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Military families get free AZ museum admission


Six Arizona museums offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2010.


The announcement was made recently by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Blue Star Families, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services.


Museums participating include the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, the Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, the Arizona State Museum and the Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson, Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg and Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.


PAL still accepting reservations


The South East Valley Performing Arts League continues to take reservations for the Phoenix Symphony Coffee Classics season, as well as for Phoenix Symphony’s opening night in September.


The Phoenix Symphony Coffee Classics season opens Oct. 7 with Hans Krasa’s children’s opera “Brundibar,” featuring Maurice Sendak’s images from the recently published children’s book. For more information, call 480-802-0478. Phoenix Symphony’s opening night is Thu., Sept. 16. Discounted seats range from $19 to $62 for PAL members. Call 480-699-7841 to reserve a seat. PAL members will also be attending Ballet Arizona’s performance of the Balanchine Classics on Fri., June 11.


The South East Valley Performing Arts League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in the South East Valley by providing tickets and transportation from Sun Lakes to local and downtown Phoenix events. Round-trip luxury transportation is provided to all PAL events. A handicapped- accessible bus can also be provided with a 72-hour notice. The South East Valley Performing Arts League also contributes to nonprofit organizations and local educational institutions to promote performing arts education for youth.


Annual PAL membership is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. For more information, visit www.sevpal.org.


AZ Arts


June 5 - 18, 2010 ASU hosts family exhibition


“What Moves Us: Art of Transportation from the Permanent Collection,” Arizona State University Art Museum’s 11th Annual Summer Family Exhibition, runs through Sept. 4, with a free Family Fun Day taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., July 10.


The exhibition focuses on different modes of transportation as expressed through paintings, sculptures and prints, with hands-on activities offered for children.


Family Fun Day draws more than 1,000 visitors annually for art-making projects, performances and a visit from a PBS character from KAET Channel 8. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays.


The ASU Art Museum is located at 699 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. Call 480-965-2787 or visit www.asuartmuseum.asu.edu.


On Valley stages


“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” through June 20, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Tempe Little Theatre performs the relationship comedy. Box office: 480-350-2822.


“The Princess and the Pea,” through June 26, Hale Center Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Hale Children’s Theatre adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Box office: 480-497-1181.


“Balanchine Classics,” June 11-13, Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Ballet Arizona’s 24th season concludes with a finale of Balanchine classics, including “Prodigal Son,” “Divertimento #15” and “The Four Temperaments.” Box office: 602-381-1096.


“In the Heights,” June 15-20, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about chasing dreams and finding home. Box office: 480-965-5062.


“The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre, June 17-27, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. East Valley Children’s Theatre performs this classic tale. Box office: 480-644-6500.


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