Art Rocks! Animals Rock!

Hoodlums Music & Movies is teaming up with Arts Council for Youth, Marcos de Niza High School, Kyrene Middle School and the City of Tempe to present an arts and crafts show called Art Rocks! 

The Art Council for Youth is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that promotes visual and performing arts for all students. It provides opportunities and financial support in arts disciplines for students in Tempe Union, Kyrene and Tempe Elementary public schools.

Art Rocks! takes place Sat, Dec. 10 from 6-9pm at Hoodlums, which is next to another nifty Local First Arizona business — Changing Hands Bookstore. The event will showcase student photography, ceramic, and fine art works — and student bands will perform during the shindig.

I’m told that some of the artwork will be available for purchase, so you can do the holiday shopping thing while supporting local schools. Money raised through the sale of student works will support art & education programs in the Tempe Union and Kyrene school districts.

“We believe,” says Jennifer Doering of the Arts Council, “that arts are vital to people of all ages, and a powerful tool for educating for a brighter future.”

Parents who’ve enjoyed time at the Phoenix Zoo know that animals rock too — and can join fellow grown-ups on March 30, 2012 for a “Rock the Zoo!” event featuring a battle of local bands.

Local bands have until Wed, Dec. 14 to submit required materials if they want to be considered for the “Battle of the Bands” competition. The Phoenix Zoo will choose ten finalists, then let folks vote for their favorites online between Jan. 2 & 20. I’m told that the two bands with the most votes get the gig.

The “fine print” specifies that participants must be at least 21 years of age, perform alternative/rock music and maintain an active Facebook account. Contest winners must perform at “Rock the Zoo!” on March 30, 2012. And only those who submit required materials by the deadline will be considered.

That’s why your parents worked so hard all those years to hone your skills in paying attention, following directions and meeting deadlines. Yup — parents rock too!

— Lynn

Note: To learn more about “Art Rocks!,” visit, contact Jennifer at 602-432-9190 or give the fine folks at Hoodlums a call at 480-775-2722. Click here for information on entering the Phoenix Zoo “Battle of the Bands” competition. “Rock the Zoo!” is an age 21+ event, and picture I.D. will be required for entry. Let the little monkeys join you for “Zoo Lights” instead.

Coming up: Storytelling through letters


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