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I Play My Drum For You

Did you know November is National Drum Month?

Drums have been significant to the history of time. According to All About Drums, “The first drumming in drums history was a series clapping of hands and hitting the chest and knees with open hands. Various rhythms were adapted using this method but was limited because of the volume one could create and because to create higher volume was painful. So the drum was developed to overcome this problem.”

The drum has since signified various proclamations such as celebrating a victorious battle to worship and dance. Now days it is far more common to see a drum used within a performing band.

Let’s imagine the drum…now add choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition. Sound like showstopping fun? Well my friends, that is exactly what DRUMLINE LIVE is.

This new attraction was created by the team behind the hit movie “Drumline” and brings the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition to the theatrical stage for the very first time. With riveting rhythms and bold beats, this versatile group of musicians and dancers bring explosive energy and athleticism to the marching band experience.

DRUMLINE LIVE is coming to Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7pm. Don’t delay, get your tickets today.

For those who love the drum or love the power of music and dance, this is the show for you!

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If you ever needed a good reason to take a 2 hour lunch…then this is it!

Rwanda Genocide Survivor Shares Her Harrowing Story

Immaculee IlibagizaOn Tuesday, October 30 from 11am-1pm, Seton Catholic Prep in collaboration with The City of Chandler and The Chandler Unified School District proudly present Immaculee Ilibagiza who survived the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Over 800,000 Tutsis (Rwanda’s minority tribe) were slaughtered by the Hutus (Rwanda’s majority tribe) in 100 days.  Immaculee and 6 other women hid in a 3ft x 4ft bathroom for 91 days in the home of a Hutus minister as Hutus killers hunted for them.

Immaculee’s personal mission is to make sure no one forgets what happened in Rwanda in order to prevent future atrocities and massacres from happening.

 

Tickets are just $35 and can purchased at http://www.chandlercenter.org or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680. This event is a fundraiser that includes a light buffet lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. provided by Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant and Floridino’s.

Proceeds benefit St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule, just south of Chandler.


Monday Mashup: What do you get…

…When you mix a folk singer and a blues/jazz band?

Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project.

The video is a tad long, but I like it because it shows the different talents of the project, and I think it was one of the audience’s favorite songs. It’s a bit slow and mellow, but it’s perfect to keep me nice and mellow so I can make the most out of my Monday.

We also had the second performance of our 3 Evenings With The Arts, but I wasn’t able to get any video or photos of that, sadly. We had a great turnout, and now we’re focused on next month’s Bible Bingo, An Act of Charity in Two Acts (also a part of the 3 Evenings With The Arts) and our last Free Summer Concert, the Territorial Brass Band. Before I know it, the 2012-2013 season will be here and temperatures will be nice and I’ll be so busy that I won’t know what to do with myself.

…Well, I only half believe the part about cooler temperatures. Just because I don’t remember what 75 degrees feels like.

How is the start of the week treating you?


Trying something new

It’s been a great year for trying new things at the Center.

We tried and succeeded at Eat Your Art Out.

We tried and succeeded with our Youth Advisory Council.

And we’re trying something new again starting on Saturday.

We needed something else in the summer. People tend to flee Phoenix in the summer, partly because of the heat, and partly because there is nothing to do because of the heat. We saw a void, and we’re trying to fix it.

3 Evenings For The Arts is a fundreaiser designed to fill that void, help kids and bring the community together, all in three shows. Once a month from now until September, we’re asking people to bring their friends, family or people they like to hang out with to the Center, take a chance for some awesome prizes, see a great show and help build Chandler into something stronger.

The prizes that you can win differ from show to show, so I’m asking that you come to as many as you can. The performers are top-notch, the wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle are phenomenal (they are sponsoring the wine tastings at each show) and it’s a chance to help the arts in Chandler become better than what it is.

Our first show, “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole”, is this Saturday night and I have a list of the fan-tabulous prizes up for grabs here.

You can get tickets to each show individually, or the whole series if you like. Individual tickets can be purchased here, but series ones can only be bought at our box office, either in person or by calling 480-782-2680


Weekend Preview: Starting again

Oh Weekend Preview, how I have missed you.

This weekend we don’t have any shows at the Center, but we do have something you should check out. Tonight I’ll be at the Plaza San Marcos hanging out with some of the most talented people in Chandler as part of the monthly Chandler Art Walk. This month it’s INSIDE. I know shouting isn’t polite, but we all know the weather, and we all know how awesome it is when a normally outside event is inside. I can’t wait! I’ll have more information on our shows and be ready, able and willing to give out any updates (and maybe swag) if you come say hi.

Besides, I’m awesome, you’re awesome, so lets just hangout and be awesome together. And snack on Paletas Betty. Nomnomnomnom.

A week from today (July 27)is the start of our Free Summer Concert Series! Yay! It’s a yearly free concert series to introduce people to the Center, to music they like but aren’t sure if they want to pay for it just yet and as a good way to gear up for a packed season. Comeback Buddy is in charge of getting the series started like it should be, and they are up for the challenge. Mike Randall was kind enough to sit down with me (over the phone) and answer all my pesky questions about Comeback Buddy, and that was a blast. Plus the whole band is super nice and talented, so we’re going to be in for a real treat. The doors open at 6:30 pm, seating starts at 7:00 and the concert starts at 7:30. Seating is done on a first come, first served basis, so get here as soon as you can if you want up close and personal seats. The concerts are free, but we will have several donation boxes out and we’d appreciate it beyond measure if you could throw a couple of bucks our way. That way we can keep on keepin’ on.

That whole weekend is a blast from the past, and on Saturday, July 28, is the start of our never before had 3 Evenings With The Arts fundraising series with “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” starring Joe Bourne & Trio.  Joe told me a little bit about the show and his history with Nat King Cole in an interview that I posted yesterday. Give it a read, if you missed it.

3 Evenings With The Arts is a series of three shows over three months that aim to bring together the Chandler community and help us help our kids. The proceeds from the series (the show, the live and silent auctions and the raffle) will go into the Jerry Brooks’ Legacy Fund, which keeps our Connecting Kidz programs available to everyone. You can buy tickets to each show individually, but I recommend buying tickets to the entire series. You’ll save money, get some great entertainment, have a chance to win fabulous prizes and help out some of the best kids you’ll ever meet.  The only way we could make it any better is if we added fire-breathing dragons playing guitar in the parking lot. I did all that I could, but we just couldn’t get that last part to jive, so it was scrapped. Something about “Mythical creatures can’t play guitar, Caitie.”
Psh. So you think.


Costume plot for Camp 1 (June 4-22)

Yesterday we sent a note home with our campers giving them costume ideas for their performance next week (it’s almost here!). If you misplaced it, didn’t pick one up or it somehow got lost on the way home, I have a copy here. Because I like to have our parent’s backs. Makes life a whole lot easier.

Costume Plot for Summer Camp
June 4-22

Coral: Hair is bright pink and she wears flashy colors and lots of sparkly jewelry. In Act 2, she wears dance clothes and several flowing scarves.

Aleta: Dresses professionally, but her clothes should be specifically chosen so that it doesn’t look like she’s spending a great deal on her appearance. She wears a watch and carries a purse.

Iola: Dresses very nicely and wears what appear to be very expensive business suits.

Janice & Lee: Wear well-fitting business attire.

Simone & Paula: Dress in a flashier way than Iola and spares no expense when it comes to choosing clothes. Think Real Housewives (glammed up, big hair, flashy jewelry and clothes).

Desiree: wears fashions an older, eccentric person would wear. Her pants can be too short, blouse too big, mis-matching scarves, accessories, etc. Think hippie (or crazy cat lady) whose clothes don’t fit just right.

Bubbles, Cammy & Sabrina: Their color scheme is RED. Think red hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Kate, Tia, Alice, Ella, Gal & Guy: Their color scheme is BLUE. Think blue hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Michelle & Kitty: Their color scheme is YELLOW. Think yellow hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal jeans or bottoms.

Sammi, Maria & Ronny: Their color scheme is ORANGE. Think orange hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Angel: Dresses very fashionably, but less flashy than Simone or Paula.

Nora: Rebellious. Think punk rocker with an “I don’t care” attitude.

Jory & Josie: Tattered or hand me down jeans and t-shirts.

Jen: Dresses professionally in pants and a nice blouse.

Patty & Polly: Think grandmotherly: nice old fashioned dress, maybe a wig and glasses.

EVERYONE:
During the final scene the campers come together in a chorus and
will need to put on their camp shirts.

 If you have questions about specifics, ask your camper’s director (Marcus or Izzy).

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Costume Plot for Summer Camp
June 4-22

Coral: Hair is bright pink and she wears flashy colors and lots of sparkly jewelry. In Act 2, she wears dance clothes and several flowing scarves.

Aleta: Dresses professionally, but her clothes should be specifically chosen so that it doesn’t look like she’s spending a great deal on her appearance. She wears a watch and carries a purse.

Iola: Dresses very nicely and wears what appear to be very expensive business suits.

Janice & Lee: Wear well-fitting business attire.

Simone & Paula: Dress in a flashier way than Iola and spares no expense when it comes to choosing clothes. Think Real Housewives (glammed up, big hair, flashy jewelry and clothes).

Desiree: wears fashions an older, eccentric person would wear. Her pants can be too short, blouse too big, mis-matching scarves, accessories, etc. Think hippie (or crazy cat lady) whose clothes don’t fit just right.

Bubbles, Cammy & Sabrina: Their color scheme is RED. Think red hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Kate, Tia, Alice, Ella, Gal & Guy: Their color scheme is BLUE. Think blue hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Michelle & Kitty: Their color scheme is YELLOW. Think yellow hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal jeans or bottoms.

Sammi, Maria & Ronny: Their color scheme is ORANGE. Think orange hoodies, shirts, hats, scarves, accessories and normal or colored jeans or bottoms.

Angel: Dresses very fashionably, but less flashy than Simone or Paula.

Nora: Rebellious. Think punk rocker with an “I don’t care” attitude.

Jory & Josie: Tattered or hand me down jeans and t-shirts.

Jen: Dresses professionally in pants and a nice blouse.

Patty & Polly: Think grandmotherly: nice old fashioned dress, maybe a wig and glasses.

EVERYONE:
During the final scene the campers come together in a chorus and
will need to put on their camp shirts.


Summertime in the City

That means that we’re back with another round of summer camps.

This was after only a few hours of practice, and they had the chorus of this song, plus a few others, down.

When they aren’t dancing, we still keep ’em busy, from learning lines, to learning how to take direction, to learning how to be sassy.

 

Okay, honestly, they didn’t have to learn that one. They came to us that way.


Monday Mashup: Record all the performances

That’s what I try to do here. Just because people didn’t (or in the case of Los Lonely Boys, couldn’t) come to a show doesn’t mean they have to miss out entirely.

But first, here’s what we have going on this weekend: On Saturday we’re totally changing gears and presenting a musical! About baseball! Just in time for Spring Training too. Damn Yankees (I love that title) is about a guy who trades his soul to the Devil so his baseball team can beat those “Damn Yankees.” I think this show is going to be a hoot, because how many of us have said the same thing about the Yankees? (Or if you’re a Yankees fan, the Red Sox.) Snag a pair of tickets here, and then go out for some Spring Training fun.

And without further ado, here’s a snippit of what happened at the Center this weekend.

Friday:
The Dunwells blew us all away.

The Los Lonely Boys made the entire theater shake.

 

Saturday, Jim Curry reminded us all how amazing John Denver was.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelsen gave their dad a run for his money.

 

The only performance that I didn’t get to record this weekend was Red Star Red Army, but that was because I was enjoying the show as a patron. But shame on me if I forget to neglect my duties, so I did manage to snag a photo. I don’t speak Russian, much less understand it, but that was one of my favorite shows in a long time.

 

Ps. How many of you read the title and thought of this? I can’t be the only Internet nerd in the room.

 


Weekend Preview: Full house

I love when the Center can pack the house, and we’re going to be pretty darn close this weekend. Tonight we have Los Lonely Boys, and if you want to go to the show but don’t have your tickets yet, get on it! The boys have promised us an amazing show, and we know they’re good for it.

Tomorrow night we have Ricky Nelsen Remembered, as well as a tribute to John Denver by Jim Curry. This should be an amazing show, because twins Matthew and Gunner aren’t going to be simply performing, but they are also going to take the audience and show them what their lives were like, and maybe give us a different look at their dad, Ricky.]

Both the Nelsen brothers and Jim Curry will have equal set time, and I’m really excited how this will turn out. Apparently, so are a bunch of other people because this show is selling like mad. You can pick yours out here.

On Sunday we have a show that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. I have a crush on all things traditional, and I love Russian songs.  Here’s a sample of what to expect at the show on Sunday, and if you see me wandering around not in work clothes (or with a camera) please come say hi!

If you want tickets to Sunday’s show, you can get them here.


Eat Your Art Out Chandler

Eat Your Art Out Chandler was a huge success yesterday! Thank you to all of our restaurants, volunteers and patrons. We wouldn’t have a shot at success if it wasn’t for you.

Since we didn’t expect everyone to visit all the places (although if you did, you’re amazing), here are a few photos from yesterday.

 

We’re already talking about next year. And if yesterday was any indication, our 2nd Eat Your Art Out Chandler in 2013 will be off the scale insane, in the best possible way.