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On the Scene for April 18, 2008

Gypsy Soul returns to Prescott for a special Granite Peak Folk Sessions performance at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Hall, 882 Sunset Drive. Folk Sessions host Tom Agostino opens. Gypsy Soul mixes Celtic and Americana roots infused with blues, jazz and folk styles. Admission is $15. For more information, visit www.gypsysoul.com.

Britain's oldest opera company will present a 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. 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. Tickets for this production, which includes a live orchestra, are $35, $33 and $31. Tickets are available online at www.tickets.com, by phone at 776-2000, or 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 Smoki Museum will hold a two-session quilting workshop. The first session is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second is from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 18. The workshop features Hopi quilters Karen Tootsie and Marlene Sekaquaptewa. Presentations will include discussions of Hopi symbols and imagery, painting on fabric, and the Hopi baby naming ceremony. Instructors will encourage participants to create their own blocks representing themselves. Cost is $20 per session. On April 19 at 1 p.m., Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, the author of "Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community," will lecture on Hopi quilting.

The Sharlot Hall Museum presents "The Quartermaster Department: The Search for the Well-Dressed Soldier" 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Fort Whipple Museum, Building 11, on the campus of the Veterans Administration Hospital. Living history interpreters will describe how the army quartermaster department struggled to clothe soldiers from 1863 to 1913, when Ft. Whipple was an active military post. Learn how the department adapted clothing for comfort and function at a time when the budget for uniforms was low.

The Prescott College Performing Arts Department is offering the local community multiple dance opportunities this spring. For more information on these events, contact Delisa Myles at dmyles@prescott.edu or Christopher Mankowski at cmankowski@prescott.edu 707-217-3087. All are free of charge or by donation unless otherwise noted.

• "Dance for the River," a fundraiser open dance/boogie space with live music by Moving Edge Ensemble, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Prescott College Granite Performing Arts Center, 218 B North Granite St. The sliding scale entrance fee starts at $7, with all funds supporting the Center for Biological Diversity's Save the Verde River Campaign. For more information on the Verde campaign, contact Edie Dillon at 772-8204 or edillon@biologicaldiversity.org.

• "Contact Improv: Rolling and Flowing," a workshop in contact improvisation led by Prescott College Dance Faculty Delisa Myles, runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Prescott College Granite Performing Arts Center, 218 B North Granite St. Come explore the depth and playfulness of contact improvisation, a dance form, which includes flowing, gliding, leaping and lifting in a continuous flow with other dancers. Recommended donation is $5 to $15. E-mail dmyles@prescott.edu or call 350-2241.

• Schools Collaboration Dance Performance: 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Granite Performing Arts Center, 218 B. North Granite St. Choreography in the Community course members and Primavera School third-graders present choreography and improvisations followed by audience participation in a guided movement improvisation. All are welcome free of charge.

• Milonga (tango) and Salsa Party: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, Granite Performing Arts Center. All are welcome free of charge to the final milonga/salsa party for the Choreography in the Community social dance class. Tango and salsa music will play for three hours. Festive dress encouraged but not required. Refreshments provided.

• "The Open Floor: An Experimental Showcase" runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Prescott College Granite Performing Arts Center, 218 B North Granite St. The performance begins with "The Bridge," a site-specific physical theatre performance at the bridge in the creek adjacent to GPAC, and moves inside for an "open floor" sharing of community talent - movement, poetry, sound and other creative spontaneity. Donations to the Prescott College Performing Arts program are encouraged. Free of charge. Local dance and theater artists who would like to present should contact Delisa Myles dmyles@prescott.edu or Chris Mankowski at cmankowski@prescott.edu. Includes a performance by Prescott College Faculty Delisa Myles and Moving Edge Ensemble. For more information, call (707) 217-3087.

The Elks Opera House and the Prescott Victorian Society present a command performance of the Victorian Wedding Fashion Show at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Tickets are $18. Call 443-8541 or visit www.elksoperahouse.com.

"An Evening in Paradise" with Hawaiian Music from Grammy award-winning Ledward Ka'apana, together with Mike Kaawa is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Elks Opera House. Tickets are $21 advance and $26 at the door. Call 443-8541 or visit www.elksoperahouse.com.

Tomorrow's Theatre Tonight will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Prescott Coffee Roasters, 318 W. Gurley St. Watch actors well into rehearsal of their roles develop their characters. This month's edition features a double bill beginning with "Parched," an original one-act by Karen Murphy of Prescott, and its muse, "Thirst," a one-act by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. Audience feedback is encouraged. Call 708-0166 form more information.

The final free concert of the season presented by Yavapai Symphony guild at the Prescott Adult Center will be 10 a.m. May 13. The concert is "A Visit with Jean Louis Nicode," performed by local well-know lecture recitalist (piano) Sarah Moglewer. Call 776-7976.

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.

In the theater world, it's the ultimate test of skill - the challenge of pulling off the performance of a new role with less than 24 hours of preparation. Local actors, directors and writers are invited to participate in this feat of talent, stamina and creativity in Prescott College's production of "The 24-Hour Plays."

Writers, directors and performers will be selected by Prescott College performing arts program director Dr. Charissa Menefee. All those interested in participating should contact Charissa at cmenefee@prescott.edu or 350-2237 by April 20. Actors, directors and writers will meet together as a group at 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Granite Performing Arts Center. The public performance of new original plays will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the College's Granite Performing Art Center, 218 N. Granite St. Admission is $5.

For further information, visit www.24hourplays.com.

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.

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,

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 of multi-instrumentalists performs a musical variety show at Yavapai College Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, encompassing classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, dance, six-part harmony, and gospel, capped by a patriotic tribute. Tickets are $30, $25 for students, and $25 for groups of four or more. Tickets are available at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College"), or through the YC Ticket Office, by phone at 776-2000, or in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall.

Vocalist Patti Page headlines the memory-filled "Swinging with the Big Band" musical show coming to Yavapai College Performance Hall at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The show features The Tex Beneke Orchestra and the String of Pearls vocal group. "Lawrence Welk Show" favorite Mary Lou Metzger will emcee the show. Tickets are $38, $36, and $34 and are available at www.tickets.com, by phone at 776-2000, or in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 apa@cableone.net or visit www.apaprescott.com.

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 www.sharlot.org.

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.

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