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The Commemorative Air Force–Airbase Arizona Museum, located at Falcon Field in East Mesa, is home to almost 50 aircraft from before WWI to the Vietnam War, including six WWII airplanes that have been restored to flying status. Learn the history of the planes, but more importantly, the history of the brave men and women who flew and worked with these aircraft on a daily basis. The museum is currently open and flights are available for ticket purchase.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Stalking the Wild Foods Experts of Tucson: Placekeepers and Tastemakers with Laura Cortelyou, M.A. (Virtual Event)
Saturday, April 10 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Arizona time
Food fads come and go, but wild foods are forever. Foraging wild foods has been the primary means by which humans have survived. But only recently have modern humans in the United States started to rediscover that wild foods are delicious. The Sonoran Desert has 450 edible wild foods. If you stalk the wild foods experts, they’ll lead you to discover and experience the foods that foragers have enjoyed here, for more than 10,000 years.
Join us for Arizona Opera’s 2020/21 Season and a truly magical journey, featuring visits to truly unforgettable destinations filled with glorious music, passionate drama, colorful characters, gorgeous scenery, and everything you love about the unparalleled art form that is opera.
Ballet Arizona presents The Four Seasons at Desert Botanical Garden May 18 – June 5
A dramatic score from Antonio Vivaldi, never before seen choreography from Ib Andersen, innovative new costumes and multimedia sets — all come together under the setting sun and embrace the breathtaking desert landscape for an unforgettable evening of visual delight. Ballet Arizona’s immersive performances at Desert Botanical Garden draw sellout crowds and The Four Seasons promises the same. Experience Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert and explore with our dancers a journey in movement through winter, spring, summer and fall.
The Black Theatre Troupe’s 2020-2021 season, Telling Our Stories, will mark the 50th year the company has been a leader in the Valley’s arts community, while performing works which celebrating the Black experien
As the civil unrest of late ’60s and early ’70s was in force, Helen K. Mason founded the Black Theatre Troupe to give a critically needed platform to voices in the community. Productions for this milestone 50th anniversary season will be virtual, then going live when guidelines allow.
The Gallery at the CCA (250 N. Arizona Avenue, Downtown Chandler)
CUSD 2021 (April 14 – May 6, 2021)
Chandler Unified School District’s most gifted artists put their work on display for the community to experience in this annual showcase. The burgeoning artists from Basha, Hamilton, Perry, Erie, Casteel and Chandler high schools display their talents and viewpoints through paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, and photographs. With over 100 works on display, there is always something for everyone in this exhibition.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s Thinker Player Creator box is designed to provide fun, creative activities for children this fall and beyond.
Designed for children ages 4-9, the Thinker Player Creator box provides a creative outlet for children after-school, on half-days, and for preschoolers. It’s one box…four week-long themes…20 insanely fun activities, which all amount to one happy kid!
In-Person & Online Summer Classes
Kick off your summer with Childsplay! From Hogwarts Summer School to Matilda, and Avenger’s League to Pete the Cat, Childsplay has over 40 classes for summer! Choose from half-day in-person or online classes for ages 4-17. Space is limited. Learn more and register today!
In the words of their namesake, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s vision is “to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” Come experience this vision by touring Wright’s desert laboratory and love letter to his beloved Sonoran Desert: Taliesin West, tucked into Scottsdale McDowell Mountains.
GAPT is Arizona’s only theater offering year-round puppet shows and has been operating since 1983. They provide entertaining and educational shows for students and have been named “Best Entertainment for Kids” and “Best Children’s Theater” by the Phoenix New Times. They had to close their doors due to COVID-19 and instead have pivoted into offering live, drive-in puppet shows in their parking lot.
They are establishing a regular schedule of puppet shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.
Heard Museum Announces Reopening with Exhibition Extensions
Popular Heard Museum original exhibitions David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry, Grand Procession, and Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Toward the Sun are extended.
The Heard Museum is pleased to announce its reopening with new policies and procedures in place based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona State Department of Health.
The Japanese garden is truly a form of art in the way the plants are trimmed, the layout of the paths, the placement of the rocks, and the relationship with water and koi fish. The Garden is open and is a very safe outdoor art activity. They also offer classes such as inspirational ikebana (flower arranging) and wabi sabi pottery.
National Geographic Live! Women and Migration
Wednesday, April 14 | 8:00 PM
In 2019 more than 270 million people—nearly half of them women—were living in countries other than the one where they were born. Drawn by the promise of a better future, women increasingly have traveled to wealthier countries—a shift described as “the feminization of migration.” Photographers with The Everyday Projects use their medium to challenge stereotypes, amplify storytellers and document the impact of migration on women.
Join Katie Palmer, MIM’s curator of education, for a 30-minute class exploring music through song, dance, and play with your little ones. Music making aids in young children’s development and helps foster a sense of well-being—all while having fun! Classes run Wednesdays through November.
Celebrate Spring and Jazz Appreciation Month with KJZZ's Blaise Lantana and her special guests including Stan Sorenson, guitar; Delphine Cortez, vocals; Joel Robin, piano; and Sheila Earley, drums.
Follow us on Facebook to see what our animals are up to, including almost daily LIVE broadcasts from inside the Aquarium where you can meet our all-star animals and ask our animal care team questions. We’re also posting fun and cute videos and photos on Instagram and YouTube every day.
Plus, on our website we are sharing all kinds of educational content and activities for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning, keeping you updated on what our animals are doing, and sharing many ways that you can help support the 7,000 animals that call OdySea home.
The chorus meets all three criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control to safely meet in person: the rehearsals are outdoors, the singers and staff wear masks and all singers are socially distanced.
Orpheus, in partnership with SOUNDS Academy, will present We Rise Again, a digital concert that will premiere Sunday, May 9.
VIRTUAL SHOWCASE – What is LIVENESS?
What will the future hold for live experience in the post pandemic world? In the wake of COVID-19, student artists from Arizona State University examine the future role of liveness through media performance hybrids, site-specific works, and a reclamation of broadcast practices and aesthetics that imagine unique worlds. This virtual event is made possible in part by the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts. Free for PhxArt Members; open to the public with suggested donation.
Summer Arts Camp Open for Registration
Rising Youth Theater, in partnership with Phoenix Center for the Arts, is excited to bring the world of "Fandoms" alive this summer for creative kids ages 7 to 14, using dance, theatre, music, and visual art! Choose from four two-week, half-day sessions from June 7 to August 6, where campers will bring their favorite stories and pop culture worlds to life. They’ll create their own characters, performances, comic books, works of visual art, and more, with each two-week session culminating in a performance sharing and celebration!
The singers of Phoenix Chorale have been connecting with the community during the quarantine by creating videos as part of the their annual spring fundraising campaign. Singers have created videos featuring a parody of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time,” Scottish bagpipes made from a Costco trash bag, and “Climb Every Mountain” filmed on hiking locations around Arizona.
The Phoenix Symphony’s Mind Over Music™ program is one of the only initiatives in the nation that directly integrates music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classroom lesson plans. In this video, learn how cellist Laurie Stearns Selby, instructs teachers on how to incorporate music into their curriculum. "The best part of playing in a professional symphony orchestra is not only enjoying the privilege of performing great music, but touching lives in a manner that only music can."
The Phoenix Zoo is Bringing the Zoo To You! Go on digital safaris, field trips and much more!
Camp Zoo To You allows “campers” the opportunity to experience animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, guided visits to Zoo exhibits, craft and learning activities, and scientific investigations from the comfort of home. Camp Zoo to You is pre-recorded virtual content designed for grades 3–6. Three topics will be offered each weekly session: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Birds! Sessions are $15 each, or $40 for all three.
Pueblo Grande is a traditional cultural place and ancient village site sacred to the O’Odham and other affiliated tribes. Although their site is currently closed, they have a new virtual programming webpage. They offer free and fee-based programs that can be accessed online, as well as hands-on craft kits you can purchase and pick up. On Pueblo Grande Museum’s YouTube Channel, you can access their free programming videos!
Tickets for the 2020–21 season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale!
Preview the season and get your tickets at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
Art in the Garden
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This fun, mid-morning and afternoon event will feature a colorful display of garden-themed artist tents, showcasing the latest in florals, botanicals, ceramics, wood and wearable art, as well as live music and a garden art raffle!
This innovative free program is a remarkable opportunity to experience theatre with “Dream Teams” of award-winning Shakespearean actors such as Brian Vaughn, Debra Ann Byrd, Mugavero, and Mattfeld.
Whether your child is looking for a place to start, or is already a seasoned performer, VYT’s classes are fun, engaging and will foster a passion for acting, voice, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, and more. These virtual classes, hosted via Zoom, will bring all the magic of VYT right into your living room, where your child can foster their love for the performing arts from the safety of your home. Classes are designed to develop a young performer’s stage presence while teaching life-skills, enriching self-esteem, and building confidence.