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What is your definition of Jazz?

So what is Jazz? I can ask 100 different people that same question and get 100 different answers. Since everyone has their own definition of what Jazz is (and since I am not a Jazz guru), I wanted to discover what kind of Jazz fan I would be. After a little research, it turns out that I listen to Jazz or Jazz influenced music a lot more than I thought I did.

Being a 80s/90s kid, I was heavily into Pop, House, R&B and Hip-Hop. So I was surprised to see that some of the artists I listened to were Jazz artists or had some Jazz influence in their music. From Jamiroquai to A Tribe Called Quest, I listened to some kind of Jazz on a daily basis, Jamiroquai being “Acid Jazz” and A Tribe Called Quest known for their unique approach to rap music using “Jazz infused sound scapes”. Let’s not forget Kenny G! He was heavily on rotation in the 80s. As I got older and started art school, I started listening to other kinds of music to help with my creative process and it so happened to be Jazz! You can find Coltrane, Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald on my playlist.
Working at the Chandler Center for the Arts has given me the opportunity to see many different artists that I would not normally have been exposed to including the Pat Metheny Unity Group who will be here this Sunday, February 23 at 7pm. Pat Metheny is a 20 time Grammy Award winner and has performedMethenyUnityGroup with many diverse artists such as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock and David Bowie. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
In 2013, for the first time in 30 years, Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the album “Unity Band,” which won him his most recent Grammy. In the album, Chris Potter is on the sax and bass clarinet with longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums and Ben Williams on bass. Antonio Sanchez is a powerhouse to watch; he is a three time Grammy Award winner and is one of the most in-demand drummers on the international jazz scene and Ben Williams crosses easily between straight-ahead funk and gospel influenced jazz. Metheny also added a fifth musician to the group, Giulio Carmassi. He is a Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger and Film Composer with more than 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Together they are a Jazz force known as the Pat Metheny Unity Group.
So whether you’re a Jazz Guru or a Jazz Newbie like me, you definitely won’t want to miss this super talented group. I can’t wait to see them!


2013-2014 Season On Sale!

      The time has finally come.  Chandler Center of the Arts 2013-2014 season is here! There are a variety of spectacular acts from The Moscow Festival Ballet, the classic bands like The Bee Gees and Queen, comedians like Yakov Smirnoff, fabulous singers like Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix and Debbie Reynolds, to the Zoppe Italian Family Circus. Come enjoy these shows and be apart of the fun and excitement of the Chandler community.

     Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see wonderful performances from all different genres, cultures, and backgrounds.

Jive Talkin’ Recreate & Present The Bee Gees
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 7:30pm
Accompanied by a live String Section, the Bee Gees Greatest Hits are brought incredibly back to life!

Michael A. Pollack presents Blood, Sweat & Tears
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
Major hit singles “You Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”.

PRESENTED BY STEENA MURRAY
ZOPPE, An Italian Family Circus
December 26-Janaury 5, 2014
A one-ring circus featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers and equestrian showmanship.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:30pm
Dick Van Dyke will walk (and sing) us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business!

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp “The Sunset Years”
Starring Wyatt Earp and Terry Earp
Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 3pm
The play follows the sometimes turbulent times of the couple’s 47-year life together.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30pm
Odette yearns for freedom as she awaits Prince Siegfried’s declaration of love and her release from a swan’s body.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
Jeanne is a master story teller! In her down-home Southern drawl, she turns her personal experiences into funny stories that leave her audiences in stitches!

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 7:30pm
A blend of Country, Classical, Gospel and Broadway filled with humor and cowboy charm!

River City Brass, “American Heroes”
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 3pm
RCB has a powerful repertoire of music from classical, pops, jazz and marches.   

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 7pm
2013 Grammy Award Winners for Best Instrumental Jazz Album!

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
An evening of nostalgic music and memories.

One Night Of Queen
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Gary Mullen brings Freddie Mercury back to life with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions”.

Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Yakov Smirnoff
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 7:30pm

The funny Russian-American philosopher brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States.  “What A Country!”

SIRO-A
Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30pm
Often described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, Siro-A perfectly fuse modern technology with mime, breath-taking optical illusions, movement and comedy all set to a pulsating electro beat.

Bella Gaia
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:30pm
Combines high fidelity imagery of the Earth from space, data, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!


2014 Classic Series Announcement

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Classic Series line up.  The Series includes all five shows and the same seats for each show (ticket details here).

Series ON SALE Schedule:

  • Renewals: Now Thru April 8, 2013
  • Member Pre-Sales: Now Thru May 4, 2013
  • ON SALE Without Membership: Monday, May 6, 2013

Single Tickets ON SALE:

  • Members: Monday, May 13, 2013
  • General Public: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2014 Classic Series

AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE ONLY

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014  at 7:30pm

The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting at a Malibu coffee shop. The group that started “just for fun” has built up an impressive and enjoyable repertoire. Of course, once word got out that Dick was singing with a vocal group, the offers began pouring in.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Back by Popular Demand!
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
You may have seen this Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes”… or watched one of the six humor DVDs she has produced in the last twelve years…or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels…or seen her YouTube clips that have had more than 13.5 million hits. But only if you’ve seen Jeanne in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has given over the past 48 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30pm

Over 100 Million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Gospel, Classical and Broadway to the stage. With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, The Texas Tenors have traveled the globe performing more than 450 concerts in the last three years.

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 7:30pm

The legendary star of more than thirty motion pictures including “Singin’ in the Rain” and most recently, “One For The Money”, two Broadway shows, two series, as well as dozens of television appearances will take center stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts for an evening of nostalgic music and memories.

Yakov Smirnoff
Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 7:30pm

Yakov Smirnoff is on the road, taking a break from his very own theatre in Branson, Missouri. The funny philosopher takes us on a comedic journey and brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States. As Yakov says, “Only In America can a Russian and a Japanese own a theater in the middle of the Ozarks!.” His comedy focuses on the dynamics between men and women, the happiness that can be found inside oneself, and a celebration of the spirit of life. He shares a vision of the world where laughter truly is the best medicine. Yakov’s prescription for healthy living includes explosive laughter backed up with the best of human compassion. During this inspiring show filled with patriotism and love of family, Yakov delivers humor for the heart over and over again! As Yakov says, “What A Country”, you’ll be cheering for the red, white & blue and saying, “What A Show!”


Weekend Sampler

What’s in store this weekend at the Arts Center? Here’s a quick sample of the great events and shows you can expect to enjoy if you come out:

The fun beings Saturday morning at 10am.  Warm up those vocal cords for the final audition for Great American Talent Search Chandler Idol. This is your chance to expose your hidden vocal talent and perhaps win cash and prizes totally over $25,000. Don’t forget to register here!

Later in the evening, come together for a night devoted to the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. Classic Albums Live will perform hits such as, “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. Sample the concert now:

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Sunday’s show will drive you to your feet with Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular! The music, beats, dancing and atmosphere will transport you to the world of Irish dancing. Taste the excitement now:

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If any (or all) of these events are calling your name, get your tickets here. We’d love to have you join in on the fun!


Viva Mr. Las Vegas

Mr. Las Vegas will be here this Saturday, February 9 (snag your tickets here). Before we roll out the red carpet for this incredibly talented man,  let’s learn more about who he is.

A quick google search will lend us a few facts about Wayne Newton. For starters, did you know Mr. Newton’s birth name was Carson Wayne Newton? His grassroots take us back to Virginia where his musical journey began. By the age of six Newton was learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar. When the family moved to Ohio, Newton began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother.  In 1952, Wayne’s severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, AZ (hooray Arizona – local plug).

In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne’s junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing. The agent took them back to Las Vegas for an audition. The brothers were originally signed for a two week gig, however they performed for five years, doing six shows a day. By 1963, Wayne Newton was a solo act. Wayne’s break into the glamorous world of Las Vegas lead to wild success in the music industry and turned him into an icon of Las Vegas

Fun fact time:
– His signature song is “Danke Schoen”, which he nearly missed out on recording
– He’s an inductee to the Gaming Hall of Fame
– Wayne Newton has acted in 35 different movies and tv series
– Wayne has appeared in over 90 movies and tv shows as himself
– He was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Come out and see Mr. Las Vegas as he graces our stage with years of talent!

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Newton, http://mentalfloss.com/article/23668/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-wayne-newton, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628611/


Quick Sneak Peek

The weekend is almost upon us. What are your weekend plans? We hope you will join us here at the Arts Center.

Here is a quick glimpse at what to expect if you come to the CCA. Tonight at 7:30pm there is a Chandler Symphony Orchestra concert. The greatest news…the concert is free.  We think it is a wonderful way to spend your Friday evening. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of our Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurants.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7pm the Golden Dragons will take the stage. With breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty the acrobats will leave you speechless. Sample a taste of the show here:

 

Whatever your weekend might hold, we hope it is amazing. See you soon!


February is Fantastic

February is just around the corner. The month is full of celebration, love and of course great shows. Before we know it, Valentine’s day will be here. So now is the time to pre-plan how you will celebrate this month. How about a fantastic show at the Arts Center? Yes, we think it is a brilliant idea as well.

The first weekend in February kicks off with death defying stunts, twisting contortionists. precision stunts and jaw dropping acts. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. This show is sure to be filled with traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Purchase tickets here.

The following weekend, on February 9, Mr. Las Vegas (Wayne Newton) will entertain our audience. Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 30 million people. He has epitomized the talent, glamor and energy that are Las Vegas. He is a master at showmanship. He sizes up audiences as he goes, tailoring shows to fit their moods, until he’s given them their money’s worth. The songs change and the show gets re-worked, but Wayne’s basic approach is the same. Wayne says, “I know what it means to save your money to go see someone perform, and I’ll work as hard as I have to, to try and make sure they enjoy it.” Purchase tickets here.

Prepare your abs for some laughing as we approach the 15th of February. The Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker, Jeanne Robertson, will tickle your funny bone.  Jeanne is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking  to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. She believes that this humor attitude can be developed and improved, and she outlines how to do so while captivating audiences with funny, original stories. Purchase tickets here.

The following day, February 16, the Pushcart Players take the stage an all-new production of “Happily Ever After… A Cinderella Tale.” It is known to most of us as “Cinderella,” but they’ve named it “Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale.” It seems that we are never too old, nor do we ever grow tired of hearing this beloved story. Perhaps it is because it’s about overcoming adversity…about dreaming dreams and about goodness, generosity and compassion. And, perhaps because it’s also about things that can help us learn and grow, such as the unbecoming nature of bully behavior; the importance of making good choices and being responsible for the choices we make. Whatever the reasons, audiences love the music, the magic and the funny, beautiful and zany characters in our story. It’s a wondrous journey from long, long ago – to happily ever after.  Purchase tickets here.

As we jump into the next weekend, don’t let those abs go soft.  Emmy Award winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, and Mama will be here. Vicki is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation as a part of the now-legendary cast of the Carol Burnett Show. Ms. Lawrence will take the stage first. “We have designed a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life.” When “Mama” takes the stage next, Ms. Lawrence says, “I think people will get a kick out of the things “Mama” has an opinion about. Where “Mama” is concerned, expect the unexpected. There’s really nothing she can’t do,” she says. Purchase tickets here.

And to finish off the month we will celebrate with a day full of food. February 26 is Eat Your Art Out Chandler.  This is a community event that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and corporate sponsors for one day to show their support for the arts in Chandler. Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler support various programs at the Center including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. You help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants.

So pull out your calendar and “pencil” us in. February is bound to be a great month.


Spend Your Weekend With Us!

This week has been in the fast lane. Can you believe it’s almost the weekend? Neither can we, but boy are we excited. This weekend we have some great events in store for you.

First, on Saturday we will welcome Cesar Millan to our stage. Cesar will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners for the better. Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of “Cesar’s Way” as he reveals that the secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions starts with transforming ourselves.

The following day, Sunday, prepare to be swept back in time to the Wild West. The great Wyatt Earp will share the story of  “The Doc Holliday.”  This is the story of the West’s most famous dentist. The setting is in a Denver Colorado jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earps have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc, a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least, Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. You, the audience, are the other prisoners. Throughout the play you will hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it, ‘from one who heals to one who keals’ (kills). Purchase your tickets here.

And since we are beyond excited for the following weekend, below is a quick peek at the Golden Dragon Acrobats coming to the Arts Center on February 2. The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring the best of a 2,500 year old tradition into the 21st century with stunning feats of acrobatic ability. Your jaw will drop. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


There is Hope

“I believe the most beautiful child of struggle is art.”
– Paul Williams, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

The long, hard road of struggle and trial briefly touches on the roots of our weekend performers, New Directions Veterans Choir. The choir is compromised of inspiring stories of hope and determination.  Each choir member carries his and her own personal saga of triumph. But as a whole, the group shares the common foundation of music and hope.

George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years, living in and around MacArthur Park. The power of music and the New Directions program united Hill with similar struggling veterans. This group eventually grew into a soulful cappella choir, New Directions Veterans Choir. The Choir is comprised primarily of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. Following their service to our country, they became homeless. New Directions gave them hope and direction.

The choir got their “big break” on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and since then has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and E! Entertainment Television. They have performed at over 100 venues and events. In doing so, they continue to spread their message of hope and redemption to other vets who struggle today.

Join us on Friday, January 18 at 8 pm as we witness the power of music, hope and inspiration at the New Directions Veterans Choir performance. Purchase tickets here.


Calling All Dog Lovers

Cesar Millan is coming in 13 days! Over here at the Arts Center we can barely contain our excitement to welcome Cesar to our stage. Any dog lover that might be out there can completely understand our excitement. If you aren’t familiar with the hit series “Dog Whisperer” or his new show “Leader of the Pack”, here is a little bit about Cesar.*

Cesar Millan came to the US when he was 21. Millan spoke no English and lived on the streets for two months. He soon became a dog groomer and walker. This lead to his reputation for the ability to work with aggressive dogs.

In 1994, Cesar met Jada Pinkett, then a sitcom actress. She became one of his clients and biggest supporters. When Millan told her of his ambitions to be on television she told him he needed to learn English first. Pinkett was kind enough to pay for his English tutor for the year.

After a profile of Millan ran in the Los Angeles Times, he was approached by several production companies to develop a TV show. This lead to the launch of the well known TV series, “Dog Whisper.”  The show was just the beginning of his incredible journey opening up doors to books, the Dog Psychology Center (DPC), The Millan Foundation, etc.

With this short glimpse into the life of Cesar hopefully you can see why we are excited to learn more about him and obtain some tips and tricks for our own dogs. Although this show is sold out we have a few $500 sponsorship spaces left. This sponsorship includes:

  • Two VIP tickets and Meet-N-Greet with Cesar Millan
  • Name Listed In All CCA 2012-2013 Playbills
  • Name Listed on CCA Website
  • Quarter-Page Ad In (1) Playbill*

Call our box office today to reserve your space (480) 782-2680!

*All background information was pulled from http://www.cesarsway.com/askcesar/aboutcesar


Dream of Unity…Celebrate in Chandler

Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor our community’s heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

To kick off the month long event, on Saturday, January 12, the screening of the critically acclaimed film Power of One will occur.  The film portrays the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world.

The following weekend, on Friday, January 18,  New Directions Veteran’s Choir will grace our stage. The New Directions Veterans Choir is an award winning a cappella group that sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. The Choir consists of current and former residents of New Directions’ transitional facility, a Veterans Administration (VA) drug rehabilitation program.  These men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military and following service to our country, became homeless. George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years. A graduate of New Directions, Hill is also an employee at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration.  “Through singing,” George says, “we hope to let veterans who may be suffering know that there is hope for them.”

The next day, Saturday, January 19,  Chandler’s 18th Annual Multicultural Festival will highlight the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more.  This is a FREE event open to the public.

The celebration concludes, on Sunday, January 20, with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, in the show DRUMLine Live. This  is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. The staged show will be a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. The group’s performances will range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition.

Let’s all come together this month and celebrate unity. To learn more or to purchase tickets for any of these incredible events, please click here.


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.


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://i2.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


Weekend Preview: Two Days, Two Shows

High five, you made it to the weekend! Since it’s Friday, that means that I have a run down of Center events for you this weekend. Because we’re friends.

Tonight we have Phoenix’s very own Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project. It’s a new form of rock/jazz/blues/fun mix that I’ve really liked the more I listen to him. Brian has played all around the world and I’m pretty excited for him to show up here tonight and give us an amazing show.

Since it’s a free concert, we would of course love any donations that you could throw our way. The foyer doors open at 6:30, but you can’t get into the theatre to sit until 7:00, and the concert starts at 7:30.

If you want more of the Center this weekend, come back on Saturday night for our second concert of 3 Evenings For The Arts fundraiser, “Hollywood Sings Classic Cinema Songs”. There will be a ton of goodies up for grabs, as well as wine and munchables. You can grab tickets here, and if you’re coming, feel free to dress up in your most glitzy-glamorus, because the rest of us are going to be!


Weekend Preview: Pleanty To Do

I know it’s all that I have been talking about recently, but if I didn’t do a Weekend Preview before a show, I’d feel like I was short-changing everyone. Can’t have that now, can we?

Tonight’s Free Summer Concert is Sun Lakes Big Bad, which has been together since 1998. Tonight they’re also having Joe Carroccio perform with them tonight, so we’re in for a treat! I love big band music (if I haven’t said so before…) and I’m really excited for what is to come.

Not interested in big band music? You may be interested in our contest with the Art Walk tonight, which has some show tickets and a picture frame  made by Marnie Brookins up for grabs as prizes. 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!


Weekend Preview: Give it another go

Tonight we’re incredibly happy that Firefly is making their return to the Center. I mentioned that we had them here last spring, but we also had them here during our grand re-opening in October 2010. Since they’re based in Gilbert, I like to think that the Center is like a second home to them.

Give them a listen to here, and then come see them in person tonight at 7:30. Phoenix as a whole has so much great local music and we’re proud that we can show some of that off at the Center. These three ladies have shown that the have the talent to play with the big names in the Valley and those that come through it.

The show starts at 7:30, but you won’t be able to go into the theatre and sit down until 7:00pm. (We had some confusion last week) Suggested donations are: $5/child, $10/Adult and $15/family.


Weekend Preview: Here we go!

Today’s the day! We are back in the swing of performances since March! Yay!!

Sometimes I get way to excited about things. Sometimes it’s justified. This is one of those times.

If you haven’t heard, tonight marks the start of the Free Summer Concert Series 2012! We’re kicking it off with Comeback Buddy, which you have all previously met and heard much about in my interview.

The show tonight starts at 7:30. Doors open at 6:30, seating starts at 7 and its first come, first served. I’ve mentioned it before, but we do love when you show us some love (in the form of a few bucks) so suggested donations are $5 for kids, $10 for couples or $15 for families. Want to drop more our way? I won’t stop you.

But come and say hi! I’ll be wearing the blue dress at the raffle table. I love meeting Internet friends in real life, cause y’all are awesome.

Can’t make it tonight but still want something to do this weekend? Come see “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” on Saturday (July 28) night! It’s starring the wonderful Joe Bourne & Trio, who you’ve also heard me talk about. With all of our 3 Evenings For The Arts shows, you get more than just a show. Prizes, wine tasting, yummy treats, the works. I’ve listed all the prizes up for grabs tomorrow night, and we still have seats available.

The show starts at 8:00pm on the 28, but the fun really starts at 6:30 in the foyer. You can snag tickets to just Joe’s show here, or call our box office for tickets to all three shows (480-782-2689).

Hope to see you this weekend!


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.


Weekend Preview: End of something awesome

This is it. Two more shows to rock and we can put the seal of success on another season. Awww yeah.

Tonight, we’re going to make your sides hurt with Joan Rivers. I mentioned this in my Monday Mashup, but Joan is a stickler for punctuality. Her show starts at 8:00pm, and once she’s onstage no one gets a seat in the theatre.  She does have an opening act, Tony Tripoli (who is also a writer on Fashion police) so you have a grace period if you’re running SUPER late, but as a precaution, it’s good to be back in your seats before the house lights dim and the gong sounds. No amount of Devil’s Ale is worth watching Joan perform on our flat screen when you could have been feet away.

Saturday night we have Marty Stuart performing. We’ve had a few questions about it, and yes, he is still going to perform even though he is going to Earl Scrugg’s funeral on Sunday. It’ll be a great show, and you’re probably bound to hear a tribute to Earl. You can snag tickets here.

As for a closing weekend, you can’t beat this. Two great performers that CCA is lucky to have and a season finale that won’t easily be forgotten.

 


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.


Weekend Preview: Different shows

This weekend we’re bringing Kathleen Madigan and Peter Gros to the Center, two types of performances that we haven’t had at the Center in a while.

Tomorrow night, Kathleen takes the stage to give us her view of life, love and what makes her tick. I saw her on Last Comic Standing a few years ago, and I thought she should have won instead of Ralphie May, but no one asked me. When I found that she was coming here, I think I actually did the Jazz Hands of Happiness.

Her show is almost sold out, but if you’re not sure if her humor will mesh with yours, click here and make sure she’s your type of gal. You can grab tickets to tomorrow’s show here.

Sunday afternoon, we’re right back with Peter Gros and his amazing animals, which include (but are not limited to) an alligator, red kangaroo, a singing kookaburra, a 14 foot python and a giant owl.

Parents with little ones need not to worry. Peter has worked with these animals and Wildlife World Zoo to make sure these animals are comfortable being around people, and they won’t start or do anything that could make the audience nervous. Peter and Wildlife World Zoo refer to the animals as “Animal Ambassadors” who help the audience understand about the different forms of wildlife on the planet.

Still not sure? Here’s a clip of Peter at a few performances.

His show is at 3pm at Sunday, and you can still get tickets here.


Weekend Preview: I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit classical

This weekend at the Center has a little less going on than last weekend, but we still have some really fun concerts.

Tonight we’re kicking it off with the Chandler Symphony, flamenco guitarist Chis Burton Jacome and flautist Frank Darmiento who will be playing music that reflects the culture of the Southwest and Arizona over the past 100 years.  The concert is free and first come, first served. Get here early because we usually pack the house.

The “packed house” theme is going strong with out other show this weekend with Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis. I love listening to these ladies, and so does everyone else in Phoenix. We don’t have very many seats left, so if you’re interested in seeing them in concert tomorrow night, call our box office at 480-782-2680 and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Its one of those weekends that just seem to work here. We have good shows that people care about, and that we care about, and that makes it seem less like work and more like fun.

For me, at least.


Weekend Preview: Good things come in fours

This is probably one of our busiest weekends of the year, and we have so much to get through in today’s Weekend Preview

Ready. Set. Go.

– Tonight we’re starting it off with Alpin Hong at 8pm. Alpin is a classically trained pianist with a passion for education. He was kind enough to  spend the entire week with students from CHS, fine tuning their music skills and then giving them an outlet to show off their skills at a performance with him this morning. When you come to his show tonight, expect to hear some classic and contemporary pieces, but also expect to hear what makes those pieces so unique and what the composure was trying to get across to the audience. Tickets are $15 and you won’t regret it.

– Just when you think it’s safe to sleep in on a Saturday morning, we’re coming at you bright and early with Awesome 80s Prom Auditions. We’re still looking for talent, so even if you haven’t acted before, or aren’t sure you can pull off a 1980s Valley Girl, you should still come down and give it a shot. Details are here, and if you miss me this afternoon (after 2pm) show up at the Center tomorrow at 10am and I’ll make it work. (Bring a head shot and resume, and prepare a monologue from a 1980s movie.)

– After auditions, we’re running straight into Ballroom With A Twist, and we’re bringing in our very own ballroom dancers before the show, so really you’re getting two performances for the price of one. If you don’t think you’re interested in dance, or aren’t a Dancing With The Stars fan, don’t worry. Not only will there be dancing, but we have a few extra perks tucked up our sleeve. You can snag tickets here, but make sure you do it quickly.

– Take a breath, but then dive back in on Sunday with Wyatt Earp: Life on the Frontier. This is one that I’ve been looking forward to for months. I love Arizona history and anything related to the O.K. Corral, so getting to see it told by a relative of Wyatt Earp is probably going to be the best to spend a Sunday afternoon. Tickets? Get them here.

 

Who needs sleep when you work at an arts center? Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to set up base camp and my sleeping bag.

 


Weekend Preview, on a Thursday

3 day weekend, can I get a woot woot?

In keeping with the 3’s, here are three reasons I’ve been looking forward to this weekend.

1. Christian Women’s Business Expo. It’s a great group of ladies who are going to be at the Center on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm showing you what they do. We have a diverse group of women owned businesses coming through and they’re open to anyone and everyone coming to give them a once over, regardless of religious affiliation. (Or if you have none. We love everybody around here.)

2. Classic Albums Live Performs: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Awww yeah. I’ve had “Go Your Own Way” stuck in my head for (honestly) the last 4 days. This isn’t a problem, because I love Fleetwood Mac, and can remember singing along with Rumours in the car with my mom. Some people had been leery about the fact that it was some other band performing Rumours, but once they gave Classic Albums a shot, they were converted into supporters who bought tickets. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

3. Veterans Day. I have a few Vets in my family, and I remember going to the Veteran’s Day Parade with them when I was growing up, and eventually marching in the parade in high school. Do something for them tomorrow. I promise you’ll feel amazing about it.