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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:44 pm

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2010-11 season schedule, and there are some big names among the 75 performances and events on the calendar.

Actors John Lithgow, Steve Martin and Jeffrey Tambor will appear, as will actress Bernadette Peters, satirist David Sedaris, filmmaker John Waters, and musicians Lyle Lovett, Michael Feinstein and Doc Severinson.

Also new this season will be Tony Award-winning actress and singer Betty Buckley doing a night of "Broadway by Request" (March 2011), and saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera headlining "La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture" (November). Exiled monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will host a variety of free lectures and ceremonies as part of "The Mystical Arts of Tibet" in the spring.

Returning will be the center's popular Sunday A'Fair, Native Trails and Talk Cinema offerings, along with the Scottsdale Arts Festival and Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts.

Most performances will take place at the arts center in downtown Scottsdale.

Highlights of the new season include:

• Lyle Lovett and his Large Band in concert July 28 at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.

• Comedian, actor and, now, Grammy Award-winning musician Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers in concert Oct. 10.

• Trumpeter Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida in concert Oct. 14.

• Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow in the one-man show "Stories by Heart" on Oct. 21.

• Michael Feinstein in concert Nov. 13 at Celebrity Theatre.

• Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bernadette Peters headlines the ARTrageous benefit on Dec. 4.

• Filmmaker John Waters in the one-man show "A John Waters Christmas" on Dec. 10.

• Actor Jeffrey Tambor in "Performing Your Life" on March 4, 2011.

• Bestselling author David Sedaris reads his latest works April 22, 2011, at ASU Gammage in Tempe.

Subscriptions and tickets for all performances are on sale now. For information, call (480) 994-ARTS (2787), Ext. 2, or visit


What: Get a sneak peek of the upcoming arts season in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, then head next door to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for a reception and look at the museum's summer exhibitions.

When: 5 p.m. June 11

Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 994-2787, Ext. 2, or

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