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Author, adventurer and Prescott College alumnus Craig Childs will relate his story about a wilderness expedition on the as-yet uncharted Salween River in Northern Tibet at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Prescott College's Crossroads Center. Tickets are $7, $5 for students. Call (928) 350-1301.

Local landscape artist Dale Strong continues his "You Thought You Couldn't Paint" classes through Yavapai College's Community Education program through April 23. Each series costs $70. Call 717-7755 for more information.

Events happening at the Historic Elks Opera House include:

• Young Star Musical Theatre Presents "The Music Man" through April 12. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Thursday and Friday shows at 7 p.m., Saturday shows at 2 and 7 p.m.

• The EOH and the Prescott Victorian Society present A Command Performance of the Victorian Wedding Fashion Show on Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. Tickets are $18 and are available at, the Elks Box Office and at Yavapai College.

• An Evening of Hawaiian Music with Grammy award-winning Ledward Ka'apana together with Mike Kaawa on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance and $26 at the door.

• The Arizona Revue returns to the Elks Opera House stage May 25 through Sept. 6. Shows are mostly on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

• The EOH presents Jack Peterson and the Music of Les Paul each Friday from May 16 through June 6. The show is for adults 21 and older. Tickets are $12.

• PV Ballet Arts Recital is June 1 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

• The EOH and Chaparral MusicFest present a New Music Arizona Concert, Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children 18 and under. Enjoy music hot-off-the-presses from Arizona composers of national stature in a festive and inviting atmosphere.

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Prescott Fine Arts Association presents a two-part technical theater workshop in stage lighting and set design. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Prescott Fine Arts

Theatre, 208 N. Marina St. The $50 registration fee covers both a three-hour workshop in stage lighting led by Mark Austin of Peoria's TheaterWorks and a three-hour workshop in set design led by Mike Eddy of Phoenix Theatre. For more information or to register, call 445-3286 or stop by the box office at 208 N. Marina St. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sharlot Hall Museum at 415 W. Gurley will present "The Best Invention of the Century: The Sewing Machine and Home Clothing Production" from 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Call 445-3122 for more information.

The Prescott Classic Brass Quintet presents a concert, "Panorama of Brass," 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 945 S. Rancho Vista. Admission is $5. Enjoy the musical selections from Renaissance and classical pieces to contemporary numbers. Call Stephen at 533-8221.

On Sunday, April 13, the Cannon Fire Showcase Ensemble and the Grammy-nominated vocal duo The Cunninghams will open the 2008 Jazz Without Borders season with a dinner and show at Arcosanti. The showcase event begins with dinner from 1 to 2:45 p.m., then moves to the covered stage of the Arcosanti amphitheater for the 3 to 6 p.m. show. The price of the show only is $20; dinner and show is $35. The VIP weekend offers overnight accommodations on the Arcosanti grounds for Saturday or Sunday for the advance price of $95. This includes continental breakfast, an official tour of Arcosanti, the dinner and the show, along with your room reservation. Call 928-237-7908.

The Phoenix Symphony will perform 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Yavapai College Symphony Hall. They

will be playing their "By Request Concert," including Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A Major" and Mozart's "Overture to Le nozze di Figaro." Tickets are available at the Yavapai College Symphony Hall box office from 1:30 to 3 p.m., or go to yavapai

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery at 208 N. Marina St. will present a beading workshop, "Working Outside the Box," 1 to 3 p.m. April 16. Sandy Cummings of Star Rock Studio will discus and demonstrate various aspects of beading and free-form mandalas. Register by calling 445-3286.

The Academy of Performing Arts is seeking a vocal director for their upcoming musical "Footloose." Rehearsals are Wednesday through Friday evenings and Saturday mornings from August to November. Auditions are Aug. 7 through 9 and show dates are Nov. 14 and 15. Send resumes to 218 N. Granite St., Prescott, AZ 86301, or e-mail to For more information, call 778-7529.

The Smoki Museum will hold a two-session quilting workshop. The first session is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second from 2 to 5 p.m.

on April 18. The workshop features Hopi quilters Karen Tootsie and Marlene Sekaquaptewa and author Carolyn O'Bagy Davis. Presentations will include discussions of Hopi symbols and imagery, painting on fabric, and the Hopi baby naming ceremony. Cost is $20 per session. Contact the Smoki for more information.

Britain's oldest opera company will present a sparkling and lavish re-creation of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera "The Mikado" at the Yavapai College Performance Hall on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. The show is presented by Yavapai College Community Events and co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Charitable Endowment. This amusing opera tells the tale of two young lovers, Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, who face many obstacles in their quest to be together. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Emperor, flees an arranged marriage and travels in disguise to another town to rescue his true love, who is engaged to her duplicitous guardian, the Lord High Executioner.

Tickets for this production, which includes a live orchestra, are $35, $33 and $31. Tickets are available online at (search for "Yavapai College"). Tickets may also be purchased at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (776-2000), located in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Yavapai College Performance Hall is located on the Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

The Prescott Adult Center (at the Prescott Community Center) will be hosting two eight-week sets of art classes starting in April. These classes are taught by Prescott professional artist and teacher Sheila Savannah. Oil painting classes will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 21, and watercolor painting classes will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning April 23. Call the Adult Center at 778-3000 to register or contact Sheila Savannah at 443-7733 for more information.

For the second time this spring, Northern Arizona opera enthusiasts can enjoy an up-close and personal evening with a world-class singer, Erin Wall, at the beautiful Prescott home of Barbara Andress on Tuesday, April 22.

A veteran music educator, Andress introduced opera to elementary school children more than 40 years ago. Her books for K-8 youngsters helped earn her a spot in the Hall of Fame of the Music Educators National Conference.

Ms. Wall, a Canadian-American soprano, will come to Prescott from Phoenix, where she is scheduled to sing the featured "La Traviata" role of Violetta Valery,

Arizona Opera chorus master Julian Reed will accompany Ms. Wall.

For reservations, call 928-284-3034 or 928-776-8662. Northern League members receive a $10 discount. Seating is limited.

The Arizona Opera League of Northern Arizona is a non-profit educational group supported by volunteers and members. For information on membership, call 776-8662.

The Lowe family brings its family-friendly musical/dance variety extravaganza to the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St., on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $30, $25 for students and $25 each for groups of four or more. Tickets are available online at (search for "Yavapai College"). Tickets may also be purchased at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (776-2000), located in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Patti Page, one of the top-selling vocalists of all time, headlines the memory-filled "Swinging with the Big Band" musical show coming to the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The Yavapai College Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

The show also features The Tex Beneke Orchestra in a tribute to Glenn Miller and special guest stars Mary Lou Metzger, who will emcee the show, and the String of Pearls vocal group.

Tickets for the show are $38, $36 and $34 and are available online at (search for "Yavapai College"). Tickets may also be purchased at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (776-2000), located in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall.

Sharlot Hall Museum's youth theater group, Theater of the Heart, will be performing "Get to Know Your Neighbor," a program with the music and poetry of Old Mexico. Show performances are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $10 and available at Sharlot Hall Museum store, 415 W. Gurley St., or by calling 445-3122.

Granite Mountain Middle School Drama Club is putting on Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" at 7 p.m. May 2 and 3. The director is Elaine James, a professional singer who is active in community theatre. The assistant director, Bob Hood, is a retired marine and taught theatre in Los Angeles schools for 30 years. For more information, call 776-1796.

The Yavapai Symphony Guild sponsors free concerts the second Tuesday of each month through May 13 at the Prescott Community Center, 1280 E. Rosser St. The Guild will have the first place winners of the Young Musicians' Competition perform on May 13. For more information, call Sylvia McIntosh at 443-0135 or Beverly Langhus at 759-2506.

The Academy of Performing Arts presents a Renaissance dinner at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Fire House Kitchen and Courtyard, 218 W. Goodwin St., Prescott. The menu will include Wassail, turkey legs, corn-on-the-cob, Yorkshire pudding and chocolate fondue. Cost is $20 per person; children 3 years old and younger are free. For information or tickets, call 778-7529, e-mail or visit

The Blue Rose Theater presents "The Man Who Owned the Grand Canyon," which tells the story of Ralph H. Cameron - Grand Canyon pioneer, miner and statesman. Cameron was the locator and builder of the Bright Angel trail into the Grand Canyon. His political career included being an Arizona delegate and senator. This original stage play was written by Parker Anderson.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. May 23, 24, 30 and 31; 2 p.m. May 24 and 31; and 6:30 p.m. May 29 at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley in Prescott. Tickets for the performance are $12; $10 for museum members. For additional information, call 445-3122 or visit

Prescott POPS Symphony's 2008-2009 concert season features four excellent performances starting with "Russian Rhapsody," featuring violinist Anastasia Khitruk, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. "An Afternoon with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein" will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3; "The Many Moods of Christmas" is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; and "Happy Birthday Arizona" is 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009. The shows are at Yavapai College Performance Hall. Purchase tickets for $15 for adults and $2 for youth 18 years and younger by calling 776-2000, visiting the Yavapai College Community Events Office or going to

The Town of Prescott Valley needs volunteers to assist with event coordination and setup for its 30th Anniversary World Arts Festival celebration scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14. Call 759-3123 for more information.

The Folk Sessions Live! Radio show on KJZA 89.5 has launched its revamped website at The new site features Folk Sessions radio and concert podcasts including D Squared in the studio and Still on the Hill live from a 2007 Granite Peak concert. In addition to "News of the Week," the site also features song downloads from some of the show's artists, news and notes about concerts and festivals., and maybe a little politickin' from host Tom Agostino in his monthly column.

Submit items one week in advance to Debbie Craton, The Daily Courier, P.O. Box 312, Prescott, AZ 86302, or e-mail Photos with a resolution of 200 dpi may also be e-mailed (artwork is run on a space-available basis).

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