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Upcoming Fundraisers, Workshops and Music (Issue #66)

By January 29, 2013

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In this issue: Picasso and Einstein, make a tortoise, hear Benjamin Britten, music of Billy and Elton, find petroglyphs, hear music in a garden, be an archaeologist, race a bed, and document rocks.

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: Tortoise Topiary with Succulents
When: Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Create a whimsical desert tortoise topiary. Using a wire-formed tortoise with spaces to plant succulents, you will select and assemble your own planting, choosing from the varied colors and textures of assorted succulents to create the shell of the tortoise. Members: $101 / General Public: $125.

What: ASU Concert: Benjamin Britten, 100th Anniversary
When: Monday, February 4, 2013. 6:30 p.m talk, 7:30 p.m. concert
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
ASU's collaborative piano studios and their vocal and instrumental colleagues perform a special program of music by English composer Benjamin Britten to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. One of the most celebrated of all English composers, Britten composed in every genre imaginable, from grand operas and symphonic works to intimate chamber and vocal music. This concert features songs, piano works and chamber music from this imaginative composer. Tickets are $10 each, free for all students with a current I.D.

What: Brelby Theatre Company presents: Picasso at the Lapin Agile
When: February 7 - 23, 2013
Where: Brelby Theatre Company, 6839 N 58th Ave., Glendale
Two historical figures walk into a bar... Penned by world renowned comedian and actor, Steve Martin, this long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso' agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso's date, an elderly philosopher, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. $20 adults, $17 students, children, senior, military. Free parking.

What: The Hits@TCA: The Piano Man - Celebrating the music of Billy Joel & Elton John
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Two true Superstars, Billy Joel and Elton John, come to life in this multimedia tribute starring Terry Davies. Backed by his nine-piece band, Davies recreates the music and memories created by two of the most successful artists in the history of rock and roll. The show features a combined catalog of hits including all-time favorites, Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Only the Good Die Young, My Life, Your Song, Daniel, Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind. Tickets start at $20 (additional service fees may apply).

What: Petroglyph Discovery Hike
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
An experienced Pueblo Grande Museum guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike along the Beverly Canyon/Javelina Trail in SouthMountain. This trail is moderate in difficulty. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 7. Course #90454. Cost: $8.

What: Music in the Garden
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
The Swingtips - Swing/Jazz. $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: Junior Archaeologist Field Day
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix
Discover how archaeologists investigate life in the past through fun, hands-on activities at a real archaeological site. Children ages 8-12 years old work as a Junior Archaeologist in the field, participate in a simulated dig, and learn about ancient skills and technologies. Advance registration is required. The Junior Archaeologist Field Day fulfills 8 of 11 Boy Scout archaeology badge requirements, and all Girl Scout archaeology patch requirements. Please note that the Center does not issue merit badges or patches. Cost: $12 Members, $15 Non-members. Registration Deadline: February 1, 2013.

What: Great AZ Bedrace for Charity
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11 a.m., team check-in at 10 a.m.
Where: Tempe Marketplace
The Bedrace is a community event that supports Bridging AZ and efforts to provide clean and comfy beds for kids. The race involves rolling beds (professionally built beds on wheels are provided) 100-yards down and 100-yards back up a street by the stage area of Tempe Marketplace. Individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, and clubs sponsor and/or race beds. Teams consist of four race-bed pushers and one in-bed rider all racing against the clock. Prizes are awarded for creativity, most money raised, fastest time, and people's choice award ($1 a vote). Registration $15 per person or $75 per team (includes event t-shirt). After Feb 10th price goes up to $20 per person. Free for spectators to watch. Bridging AZ Furniture Bank is the only Furniture Bank in Arizona. A Furniture bank is similar to a Food Bank except it provides furniture and household items to families in need. The goal is to acquire 5,000 beds over the next five years. The beds we acquire will be provided to children of economically disadvantaged families who are transitioning out of hardship.

What: Rock Art Recording Workshop
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix
Become a site steward of cultural heritage by learning field techniques to document and preserve rock art sites. Gain basic competence in rock art recording methods through hands-on activities and professional instruction by Arizona Archaeological Society certified instructors. Workshop is limited to 20 participants and advance registration is required. The cost is $25 for AAS and DVRAC members, $30 for non-members. Registration Deadline: February 8, 2013.

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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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