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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:52 am | Updated: 4:33 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The following is a list of upcoming events to be held at the Mesa Arts Center. For ticket information, please call (480)-644-6500 or visit


FOR SEASON 2006 | 2007

New Performances plus Special Dining/Party Events Added

Single Tickets For All Events Go On Sale Saturday, July 15 at 10am

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2006 (Mesa, Ariz.) Tickets for all performances for Season 2006 | 2007 at Mesa Arts Center will go on sale Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Single tickets will be available for Mesa Arts Center’s own Performing Live and Stageworks family theater company performances; and for shows in the popular Curtain Call Series. Advanced tickets for the Mesa Storytelling Festival will also go on sale. Season tickets for Theater League’s Mesa Broadway Series are currently on sale. Tickets are available online, by phone, and by walk up sales.

Added events not previously announced include “Superstarzz,” a pop/smooth jazz concert featuring Ray Parker Jr., Craig Chaquico and Warren Hill (Sept 30); Tower of Power & Average White Band in a double bill (Nov 3); country star Vince Gill (Nov 8); “Cool Jazz Christmas” featuring David Benoit, Kirk Whalum, Michael Franks and Jonathan Butler (Dec 20); George Winston performing new music from his “Montana - A Love Story” release (Jan 19); and Lyle Lovett with songwriters Guy Clark, Joe Ely and John Hiatt in a night of stories behind the music (Feb 6).

A new offering for Season 2006 | 2007 is “Mesa Celebration.” Pre-performance dinners and parties are scheduled for selected events. Patrons make a reservation by purchasing a ticket from the box office – it’s just like buying a ticket to a performance. Dates, times and prices of “Mesa Celebration” events are listed below. Expanded menus will be available on-line next week.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at 480-644-6500, online at, or by going to the Box Office at 1 E. Main Street in Downtown Mesa.


Live on Stage with Amazing Animals


Tue, Sept 19, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $36/30/24

A frequent guest on the LATE SHOW with David Letterman and host of the hit TV series Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Hanna takes the audience on an exciting journey to learn about animals and the places they live. He brings enthusiasm, surprise, and a whole host of unusual creatures for this wild night.


On the Shadow Walk

BBQ PARTY at 6:30pm

Bring the entire family to a barbeque, music and children’s activities prior to the Jack Hanna show. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“SUPERSTARZZ” featuring


Sat, Sept 30, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $40/32/24

Legendary singer/guitarist Ray Parker Jr. teams up with fellow superstars – rock/smooth jazz guitarist Craig Chaquico and jazz funk saxophonist Warren Hill – for their greatest hits and new music with a mixture of styles and talent that will satisfy the palette of any music connoisseur. Part of the KYOT SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES.


On the Alliance Terrace


$30 per person

A California-style buffet dinner featuring fresh fish and chicken will be served.


Fri, Oct 6, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $72/56/40

Brilliant singer and songwriter of the smash hits “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack, “Danger Zone” from Top Gun and “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins is one of the most successful performers in the world. With a career spanning more than thirty years, he brings his hits to Mesa for a powerhouse concert that will be sure to have the audience on its feet.


Sun, Oct 8, 7:30pm

Ikeda Theater: $80/60/40

American icon and one of country music’s biggest crossover artists, Kenny Rogers has recorded more than 58 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide. His latest hit “I Can’t Unlove You” has topped the country charts for weeks. For this unforgettable concert, Rogers will perform his most touching ballads from his career. Sponsored by TRIBUNE.


On the Alliance Terrace


$30 per person

Join us for a “meat and potatoes” buffet dinner featuring herb encrusted prime rib, baked potato and vegetables.

Direct from Buenos Aires – North American Debut Tour


Wed, Oct 11, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $45/35/25

TANGO - the very word evokes sensuality and intrigue, raw energy and knife-edge precision. Estampas Porteñas, the hottest Tango company in Buenos Aires will make its North American debut with sizzling dancers accompanied by musicians and vocalists renowned for their authentic Argentinean sound. Tango Fire’s pyrotechnic spectacle of dance will leave you wanting more.


On the Alliance Terrace


$30 per person

Join us for a South American cuisine buffet, music and a tango dance lesson-demonstration.


Sat, Oct 14, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $58/43/27

One of Mexico’s most celebrated Norteño bands; Los Tucanes de Tijuana crosses the border to bring their inspirational blend of pop, rancheras, salsa and meringue for this one night concert.


On the Shadow Walk

PRE-SHOW PARTY at 6:30pm

A free event – food and beverages will be available for sale.



Fri, Oct 27, 8pm

Sat, Oct 28, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $41/31/21

With dances that encompass pre-Hispanic rituals, dramatic events from Mexico’s past and colorful depictions of Mexico’s diverse culture, the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández is a celebration of life in movement, music and color. Drawing from the varied repertoire of Amalia Hernández, Latin America’s most important choreographer, this spectacular performance takes the audience on a powerful exploration of Mexico’s heritage.


Thu, Nov 2, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $58/43/27

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader and New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis may just be the world’s most famous jazz musician. His intelligent, hard swinging interplay has made Marsalis a favorite among musicians and audiences worldwide. Sponsored by BOEING.


On the Alliance Terrace


$35 per person

Join us for a Cajun buffet featuring jambalaya, blackened fish and other New Orleans flavors.


Fri, Nov 3, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $50/40/32

For the better part of the last thirty years, the soulful Average White Band and blast of brass Tower of Power have performed their styles of timeless, appealing, infectiously funky soul. Together, they put on a show unlike any other – bringing back the 70s sound that earned both bands a collective slew of Grammys® and hit records. Co-presented with R ENTERTAINMENT.


Wed, Nov 8, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $65/50/40

With 15 Grammy® awards, 18 CMA honors and 22 million in album sales, country music star Vince Gill is still the Oklahoma kid who picked up a guitar and never looked back. The singer, songwriter, producer and musician has a career full of hits he will bring to the stage in Mesa.

Curtain Call Series


Wed, Dec 6, 3pm

Piper Theater: $35

This fast-paced musical revue is full of familiar favorites features Paige O'Hara and Michael Piontek, two talented entertainers whose careers range from roles in theater to the big screen. Paige was the voice of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Michael was recently in the cast of Mamma Mia. The evening spans the great Broadway medleys from South Pacific, Evita and Phantom of the Opera to a salute to Judy Garland, Disney and Rodgers & Hammerstein classics.

5th Annual



Wed, Dec 13, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $79/63/47

Brian Setzer, the man credited with single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the 80s and swing in the 90s), returns to Mesa with his 18-piece rockin' big band for a Christmas show you'll never forget. The 3-time Grammy® Award winner will blast through a set of Christmas classics from his “Boogie Woogie Christmas” and "Dig That Crazy Christmas" CD’s plus many other hits from his storied 25-year career.


On the Alliance Terrace


$30 per person

Join us for a hot night of rock music and an American cuisine buffet.

Designed, Arranged and Produced by THE WIGGLES


Sun, Dec 17, 1pm & 4pm

Ikeda Theater: $25/18

The Wiggles are sending their best friends out on the road to entertain the children of America. “Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party” is a fun packed all singing, all dancing performance featuring two hosts, who will sing live all your favorite Wiggles songs, with help from The Wiggles’ best friends, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and of course, Dorothy the Dinosaur.



Wed, Dec 20, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $60/50/40

Four of smooth Jazz’s greatest performers come together for a night of holiday music and their greatest hits. With David Benoit on keyboards, Jonathan Butler on guitar, the vocals of Michael Franks, and Kirk Whalum on saxophone, this night will be unforgettable and sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Part of the KYOT SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES.

Curtain Call Series


Wed, Jan 10, 3pm

Ikeda Theater: $35

Stars of the hit series LA Law as well as the great stages of Broadway, this real life married couple brings songs, scenes and memories from their extensive careers for this delightful show.



Fri, Jan 19, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $35

Whether playing his season-themed piano musings or paying tribute to influences like Vince Guaraldi or The Doors, George Winston is pure magic on stage. His new solo piano recording features originals, as well as pieces by composers Philip Aaberg, Mark Isham, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Huddie Ledbetter, Paul Anastasio and Alby Potts. This concert includes music from his new release “MONTANA – A LOVE STORY.” Presented by LIVE NATION.


Tue, Jan 23, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $56/38

Since forming in 1962, the Chieftains have championed an authentic Irish sound that has quickly earned them an international reputation and made them synonymous with Celtic music. Don’t miss Ireland’s premier band as it brings centuries of the Emerald Isle’s traditional folk songs and ballads to life.

Rolling Stone


Tue, Feb 6, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $72/52/32

It may just be four guys with guitars - but these four guys have written thousands of songs, and each one is a distinctive storyteller with a unique voice. These legendary singer-songwriting giants each play a mini-set - strumming a few songs and telling the story behind the music. Their anecdotal setup yields priceless dialog between the old friends, as they trade guitar licks and vocal harmonies.

Returning by Popular Demand


Fri, Feb 9, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $46/36/31/25

The 5 Browns became international sensations with appearances on Oprah and 60 Minutes and in People while they were still attending New York’s Juilliard School of Music. These virtuoso concert pianists perform an array of classical favorites showcasing the talents of each member of the family, and provide a way for younger audiences to enjoy classical piano music.


Tue, Feb 13, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $64/48/32

KODO - taken from the Japanese word for “heartbeat” and “children of the drum” – is the explosive show with the thunderous power of 24 drummers on stage. The sound of the great Taiko drum is said to resemble a mother's heartbeat as felt in the womb and this primal - yet theatrical - display of ancient and traditional performing arts creates an extraordinary experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Curtain Call Series


special guest LES LANKHORST star of My Way, The Frank Sinatra Tribute

Wed, Feb 14, 3pm

Piper Theater: $35

Countless people remember with nostalgia the tradition of Guy Lombardo playing at New York's Waldorf Astoria on New Year's Eve. His “Auld Lang Syne” continues to be performed throughout the world. Don’t miss this look back to the Big Band era and its distinctive style - the exaggerated vibrato of the saxophones, the clipped brass phrases and a vocal styling that immediately identifies the orchestra as Guy Lombardo's.


Fri, Feb 23, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $34/30/24

For more than twenty-seven centuries, Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the longest running folk art form in history. The performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty.

An Acoustic Evening with


Sat, Feb 24, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $42/34/28

Los Lobos got their start playing backyard parties in their native East L.A. Absorbing elements of R&B, Mexicana, blues, folk, and plain ol' rock 'n' roll, this uniquely American band always brings the audience to its feet.


On the Shadow Walk

PRE-SHOW PARTY at 6:30pm

A free event – food and beverages will be available for sale.


Tue, Mar 6, 8pm

Wed, Mar 7, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $56/46/36

Few dance companies combine the beauty of classical ballet with the innovation of modern dance as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The company turns everyday moves - walking, sitting, standing - into extraordinary works and turns everyday music - jazz, rhythm, blues and gospel – into the soundscapes of masterpieces. Sponsored by WELLS FARGO.

Curtain Call Series

RÉALTA! An Irish Musical Celebration

Wed, Mar 7, 3pm

Piper Theater: $35

Former lead tenor of Riverdance, Brian Dunphy teams with the amazing Irish Divas, the Emerald Isle Orchestra and the dazzling Celtic violin troupe The Fiddlin’ Colleens for an evening of folk tunes, classics and contemporary selections of music from Ireland.


Vladimir Spivakov, conductor

Olga Kern, piano

Thu, Mar 8, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $75/55/35

The leading symphonic virtuosos of Moscow and St. Petersburg have recently formed the National Philharmonic of Russia and are led by the electrifying conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. Pianist and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern joins this incredible cadre of artists on their tour of the United States. The program includes Shostakovich Festival Overture, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (Olga Kern, soloist) and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.

Back by Popular Demand


Sat, Mar 10, 7:30pm

Piper Theater: $28

After her remarkable debut performance at the Mesa Arts Center last year, Rachael Price returns for an encore performance of the great American Jazz standards. With her quick grasp of the subtleties of jazz, this young sensation is creating a buzz across the country as the next Diana Krall.


Sun, Mar 11, 7:30pm

Ikeda Theater: $42/34/26

No group of child musicians has won more renown than the incomparable Vienna Choir Boys. Founded more than 500 years ago by the Emperor Maximilian I, the Vienna Choir Boys remains one of the world’s most popular choirs to this day. Each season, a new choir of boys carries on the rich musical tradition of Vienna’s musical life as they sing the glorious music of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day All Over Again


Sat, Mar 24, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $34/27/24

In a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer, the Irish Rovers will have you singing and clapping along to their hit “The Unicorn” and more. As international ambassadors of Irish music, they have charmed and entertained people around the world and continue to delight audiences with their exciting stage shows.


Joshua Bell, guest conductor and violin

Sun, Mar 25, 7:30pm

Ikeda Theater: $75/55/35

Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell joins the esteemed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra for this sumptuous evening of classical music. Bell, who was famously praised for “playing like a god” and the orchestra known for its magnificent ensembles will perform the brilliant works including Vivaldi The Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major for this heavenly evening for music lovers.


Tue, Apr 10, 8pm

Wed, Apr 11, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $45/37/30

Called “the intimate version of Cirque du Soliel” - Cirque Eloize brings their new world tour to Phoenix. Drawing on the nostalgia of the rainy days of childhood, Cirque Eloize “Rain” astounds audiences with its breathtaking, dreamlike display of acrobatics and movement. Circus artists from around the globe perform heart-stopping feats including a trapeze duet hanging by a thread and artists sliding and cavorting through water.

Curtain Call Series

PAT BOONE The “April Love” Tour

Wed, Apr 18, 3pm

Ikeda Theater: $37.50

The original “American Idol,” Pat Boone celebrates his 50th Anniversary in show business with his “April Love” tour. With his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair and gleaming smile, Boone represents the very essence of American values and combines it with his own twist on rock and roll.

Featuring a Cast of Broadway Stars


Sat, Apr 21, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $50/42/34/26

Those who love Broadway musicals are in for a treat as a powerhouse group of Broadway vets unites for a one-night-only tribute to 100 years of great Broadway tunes. Audiences will delight in seeing Broadway’s biggest musical numbers in concert form uninterrupted by dialogue. Hits from Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady and more are all rolled into one magnificent night!


by Chip Davis

Fri, Apr 27, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $76/53/38

Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller mix classical phrases with synthesizers and a compelling beat to create the smash hit recordings Fresh Aire, American Spirit and best selling holiday albums. Their uplifting and rhythmic sound has sold millions of albums.


From Arizona Theatre Company and the team that brought you “Around the World in a Bad Mood”


starring Bob Sorenson

Dec 5 - Jan 7

Tue-Fri at 7:30pm

Sat-Sun at 4:30pm & 7:30pm

New Year’s Eve at 9pm

Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse: $37.50/32.50

This Off-Broadway, award winning hit comedy stars Bob Sorenson, who portrays over 30 roles. “Sam,” an aspiring actor from Indiana, earns his living scheduling reservations for the fancy restaurant upstairs, a place where the term for "all booked up" is "Fully Committed." He struggles to remain calm and dutiful despite being assailed by the snobs, egotists and general chaos caused by the restaurant and its clientele. It's rough on Sam but lots of fun for the audience.


In the Farnsworth Studio Theater


$125 per person includes show and dinner

Join us for a special New Year’s Eve event but order your ticket early as last year’s dinner sold out fast.


Mesa Arts Center’s family theater company has presented award-winning productions for over 25 years and is recognized for excellence by the American Alliance for Theater and Education.

From the creator of “Holes”


adapted from his award-winning book by Louis Sachar

Sept 29 - Oct 15

Nesbitt/Elliott Theater: $15 adult/$14 students & children

Winner of 19 Children’s Choice awards, Louis Sachar's most beloved novel comes to the stage in this funny and heartwarming play about Bradley, the oldest kid in the fifth grade. No one likes him except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous and knows that Bradley could change if only he weren’t afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world.

A New Play Based on the Best-selling Book


adapted from the new children’s book by Sandy Asher

Feb 23 - Mar 11

Nesbitt/Elliott Theater: $15 adults/$14 students & children

Sandy Asher’s wonderful book of sharing and friendship comes to life in a delightful show for families. The humorous story involves Rabbit and Froggie. Rabbit lives alone and likes it that way. One evening, Froggie arrives on Rabbit’s doorstep. Then he returns again and again. For Rabbit it is too much fuss, too much clutter and too many frogs!

The Modern Russian Version of


adapted from the Russian play and translated into English by George Shail

Apr 13 – Apr 29

Nesbitt/Elliott Theater: $15 adults/$14 students & children

The animals of the forest are front and center in this version of the favorite fairy tale. Mother tells Red Riding Hood to be careful on her way to Grandma’s house. The little girl can't believe there could be danger on her path. With help from her bird and rabbit friends, Red Riding Hood and the good animals win the battle over the bad animals.



Series tickets are on sale now at Single tickets go on sale in September.

Opening Night Series - $175/160/140

”Man of La Mancha” - Nov 21, 8pm

”Jesus Christ Superstar” - Mar 26, 7pm

”The Producers” - Apr 13, 8pm

”Cats” - May 8, 8pm

Encore Series - $185/170/150

”Man of La Mancha” - Nov 22, 8pm

”Jesus Christ Superstar” - Mar 27, 8pm

”The Producers” - Apr 14, 8pm

”Cats” - May 9, 8pm


This story of Don Quixote is a powerful blend of tragedy, romance, comedy and adventure. His story becomes an inspiration to pursue our personal quests with unfailing dedication, unbridled optimism and unwavering courage. Dare to "reach the unreachable star" with an all-new staging of this timeless classic.


starring Ted Neeley

Direct from Broadway! JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the first masterpiece from the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as relevant and as timeless as ever in a magnificent new production. With a score of amazing songs - “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Hosanna,” “Everything’s Alright,” “What’s the Buzz,” “Superstar,” “Heaven on their Mind” - and a stunning visual design, this is truly a SUPERSTAR for the ages!


The new MEL BROOKS musical

The biggest smash to hit Broadway in years and winner of the most Tony Awards® ever, THE PRODUCERS is coming to Mesa! Based on the Academy Award® winning 1968 film, THE PRODUCERS is the story of the down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and his mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. From the genius mind of Mel Brooks comes this comedic masterpiece.


Broadway's longest running musical, winner of seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. CATS has purred its way into the hearts of millions. Based on a series of poems by T.S. Eliot, the story celebrates the lives of the Jellicle cats with stunning choreography and unforgettable songs including the classic hit "Memory."


Friday, October 27, 9am-9pm

Saturday, October 28, 9:30am-9pm

On the Lawn at Mesa Convention Center

The Valley’s largest storytelling event, the Mesa Storytelling Festival presents the art of the spoken word for families to enjoy. National, regional and youth talent gather to share a wide array of stories: folk tales, tall tales, myths, humor, great legends from America and tales from all over the globe. This festival of food, music, stories and fun will be an absolute highlight of your year!

National storytellers schedules to appear are Donald Davis, Rex Ellis, Andy Offutt Irwin, Dan Keding, Angela Lloyd, Milbre Burch, Jeannine Pasini Beekman, Leeny Del Seamonds and more!


9am-11:30am National Storytellers

11:30am-12pm Lunch Break with Entertainment

12pm-2pm National Storytellers

2pm-3:30pm Story Swap (Open Mic for everyone)

3:30pm-4pm Entertainment

4pm-5:30pm Early Bird Storytelling Concert

5:30-6:30pm Dinner Break

6:30pm-7pm Entertainment

7pm-9pm Family Storytelling Concert


9:30am-12pm Free Event - Scary Stories for Children, Costume Parade and Activities

9:30am-12pm National Storytellers

12pm-1pm Lunch Break with Entertainment

1pm-3pm National Storytellers

3pm-4:30pm Regional Storytellers

4:30pm-5:30pm Scary Stories for Adults

5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner Break

6:30pm-7pm Entertainment

7pm-9pm Family Storytelling Concert

All Access/Both Days $35 adult/$20 student

All Access/One Day $25 adult/$15 student

Early Bird Concert Only $7 per person

Family Concert Only $10 per person

Sponsored by Farnsworth Companies, Jamba Juice, Glauser & Williams Orthodontics, The Tribune

Editor’s Note: Images are available for download the Mesa Arts Center’s online Media Center at; password is macmedia (all lower case).


FOR SEASON 2006 | 2007

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2006 (Mesa, Ariz.) Discover Mesa Contemporary Arts, the exciting visual art galleries at Mesa Arts Center. Mesa Contemporary Arts showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. Don’t miss our free receptions for our exhibitions when the public is invited to view the exhibitions, mingle with guests, sample some appetizers, and meet the artists. In addition, admission is free on Thursdays and the second Sunday of each month.---

Now through Oct 15

Legacy of an Artist and Educator: Dave Pimentel

A retrospective of the late metalsmith and ASU professor David Pimentel and the work of the ASU Masters Graduates from the Metals Program who studied under him. Using copper as his medium, David Pimentel became famous for his raised vessels, which he formed from a single sheet of metal.

Galleries Reopen September 5th and a free public reception will be held September 15th.

Sept 5–Oct 15

Public Space

An installation by artist Joseph Ostraff photos.

Influenced by his father’s loss of hearing and the challenges of this disability, Joseph Ostraff’s installation features over 50 small earphones that are suspended from the Project Room’s ceiling at various height levels, enabling visitors to easily interact with the installation. Ten CDs will randomly play assorted sound bits collected from public spaces located in the greater Phoenix area. Polaroid photos that reference these specific sound locations surround the space.

Sept 5–Nov 26

PIVOT: The Conjunction of Directional Impulses

An audio and kinetic installation by James A. Cook

Tucson artist James Cook incorporates video, sound, and other electronic media into his interactive sculptures. As the visitor enters the gallery, the devices are activated and react to the movement and population density in the space. Cook’s work creates a dialogue between the visitor and art, playing upon man’s complex relationship with technology.

Sept 15–Jan 7

Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy

This exhibition features Sandow Birk’s most recent series of prints and paintings, which are based on his contemporary re-translation of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy—a classic work of Western literature that invites readers to tour the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso with Dante as their guide. Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art.

November 3 -Free public reception.

November 16-8pm Piper Repertory Theater

Sneak Preview Screening of Dante’s Inferno-

A new full-length feature film by Sean Meredith, Sandow Birk and Paul Zaloom, featuring the voices of Dermot Mulroney and James Cromwell.

September 5-TBD

neither MAN nor BEAST

Exhibition of works from the Mesa Contemporary Arts Permanent Collection

From Mesa Contemporary Arts permanent collection, this exhibition explores the beasts that reside within an artist’s imagination. Some representations resemble human forms, but are they? The anthropomorphic imagery displayed in this exhibit capture man’s fascination with the strange and unusual.

Nov 3–Apr 1


A national juried exhibition of glass and neon art. Guest jurors are Susanne K. Frantz, former Curator of 20th-Century Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, and Kim Koga, Executive Director of the Museum of Neon Art.

Nov 3–Jan 7

Melissa Martinez and Mary Shindell

Multi media collaborative installation by Valley artists Martinez and Shindell

Dec 12-Feb 4

La Lotería: An Exploration of México

paintings by Teresa Villegas

January 26 -free public reception.

Jan 26 - TBD

2006 Craft Award Winner Margaret Whiting

Chosen for this award by the 27th Annual Contemporary Crafts juror Jane Milosch, Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Whiting will have a solo exhibition of her latest work in the MCA Project Room.

Jan 26–Mar 5

28th Annual Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Continuing the tradition of this very popular exhibition, artist from across the country will be juried into this annual exhibit of the finest in contemporary American Crafts. Guest juror for this exhibition is Mark R. Leach, Director of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A free public reception will be held on March 22nd to celebrate the Spring exhibitions.

Feb 20-Apr 29

Jelly: An Installation by artist Gwyneth Scally

Placed in a small, chapel-like setting, the single twenty-foot wide painting-comprised of an interlocking system of ten wooden panels stained in deep mahogany-suggests an altarpiece. Reinforcing the altar's effect, meticulously crafted, strikingly realistic resin and fabric jellyfish "float" in front of the large panels.

Mar 20–Apr 29

Mosaic Art

A national juried exhibition of mosaic art, this exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Society of American Mosaic Artist's Annual Conference.

Apr 20–Aug 5

Physical Presence

A national juried exhibition of the figure in Contemporary art.

A free public reception will be held May 11.

May 11–Aug 12

Arizona Photographers

An exhibition showcasing the diversity and talent of Arizona photographers.

May 8–Aug 12

Annie Lopez and Jeff Falk

An exhibition featuring the work of two prominent artists on the Valley art scene.

All galleries will be closed from Aug 4-Sept 4,2006

Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center

1 East Main Street | Mesa | 480-644-6560

Hours | Tue-Wed 10am-5pm | Thu-Sat 10am-8pm

Sun 12pm-5pm | Closed Monday

Editor’s Note: Images are available for download the Mesa Arts Center’s online Media Center at; password is macmedia (all lower case).

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For Immediate Release

July 17, 2006 (Mesa, Ariz.) Mesa Arts Center announces dates for the Out To Lunch free concert series, and the schedule for Stageworks’ Troupes. Included in the schedules are audition dates for Off the Cuff, Off Center Dance Company, and Creative Zone. Anyone interested in auditioning for Off Center Dance should contact Mesa Arts Center staff before the audition in order to be properly prepared. ---


Out to Lunch are free lunchtime concerts held on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in the Wells Fargo Garden.

Listen to local musicians from a variety of genres.

October 26

November 2,9,16,30

December 7,14


Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff is an improvisational troupe of Stageworks. Auditions to become a member of the Off the Cuff Troupe will be August 26 at 4pm in the Acting Studio at Mesa Arts Center. You must be 16 to audition to be a member of Off the Cuff.

Off the Cuff performs regularly at educational and performance venues around the Valley. The troupe provides a creative outlet for actors, and offers the audience the opportunity to directly contribute to the performance. All performances are at 7:30 pm and cost $10. Performances are:

September off the Cuff

Sept. 15,Farnsworth Studio Theater

November Off the Cuff

Nov. 3, 2006,Farnsworth Studio Theater

December Off the Cuff

Dec. 8, 2006,Farnsworth Studio Theater

January Off the Cuff

Jan. 5, 2007,Farnsworth Studio Theater

February Off the Cuff

Feb. 2, 2007,Farnsworth Studio Theater

March Off the Cuff

Mar. 16, 2007, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse

April Off the Cuff

Apr. 20, 2007,Farnsworth Studio Theater

May Off the Cuff

May 18 & 19, 2007,Farnsworth Studio Theater

Off Center Dance Company

Off Center Dance is Mesa Arts Center’s resident dance troupe with member ages 13 and older. Auditions to become a member of the Off Center Dance Company are September 5 and 6 at 6pm in the Farnsworth Studio Theater. Anyone with questions about what to bring to the audition or how to dress should contact Marlina Kessler at 480-644-6542. The performers are divided into two troupes, a main troupe and an apprentice troupe. Off Center Dance Company performs in a high-energy eclectic dance style that blends modern, jazz, and ballet. All performances are at 7:30pm and are $10. Performances are:

Off Center Dance Invitational

Feb. 23 & 24, 2007, Piper Repertory Theater

April Off Center Dance

Apr. 6 & 7, 2007, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse

May Off Center Dance

May 11 & 12, 2007,Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse

Creative Zone & Off Center Dance Apprentice Company

Creative Zone is an actors workshop for young adults ages 12-18. Interviews to become a member of the Creative Zone Troupe will be August 28-31 in the Drama Studio at Mesa Arts Center. Persons interested in interviewing during these dates should contact June Valk at 480-644-6543 to schedule an interview time.

The program is a yearlong process based workshop designed to further develop acting and performance skills for those serious about pursuing theatre arts. Members explore and enhance their abilities through improvisation, monologue, and scene work.

Off Center Dance Apprentice Company is a dance-training program at Mesa Arts Center. They perform in a high-energy eclectic dance style that blends modern, jazz, and ballet. Together these troupes will perform “Unscripted” and ”Progressions”. Both performances are $10.


Dec. 15, 2006, 7:30 pm, Farnsworth Studio Theater

Dec. 16, 2006, 4:30/7:30pm, Farnsworth Studio Theater


May 4, 2007,7:30 pm, Farnsworth Studio Theater

May 5, 2007,4:30/7:30 pm, Farnsworth Studio Theater

Editor’s Note: Images are available for download the Mesa Arts Center’s online Media Center at; password is macmedia (all lower case).

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