APRIL 14, 2011

Art Raffle yields $1200 to benefit Foothills Caring Corp

The 90 minute Raffle held by the Terravita Art League in March at its 11th Annual Art Exhibit Artists’ Reception brought $1200 to benefit the Foothills Caring Corp. Items bid for were: a sterling silver pendant crafted by Nadine Leo; a pastel painting, “On Par”, by Cheri Saffro; a hand-crafted gourd and “In The Land of the People”, by Cheryl Bloom.

Pictured is Rita Flynn, President of the Terravita Art League, presenting a mock check to Debbra Determan, representative from the Foothills Caring Corp.
Courtesy Photo

APRIL 13, 2011

Spring is in the air and the arts are everywhere at PVCC this month

PHOENIX – Paradise Valley Community College, a Maricopa Community College, will wrap up the 2010-2011 season of fine and performing arts with several spring events showcasing the talents of PVCC students.

PVCC offers free and low-cost entertainment options for the Northeast Valley in its state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts, including concerts, dance performances, theater and art exhibits. Upcoming events include:

The Ballad of Downtown Jake
Enjoy an opera in progress 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Studio Theater/M-East Building. This event features performances of 10 songs from the forthcoming jazz opera, “The Ballad of Downtown Jake.” The music, based on poem in the book “High Notes” by PVCC Faculty Lois Roma-Deeley, is being composed by PVCC Fine Arts Division Chair Dr. Christopher Scinto. PVCC tenor Dan Kurek and soprano Alicann Lunceford are accompanied by Scinto (piano), Keith Kelly (woodwinds), Ted Sistrunk (bass) and Brett Reed (drums).

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit displays the talents of PVCC fine arts students April 22 through May 11 in the Gallery at the Center for the Performing Arts. The opening reception for the exhibit is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Gallery and it is free and open to the public. The exhibit features work by beginning to advanced students in diverse disciplines as selected by juror, Joan Baron, artist and director of Artspace gallery in Scottsdale. Free and open to the public. The reception will host a casual awards ceremony celebrating the prizewinners and visual arts scholarship recipients for the 2010-11 academic year. Light refreshments will be provided.

Spring Dance Collection
pvcc danceThe PVCC Spring Dance Collection is an excitingly eclectic performance featuring the works of PVCC dance students and faculty. The concert features the works of Joey Arevelo whose Hip Hop artistry will capture your imagination and admiration of this dance form. The concert also includes the choreography of Erin Nielson, Sonia Valle, Ava Fleming, Slawomir Wozniak, Robert Blair and Leon Cunningham. A special appearance by Sutopa Barua will delight audiences with a taste of Classical Indian dance, and Axe Capoeira will continue the tradition of bringing their dynamic and explosive performance of the Brazilian art form known as Capoeira. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/staff $8 for students w/ID and $6 for children under 12.

PVCC Jazz Combos
The PVCC Jazz Combos perform in concert Saturday, April 30, in the Studio Theatre. Starting the performance is the PVCC Beginning Jazz Combo, under the direction of Keith Kelly and Scott Zimmer. The beginning jazz combo is part of PVCC’s new Union Jazz Institute, which is designed to teach young musicians jazz improvisation and ensemble performance. The night also features performances by the PVCC Intermediate Jazz Combo, under the direction of Russell Schmidt, and the PVCC Advanced Jazz Combo, under the direction of Eric Rasmussen and Ted Sistrunk. Admission is free.

PVCC is at 18401 N. 32nd Street, in Phoenix. The Center for the Performing Arts is located near the intersection of 34th Street and Union Hills. For information or tickets, call the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 602-787-7738 or go to www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa.