Everything’s coming up Rosie

Rosie's House holds its 2012 Anniversary Celebration this Friday

Everything’s coming up music at Rosie’s House, a Phoenix music academy for children founded in 1996 to serve low-income families by inspiring social change and helping students develop a committment to personal and academic achievement.

Their “2012 Anniversary Celebration” takes place this Fri, March 2, from 6-8pm at Scottsdale Artists’ School. Folks who attend are encouraged to don “festive attire” for the event that’ll span both gallery and patio spaces.

Cello student at Rosie's House

Rosie’s House will honor three individuals during the event — including Michael Christie, music director of The Phoenix Symphony, jazz pianist and arts advocate Charles Lewis and Rosie’s House piano faculty member Erin Crawford.

Both Lewis and jazz singer Alice Tatum are performing “musical selections” at Friday’s shindig, as are Rosie House students.

Music advocacy and jazz stylings are all good and fine, but some of you may feel motivated to attend by the prospect of acquiring an amazing bit of rock and roll bling — an electric guitar signed by Nils Lofgren, who has performed with Bruce Springsteen as a member of the E Street Band. Also Neil Young and Ringo Starr.

Other auction items include a California vacation package (think $500 US Airways gift card and 3-bedroom vacation home in Encinitas), an Arizona hiking package (think 6-night stay in a log-sided cabin in Overgaard) and a musical performance by violinists Dian D’Avanzo and Karen Bea of The Phoenix Symphony.

Sounds like lots of hip eateries — including The Vig, Il Postino, Beckett’s Table, Downtown Public Market and Cibo — have donated raffle basket items. Others supporting the cause with donations include Harkins Theatres, AMF Bowling, Arizona Diamondbacks and many more.

Tickets runs $75 and are available by calling 602-252-8472 or clicking here.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about Rosie’s House and here to learn more about Scottsdale Artists’ School

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