ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Around Town — November 2019

A lot of excellent music and theater performances will be gracing Valley stages both big and small in November here are just a few of them. —CST

Photo: Tim Trumble

Nov. 1–24

Chato’s Kitchen
Childsplay
www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

Photo: Axel Dupeux

Nov. 2

Patti LuPone
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

Nov. 5

Penny and Sparrow
Musical Instrument Museum
www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Nov. 6

David Cook
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 8

Kinobe
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 8

Vanessa Williams
Arizona Musicfest Festival
http://www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449

Nov. 8–10

Fellow Travelers
Arizona Opera
www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Nov. 9

A Tuba to Cuba: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 9

Jesse Cook 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 11

Sleater-Kinney
The Van Buren
www.thevanburenphx.com

Nov. 13

Jidenna
The Van Buren

Nov. 13

Charles Lewis Quintet
ASU Kerr
www.asukerr.com; 480.596.2660

Nov. 13 – Dec. 29

The Sound of Music
The Phoenix Theatre Company
www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Nov. 14

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
Arizona Musicfest Festival

Nov. 14

Portland Cello Project
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 14 – Dec. 1

Silent Sky
Arizona Theatre Company
www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Nov. 15

The Four Italian Tenors
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 15

Union32
Musical Instrument Museum

Photo: Joan Marcus

Nov. 15–17

Blue Man Group
ASU Gammage
www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Nov. 16

Sara Evans
Arizona Musicfest Festival

Nov. 16

Carlene Carter
Mesa Arts Center
www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

Nov. 16

The Black Keys
Talking Stick Resort Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 16

ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 17

MIM and Arizona Musicfest Present the Young Musicians Fall Concert
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 17

Live & Local: Sugar Thieves
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 19

Bruce Cockburn
Musical Instrument Museum

Gabby Moreno

Nov. 20

Roots Rising! Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno and Liz Vice
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Photo: Joel Sartore

Nov. 20

National Geographic Live: Building the Photo Ark
Mesa Arts Center

Nov. 22

Over the Rhine
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 22

Cedric Watson and The Bijou Creole Band
ASU Kerr

Nov. 22 – Dec. 15

The Trip to Bountiful
Theatre Artists Studio
www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Nov. 22 – Dec. 29

Elf the Musical
Arizona Broadway Theatre
www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

Nov. 22

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 22

Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear
Talking Stick Resort Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 23

Teneia
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 23

Cher
Gila River Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 23 [Show rescheduled to FEB. 16]

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls
Featuring the Tony Guerrero Quartet
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 23

Lindsey Stirling
Comerica Theatre
www.livenation.com

Nov. 25

ASU Big Band Night 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 27

Musical Interludes Series: ASU Jazz Faculty Recital
Musical Instrument Museum

Dec. 3

The Jacob Jolliff Band
Musical Instrument Museum

Sparking Conversations That Inform, Educate and Resonate

Oscar buzzworthy film opens Scottsdale festival

Founded in 2001, the Scottsdale International Film Festival (SIFF) celebrates humanity by sharing stories from diverse filmmakers and connecting audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 19-year history, the 10-day event has presented more than 700 films — ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered indie gems — to more than 100,000 attendees.

The Festival returns for its 19th year by kicking off opening night Friday, Nov. 1, at 7pm at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Enhanced and expanded from previous years, SIFF will open with Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Listed as one of this season’s most anticipated motion pictures, the divorce drama has already captured the attention of worldwide film connoisseurs at events such as the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.

“Scottsdale is now being recognized as a cultural film hub and having the opportunity to locally premiere buzzworthy films such as “Marriage Story” is a testament to how far we have come in the industry,” said SIFF executive director, Amy Ettinger. “SIFF is excited to showcase some of this year’s finest films and cultivate a broader audience.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 7pm to enjoy a catered dessert reception featuring live entertainment from the Scottsdale Philharmonic. The screening of “Marriage Story” will begin at 8pm.

The Festival moves to Harkins Shea 14 from Nov. 2 through Nov. 3 and adds a third location at the Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square from Nov. 4 through Nov. 7. SIFF will return to Harkins Shea 14 Nov. 8, for the remainder of its film screenings.

Photos courtesy of Netflix/Wilson Webb

Showcasing more than 55 films from dozens of countries, originating from both first-time and seasoned filmmakers, the complete 2019 SIFF schedule will be announced Oct. 1. With a curated selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more, audience members will be sure to find their niche. SIFF encourages all attendees to bring their critical thinking skills and appreciation for the arts and get ready to immerse themselves into the world of cinema.

Tickets for opening night may be purchased online starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, for $25, or at the door on the day of the event for $28. To learn more about the Scottsdale International Film Festival, featured screenings and ticket information, visit http://www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

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 to a stage near you this season. | CST

Arizona Broadway Theatre
www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

Oct. 11 – Nov. 19: Sweeney Todd
Nov. 22 – Dec. 29: Elf the Musical
Jan. 24 – Feb. 28: La Cage aux Folles
March 13 – April 19: Chicago
May 1–24: Bonnie & Clyde
June 5 – July 3: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
July 24 – Aug. 22: Flashdance the Musical
Sept. 11 – Oct. 4: Happy Day

The Hot Sardines

Arizona Musicfest Festival
www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449

Arizona Musicfest’s 2019–20 Festival season includes 27 performances from Nov. 8 through March 13. Festival highlights include Grammy award winner Michael Bolton; multi-talented entertainer Vanessa Williams; country star Sara Evans; TV, stage and screen celebrity Tony Danza; Musicfest favorites Chris Botti and Michael Feinstein; plus, holiday concerts featuring The 5 Browns and New York Voices. Ensembles coming to the Musicfest stage include the legendary John Pizzarelli Trio, The Hot Sardines, Back to Bacharach, as well as Under the Streetlamp.

Riders of the Purple Sage; Photo: Tim Trumble

Arizona Opera
www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Sept. 27–29: Shining Brow
Nov. 8–10: Fellow Travelers
Jan. 24–26: La Bohème
Feb. 28 – Mar. 1: Riders of the Purple Sage
April 3–5: Ariadne auf Naxos, comedy becomes divine

Arizona Theatre Company
www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Oct. 3–20: The Royale
Nov. 14 – Dec. 1: Silent Sky
Jan. 4–26: Cabaret
Feb. 13 – March 1: “Master Harold”… and the Boys
April 2–19: The Legend of Georgia McBride
May 14–31: Women in Jeopardy

Lila Coogan (Anya) and the company of the National Tour of Anastasia; Photo: Evan Zimmerman, Murphy Made

ASU Gammage
www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Sept. 24–29: Miss Saigon
Oct. 29 – Nov. 3: Anastasia
Nov. 15–17: Blue Man Group
Jan. 7–12: Summer
Jan. 28 – Feb. 2: Fiddler on the Roof
Feb. 21–23: Beautiful
March 3–8: Once on This Island
April 21–26: Mean Girls
May 26–31: Come From Away
June 17 – July 12: The Lion King

A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Photo: Tim Fuller

Ballet Arizona
http://balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

Sept. 26–29: Director’s Choice
Oct. 24–27: Napoli
Dec. 13–24: The Nutcracker
Feb. 13–16: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 7–10: All Balanchine
May 19 – June 6: An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden

Black Theatre Troupe
www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129

Sept. 13–29: Blues in the Night
Oct. 25 – Nov. 10: Breakfast with Mugabe
Dec. 6–22: Black Nativity
Feb. 7–23: Trouble in Mind
March 27 – April 12: Sistas — The Musical

Center Dance Ensemble
www.centerdance.com; 602.252.8497

Oct. 17–20: A Haunting We Will Go: A Tribute to Frances Smith Cohen
Dec. 7–22: Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen

Ella Enchanted; Photo: Tim Trumble

Childsplay
www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

Sept. 8 – Oct. 13: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Nov. 2–24: Chato’s Kitchen
Dec. 7–29: Ella Enchanted: The Musical
Jan. 26 – March 8: Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”
April 18 – May 17: Suzette Who Set to Sea

Desert Foothills Theater
www.dftheater.org; 480.488.1981

Sept. 27 – Oct. 6: Pirates of Penzance, Jr.
Nov. 8–24: Annie Get Your Gun
Jan. 17–26: And Then There Were None
Feb. 14–23: Honk Jr.
March 27 – April 5: Steel Magnolias
April 17–19: Fair Game
May 8–17: Godspell

Fountain Hills Theater — Mainstage
www.fhtaz.org; 480.837.9661

Sept 6–22: Mamma Mia
Oct. 18 – Nov. 3: Agnes of God
Dec. 6–22: A Christmas Carol — The Musical
Jan. 24 – Feb. 9: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
March 6–22: Footlight Frenzy
April 17 – May 3: The Million Dollar Quartet

Herberger Theater Center
www.herbergertheater.org; 602.252.8497

In addition to being home to six resident companies (Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, Childsplay Theatre, and iTheatre Collaborative), the Center hosts many other local and touring companies, arts education and outreach programs and its Art Gallery. Don’t miss the 10th annual Festival of the Arts Oct. 26. The free event celebrates the arts in the community with performances by more than 25 arts organizations featuring dance, live music, children’s activities, aerial performances, pet adoptions, food, craft beer and wine tasting and more. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs.

Southern Avenue; Photo: David McClister

Musical Instrument Museum
www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

The MIM Music Theater’s fall concert series includes more than 50 concerts from September through December, spanning multiple musical genres from across the globe, some performing at MIM for the first time. Artists kicking off the season this month include Kawehi, Greg Laswell, Lúnasa, Southern Avenue, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Lucibela, Paula Cole and Pokey LaFarge.

Musical Theatre of Anthem
www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 623.336.6001

Sept. 19–22: Frozen Jr.
Sept. 26–29: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Dec. 5–15: Little Mermaid Jr.
Feb. 20 – March 8: The Wizard of Oz
April 30 – May 3: Children of Eden
May 7-9: Cinderella Kids
June 8–20: Annie Jr.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra
www.northvalleysymphony.org; 623.980.4628

Oct. 19: A Scandinavian Tour
December (TBA): Christmas Pops
March (TBA): Women in Music
May (TBA): Across America

Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts
www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa; 602.787.7738

This fully professional theater and multi-use facility houses student productions, touring acts and educational programs — from film festivals and student directed one-act plays to concert series, chamber ensembles and faculty jazz concerts. Visit the website for a complete list of upcoming events.

Phoenix Chorale
www.phoenixchorale.org; 602.253.2224

Oct. 18–20: Lux Aeterna
Dec. 13–17: A Chorale Christmas
Feb. 28 – March 1: Cosmos
April 24–26: Birth & Rebirth

Phoenix Symphony
www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz kicks off the 2019–20 season Sept. 20–22 with a celebration of the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven in honor of his 250th birthday with one of the most famous opening phrases in all of music, the fateful Fifth Symphony.

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra
www.pmaz.org; 623.326.5172

Nov. 2–3: Celebrate America
Dec. 14–15: Joy to All the World
April 4–5: Latin Spice
May 16–17: Baroque to Bluegrass

Rising Youth Theatre
www.risingyouththeatre.org

March 2020: Light Rail Plays
June 2020: Face to Face

Kalli Sparish & Haydehn Tuipulotu take on the roles of the Vampire Queen and King in the 2019 production of A Vampire Tale; Photo: Angel Castro

Scorpius Dance Theatre
www.scorpiusdance.com; 602.254.2151

Oct. 3–12: A Vampire Tale
Feb. 7­–8: Animal
April 23–25: 20 Year Anniversary Showcase

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

The 2019–20 season is jam-packed with legends of world music, acclaimed dance companies, renowned classical musicians, returning favorites and more. A few noteworthy performances are Rufus Wainwright’s Oh Solo Wainwright performance, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin, DIAVOLO, Jane Lynch and Karen Flannery, internationally known violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, West Coast dance sensation Jacob Jonas the Company, Broadway veteran Patti LuPone and the Villalobos Brothers with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.

Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts
www.scottsdalecc.edu/calendars; 480.423.6000

The Scottsdale Community College Musical Theater season includes First Date, Nov. 8–16, and Once Upon a Mattress, April 2–11. In addition, SCC Theatre will present its fall production Oct. 18–26. And don’t miss this season’s performances by Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Cello Ensemble, Concert Band, Choir, the SCC Orchestra and more.

Southwest Shakespeare Company 
www.swshakespeare.org; 480.435.6868

Sept. 20–29: Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII
Oct. 25 – Nov. 9: Macbeth
Oct. 25 – Nov. 9: The Mystery of Irma Vep
Dec. 20–22: The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)
Jan. 24 – Feb. 2: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, & Louisa
Feb. 21 – March 7: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Feb. 21 – March 7: Richard the Second
April 9–25: Hudson: A Historical Musical

Kinky Boots

The Phoenix Theatre Company
www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Arizona’s first and oldest arts institution is celebrating 100 years with a full slate of shows that have significance to The Phoenix Theatre Company’s past, present and future. Loaded with blockbusters, crowd favorites and a new world premiere musical, the 100th season reflects The Phoenix Theatre Company’s commitment to Broadway-caliber entertainment, inspiring hope and understanding through the arts, and promoting new voices in theater.

Thru Oct. 13: Kinky Boots
Oct. 9 – Nov. 10: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Nov. 13 – Dec. 29: The Sound of Music
Dec. 18 – Feb. 16: Million Dollar Quartet
Jan. 29 – Feb. 23: Americano!
Feb. 26 – April 12: Sondheim on Sondheim
Feb. 28 – March 15: Festival of New American Theatre
March 18 – April 19: Something Rotten!
April 15 – June 7: The Rocky Horror Show
May 20 – June 28: Hair

Theatre Artists Studio
www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Sept. 27 – Oct. 20: Rathmines Road
Nov. 22 – Dec. 15: The Trip to Bountiful
Jan. 17 – Feb. 9: The Christians
Mar. 13 – Apr. 5: Pound
May 1–24: By the Water
June 11–21: New Summer Short

Valley Youth Theatre
www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188

Oct. 11–27: They Chose Me
Dec. 6–23: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Feb. 7–23: The Princess and the Pea
April 3–19: Dear Edwina
June 12–28: Peter Pan


Fiddler on the Roof comes to ASU Gammage Jan. 28 – Feb. 2.
Photo: Joan Marcus

Three-day Celebration Of Creativity & The Arts

48th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival

Ceramic piece by Fred Stodder

Known for its high-quality art and beautiful park setting, the Scottsdale Arts Festival returns for its 48th year March 9–11. This year’s festival will showcase 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and abroad who work in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Held at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Park, proceeds from the Festival benefit the programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (www.scottsdalearts.org).

Throughout the weekend, numerous Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages. Salt Petal is the headliner for the concert Saturday at 4:30pm. Other performers include The Blood Feud Family Singers, Muskellunge, Miguel Melgoza, Treasurefruit, Las Chollas Peligrosas, Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns, The Haymarket Squares, BD Frank, Cecile Hortensia, Power Drive Band and Painted Soul featuring Desiree White.

Jewelry by Chelsea Stone

Foodies will enjoy a moveable feast from the Valley’s gourmet food trucks and eateries, including Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn, Even Stevens, Hibachibot, Local Lunch Box, Lu Lu’s Italian Ice, The Maine Lobster Lady, Paletas Betty, Press Italian, Que Sazón, Satay Hut, Soundbite by Short Leash, Sweet Street Mini Donuts, Tom’s BBQ and United Lunchadoras.
A variety of fine wines, beers, cocktails and other beverages will be for sale. The Local Lounge will feature Sentinel Peak Brewing (Tucson), O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery (Phoenix) and Uncle Bear’s Brewery (Phoenix) — with brewers on site providing samples Saturday and Sunday, noon–4pm, along with giveaways and games.

The Community Art Studio will offer creative activities for all ages, and at the I LOVE Art Space near the iconic LOVE sculpture, Phoenix-based artist and printmaker Eli Richard will lead a “Print Your Own Merch” workshop Saturday and Sunday from noon–4pm. The other activity, “Trees of Love,” will be run by local artist Kyllan Maney.

Artwork by Stephanie Saint-Thomas

Scottsdale Public Art will showcase Barter Boat by RADAR Art: Robin Schwartzman, Anna Abhau Elliott and Desiree Moore. Barter Boat focuses on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and visitors will be asked to trade small possessions for an eco-friendly bag filled with curated objects the Barter Boat collected from a previous city. Scottsdale Public Art also will offer a guided walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale at 9am Saturday, March 11. Visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org.

During the Festival, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). The museum will open at 10am instead of noon. Visit www.smoca.org.

Tickets are available online or at the gate; parking and trolley service are free. For additional details, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.

2017-18 Performing Arts Season Preview

Get ready for a season of dance, music and live theatre as the 2017-18 performing arts season kicks off this fall. The Valley is home to world-class performance troupes, musicians and venues, offering entertaining options for young and old and everyone in between. The 2017-18 Performing Arts Season Preview begins on page 64. | CST

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones & Hamilton Broadway Company Photo: Joan Marcus 2015

Chill Out This Summer With Live & Local Fridays

Whiskey Kiss; Photo by E. Brien Thompson

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Live & Local Fridays summer concert series will open July 28 with a performance by the Latin blues band Los Morenos in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, and with the experimental jazz quartet House of Stairs in Stage 2.

The expanded Live & Local Fridays lineup will showcase 10 Arizona groups spanning Americana, blues, flamenco, jazz, Latin and pop Friday evenings through August 25. For the first time, the series will be presented in both of the Center’s indoor venues, with larger bands performing in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at 8pm and smaller ensembles in the more intimate Stage 2 at 8:30pm. In addition to Los Morenos July 28, mainstage concerts in the Virginia G. Piper Theater will feature Whiskey Kiss August 4, Kabarett August 11, Inspiracion Flamenca August 18 and Marmalade Skies August 25.
Following House of Stairs July 28, Stage 2 concerts will include Chuck Hall “Rewired!” August 4, Odd Man Out August 11, Jan Sandwich Presents: Remembering Debbie Reynolds August 18 and 76th Street August 25.

Inspiracion Flamenca, Julia-Chacon; Photo by Mary Nelle Brown

Stage 2 shows are general admission and offer both table and theater seating options. The Virginia G. Piper Theater has reserved seating. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy cocktails and tasty bites from the Encore Bar.

Next door, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) offers free admission from 5–9pm on Fridays. The Museum’s summer exhibitions include the immersive installation Ocean of Light: Submergence by the U.K.-based arts collective Squidsoup; [dis]functional: Products of Conceptual Design, exploring the relationship between art and design; and I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine, juxtaposing works from SMoCA’s collection with one of Nam June Paik’s iconic TV sculptures. Visit http://www.smoca.org.

Advance tickets for Live & Local Fridays concerts are available by phone or online: 480.499.8587 or http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Sixteenth Scottsdale International Film Festival

Photo: Denial, courtesy of Bleecker Street Films

Photo: Denial, courtesy of Bleecker Street Films

The 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 50 films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries, October 6-10.

The Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 6, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with daytime screenings of 13 children’s animated short films – perfect for school groups.

That evening, the Festival’s opening night celebration at the Center will feature the drama Denial, based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Lipstadt will join live via Skype for a post-film Q-and-A moderated by ASU Professor Anna Holian, Ph.D.

“As opening night films go, Denial is masterful, powerful, authentic and eerily relevant to current events,” remarked Scottsdale International Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger.

Following opening night, the Festival will return to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale for all other screenings, October 7-10. Among the highlights are the Arizona premieres of Certain Women, The Daughter, Lion, Max Rose, A Month of Sundays, and Youth in Oregon (the closing night film). Festival audiences will enjoy post-film insights from moderators and Q-and-A sessions.
The Scottsdale International Film Festival’s complete schedule and information about VIP passes and tickets is available at www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

Bold, Direct, Unforgettable

Montreal-based circus The 7 Fingers brings Cuisine & Confessions to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in February. Image: Sophie LeClerc and Olivier-Tetreault

Montreal-based circus The 7 Fingers brings Cuisine & Confessions to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in February. Image: Sophie LeClerc and Olivier-Tetreault

The 2016-17 Performing Arts Season Is Here

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Change is good. It forces one to adapt, which brings about resiliency – something that Arizona performing arts organizations are familiar with. As the performing arts season gets underway in the Valley, organizations are rising to the challenges of the times – and coming through brilliantly.

After nearly 30 years, the Scottsdale Cultural Council changed its name to Scottsdale Arts (www.scottsdalearts.org) to “engage more effectively with the public and the next generation of audiences.” Remarking on the changes, Scottsdale Arts president and CEO Neale Perl said, “Scottsdale Arts is bold and direct, and perfectly represents the fundamental mission of our organization – to provide our city’s residents and visitors with exceptional arts and educational experiences – now and into the future.”

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is another organization meeting challenges and changing times head-on. After facing a potentially season-cancelling fundraising slump, donors across the state rallied, providing the funds needed for ATC to present its 50th Anniversary Season – something for everyone to celebrate.
“Next season will be a year-long celebration of a half-century of unforgettable theatre in Arizona,” said ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein, announcing the season (www.arizonatheatre.org). “It will be an opportunity for the thousands of professional artists and staff, and the audiences of millions who have joined with us over that time, to take a deep bow. In putting together this Golden Anniversary season, we have tried to assemble an exceptionally ambitious season that reflects many of the strands of our diverse, wide-ranging and exciting history.”

With live music, theater and dance, the Valley’s performing arts organizations are ready to enrich, provoke, educate, inspire and, of course, entertain this season – don’t miss a moment. |CST

The CITYSunTimes 2016-17 Performing Arts Preview begins on page 68.

The Performing Arts Season

An escape from everyday life

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

By Kathryn M. Miller ~Arizonans are a resilient bunch – anyone who lives through a summer in the Valley can attest to that. Economic downturns are taken in stride. Housing bubble-bursts are recovered from. Budgets are cut. Belts are tightened. Yet somehow, progress is made, growth happens and in the midst of it all, art always finds a way – to be seen and heard, to exhilarate, to challenge, or as Pablo Picasso put it, to “wash away from the soul the dust of every day life.”

Earlier this year, when the state announced 2016 budget cuts to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the organization came back with a positive message, with Executive Director Robert C. Booker saying, “We remain steadfast and determined, committed to the opportunity within our mission to imagine a future where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass

Other arts organizations have faced similar challenges and risen to the occasion, as represented by their longevity, such as the Scottsdale Cultural Council, which is celebrating a number of milestones this coming year.

“This season we celebrate a number of milestones: the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA’s “Sweet 16” and the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival,” says Neale Perl, president and CEO of the nonprofit Council.

Perl credits an “engaged board, experienced and committed staff and broad base support from individuals, businesses, foundations and government.” The Council is also firmly focused on serving its audiences now and into the future.

“In our case, it’s essential to have strong relationships with artists and programming that’s relevant to our community,” he says. “It’s going to be an extraordinary year for the arts in Scottsdale, and we invite everyone to be part of it.”

Arts organizations are also finding ways to breathe new life into old art forms. By introducing fresh works that appeal to broader audiences, Arizona Opera Company has had an overwhelming positive response to its Arizona Bold initiative, according to General Director Ryan Taylor.

The company introduced audiences to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna and Eugene Onegin this past season and it will continue its bold approach this upcoming season as the first U.S. opera company to present Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady.

“It has been rewarding to discover the depth of talent who have heard of the enthusiasm from the community and are eager to perform with us,” says Taylor. “Our artistic and production teams have taken particular joy in looking through the company’s 44-year history, discovering titles that have never been presented before, engaging some of the brightest singers, designers and directors whose vision promises to showcase the relevance of incredible masterworks, and invigorate new audiences as well.” |CST

Look for the 2015-16 Performing Arts Preview beginning on page 70.

 

45th Scottsdale Arts Festival

Jewelry by Jenny Christiansen, Bozeman, Montana. Photo by Jesse Tallman

Jewelry by Jenny Christiansen, Bozeman, Montana. Photo by Jesse Tallman

Long recognized as one of the top arts fairs in America, the Scottsdale Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event, held outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, local gourmet food trucks, an interactive art experience by Scottsdale Public Art, creative activities for kids at the Imagine Nation family area and free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

The event runs March 13-15; 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Admission is $10 ($5 for students) and free for members and children 12 and under. For additional information, visit www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.

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