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The 1940s was the last time in the 20th century the entire country shared a common popular music. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds while sustaining national morale during World War II.
Instead of stepping into someone’s shoes for the day, slide on the face of an ancient Aztec, traditional Japanese samurai or a mischievous-looking demon.
Actor and Mesa native Charlie LeSueur recently left his footprints in cement at the Superstition Mountain Museum for his work preserving a part of television history. Now, LeSueur is working to make a new footprint by developing the theatrical talents of students at Sequoia Star Academy in his role as its performing arts director.
The classic “South Pacific,” opening Friday at The Palms Theatre in Mesa, is considered by many as one of the finest musicals ever written, thanks in part to one of the most romantic scores of all time and the fact that it won all ten of the Tony Awards it was nominated for. See it March 6, and a portion of your ticket cost will benefit Mesa United Way.
It’s hard to believe that almost 55 years has elapsed since The Osmonds started as a barbershop quartet in Ogden, Utah. More than a half-century and 100 million records later, they are one of the most legendary families of the entertainment industry.
When you think of the 1980s movie “Top Gun,” it’s easy to picture Tom Cruise wearing aviators and looking ever so handsome in his uniform. This image won’t be completely fulfilled in the All Puppet Players’ adaptation of the film, “Top Gun: Live, Abridged & Completely Underfunded.” It premieres Feb. 7 at Mesa Encore Theatre’s Block Box On Brown.
New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s
’Twas the afternoon of Christmas and all through the house, presents were opened and appetites doused. Get away from the mess and out on the town; these are the places fun can be found.
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.
Arizona Museum of Natural History will host a party after the GoFobo free movie pass event for the new movie “Walking with Dinosaurs” at the Cinemark Mesa theater. The party is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the museum, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. To get a free pass to the movie earlier in the day, log on to www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter RSVP code WOMF97Q.
With their roots firmly planted in Mesa, local rock band Mimelight is on a quest to share its music with the world. You can see them next at a benefit concert for Mesa’s Paz De Cristo shelter Dec. 10 at The Underground in Mesa.
Fifteen years ago, Donna and Roy Tuttle of Gilbert lived through one of those “parents’ worst nightmare” experiences. Their son, Travis, a graduate of Gilbert High School, was 20 and serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia when they got word that he and his companion, Andrew Propst, also 20, of Lebanon, Ore., had been kidnapped and were being held for ransom.
Sixty years ago Tom Prather started hauling furniture out of his parents’ home near Glenwood Springs, Colo.
After closing the well-received Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in early 2012 and leasing the space out, Tom Prather revamped the Mesa spot, recently reopening it as simply "The Palms." [Photo courtesy Tom Prather]
Love Doctor Who? Enter now to win two tickets to BBC’s "Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor" in 3D on the big screen. The screening takes place 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the AMC Mesa Grand Theatre at 1645 S. Stapley Drive.
If you think you couldn't possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
Mesa’s National Comedy Theatre is turning 5 years old. The small but vibrant space, and the creative ensemble of performers it houses, will celebrate with six special comedy shows running Oct. 10-13.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre fans, you can finally put the question to rest: No, the Broadway Palm is not coming back.
There’s a new place to catch live comedies and dramas in Mesa, and it’s backed by the city’s oldest community theatre company.
The Black Box on Brown is a live performance space inside a suite in a strip mall at Brown Road and Mesa Drive in Mesa.
A Las Vegas mother is resting Wednesday after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets in a suburban Phoenix hospital, bringing five new additions to her family's already full house.
We're giving away four tickets to a live screening of "The Clean Guys of Comedy," showing 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the AMC Mesa Grande 14 and Cinemark 16 theaters in Mesa.