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Judy Hedding

Upcoming Entertainment and Activities (Issue #60)

By December 18, 2012

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In this issue: music in a garden, book signings, comedy and FDR.

You'll also still find many holiday performances all over town. Check the big Christmas Concert and Shows list.

This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money, such as shopping events. Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.

If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.

Events are presented here in date order.

What: Music in the Garden
When: Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Bad Cactus Brass Band - New Orleans Jazz/Funk. $21 per person ($15 for members), $8 for children ages 3-12. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended. General seating only. Ticket price includes Garden admission.

What: January at The Poisoned Pen
When: Various dates, various times
Where: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater #101, Scottsdale
Book signings are free to attend. There is a charge to purchase the book.
Sun. Jan. 6 Betty Webb 2 PM
Mon. Jan. 7: Sharan Newman
Wed. Jan. 9: James Rollins/Rebecca Cantrell
Tues. Jan. 15: Thomas Caplan
Wed. Jan. 16: Sue Grafton
Sat. Jan 19: Priscilla Royal 2 PM
Mon. Jan. 21: Brad Meltzer 6:30 PM
Tues. Jan 22: Steven Hunter
Sun. Jan. 27 Ian Rankin 2 PM
Wed. Jan 30: Erica Bauermeister
Thurs. Jan. 31: Charles Todd

What: P.J. Walsh: Over There - Comedy Is His Best Weapon
When: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: ASU Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale (Buy Tickets Direct)
Featured at Hollywood Fringe Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival and New York's All for One Theatre Festival. Using his talent for comedy, PJ Walsh takes audiences on a journey from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, back to small town New York State, to the White House and Afghanistan.

What: Ed Asner as FDR
When: Tuesday, January 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos, Gilbert
This one-man show takes us through FDR's White House years including the Depression, the steps leading up to WWII and the war years. See and hear his fireside chats; his controversial packing of the Supreme Court; his personal life with Eleanor and his discreet but definite affair with Lucy Mercer; his courage to break the Neutrality Act; his manipulation of Congress (in order to get the country to have a draft); the Pearl Harbor controversy, and the benevolent dictatorship he called the presidency from 1933 - 44, which made him the first man in history to be elected to four terms.

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If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more fundraisers, seminars and programs happening around town.

If you have an program or event that is open to the public that you'd like me to consider for this column, complete this form and submit it to me at least 8 days prior to the event (or registration deadline, if applicable).

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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