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66 February 18 – March 2, 2012 PAL activities


continue Two operas, a ballet and a theatre per-


formance are on the agenda for the Sun Lakes Performing Arts League this spring. Enjoy “Aida” on Sun., March 11 and


“Orfeo and Euridice” on Sun., April 15, as well as “Paquita,” a ballet on Fri., March 30.


The final Friday morning Coffee


Classics theatre performance is “The Great Gatsby” on Thu., March 29. For more membership information,


prices or seating availability call: Cece at 480-895-6888 for operas; Betty at 480- 895-6180 for Coffee Classics or Mary at 480-802-9354 for the ballet.


Musicians play for


coffeehouse crowd Area musicians can find their cup of


tea at Sozo Coffeehouse, 1982 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler, where live per- formances of local and regional talent dominate the microphone Friday and Saturday evenings after 7 p.m. In February, hear Ryan Twitchel, Jared


Taylor, AJ Odneal and the CaVu Band, among others. SoZo Coffeehouse donates money


from every purchase to an organization in need. For more information, visit www.sozocoffee.org.


AUTHOR ON STAGE: Known for her dry, irreverent wit and assorted pet peeves, author Fran Lebowitz delivers her opinions about modern life on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts March 1.


AZ Arts


www.SanTanSun.com AUTHOR FRAN LEBOWITZ COMMENTARY “Unapologetic opinions” about modern life are


offered by author, journalist and social observer Fran Lebowitz at 7:30 p.m. Thu., March 1. At the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. 2nd St. in Scottsdale. She will converse on stage with a local host and answer questions from the audience. Lebowitz has been a fixture in the New York


magazine world since the early 1970s. Andy Warhol hired her as a columnist for “Interview” and she regularly contributes to “Mademoiselle” and “Vanity Fair.” Her first two classic books of essays, “Metropolitan Life” and “Social Studies,” were bestsellers, and she is the author of the chil- dren’s book “Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.” She also was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s recent documentary film “Public Speaking.” Tickets are available for $39 and $49 online at


www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through the Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-8587.


‘Chapin’ the future through music


The music of three-time Grammy Award win-


ner Tom Chapin is the focus of the Higley Center for the Performing Arts’ (HCPA) Building Bridges Classroom Program, culminat- ing in a public “Building Bridges Family Concert” with Chapin at 2 p.m. Sat., March 3, at the HCPA, 4132 E. Pecos Rd. in Gilbert. The Building Bridges Classroom will reach


more than 3,500 children in the East Valley in interactive lessons integrated into a teacher’s


existing curriculum. By using the songs of Chapin, the classes teach life lessons about diversity, antiviolence, healthy choices, toler- ance, respect and environmental responsibility. Students will be transported to the HCPA on


Thu., March 1 and Fri., March 2 for three live performances with Chapin, followed the next day by the family concert. Tickets are available online at www.higle- yarts.org or by calling 480-279-7194.


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