. In addition to Black Theatre Troupe’s Black Nativity, the following experiences are available in November and December. Please check websites to ensure availability. ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY presents Maverick: The John McCain Story, an inspirational telling of the importance of Christmas to prisoners of war during the Vietnam War in this adaptation. Dates, in-person, virtual, TBD. arizonatheatre.org
ASU HERBERGER INSTITUTE FOR DESIGN AND THE ARTS SCHOOL OF MUSIC presents Holiday Cabaret, an evening of songs from music theater and opera students. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30, streamed live and possibly available for in-person attendance. season.asu.edu BALLET ARIZONA presents its Nutcracker Suite, in a re-imagined, still magical version of this holiday classic performed in Dorrance Theatre and streamed on Dec. 12 and 19. Tickets, times and more at balletaz.org DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN continues its tradition of Las Noches de las Luminarias with lit luminary bags, twinkling lights, live holiday music, refreshments and dining. Masks required, social distancing, timed admissions. 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 4-6 (members); Nov. 27-28, Dec. 11-13, 17-23 and 26-31 (public). dbg.org GREASEPAINT YOUTHEATRE stages Home for the Holidays, a Christmas variety show from young performers in Greasepaint Youtheatre in a new outdoor venue at 7020 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. 7 p.m., Dec. 18; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 19-20. Storytelling, music, Christmas carols, hot cocoa and more. Masks and social distancing required. Concessions and holiday store will be open. greasepaint.org PHOENIX CHORALE presents A Christmas Chorale Special, a free virtual chorus experience featuring highlights from the group’s past two Christmas performances, new music from current singers accompanied by organ, caroling, readings and messages of hope. 7 p.m., Dec. 19. phoenixchorale.org PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY stages UNWRAPPED: An Original Christmas Revue, a live holiday music showcase under the stars at its new outdoor stage. Located at 1875 N. Central Ave., just one block north of the theater, the safe space will provide guests a holiday experience with a song list sure to put everyone in a festive mood. Dec. 1- 23. phoenixtheatre.com PHOENIX ZOO offers two ZooLights options. Cruise ZooLights, a drive-through experience in your own vehicle with 2 million lights, holiday music, advance purchase of cocoa, kettle corn, photos and more. Or traditional walk-through ZooLights, masks required, social distancing, etc., with food concessions and gift shop open. 5:30-10:30 p.m., Nov. 4-6 (members), Nov. 7-Jan. 31, (public). phoenixzoo.org
SONORAN DESERT CHORALE hosts Home for the Holidays, a free virtual evening of joyful songs of the season. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12. sonorandesertchorale.org
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While the events listed here were up-to-date at the time of printing, please check the organizations’ websites to confirm. We also maintain a continually updated nonprofit fundraising calendar on azredbook.com.
NOV. 1 StepNout TGen Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. tgen.org WildLights for Wildlife, A Charity Drive Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation Phoenix Zoo, 5:30 p.m. phoenixzoo.org
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NOV. 2 – JAN. 31 ZooLights, Together We Shine Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation Phoenix Zoo, 5:30 p.m. phoenixzoo.org NOV. 2 Tournament of Hope Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona Grayhawk Golf Club, 10:30 a.m. bhghaz.org NOV. 4 Honor, Protect, Serve Veterans Heritage Project Cochise-Geronimo Clubhouse at Desert Mountain, 5 p.m. Masks required veteransheritage.org NOV. 5 - 6 Pro-Am HonorHealth Foundation Grayhawk Golf club, 7:30 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. honorhealth.com
NOV. 5 Heroes Patriotic Luncheon Veterans Medical Leadership Council Virtual, 10:45 a.m. arizonavmlc.org 7th Annual Champions in Education Dinner Arizona Council on Economic Education Virtual, 5 p.m. azecon.org NOV. 7 4th Annual Open Heart Gala Hunkapi Programs Virtual, 6:30 p.m. hunkapi.orgm Beaux Arts Scottsdale Artists’ School Virtual, 12 p.m. scottsdaleartschool.org Touch-A-Truck Junior League of Phoenix Drive Thru, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. jlp.org
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14 Light the Night NOV. 7 22nd Annual Walk to Save Animals Arizona Animal Welfare League Virtual, all day walktosaveanimals.org NOV. 13 26th Charity Golf Classic Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Talking Stick Golf Club, 11 a.m. freshstartwomen.org Shemer Honors Shemer Art Center and Museum Association Inc. Virtual, 6 p.m. shemerartcenter.org
NOV. 14 11th Annual Herberger Festival of the Arts Herberger Theater Center Outdoor Stage, 11 a.m. herbergertheater.org Promise Ball Reimagined: The Power of Us JDRF Arizona Chapter Virtual, 6 p.m. jdrf-arizona.ejoinme.org Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Arizona Virtual, 7 p.m. lightthenight.org
NOV. 15 15th Annual Run for Ryan House Ryan House Virtual – Make Your Own Course! ryanhouse.org NOV. 16 Heroes Golf Classic Helping Hands for Freedom Moon Valley Country Club, 10:30 a.m. helpinghandsforfreedom.org NOV. 17 Rise Together Cancer Support Community Arizona Virtual, 7:30 a.m. cscaz.org
NOV. 14 Badge Bash @ Home! Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Inc. Virtual, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. girlscoutsaz.org
NOV. 18 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards Phoenix Indian Center Virtual, 6 p.m. phxindcenter.org
Conversation with Adriana & Friends Arizona Women’s Board Virtual, 11 a.m. authorsluncheonaz.org
NOV. 19 11th Annual Liberty Mutual Insurance Golf Invitational ICAN – International Cancer Advocacy Network Grayhawk Golf Club, 8:30 a.m. askican.com
Mask*erade K2Adventures Foundation Outside, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 5:30 p.m. k2adventures.org NOV
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Conservation Celebration Desert Botanical Garden Virtual, 11:30 a.m. dbg.org
N OV 28 – J A N 1, 2021 Enjoy a month-long holiday celebration with unique events, stunning décor, dining, shopping, and more – all reimagined this year with safety in mind.
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CULTURE BE ENCHANTED BY LIGHT-BASED ARTWORKS Canal Convergence returns once again, with some modified twists and a theme of “Reconnect.” Artwork will be on display along the Scottsdale Waterfront as well as spread throughout Old Town Scottsdale in order to minimize crowding and allow for social distancing, and new augmented reality technology enhances the experience. In-person and live-streamed performances will also be part of the event. canalconvergence.com Canal Convergence I Water + Light + Art Scottsdale Waterfront Nov. 6 – 15
Things Noted Major and unique art installations and experiences abound in the Valley Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN ❖ Photos courtesy ORGANIZATIONS
CELEBRATE TOSHIKO TAKAEZO’S SIGNATURE WORKS Internationally known artist Toshiko Takaezo grew up in Hawaii, a place which left her with a deep connection to nature. She works in clay, fiber and bronze, and over the years developed a signature style of closed-form vessels and later a series of bells. This exhibition draws a selection of Takaezo’s work from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection. asuartmuseum.asu.edu Look to Nature: Toshiko Takaezu ASU Art Museum, Tempe Campus Through Feb. 28, 2021
GET A UNIQUE GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN IRAN Ten Iranian artists examine the concept of public spaces in this exhibition that includes both photographs and video installations, creating a glimpse into a culture that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. It portrays several areas of the city—including private spaces—with the works providing takes on the subjective experience of life in Iran. smoca.org Urban Mapping: Public Space Through the Lens of Contemporary Iranian Artists Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Through Jan. 17, 2021 For more cultural events, visit azredbook.com/calendar
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GET A FIRSTHAND LOOK INTO THE SHATTERED MIND OF EMILY STILSON Grand Canyon University’s College of Fine Arts and Production invites you to livestream Ethington Theatre’s opening night performance of
“WINGS” ON NOV. 18 AT 8 PM.
Told from the perspective of a stroke victim, “Wings” tells the story of Emily Stilson and her difficult journey to recreate order and rediscover reality. Watch in awe as memories flood Emily’s brain and she comes to terms with her new reality.
To livestream “Wings” on Nov. 18, visit gcu.edu/wings
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GCU.EDU/COFAP GCU, while reserving its lawful rights in light of its Christian mission, is committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. Further detail on GCU’s non-discrimination policies can be found at gcu.edu/titleIX. The information printed in this material is accurate as of OCTOBER 2020. For the most up-to-date information about admission requirements, tuition, scholarships and more, visit gcu.edu. ©2020 Grand Canyon University 20COF0157
EXPLORE THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF ABSTRACTION Some of Latin America’s most innovative contemporary artists—as well as four currently working in Phoenix—display their work in this exhibition that explores how the visual language of abstraction has generated profound insights into Latin American culture and politics, and how the artists used it to explore key issues relating to society. phxart.org Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context Phoenix Art Museum Through Jan. 31
EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE AUDIOVISUAL INSTALLATION Part of artist Joanie Lemercier’s volcano series, Fuji is an immersive audiovisual installation that combines a large-scale, hand-drawn landscape depiction of Fujiyama, augmented with a layer of projected light. Spend time exploring the legend of Kaguya Hime, a folktale from the 10th century and a key element in Japanese culture, which inspires the abstract story. wonderspaces.com Fuji Wonderspaces Currently ongoing
VIEW POWERFUL WORKS BY INDIGENOUS ARTISTS The largest contemporary art exhibition at the Heard Museum showcases more than 40 works of art by 24 artists across a variety of mediums, including sculptures, paintings, photography and video. Four commissions of work are also on view. The exhibit centers around creations produced in the 21st century, addressing environment, race, gender, equality and power. heard.org Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America Heard Museum Through Jan. 3, 2021
ENJOY A 2-MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION The City of Scottsdale pulls out the stops with Scottsdazzle. The glittering festivities have been reimagined and return this year with holiday sparkle, unique events, dining, shopping, crafts and more—all with safety in mind. The two-month-long fun begins with Canal Convergence Nov. 6. scottsdazzle.com Scottsdazzle Old Town Scottsdale Nov. 6 – Dec. 21 For more cultural events, visit azredbook.com/calendar
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THIS IS ‘ME’ TIM WOODS Big Chief, The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open
HOMETOWN Phoenix. My parents still live in the same house my sister, brothers and I grew up in, and we all still get together pretty much every Sunday at their home. FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY We had a condo in Oceanside, California, and staying there was our big vacation every year.
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FAVORITE FAMILY ACTIVITY My wife, Bianca, and I enjoy spending time with our two sons hanging out in our backyard, swimming in the pool and playing games on the sport court. We also enjoy cruising around the neighborhood on our beach cruisers. FUN IN THE VALLEY I’m obviously biased, but the Phoenix Open is the best time anyone can ever have in the Valley. Aside from that, I’d start out with a trail run at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve or Piestewa Peak. Then I’d hit O.H.S.O. Brewery for a late Bloody Mary brunch. Afterward, I’d cruise back home, jump into the pool, watch some sports or play basketball with the boys. In the evening, we’d jump back on our bikes and cruise along the canal to Chelsea’s Kitchen or JT’s for some wings and a couple of beers. Then we’ll head home, watch the sunset and call it a night. READING LIST The last really good book I read is Horse Soldiers, which chronicles the first Special Forces on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11. They’re true heroes. INSPIRATION Being selfless, my oath to defend this nation and my refusal to fail anyone. I’m also inspired by my sons. I want to teach them what my parents taught us: to be nice to their mama, look people in the eye, have a firm handshake and work hard. THUNDERBIRDS STEPPING UP I was the tournament chairman of the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and we were very fortunate to have raised almost $14 million for charity. While we weren’t anticipating COVID, we were in such excellent financial shape that we were able to establish the Community Emergency Fund. Through it, we identified and helped charities on the front lines with financial assistance, PPE and other supplies. WM PHOENIX OPEN 2021 We’re working very carefully to navigate these waters, while still digging in and making it a world-class event. Whatever direction it goes, it’s going to have The Thunderbirds stamp on it, and we’re going to do it The Thunderbirds way. That’s been our guiding principle all along. ❖ Note: In addition to the $1 million Community Emergency Fund, Thunderbirds Charities awarded more than $3.8 million in grants during its 2020 spring funding cycle.
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