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Saxaphonist and Grammy nominee Dave Koz jams out with Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams and Jonathan Butler in this swinging Christmas production, now in its 16th year.
I’m no quilter, but with grandmothers who had homemade quilting racks hanging from their ceilings, I can appreciate a good carpenter’s star or double wedding ring. Those treasured old patterns, pretty as they are, are blown out of the water by the blankets currently on display in Chandler.
What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? You could see acclaimed a cappella group Straight No Chaser at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Mesa.
You may recognize her from TV, but you might not realize Audra McDonald, who played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit television series “Private Practice,” has a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.
Childsplay in Tempe received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support one of its upcoming productions.
A profound work by one of the 20th century’s most influential writers is making its stage debut in the Valley. The world premiere of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” runs through Sunday, Dec. 22, at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.
There’s a new place to shop for original gifts in the East Valley, and it’s only going to be open about three weeks.
The City of Mesa held a grand-opening ceremony for a new facility to house independent seniors in the downtown area.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
The Mesa Arts Center campus will turn into a virtual winter wonderland over the weekend for the city’s ninth annual Mesa Arts Festival.
As you know, or if you don’t know, I’ll tell you this: “The Velveteen Rabbit” play is a Christmas story.
From the CMA to Michael Bublé, there’s a Christmas television special to entertain you almost nightly.
Once you peel away the wrapping and the tinsel, nothing speaks as profoundly to the heart of Christmas as “The Messiah” does.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
Browse original work from more than 60 artists or enjoy the live music, gallery openings, food booths and kids games that pepper Downtown Mesa during its monthly 2nd Friday block party.
It’s easy to let Christmastime slip by without ever taking time to pause and enjoy purposeful activities with our closest friends and family. Here are several ways to make special memories this holiday season, whether you’re catering to kids, out of towners or a tight budget.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
There was no warmth outside the walls of the First Baptist Church of Mesa on Thursday night. Winter won’t start for another two weeks, but the temperature — cold enough to cause the ears to tingle and burn a little — was a reminder the line between seasons is flexible.
Families gathered Nov. 23 at The Wright House in Mesa for Ballet Etudes’ Nutcracker Sweet Tea, a precursor to the Gilbert ballet company’s much-anticipated annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” See “The Nutcracker” through Dec. 8 at Chandler Center for the Arts and Dec. 13-15 at Mesa Arts Center.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has a slate of holiday performances set up for December, highlighted by a show this Friday by a Grammy-award winning group.
The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert on Dec. 6. [Courtesy Higley Center for the Performing Arts]
The City of Mesa held a grand opening event on Dec. 4 for a new mixed-use development that will provide housing for low- to moderate-income families.
There are a plethora of holiday performances to choose from this time of year, and one we’re marking on our calendar is “Celebration” at Mesa Arts Center.