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26 May 7 - 20, 2011


AZ Arts Chandler Children’s Choir to perform


Members of the Junior and Advanced Choirs of the Chandler Children’s Choir will perform “Singing Happily Ever After” at 7 p.m. on Sat., May 7 at the Hal Bogle Theatre at Chandler Center for the Arts.


Sixty-eight singers, ages 7 to 15, will sing music inspired by classics such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Secret Garden,” and much more. Tickets are $15 each; ages 5 and up.


Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. To purchase tickets call 480-699-9846 or visit www.chandlerchildrenschoir.org.


Frida inspires exhibit, workshops at Vision Gallery


“I Leave You My Portrait,” an exhibition of artworks and installations inspired by the works of Frida Kahlo, will be on display June 10 through July 30 at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler.


The exhibition, inspired by a Kahlo quote, was created by the Phoenix Fridas, a group of Arizona artists that includes Kathy Cano Murillo, Gloria Casillas, Leticia de la Vara, Michele Delgado, Anita Mabante Leach, Carmen Guerrero, Emily Costello, April Edwards, Lucia Madrid, Monique Sanderson-Mata and Annalissa Rios. The gallery will be transformed by the Phoenix Fridas with an installation of Kahlo’s bedroom, artworks, altars and inspirational mixed-media artworks. In conjunction with the exhibit, a gallery salon discussion, “Frida Kahlo’s


Infl uence on Contemporary Artists,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thu., June 16, and Frida’s Birthday Celebration and artist reception, featuring artist demonstrations, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., July 9.


Related Vision Kidz workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sat., June 18, creating Frida masks with Carmen Guerrero; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sat., June 25, making tissue-embossed canvases with Kathy Cano Murillo; and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sat., July 9, making tiaras and papel picado with Carmen Guerrero. All Vision Kidz workshops require registration for children ages 8 to 14 years. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St. in downtown Chandler. For more information about the exhibition or to register for a Vision Kidz workshop, call 480-782-2695 or visit www.visiongallery.org.


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TUTU FUNNY: Valley personalities, including the Phoenix Suns’ gorilla, recently showed their enthusiasm for the arrival of “Billy Elliot The Musical,” playing through Sun., May 8 at ASU Gammage. The award-winning musical celebrates one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true through a surprising passion for ballet that inspires his family and community.


Hale announces new season


If you love live theatre, be sure to check out what Hale Center Theatre in Gilbert has on tap for late 2011 and 2012.


The lineup includes: “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie Sept. 2 through Oct. 8; “It’s a Wonderful Life”, adapted for the stage by James Rodgers, Oct. 14 through Nov. 26; “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens Dec. 1 through 23; “See How They Run” by Philip King Dec. 31 through Feb. 11, 2012; “42nd Street” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin Feb. 16, 2012 through March 31, 2012; “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon Feb. 21, through March 27, 2012; “Harvey” by Mary Chase April 5 through May 15, 2012; “To Kill a Mockingbird”, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, May 25 to July 7, 2012; and “Bye Bye Birdie”, by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, July 13 to Aug. 25, 2012.


Hale Center Theatre is located at 50 W. Page Ave., in Gilbert. Info: www.haletheatrearizona.com.


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