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Mark on the calendar ‘3 Evenings for the Arts’

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Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 2:00 pm | Updated: 12:30 am, Thu Jun 14, 2012.

At a time when the most obvious entertainment options begin to feel fewer and farther between, Chandler Center for the Arts is rolling out three summer dates you can circle on your calendar.

“3 Evenings for the Arts” will bring three separate acts to the downtown venue in July, August and September — each accompanied by a pre-show wine tasting from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and hors d’oeuvres.

Organizers say they’re trying to give audience members a sophisticated theatre experience at a reasonable price — $45 per show, or $125 for all three. The cost includes food and drink.

And it’s for a good cause; the series is a fundraiser for the center’s Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund, which supports Chandler’s Connecting Kidz youth arts education programs.

Shows in the lineup include “Remembering Mr. Cole: A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” performed by Tucson singer Joe Bourne on July 28. Bourne, backed by Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky on piano, Matt Mitchell on guitar and Scott Black on bass, performs Cole classics such as “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.”

On Aug. 25, Kristen Drathman, Rusty Ferracance and Craig Bohmler will host “Hollywood Sings: Classic Cinema Songs.” The repertoire pays tribute to the film industry’s Golden Age with numbers such as “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Cabaret” and “My Heart Will Go On.”

“Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity ... in Two Acts” closes the series Sept. 29. The interactive comedy by Vicki Quade, creator of the hit show “Late Night Catechism,” combines Bible trivia, wacky prizes, bingo cards and audience participation.

A live auction, silent auction and raffle will be held prior to each show.

CCA had success with a similar fundraiser this spring. During February’s “Eat Your Art Out,” diners at participating Chandler restaurants raised nearly $10,000 in one day to benefit CCA programs.

Chandler Center for the Arts is at 250 N. Arizona Ave. For showtimes, tickets and information, call (480) 782-2680 or visit www.chandlercenter.org.

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