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Guitar player opens Higley Center’s 2016-17 season The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2016-17 fall schedule. It features a variety of performances, opening with guitarist Chris Proctor on Oct. 16, and wrapping up with Alaska’s fiddling poet, Ken Waldman, April 2. Here is the complete list. To purchase tickets, call 480-279-7194 or visit higleycenter.org.

Chris Proctor Oct. 16, Little Theater; $25 U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion Chris Proctor’s guitar-playing on both six- and 12-string guitars is a blend of folk, jazz, pop, Celtic, Appalachian and classical music.

“Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus” Oct. 21, Concert Hall; $59 The light-hearted off-Broadway comedy hit, “Men Are From Mars/ Women Are From Venus,” is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy, blending funny domestic tales with retro stand-up.

Bill and Kate Isles Oct. 22, Little Theater; $25 Bill and Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/

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songwriter duo known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences, from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories to zany comedy.

Tim and Myles Thompson are father and son singer/songwriters who have been inspiring audiences throughout the country. Tim Thompson is the 2008 International Finger-Style Champion guitarist and Myles Thompson is a violinist and mandolin player

Bob and Bing’s Road to Victory

Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King

Nov. 11, Concert Hall; $26-$49 Returning to the Higley Center for the third time, Lynn Roberts stars as Bob Hope, Bob Pasch as Bing Crosby, and Chuck Carson as the emcee in this tribute to veterans in a recreation of a Bob Hope USO show.

9 String Theory

John Acosta’s Bee Gee’s Gold Tribute is the ultimate salute to the Bee Gees in their prime. Backed by a live band, the Bee Gees Tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the ’60s to the late ’70s, with the unique falsettos that made them legends.

Nov. 12, Little Theater; $25 9 String Theory is the unique musical collaboration of Angelina GalashenkovaReed and John Huston. GalashenkovaReed is a virtuoso of the three-string Russian domra — a lute-like instrument known for its purity of tone — while Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive classical guitarists of his generation.

Sawyer Brown

Bee Gees Gold: Bee Gees Tribute Show

Tim and Myles

Nov. 19, Concert Hall; $35 to $69 One of the premier acts in music, with 23 albums, more than 50 chart singles, and CMA, ACM and CMT awards, Sawyer Brown thrives on playing live. Described by some as the “Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band delivers its own unique brand of high-energy entertainment.

Nov. 13, Concert Hall; $31-$36

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Nov. 20, Little Theater; $25

Dec. 2, Concert Hall; $23 to $44.80 “Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King” faithfully recreates the sound of one of the famous singer’s concerts, leaving audiences with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded.

This Wonderful Life Dec. 4, Concert Hall; $21 to $42 Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” this one-man play brings to life more than 32 familiar people in a display of physical and verbal virtuosity. This 75-minute tour de force is at once inspiring, funny, poignant and uplifting.

Kingston Trio with Jim Curry Dec. 10, Concert Hall; $46 to $77 “A Christmas Together” joins “The >> See HIGLEY on page 46

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