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Sexy in the city?

I was thrilled to discover yesterday that fellow RAK blogger Debra Rich Gettleman—who writes “Unmotherly Insights” amidst other gigs that include parenting, acting, playwriting and more—made the daily ‘best of blogs’ for WordPress for the second time.

Big '80s hair is back...But is it sexy?

I shared the news with my husband and daughters over dinner as we celebrated Jennifer’s move to on-campus housing, and we got to wondering whether a “Stage Mom” post might fare as well if I jazzed up some of my titles (as if yesterday’s “potluck” teaser wasn’t exciting enough).

Debra’s post (titled “Sexy mama!”) features a photo of the orange and pink Dunkin’ Donuts logo. Jennifer suggested I try a little “social experiment”–punctuating my posts with words like “sexy” for a week or so to see what happens.

I started wondering whether any of my upcoming topics might actually warrant this description. Classes offered by private performing arts studios? Nope. Museum-related careers? Nope. Teaching tolerance through the arts? Nope.

Then it came to me…

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts recently announced their upcoming season. If you think of “sexy” as intriguing, exciting and provocative, this venue clearly qualifies. Those who consider the brain a bonafide erogenous zone may be especially inclined to agree.

One of King Tut's sexier moments?

For the ‘smart equals sexy’ crowd, they’ll present the likes of singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, comedian and banjoist Steve Martin, and Tony-Award winning actor John Lithgow (known to fans of Showtime’s “Dexter” as “The Trinity Killer”).

For the ‘exotic is sexy’ arts lover, there’s the taiko drummers of Kodo—and The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

If jazz is what turns you on, get ready for jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, trumpeter Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida, the Count Basie Orchestra and The Manhattan Transfer.

Sexy covered by a cat suit

Broadway buffs will delight in performances by Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters (who’ll grace the stage of the Virginia G. Piper Theater for the ARTrageous celebration in December) and Betty Buckley of CATS fame.

Fans of “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on SIRIUS XM are no doubt wondering whether the “a-mah-zing” Seth Rudetsky might accompany Buckley on piano, which would merit a “sexy” and “donuts” designation from some theater folk.

If you’ve read a good sampling of my 200 + “Stage Mom” posts (I never miss a day), you can likely guess what my personal favorite for the Center’s upcoming season might be…

It’s the Merce Cunningham Dance Company “Legacy Tour,” which offers your “last opportunity to see this great American dance company perform the choreography of the late Merce Cunningham before it disbands.”

My mother told me long ago that you don’t have to reveal everything to be sexy. And so I’ll offer just a few more peeks at what the Scottsdale Center for the Arts has in store…

Sexy in a Shakespearean sort of way

Film screenings. Holiday shows. Family fare. Classical music. Shakespeare. Rock opera. Political humor. Best-selling authors. Acting workshops. Hispanic heritage celebrations. Native American song and dance. And Scottsdale traditions including “Sunday A’Fair” and the “Scottsdale Arts Festival.”

Holding back a bit also gives me another excuse to go “sexy” with future posts. So stay tuned, and check the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts website in the meantime for more juicy details about all things “sexy” in their upcoming season.

When it comes to the Arizona arts scene, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts brings “sexy” to the city…



We’re not dead…

I’ve got plenty of ideas for books I’d like to write. One of my earliest came soon after the launch of e-mail, when I discovered the fun of writing subject lines as thoughtfully as e-mail content.

I was reminded the other day, after receiving an intriguing e-mail from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, of how much I’d like to compile a book of e-mail subject lines.

Here’s what it said: “We’re not dead.”

I’d never suspected otherwise, but was intrigued nonetheless. That’s what a good subject line, your own personal version of a headline, can do.

The e-mail itself opened with the following quote from Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Then came the “Bring Out Your Dead” video clip from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Because despite horrific (my word) state budget cuts impacting the arts (not to mention education, health and human services), the commission will continue working towards their vision for Arizona:

Photo by Christopher Trimble

  • All Arizonans have access to quality arts and cultural activities
  • Residents working in the arts make healthy livable wages
  • All students have access to quality arts education in schools
  • Arts and cultural programs partner with other revitalization efforts
  • Innovative businesses choose Arizona for its cultural vibrancy

As part of its 2010-2015 strategic planning process, dubbed “Building an Artistic Future for Arizona,” the commission is gathering input and ideas through targeted surveys, interview, focus groups and listening sessions.

To participate in an upcoming listening session, send required info to the commission by e-mail at least five days prior to the event. Remaining sessions include:

  • Flagstaff: Thursday, April 13 from 5:30pm-7pm
  • Tubac: Wednesday, April 21 from 5:30pm to 7pm
  • Mesa: Thursday, April 29 from 5:30pm-7pm

If you’re not receiving the commission’s “Arts Learning Newsletter,” the folks who do know a whole lot more about some pretty important things. I’ll give you a few tidbits here, but you really should sign up to be sure you get every detail in all its glory…

  • Arts in Crisis Tour. Community forum with Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, coming to Tucson and Phoenix on April 12. Free/open to public.
  • Governor’s Arts Awards. Joint event of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Office of the Governor, coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix on April 19. Ticket required.
  • Joint Arts Education Conference. Event for arts educators, administrators and teaching artists, coming to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix July 29-30. Registration required.

There’s more—notices of new publications (on topics like integration of multiple media as the new hallmark of literacy), current research (on topics like art’s role in academic and professional success), upcoming workshops (including “Drawing From Within: An Exploration of Arts Therapy” on April 8 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts), resources (on topics like out-of-school arts learning) and funding.

Finally, the April arts learning newsletter describes several opportunities—including a call by VSA for teaching artists with disabilities, an interactive presentation at ASU Gammage about careers in arts administration, an arts-related student employment program and a poster contest seeking student submissions.

Nope. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is clearly not dead—and I think we’d all feel at least a little more alive by spending more time with their people and their programs.


Photo by Christopher Trimble

Note: The ASU School of Theatre and Film in Tempe presents social activist and writer Arlene Goldbard, campaigning to create cultural recovery for the U.S.,  April 6 from 4-5:30pm at the ASU Lyceum Theatre. Her p.a.v.e. talk–titled “Achieving creative potential through cultural development”–is free and open to the public. Learn more about Goldbard at www.arlenegoldbard.com.

Photo (above, right) by Christopher Trimble depicts Chihuly’s “Desert Towers” at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. To learn how you can help the “Tower to the People” campaign to secure the sculpture for permanent exhibition in the garden, visit dbg.org.