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Fall into shows at Chandler Center for the Arts There’s plenty to see on stage this fall at the Chandler Center for the Arts, including music and even a murder mystery.

Dinner and a death Guests get a chance to be part of the show in an interactive murder mystery at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The phrase “Break a leg!” takes on a whole new meaning when the big names of Chandler come together for a dinner gala at the City’s crown jewel—the Chandler Center for the Arts. Molly Sirus, Chandler High School’s most famous (or infamous) alumna, is the evening’s honorary chairwoman. Mayhem ensues when

Molly’s boyfriend, plastic surgeon and tabloid favorite Hugh Van Helsing, is found bludgeoned to death in the green room with a mannequin leg from the Little Black Dress exhibit. With the building in lockdown, the gala goers are forced to work together to find out who among them is a murderer. The cost is $125 and includes dinner and the interactive murder mystery show.

Black Violin The musical trio Black Violin will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues

and rhythm and blues in a way that will please fans of everything from Bach to Beyonce. Joining the classically trained violinists is DJ TK on turntables. Tickets are $18, $22 and $28.

Quilters have ‘Permission to Play’ Stop by the Chandler Center for the Arts Friday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 17, to enjoy 69 art quilts that reveal an art quilters’ playful response to stories they aspire to tell. The art quilts were created by allowing each artist’s inner child the opportunity to travel a road of self-discovery for the exhibition theme “Permission to Play.”

Crime pays in writing boot camp Aspiring authors can learn tips about writing mystery short stories at the Sisters in Crime (SinC) Desert Sleuths Chapter Short Story Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18, at Stonegate Community Clubhouse, 11551 E. Mountain View Rd., Scottsdale. Desert Sleuths member Dana KingEsquer, who writes several mystery series under the name Dane McCaslin, including “Becklaw’s Murder Mystery Tour,” “Murder at the Miramar,” “Legend,” “Sweet Death” and “Murder in the Grove,” leads the session, which is $20 for DS members, $25 for nonmembers. Bring writing tablets and pens, a laptop or electronic tablet, as

attendees will write several “short short” stories during the session.

Author panel The Boot Camp will be followed by a free “Ask the Authors” panel discussion from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., featuring published short story authors in Desert Sleuths anthologies, with a book signing by authors. Anthologies will be available for sale. The three-hour, hands-on workshop will help attendees develop captivating stories, polish work and hone writing skills—regardless of experience. Seating is limited. Cost for the workshop is $20

for Desert Sleuths members; $25 for nonmembers. Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is part of an international organization that promotes professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Register for the boot camp online at by clicking on events. Visit their website to learn more about the organization and to read the latest newsletter. The chapter also has an anthology, “SoWest: Crime Time,” available to read online at kRulyx.

October 18 - 31, 2014


improvMANIA offers free intro classes Kids, teens and adults who want to give improvisational acting a try have their chance beginning next month, as improvMANIA, 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, offers “Intro to Improv” classes for free before students continue with paying classes. The kids’ improv class begins at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the teens’ class starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and the adults’ class begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. improvMANIA opened its improv comedy theater in Chandler in September and produces and performs fast-paced, family-friendly improv comedy based on audience suggestions—similar to the hit television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The comedy theater is launching its kids’, teens’ and adults’ programs in November. Kids’ and teens’ classes are four-week classes with a showcase at the end. The adult class is a six-week class with a showcase at the end for family and friends. For those who decide to sign up, the kids’ class is $50, the teens’ class is $75 and the adult class is $99. improvMANIA produces shows every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. (family-friendly) and 9 p.m. (unfiltered). For more information call (480) 6994598 or visit

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