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Upcoming Programs and Entertainment (Issue #64)

By January 15, 2013

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In this issue: Sunset Boulevard, music in motion, jazz in the hills, bowling with friends, wedding walk, puppet show, plan a high tea, make sushi, spend a night at the museum, and learn piano fast.

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: Desert Stages Theatre presents Sunset Boulevard
When: Now through February 10, 2013
Where: 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Faded silent screen starlet Norma Desmond is played by ariZoni Award winner Alaina Beauloye. Living as a recluse in a crumbled mansion, and still centered in the fantasy of her past fame, Desmond meets young screenwriter Joe Gillis, played by airZoni Award nominee Stephen Serna, and sees an opportunity to regain the limelight. The drama descends into madness and murder.

What: Music in Motion: Future Loves Past
When: Thursday, January 17, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Groove to the sounds of Arizona under the stars and take a musical journey around the world in MIM's galleries. Free with museum admission or $7 for performance only.

What: Jazz in the Hills
When: Every Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: CopperWynd Resort, 13320 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., Fountain Hills
Local jazz groups perform. $10 general admission, $5 for 18 and under. Tickets online or at the door. If you decide to have dinner at Alchemy (regular menu prices) doors open at 5:30 p.m.

What: Winter Bowling Bonanza
When: Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Glenfair Lanes Bowling Alley, 6110 N. 59th Ave., Glendale
Ages 8 and older with physical, mental, emotional or social disabilities can make new friends, improve their bowling game and enjoy the support of other participants. Bowling ramps are available to registered bowlers. Instruction is not provided. The price is $23 (non-Glendale resident, $30) and includes a bowling ball and shoes. For more information, call Anthony Garcia at 623-930-4335.

What: Downtown Mesa Wedding Walk
When: Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Mesa
Brides will be whisked through Downtown to Antique Wedding House, 12-West Main, Regency Garden, Inside the Bungalow, Mesa Arts Center, Tre Bella and Phoenix Marriott Mesa to plan their dream wedding. Each venue will hold wedding vendors of all sorts. Brides can taste test locally made wedding cakes, wine and beer. A Grand Prize will be awarded which includes a two night staycation, wedding cake, photography package, wedding accessories and jewelry. There will be activities and prizes for grooms. Brides can RSVP to dma@downtownmesa.com to receive an extra entry into the Grand Prize Drawing.

What: Of Plastic Things & Butterfly Wings
When: January 26 through February 10, 2013 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Space 55, 636 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix
A puppet show for green kids of all ages. It's the story of a plastic water bottle named Sam who has lost her parents in The Gyres. With help from a blue crab, a parrot, a sea turtle, Sam embarks on an epic, family-friendly journey to save us all from the lonely, swirling vortex of trash floating in the ocean. This is a musical, interactive show featuring sets and puppets made out of recycled materials. Tickets are $15, $10 for kids under 16. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

What: High Tea
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 12:30.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Learn the history and elegant charm of High Tea. Enjoy tea tasting with scones, accompanied by whipped cream and award-winning preserves made from scratch. You will receive recipes for a full tea. This class will provide you with all the information needed for you to host your own Afternoon Tea event. Please bring your own tea cup and $5 for a supply fee collected at class. The price is $45 (non-Glendale resident, $54). For more information, call 623-930-4613.

What: A Night at the Museum
When: Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
A night for teens to enjoy hands-on art activities, bands & DJs, dancing, a fashion show, sketching models & dancers in the galleries and interactive art tours. Free for teens ages 13-19 with school I.D. Guests are encouraged to bring $5-10 for the food trucks.

What: Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
In just a few hours, you can learn enough to give you years of musical enjoyment. Regular piano teachers teach note reading; piano professionals use chords. Learn all the chords you will need to play any song in this one session. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Instructor will collect $29 in class for a piano book and practice CD. Price is $35 (non-Glendale resident, $42). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.

What: Sushi School
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Where: Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar, 2080 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert Blue Wasabi's sushi chef will run a hands on session to teach attendees all about sushi and how to make it like a pro. Price of $49 per person includes all sushi-making materials for two rolls and one order of nigiri and Makisu (sushi mat) to take home. Additional food and beverages available at regular menu prices. Bringing a high quality, sharp knife will give you a unique advantage over your classmates. Class size limited. Email james.moran@bluewasabisushi.net for reservation.

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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.

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

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