Free music under the stars

It’s a well-known mom-ism. Do your homework now and there’ll be more time for fun later. But now the tables are turned. Because it’s the moms (and  dads) who tend to pull all nighters this time of year.

I’m as guilty as the next person. One year it was crafting those fairy wings and crown with coat hangers, netting and botanicals. Once it was stitching yellow felt stripes onto a black sweat suit a la bumble bee. 

Whether you’re ahead of schedule or falling behind with Halloween preparations, make some time Friday night (Oct 29) to hit Arizona State University in Tempe with your family.

Their ever popular “Music Under the Stars” event returns from 7:30-10pm for an “outdoor evening of family friendly musical entertainment for people of all ages.”

ASU notes that “the evening showcases a wide range of performances including the ASU African Drum Ensemble, Heatwave (vocal jazz ensemble), and musical theatre and opera performances by the School of Music Lyric Opera Theatre students.”

For those of you who doubt the appeal of opera to children, I’m pleased to share that I attended an Arizona Opera performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” last weekend, where I chatted with several children and teens who were genuinely excited about the experience. (More on that in a future post.)

The event — which also includes “refreshments, raffle prizes and kids craft activities” — is free. After all that spending on Halloween costumes, candy and decor, I suspect that plenty of parents feel ready for some fabulous fun and freebies!

For help in planning the rest of your weekend, check out the online calendar from Raising Arizona Kids magazine — which lists daily events in several categories, including “on stage” and “on exhibit” for fellow arts aficionados.

— Lynn

Note: “Music Under the Stars” takes place at the Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza on ASU’s Tempe campus. It’s co-sponsored by Liberty Mutual, ASU Alumni Association, ASU Gammage and Arizona Opera.

Coming up: A series of posts on art and politics as midterm elections near — starting with today’s “bonus blog” — a look at “Rhinoceros,” being performed through Nov 6 at Scottsdale Community College. It’s “theatre of the absurd” featuring playwright Eugene Ionesco’s comedic take on the dangers of blind conformity.

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One response to “Free music under the stars

  1. I went to this last year. It was quite nice. well organized and relaxing with a diverse crowd. Mostly NOT college students, it seemed.
    -Jenn-

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