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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