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Make some waves

Tile mural at the San Diego International Airport in California

The Phoenix Art Museum presents “Make Waves!” for teens who like to “mix, mingle and create” Fri, March 2 at 6:30pm. Youth who attend can create their own beach-ware accessories, hear sounds of the ocean and view sea-inspired garments during opening night for the museum’s newest fashion show, “The Sea.”

Mesa Community College Act I Musical Productions performs the musical “Rent” featuring book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson through Thurs, March 8 at Theatre Outback.

The Phoenix Municipal Art Collection has more than 1,000 works of art that’ll be featured in rotating exhibits in the newly renovated Gallery @ City Hall. Folks can get their first glimpse Fri, March 2, between 10am and 2pm — when the city unveils “Place: Images of the West,” which includes 23 paintings, photographs and prints from 21 artists inspired by western landscapes.

Scottsdale Community College opens its “13th Annual Spring Painting Exhibition” featuring more than 20 artists Fri, March 2. View the exhibition in the SCC art building Mon-Fri 8am-4pm or Sat 9am-3pm.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College presents the musical “Little Women” March 2-9 at the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center in Chandler. It’s based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, and features book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

AZ Musicfest 2012 presents “From A to Z — Abba to Les Miz — Broadway’s Best” Sat, March 3 (a March 2 performance is sold out) at Scottsdale First Assembly. Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen will be singing works from “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent,” “Spamalot” and “Wicked.”

Scorpius Dance Theatre is looking ahead to their next performance of “A Vampire Tale” at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival this fall, raising funds for the trip through an all-day dance class marathon Sat, March 3 from 11am to 8pm. They’re offering hour-long master classes in ballet, modern technique, salsa/cha cha, centemporary jazz, burlesque and hip hop.

Tempe Center for the Arts presents a “Walk-in Artist Workshop” Sat, March 3. The “Plein Air Family Workshop with Ellen Waggener” takes place from noon to 4pm in the Gallery — where families can also enjoy an “Arizona Landscapes” exhibition.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Seventh Street Merchants Association unveil new artwork and poetry Sat, March 3 at 1:15pm during the “Melrose on Seventh Avenue Street Fair” (11am-5pm) in Phoenix. The works comprise series 8 of the “Seventh Street Streetscape.”

Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe presents a “Meet and Greet Booksigning” with Roxanna Green Sat, March 3 at 5pm. Green authored “As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green” after losing her daughter last January in the Tucson tragedy and now heads a foundation that bears her daughter’s name.

Arizona State University in Tempe holds an Arizona SciTech Festival event dubbed “Night of the Open Door” Sat, March 3 from 5-9pm. The Piper Writers House hosts author readings/book signings that night with Conrad Storad (author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults) and Stephen J. Pyne (author of nearly two dozen books who specializes in history of the environment, exploration and fire).

Never fear if you’re over 21 but still eager to make waves. You can hit opening night for the “Phoenix Fringe Festival” Fri, March 2 — with offerings that include performance by Dulce Dance Company, a choreopoem presented by BlackPoet Ventures, a trio of short plays from Actors Alchemy and more.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to find additional events for families featured in the Raising Arizona Kids Magazine online calendar. Always check with venues before attending to confirm event details.

Coming up: Five freebies for families


Dancing with the Saguaros?

This weekend is indeed your last opportunity to enjoy “The Second City Does Arizona or Close But No Saguaro” presented by Arizona Theatre Company at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

But I had something else in mind when I toyed with today’s title for my post—the fact that several dance performances take place in the Valley this weekend, including Ib Andersen’s spectacular work titled “Play.”

Ballet Arizona presents “Play” at the Orpheum Theatre (also in downtown Phoenix) May 14-16—describing the work as “aesthetically intriguing with imaginative choreography, costume and lighting design.” It features the company’s “entire corps of over 30 dancers.”

Ballet Etudes, a youth ballet company based in Mesa, presents their elegant production of “Cinderella” May 14-16 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. I attended the production several years ago with Raising Arizona Kids publisher and editor Karen Barr (as well as some of the little people in her life). We were all quite charmed.

Who took my tutu?

Many Valley performing arts venues have particularly rich calendars this month, thanks in part to local youth arts organizations presenting recitals that are high quality, open to the public and quite affordable.

The Scottsdale School of Ballet presents “An Evening of Ballet” May 13 and 14 at the Herberger Theater Center. Watch the June calendar of the Chandler Center for the Arts for upcoming performances by Kimberly Lewis School of Dance and Tempe Dance Academy.

The Phoenix Girls Chorus—of which my oldest daughter was a member for many years—holds their “Spring Pops Concert” May 15 at Mesa Arts Center (a venue Jennifer now enjoys with me from the audience rather than choral risers).

I was particularly smitten the year Jennifer rolled around on stage in a shabby grey cotton gown as part of their choreography for “It’s a Hard Knock Life” ala “Annie.” Even before my daughter sang with the PGC, the sweetness of their concerts left me a little teary eyed.

Mesa Arts Center also presents the “You Look Marvelous” fashion show, featuring participants in Mesa’s adaptive recreation programs, on May 15. Given the appeal of their snack bar, I am rather tempted to spend the weekend there taking it all in.

Other nifty May offerings at this venue include “Songs and Stories” from the Celtic Dance Academy, “Why We Sing” from the Phoenix Children’s Chorus and “Alice in Wonderland” from the Phoenix Dance Academy. I may need a sleeping bag…

There’s no shortage of musical magic in the Valley this weekend with the Phoenix Symphony presenting “Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto” May 15, and two weekend concerts coming to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

The MIM Music Theater presents R. Carlos Nakai, “the world’s premiere Native American flute virtuoso,” on May 15—who’ll “explore both traditional and cross-cultural uses of the flute, including the genres of world, new age jazz, and classical music.” (This performance is sold out, so remember to call promptly when venues offer shows that interest you.)

On May 16, the majestic MIM presents Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem with a “fusion of American roots music, contemporary, pop and jazz” featuring four-part harmonies, fiddle, suitcase drum and more.

For theater offerings, check Wednesday’s post or the RAK daily calendar online—and also note that you can enjoy Central Community Theatre’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” May 14-30.

As luscious as Evan Lysacek may be (or so I’m told), there’s more to life than watching other people “Dancing with the Stars.” We’ve plenty of our own stars right here in Arizona, including Ballet Arizona’s artistic director Ib Andersen.

Now that man can dance…


Kimberly Harris painting at Burton Barr exhibit

Note: I “penned” this post at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, where you can enjoy an art exhibit titled “Daydreams”—featuring paintings rich in color, shape and texture by Kimberly Harris and Natasha Matveenkova.