While art scenes in cooler-climate cities thrive during the summer, Valley venues must find creative ways to entice audiences.
Imagine a creative commons area where people linger over coffee and pastries at café tables while listening to saxophones swooning from an outdoor stage. Their faces reflect bright hues of green, blue and purple from nearby rectangular light boxes – digital kiosks where crowds clamor to hear poets recite their works and watch dance troupes perform.
While Valley theaters carve out next season, Arizona Opera is hatching a long-term plan to adapt Zane Grey’s classic Western Riders of the Purple Sage into a sweeping musical epic. Think opera and Westerns are a shotgun marriage? Composer Craig Bohmler says look closer.
Valley stages take stock after Actors Theatre’s lost season.
None of the Valley’s major theaters is doing Fiddler on the Roof this season. Not literally, anyway. Metaphorically, every season is a precarious fiddling exercise for Valley stages.
Last spring, after 26 years of showcasing homegrown talent with a sly, intellectual take on live theater, Actors Theatre of Phoenix took a tumble, suspending its final two shows and vacating its long-standing spot in the Herberger Theater Center. Though ATP – which plans to return this fall – isn’t “suspended” the way John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign is suspended, the lost season illustrates the unique challenges posed by the Valley’s somewhat prosaic theater tastes.
A powerful but low-profile Christian advocacy group in Scottsdale quietly works to transform the American legal system.
T his past March, hundreds of journalists, activists and pundits packed into 1 First Street in Washington, D.C. to watch the Supreme Court consider arguments on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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