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Actor and Mesa native Charlie LeSueur recently left his footprints in cement at the Superstition Mountain Museum for his work preserving a part of television history. Now, LeSueur is working to make a new footprint by developing the theatrical talents of students at Sequoia Star Academy in his role as its performing arts director.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
This undated image provided by Visit Tucson shows the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Campus tours are free and there are public art installations and a free photography museum, among a number of free things to see and do in the Tucson area. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson, David Jewell)
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Wanna go culture crazy without breaking the piggy bank? Then check out a Culture Pass from your local library. This first come, first served voucher system, sponsored by Act One, gives you and a guest free admission to participating arts and cultural institutions like the Arizona Science Center, Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo. Visit Act1az.org/culture-pass to find a participating library near you.
Mesa Public Schools will host the High School Harp Ensemble on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.
Take a free, self-guided tour of more than 50 professional artist studios throughout the Phoenix-metro area on the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center 13th annual Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour. You can also view wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing demonstrations. This event benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank; those donating non-perishable items are eligible for a ceramic gift.
There’s a new crop of art to behold at Mesa Contemporary Arts, the sleek museum on the campus of Mesa Arts Center.
Mesa children between the ages of six and 12 can enter i.d.e.a Museum’s drawing contest for a chance to win one of four prize packs.
From wooden wine stoppers to mirrors, light pulls and more, Mark Svoboda, owner of Turning Heads Art Work, really does create pieces that cause fans to look twice.
A local charter-school organization will open its next charter school emphasizing STEM topics in Mesa’s Eastmark development.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most-widely known academic honor society, will present Arizona State University’s Project Humanities with a Key of Excellence Award on Feb. 15.
George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise.
Celebrate the famous children’s author, or your own little birthday boy or girl, with an afternoon of crafts, games, snacks, activities, birthday cake and a photo op with The Cat in the Hat prior to the 4 p.m. showing of Childsplay’s production of “The Cat in the Hat,” which plays through March 16.
The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.
Do your young ones balk at bedtime? Get gnarly at naptime?
As soon as you walk up the entry stairs, boom — it hits you. Plastered across the wall is Madeleine Albright on the cover of Newsweek with a headline that reads, “Mad About Madeleine. Washington Loves Her, Will the Rest of the World?”
In 2007, Marlies Mercil was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her radiation treatments, she took up beading as a way of passing time and keeping her mind occupied. She has been in remission for the last seven years, and her jewelry designs have taken off.
Blue bird, c. 1880. Anton Lachmann, Austria. 14kt yellow gold, silver, enamel, rubies, diamonds. Collection of Madeleine Albright. [Exhibition organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.]
Serpent, c. 1860. Designer Unknown, USA. 18kt yellow gold, diamond. Collection of Madeleine Albright. [Exhibition organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.]
Imagine hopping onto the back of da Vinci’s portrait of Mona Lisa and cruising it down the streets of France or saddling up New York’s Charging Bull and riding it into Times Square. Although piggy-backing a piece of artwork and parading it through public venues might sound like a looney fantasy, the art students of South Mountain High School have made it a reality.
Even those with only a dim interest in fine art have likely heard of Georgia O’Keeffe or seen a poster filled with one of her vivid flower paintings.