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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Under The Big Top

Can you believe 2012 is coming to a close? It has been a wonderful year here at Chandler Center for the Arts. Numerous talented artists graced our stage bringing enjoyment to our audiences.

So how could we possibly celebrate the close of such a great year? Well with the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, of course. Consider this your formal invitation to join us Decemeber 31 to kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Snag your tickets to this fun-filled event here. The show includes acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and clowning around. And let’s not forget, each guest will receive New Year’s Eve party favors to help celebrate the New Year.  See you there!

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Before you go to the circus be sure to try one of our participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurants.


Run Away to the Circus

Zoppe 013Ready to run away to the circus? If so, you are in luck! The Zoppé Italian Family circus is coming to Chandler Center for the Arts on December 26. The circus will be in town until Jan. 5, 2013.

Although it might not be a “permanent escape” the show will allow you to run away from your daily to-dos and be swept away by the acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and clowning around. So pack your bags  (more like pack up the car with your friends and family) and head over to the big white and blue striped tent.

Zoppe 010As soon as you arrive, you are instantly transported to the old Italian circus world. People are bustling around, the smell of popcorn wafts though the air,  circus music plays in the background, and excitement abounds. The performers enter the ring and you can bet your inner child will emerge. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be on the edge of your seat! Before you know it you are lost in the magic of the circus.

As the show comes to an end you might find yourself asking Giovanni Zoppe, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the clown, if you can join the circus.  Today could be your lucky day.

Either way, make sure you run away to the Zoppé Italian Family circus this season, even if it is just for a day!

To learn more or to purchase tickets click here.


Artsy Fartsy Foodies: Serrano’s

Margaritas, homemade bean dip, hot tortilla chips, enchiladas, tacos…mmmm…

All of these amazing Mexican traditions can be found under one roof, Serrano’s Mexican Food. And to our delight, Serrano’s Mexican Food will be joining us for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on February 26, 2013.

In 1979,  Ernie and Eva Serrano were working in the family business, Serrano’s Clothing Store, in downtown Chandler. Using the same Serrano’s logo as their clothing stores, Ernie and Eva bravely opened their first restaurant just behind their clothing store. The restaurant quickly became a customer favorite.

Fast forward to today. The Serrano family now owns and operates eight restaurants with seven Mexican food locations in the Southeast area. Along with Ernie and Eva, six of their eight children are involved in the restaurants.

Envision colorful plates full of delicious Mexican food, your traditional Mexican music in the background and the table surrounded by great friends. That is exactly what you can expect each time you enter any of  Serrano’s restaurants. Serrano’s uses only the freshest foods, direct from our growers in Queen Creek and Willcox, Arizona. If you are looking to fill your belly with tasty, traditional Mexican food, this is your one stop spot!

Come out Tuesday, February 26th, 2013  and join them  for lunch or dinner (or both)!

25% of Sales will be donated to Chandler Center for the Arts.

Hours:

  • Sunday-Wednesday: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm

141 S Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 899-3318
Map
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serranos-Mexican-Food-Restaurants/217361174160

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of the participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants. 

On a side note…

Restaurants are now able to sign up for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.   If your favorite restaurant is not on the list, let us know and we will contact them to see if they would like to participate.  Bon Appétit!


Monday Mashup: Dances of Sugar Plum Fairies

These past couple of weekends were full of incredibly talented dancers, holiday music, and holiday cheer. We welcomed Tempe Dance Academy’s Spirit of Christmas to our stage for four amazing shows. Here is a small glimpse of the magic we experienced.

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And don’t miss out on the upcoming Zoppé Italian Family Circus (December 26 – January 5).


In the “Big House” Christmas Tour!

Yesterday, Chandler Center for the Art’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) visited the Chandler Police Department. YAC were hosted by Officer Robin Valenzuela. The council received a tour of the shooting range, police car and jail cells – they even got to try on a bullet proof vest!

The tour was full of dialogue with the officers. YAC learned about the legal and safety issues that will effect them as they transition to adulthood.  The devastating long-term effects and legal punishment of sexting and bullying were also discussed. Over all, the evening was informative and fun for the entire group.

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We are looking forward to YAC’s upcoming fundraiser on February 9, 2013.  Each year the new council takes on a fundraiser event.  This year the fundraiser will include a Wayne Newton pre-show raffle, mystery box and silent auction.  The goal is to raise enough money to send four kids to our three week summer camp (approx. $2,000). People wishing to send donations for the YAC Summer Camp Scholarship may donate at any of our shows or send money to Chandler Center for the Arts (Attn: YAC Fundraiser) 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225.


Artsy Fartsy Foodies: Tasty Two

Mouthwatering news! Two more restaurants, Floridinos and Dilly’s Deli, are joining us for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on February 26, 2013.

Jeff Weninger and Sarah Converse, had always worked in the food industry.  It only seemed natural when these two had an opportunity to continue in what they knew best.

In 1993, Weninger and Converse opened the doors to  Dilly’s Deli. Their motivating concept “Build the best sandwiches using the finest ingredients for a fair price and business will prosper.” Beginning with their first location in Tempe, their homemade bread was sliced to order. Bread is still made fresh in-store daily and thanks to word-of-mouth exposure from our loyal customers they have expanded to a well known sandwich shop in four locations within the Phoenix Valley.  Dilly’s Deli offers a unique menu you can’t receive just anywhere.

As Dilly’s Deli grew Weninger and Converse listened to their customers discuss their favorite restaurants from back home.  Floridino’s took the requests to heart and in 1996 they opened a second restaurant with the promise to embrace family-oriented, full-service, true Italian restaurant food in Chandler. Floridino’s is a place customers love to come to see the same faces, great food and a warm environment.

Between the two restaurants, 90% of their employees and customers live in the Chandler community. When asked why Dilly’s Deli and Floridino’s support Chandler Center for the Arts they replied “We love seeing the community come together for such a great event.”

And we are ever thrilled these two palatable restaurants are joining us for Eat Your Art Out Chandler. Be sure to stop by and enjoy a meal today.

Come out Tuesday, February 26th, 2013  and join them  for lunch or dinner (or both)!
25% of Sales will be donated to Chandler Center for the Arts.

Dilly’s Deli

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
  • Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm

2895 Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 722-0645
Map

Facebook: facebook.com/dillysdeliaz
Twitter: twitter.com/dillysdeliaz

Floridino’s

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
  • Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm

590 N. Alma School Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 812-8433
Map

Facebook: www.facebook.com/floridinospizza
Twitter: twitter.com/Floridinos

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of the participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants. 

On a side note…

Restaurants are now able to sign up for Eat Your Art Out Chandler on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.   If your favorite restaurant is not on the list, let us know and we will contact them to see if they would like to participate.  Bon Appétit!


Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteering takes time and devotion. Volunteering is love in motion.

IMG_1593Today, Chandler Center for the Arts hosted the 100 Hours Centennial Volunteer Challenge Recognition Breakfast. The Challenge included Chandler residents or individuals who volunteered for a Chandler organization or project, and provided 100 hours of community service between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2012. Volunteers were required to do their hours in the City of Chandler city limits, either through an established nonprofit program or City volunteer program.

A total of 2,152 people volunteered a total of 141,833 hours in service to the community – amongst those were some of CCA’s finest.

Volunteering makes a drastic difference here at Chandler Center for the Arts. Our volunteers take tickets, show people to their seats, pass out programs, monitor the Gallery on show nights, help out at the concession counter, gift shop area and participate in special events including Eat Your Art Out Chandler (Febuary 26, 2013). Honestly, the show would not run without our volunteers.

So here is a special shout out to our volunteers. Thank you for all you do for the center.

Interested in becoming a CCA volunteer? Learn more here.


The Circus is Coming!

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Back by popular demand,the Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to Chandler December 26-January 5!

Last season audiences were charmed and dazzled by this Old-World family circus and they can expect the same this season with new acts and audience favorites.

If you’ve never been to see the show, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus is reminiscent of the intimate one-ring European family circuses of the last century. The inside of the tent is very colorful with strings of lights and festive Italian music playing in the background. This magnificent show is propelled by a central story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

https://i0.wp.com/chandlercenter.org/performances/zoppe/Zoppe_Nino-hang.jpgGiovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino The Clown, says the show aims higher than the high–concept, high-dollar cirque shows.

“Nobody knows what real circus is,” said Giovanni. “I’m not going to say we’re better than a Cirque du Soleil show at all. It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. But it’s not circus. When a kid imagines a circus, [Zoppé Italian Circus] is what they think of. It’s exactly the way it’s supposed to be. It’s like the circus was 100 years ago.”

Or, more precisely, as it was 170 years ago, in 1842, when a French clown named Napoline Zoppé met a ballerina, Ermenegilda, in Hungary, and they ran away to Venice. They were Giovanni’s great great-grandparents.

Cecil B. DeMille brought Giovanni’s father Alberto Zoppé here from Italy.  Alberto appeared in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Mr. DeMille’s Oscar-winning film, and rose in circus lore with his signature act: a backwards, flat somersault – his torso straight as a pole, not tucked into a ball – off the back of a running horse onto the back of a second running horse.

He met his wife, then Sandra Kayler, in the early 1960’s on the road. “They asked for volunteers from the audience,” Sandra recalled. “No one would volunteer for it, and I felt bad, so I volunteered. He was 43. I was 17.” They married and had three children. Alberto passed away in 2009 leaving Giovanni as the patriarch of the family business.

Twenty-two years ago, it almost fell apart. Giovanni was 30 feet from the ground, spinning end-over-end while standing on a trapeze, a highlight of his clown act. “I went outside the circle of centrifugal force. I came down headfirst. I remember falling, but I don’t remember much after that.”https://i0.wp.com/chandlercenter.org/performances/zoppe/zoppe_s08.jpg

His mother said he landed in a fetal position in the sawdust of the ring and stopped moving. “I dream about it,” she said, still clearly shaken by the memory.

He spent four days in a coma and awoke incoherent and listing to his right.  But Giovanni recovered and again put on the costume of Nino the Clown and returned to the ring on the one-year anniversary of his accident.

This family show reaches across generations, creating lasting memories for your entire family!

The circus runs December 26 – January 5.  Tickets are available at www.chandlercenter.org or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680