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This Week in Food: SanTan Brewing Co.

We asked Jamie from SanTan Brewing Co. to give us the low down on Downtown Chandler’s friendly neighborhood brewpub.


Quick Background:

Open since 2007 under the leadership of head brewer and owner, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established astrong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Phoenix metro area. Winner of the 2013 Chandler Small Business of the Year.

Describe your restaurant:

American brew pub fare with a Southwestern twist, Open and vibrant environment surrounded by brewing tanks and 8 HD TVs.

Why support the arts in Chandler?

As a local business and community partner we feel the Arts and Culture are an integral part of any community to keep growing and evolving.

How many beers do you have on tap? What would be the top 3 beers to suggest to beer buffs?

A variety of beers on draft made on premises, Most popular are our Flagship Devils Pale Ale, SunSpot Golden Ale and or Seasonal beer selections.

Any new beers or dishes for 2014?

Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter. Best new dishes are our “From the Smoker” Smokehouse BBQ Sampler and Shrimp & Grits.

If your still looking for a place to eat for Eat Your Out Chandler (http://eatyourartoutchandler.org/) on Tuesday 2/25/14, make sure you check out SanTan Brewing Co. and try their new beers on tap and new dishes.

Underground Dining…What’s That?

In a few short weeks, Chandler Cultural Foundation and Culinary Mischief will play host to forty passionate food and wine lovers and arts enthusiasts who come together for an exclusive underground dining experience to support the arts in Chandler. But, what is an “underground dining experience?”

Underground dining is an opportunity for a chef to showcase his or her work outside the restaurant setting. During these events, guests are able to enjoy amazing food and be surrounded by new and old friends  (think extraordinary dinner party). The “underground” part of the entire event is the location is not disclosed until a few days prior to the event (in our case 3-4 days out).

For the first time ever, Chandler Center for the Arts will be host our very own underground dining event. Chef Gabriele Bertaccini, a passionate Italian Chef and wine lover, is the creator of this event and many others. He believes food and wine tasting experience is not complete if it is not shared with fellow foodies in the spirit of fun and pursuit of a great time. Chef Bertaccini has inspired hundreds of guests to love and understand food in locations around the globe

During our ” underground dining experience” guests will have the opportunity to indulge in six great wines and six amazing courses. In addition, live and silent auctions will be available and lots of surprises you won’t want to miss!

Have you had an underground dining experience? If not, now is you chance to change that. Gather your friends and join us on October 18 or 19 for an evening you won’t forget. Learn more here!

6 Unlucky Theatre Superstitions

It’s Friday the 13th! In keeping with the superstitious day we have a special blog post devoted to some of the common theatre superstitions. Please feel free to comment with any others.

1. Ghostly Light – There should always be a light burning in an empty theater to ward off ghosts.
Ghost lightYou might find this odd, but we actually have a ghostly light on at all times at Chandler Center for the Arts. Although we might not be warding off any spirits per say, the light lends itself as a safety precaution. The theatre is extremely dark when all the lights go out and you never know what or who you might bump into. Spooky!

2. Wishing someone “Good Luck” – To wish someone ‘Good luck’ before a show is bad luck.
This common known superstition has been around for numerous years. Before any show starts, you will never hear the words “Good Luck.” Instead we always say “break a leg.”

3. Hauntings – Ghosts haunt theaters and should be given one night a week alone on the stage.
According to Listverse “To keep the ghosts of the theater subdued, there should be at least one night a week where the theater is empty, this night is traditionally a Monday night, conveniently giving actors a day off after weekend performances.” Our ghost, Dungee, (conveniently named by our Youth Advisory Council) may not necessarily need a night to himself on stage since he causes most of the mischief in the basement of the theatre, but we aren’t taking any chances.

4. Whistling – It is considered bad luck for an actor to whistle on or off stage.
Back in the day, original stage crews were hired from ships in port. Like on the ship, the crew used coded whistles to communicate scene changes. Actors who whistled would confuse them into changing the set or scenery.

5. The Last Line – Saying the last line of a play without an audience is considered bad luck.
Since the show is not really complete until performed for the first time, one should never say the last line of a play during dress rehearsal.To get around this, some production companies allow a limited number of people to attend the dress rehearsals.

6. The Scottish play (Macbeth) – Saying the word ‘Macbeth’ in a theater will result in extreme bad luck.
If you have ever performed a play on stage chances are you have heard this superstition. Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is said to be cursed, so actors avoid saying its name. Outside a theatre and after a performance the play can be spoken of openly. However, if an actor speaks the name “Macbeth” in the theatre prior to a performance, he or she is required to leave the theatre building, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock to be allowed back in. Don’t mess around with this one…

Now whether you are a superstitious person or not, us theatre folk are not taking any chances. Happy Friday the 13th!

Facing Stage Fright

Some people have phobias of sharks, spiders, or even heights. But one of the most common fears is being on stage, in front of an audience. If you happen have the fear of being on stage, not to worry. Even people you see on television and movies get stage fright. American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, stated:

“When I went to Los Angeles right after high school, I got some acting jobs, and I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit. But I have never been nervous singing. When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my words, sweat, and pull at my clothes.”*

So just in case your nerves start to kick in before your big debut, we have gathered a few tips to help you survive the heat of the lime light!

  1. Use your voice! Your voice is the most important tool because it projects to your listeners. If you use your voice at its maximum capacity, you will certainly grasp your audience’s attention.
  2. Be open! Do not close yourself off to the audience. They have invested time to see you on stage. It is increasingly difficult to hear someone who is facing the opposite direction.
  3. If you mess up the words, improv! The audience only knows what they see, so if you happen to stumble over words or skip a line just improvise and create you own lines. No one will ever suspect!
  4. Have confidence. Confidence is one of the essential pieces of presenting yourself to a crowd. Confidence is an effective way to keep people engaged in your performance. If you know you can do it, the audience will see confidence shining in your presence.

David Joseph Schwartz, a famous motivational writer and coach, once said: “Do what you fear and fear disappears.” Overcoming stage fright is not an overnight experience, but will benefit your on and off the stage.

Do you have any tips for those afraid of being on stage? Share below.


Arizona Gives Day – March 20

A Special Message From Our General Manager:

ArizonaGivesDayDear Friend of the Arts,

You are likely already aware of the tremendous power and inspiration that comes from participating in, learning or witnessing an art form. Perhaps your child or loved one has attended a program at the Chandler Center for the Arts, or maybe your soul came to life as you attended a concert or play. Whatever the case may be, you can help ensure that others experience that same power.

On March 20, 2013, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during Arizona Gives Day. On that day, every donation and donor we get will go further to help us claim  a share of $177,500 in additional cash awards.

For as little as $10, you can make a tax deductible contribution to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Since 1989, the Center has delivered a comprehensive array of quality performing and visual arts programs to Valley residents from all generations and walks of life. You can help sustain this tradition by participating in Arizona Gives Day.

Please consider helping with these three things:

1) Mark March 20, 2013 on your calendar and visit the donation link here

2) Donate!

3) Spread the word! Forward this e-mail to your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Everyone can help empower our community by supporting arts and culture.

Thank you for considering the Chandler Center for the Arts on Arizona Gives Day. Together, we can make a difference in delivering quality arts and culture to a broad population.

Warm Regards,

Katrina Pappas
General Manager
Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

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.

Monday Mashup: Fashion Show Recap

We made it to Monday! Many of us are sitting at our desks pondering our wonderful weekend activities. Some of us are even recovering from all the excitement. Here at Chandler Center for the Arts we had a fun-filled weekend that left lasting smiles on our faces.

This past Saturday the American Girl Fashion Show came to town. The foyer was filled with excitement as the little girls and their dolls buzzed around. The dolls were pampered before the show, photos were taken and by the end kiddos were skipping out of the center.  It was certainly a splendid day for all.

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American Girl Fashion Show! Celebrating Girls & Their Dolls This Saturday (Nov. 3)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with American Girl, American Girl is an American line of 18-inch dolls released in 1986 by Pleasant Company. The dolls portray girls age 9-11 of a variety of ethnic backgrounds accompanied with story books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in 1995 to include characters and stories from contemporary life.

The Pleasant Company has been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award eight times!

As a little girl, the excitement of a new doll was a treasured moment for me. I remember flipping through the glossy pages of the American Girl magazines wishing and hoping for the beautiful Samantha American Girl Doll. She had long brown hair – just like me. She was everything my little girl heart longed for.

I remember my birthday when I unwrapped the long rectangle box, lifted the lid and to my amazement the beautiful dark-haired doll awaited. It was one of my most exciting birthday memories. From that point on Samantha and I always had to dress alike and go everywhere together. I had to have all of her books, the trading cards and the American Girl magazines.  Naturally when my little sister received her first doll, Kirsten, the four of us were inseparable.

You can imagine my excitement, almost 20 years later, to learn the American Girl Fashion Show is coming here to Chandler Center for the Arts this Saturday, November 3.  Girls and their dolls can come see the newest in American Girl Fashions and learn about the history of American Girl Dolls.

Show times are 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00pm. The event ticket price includes the fashion show, a goody bag of treats, and an American Girl favor bag. Tickets are $30.00 per person and can be purchased at www.chandlercenter.org or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680.

This is an event you and your little one will not want to miss.  Believe me, there is nothing quite like the memories a young girl and her American Girl doll can make together.


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.

The Quilts Are Coming! Nov. 2, 2012 – Jan. 20, 2013

Out of all the Gallery exhibits that get installed each season, if I have to pick the one that I look forward to the most, it is the Art Quilt show and based on the number of people that come to see it every year, I’m not alone in that opinion. This will be the Center’s 17th Art Quilt exhibition!

It is amazing to me the kind of detail that goes into making these textile works of art and the amount of time that it must have taken to put them together! A patron once commented, “These aren’t the kind of quilts you’d just throw on the bed, are they?”  he said smiling.

What I love about this show is that the theme is different every year.  This year the artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.

Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox

This exhibition is comprised of well over 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.”

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Art often expresses a conceptual paradox: order & chaos, beauty & ugliness, love & hate, hope & grief . . . 
Design elements can be complementary pairs: dark & light, repetition & variation, harmony & discord, hard & soft . . . 
Life is filled with contradictions: control & risk, community & solitude, work & play, strength & weakness . . . 

The Art Quilt is itself a paradoxical medium: fractured in pieces & stitched into a whole, contemporary art & traditional craft. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibit: Pamela Allen, Stella Belikiewicz, debra Blake, Sandra Branjord, Betty Busby, Erika Carter, Lisa Chippetine, Suzanne Christoff, Georgie Cline, Denise Currier, Marcia DeCamp, Sandra Donabed, Linda Engstrom, Nancy Gamon, Laura Gaskin, Mita Giacomini, Marla hattabaugh, Gloria Hansen, Janet Hiller, Steven Hixson, Neera Huckvale, Kathleen Kastles, Cathy Kleeman, Sherry Kleinman, Joanne Krawchuk, Kaci Kyler, Eileen Lauterborn, Kathy Libby, Denise Linet, Beth Markel, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Christina Massey, Jimmy McBride, Linda McCurry, Patricia Mink, Francis Murphy, Sharon Nemirov, Miriam Otte, Alexanna Padilla Johnson, Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Loraine Sample, Joan Schulze, Maria Shell, Brenda Smith, Tammy Sutherland, K Velis Turan, Deborah Weir.

In addition to the Center’s exhibition, we will feature an ART QUILT Invitational Exhibit of 25 Art Quilts by national art quilters. This portion of the exhibit will be held at our Vision Gallery, located at 10 East Chicago Street. For more information call us at 480-782-2695.

Invitational Artists include: Margaret Anderson, Sue Benner, Rachel Brumer, Lisa Call, Cynthia Corbin, Nancy Erickson, Valerie Goodwin, Marla Hattabaugh, Terry Jarrard Dimond, Linda Levin, Lou Ann Smith, J Bruce Wilcox

Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012, 6 – 8 PM

Admission to all Visual Arts events FREE to public

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturdays Noon – 5 PM, Sundays Closed

CCA’s 2013 Youth Advisory Council Selected!

I have only one word to describe the students who applied to be a part of the Center’s second Youth Advisory Council…AMAZING!  CCA staff, Chandler Cultural Foundation board members and graduates from last year’s Youth Advisory Council (or as staff refers to them…the YAC’s) interviewed the candidates and narrowed it down to the top 15. With so many talented candidates, that was extremely challenging!

The 15 students selected applied from all over the East Valley from multiple schools and districts.  You will get to meet each of them in future blogs and if you thought teens were only interested in hanging out at the mall, PlayStations and iPhones…think again.

The Youth Advisory Council’s program objectives  are to focus on Arts Appreciation, Community Service and Leadership Skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well rounded community leaders. They will be engaged in experiential 3-hour sessions from September – February that will provide hands-on real world leadership situations of a Performing Arts Center. Teens will complete the program with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing. This program is free of charge to all participants and a Certificate of Completion will be given to each teen at the conclusion of the program year. Council members are 13-18 years of age and are currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools in Chandler and from schools in surrounding cities.

The YAC’s  met for the first time on  September 19 where they were introduced to CCA staff.  They toured the Center and got to know each other by  sharing what they wanted to get out of the program. They first and foremost wanted to have fun; build lifelong friendships; develop their leadership skills; and to be actively involved after their term was over (and they want to eat during their sessions!)

Last night their session focused on defining the arts and what is considered art.  They also had a panel discussion on “Why the arts are important”.   Guest panelists included Bob Booker,  Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts;  Salley Garrison, Front of House Coordinator, Tempe Art Center; Janet Langley, VP Organizational Effectiveness, Gateway Community College; Ally Haynes-Hamble, Assistant Director, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Larry Whitesell, Manager, Higley Center for the Performing Arts; Jimmie Byrd, Production Coordinator, Chandler Center for the Arts; and Michelle MacLennan, Assistant Manager, Chandler Center for the Arts.

The YAC’s assignment for next week is to come up with some fundraising ideas for the fundraising event they will be doing later in the year.  The session topic for next week will be on understanding what makes a not-for-profit organization different and Money, Money, Money!

Read about what happened next Thursday, Oct. 25!

What’s Up For Grabs At Hollywood Sings Classic Cinema Songs

As with our last performance that was a part of 3 Evenings For The Arts, we have a ton of items and prizes up for grabs to help with the fundraising aspect of the fundraiser. Here is a list of everything that you have a chance to win.
Silent Auction Items: 

Tickets to “The Gentleman Doc Holliday” starring Wyatt Earp & autographed items

Two tickets to an Arizona Opera Company performance

One family pass to Desert Botanical Garden

Tickets to a Phoenix Symphony performance

Actors Theatre flex pass for for any 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 show

Movie Night Package

Hollywood Book Collection

Two tickets to a Phoenix Theatre main stage show

A Jeweled Pen Set

An Ann Taylor Necklace

One month couples or family membership to Gainey Village

A Spa Package

A consultation with Barbara Kaplan Interior Design & Lifestyle consultation

A football signed by Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell

A Ladies Michael Kors Watch


Live  Auction & Raffle Items: 

A Hot Air Balloon Ride

A Zoppé Italian Family Circus party

A Reserved Parking Place at CCA

Season Tickets to Chandler Center for the Arts’s 2012-2013 season




Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Celebrate the Arts

I mentioned yesterday that you’ll have a chance to win some pretty cool stuff on Friday during the Downtown Chandler Art Walk and the Sun Lakes Big Band Concert. Up for grabs are a pair of tickets and some art from the Downtown Chandler Art Walk. We’ve made it fairly simple. Here’s how to play. 

1. Visit the Art Walk or the Chandler Center for the Arts and pick up an entry form at the designated table. 

2. Have a CCA or Art walk representative provide proof of visit. 

4. Visit the other location and pick up your proof of visit there. 

5. Submit your entry form. 

RULES (every thing has ’em, just roll with it)

1. Must visit both locations in the same night. The Center’s doors open at 6:30, and we will be shutting down at 8:30. Please, please PLEASE enter the contest during that time slot. We won’t be able to count your entry if you submit it after 8:30

2. Must have verification from both locations to be entered to win.

3. Drop entry form at either CCA or the Art Walk. 

It’s simple, it’s fun, and you get to do something different on a Friday night, which is what we in Downtown specialize in! 

Questions? Y’all know where to find me. (caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov) or give me a yell here or on Twitter. 

Monday Mashup: Coming soon

Friday is going to be fun.

We have the Sun Lakes Big Band (featuring Joe Carroccio) playing as part of our Free Summer Concert Series starting at 7:30. Sun Lakes Big Band has been together since 1998 and has all vetran big band players from all walks of life. And they are planning on playing Frank Sinatra, so I’m really excited about that!

As with all of our Free Summer Concerts (which are supported by Fast Med Urgent Care), the doors open at 6:30, seating starts at 7:00 and the show starts at 7:30.  The suggested donations are $5/child, $10/adult and 15/family

Since our Sun Lakes Big Band concert is on the same night as the Downtown Chandler Art walk, we thought we’d do a little giveaway. It’ll involve a tad bit of walking but we’ll make it worth your while. Details to come tomorrow! (Probably a good reason to subscribe to the blog, eh? Which you can do so in the upper right hand corner)

Submit Your Appilications to the Youth Advisory Council!

The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.

Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.

Want to join? You can download your application here!

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.




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The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.


Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.  

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.

Spring 2012 Glee Camp

We’re back! It seems like we just had a Glee Camp, but there is something special about Spring Glee Camp. Maybe because I’m a warm weather gal or because it marks my first year at CCA.

This was taken toward the of the first day of Camp today, when the kids had been working for maybe two hours at their first song. As always, I’m impressed at how much they can absorb and then throw back at the audience. Awesome first day, guys.

2012 Glee Camp first day

Monday Mashup: Boot stompin’ fun.

This weekend at the Center, we had a couple of pretty awesome things happen.

We honored Jerry Brooks for all the work that he’s done for us, for Chandler, and for anyone who has visited the Center. We gave him the Applause Award for this year, as well as established a legacy fund in his name to further the work that we’re able to do with the kids and young adults in Chandler, from the camps to the Youth Advisory Committee.

David Woodruff and Wayne Lewis gave Jerry his award before the Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan show, and I have a slide show from the ceremony and the meet and greet that Pam and Lorrie were kind enough do for us.

As for the actual show, we had a packed house!

I love this view. I love the people that love the Center enough to fill the building. High fives all around!

Now for the highlight of the Monday Mashup: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis. These ladies are stars of the Grand Ole Opery, and it isn’t hard to see why. Plus, I loved their shoes. Just goes to show that you can’t go wrong with sparkly.

This weekend we have the 8th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, with speaker Frank Kush.  The ceremony starts at 11:00am, and you can get tickets and see the list of the honorees here.

Monday Mashup part 1: Alpin Hong

(This weekend has more events than you can shake a stick at, and they all deserve their own spotlight. Alpin Hong was kind enough to spend the late morning on the phone with me, and you can catch him here this Friday at 8pm)

“My mom made me.”

How many of us had that reasoning for doing something, from taking out the garbage every morning to babysitting siblings and practicing for something. From the ages of 5-15, I’m pretty sure the only reason I did anything was because my mom made me.

There are no exceptions for world-class piano players, like Alpin Hong. Although he hated practicing, he didn’t hate playing the piano.

“I hated to practice, but I liked the challenge that came with performing,” he said. But to do well in the latter, you need to stick with the former. Alpin did, and it paid off. He recently played at the White House and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, both incredibly special performances.

“The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the great concert halls, and my brother and wife, two of my most honest critics, told me it was my most flawless performance. It gave me a professional confidence, like what I was doing was working and I had done the right thing with my life,” he said.

So how did Alpin get to the White House and Walt Disney Concert Hall? Same way one gets to Carnegie Hall: Practice. But anyone who has been a child practicing music, or who has been around a child practicing music knows that is no easy task. That’s why Alpin spends his time wisely when he will visit, not only will he perform at the Center, but he’ll also spend this week when students from CUSD teaching, helping and playing music with them. And it works.

“At some point, a child needs to be invested. Let them hear music played at a high level, it gives them something to shoot for. Take them to a live performance, like you would like an athlete to a sporting event,” he said.

An important thing to keep in mind, says Alpin, is to not let practicing music become a task and keep it relevant to them.

“Let kids play what they want to play, whether that’s Star Wars or Harry Potter. It makes music relevant to them, because let’s be honest, piano practice isn’t going to compete with video games.”

Piano practice has much more to compete with than video games, and it used to get a little help from school, where kids had a once a week music class (if they were lucky). We all know the story of music and arts getting cut from schools, and what effect it’s having on our kids.

“It’s horrifying, but it’s renewed my impulse to do what I can to reach as many kids as possible,” he said.

He’s doing that all week, with the students at CUSD, and his concert on Friday is open to anyone and everyone, especially those who haven’t seen a piano concert before, or think that one has to be stuffy. Alpin explains what he plays, why it sounds the way it does, and even goes in-depth to help the audience understand his music.

Because if you don’t understand something, how can you enjoy it?

We have more information on Alpin’s concert here, and I hope to see the auditorium packed with as many people as we can hold.

Youth in Action

Last night I had the privilege to speak to the Center’s Youth Advisory Council about what I do to help the Center.

Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about speaking to a group of teenagers, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was these young adults.

Just a few days after Cave Creek announced that  they could no longer fund their arts programs (among others), this group showed me that people do still care about art, in all of its forms, and they will do what it takes to keep it accessible.

That photo was taken at about 7:30 last night, on a day when some of those kids had been at school since 6:30am.  After a full day of learning, studying, and other practices, they still had the energy to sit down and plan a fundraiser.

They’ll be hosting their fundraiser on March 10 before the Damn Yankees performance. The hope is that they’ll raise enough money for next year’s Youth Advisory Council, and be able to fill the youth arts void left by the schools.

When the schools and their communities can’t help their children, I’m glad to know that a group of teenagers are willing and able to step up to the plate.

Behind the scenes of Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

This morning it was our treat to have Jayme King, meterologist from Fox 10, come out and experience the Zoppé Circus first hand.  We even got him involved in the tricks that you may see over the course of the circus’ run.


Why juggle balls and batons when you can juggle people?


Here’s a wonderful preview of what you may find at the Circus


What do Jayme and the Old Spice guy have in common? They are both on a horse.


No show is ever the same, so if you come more than once, you’ll see a different show each time. If you still haven’t gotten your tickets, you can get them here, but be aware that some shows are sold out.

Auditions for the off-Broadway Interactive Dance Party: Awesome 80’s Prom

Be the star of your own prom when Chandler Center for the Arts presents, “Awesome ’80s Prom,” a popular off-Broadway production in which the audience is invited to dance, don blue eye shadow and flaunt teased hair do’s alongside the cast.  Performances will be taking place nightly March 19-24, 2012.

Casting for the show has just been announced, and the search is on for local talent! Awesome 80’s Prom is looking for actors to portray the variety of characters in the show, reminiscent of the classic archetypes from all the beloved 80’s films, including: the jock, bad boy, class president, mean school principal, nerds, foreign exchange students, cheerleaders and more. Dancers with energetic and sociable personalities and impersonators of celebrities from the 1980’s are also needed.

Lastly, for those who have been bit by the comedy bug rather than the dancing bug, the show is also seeking a performer to play the part of the DJ. It’s the perfect role for karaoke hosts, stand-up comedians or other lively individuals who can keep the crowd engaged and experiencing an awesome 80’s night!

Actors cast in the Prom will be given $100 stipend (per actor) and ticket vouchers.

Audition Information:

Auditions will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, located at 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225.  Call-backs will be on the same day.  The national touring director for “Awesome ’80s Prom” will be present.  Interested actors should prepare a brief monologue, preferably from an ’80s movie (ex: Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) and bring a headshot and resume.  To schedule an audition, please email: YOUR NAME, AGE, E-MAIL ADDRESS and CONTACT PHONE NUMBER to the Chandler Center for the Arts Marketing Assistant, Caitie Quick: caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov or fill out this form.  A confirmation of an audition appointment will be sent via email. 

Monday Mashup: Turn up the heat

We had a great time at the center this weekend with Orla Fallon, and we’re a little sad that it’s over now. I wasn’t able to get any good video though, so if you took photos, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page.  Those who went agreed that it really is hard to put Orla into a specific category, and that just made the show that much better.

Also, those of you who went had a chance to win some tickets to Classic Albums Live Performs: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (Say that in one breath. I dare you). We decided to do something a little fun on Friday and offer Orla’s patrons a chance to win tickets to the next show, and people seemed to really like it! I might be one to talk your ear off, but I also know when to listen, so we’re going to do something fun  this weekend too, and offer a prize to those who go see Classic Albums Live on Saturday at 8pm as well as those who attend the Christian Women’s Business Expo on Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Saturday is looking pretty jam-packed, and that’s the way we like it. Classic Albums Live is going to be an interesting experience, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s not a tribute band, it’s just a group of musicians who can play and sing really well performing the music. They’re not trying to be Stevie Nicks or emulate her in any way. It really is just about the music.  You can check them out here, and see what they’re all about.

Weekend Preview: Let the Irish jokes begin

Tonight we have the always fun Gaelic Storm, and they’re a great way to keep up the energy that we’ve had since the Blues Brothers last week. These guys have a great sense of humor that they bring to their music, and that makes for a really great live performance.

Plus, remember these?

I’m giving them to you, because you rock. You’ll have to tell me what movie they were in (the answer is on our Facebook and Twitter pages) and you’ll get yourself a snazzy poster. Easy peasy.

In continuing with all things Irish, we couldn’t be happier that Irish Republic Public House (the pub formerly known as Murphy’s Law) has joined us for Eat Your Art Out.

For owner Rodger Baldwin, the move was a no brainer.

“I’m a strong supporter of community based programs and the efforts that bring people together, and the Chandler Center for the Arts seem to do that well,” he said. That support can also be seen the moment you walk into Irish Republic in the form of dollar bills that plaster the inside of the pub with handwritten notes expressing gratitude for all that Roger does for the community.

But why support the arts with food? It just made sense for Roger.

“Both food and art are generally associated with community togetherness and invoke thoughts of family, love, tradition and creativity. In many ways, food is art with its vast array of colors and flavor combinations from around the world. Also, innovation plays a huge role in food and art, making them the perfect pair.”

I couldn’t agree more. So come out and support the local scene with a Gaelic Storm show and an after party at Irish Republic Public House.


Glee Camp Finale