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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Arts and culture’ Category

Childsplay stages “Go, Dog. Go!” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Want to attend a musical dog party? Now’s your chance. Childsplay Theatre brings “Go, Dog. Go!” to Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 23. The play is adapted from the P.D. Eastman reading primer that contains only 75 different words. But the show promises plenty of surprises, singing and barking, six lovable dogs, […]

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Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it successfully. This requires us to perform a dance not taught at Arthur Murray. It’s one we learn as we go, and it involves a lot of fancy footwork — a complicated […]

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Leapin’ lizards! See “Annie” everywhere in Valley theaters

Who doesn’t love the little red-headed orphan and her endearing mutt, Sandy? Annie, with her grit, pluck and optimistic spirit, has been winning the hearts of audiences everywhere since the musical first appeared on Broadway in 1977. Four decades later, this show is popping up everywhere in Valley theaters — including at four venues this […]

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Valley Youth Theatre brings “Madagascar” to Herberger stage

After years in captivity, with regular meals and an adoring public, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo, with the help of some plotting penguins. Together, they go on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s […]

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“The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage” debuts on Oct. 19

Like the song says, “Breaking up is hard to do.” When you love a wonderful character in a great book, you don’t want to let go, whether the parting comes within the pages or when you close the cover. I know. I’m still not over Ned Stark. Such sweet sorrow! My job has been reading […]

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“Tomás and the Library Lady” celebrates the power of imagination

Tomás, born to a family of migrant workers, loves the stories Papa Grande tells him nightly. Before long, he knows them all by heart. What to do? Fate intervenes when he meets the Library Lady, who opens up a whole new world for him. Reading book after book, he discovers tigers, dinosaurs, explorers and much […]

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Get free admission Saturday to Arizona attractions on Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian magazine sponsors Museum Day Live! — a day of free admission at participating local museums and cultural institutions nationwide — on Saturday, Sept. 23. More than 30 Arizona museums are participating, including Cave Creek Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Halle Heart Children’s Museum, i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History. Download […]

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All ages can find inspiration in “The Little Prince” onstage in Peoria

A world-weary pilot whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara, a mysterious young prince from another planet who shares his adventures with the aviator, and a host of other characters who have a lot to say about life, love and wonder. That’s the story Theater Works brings to the McMillin Theater at the Peoria […]

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Family Time: Top October events around metro Phoenix

October brings a cozy list of outdoor festivals and fairs, and a whole lot of comfort food. Get those Halloween costumes ready, because you’re going to want to show them off this month at the endless spooky (and not-so-spooky) celebrations that scream Family Time! Find more extensive day-by-day event listings at Oct. 1-Nov. 5 […]

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Childsplay stages “The Phantom Tollbooth” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Life is totally boring for a boy named Milo — until a mysterious tollbooth suddenly appears in his room. He finds himself knee-deep in excitement, part of a great adventure in the Land of Wisdom. Now, along with the Humbug and Tock the Watchdog, he must bring Princesses Rhyme and Reason back to rescue the […]

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