Odds & ends

I must have had a blast in preschool. Sorting shapes. Finding matching colors. Hunting different letters. Searching for related numbers.

My favorite posts are those that manage to weave seemingly disparate parts into a cohesive whole. When I got word of this weekend’s opening of “Little Shop of Horrors,” I imagined chasing down all sorts of monster shows or working the plant angle somehow.

But sometimes the piles of papers resist fastidious filing. So I have to live with throwing all sorts of goodies into a single post without much rhyme or reason.

I’m starting to wonder whether there’s a “Monopoly: Midlife Edition” of the classic board game. If so, I figure I’m due $200 for “passing go” by “letting go” and sharing news of nearing events “odds & ends” style…

Chandler-Gilbert Community College presents “Little Shop of Horrors” — which features book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.

If you’ve ever swayed to “Under the Sea” from the movie “The Little Mermaid” or felt sentimental listening to “Beauty and the Beast” from the film of the same name, you’ve enjoyed some of their other collaborations.

“Little Shop” has more mature themes — like personal boundaries and blood-sucking plants — but it’s every bit as fun. The CGCC production runs March 4-11 at the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center in Chandler.

I suppose I could have stretched the plant theme a bit with an “everything’s coming up roses” transition to this next event — a celebration of “Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children” taking place Sat, March 5, in Scottsdale.

The event honors founders Rosie and the late Woody Schurz. Others to be recognized include Alice Tatum (community honoree) and Judy Conrad (faculty honoree).

This party has plenty of appeal. Ticket prices are reasonable in fundraiser world — just $75 each. Featured entertainment includes jazz artist Tatum performing with Rosie House students. It’s happening at the Gebert Contemporary Art Gallery. And there’s a silent auction (just in time for teacher gift shopping).

Rosie’s House offers more than 300 group and private music lessons each week — and hopes funds raise from this celebration will “support the goal of teaching 10,000 music lessons in a single year.”

The Division of Fine & Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College is also raising funds for music education this weekend — with an event titled “Stompin’ at the Savoy: A Tribute to Swing.”

The fundraiser —  which features a silent auction, musical performance and video clips documenting the Savoy Theatre’s role in the swing jazz movement — takes place March 5 & 6 at the PVCC Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of this shindig is to “raise $15,000 to provide full-tuition waivers for five students” — one each in creative writing, dance, music, theatre and visual art. Adults tickets are $20 — but senior, staff and student tickets are less.

It just so happens that these shows and events fall at times that allow the most dedicated among you to attend all three in a single weekend.

It’s a quick and fun fix for those of you struggling with a high G.Q. (guilt quotient) because you support youth arts in theory but rarely find yourself out there in the audience.

— Lynn

Note: Remember too that plenty of theater productions open this weekend — including Greasepaint Youtheatre’s “Disney’s Jungle Book” and Actors Theatre’s “Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?Click here for a comprehensive calendar of family-friendly events from Raising Arizona Kids magazine. Click here if community college news is of special interest.

Coming up: Art meets democracy, ASU Gammage unveils new season, Tucson meets Yonkers, More community college offerings

Update: I just learned of another weekend event — the 8th annual “Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalk” taking place Sun, March 6, in Tucson. Learn more at www.peacewalktucson.org.


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