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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Humorist Jeanne Robertson returns to Chandler Sat., Feb. 1 BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Jeanne Robertson was well on her way to becoming a successful Auburn University student when she won the Miss North Carolina pageant 50 years ago. Putting her college career on hold, she traveled throughout the state on a speaking tour which offered a glimpse into her future. Robertson, who still lives in the Tar Heel State, learned she was a witty speaker who could make people laugh. She never looked back. Now at age 70, the well-known humorist will bring her comedy show to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 1. “I started telling stories about being a 6-foot, 2-inch basketball player in the pageant,” Robertson says. “They like the true things that are funny.” Her speaking engagements went viral on YouTube. She delved into ticketed events after her material was played on Sirius XM. “My first reaction was, ‘I don’t think so,’” Robertson says. “My background was just, go to the convention and the people were there. Now you are asking people to buy tickets to come and see me.” Her first show in Dallas sold out immediately. “The name does sell tickets,” Robertson says. As a humorist, she says she tries to weave a little bit of a longer story with a

point. She learned that as a speaker. “When you go into the theater, it’s entertainment—entertainment with a message and a speech,” she explains. “They are coming to be entertained. If you slip in a message they seem to appreciate it.” Last year, Robertson made 101 appearances, 49 of which were speeches and 51 were ticketed events. “I’m having a ball. I like what I do so much,” she says, adding that she is not ready to retire. “I’m in demand, so why? (Let’s) see how long I can go.” Robertson spends between 23 to 25 days a month traveling for 10 months before taking time off between Thanksgiving and New Year to write more material. “I write material every day,” Robertson explains. “Is it all good? No.” She culls her material from everyday life and finds humor in everything that surrounds her. With traveling becoming tougher, Robertson still finds humor. “I not only find the stories for my programs, I really influence myself to keep my sense of humor,” she explains. Robertson spends time people watching and talking to others. Talking to strangers, she finds, encourages them to tell her funny stories. She also finds herself eavesdropping. Robertson says when she is at the airport and students are stretched on the ground, she finds herself scooting

HUMORIST: Jeanne Robertson will return to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 1. Submitted photo

closer, so she can catch a particular phrase or funny word to add to her material. “You can bring your momma or your teenager; it’s appropriate for the family,” Robertson says. “First, I had an older market of people, now because of Sirius XM, junior high and high school students are coming as well.” Robertson will perform at the Chandler

Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1. Prices range from $28 to $38. For information visit, Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

Children’s choir hosts auditions Jan. 4 The Chandler Children’s Choir is hosting auditions for students ages 10 to 15 from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 4. Auditions may be scheduled by calling 480-699-9846 or emailing auditions@ The location will be given to potential members when an appointment is set. The Encore Choir is for children ages 10 to 12, while Cantus Choir welcomes kids ages 12 to 15. The Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit, auditioned, community children’s choir, founded in 2008 with a group of 27 children who love to sing. Now in its sixth season, CCC continues its dedication to the vocal education of youth in the East Valley. The focus on vocal fundamentals, classic repertoire, and varied performances have made CCC the premier children’s choir in the East Valley. CCC aims to share the beauty of classical, folk and art song styles. The organization teaches a variety of techniques including notereading skills, choral blend and vocal technique. The mission of the Chandler Children’s Choir is to promote high artistic quality music education to young people through creative programming and invigorating instruction, so singers will quickly acquire music skills and experience the joy of singing. For more information, visit


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Winnie-the-Pooh returns to VYT A holiday tradition comes back to Phoenix Mon., Dec. 23, as “A Winniethe-Pooh Christmas Tail” returns to Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. One of the longest-running holiday stage performances in Phoenix, the show has delighted Valley audiences since 1995. The play has become a holiday tradition for many families, and has starred big names like Golden Globe Award nominee Emma Stone, who played Eeyore twice and Rabbit once in the production. The performance also has a tradition: Audiences are asked to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to the show. Chandler-based nonprofit organization Operation

Noah will collect the donated toys in a dropbox in the VYT lobby during the performance of “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail.” The stuffed animals will be used to comfort children in treatment in hospitals. Tickets are $18 plus service fees, and are available for purchase online at or by calling the box office at 602-253-8188, ext. 2.

Holiday light show at Pollack plaza The Pollack Royal Palm Shopping Center, home of Valley real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack’s Tempe Cinema at McClintock and Elliot roads in Tempe, is again playing host to an annual massive display of holiday lights. The holiday spectacle started almost 12 years ago outside Pollack Headquarters in Mesa with 250,000 lights, and has grown to more than 500,000 lights at its Tempe location. “This is truly the most exciting time of the year for Pollack Investments,”

says Pollack. “Our workers and volunteers spend weeks arranging our new animations, huge displays and stringing up more lights every year to make what we do both inside and outside of Pollack Tempe Cinemas, one of the Valley’s most beautiful and festive displays.” This year marks 40 years in real estate for Pollack, making the festivities even more significant to him. Viewers can take in Pollack’s holiday light display until New Year’s Day.


Catch a show with Performing Arts League The Southeast Valley Performing Arts League is gearing up for the New Year, but will still offer plenty of opportunities to catch performances in opera, ballet, symphony and theater. The PAL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting performing arts in the Southeast Valley and making them more accessible by providing tickets and transportation to local and Phoenix events. With a purchased membership and small fee, PAL arranges trips to performances for members. A roundtrip bus ride from Cottonwood to the theater is $20 for members. There are still plenty of chances to become a member and take in a show between now and April. Membership costs $10 per person or $15 for a couple. To find out more about opera call Vera at 480-895-9679. To learn more about ballet and Coffee Classics (symphony) call Lynn at 480-883-0671. Call Mary at 480-802-9354 or Pat at 480-339-0283 if you’re interested in the theater. To learn about becoming a member, visit



December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Events at Chandler Center for the Arts

Celebrate dance, tradition at center’s Chinese New Year

A variety of engaging shows are coming up at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Call 480-782-2680 or visit for more information.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Dick Van Dyke—the 2013 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award winner, star of the 1960s hit “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and movies like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Fitzwilly” and more—will walk us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business and sing tunes from his stage and screen work with his a capella quartet The Vantastix. Van Dyke and the Vantastix will perform 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. Tickets are $48-$68.

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp ‘The Sunset Years’ This play tells the true story of love, adventure, secrets and betrayals as told by the elderly Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. The show takes place in Josie’s memory nine years after Wyatt’s death as an elderly Wyatt speaks reluctantly of his time in Tombstone and his life afterward. The twoperson play flows in and out of time and place as Wyatt speaks to biographer Stuart N. Lake from their Los Angeles, CA, apartment in 1928 and Josephine talks to a feral cat at the Earps’ Vidal, CA, cottage in 1938 on Rosh Hashana. The play is 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26. Tickets are $20 and $24.

DANCING IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR: Young performers are just one of the acts in the Chinese New Year festivities that the Eastern Art Academy is bringing to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

The Chinese New Year comes to Chandler 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 19, as the Eastern Art Academy (EAA) and ASU Confucius Institute present the 2014 Chinese New Year Show. The festivities this year will center on traditional Chinese dance and will also bring in instrumental and vocal performances as well as martial arts demonstrations. The highlight of the event, traditional Chinese dances, will be performed by about 100 dancers from EAA. The dancers range from 5-year-old beginners to professional performers and the academy will showcase its dancers putting on solo, duet, trio and group performances.

They will also be using classic props on stage like floating ribbons, silk fans and lanterns. Classes in traditional Chinese arts are available at the EAA. The academy also offers cultural programs for children and adults; including Chinese dance, Tai Chi and other martial arts, traditional Chinese painting, fine arts and a bilingual language program. The festival will be at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $15. For tickets or to learn more call Chandler Center for the Arts at 480-782-2680 or Eastern Art Academy at 602-490-8613.

improvMANIA runs wild in Chandler Starting Jan. 8, improvMANIA—the Valley’s own family friendly improv comedy troupe—will bring improv classes to Chandler, for those who want to act, be more comfortable in front of a group or just have fun. The professional-level classes are the first of their kind and will be offered to Chandler and Gilbert residents in partnership with the Chandler Recreation Department at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. improvMANIA has been producing family friendly improv comedy shows in Downtown Chandler since 2009 at venues such as Art On Boston, Kokopelli Winery, Gangplank and Chandler Center for the Arts. Call 480-782-2727 or visit registrationmain.sdi to register for classes. Follow improvMANIA on Facebook at improvMANIA.



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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Tad Smith Chandler Portraits exhibit

Museum for Youth Friends Inc. seeks $12K through Kickstarter campaign

The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith will be on display Fri., Jan. 24, through Sat., March 8, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The stylized portraits represent nominated Chandler citizens who have been instrumental in the community through example and their hard work to nurture the city. A public reception for the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24. Tad Smith of The Design Idea prides himself on listening to his clients and turning their design ideas into an artistic creation. Having developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, Smith has created an exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens. The exhibition features the images of people who have given selflessly to their community. Each person was nominated from a wide variety of sources, but every person featured has worked diligently to have an impact in the community, including serving on boards and commissions and working to nurture and advance Chandler’s growing community. “These images all represent the positive and inspirational ways people take pride in their community,” Smith says. “People who impact their community in such a positive way is heartwarming. When we asked for nominations from people, we found so many subjects who have been positive role models. We have enough names to continue the exhibition for several more years. We are starting with 20 nominations of people who seem to represent the ideals of the exhibit theme in prominent and consistent ways.” Visit or call 480-782-2695 to learn more.

The Arizona Museum for Youth Friends Inc., a nonprofit organization charged with raising funds for the Arizona Museum for Youth, is asking the community to donate to its $12,500 Kickstarter campaign. Funds generated through Sun., Jan. 26, will help build “The HUB,” an engaging, hands-on space that will foster creativity in the upcoming, newly rebranded i.d.e.a. Museum. Every donation counts—the museum must reach its goal to make it count; it’s an “all-or-nothing” campaign. Kickstarter projects are only funded if the entire goal is met. If it falls even a dollar short, the museum receives nothing (credit cards will not be charged). An added benefit is that donors can receive an end-of-year tax contribution for 2013 for donations made by Dec. 31. For more information, view the Kickstarter video at or projects/1532568020/the-hub-a-new-interactivecreative-space-at-idea-m. “We need you, members of the community, to join us in making a donation in order to make this space a reality,” says Carmen Guerrero of the AMY Friends. “Your support will help children and families of all backgrounds and abilities achieve their dreams and aspirations by helping lay a foundation which fosters their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills.” The HUB is just one aspect of the new museum

brand. It is called a hands-on space where patrons and children can unleash their creativity. There are more than 10 different experiences planned in this space. “Kickstarter is a great way for the community to get involved in helping us provide creative opportunities for everyone,” says Sunnee O’Rork, AMY executive director. “Only 50% of public schools in Arizona offer some type of creative, artistic opportunity as part of their standard curriculum. Creativity is listed as the single most attribute of the future, according to an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs worldwide. By backing this project, you will help us ensure that the creativity in all of us continues to thrive.” This is the first Kickstarter campaign by a nonprofit for a museum in the Valley. The $12,500 goal is part of a $100,000 third, public match, led by the Arizona Museum for Youth Friends nonprofit in response to a lead gift of $100,000 by visionary John Whiteman and $100,000 match to his contribution by Mesa toward the overall rebrand initiative goal of $300,000. Donors (also known as “backers”) will receive awards, including free tickets to the new i.d.e.a. Museum exclusive VIP re-brand launch on Thu., Feb. 6. The i.d.e.a. Museum is scheduled for launch to the public on Fri., Feb. 7. For more information about the Kickstarter program, call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480-644-5564.


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Ring in the New Year at the Palms With cocktails, a dinner and dessert buffet, magic, musical entertainment from the ‘50s and ‘60s group The Wonderelles and the TAD Band and more; The Palms Theatre invites partygoers to sign up now for its Ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration at 5247 E. Brown Rd, Mesa. Tommy P’s newly designed Lobby Bar will open at 6 p.m. for pre-dinner cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those in attendance will be entertained by a sleight-of-hand magician performing close-up tricks at bar-side tables. The Palms Ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration will begin at 8 p.m. when the dinner buffet opens. Partygoers are encouraged to come hungry as they indulge their appetites with a lavish spread that includes a choice of entrées and sides as well as a full salad bar accompanied by a selection of composed salads. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous dessert buffet while watching a sneak preview of The Palms Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Live musical performances by The Wonderelles and the TAD Band throughout the evening will have guests dancing their way into the New Year. This exclusive event will also feature a champagne toast at midnight, noisemakers and party favors. Direct from California, The Wonderelles is a high-energy ‘50s

and ‘60s musical revue that delivers toe-tapping excitement, bringing the audience to an era of nostalgia. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. There are a limited number of tickets to this event. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 for groups of 16 or more. Show-only packages are available at $50 per person.

Fiddler on the Roof Beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will run Thu., Jan. 9 through Sat., Feb. 15 at The Palms Theatre. Set in 1905 in a small Jewish village in Russia, “Fiddler” is the story of dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in a changing world. Tevye’s daughter Tzeitel wants to marry a poor tailor instead of the middle-aged butcher her father has chosen for her in the tradition of arranged marriages. Trying to balance life—like a fiddler on a roof—Tevye is forced to choose between his daughter’s happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions. The Palms Theatre production features Robert Summers as Tevye the dairyman. Valley favorite Kathi Osborne plays Golde, Tevye’s wife. The show’s elegant musical score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, is filled with well-known and loved songs, including “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Do You Love Me.” Performance times include matinees, with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and performance

SINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: From “Johnny Angel” to “Mustang Sally” and “Sugartime” to “Proud Mary,” The Wonderelles is a lively ‘50s and ‘60s musical revue group that delivers to you a touch of nostalgia that will leave you with a smile on your face. Submitted photo

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‘Automotive Artifacts’ puts cars in new light at CCA “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy,” featuring fine-art photos of iconic automotive details, will be on display from Fri., Jan. 31, through Sat., March 8, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Priddy will be in attendance for an open public reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31. Many are familiar with Priddy’s images of test cars as they are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. Priddy has spent much of her time waiting for new prototype cars to be transported into or out of the auto proving grounds, and her photographs have been featured in various magazines and other publications. While waiting for test cars to photograph, Priddy is always looking

for other subjects to capture and has found many in areas as diverse as junkyards and classic car exhibitions. These explorations have led her to photograph hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs, nameplates and more. The details she captured became her focus for this exhibition. “These images recall a day long past when the automobile stood as an iconic figurehead in the American life,” Priddy explains. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon through 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 480-782-2695 or visit

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Valley theaters showcase Jewish films More than 2,400 minutes of Jewish cinema will be screened from Sun., Feb. 9, through Sun., Feb. 23, as the 18th annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) celebrates its “Chai” (Life) year. The longest-running film festival in the Valley, the GPJFF has long celebrated Jewish culture through movies by sharing films honoring Jewish traditions and heritage. Viewers are invited to celebrate this year with the GPJFF, as they take in captivating new films that cover aspects ranging from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love.

The festival comprises 12 films, showcasing the best of Jewish traditions at three Valley locations: Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, Chandler; Harkins Camelview 5, Scottsdale and Harkins Arrowhead 18, Peoria. The entire arts community, including the GPJFF, always welcomes support and asks for help from anyone who is able to volunteer, donate or attend the films. Visit to ask about tickets or call 602-753-9366. Follow the Festival on Facebook at GreaterPhxJewishFilmFest or @GPJFF on Twitter.




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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Gold Canyon hosts Canyon Arts Festival

2014 Events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The 14th annual Canyon Arts Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, at United Methodist Church at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon. The festival, a gift to the community from the Gold Canyon Arts Council and sponsors, is free to attend. The juried art show will feature the work of 87 artists in a wide variety of genres and styles. Many of the artists are residents of the East Valley, but 37 artists from throughout the state are new to this year’s festival. Musical entertainers will perform throughout the day, including two crowd favorites—the all-female Mariachi Pasion band and the Yellow Bird Indian dancers. New this year are the Salt River Brass Quintet and the Desert Winds Steel Band playing Caribbean music. There will also be a food court area featuring a variety of foods and beverages. The Gold Canyon Food Bank will have a table near the food court, where anyone who can donate is encouraged to do so. Each year, a poster is chosen to represent the festival. This year’s limited-edition selection is “A Quiet Moment” by artist Jacci Rudy. It will be available for sale along with last year’s poster, “Mountain Song,” by Sue Ann

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts already has a full schedule of events for the New Year. Here are just a few of them. Call 480-499-8587 or visit for more information.

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Dickey. Both artists will be available to sign purchased posters. The Gold Canyon Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring affordable arts to the East Valley through its Canyon Sounds Performing Artist Series. All proceeds from five annual concerts, memberships and grants are returned to school music programs through artist residencies. For artist and sponsor information, entertainment schedule and more, see the festival website at To learn more about the Gold Canyon Arts Council, visit

On selected Thursdays and Saturdays Jan. 16 through April 5, guests are invited to enjoy a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwestern tribes, including the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache. Audiences enjoy dances like the Southwest Horse Dance, inter-tribal powwow dancing, world-class hoop dancing and the participatory round dance. Native Trails

also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as local culinary delights. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets.

Sunday A’Fair Celebrating its 27th season, Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts selected Sundays Jan. 12 through April 6 in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by the Valley’s top musicians, along with a fine arts and crafts market, activities for children and families, docent-led tours of the sculptures in the park and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. Grilled food, snacks and cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Local ďŹ lm festival marks 10th anniversary

Childsplay wrapping up 2013-2014 season

Registration is open for a local annual film challenge that attracts enthusiasts from around the Valley and even out-of-state. Almost Famous Film Festival (A3F), a nonprofit foundation based in downtown Phoenix, celebrates its 10th anniversary from Fri., Feb. 14, to Sun., Feb. 16, with its signature 48 Hour Short Film Challenge. The largest film challenge in the Southwest, the event attracts more than 70 teams from Arizona, Southern California and surrounding states. Since A3F’s premier event in 2005, the organization has hosted 21 film challenges, with more than 1,000 films made for festivals; including movies from kids, students, grandparents, first-time filmmakers and seasoned pros. Some participants join in for the joy of moviemaking, while others use the festival as a stepping stone to successful careers in Los Angeles and Hollywood. In addition to the annual film challenges A3F hosts educational workshops, community mixers and other activities for directors, writers, actors, crew members and others with a passion for independent filmmaking. A3F recently launched a scholarship program for students at Phoenix

Tickets are on sale for the rest of Childsplay’s 2013-2014 season. The adventures at Tempe Center for the Arts continue with everyone’s favorite cat in “The Cat in the Hat,� a heartwarming tale about a girl and her dog in “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle� and a rockin’ new look at “Schoolhouse Rock Live!�

“The Cat in the Hat� Sun., Jan. 26, to Sun., March 16 Recommended for ages 3 and older From the moment his tall, redand-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly, a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? College and Scottsdale Community College. They also hope to offer other benefits to the filmmaking community, such as a media center for the public to use in developing scripts, films and other media-related projects. To learn more, visit or follow A3F on Facebook at facebook. com/almostfamousfilmfestival.

“Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle� Sat., March 22, to Sun., March 30 Recommended for ages 5 and older When a stray dog appears on the doorstop, it’s love at first sight for 6-year-old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasn’t been easy lately for either of these two, facing absent parents and lost homes. But in a delightfully surprising story


filled with humor and heart, “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle� reminds everyone that love makes almost anything possible, even in hard times.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live!� Sun., April 20, to Sun., May 25 Recommended for ages 6 and older Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,� “Just a Bill,� “Interplanet Janet� or “Three is a Magic Number.� Performances are held weekends at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office 480-350-2822 (ext. 0). Each show features a $12 Storybook Preview performance, sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family who attends this general admission preview performance will receive a free book.

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“Sleeping Beauty KIDS,â€? through Sun., Dec. 29, PT. Classic fairytale told Disney style with songs from the beloved ďŹ lm, including “Once Upon a Dream,â€? along with new songs like “MaleďŹ cent!â€? and “A Little Magic Now.â€? Al Madrigal, Fri., Dec. 27, through Sat., Dec. 28, SUL. Stand-up comedian and correspondent “The Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ€? performs. David Spade, Sun., Dec. 29, through Mon., Dec. 30, TI. Star of “Rules of Engagement,â€? “Tommy Boy,â€? “Joe Dirtâ€? and more performs in this special event. Straight No Chaser, Tue., Dec. 31, MAC. The acclaimed a cappella group puts on a New Year’s Eve show.

Aries Spears, through Sun., Dec., 22, SUL. Known for his work in “Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jamâ€? and on “Def Comedy Jam,â€? Spears brings his unique avor of words and comedy to Phoenix.

Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy,� Tue., Dec. 31, SUL. Known for his numerous television and movie roles as well as live performances and DVDs like “I’m Not Fat...I’m Fluffy,� Iglesias’ stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life.

“Christmas ... The Magic Continues,� through Sun., Dec. 22, HT. iTheatre’s musical cabaret feast, a Valley tradition, celebrates the holiday with some of the Valley’s best voices, Jeff Kennedy and his grand piano.

Bobby Lee, Tue., Dec. 31, TI. The funny man known for his roles in “MAD TV,� “Chelsea Lately� and more stops by Tempe on New Year’s Eve. Pablo Francisco, Thu., Jan. 2, through Sun., Jan. 5, SUL. The Arizona native

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and sound-effect master presents his arsenal of spot-on impressions and observational spooďŹ ng. “Bravo Broadway,â€? Fri., Jan. 3, through Sun., Jan. 5, SH. Accompanied by three world-class soloists, the Phoenix Symphony will play selections from “Cabaret,â€? “Phantom of the Opera,â€? “Les MisĂŠrables,â€? “Hairspray,â€? “Chicago,â€? “Thoroughly Modern Millie,â€? “Show Boat,â€? “My Fair Ladyâ€? and more. ERTH’S Dinosaur Zoo Live, Fri., Jan 10, through Sun., Jan. 12, MAC. A visual experience of giant puppetry, inatable environments, ying and crawling creatures and more. Get up close and personal with creatures that inhabited Earth millions of years ago. “Late Nite Catechism,â€? Fri., Jan. 10, through Fri., March 28, SCPA. Awardwinning actress Patti Hannon is quicktempered Sister. Ruling her classroom with an iron ďŹ st, she teaches her students—who happen to be the audience—everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands. David Cook, Sun., Jan. 12, MIM. The “American Idolâ€? season seven winner plays songs off his forthcoming album as well as old favorites like “Light On.â€? Itzhak Perlman, Thu., Jan. 16, MAC. World-renowned violinist returns to Mesa to perform.

The Fab Four, Fri., Jan. 17, MAC. Meticulous tribute band The Fab Four recreates Abbey Road in Mesa as they celebrate each era of The Beatles’ incredible musical journey. Cirque Éloize (El-Waz): “Cirkopolis,â€? Sat., Jan. 18, and Sun., Jan. 19, MAC. Journey through an industrial yet fanciful world inspired by the rich visual legacy of classic ďŹ lms “Metropolisâ€? and “Brazil.â€? Twelve performers tell the story in an uninterrupted stream of dazzling acrobatics, music and video projections. “Out to Lunchâ€? concert series, Thu., Jan 23, and Thu., Jan. 30, MAC. Free afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk. Jan 23 features Bad Cactus Brass Band; Jan. 30 features The BurchďŹ eld Brothers. Breaking Ground Festival, Fri., Jan. 24, through Sat., Jan. 25, TCA. Contemporary dance and ďŹ lm festival showcases acclaimed choreographers, dancers and ďŹ lmmakers. Matthew Morrison with the Phoenix Symphony, Sat., Jan. 25, MAC. The star, known for his role as Will Schuester on Fox TV’s “Glee,â€? but a Broadway star before that, joins the Phoenix Symphony. Mark Morris Dance, Tue., Jan. 28, MAC. The dance group’s performance combines wit, grace of movement and performance with live music.

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Arts Betty Buckley in Concert, Sat., Feb. 1, SCPA. Betty Buckley performs. Known as the “Voice of Broadway,” Buckley won the Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella the Glamour Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” and has earned acclaim for her work on stage and screen.

“New Light on Ancient Maya,” Wed., Feb. 5, MAC. Archeologist William Saturno searches for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. “Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour,” Thu., Feb. 6, SCPA. Lonestar, known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, presents a rare, intimate acoustic concert.



“An Evening of Flutes,” Mon., Feb. 3, SCPA. ASU Concerts at the Center features performances by faculty and students of the ASU’s Herberger Institute School of Music. Elizabeth Buck and Swiss flutist Magda Schwerzmann present works from Marais and Bach to jazzinspired pieces of today, showcasing the history of the flute from early Baroque to modern times. Tommy Emmanuel featuring Martin Taylor, Tue., Feb. 4, MAC. Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel comes to Mesa with his unique style of guitar playing.

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“GLEE:” Matthew Morrison performs with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra at the Mesa Arts Center on Sat., Jan. 25.. Submitted photo.

“Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge,” Fri., Feb. 7, SCPA. The creators of Gaelforce Dance present prominent Irish vocal talents and accomplished step dancers in a hypnotic performance. Bahia Orchestra Project, Sat., Feb. 8, SCPA. The Virginia G. Piper Concert Series presents. Founded in 2007 by

DST – Desert Stages Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, HT – Herberger Theater 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-252-8497, herbergertheater. org MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MesaArtsCenter. com MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix Tickets: PT – The Palms Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Tickets: 480-924-6260, thepalmstheater. com ST – Stagebrush Theatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-949-7529, SH - Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix Tickets:

SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SUL – Stand Up Live 50 W. Jefferson St. #200, Phoenix Tickets: 480-719-6100, TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, tca.ticketforce. com TI – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Tickets: 480-921-9877, VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. 1st St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-253-8188,

pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the acclaimed orchestra plays traditional and contemporary music.

“TRIO,” Sat., Feb. 22, SH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and The Phoenix Symphony feature excerpts from beloved classics as well as new work at this joint gala and performance, including highlights from “West Side Story,” “Carmen” and “La Bayadère.”

“Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons,” Fri., Feb. 14, MAC. The acclaimed vocalist and finalist from “The Voice” sings a collection of classical-crossover favorites.

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