Martin Short Stars In
ARTrageous Benefit Gala
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Nov. 25, 2015 — The mightiest mite to perhaps ever make folks laugh, Martin Short, is coming to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, Dec. 5, as the showcase performer for the 2015 ARTrageous Benefit Gala.
The event also celebrates three milestones for the Scottsdale Cultural Council: the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Sweet 16th.
Short will perform an energetic combination of songs, videos, bits and sketches, with music and comedy the palette for everything that Short does best.
Proceeds from ARTrageous support the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council and the programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art. Tickets start at $109 for the performance only, with price levels for the reception and dinner beginning at $500. Tickets are not available online. Call 480-499-TKTS (8587) to order.
Call or e-mail Eileen Wilson, director of donor relations, to reserve a table or sponsorship at 480-874-4620 or EileenW@sccarts.org
For more information, visit Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Until Monday, Nov. 30
Disgraced, a Pulitzer-prize winning play written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by David Ira Goldstein will be presented at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. What’s it about? A real American issue that just might make one think as much as they are being entertained: a successful Muslim-American lawyer hosts dinner guests and discussions of race and identity explode to reveal racial prejudices and personal secrets. Tickets are $28 to $68 and can be purchased at www.arizonatheatre.org.
Until Dec. 27
The holiday season in Arizona may not include snowflakes or crackling fireplaces but that doesn’t mean residents of the Phoenix metro have to miss out on every classic holiday tradition. If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the season (or just trying to cheer up the Scrooge in your family), head down to the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria to experience its production of A Christmas Carol.. Individual ticket prices vary and can be purchased at azbroadway.org or by calling the box office at 623-776-8400.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
World renowned Andrea Bocelli will bring his prodigious talents to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more information, visit Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Dec. 4 to 20
Poet and raconteur Langston Hughes was a paragon of literature and the Black Theatre Troupe is bringing his work, Black Nativity to the Helen Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The production will feature the company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians and a message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. For more information, visit Black Theatre Troupe.
Friday, Dec. 4
Local Sun City artist Anna Marie Peterson will give a free art demonstration at The West Valley Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, from 5 to 7 p.m., as part of her 99th birthday celebration. The Arts HQ will also be open for Date Night with the Arts. For information, call the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384 or visit www.westvalleyarts.org.
Saturday, Dec. 5
The APS Electric Light Parade will once again roll through central Phoenix Dec. 5, displaying hundreds of thousands of lights that will brighten the streets of central Phoenix. Entries for the 2015 parade will interpret the theme "Trim the Trees for the Holiday." Minnie Mouse is scheduled to serve as grand marshal. The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road), heads south to Camelback Road, where it turns east to 7th Street where it turns south to the end point at Indian School Road. Comprehensive event information is at Electric Light Parade or by phone at 602-534-FEST.
Muse will bring their roadshow to the Phoenix metro and Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, on Dec. 5, in support of their critically and commercially acclaimed album Drones. For more information, visit Gila River Arena.
Photo and more info: http://www.bbgunpress.com/artists/muse/
Friday, Dec. 11
Indie rock band Fine China will return to the stage for the first time in nearly a decade at the Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., to commemorate an expanded 10th anniversary 180 gram black vinyl reissue of the 2005 album The Jaws of Life. Featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Withem, bassist Greg Markov, keyboardist Josh Block and drummer Thom Walsh, the show will mark the first time Fine China has performed since 2006. For more information, visit The Rebel Lounge.
Dec. 12 and 13
The 2015 Mesa Arts Festival at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, Mesa, is back and will once again feature original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums; live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages; live artist demonstrations; Family Activity Area and an array of culinary delights. Even more, this year, attendees can take the Light Rail in. As always, admission and parking are free. For more information, visit Mesa Arts Center.
The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair will bring workshops and 200 artisan booths to Steele Indian School Park, Indian School Road and Central Avenue. Workshops include creative collage holiday cards, felting, mini monoprint masterpieces, dream pillows and more. For more information, visit www.jackalopeartfair.com/phoenixworkshops
Dec. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 26
Actors Ron May and Katie McFadzen are set to star in holiday season, limited engagement, one-person performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, (McFadzen) and David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries (May). Both shows will play in an intimate custom-built 250-seat stage-within-a-stage located in the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information, visit Herberger Theater Center.
Nov. 25 to Dec. 13
The Mexico City-based performance group, Opera Joven, will make its U.S. debut in Phoenix Nov. 23 to Dec. 13. Several performances are planned for Phoenix, including a 2-hour concert at The Orpheum Theater, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25 called Gala de Musica Mexicana that features a mix of popular Mexican standards and contemporary selections and operatic pieces; a First Friday show at the Phoenix Art Museum on Dec. 4, and a special musical tribute to La Virgen de Guadalupe on Dec. 11 at St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix. For more information, visit www.newcarpa.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-252-2772. For more information about Opera Joven visit www.operajoven.mx.
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