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Still racking your brain for gifts? Forgo another trip to the mall or evening spent scouring Amazon.com, and look to one of these local experiences instead. They’ll leave less mess under the tree and a memory that will last a lot longer than that “Guardians of the Galaxy” Blu-Ray sitting in your cart.
‘Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour’
Downtown Mesa restaurants, or the lack thereof, are becoming a focal point as a couple of initiatives are moving to attract new eateries to the area. Getting more choices for food along the new light rail corridor is a popular goal among those concerned about the economic good of the sector.
Families looking to start a new holiday tradition or simply feel the spirit of the season will find an abundance of options in downtown Mesa this year. From visiting the Mesa Temple Garden Lights to enjoying a holiday concert at Mesa Arts Center (MAC) and everything in between, there are plenty of possibilities for celebrating the holidays practically every day of the week.
‘The Snow Queen’
“Magical, hilarious, and heart-warming” are three words ensemble cast member, Marie Lemon, used to describe "Elf the Musical," a traveling Broadway production presented by WestCoast Entertainment, on stage Dec. 2-3 at Mesa Arts Center.
Very soon, an 18-acre expanse around Mesa’s City Plaza building will be transformed into an “urban plaza,” a “town square with a twist.” Mesa’s new “City Center” is expected to tie the area together, drawing traffic into the areas around the Mesa Arts Center and surrounding attractions.
‘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