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‘Elf: The Musical’
A small group of local Republican lawmakers gathered outside the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday morning for a press conference on immigration reform ahead of President Obama’s speech on Thursday.
From left, Joe Siggs, Arizona Farm Bureau government relations; Scott Smith, former Mesa Mayor; Mesa Mayor John Giles; Otto Shill, Mesa Chamber of Commerce Government Council chair; Tony Rivero, recently elected to the state House of Representatives; state Sen. Bob Worsley; and state Sen. Adam Driggs stand at a Republican immigration reform press conference at Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 19, 2014.
After over six years of producing and teaching theater skills to local youth, Copperstar Repertory Co. in Chandler has one show left before it permanently drops the curtain.
‘Dance is my first and best language,” Jessica Lang tells me, with a smile I can hear through the phone. Lang is a tour de force in the dance world; after being a freelance choreographer for 15 years she founded her own dance company in 2011 and has been devoting herself to the development of Jessica Lang Dance. “I was producing a lot as a freelance choreographer, but I didn’t feel like I was living up to my potential. Now I feel like I am building something that is very important and valued.”
If the last quilt you laid eyes on is the threadbare and well-loved relic at the foot of your bed, you’re in for a surprise at Chandler Center for the Arts’ newest gallery exhibition. The annual Art Quilts show puts nearly 70 contemporary “stories in stitches” on display.
Cardon Children’s Medical Center is getting a valuable new on-site edition.
The Black Keys
Mark Mellis smiles and bobs his head in time with the jazz flowing from his piano and among the hustle and bustle of Tempe Marketplace. His friend, and partner for the evening, Donna Wilde joins him with her saxophone. A little girl stops in her tracks, dancing to the beat; a couple people sit in nearby chairs, applauding after each piece. Most people though merely pause, snap a couple of pictures and go about their business.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is bringing her multimedia one-woman show, “One Drop of Love,” to Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 1. The show, which is produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, incorporates film, photographs, animation and DiGiovanni’s storytelling to examine race in America and how it influences our lives. With a wide range of characters, audiences will be enthralled as Fanshen takes them on a journey from the 1600s to today. In a recent interview, Fanshen shared the inspiration behind the show, her journey of self-discovery and the positive impact of open communication.
‘Human trafficking is homegrown here,” said Cindy McCain, co-chairperson of Gov. Brewer’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council and wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in a recent phone interview.
Phoenix Mud Run
Veterans looking for help receiving their benefits can use the additional resources provided at an upcoming event in Chandler.
Husband and wife duo Susan Eyed and Roland Sarlot are bringing their magic show, “Carnival of Illusion: Around the World in 80 Minutes,” to the Mesa Arts Center.
Get together your geek-gathering gear and garb, there’s a new pop culture convention in town, and its name is Comic & Media Expo (or CMX for short.) They will be making their inaugural run at the Mesa Convention Center from Oct. 17–19, and showcasing local talent as well as nationwide notables from comics, cosplay, television and movies.