Mesa Arts Center Archives

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Dinosaurs, filmmaking, deep-sea dwellers and the migration of women – these topics will be explored in entertaining depth during the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. The events typically take place at Mesa Arts Center but will be online this year – which makes it no less exciting, says Randall Vogel, assistant director of Mesa Arts Center. “We’re excited to be part of such an inspiring speaker series,” he said. “National Geographic Live continues to make...

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With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five things to see, do, eat and drink over the weekend and next week. 1. Get a jumpstart on your Halloween staycation. It’s almost spooky season! Great Wolf Lodge is celebrating early this fall with a scary good deal this Monday, September 14. The...

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Oregon native Elliott Kayser has one foot in the city, one in the fields and both hands in the clay. He’s been doing ceramics since age 10 and dedicated his life to it. “I kind of just fell in love with it, right away.” Kayser says. Between his bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University and his master’s degree in ceramics at Arizona State University, Kayser immersed himself into the agricultural scene while working...

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1. Kabarett at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – August 11
This isn’t a normal theatrical performance that you may find around the Valley. Kabarett will feature a selection of French and German theater songs, classic film scores, off-beat pop and original music. $12-$19. 8-9:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, tickets.scottsdalearts.org.

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#1: Whose Live Anyway? at Mesa Arts Center, September 11

Bring your best improv ideas to the cast of Emmy-nominated show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on their tour, and you could contribute to the crack-ups. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will perform 90 minutes of gut-busting on-the-spot skits and songs, with the help of audience suggestions. $32-$52. 7:30 p.m. September 11 at Mesa Arts Center. mesaartscenter.com

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#1: Will Goble Quartet at Musical Instrument Museum, August 29

Here’s a great equation: Jazz bassist and bandleader Will Goble’s talented quintet + the impeccable acoustics at the Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater = an amazing night of live music. Goble has performed with Grammy-winning pianist Marcus Roberts and drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, but as we recently observed at an intimate club show, the Valley resident has his own swinging swagger. Presented by MIM and The Nash. $19.50-$23.50. 7 p.m. August 29 at Musical Instrument Museum. mim.org

#2: “Abstract to Absurd” – Carlos Rausch and Cindy Schnackel Art Exhibit at Olney Gallery, September 2

A former PHOENIX magazine Artist of the Month, Cindy Schnackel has a fondness for the absurd, which she colorfully paints on canvases in the form of coffee-drinking chickens and surreal (and sometimes cute) blobby monsters. Argentina-born Carlos Rausch creates large-scale non-representational paintings that combine various shapes and colors into eye-catching but seamless abstract amalgamations. Free. 6 p.m. September 2 at Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral. Exhibit open through September 28. azcathedral.org

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