If you weren’t able to make it out to Damn Yankees over the weekend, not only did you miss a hilarious show, but you missed the Youth Advisory Council’s “Art 4 Kidz” auction. The pieces and prizes were geared towards things that kids could use, but there were a few pieces that I bid on because they did a wonderful job of selecting prizes that appealed to everyone. Well done guys, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.
This weekend we don’t have any performances at the Center, but we do have rehearsals for Awesome 80s Prom, which kicks off next week. That means for the next week I’m walking around with a side ponytail and leg warmers that are so neon they make my eyes hurt. Oh yeah, it’s all 80s, all the time.
And lets not forget Spring Glee Camp is back! I’m about to head out to find out what songs their doing, and as always, I’ll post them so that proud moms, dads, grandparents and family can share the love.
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.
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.
(That kind of describes my typical date, now that I think of it.)
Whether you want to treat someone who smells nice to a date, or want to go out with a group of friends and people you like, the Center has you covered this week.
Tomorrow is Eat Your Art Out Chandler! I feel like we’ve been taking this up for months, and now it’s finally here!It’s one day a year when Chandler restaurants give a portion of their earnings to the Center if you eat there during a period of time. I have the complete list here, and that also tells you what time you should go eat at a particular restaurant.
Then this weekend we have Los Lonely Boys, Ricky Nelson Remembered (with his two sons, Matthew and Gunnar) and Red Star Red Army Russian Chorus and Dance Ensemble (say that five times fast).
Los Lonely Boys will be here on Friday night at 8pm, and I can’t wait! I’ve loved them ever since “Heaven” came out, and I got a kick out of “Onda”. TexMex isn’t usually my style of music, but they make it work. If you want to come see the show, click here.
On Saturday night, we’re getting a treat. Not only are Matthew and Gunnar going to perform their dad’s songs, but they’re also going to share some home videos and photos so we can get a better understanding of their family and of Ricky’s songs meanings. How cool is that? If you want to come party with us on Saturday at 7:30, click here.
Sunday’s Red Star Red Army is a show that I’m not going to be working, but watching. (I have a crush on old Soviet era songs) But it isn’t just old anthems about how great the former USSR is, they will also be singing older folk songs and performing traditional dances, so the history geek in me is being a spaz about that. We still have tickets, and you can grab them here.
I love long weekends, but I don’t love when Monday pretends to be Tuesday so that we all like him/her better.
I’m on to you, pal.
This last weekend was a huge success at the Center. On Saturday we had Kathleen Madigan, who was a real treat, and she even offered tips to fix healthcare and airport security, by having all travelers get a CAT scan at the airport. (Trust me, she said it funnier than I did). Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get any video or photos from her performance, so if you couldn’t make it on Saturday, you really missed out.
Sunday we had the wonderful Peter Gros, who is one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He let me back stage before his show to get a few pictures of his animals back stage. I didn’t stay too long, because they had a show coming up and I didn’t want to tire them out…and because there was a red bag bigger than me that had something moving in it and I’m pretty sure it was a huge snake. Nothing against them, I think they’re fascinating, I just don’t like being around them for too long.
Although I was brave and got a photo of a different snake.
This weekend we don’t have any performances, but we still have a lot going on. The whole weekend we have WordCamp making another appearance, and I get to go this year! Very exciting.
On Friday, we have the Gold Cup Talent Competition, and Sunday is Step Up 2 Dance Competition.
Then next week, the big mamajamma. Eat Your Art Out Chandler. Scope out your spots because not only will you be supporting the arts by eating out, you can win fabulous prizes!
If it’s Monday, then it means that we’re already looking forward to the weekend, and I’m no exception. But while the weekend means lounging around catching up on Downton Abby for some, it means shows for me!
On Friday, we have Sister Moses, the Story of Harriet Tubman performing at 8pm. It’s a Desert Dance Theatre production, and it’s been in the Valley for almost 20 years. If you haven’t caught a performance yet, never fear, you’ll have your shot at the end of the week, and then you won’t be the odd person out who hasn’t seen it!
On Saturday we have the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at 2 pm, and that is free, as always. That night at 8pm, we have Kathleen Madigan, who made herself known on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. You can catch a clip of her here, as well as buy tickets. Although I’d probably call our box office for this one, because last time I checked, tickets were selling like mad.
If you aren’t in the mood for history or comedy this weekend, we have Peter Gros, part of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Peter isn’t a stranger to the Valley, though. He visited us back in November on two separate occasions.
I think his owl is a movie star now.
I love showing rather than telling, and two of our shows this weekend can express themselves better than I could.
One of our patrons summed up Alpin Hong perfectly.
We’re happy that you’re happy.
And then, there was Ballroom with A Twist. I was expecting the dancers, but I didn’t know about the appearances of David Hernandez and Gina Glocksen, so I was surprised.
I took a bunch of video, but that would just take up space on the blog, so I’ve created a playlist here.
I wasn’t able to grab any video from Wyatt Earp, but I loved the show. Getting to hear about the early days of Arizona (especially as an Arizona native) made my day. If anyone has any pictures they’d like to share, throw them my way.
Phew, three shows, and that was just a weekend recap, so I’ll make this next one short. On Saturday night we’re hosting Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis as a part of their Grits and Glamour tour. I had not heard of Lorrie or Pam until last spring, and I’m ashamed of that. I like country as much as the next person, but there is just something about these two ladies that I can really connect to, and I enjoy listening to their music.
You can find out how to get tickets, as well as watch a video of them, here.
I’m dead serious when I say Wyatt Earp is coming here on Sunday.
Wyatt Earp the lawman who gained fame and notoriety from the Tombstone shootout at the O.K. Corral died, and unfortunately we couldn’t get his ghost to sign a contract to perform here.
So we got his descendent, also named Wyatt Earp, to stop by on Sunday and give our audiences a look at what life was like back in the days of Wyatt Earp v. 1.0.
Wyatt Earp v. 2.0 will perform a one man show about life on the frontier, and also give us a glimpse at the Wyatt Earp v. 1.o that he didn’t show for the world to see.
Growing up in Arizona, I can remember reenacting the shootout at the O.K. Corral for school plays, parades and just for fun,* so I can’t wait to see someone who actually gets paid to do something that cool.
Oh, and he’s asked me (shouted, more like) to say that he’s coming on Sunday at 3pm, and he’s bringing a something special.
*I was always cast as Doc Holliday. I still don’t know how I feel about that.
*And no, I will not be your Huckleberry. I had one guy ask me that and I had to give him the Ice-Queen-Death-Stare-Crazy-Eye until he left.
A few days ago, I posted this clip of Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska performing together to give you a hint at the level of talent that we’re bringing to the Center on Saturday night. I have a few more clips of just Edyta and Alec dancing and the style they bring, but we’re also bringing in other dancers with different talents and specialties.
But just for fun, I thought I’d share some more of Alec and Edyta’s dancing, probably because deep down I wish I could dance like her, instead of flop around waving my arms like I know what I’m doing (I did this at my Aunt’s wedding. There is photographic proof.)
The list of things that we’re thankful for at the Center goes on and on, and if I wrote a blog post about everything that we and I were thankful for, it would be a great blog post, but I’m not sure anyone would stick around and read it. So, I’ll keep it short and simple.
We’re thankful that Ballet Etudes is bringing back The Nutcracker for two weekend performances. The Nutcracker has always seemed like a holiday tradition and I’m happy that the Center is doing it’s part to keep the tradition alive. You can still snag tickets, but keep in mind that they are going fast.
We’re also thankful for our kids programs. We started with just a few week-long camps, but those have grown. Instead of one Glee Intensive camp for spring break, we’re offering two. So if you can’t make one, please don’t count us out, or think of this as a way to have even more fun on a spring break.
Plus, the Glee Camps have been such a success, that we’re now offering a longer workshop for all the young actors that way to get some extra experience. It runs once a week from January until April, and the students will get the training they need to improve their skills.
We’re also thankful for Zoppé Parties. I might just make up an excuse so I can have a party with a (non-creepy) circus.
This last one is a personal one, but I’m thankful for you. At first, I felt like a weirdo because I was blogging but I wasn’t sure if anyone was listening, but then you showed that you were. I started getting comments in real life about things that I was blogging about, and I had a few people quietly nudge me when they felt that I wasn’t blogging enough.
You rock. Thanks for listening to me and making me feel like I’m not a weirdo. I owe you a hug and/or high-five the next time we run into each other.
I was expecting Classic Albums to perform Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and bring the house down, but they far exceeded my expectations. Seriously, when they first started up I had to squint from my perch to make sure that we didn’t actually hire Fleetwood Mac or that they snuck on stage. The group sounded just like Fleetwood Mac, down to the note. I was blown away.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at some video that I got from this weekend.
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This weekend we don’t have any performances, but the weekend after, in my favorite long weekend of the year, we’re kicking off The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes. They were the same people that put on the ballet in the spring, and it’s Nutcracker! It’s a tradition, and you can’t mess with traditions. They’ll be here for two weekends, so if you’re out of town next weekend, you can watch them in the beginning of December.