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Jason Wheeler

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It’s a Hard Knock Life at the Elks this weekend

One Stage Family Theatre and Lessons by Lexe present “Annie” at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18.

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Chamber Music series concert includes Max Bruch piece

The Third Friday Chamber Music Series continues at the Prescott Public Library with five pieces, including selections from Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces.”

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Thumb Butte Distillery celebrates open mic & participants

In the year and a half since the Ping Brothers took on the open mic at Thumb Butte Distillery on Sunday afternoons, the quality of music has really grown, said owner Dana Murdock.

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‘Tis puts on winter eclectic works exhibit

'Tis Art Center & Gallery is getting ready to open its Winter Eclectic Works Exhibit, which will run from Thursday, Nov. 23, to Tuesday, Dec. 26.

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Diana Rein’s one-woman show opens for Beverly Watkins

As a child, Diana Rein improvised onstage in a blues club alongside a band her uncle was playing in and experienced a sense of freedom.

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PHS jazz band opens for Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

Prescott High School’s jazz band is going to open for the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra for one night only on Friday.

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Actor and singer Ronny Cox feels at home in the Southwest

Question: what do “Total Recall,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Deliverance” and the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center all have in common? Answer: Ronny Cox, an actor, singer and songwriter who is going to be performing at the Elks Theatre on Friday, Nov. 10.

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Born Country salutes Alabama at Elks Saturday night

A salute to Alabama will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra performs at Prescott High School

High school jazz band opens for orchestra

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and the Prescott High School Jazz Band are performing on the same night, in the same concert, for one night only.

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From Chino Valley to collegiate basketball coach, Newman living his dream

Newman has led Arkansas-Fort Smith men’s basketball team to more than 200 wins

The other day, Chino Valley High School graduate Joshua Newman looked at his yearbook – it said he was going to be a basketball coach.

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A pirate’s life at Sacred Heart

Director loves seeing the students’ talents grow

There’ll be shivering of timbers and walking the plank this weekend as Sacred Heart Catholic School puts on “A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

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Master impersonator Duffy Hudson returns to Prescott

Albert Einstein, George Burns, Harry Houdini – all three of them are going to be in Prescott this weekend.

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Weekend sees chamber orchestra, symphony concerts

This weekend will see concerts from both the Prescott Chamber Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony, the latter presented by the Yavapai Symphony Association.

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Jazz & Swing Conservatory workshops, Ellington

Noble Hathaway is on a mission to bring a knowledge of jazz and swing to Yavapai County, doing so through jazz workshops at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Highlands Center holds Holiday Bazaar in Discovery Gardens

Now that the Highlands Center for Natural History has opened its Discovery Gardens, staff says it’s the perfect place to hold the 11th annual Holiday Bazaar.

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Public watches five-acre prescribed burn

A snapshot in time, said trainee burn boss

The air around the Highlands Center was dense from smoke, hot from fire and thick with education.

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It’s Robin Hood… with a twist!

Biggest cast director has ever worked with

Normally, “Robin Hood” is a boy’s show, but that’s all going to change with Prescott High School’s production of “Robin Hood & His Merry Men,” says the director.

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Dancers revealed for 2018 Dancing for the Stars

Takes both student and teacher to make a good production, says partner

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona recently announced the celebrity dancers for next year’s Dancing for the Stars, one of whom is local dentist Dr. Jason Campbell.

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Smoki honors Chinese sojourners in Dia de los Muertos altar

Town used to have a Chinatown, says volunteer coordinator

Joe Ah Jew, Quon Clong Jin, June Wong — three different people whose stories have at least one defining trait: they were Chinese working and living in Territorial Prescott.

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Elks Theatre hosts biggest Halloween bash in Prescott

First-ever Halloween Ball features Wes Williams Band, Sugar and the Mint

There’s only one place in Prescott that has the biggest Halloween happening this year: The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Frank N. Furter invades Prescott Saturday

Take your pick of 'Rocky Horror' shows -- at Elks, Raven Cafe

Come up to the lab, see what’s on the slab and quiver with antici…pation for two showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this weekend. One on stage, one on screen.

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Outlaw country rocker Sarah Peacock performs at Theater on the Green

Nashville-based and Georgia-grown outlaw country rocker Sarah Peacock is coming to Prescott Valley, something that was entirely her idea, say town officials.

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Ghost Talk smaller with more shows

Ghosts will haunt the Prescott Center for the Arts and tell their chilling tales this weekend and next, sending chills down the spines of audience members glued to their seats at Ghost Talk Too.

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‘American Idol’ winner Scotty McCreery comes to Prescott

Country music artist and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is coming to Prescott, performing at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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Youths perform Sunday at Elks Theatre

Drew Hall calls himself an “anti-recital” type of teacher, instead opting for his students to really put themselves out there and perform in front of a real audience.

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Scotland’s Jim Malcolm returns for Celtic Concert Series

Scotland’s own Jim Malcolm, a solo guitarist and harmonica player, is returning to Prescott after a two-year absence for a performance in the Prescott Celtic Concert Series.

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YC Performing Arts presents Cathedral Classics

Yavapai College Performing Arts is working to make the Performing Arts Center sound more like a cathedral this weekend.

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Boy Scouts allows girls to become Cub Scouts

Dens will be gender specific, says local Scouts executive

Arizona’s oldest Boy Scout troop, Troop 1, has seen a lot changes in its 101-year history, said Scoutmaster Mike Ortagus.

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The spiritual side of dealing with breast cancer: Leaders say to follow doctors’ advice

Anyone — even a person of faith — can be diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Many insurance plans cover mammography, mastectomy

Programs at YRMC available for lower-income patients

Health insurance plans are not created equally, but many may cover just what’s needed when it comes to breast cancer.

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Festival buzzes with country music

Big Sting more than just music, with car show, camping and more

Watson Lake may be a hive of country music fans buzzing into Prescott this weekend.

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Manhattan Dolls take Prescott on 'Sentimental Journey'

When she was young, Cait Rudd heard her grandfather whistling a lot of Andrews Sisters songs and now, she gets to sing them, taking listeners on a “Sentimental Journey.”

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Something fun for everyone at Mountain Bike Festival

Organizers of this year’s Prescott Mountain Bike Festival say it’ll be fun for everyone, even for those who aren’t really into biking.

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PCA gallery participates in cultural art exchange

Here’s where you can see art from Mexico in Prescott

For the past five years, the Prescott Center for the Arts gallery has been doing a Day of the Dead art exhibit, receiving artwork from Mexico but this is the first year that local art has been sent back.

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Fun takes to the air at show

Pilot shows you don’t need an engine to land plane safely

Flying high above Prescott Municipal Airport at 6,000 feet, Kent Pietsch said there’s only one thing going through his mind: he’s having fun.

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Artists welcome the public at studio tour; 10th annual event continues today

In the stillness of Friday afternoon, it was the perfect time for Abby Brill to spread her work out behind her home while throwing some new pieces and talking to whoever came by.

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Where’s all that folk music coming from?

This weekend, 90 musicians will converge at Sharlot Hall Museum for the longest running folk music festival in Arizona.

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Sky Daddy pays tribute to Eric Clapton

Show’s music covers guitar great's entire career

Sky Daddy is getting ready to perform his fifth Eric Clapton tribute show next week but this show is going to be different than the others he’s done, he said.

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Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour Oct. 6-8

Artists show off their studios

This weekend marks a decade for the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour, featuring artists from all throughout the quad-city area.

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Ponies Only show this weekend

It’s strictly ponies only this weekend in front of the Walmart on Highway 69.

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Want to know where you can listen to Baroque music this weekend?

The Camerata Singers are joining forces with instrumentalists from around Arizona this weekend to put on a concert of Baroque proportions.

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Chris Botti performs Thursday at YCPAC

It’s going to be a musical week for Yavapai College as jazz bands swing on Monday and Chris Botti trumpets around on Thursday.

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Taste of the Wild… in the ’70s

Take a trip back to the time of disco, Betamax and Space Invaders this weekend for Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary’s Taste of the Wild.

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Blues Brothers live again Saturday, Sept. 30, at Elks Theatre

Jake and Elwood Blues are performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend, but it’s not really Dan Aykroyd or John Belushi and they aren’t the real Blues Brothers.

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Numerous musicians on tap for San Martin Fest

Though he usually puts together smaller shows with three or four bands, San Martin Rodriguez decided to do something a little bigger this weekend.

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Prescott Chorale season begins next month

After returning from a recent trip to perform in Detroit, Prescott Chorale is getting ready to start its next season, beginning with an experimental first concert.

Rally raises funds for vet support

Milt Cannon will host the Hero’s Honor Rally from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at ’Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St..

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Friends describe Chino plane crash victims as kind

One was father of two; the other made everyone better, girlfriend says

Spencer Kihlstrom and Jeremiah Linnertz were both really kind, said Kaytlin Stevens following the plane crash that took the lives of the 19-year old men.

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Beer, tunes flow at Oktoberfest

Glasses from Florida showed up day before Prescott event

The sounds of polka and the aroma of German beer filled the air Saturday for Prescott’s Oktoberfest at Mile High Middle School.

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Say ‘prost’! Oktoberfest is back

Lift your stein, say “prost” and drink. Prescott’s Oktoberfest returns this weekend with 60 beers on tap at Mile High Middle School.