Senior follies, sculpture & storytelling

Enjoy song, dance and comedy at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts as Theater Works presents the "Arizona Senior Follies" this Friday night

“Senior follies” takes on a whole new meaning in the world of apres-age 65 folk. Think vacations sans children, happy meals with wine rather than wind-up toys — you get the picture.

For some especially fit and talented folk, there’s song, dance and comedy — on stage rather than just alone in the shower.

Theater Works presents the “Arizona Senior Follies” at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts this Fri, Nov 19. The performance benefits Eve’s Place, which serves victims of domestic violence.

There’s plenty of other fun and interesting stuff happening this week in the Valley — much of it taking place at various Maricopa County Community Colleges.

Today (Tues, Nov 16) you have a couple of options — including a film screening of “Lost in Woonsocket” directed by John Chester.

The film recounts the story of two addicts who get a second chance at life and serves as “a testament to our power as individuals to make a difference.”

It’s showing at 7pm in Room SC140-144 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, one of the Valley’s best resources for no-cost and low-cost arts and entertainment during the week (and on weekends).

Mesa Community College presents a “Global Bazaar” on their Southern/Dobson campus Tuesday from 10am-1pm.

The event is free and open to the public — and includes “music, belly dancing, international karaoke, band, international food” and items to help you get a jump on holiday gift shopping.

The same campus presents a lecture titled “The Dumbest Generation” on Wed, Nov 17, at 7pm in the Navajo Room. Also free and open to the public, it looks at “how the digital age stupifies young Americans and jeopordizes our future.”

Glendale Community College presents “Nuts” by Tom Toper at their Performing Arts Center on Wed, Nov 18, at 7:30pm.

During the day on Wednesday, you can enjoy the 7th annual “Student Ceramics Sale” at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The event takes place 9am-7pm in the Student Center Pavilion.

This week you also can enjoy the Scottsdale Community College “Sculpture Exhibition Fall 2010” — which is free and open to the public Mon-Thurs 8am-10pm and Fri 8am-4pm during its run.

Friday night the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute presents “Tellebration” at 7pm.

It’s another unique “free and open to the public” offering by the community colleges that create and share more arts and culture than many of us ever realize or pause to recognize.

Our state universities also offer a wealth of unique options. This Thurs, Nov 18, the ASU School of Theatre and Film in Tempe screens the movie “Juno” at 8pm, then presents a Skype Q & A with producer Dan Dubiecki. (I’m told there’s free pizza while it lasts at around 7:30pm that night for those who attend the screening in EDC117.)

This weekend you can enjoy a joint venture of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe and the neighboring Hoodlums Music and Movies store — both proud members (along with Raising Arizona Kids magazine) of Local First Arizona.

It’s their “Community Music Night” on Sat, Nov 20, from 6:30-8:30pm. This shindig features local artists presenting “ten musical acts representing a variety of styles.”

I’ve seen the list of offerings, and it may well be that just about everything except musical theater and opera will entice your ears that evening. (And yes, I know some of you consider this a good thing.)

Feel feel to comment below if you have a visual or performing arts event this week or weekend — and remember that a comprehensive list of all sorts of activities is always available online at

— Lynn

Note: I attended a press preview Monday night of a much-anticipated film that opens later this week — so stay tuned for another movie review as “Lynn and Liz go Luxe.”

Coming up: “The Nutcracker” takes to Valley stages, Valley theaters present Christmas shows, Multicultual holiday happenings, D.C. meets Higley, ASU Gammage goes “Grinch!”


One response to “Senior follies, sculpture & storytelling

  1. I’m wondering if you’ve ever encountered the comedic folk-lounge duo Dicey and Paprika in your surveys of the Arizona music scene? They’ve been at it for decades, at least. Dicey Stewart used to perform around Sedona as a sort of New Age song stylist. They mostly play the East Coast these days. They are very funny and weird.
    Here is a clip from YouTube if you are curious…

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