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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Be Kind People Project works to create kinder kids and safer schools

Marcia Meyer didn’t start out to create a movement, but she did. The founder of The Be Kind People Project has seen her program go national, and this year the local nonprofit is hoping a million kids will sign its Be Kind Pledge “to make schools a safe and positive place for everyone.” “Being kind […]

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Top March events for families in greater Phoenix

There’s no time for spring cleaning this month, because these family events will keep you on the go. Lace up those sneakers, because the weather is perfect for fun runs. Experience rich culture at these favorite annual festivals and stage productions that can take you to new places without booking a flight. Ready, set, March! […]

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Balancing act: Kid performers find harmony between studies and stage

When school starts, some kids are pulling double duty managing academics and a demanding performing arts schedule. Practice time can absorb 16 to 20 hours per week. The time commitment during a performance week can expand even more. How do they do it? Kids who dream of Hollywood, Broadway and more share common traits, including […]

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After a hiatus from live music, “The Nutcracker” brings back the symphony

A local holiday entertainment staple, Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will return this year with live music by the Phoenix Symphony. The symphony was absent from last year’s performance after organizers said the cost of live music was just too high. Tickets for the Dec. 8-24 production at Symphony Hall go on sale Monday, July 10. […]

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Parents Night Out: May date-night ideas for couples

May is here, and it is a great time to sneak in some couples time before the kids are home for summer break. Here are a dozen date-night ideas parents might love to explore: 1. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit Don’t miss the only North American stop of the Kahlo and Rivera art collection […]

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Veterans Day events in metro Phoenix

City of Phoenix Veterans Day Parade (Fri Nov 11). The 20th annual parade theme is “Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes.” The parade will honor the nation’s veterans with bands, floats, military vehicles and color guards. Parade starts at 11am. Free. Route runs southbound from Montebello and Central avenues, turns west onto Camelback Road, then south onto […]

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Upcoming family-friendly performances at major Valley arts venues

It’s theater season! Valley arts venues recently released their upcoming schedules for 2016-17. Here are some of the family-friendly performances on our radar through the end of the year and early 2017. It’s a great time to get out the family calendar and make some notes! ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe • 480-965-3434 • […]

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Onstage October: Catch “Rock the Presidents” to “The Sound of Music” this month

“A Little Princess” (Thur-Sun through Oct 9). An engaging musical about an heiress to a large fortune. Call for showtimes and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse Theatre, 1 E Main St, Mesa. 480-644-6500 or Arizona Dance Festival (Fri-Sat Oct 7-8). Performances by emerging artists as well as professional companies from all genres […]

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“Les Misérables School Edition” takes the Peoria stage Sept. 9–25

Imagine being so desperate that you steal a loaf of bread for your sister’s starving child. Imagine being put in prison 19 years for that crime. That’s the story of French peasant Jean Valjean and his quest for redemption, told in “Les Misérables School Edition.” The epic tale of loss, love and rebellion comes to the […]

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Harmony Project: “Talent has no zip code” in this Phoenix youth orchestra

Something wonderful is happening in a small room in downtown Phoenix. Students from four Title 1 schools are unpacking their flutes, tuning their violins and cellos and warming up to play in an orchestra that’s making a big difference in these kids’ lives. It’s all part of the Harmony Project, which launched in Los Angeles […]

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