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Local Fashion Designer, Angela Johnson, will be Arizona’s first designer to have a fashion show on the Clarendon Hotel’s newly renovated pool catwalk with her Fall 2008 “Menagerie” line

Angela Johnson, Arizona’s most prominent fashion designer, will unveil her Fall 2008 line entitled “Angela Johnson’s Vaudeville Style Mystery Menagerie” Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Clarendon Hotel’s pool catwalk at 401 W. Clarendon in Phoenix.  The event is free to store buyers and press and is also open to the public at $10 a ticket which can be pre-purchased or reserved on www.angelajohnsondesigns.com .     

Voted Best Boutique Hotel by the Travel Channel, the Clarendon Hotel will open its pool area to fashion show attendees at 8:00 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and music by DJ William F-ing Reed and DJ Jas will be provided.  Hosted by Carey Pena of 3TV, the highly anticipated fashion show and Vaudeville style performances including pyrotechnic burlesque show by Pyra Sutra, will begin promptly at 9:00pm. The Menagerie line will be worn by models from Arizona’s most reputable agencies with hair styled by E’s Urban Hair and make up by Ginger Champagne.  

As co-founder of the now dissolved Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion, Angela has coordinated and shown work in countless multi-designer fashion shows including an annual 60-designer fashion show entitled Fashion Ball and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts quarterly “SMoCA Nights” shows.  This exciting event will be Angela’s first solo fashion show since “Sideshow Freak in the Padded Room” which was held at Loft 19 Studios in 2005 and attracted over 300 spectators.  “I’m excited to have my own solo show at the Clarendon Hotel” says, Angela.  “I’m always so busy coordinating multi-designer shows that I don’t get a chance to focus solely on my own line as much as I would like to. I’ve put a lot of work into this new collection and the Clarendon Hotel, with the built in pool runway, will make the type of impact that I’m hoping will highlight my hard work and create a memorable show.”

Angela Johnson is an award winning clothing designer with over 13 years in the fashion industry. Angela handcrafts cutting edge, avant-garde apparel under her name.  Angela's clothing is sold online, in boutiques nationwide, and at her fashion and trunk shows.   She got her start working in design and production for X-Large Clothing, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  Today, she designs under her own line and has been honored as Fashion Group International of Arizona’s Rising Star in 2004, Artist of the Year by the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Chairman’s Committee, Chicest Local Designer by 944 Magazine in 2007 was a finalist in the Scottsdale Fashion Week’s Designer of the Year contest in 2007.  She coordinates and exhibits her own line in the fashion show portion of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts SMoCA Nights quarterly event and co-founded Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion.

Sponsored by: The Clarendon Hotel, 3TV’s Carey Pena, Eric Hendrix, Pyra Sutra of Scandalesque, DJ William F-ing Reed, DJ Jas, E’s Urban Hair, Ginger Champagne, Bunky Boutique, Drama Queen Productions – Jen Deveroux, Humble Entertainment, Rebecca Devaney, Bigger Pictures Images, Tony Zeh, Ally Burnham, Lesley Oliver, Kristin Dinnis.

Learn tips and techniques at Outdoor Expo workshops
 Is Arizona really going to experience its best fishing in 25 years? What should you do if you meet up with a rattlesnake while hiking? How do Arizona's hawks and other birds of prey survive in our desert environment? Come out to the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo on March 29-30 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and find out.
The Expo offers a series of entertaining and educational workshops on a variety of topics. For example, Fisheries Chief Kirk Young and Fishing Report Editor Rory Aikens will talk about how anglers can take advantage of what is shaping up to be a terrific year for fishing.
"Thanks to the historic filling of Roosevelt Lake this year and the fantastic runoff and nutrient loading into most Arizona fisheries, we are looking at some of the best fishing opportunities in a couple of decades or so," said Young.
Aikens pointed out that the fishing this year will vie with the tremendous fishing opportunities of the 1970s after Lake Powell filled and Lees Ferry was astounding anglers with stringers of giant rainbow trout that drew fishermen from around the world.
"While those fishing opportunities in the '70s were spectacular, they were fairly localized. This year, and perhaps in subsequent years as well, we are looking at tremendous fishing opportunities across most of Arizona for all types of sport fish," Aikens said.
The schedule of free outdoor workshops at the Expo is:
Saturday, March 29
10 a.m. - Majestic hunting partners: Falconry in Arizona.
11 a.m. - Quail hunting and bird dog tips.
Noon - Sky masters: Arizona's birds of prey.
12:45 p.m. - Arizona's best fishing in 25 years?
1:30 p.m. - Mother Earth and magic.
2:15 p.m. - Arizona's venomous reptiles.
3 p.m. - Traditional bowhunting in a modern world.

Sunday, March 30
10 a.m. - Basic dog training.
11 a.m. - Watchable wildlife: Tools, tips, techniques.
Noon - Sky masters: Arizona's birds of prey.
12:45 p.m. - Arizona's best fishing in 25 years?
1:15 p.m. - Arizona's venomous reptiles.
2 p.m. - Ever skin a grizz, pilgrim?
2:45 p.m. - River running.

The workshops will be held at the Family Fun Area near the archery range.
The department's Outdoor Expo has become the largest hands-on outdoor show in the state.
Visitors can try out the latest firearms, learn specialty shooting, try their hand at archery, view live wildlife, learn about off-highway vehicle and boating recreation, and visit with more than 150 exhibitors.
Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Admission and parking are free.
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in Phoenix. For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/expo  .

April 27th Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor to raise funds for Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center

 Inaugural event features taste samples from more than a dozen restaurants, 30 original wine and beer vendors, live music and a kid's zone

 Sunday afternoon fundraiser takes place at Harold's Cave Creek Corral

 A dedicated group of community advocates are coordinating the first Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor fund-raising event, set for Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, in the heart of Cave Creek.  Tickets cost $30 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for adults 21 and over include food, wine and beer samples. All other guests under 21 can sample food and non-alcoholic beverages. Net proceeds benefit the Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center (DFYCC), which recently kicked off its $10 million capital development campaign. Robin Kilbane, DFYCC committee member, said excitement is already building about the culinary fare. "Not only will guests have an opportunity to sample a variety of cuisine, crafted beer and wine, we're also lining up several bands to perform throughout the afternoon. In addition, our Kid's Zone will include a climbing wall, bouncers, and other fun activities," Kilbane said. 

 Local restaurants lending their support to the event include: Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Carefree Station, The Satisfied Frog, Indian Village, Tonto Bar & Grill, Cartwrights, The Buffalo Chip, Carefree Resort and Villas, the Horny Toad, El Encanto, Cave Creek Coffee Company, The Wild Bunch Catering, and Wild Horse West.  In addition, the culinary fare will feature some 30 crafted beer and wine vendors.

Los Dos Dons, popular rock band EastonAshe, and Young Country will perform on two stages.  All three bands are donating their services to help DFYCC.

John Youngberg, Valley of the Sun YMCA vice president of financial development, said he hopes the new culinary fare will grow to be one of the Desert Foothills community's premier events.

"This event is truly about building community connections," Youngberg said. "Your support will assist the Valley of the Sun YMCA, the Foothills Community Foundation, and Paradise Valley Community College in working together to create a seven-acre Desert Foothills YMCA campus that will provide a multiplicity of activities and programs for all age groups."
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Carefree Dentists, the Foothills Community Foundation office and the Carefree –Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Desert Foothills YMCA and Community Center, call (602) 257-5130 or visit www.ymcadesertfoothills.org .

Desert Dance Theatre has canceled its performance "Metamorphosis" on April 17-20, 2008 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will host a public informational session with Rep. Sam Crump on Tuesday, March 11 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Crossroads Christian Fellowship at 42425 N. New River Road. 

Elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006, Sam represents District 6 (includes New River, Desert Hills, and Anthem) and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Institutions & Retirement committee.  He also currently serves on the Transportation, Education and Environment committees.

Sam is an attorney with Boates & Crump, a general practice law firm located in the Anthem community where he also resides with his family.  He began his career as a US Army JAG officer in Germany.  After graduating with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Government, Sam received his law degree from Santa Clara University; and he holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, also from the University of San Francisco. 

Sam has been a Rotarian since 1992, and was the charter president of the Rotary Club of Anthem (2003-04).  He is also very involved with Sunrise House Orphanage in Uganda.  This is a Rotary Project that he first pursued in 2000.  The orphanage opened in 2004 with 50 children and Sam recently visited the project in February, 2008.
If you have questions for Rep. Crump, you may submit them in advance by emailing NRDHCA at nrdhca@gmail.com.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this timely and important community meeting. For more information, please call 623-587-7039 or visit www.nrdhca.org .

I Love a Piano Sings and Dances to life on Webb Center Stages
WICKENBURG, AZ – The new musical revue Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano comes to the Webb Center for two nights: Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27 during its national tour.  The exciting show features over 60 of Berlin’s greatest songs with spectacular new arrangements.

I Love a Piano is a nostalgic journey spanning seven decades of American history as seen through the eyes of Irving Berlin, arguably one of America’s most iconic songwriters.  The six member cast uses Berlin’s music to tell the story of an upright piano as it changes hands from generation to generation.

Featuring many of Berlin’s enduring and popular favorites, this spectacular new show captures the spirit of America, from the ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century through the swinging sophistication of the 1920s and ‘30s; from the sentimental songs that inspired a nation during two World Wars to the innocent optimism of the 1950s. Timeless classics, such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” do more than define the music of a generation, they define the music of our country.Tickets to Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano on Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27 at 7:00pm are $40 for adults and $5 for students 18 & under.  Tickets may be reserved through the Webb Center Box Office by calling (928)684-6624 or visiting www.delewebbcenter.org .  Video previews of the show are available on the Webb Center’s website.The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art 600 seat theatre dedicated to enhancing the cultural richness of Wickenburg and all surrounding communities by presenting a variety of the finest performers.  For more information or to receive a complimentary season brochure, contact the Box Office during regular business hours or by visiting their website.If You Go:What: Irving Berlin’s I Love a PianoWhere: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S Vulture Mine Rd, WickenburgWhen: Wednesday, March 26 & Thursday, March 27; both shows at 7:00pmHow to order tickets: Call (928) 684-6624 or visit www.delewebbcenter.org Price: $40 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under


Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble
a free band concert at the Tempe Center for the Arts
"Great Masterworks" by the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble,  featuring guest soloist Dr. Robert Spring,  professor of clarinet at Arizona State University,  Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 pm , Tempe Center for the Arts Theater, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe,  free and open to the public  www.tswe.org The Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents its first performance of 2008 with "Great Masterworks," a free community concert on Tuesday, March 11 in the theater at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The concert features challenging works of band literature created last century and this, including very new works heard in Tempe for the first time. In the solo spotlight for this program is clarinet virtuoso Robert Spring, performing The Carnival of Venice. Between his duties as professor of clarinet at Arizona State, Dr. Spring is in demand as a concert and recital soloist around the world. The program includes: Carnival of Venice (featuring Robert Spring) ‹ by Antonio Salieri, Variations on "America" ‹ Charles Ives, Armenian Dances, set 1 ‹ Alfred Reed , Symphony No. 3, third movement ‹ Vincent D'Indy, Illyrian Dances ‹ Guy Wolfenden, Lux Arumque ‹ Eric Whitacre

Founded by Michael Willson in 1990, the 46-member Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble is considered the finest non-professional wind band in the area. The band was a guest ensemble at the 1995 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, performing for 10,000 conductors and music educators from around the world. In 2002 the TSWE was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the highest award given to adult community bands in America.

Dr. Michael Willson retired as director of bands at McClintock High School after 33-years in music education. A two-term president of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, he is a frequent guest conductor and clinician for ensembles across America. In 1992 he was named to the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor, an award given to only ten school band directors nationwide each year.

Information about the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Dr. Michael Willson is available at www.tswe.org


Michael Cajero: "We Need to Dream This All Again"

 Eric Firestone Gallery is please to announce the exhibit by Michael Cajero: We Need to Dream This All Again. The exhibit will survey the ceramics, drawings and papiermâché installations by longtime Arizona artist Michael Cajero.

 Michael Cajero was born in Tucson, Arizona and remains one of Arizona's most unique, prolific and critically acclaimed artists. For the past 30 years Cajero has concentrated on furthering the Arte Povera and Process Art movements. With unbridled energy he summons his creations to life, directing them to act out universal dramas drawn from current events as well as the Mexican folktales that so impressed him in his youth.  

Exotically patterned gift-wrap, brown corrugated cardboard, and shredded computer and document paper culled from waste receptacles are Cajero's primary medium. These cast-off materials, heightened with acrylic paint, become the flesh, hair and clothes that cover skeletons of thick, yet easily bendable aluminum wire. For several years the figures were ablaze in wild color and pattern when a concurrent and ongoing exploration of ceramics made Cajero see that the carbon produced in the raku process could also be manipulated in his papier-mâché pieces.

 Black produced depth, defined breaks in color and movement, and emphasized mass; it helped create silhouettes and connected to his drawings like never before. Through color and papier-mâché, a time-tested craft borrowed from traditional Mexican folk artists, Cajero is able to imbue his figures with great realism; his sculptures take on individual personas and are empowered by the artist to exhibit a full range of emotions. A sculpture's personality, profession, or social standing is described by its visage, posture and the clothes they are given and how they wear them.

 Cajero always modeled the everyday person, tapping into the traditions of artists who did the same, Bonnard, Degas and Rodin in particular. Cajero gives a knowing nod to these artists in the way he uses mass, broken color and fragmented pattern to define shapes and set mood, and in how their almost autobiographical work conveys the artists' intimate understanding of the frailty, resilience and strength of their models and subjects. More impressive, perhaps, is how Cajero's sensitivity to his subject unveils his uneasiness concerning the world's current political, economic, religious, and social frictions.

 Cajero's ragged figures, feral creatures and turbulent installations draw inspiration from ancient history, art history, folklore, literature, music, mythology, poetry and a concern for the human condition. Cajero's works are powerful and magical performative creations, simultaneously baroque and surreal they captivate and puzzle, transporting all who enter his dark sculptural worlds into a profound sense of wonder and hope. Michael Cajero was born in Tucson, AZ in 1947, he holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Painting, Sculpture and Art History from Kent State University. Cajero has been the recipient of Visual Arts Fellowshipsfrom the Tucson Pima Arts Council in 1994 and 2001and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993-1994; his papier-mâché works are in the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum. Eric Firestone Gallery 4142 North Marshall Way Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 phone: 480-990-1037, www.ericfirestonegallery.com . MORE on ART PAGE

CJ Hollenbach and the Glendale Chocolate Affaire
One of the country's top romance novel cover models  appeared to meet fans and pose for photographs at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire on Feb. 1-2. CJ Hollenbach, who has modeled for national catalogs and has appeared on such television shows and networks as Entertainment Tonight, CNN, MTV and "American Gladiators," was present for  Friday and Saturday.

 Hollenbach's appearance complements the event's romance novelist symposium. The Glendale Chocolate Affaire has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. Fans had the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts. The romance novelists were located in the downtown plaza area, adjacent to the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Dr. To learn more about CJ  website  at: http://www.cjhollenbach.com/


 Photo © Bette Sharpe CouryGraph  Productions


DFL to hold Author's Podium Speakers Series 2008
 In the tradition of holding book discussions that started many years ago, The Desert Foothills Library will present best selling authors who will speak about their latest published books in the library's meeting room.  All discussions are free to the public, refreshments will be served and authors will have books for sale and signing. 

On Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m.,  author Libby Hellmann will discuss her award-winning amateur sleuth series which debuted in 2002 with "An Eye For Murder".  It was followed in 2003 by "A Picture of Guilt", "An Image of Death" in 2004 and "A Shot to Die For" in 2005.  Hellmann is currently National President of Sisters in Crime and has published over a dozen short stories and articles.

  On Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m., local Cave Creek author, David I Wagner will speak about his and wife Flo's adventures on a backpack trip through Asia and the resulting book, "Unpaved Roads".  At age 28 David and his family helped pioneer the U.S.Peace Corps program in Ghana, West Africa.  Later he traveled extensively as an executive for international companies he has owned.  "Unpaved Roads" is David's debut book and he has two more in progress.

 Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss her books which are set in present day Arizona but are enriched with history and personalities from the past.  Elizabeth served nine years on the Board of the Arizona Nature Conservancy and she weaves challenges to the Arizona environment into her novels.


Chef Dillon's Corner
By Mr. Rich Dillon, Owner of Dillon's Restaurants


Grilled Stuffed Peaches for four 

  • Four large peaches

  • One cup fresh blackberries

  • One third cup brown sugar

  • Three tablespoons lime juice

 Wash the four peaches, cut them in half and remove the pits. Place peaches on a double thick square of aluminum foil. Spoon two tablespoons of berries into each peach half. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over each peach half and squeeze one teaspoon of limejuice on each.  

Fold aluminum foil over the peach halves and seal. Place on a hot grill and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes, turning once. Remove from heat. Slit open foil packets and serve. Great for dessert or as a side dish, grilled fruits are interesting and refreshing.

The Special Slaw 

  • One medium head green cabbage

  • One quarter head medium size red cabbage

  • Three medium carrots

  • Finely chop both cabbage and carrots (or coarsely grate if you prefer), place in a large bowl and refrigerate.


  • One and one half cups mayonnaise

  • One half cup white vinegar

  • Two tablespoons light corn syrup

  • One tablespoon sugar

  • One teaspoon dry mustard

  • One teaspoon celery salt

  • One teaspoon white pepper

  • One half teaspoon garlic powder

  • One half teaspoon Kosher salt

 Mix together all of the dressing ingredients and refrigerate before serving. The trick to great cole slaw is to mix the cold cabbage and carrot mixture with the cold dressing just before serving. Pour dressing over cabbage/carrot mixture and toss. This will serve six to seven people. Have fun with your cooking and I hope to see you at Dillon's. Chef Dillon welcomes your questions. Please e-mail him at azphm@earthlink.net .


On February 24, 2008, 500-700 new University of Arizona students will receive contact cards with important emergency services numbers in Mexico. Additionally, these students will attend a course that is customized by experienced Southwest Ambulance EMS instructors and will aim to be as relevant and applicable as possible for today's college students regarding emergency preparedness during spring break.

Hunter White, a 2001 freshman at the University of Arizona was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. With a group of about 15 close friends, Hunter headed to Rocky Point, Mexico for Spring Break in 2001. In the early hours of March 14th, Hunter was killed in a rollover accident on the sand packed roads of this popular college destination in Mexico. His spring break travel companions were left stunned and shattered in a foreign country with limited knowledge about foreign policies and emergency assistance.

Hunter’s Runners, a non-profit formed in Hunter’s memory, has partnered with Southwest Ambulance to develop a spring break preparedness and awareness course which will be held annually prior to spring break for the University of Arizona Greek Community.

This completely customized program will incorporate hands-on emergency medical training, a foreign travel informational component and a situational Q and A forum. This program will emphasize awareness and preparedness for commonly problematic situations in today¹s college spring break scene.

Hunter’s Rocky Point story will be shared by his surviving siblings and the course will be taught by representatives from Southwest Ambulance. Students will gather in break out sessions of 2 hours in duration throughout an entire day. Due to its proximity and popularity, students will receive Rocky Point/Mexico emergency contact and response information. The ultimate goal of this program will be to equip these students with ways to think and act right when things go wrong.

Building or Remodeling? PARR Has Your Cabinets!
 The Parr Company has announced the opening of its newest “Parr Cabinet Outlet” in Peoria, Arizona. The Peoria location is Parr’s 11th cabinet outlet and features more than 20,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom and over two thousand cabinets to choose from. This great new store is located at 9700 North 91st Ave in Peoria and regular store hours are Tuesday through Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.

 “We are thrilled to open our second location in the Phoenix metropolitan area,” said Mike Harris, Peoria Cabinet Outlet store manager. “Peoria and the surrounding communities are growing rapidly and we are confident that the stores will serve our customers well.” The Parr Cabinet Outlets have been very popular due to their large selection and low warehouse pricing. The inventory features Landmark Cabinets in stock and Kemper Cabinets available as special order.

 The stores allow customers to purchase fully assembled cabinets along with the ancillary products necessary for complete one-day installation. The outlets give homeowners, contractors, and remodelers the opportunity to immediately begin their cabinet projects by choosing from the thousands of cabinets in stock without having to wait the four or more weeks for delivery that is common with most cabinet orders.

 The store offers cabinets, countertops, hardware and appliances. Cabinets from Kemper and Landmark are available in oak, maple, cherry and birch. In addition buyers can select from a wide array of door styles and finishes along with a wide selection of accessories. The stores also stock extended pull-out cabinets which are popular for spices and canned goods, assorted racks for plates, wine bottles and baking trays. Ranges, dishwashers, microwaves hoods, refrigerators and washer and dryers are available in stock from Frigidaire.

 The new store is easy to get to from anywhere in the North Valley including Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Glendale, the Sun Cities, Youngtown, Surprise and of course Peoria. If your coming from the Northeast or North central part of the valley take the 101 to exit 10 and turn left on Peoria Ave then take a right on 91st Ave. the store is just down the street at 9700 North 91st Ave.

Chicago The Musical
Comes to Northwest Phoenix’s Maricopa County Events Center
 The ‘20s come roaring back with a vengeance when the hit musical CHICAGO comes to northwest Phoenix on March 21st and 22nd at the Maricopa County Events Center for three performances. Tickets are $40, $50 and $60 and go on sale February 3rd at 10 am through Ticketmaster by calling 480-784-4444 or online at www.ticketmaster.com . Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Maricopa County Events Center Box Office.

 Based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins (which was based on real events), CHICAGO is, as we are told in the show’s opening lines, “a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery, all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts." The story revolves around Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who dreams of starring in vaudeville. She kills her lover, nightclub regular Fred Casely, and convinces her husband to front the money to hire Chicago's shrewdest defense lawyer. The lawyer, Billy Flynn, turns her crime of passion into celebrity headlines, and Roxie becomes the toast of Chicago, until other crimes pull the limelight away from her.

CHICAGO was created by John Kander and Fred Ebb (known for their hit musicals Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Bob Fosse (famous for his innovative staging and choreography). It first opened on Broadway on June 3rd, 1975 and ran 898 performances. Its current Broadway revival (on which this tour is based) opened November 14th, 1996, and is still running.

 In 2002 Miramax Films took the Tony Award winning musical to the big screen, starring Renee Zellweger as Roxie Hart, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelley and Richard Gere as Billy Flynn. The box office success and subsequent multiple Oscar wins including Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Best Picture lead to the rebirth of the musical and touring success.

 CHICAGO will be at the Maricopa County Events Center, 19403 RH Johnson Blvd, Sun City, Friday March 21st at 8:00 pm and Saturday March 22nd at 2:00 and 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $60 and on sale Feb 3rd by calling 480-784-4444, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com  and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets will also be available at the Maricopa County Events Center Box Office, Tue-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.  For group sales, call 480-218-9332

Kerr Cultural Center’s 2008 Guest Artists
The Afternoon Solution
Kids, grab your parents and grandparents, you are off to see a show!  This delightful family series features some of the Valley’s best and most entertaining performing artists. Each program is specially geared for audiences of all ages.  

 Cinco De Moio March 9th  Cinco De Moio is a Latin Jazz group made up of some of the premier players in the Phoenix area. The music ranges from Cuban Danzon, Cha Cah to Brazilian Samba’s and Bossa Nova’s. The group will feature Dom Moio on drums and percussion joined by Joe Garcia on Congas and percussion.  Jerry Donato playing tenor sax, soprano sax, flute and piccolo; Mike King on bass; and brother Bill Moio on guitar. Rounding out the group on piano and accordion will be Greece pianist Ioannis Goudelis. This will be a very high energy and fun filled concert, so come and check out the groove!

 Annie Moscow April 6th   Annie Moscow is a storyteller who brings a fresh perspective to universal subjects that everybody can relate to, but few ever talk or sing about. With an explosive piano style and the voice of an angel, her very visual songs take you right into the picture.  This will be an afternoon of original songs and poetry - whimsical, daring, funny, poignant and powerful!

 For further information, call the ASU Kerr Cultural Center at 480-596-2660 or visit them on line at www.asukerr.com . You can also check out www.azphm.com . Kerr’s box office is open weekdays between the hours of 10am-5pm, Saturday (NOW - April) 1-5pm and one hour prior to all ticketed events. Student, senior and group rates are available for most events. The Kerr Cultural Center, a facility of ASU Public Events, is handicapped accessible.

 Kerr’s intimate adobe studio is located at 6110 N Scottsdale Rd., between Lincoln and McDonald off Rose Lane, just west of Scottsdale Road, directly south of the Borgata of Scottsdale. Tickets can also be purchased at ASU Gammage and any Ticketmaster outlet.  Partial funding for Kerr’s 2007-2008 Season of Guest Artists is provided by the Arizona Commission on the Arts appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Snapshot Survey Highlights Domestic Violence Advocacy Work in Arizona

 Domestic violence programs around the state helped 1,055 victims of domestic violence in one 24-hour period last year, according to a national survey that provides a snapshot of whether services meet demand.

 They were among 53,203 people who received services from 1,346 domestic violence agencies nationwide in a 24-hour period starting on September 25th, 2007, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

 Arizona agencies reporting provided emergency shelter or transitional housing to 761 victims. These services help people escape acutely life-threatening situations and offer options so victims do not have to return to live with the abuser.

 In addition, 294 victims received non-residential services such as legal advocacy, individual counseling, group counseling, and childcare.  

Eighteen of the Coalition’s 32 domestic violence member agencies took part in the national survey. Although many victims were connected with services, over 100 requests were denied for reasons such as staff shortages and lack of emergency bed space at domestic violence organizations. These unmet requests point to the continued need for increased funding for agencies throughout the state.  

Allie Bones, Executive Director of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says, “The survey results remind us that advocates across the state continue to work tirelessly to keep domestic violence victims safe. They provide a wide range of services to a diverse group of Arizonans. However, too often they do so under conditions which are less than ideal. Empty staff positions and not enough funding mean that some victims are turned away. We must do more to ensure that all who seek help receive it.”

 During those 24 hours, 182 calls were made to hotlines, which mean advocates answered approximately eight calls per hour. Throughout the state, 181 people attended trainings to learn about ways to prevent domestic violence.

 “We know that, for various reasons, not all victims contact shelters or hotlines for help. It’s amazing that Arizona programs were able to help over 1,000 victims in one day, but we know that many more people were victimized in that 24 hour period,” says Bones.

Marjorie (Robin Austin) is attacked in her own home by Raul (Ryan Nelson) in the intense play "Extremities" produced by Theater Works.  The show runs in the McMillin Black Box Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28-March 2 and March 6-9.
 "William Mastrosimone wrote his play to fill in a blank," says Theater Works Artistic Director Robyn Allen.  In May 1978 the playwright met a 55-year old woman he calls Mary.  She was raped the night before, and for some reason needed to tell someone, even a stranger like Mastrosimone - about her ordeal.  Mastrosimone befriended Mary and followed her case through the trial, where the 19-year-old rapist sat quietly in a three-piece suit, white shirt and tie.  When he was cross-examined he made amusing remarks.  The jury laughed.
While evidence was presented that Mary was raped, there wasn't enough to convince the jury the defendant was the rapist. Acquitted, the rapist walked behind Mary on the courthouse steps and said, "If you think that was bad, wait until next time."  

Mary became consumed with fear.  She slept with the light on, next to the phone with a butcher knife.  But it was too much.  She quit her job, lost her pension and bought a one-way ticket to the opposite coast.  Mary stopped to thank Mastrosimone for his support before she left.  
"Mary recounted something about the rape that had haunted her - how there was a moment when she could have kicked the rapist in the groin, but didn't," explains Allen.  "She was brought up not to hurt people or she feared if she didn't hurt him enough he would kill her.  With Mary not taking a stand the rapist lit a cigarette and raped her again.  Then beat her with a lamp."  

Mary told Mastrosimone she would think of that moment the rest of her life and fantasize about hurting her attacker, of getting "real justice."  She told him, "If I had five minutes in a locked room with him now_____" and never finished her sentence.

"The production you will see at Theater Works, finished her sentence," proclaims Allen.

Don't miss Theater Works' extraordinary presentation of an intellectually stimulating evening of theater.  The cast includes Robin Austin, Ryan Nelson, Chanel Bragg and Heather Cambanes.  "Extremities" is directed by Richard Hardt.  Robyn Allen serves as the Theater Works' Artistic Director and Levy Antal is Executive Director and Producer.  

Tickets are now on sale at the Peoria Center for Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria, or by calling 623-815-7930.  They can also be purchased on line at www.theaterworks.org .   Tickets are $16.00.  The show will run February 22-24, Feb 28-March 2 and March 6-9.      
Donor list for Ron Bergamo Television Scholarship continues to Grow
The donor list for the Ron Bergamo Television Scholarship Fund (created with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation) continues to grow after the announcement of a fundraising luncheon and auction event being held at US Airways Center Pavilion, March 14, 2008, 11:30 am. The auction is expected to include valuable items and radio, television, billboards, webspace and newspaper-magazine ad space. The idea and event come from long time friend of Bergamo, Gregg Ostro (founder and CEO of GO Media Cos.), as a way to turn the loss of Bergamo into a tribute and lasting legacy for the man so many knew as a friend, leader and mentor.

Donation commitments have already come in from Ostro, Jerry Colangelo, President of USA Basketball and former Phoenix Suns CEO; Jimmy Walker, founder and chairman of Celebrity Fight Night; Ron Cohen, owner and CEO of KFNN radio; Rich Boals, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield-Arizona; Ken Kendrick, philanthropist; Jeff Moorad and Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks; Steve Hammel, General Manager of KPHO TV5; Jack Londen, Londen Insurance and owner of AZTV; William V. Bidwill, owner of Arizona Cardinals; Marty Shultz, Vice president of Pinnacle West; Glenn Pahnke, Vice president of Robert W. Baird & Co; and promotional support from Pat McMahon, KTAR and AZTV talk show host.  The donor list continues to grow, even though invitations have not been sent out yet.

What: Luncheon & Auction To Create Ron Bergamo Television Scholarships-In memory of beloved TV executive Ron Bergamo (most recently station manager and VP AZTV) Seats $200/each Platinum ­ (4) tables at $10,000 for 10 seats in the front row with 2 head table seats  Gold ­ (6) tables at $5,000 for 10 seats in the second row with 1 head table seat  Silver ­ (10) tables at $2,000 for 10 seats  Accepting Cash Donations, payable to Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation   Accepting Advertising Media and auction items with minimum retail value of $1,000  All Monies payable and handled by Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit When: Friday, March 14, 2008, 11:30am-1:30pm Where: EVENT: US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ  TO DONATE: The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, 2411 W. 14th Street, Tempe, 84281, 480.731.8403 www.maricopa.edu/resdev/foundation TO OBTAIN SEATS/TABLE AT THE EVENT: Contact Tawnia Nelson at 602.955.5656 x 141 or tawnia.nelson@gomediaco.com  Who:  In memory of Ron Bergamo, station manager and vice president of AZTV, previously GM of CBS and Fox station in Phoenix. Gregg Ostro, founder & CEO GO Media Cos. / GOCO, Inc. Created Ron Bergamo Television Scholarships program and luncheon. Steve Helfgot, CEO, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation  Why: To create scholarships for aspiring television media students to attend the Maricopa Community Colleges and keep alive the positive legacy of celebrated and widely loved Arizona TV executive Ron Bergamo.

MCC Foundation Overview: The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its 10 colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor. The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, 2411 W. 14th Street, Tempe, 84281, 480.731.8403 www.maricopa.edu/resdev/foundation

Consumers Choose Wilhelm Automotive as West Valleys Best
Wilhelm Automotive is proud to announce that they have received the Reader’s Choice Award for the best oil/lube shop in the West Valley. This is the third year of the Reader’s Choice Awards program, which is presented by the West Valley View newspaper, and the first time that Wilhelm’s has been chosen for the award.  This annual program asks consumers/readers to vote for their favorite places to go for different goods, services and entertainment in the West Valley. All of the employees at our five Wilhelm locations appreciate your continued patronage and thank you, the public, for your confidence in the quality service we provide and the community support that we offer. “This award lets us know that we are providing a quality service for our customers” said Thom Gyder, President of Wilhelm Automotive. “For 80 years, we have always put our customers first. Trust, quality, experience and peace of mind are terms that our staff lives by everyday. We thank those who took the time to voice their opinion and we look forward to providing the high quality service that our customers have come to expect.”





Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals

March 18, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals as part of Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations on March 18, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available for $38 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).


Now in its 28th season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations explore the theme of A Musical Travelogue in 2007 - 08. Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals will feature Schubert's Scherzo in B-flat and Sonata in A minor, D. 784, Opus 143; Bartók's Rondo No. 1 as well as Bagatelle No. 8, Opus 6, and From the Diary of a Fly; Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13; Dvorák's Humoresque; Suk's Love Song; and J. Strauss, Jr.'s Blue Danube Waltz, arranged for the piano by Schulz-Evler. A question-and-answer session will follow.


The performance also will feature Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' innovative Keyboard in the Sky, a large-screen projection over the stage that enables the audience to watch Siegel's hands on the keyboard in real time.


Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations are a unique, concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work. New listeners have greeted these programs with enormous enthusiasm because they present an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music-lovers have been enriched by Siegel's erudition and delighted by his wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix/Scottsdale, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Denver Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has been presenting Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations since 1979, a testament to Siegel's superb artistry, innovative format and loyal following.


JEFFREY SIEGEL The distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, The Hague Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.


As a conductor, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, The Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at home in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For 13 years, Siegel served as music director and conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.


In 2006, Random House Audio Publishing Group released an audiobook series of four CDs of Keyboard Conversations: Mozart and Friends, The Power and Passion of Beethoven, The Romanticism of the Russian Soul and The Romance of the Piano. They are available at www.randomhouse.com/audio, for download at iTunes and Audible and at booksellers across the country. Twin Cities Public Television, in conjunction with The Schubert Club, recently produced and broadcast two half-hour Keyboard Conversations - Mozart & Chopin - available on DVD exclusively at Siegel's concerts. His recording of Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony continues to be a best-seller and is available as a VoxBox, 2-CD set (CDX 5007).


Born into a musical family, Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London. Siegel and his wife live in New York City and are the parents of two grown children.


Jeffrey Siegel is a Steinway artist.



Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

April 3, 2008, Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band on April 3, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Journeys in Jazz Series sponsored by Infiniti and is presented with support from Alice and David Olsan with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Single tickets are available for $42 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).


One of the greatest Latin pianists of the last half century, Eddie Palmieri merges the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the seminal jazz of Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. His extraordinary career spans 50 years as a leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras and includes nine Grammy Awards and more than 30 albums. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Palmieri began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late salsa legend and pianist Charlie Palmieri. He began his professional career as a pianist in the early 1950s with Eddie Forrester's Orchestra and later performed with Johnny Segui's band and the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta, which featured a trombone section (led by the late Barry Rogers) in place of trumpets, something that had been rarely done in Latin music, demonstrating the early stages of Palmieri's unconventional orchestration. The group was known as "the band with the crazy roaring elephants" for its unique configuration of two trombones, flute, percussion, bass and vocals. With an infectious and soaring sound, Palmieri's band soon joined the ranks of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and the other major Latin orchestras of the day.


Palmieri's influences include not only his older brother Charlie but Jesus Lopez, Chapotin, Lili Martinez and other Cuban players of the 1940s, as well as jazz luminaries Art Tatum, Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Equally important were influences derived from Palmieri's curiosity and incessant search to unearth his family's roots and to seek out the origins of the music that profoundly inspired him. Palmieri's solid interpretation of Afro-Caribbean music and its confluence with jazz are evident in his astute arranging skills, which assemble those components in dramatic and compelling compositions. Palmieri's accomplishments have taken him throughout Europe, Japan and Latin America, showcasing his assemblage of seasoned musicians and kaleidoscope of musical styles.


Laurie Anderson's Homeland, originally scheduled for April 6 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater

Has been canceled due to unforeseen technical difficulties

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts regrets to announce that the performance of Laurie Anderson's Homeland, originally scheduled for April 6 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater, has been canceled due to unforeseen technical difficulties adapting the multi-media show to an outdoor venue.
"Laurie Anderson is a longtime favorite of our audiences, and we're sorry that it's not possible to present her Homeland performance as planned," remarked Kathy Hotchner, vice president and director of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. "We look forward to bringing Laurie back to our stage for another performance in the near future."
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) is in the process of notifying ticket buyers. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

David Parsons, Artistic Director
April 5-6, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the exhilarating Parsons Dance on April 5-6, 2008. The performances are part of the Soaring Inspirations Series sponsored by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation and are presented with support from Clara Lovett and Benjamin F. Brown IV.

Single tickets are available for $42 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

Led by acclaimed dancer and choreographer David Parsons, Parsons Dance is renowned for its sexy athleticism, dynamic movements and ground-breaking choreography scored to everything from classical music to disco and rock. The company will perform fresh, new re-stagings of six of its greatest hits from the past 20 years, including In the End, set to the popular music of the Dave Matthews Band; Shining Star, an upbeat, high-energy romp based on the disco-era hits of Earth, Wind & Fire; and Caught, Parsons' unforgettable signature stroboscopic tour-de-force, featuring a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage.

Parsons Dance is comprised of 10 full-time dancers and maintains an impressive repertoire of original works created by David Parsons. The company has enabled Parsons to create as many new works as possible, to commission original musical scores and theatrical designs from leading artists and to introduce new dances created by the company's members. Parsons Dance has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world and is widely recognized for its community-based residencies, master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops, benefiting thousands of people of every age.

David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City, Parsons was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1978-87, where Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. In 1985, Parsons founded Parsons Dance with lighting designer Howell Binkley. As artistic director, Parsons has created more than 70 works for the company and received commissions over the years from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Spoleto Festival, among many others.


 Close Encounters With Music: Transcendental Night

Featuring Walter Ponce, piano; Yehonatan Berick, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

April 12, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m. Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre

 Close Encounters With Music will present Transcendental Night on April 12, 2008, at 8 p.m. at Theater 4301 in downtown Scottsdale. The series is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation.

 Single tickets are available for $25 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 Close Encounters With Music brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. Transcendental Night features acclaimed pianist Walter Ponce, violinist Yehonatan Berick and cellist Yehuda Hanani performing a program that explores mysticism and timelessness in music. The recital includes Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Rachmaninoff's Trio Elegiaque, piano works by Franz Liszt and Alexander Scriabin and the world premiere of Jorge Martin's Recuerda (To Remember) for solo cello. A reception with the artists will follow the performance.

 Internationally acclaimed pianist Walter Ponce has been heard in the most important concert halls of every major city of North and South America as well as in Europe, Japan, Korea and Africa. He came to the United States at age 17 on a Fulbright grant, receiving a Master's and doctorate from The Juilliard School, where he was one of three students chosen to study with Vladimir Horowitz. Ponce is now professor and head of the piano area at UCLA.

 A prize winner at the 1993 Naumburg Competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, violinst Yehonatan Berick is a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He has performed with symphony orchestras and at leading festivals world-wide. Currently professor of violin at the University of Michigan, he can be heard on recordings on the Summit, Gasparo and Helicon labels.

 The founder and artistic director of the Close Encounters With Music chamber series, Yehuda Hanani has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, and he is a frequent guest at festivals in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has collaborated with music luminaries such as Aaron Copland, Leon Fleisher and Itzhak Perlman, and he has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works by leading contemporary composers. Professor of cello at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Hanani has released CDs of Vivaldi and Bach that have become best-selling standard setters.
Jorge Martin is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters' Academy Award in Music and a Cintas Fellowship in Music (for distinguished creative artists of Cuban descent). His works have been performed across the United States and Europe, and he has received numerous commissions, including two from Close Encounters With Music.


Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. He is joined by familiar musicians from the Close Encounters roster of artists as well as brilliant newcomers.

 For additional information about Close Encounters With Music and featured artists please visit www.cewm.org.


Accommodations for the artists are graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix. The Steinway piano is available to the series through the generosity of Steinway of Phoenix. Cookies for the reception are generously provided by AJ's Fine Foods.


Garrick Ohlsson April 15, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a recital by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson on April 15, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts and is presented with support from Dayton and Laura Grafman.

 Single tickets are available for $65 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, with a vast repertoire spanning the entire piano literature. He has earned widespread critical acclaim throughout his distinguished career, from his triumph at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970 to his 2008 Grammy Award.
Ohlsson's recital will feature Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3; Liszt's Sonata in B minor; Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42; and Scriabin's Etudes.

The recital also features Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' innovative Keyboard in the Sky, a large-screen projection over the stage that enables the audience to watch the pianist's hands on the keyboard in real time.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and at 13 entered The Juilliard School in New York. Although he won first prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the gold medal, that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Mich. In February 2008, he won a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)" for his Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Bridge Records, Inc.).

Among the highlights of Ohlsson's 2007-08 season are engagements with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto; performances in Berkeley and Los Angeles with the Mark Morris Dance Group and pianist Yoko Nozaki in the critically acclaimed Mozart Dances; and performances with the Russian National Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in California and at New York's Lincoln Center.



Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts regrets to announce that Rosanne Cash's concert originally scheduled for April 18, 2008, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater has been canceled.

 Ms. Cash, who underwent brain surgery this past November for a rare but benign condition, recently resumed her spring touring schedule, performing a short acoustic set in Tampa, Fla. Upon returning home to New York City, it was decided that further recuperation is necessary before undertaking the rigors of a full performance schedule and travel. As a result, Ms. Cash's tour dates in Arizona and California have been canceled. "I am distressed and disappointed to cancel concerts. I fear I was far too optimistic in evaluating the toll brain surgery would take on my body, and the time required to heal," remarked Ms. Cash. "I am deeply sorry not to honor my commitments at this time, but look forward to making musical amends in the near future."

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) is in the process of notifying ticket buyers.



 Arlo Guthrie: Solo Reunion Tour - Together at Last

April 25, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

SScottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Arlo Guthrie: Solo Reunion Tour - Together at Last on April 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts.


Single tickets are available for $65 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.


As the eldest son of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie grew up surrounded by some of the most important musicians of the era. Drawn to the music that was shaping the 1960s, he developed his own style and became a distinctive, expressive voice. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice's Restaurant, followed by classic hits such as Coming into Los Angeles, a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and his unique rendition of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans.


Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished musician - playing the piano, six- and 12-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments - Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances. He has rarely toured solo since his Woodstock days. 



April 26, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present comedian John Oliver on April 26, 2008, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Satirical Edge Series sponsored in laughing memory of Steve Simon by his family and is presented with support from Beth and Sanford Hoffman.Single tickets are available for $44 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.A regular on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, John Oliver was born and raised in England and has worked as a comedian and actor around the United Kingdom "entertaining and irritating audiences in equal measure for the last seven years." He shares his global insights as The Daily Show's roving U.K. correspondent.

This performance may include mature language and themes.

 Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking

April 29 - May 11, 2008, Tuesday - Thursday @ 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m, Sunday @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 2 p.m. Theater 4301 @ Galleria Corporate Centre

Single ticket: $56*/$52 *higher ticket price is for Friday and Saturday evening performances

 In this one-woman, autobiographical journey, actress and writer Carrie Fisher shares insights into her fascinating life and career with a wry sense of humor. Starting with her childhood in Hollywood as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she examines her rise to stardom as plucky Princess Leia and her hit movie Postcards from the Edge, marriage to Paul Simon, drug addiction, bipolar disorder, motherhood and her triumph over life's challenges.

 Contains mature language and themes

 This performance will include an exclusive Ignite event. Ignite is a group for young professionals and students with a passion for the performing arts. Members enjoy exclusive social events before and after selected performances as well as opportunities to meet artists and to volunteer for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Membership in Ignite is free and open to anyone between the ages of 21 - 39. To learn more and to join online visit www.ignitearts.org. Ignite lounges and special events are presented with support from Orange Table.


An Evening with Dave Brubeck and Sons - Chris and Dan Brubeck

May 1 - 2, 2008, Thursday @ 7:30 p.m., Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $70

 Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, are back for an encore performance! The combination of the elder Brubeck's daring improvisations and the brothers' unique style blending rock, classical, blues, funk, reggae and world music into the color and texture of their arrangements promises to be another outstanding evening for jazz fans.

 This performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts

Presented with support from Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. and Alice and David Olsan


Night Run for the Arts

May 3, 2008, Saturday @ 7 p.m. (8K race starts @ 8 p.m.)

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main Street

Registration fee: $18 (before March 31); $20 (April 1 - May 2); $25 (day of the race)


The Valley's premier evening race, the Night Run for the Arts is a fun, family-friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Highlights include an 8K run through downtown Scottsdale, a 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk and the Art Stroll, a docent-guided walking tour of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The event culminates with an outdoor party featuring music, an awards ceremony, food and beverages. This year's Night Run for the Arts also features a green building exhibit and an eco-friendly activity for kids.


The Night Run for the Arts is presented by SRP Earthwise Energy and benefits youth education programs at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Information and advance registration are available online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org .


R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe

Written and directed by D.W. Jacobs

Starring Joe Spano

Produced by Rubicon Theatre Company in association with The Z Space Studio

May 9, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $58


Based on the writings of engineer, philosopher and utopian thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, this one-man show is a supercharged, inspiring tour de force. It begins as one of Fuller's famous lectures and transforms into a full-on effort to reunite the arts and sciences to create a better world. Filled with stirring words (many drawn from Fuller's lectures and writings) and stunning visual images, "The Bucky Show" takes the audience on a journey (complete with models, drawings and a little tai chi) through the mind and matter of one of the 20th century's greatest intellectuals.

 Presented with support from Will Bruder and Louise Roman


R. Carlos Nakai

May 10, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $38
Arizonan R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier Native American flutist. Nakai has combined his classical training with his mastery of the cedar flute to form a complex, sophisticated sound that not only reveals the flute's uniqueness, but covers the spectrum of musical genres from jazz, piano and guitar collaborations to digital technology.
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Concerts Under the Stars: Pink Martini

May 13, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Single ticket price: $36

 The wildly entertaining and eclectic Pink Martini has been described as a cross between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir. This 12-piece 'little orchestra' from Portland, Oregon, is at home on any stage performing its romantic, multi-lingual repertoire.


 Evidence, A Dance Company

March 14, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a one-night performance by Ronald K. Brown's critically acclaimed dance company, Evidence, on March 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Soaring Inspirations Series sponsored by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation and is presented with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. with additional support provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts, MetLife and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Concerts Under the Stars: Don McLean

May 17, 2008, Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Single ticket price: $36

 Legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean began his career during the tumultuous 1960s and became a household name with his 1971 smash hit American Pie, a nostalgic tribute to the late Buddy Holly. Rooted in American folk, his classic songs and deeply personal lyrics have inspired audiences for more than 40 years.



 Late Nite Catechism

By Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan

Ongoing, call for dates and times

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2

Single ticket: $36

 na's longest-running play is still in a class by itself! Audience members are the students in catechism class, and Patti Hannon stars as "Sister" in this hilarious interactive comedy. Each performance of Late Nite Catechism is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Students are advised to be on their best behavior, however, or else Sister may put someone in her naughty chair - on stage!


Late Nite Catechism II: Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty

By Maripat Donovan

Ongoing, call for dates and times

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2

Single ticket: $36

 The fun continues in Sister's second catechism class! It's not necessary to be a graduate of Late Nite Catechism to enjoy this one - Sister will give extra attention to her slower students. She has felt banners, a filmstrip, handouts, historical facts and hysterical insights to explain the goal of every nun: getting into heaven and bringing along as many of the faithful as possible. Using a special version of Chutes & Ladders to demonstrate her point, Sister tells us where we have gone wrong, and no one is excused from her firm belief that "sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty."



Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. The amphitheater is located on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 75th Street and Main Street. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street. Theater 4301 is located in the Galleria Corporate Centre at 4301 Scottsdale Road on the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, one block east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the Galleria Corporate Centre parking garage.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance our audience members' experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assisted listening devices and wheelchair seating are always available. Visit our Web site www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org  or contact the box office at (480) 994-ARTS [TDD: (480) 874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


A $3 discount per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more (subject to restriction and limitation). Call (480) 874-4657 for more information.


Students with valid student identification may purchase half-price tickets (subject to availability; limit one per student) 72 hours before any performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office. Tickets must be purchased in-person; phone orders are not accepted.


Opened in 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents exceptional and culturally diverse performances of contemporary dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire. More than 1,000 performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are showcased annually serving more than 300,000 people. Performances take place in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' 838-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater and 136-seat Stage 2, the 2,200-seat amphitheater on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and the 326-seat Theater 4301 @ Galleria Corporate Centre. In 2007-08, the City of Scottsdale will begin a major renovation of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, part of the Scottsdale Civic Center complex designed by Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' educational programs reach more than 43,000 school children each year, and its free programs are available to the entire public. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts also produces the popular Scottsdale Arts Festival every March; Sunday A'Fair, a series of free outdoor music festivals held on Sunday afternoons from January to April; and Native Trails, a collaboration with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau that features free demonstrations of Native American arts and culture from January to April. Open daily and during performances, The Store @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers hand-crafted jewelry, accessories for the home, toys for imaginative young minds, recordings, books, greeting cards and more.

 The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, to administer certain City arts and cultural projects and to manage the City-owned Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art Program. The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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MotoStik can be used for a fun way to get a great workout and as a viable training tool. One size does not fit all that is why MotoStik has the Mini for riders of 40-70 lbs, the small for riders 550-100 lbs and the large for riders 90-220 lbs. You can get the MotoStik in several colors including Yellow/Black, Red/Black, Orange/Black and others.

 The MotoStik has forged alloy MX Bars and adjustable settings for weight and skill. It also has cast alloy MX Style Footpegs and a replaceable Knobby Foot on the bottom.

 MotoStik is used by top MX Pros and athletes and is made of Hi-Strength 6061-T66 Alloy. It has multi-stage rising rate springs and a hard anodized finish.

There is one place in the Valley to get this hot item that is already all over California. All you need to do is get in contact with John or Geneva Rhodes owners of Fun Zone Motorsports "Extreme Toyz for All Ages". Give them a call at 623-875-3400, or stop by and see all the ATV's, Buggies, Bikes and Accessories they have. The shop, which also offers service for the toys you already have, is located at 11128 W. Michigan Ave. in Youngtown. And don't forget to ask John about "Fools Life".

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The Florestal Brazilian Coffee Candy is made with real coffee. Florestal Brazilian Coffee Candy is a great gift idea. A 28 Pc Bag - 3.52 oz under $4.00, 250 Pc Bag - 31.74 oz. For under $40.00. 


Flavored Coffee Sampler Gift Box
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Tuxedo (mix) Chocolate
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They make a great pick-me-up!




The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is seeking volunteers for the 38th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on March 7 - 9, 2008. Volunteers are needed for day-long shifts to assist with a variety of tasks, including admissions, artist hospitality, food and beverage concessions, children's activities and the online art auction.


All volunteers are required to attend a two-hour training session and will receive a complimentary T-shirt, a return pass to the Scottsdale Arts Festival and lunch. Volunteers may visit www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org for additional information and to register online or call (480) 874-4673 with any questions.


One of the premier arts festivals in the country, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been a favorite of visitors and artists alike since 1971. During this three-day event, nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout North America display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. In addition to the high-quality arts and crafts, visitors enjoy live entertainment and music, delicious food and beverages, fun art activities for children and families, an online art auction and much more.


The 38th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and is sponsored by CBS 5, 99.9 KEZ, 95.5 KYOT and SRP. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.


A Burmese family that migrated to Phoenix in September 2007 is turning the tragedy of its 13-year-old son into a life lesson for the eighth-grade class at St. Jerome Catholic School in Northwest Phoenix.
           Andrew Lin, was killed when he was hit by a car as he was walking home from school on Friday, January 25.  He was one of seven children from a Burmese family that was adopted by St. Jerome Catholic School, 10815 N. 35th Ave. Each year, the school raises funds to finance the adoption of a refugee family and working with Catholic Social Services has helped the Lin family find housing, employment, food, clothing and other life necessities.
           The Lin family response to the tragic death of their son has been anything but bitter.  Andrew's organs were donated to help those who may need a transplant, and the family has expressed no anger toward the driver of the car that hit Andrew.
           The eighth-grade class at St. Jerome, under the direction of teacher Rose Mischke, has been working to help cover the expenses associated with Andrew's funeral and are setting up a memorial fund at Bank of America.  They view this as a way of remembering a fallen friend who, despite his lack of material possessions, was always seeking to help others.
           "He was also an extremely bright and hard-working students," noted Ms. Mischke.  "Andrew recently received an award for being one of the smartest kids in his class.  Our children truly feel that they have lost a brother." Donations can be made to the "Andrew Lin Memorial Fund" at any Bank of America in the valley. For more information on St. Jerome's effort to help the Lin family, contact Louise DeBusk at 602/312-4748.

One of the country's premier arts fairs, the 38th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival will be held on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on March 7 - 9, 2008. 

The event is sponsored by CBS 5, 99.9 KEZ and 95.5 KYOT and SRP. The Arizona Republic is the 2007 - 08 season media sponsor. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

 Consistently ranked among the top arts festivals in the country by the readers of American Style magazine, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been a favorite among visitors and artists alike since 1971. During this three-day event, nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout North America display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and from the Scottsdale Art Festival's online art auction. Visitors also enjoy continuous live music and entertainment, a unique work of interactive performance art commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program, fun activities for children and families at Imagine Nation, delicious food and beverages, free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and free parking and shuttle service.

 A complete listing of events, directions, shuttle and parking information is available online at www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.


March 7, 2008, Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

March 8, 2008, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

March 9, 2008, Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for students; free for children 12 and under and members of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA

Pets are not allowed, except for assistance dogs

Exhibiting artists include:

 Nicholas Bernard (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Curly Vessel, earthenware, 12 x 10 x 10 inches

 Julita Jones (Laguna Beach, Calif.), The Hummingbird, viscosity etching, 12 x 12 inches


FREE TAX HELP AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be at the Desert Foothills Library

 AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be at the Desert Foothills Library (38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek) starting February 5th, to provide free tax assistance in preparing and e-filing 2007 federal and AZ state tax returns.Tax-Aide Volunteers will be available at this site on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30pm to 4:30pm throughout the tax season ending on April 15th. 

Appointments Are Strongly Recommended to minimize wait times. People with appointments will be serviced first. To schedule an appointment for the Desert Foothills Library site only, call (480) 488-2286.Taxpayers must bring all of their 2007 income documents (W-2’s, 1099’s, etc.), and their 2006 tax return. For joint returns, both spouses need to be present. Completed federal and AZ state tax returns prepared at this site will be e-filed.The AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax assistance to low and middle income taxpayers with emphasis on assisting those 60 years and older.


20th Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival
WHEN:  March 8 & 9, 2008 rain or shine!  VIP – 1pm to 6pm. General Admission 2 pm to 6pm
WHERE:   Tempe Beach Park   Mill Avenue at Rio Salado Parkway
WHO:    Benefiting Sun Sounds of Arizona, a reading and information access service for people who are blind, or who cannot read because of a disabling condition which prevents reading.
ABOUT THE EVENT:  Choose up to 24 tastes of more than 100 specialty and microbrewed beers.  Live music, food, games and fun.  Food available for sale inside, VIP’s enjoy a catered dinner.  Meet vendors exhibiting products and services. Educational programs about brewing and beer. Driver safety. For people age 21 and up only.
ADMISSION: $40 in advance for general admission and $50 at the  gate.  VIP tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at the gate.  Designated driver tickets will be $20 at the gate for general admission and $30 for VIP. Entertainment is included in the price of admission.
         FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION: www.azbeer.com  

_____hoenix Rotary 100 members, and also members from Metro Tech Interact Club and Phoenix Rotaract. The Phoenix Rotary 100 was the 100th Rotary Club chartered in the world and has been a Valley fixture since 1914. Membership includes many noted Arizonans of business, government, and charities. For more information: Contact John King at 602-265-7610 or Ed Phillips at 480-600-1290

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Recent Grand Opening Marks Return of Bison Museum to Scottsdale

The recent grand opening of the Bison Museum in Scottsdale actually marks the return of the museum to its city of origin. Several years ago the museum basically started out as little more than a simple assortment of trinkets and keepsakes gathered on a wall shelf behind an office desk.  

It was the late 1970’s, and Gemmie Baker had recently moved his family to Scottsdale from South Dakota. An insurance salesman by trade, Baker soon opened an office at the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Shea Roads.  

Shortly thereafter a small collection of memorabilia, primarily bison and Western oriented items, took shape on a wall shelf in Gemmie’s office. The grouping served as a nice conversation starter with clients, and helped ease occasional homesickness.  

But the items also served as a crude foundation for what would become a full-fledged museum. Over the years the shelf display grew to occupy an entire wall, then a room, then most of his offices. Eventually a separate building sufficient to house the burgeoning collection was needed.  

In 1992, it finally became official when Gemmie Baker opened the Buffalo Museum of America at that same corner of Scottsdale and Shea where it all began about 15 years earlier. Scottsdale artist, Dee Flagg, was a guest of honor at the grand opening. During the 1980’s, Baker had purchased Flagg’s life-sized wood carved figures of Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Jessie James and others, along with several of Flagg’s wood relief carvings, all of which had become a focal point of the museum. Coincidentally, the Flagg family collection would figure prominently in the museum’s return to Scottsdale years later.  

The museum flourished throughout the decade, but by the late 1990’s Gemmie Baker was ready for other challenges. He had heard of a new Western themed development called Bison Ranch about to open in the Heber/Overgaard area. The Ranch was owned by a fellow Midwestern transplant named Gary Martinson, a North Dakota native who had been building homes in Arizona since the early 1980’s. Gemmie felt the Ranch was the perfect setting for his unique collection, so he contacted Martinson.  

They worked on a deal, and in 2000 Martinson purchased the Buffalo Museum of America from Gemmie Baker. Gary then moved the museum to Bison Ranch and added his own bison and western collection to the mix. There the museum stayed for the next seven years, anchoring the Ranch’s Bisontown, a replica 1880’s western town front.  

As Martinson recollects, everything just seemed to fall into place. “The timing couldn’t have been better” Gary says. “We were about to open Bison Ranch when I first met Gemmie. “Coming from North Dakota I had always been intrigued by the bison,” states Martinson. “With the Ranch being our first Bison project, I thought what better way to tell someone who we are than to surround ourselves with all things bison. What better way than the museum.  

“Plus, Gemmie really wanted the collection to remain intact,” Gary recalls. “He had such a passion for the bison. What I really admired about Gemmie is that he got such a thrill out of having an opportunity in his life to collect and preserve so many things bison.”  

And so important did the bison image become to Martinson that he soon changed the name of his company from Mirage Homes to Bison Homes.  

When Martinson relocated his company’s corporate offices from Fountain Hills to Scottsdale this past June, he decided the time was right to bring the Buffalo Museum of America back to its original home, and rename it the Bison Museum. A major factor in that decision was the fact that Gary had recently purchased the Flagg family’s personal collection that until 2003 had been under wraps in a storage facility for many years. The Flaggs, considered by many to be Scottsdale’s “First Family” of Western artists, had been an integral part of Scottsdale and its art scene beginning in the early 1950’s.  

Martinson added hundreds of Flagg family items to those Dee Flagg carvings collected years earlier by Gemmie Baker. As for the overall inventory of the museum, it now consists of thousands of pieces, and is touted as Arizona’s premier bison and Western collection, as well as one of the finest such gatherings in the country.  

Gemmie Baker passed away in 2006. But his legacy is carried on by his son, Kim Baker. Kim has worked for Bison Homes as a consultant for the past few years and was an integral part of the relocation of the museum to its new Scottsdale home. In addition, he contributes his skills to the animatronics exhibits and several other displays at the museum.  

“What started out as my father’s private collection has grown to something that even he could not have imagined,” says Kim. “I only wish he was here today to see the end results of everyone’s efforts in bringing the Bison Museum to its present state. The Bison Museum is a work of love and devotion that started with my father and has continued to be nurtured and grown by Gary and others at Bison Homes. The end result is truly a collection that will continue to grow and live on for many years to come.”  

The Bison Museum is located at 16641 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale, just north of West World, and is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, closed Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children age 6 to 12, under age 6 free. The museum is presented by Bison Homes, a premier builder of retreat homes in Northeast Arizona. For more information, call the Bison Museum

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