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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.

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

• 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. Donations to the Prescott College Performing Arts program are encouraged. Free of charge. 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. 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.

Cowboy Artist Ray Swanson developed a very close relationship with the subjects of his award-winning paintings. One of Ray's favorite Navajo models, Arveena Arizona, will be at the Phippen Museum at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, with her family. They will be wearing some of the traditional Navajo garments seen in Ray's paintings and they will be discussing, along with other members of the Swanson family, what Ray meant to Native Americans in Arizona.

In Navajo belief, the Beauty Way is the way through which beauty, balance and harmony are maintained in life. Ray Swanson, respected member of the Cowboy Artists of America and the American Watercolor Society, definitely lived the "Beauty Way" in his career and personal life. His works can currently be seen in the Phippen Museum's exhibit, "A Life Lived the Beauty Way: A Ray Swanson Retrospective," which runs from through July 6.

This exhibit features over 60 of Ray's paintings spanning his entire career and includes a replica of his art studio.

Museum admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and AAA members. Children under 12 and museum members are free.

The museum is located just a few minutes north of downtown Prescott,at 4701 Highway 89 North. For additional information please call 778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.

For actors, it's been called 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 will test their skills in this challenging feat of talent, stamina and creativity in Prescott College's second production of "The 24-Hour Plays." 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.

The Prescott College 2008 Writers in the Community class will host a community reading from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the college's Crossroads Center. The event marks the finale of the class, in which pairs of undergraduate students facilitated creative writing workshops at locations around Prescott. Workshop participants from Juvenile Detention of Yavapai County, New Horizons Independent Living, Northland Cares, Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, Prescott House, Turning Point Youth Crisis Shelter, and the Prescott Veterans Administration will share short readings. The celebration is free of charge and includes refreshments. The Crossroads Center is located behind the College's main buildings at 220 Grove Ave.

"Writers in the Community" is an advanced practicum course with a curriculum rooted in service learning. Students apply their knowledge of writing and teaching by providing the space and guidance to local community members to improve their writing skills. The workshops also encourage personal growth and help foster sense of community.

"Cinco de Gumbo," a benefit to help send kids who can't afford it to YMCA camps, will be Saturday, May 3 at Coyote Joe's Bar and Grill, 214 S. Montezuma, on the outside patio. A $7 donation gets you a plate of creole/Cajun food: jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo, boiled crawdads and oyster shooters. There will be live music from 3:30 to 10 p.m.

The lineup for music includes some of Prescott's favorites and up-and-comers: Dallas and Dave, Chloe Stuff, The Cheektones, SweetNasty, The JNG Band, Carnuba and Kenny James.

There are lots of positive things that happen to kids at camps - teambuilding, cooperation, leadership and a sense of community are just some areas that benefit from the camp experience. Some of the kids who need it most can't afford to go, so the YMCA sponsors all or part of the fee for them. This benefit will help the YMCA help more kids.

For more information, call Jamie DeJager of Coyote Joe's at 778-9570 or Dave Fermoile, YMCA Sky-Y Camp director at 445-1385.

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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 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. 7-9 and show dates are Nov. 14 and 15.

Send resumes to 218 N. Granite St., Prescott, AZ 86301, or e-mail to apa@cableone.net. For more information, call 778-7529.

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. For more information, call 776-7976.

The Elks Opera House has the following performances coming up.

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

• Young Life presents a concert at 7 p.m. May 24 with music performed by Brandon Heath. The show opener is Nate Allman. Tickets are $10.

• The Arizona Revue returns to the Stage of The Elks Opera House May 25. Appearing selected Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. with a pre-show performance at 6:30 p.m. Tickets now are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For more showtimes and dates, call the Elks box office event line at 443-8541.

The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Theater Lobby.

Tickets for the above shows are available online at www.elksoperahouse.com. There is a $1 ticket charge per ticket.

The audition call for "Doubt," a parable by John Patrick Shanley, is looking for three actors: male mid-20s to late-30s, female 20s, and African-American female late-30s to mid-40s. Bring one memorized contemporary monologue, one to two minutes in length, from a published play. Rehearsal/performance period is from Aug. 25 to Oct. 5. Stipends are available.

Audition time is 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 6, at the Elks Opera House. Use the south entrance. For information, call Ernie Giglio at 237-1177 or Gail Mangham at 771-2554. Production is subject to funding.

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.

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 www.prescottsymphony.com.

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.

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