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There’s an award for that!

A week ago Monday, protestors took to the Arizona state capitol to protest immigration-related legislation—but the governor wasn’t there to witness the gathering.

David and Sonja Faeroy Saar (center) attend 2010 Governor's Arts Awards

She was already scheduled to appear at the 28th annual Governor’s Arts Awards, held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix—an event presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

I spoke with a Valley artist attending the event that evening, who felt it a bit odd to be celebrating Arizona arts with the governor at a time when so many sectors of our community—including education, health care and the arts—feel ravaged by state budget cuts.

Still, it’s important to recognize the achievements of Valley artists and arts supporters. Now, more than ever, their work matters. I was especially proud that my 16-year old daughter Lizabeth was there, performing with Greasepaint Youtheatre.

She had strict orders to bring me a program and note names of the 2010 winners so I could pass the info along to you.

Dean Osborne performs at the Grand Canyon Music Festival

Here’s the happy news:

• Composer James DeMars of Tempe, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, received the Artist Award

• Preservationist Elisabeth Ruffner of Prescott, received the Individual Award

• Arts advocate Shirley Chann of Tucson, received the Shelley Arts Advocate Award

• The Grand Canyon Music Festival received the Education Award

Bank of America received the Business Award

The Drawing Studio in Tucson received the Community Award

Art for Kids Project at Webb Center

If you know of a deserving volunteer, artist, advocate, arts organization or business, there are plenty of other awards out there. Consider nominating/voting for the artists and arts lovers in your life if they’re eligible for the following…

• Arizona Central’s “Best” Poll. Vote on nominees online before tomorrow’s (April 28) deadline. Categories include art gallery, annual arts festival/event, regional arts center, theater company, live theater venue, museum, musical festival/event and more.

AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence. Nominations for two awards are being accepted through August 15, 2010. The “Outstanding Contribution Award” honors someone within the theater community and the “Distinguished Service Award” honors an individual, corporation or organization outside the theater community.

• Business in the Arts Awards. Nominations now being accepted for awards to be presented at the August 18, 2010 “New Artitude” event presented by Wells Fargo. Categories include large business partner, mid-size business partner, small business partner, arts organization, arts advocate, arts board member and special business volunteer.

Detour Company Theatre

Two other nifty bits of news in the arts award department…

Arizona Theatre Company’s own Latino Playwriting Award-Winner, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” by Kristoffer Diaz, was honored as a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (The Pulitzer was awarded to “Next to Normal” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey—which will tour, beginning in November, with stops in Los Angeles and San Diego).

• Eight’s Third Annual Be More Awards™ will be announced at a May 20, 2010 luncheon and awards ceremony at Eight’s downtown Phoenix studios. Nominated arts organizations include the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Rosie’s House and Valley Youth Theatre (for the “Be More Creative” award recognizing achievement in arts and culture) and Detour Company Theatre (for the “Be More Encouraged” judges’ choice award).

Rosie's House Music Academy

As always, I welcome your input if there are additional resources not included here. Please let me know of other award opportunities in the comment section below so our readers will have even more ways to recognize the artists, advocates and other arts leaders in our communities. There’s only one rule around here: Be nice.


NEW FEATURE! Watch for “Today’s Tidbits” at the end of Monday-Thursday posts so you’ll know of arts experiences you can enjoy during the week with your family or friends. Look for weekend arts events in Friday “Stage Mom” posts. More arts and other family-friendly activities are available every day at Raising Arizona Kids’ online calendar thanks to our amazing calendar editor Mala Blomquist.

Today’s Tidbits: ASU Theatre and Film presents their “5th Annual Student Film Fest” featuring both showcase and competitive formats at 7:30pm at Harkins Valley Art Theatre in Tempe (info at 480-965-6447 or www.theatrefilm.asu.edu) • Chandler-Gilbert Community College presents a free CGCC Community Choir and Orchestra Concert at 7pm (info at 480-732-7343) • Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe presents local author Tom Leveen with his debut teen novel “Party” at 7pm (info at www.changinghands.com) • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents “Talk Cinema: Sneak Preview #7” featuring a film that “depicts the aspirations of all immigrants and the fulfillment of the American dream” followed by a moderated conversation with experts (tickets are $20; info at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org). If you have a visual or performing arts event to share, please drop me a line at rakstagemom@gmail.com. Calendar items can be submitted online.


Community colleges get creative

If you’re not keeping tabs on music, dance and theater performances presented by local community colleges, chances are good that you’re missing a lot.

Many offer a rich menu of visual and performance art—both during the week and on weekends.

Enjoy free jazz tonight with CGCC

Tonight at 7pm, for example, you can enjoy “Jazz Night” presented by Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center in Chandler. The concert, featuring “CGCC Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensembles & Big Band,” is free and open to the public.

CGCC will present another dozen or so events before the end of the academic year—including a poetry slam later this week. Also look for a concert band festival, a percussion ensemble concert, a community band concert, a student dance showcase, a choral music showcase, two acting showcases and more.

You’d be hard pressed to find such abundant and diverse offerings so close to home at many other venues, and you’ll enjoy two added benefits when you attend community college events.

These events are typically low cost or no cost—so you can stretch your arts and entertainment budget farther during tough economic times.

Most importantly, you can support young artists and performers right here in our own community. Our teens and young adults are up to some remarkable things that you may never learn of unless you venture out to experience them for yourself.

Consider the case of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. V-Day South Mountain Community College 2010 and the SMCC Theatre Department will present a unique piece April 21-23 at 7:30pm to benefit V-Day, a “global movement to stop violence against women and girls.”

The work—titled “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” is directed by Julie Holston and features music by Sule Greg C. Wilson.

It features “a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights” including Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Edward Albee, Jane Fonda and many more—which creates “a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us.”

The performance takes place at the SMCC Performance Hall. Tickets, which cost $10.00, are available through www.showup.com.

Keep an eye out for future SMCC productions—which include not only band, music and vocal performance, but also unique offerings from the SMCC Storytelling Institute.

Enjoy innovative dance from SCC

Scottsdale Community College Dance presents “My Body, My Mind” for “audiences of all ages” April 30 and May 1 at 8pm. Performers include Instinct Dancecorps, SCC Moving Company and Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble (SAJE).

Instinct Dancecorps will perform works by SCC faculty members Angela Rosenkrans and Carley Conder. The event will also feature “a new innovative work” in collaboration with Brain Waves Technologies®, choreographer Chad Michael Hall and musician Xakk Stauber.

Other SCC arts offerings coming soon include “SCC Cabaret! Working for a Living” this weekend and an assortment of jazz, vocal, guitar, cello and choral concerts.

With so many exhibits, concerts, plays and more coming to us from Arizona students of all ages, I’m growing increasingly tired of those who lament that there is simply nothing to do on any given night here in the Valley.

Perhaps you’re beginning to see why I considered giving this post a different title: “Stop whining, start saving.”

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” finds a home at Paradise Valley Community College this week—with performances directed by Gary Zazo wrapping up on April 25. Tickets are just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and $5 for children.

Dance @ PVCC presents their “2010 Spring Dance Collection” at the PVCC Center for the Performing Arts April 30 and May 1—featuring assorted dance styles from modern jazz and hip hop to ballroom and ballet.

Other PVCC arts offerings this academic year will include a “Festival of Tales” storytelling event this Saturday–plus “Paradise on Broadway: A Musical Revue” (May 5), a juried student art exhibition (happening now) and a “High Notes” poetry reading with book launch and opera preview (April 22).

Mesa Community College is an equally exciting music, dance and theater resource. The play “To Gillian on her 37th Birthday”—which deals with “the tenuous times that connect husbands and wives”—comes to their Theatre Outback performance venue April 29-May 2.

If you’ve been complacent about the hard work and talent of the Valley’s youth—perhaps swayed to pessimism by media reports that push aside the positive—this is your wake up call.

Looking for something inspiring from our youth? Seek it—and you will find it.


Note: Many of the Valley’s artists, arts supporters and arts advocates will gather tonight for the 2010 Governor’s Arts Awards at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix. Look for information on the evening’s festivities and award recipients in a future post.

Coming up: More 2010/2011 season announcements, Hitchcock meets Monty Python in “The 39 Steps” at ASU Gammage, Arizona welcomes a new museum

Update: Paradise Valley Community College has announced auditions for their upcoming production of “The Music Man.” To learn more, check out the latest audition notices from Durant Communications. This week’s audition alerts also include two from SCC–one from the SCC Film School and another from the SCC Summer Theatre Conservatory (directed by Randy Messersmith).