Ode to blue

I'd love to see The Blue Bike Kid Show picked up by PBS

I’ve got blue on the brain after learning that one of Lizabeth’s theater teachers, Boyd Branch, is launching a project called “The Blue Bike Kid Show” with Steve Wilcox and Elizabeth Peterson.

Blue Bike encourages kids ages 8-13 to shift their focus on technology from consuming to creating.

It’s got live, video and web components, and is seeking backers via an online “funding platform for creative projects” called “Kickstarter.” Cool.

While running with the blue theme, I discovered that the next “Music in the Garden” at the Desert Botanical Garden features “blues and boogie” by The DelRayz and Sistah Blue. It’s an adults only performance (Fri, June 17) with catered dining options and a “professional ballroom dance floor.” I suppose suggesting that we all wear blue might be a bit much.

ASU Gammage presents Blue Man Group as part of their 2011/2012 season (Photo: Paul Kolnink)

There’s plenty of blue at the Phoenix Zoo. But you’ll find wild of a whole different order when the “Blue Man Group” hits ASU Gammage Nov 1-6. Think three guys. Blue skin. No spoken word. And lots of technology.

If songs like “Blue Suede Shoes” are more your style, hold out for “Million Dollar Quartet,” coming to ASU Gammage June 5-10. 2012.

Chandler Center for the Arts presents “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” Sat, Oct 22. It’s an homage to characters Jake and Elwood Blues, first played by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. There’s nothing blue about them, really, except the name. It’s hard to imagine Jake and Elwood trading in those black suits, hats and shades for blue Spandex — though they might be tempted if told their skinny black ties give them a bit of that “The Book of Mormon” vibe.

The Phoenix Symphony performs Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin as part of their 2011/2012 Pop Series

No review of the blue would be complete without a mention of George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue.” It’s be performed by the Phoenix Symphony Jan 6-8, 2012. Again, no Spandex — but lots of women and men in black.

Perhaps those needing a Spandex fix will fare better when “live circus meets the live symphony” March 25-27, 2012 during the Phoenix Symphony’s “High Flying! Cirque de la Symphonie” concerts.

Remember too that the “Blue Star Museums” program offers free admission to more than 1000 participating museums for active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2011.

Blue Nude was painted by Pablo Picasso during his Blue Period

Click here for a list of participating Arizona museums — which include Arizona Museum for Youth, Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and more.

Surely somewhere there’s a Blue Star Museum housing works from Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period.” And I won’t rest until I find it.

— Lynn

Note: For those of you following the adventures of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” (Hey–it’s a mostly blue costume!), there’s a review by The New York Times posted here. If you see the show, please drop me a line at rakstagemom@gmail.com to let me know what you think.

Coming up: Playing “20 Questions,” Is your child a theater geek?, Fun with Free Arts

Update: Check out this blog post from Wired magazine featuring the Blue Bike Kid Show. Meet the Blue Bike Kids Show gang Sun, June 26, at Tempe Beach Park when they hold a FREE nostalgic-style picnic from 5-7pm.


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