Arts & Entertainment
SANTAN SUN NEWS | DECEMBER 1–14, 2018
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Restaurateur’s book honors beloved grandmother BY COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor
A restaurateur who blends his love of family with cherished recipes for burros and other Mexican staples at his popular restaurants is thrilled to serve up his latest enterprise – a children’s book that pays tribute to his grandmother. Tim Vasquez, owner of the fast casual Someburros restaurant family-operated chain – which has locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and other parts of the Valley – recently published his first book, “The Taco Stand.” Vasquez is also the owner of Isabel’s Amor, a full-service Mexican restaurant with a bar that serves fresh margaritas and craft cocktails in a relaxed setting in Gilbert. Story Monsters LLC of Chandler edited and produced the book, which Vasquez published through his own company, Toodaloo Publishing. “The Taco Stand” is an animated story about a character named Isabel, a fictional representation of Vasquez’s late paternal grandmother, who cooks delicious tacos for her family that her sons sell at a stand. One day a man in a black suit visits her house and proposes a way for her to make millions of dollars selling her tacos. But he tells her “she’ll have to sacrifice”
Left: Tim Vasquez, owner of the fast casual Someburros restaurants, recently published his first book, “The Taco Stand.” Right: Tim Vasquez wrote the children’s book “The Taco Stand,” inspired by his late grandmother Isabel Vasquez’s cooking and family life.
the time she has with her family members if she wants to pursue that business. The story reveals the importance of spending time with family. Vasquez’s aunt, Linda Kay Ost, illustrated the book. “I’ve always just loved writing,” Vasquez said. “I wrote it as just a family legacy type thing.”
He wrote the first version of the book about eight years ago and had it printed at a local print shop, then gave it to family members to honor his late paternal grandmother, Isabel Vasquez. The recipes used at the Someburros and Isabel’s Amor are grandmother Isabel’s and the latter restaurant is named after her.
“I think she would love it,” Tim said. “I think she’d be tickled. We hope she’s up in heaven smiling down, seeing the growth of Someburros. I think she’d be very proud.” Tim’s parents, George and Mary Vasquez founded Someburros in 1986. See
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Students to spread holiday cheer in shows BY COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor
‘Tis the season for students from the littlest kindergartner to the tallest high school senior to shine on stage in dance and musical performances on Chandler campuses. Concerts where students will sing, play instruments, dance and act as their proud parents and other loved ones watch will be on stages and in multipurpose rooms this month. Here is a look at some: Chandler High School will hold several different concerts after producing a dance concert last month at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The Chandler High School Beginning Intermediate Dance Concert will be performed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. About 90 to 100 students will perform at the two shows. Students are choreographing the pieces, which will include ballet, hip hop, jazz and lyrical styles. Upper-level Chandler High dance students will do the backstage tech work. The concerts cost $5 each and the revenue helps pay for costumes. The instrumental groups at Chandler High School will also take the spotlight in concerts at Chandler Center for the Arts. The Orchestra Pops Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The Winter Choir Concert will be
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The Willis Junior High School symphonic band performed last school year and will do so again this month.
held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, and the Winter Band Concert will ring in the season at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Chandler Center for the Arts. The audience will hear the Jazz I, Jazz II, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform at the Dec. 12 show. They will play some holiday music, as well as marches, swing tunes and concert band songs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food that will be donated
to a food bank but it is not required. Ryan Elementary School will host a holiday concert at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the school at 4600 S. Bright Angel Way. The free concert will feature the thirdgrade Ryan Royals Choir: Intermezzo and the fourth through sixth-grade Ryan Royals Choir. About 90 students will sing holiday music including “Silent Night” in German. “In a culture where students are inundated with screen time, singing invites students to discover a musical
voice that is uniquely their own,” said Monika Beauvais, general music teacher at Ryan Elementary, adding: “Singing unites those with different backgrounds, different voices, of different ages, to become one voice and enrich other’s lives. Offering choirs in elementary schools is vital to promoting deep equity throughout the community. “Attendees will enjoy this concert See
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