2019–20 CITYSunTimes Performing Arts Season Preview


Another spectacular season of dance, music and live theater is just around the corner in the Greater Phoenix area! Performers from around Arizona and all over the world will populate our world-class venues, offering extraordinary entertainment to audiences young and old…and everyone in between. Here is a just a sampling of the outstanding events coming […]

AMERICAN MARIACHI — Soundtrack of Life, Love & Remembrance


By Marcos Nájera There are many wild and colorful stories chronicling the true origins of mariachi music. Some stories credit the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortés with bringing theatre orchestra musicians with him from overseas when he landed in what is now modern-day Mexico. Meanwhile, others speculate that the word ‘mariachi’ comes from a now-extinct indigenous […]

Review: Around the World In 80 Days


By Caitlin Miller – When you hear the name Jules Verne, the first thing that usually comes to mind is adventure. And the first thing that comes to mind when you think of adventure is action movies. Some of the most well-loved action/adventure movies are based off of or in part inspired by Jules Verne […]

Deadline For Arts Award Nominations Approaches

Governor's Arts Award logo

Nominations for the 31st annual Governor’s Arts Awards, which will be presented in six categories to individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona, must be in by December 16. Nomination categories are Artist, Individual, Community, Arts In Education Organization, Arts In Education Individual and Business. Honorees […]

Valley Youth Theatre Holds Auditions

Freckleface Strawberry is coming to VYT

Auditions for the Arizona premiere of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical and the classic “super soul musical” The Wiz are being held on January 9 and 10 at 3:30pm at Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) at 525 North First Street on the southeast corner of First and Fillmore in Downtown Phoenix. Actors only need to attend one […]