Artists battle AIDS

I was delighted to stumble onto two panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt while attending Thursday’s “Empty Bowl” event at Scottsdale Community College. These portions of the quilt are being exhibited through Dec. 2 in a foyer just outside the SCC cafeteria.

A representative of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS was on hand the afternoon I stopped by, and talked with various students and staff who stopped by to see the quilt and watch the multimedia presentaion featuring AIDS-related facts and statistics.

The following photos show just a few of the quilt panels and educational slides I saw while visiting the World AIDS Day 2011 exhibit at SCC.

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Those of you eager to explore some of the ways artists have tackled the topics of HIV and AIDS can visit the online gallery for “Art for AIDS,” which benefits the University of California San Francisco AIDS Health Project.

Broadway fans can support efforts to treat and eradicate HIV/AIDS by doing their holiday shopping with “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” Online offerings include all sort of show-related fare. Think holiday ornaments, tote bags, books, music, Playbill® items, clothing, jewelry and more — lots more. Even “dancers responding to AIDS” items.

Folks lucky enough to be in NYC early next week can attend the 23rd annual “Gypsy of the Year” event, which is “the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS notes that “it’s also a sensational display of the most talented singers and dancers in the chorus of shows.” These are the folks affectionately referred to as “gypsies.”

Each show is being hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, beloved by many for his many radio and live performance gigs. My daughter was thrilled to meet Rudetsky and Betty Buckley after their Scottsdale concert last year, and recently raved about her first stint in the Sirius XM “Seth Speaks” audience.

Awards will be presented to the top Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraisers, with special recognition going to the musical “Billy Elliot,” which closes in early January, and has raised more than $1 million for the cause during its three year run. I saw “Billy Elliot” with Lizabeth and fellow Pace University families during my last trip to NYC, and it’s truly spectacular.

If you’ve yet to help the cause of fighting HIV/AIDS and helping those affected by it, now is the time to get involved — whether via Broadway or on your own block.

— Lynn

Coming up: We’re off to see the Wizard…


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