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On the Scene: Week of Aug. 15

The 21st annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering will take place Aug. 15 and 16 on the Yavapai College Campus and at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott. The theme of this year's gathering is "Headin' for New Range."

The event presents cowboy storytelling in verse and song, Western harmony bands, cowboy singer-songwriters, and cowboy traditions from the latest country styles to fine art of the West.

The Cowboy Poets Gathering presents 100 performers who keep alive the working cowboy's oral traditions by writing, reciting and singing narrative poetry about their lives on the range.

Reserved seat tickets for the evening shows are only $16 and may be ordered by calling the Yavapai College Community Events box office, toll free, at 1-877-928-4253 or 776-2000.

For further information and a schedule of events, visit www.azcowboypoets.org or call Jim Dunham at 772-0301.

The Prescott Farmers Market celebrates National Farmers Market week with Farm Day on Aug. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Yavapai College. In addition to regular vendors, we will have a veggie car derby, an acoustic singalong by local group Beans & Things, and baby geese and emus.

The Prescott Valley Market runs Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at M&I Bank on Florentine and Glassford Hill. The Chino Valley Market runs Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bonn Fire Restaurant on Highway 89. Each market runs weekly through mid-October. This year's market offers farm-fresh, locally grown produce; agricultural crafts; gourmet foods; advice from local growers; guest chefs and samples; local musicians; and more. For more information, call 713-1227 or visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org.

The Cosanti Foundation presents a Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chamber Winds concert on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Arcosanti. They will perform the lively and enchanting dance-like works of Mexican composers Arturo Marquez and Mario Lavista, along with pieces by Jay Vosk and other composers. Reservations are required. Tickets are $40 each for dinner and performance or $20 for the performance only ($10 for students). Call 928-632-7135 for tickets and information. A complimentary tour of Arcosanti will be offered at 5 p.m. in the Visitor's Center. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.

Three-time Grammy nominee Liz Story will headline the "Music for Wonder" benefit to endow the arts curriculum for Mountain Oak School. The performance will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Elks Opera House in Prescott.

Also headlining the benefit will be Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Jazz Band, directed by jazz pianist and bandleader Matt Jackson of Prescott. The Youth Jazz Band has played such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

The show will also feature collaborations between singer/songwriter Aaron King and vocal percussionist Cain Carroll, "Music for Wonder" director and fiddler Ines Vitols and various special guests, as well as Matt Jackson on tablas and Revital Carroll, a classical East Indian dancer featured at the Tsunami on the Square.

The showcase, which will feature music, theater, circus arts and on-stage painting by artist O. Allen Huddleston, is appropriate for the whole family. The paintings will be sold in a silent auction during the event.

Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for those 12 and under and those 65 and older, and are available at New Frontiers Marketplace, Pangaea Bakery and Granite Alley Garage. All proceeds benefit Mountain Oak School. More information on Music for Wonder is available by calling 830-4888. For more information on Mountain Oak School, visit www.MountainOakSchool.org.

Prescott Fine Arts Association will be having auditions for the fall presentations of "Reader's Theatre," scheduled for Aug. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Prescott Boys & Girls Club, 335 E. Aubrey St. For performance or audition information, contact PFAA at 455-3286 or tickets@pfaa.net.

PFAA will be in partnership with Prescott Public Library to present Reader's Theatre performances free to the public. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting Sept. 21, with Shakespeare's "A Man & a Woman" directed by Herb Voss. "Fred & Mary: An Unconventional Romance" directed by Ellen Bailey is Oct. 5; and Oct. 19 is "Unwrap Your Candy," directed by Robin Roelofs.

"Reader's Theatre" performances offer play readings without the sets and full costumes of a stage performance, offering audiences an intimate atmosphere and challenging directors and actors with their minimal setting.

The Central Arizona Concert Band, conducted by Clydene Dechert, is presenting free band concerts on the Prescott Courthouse Plaza at 7 p.m. Aug. 21. Bring your chair and friends and enjoy your favorite concert band selections. Call Keith Powers at 771-9034 for more information.

Prescott Fine Arts Association is holding auditions for the musical "Pippin" on Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Prescott Fine Arts Theatre, 208 N. Marina St. Director Bruce Lanning is looking for five men, three women, one boy and singers for the chorus for this hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairytale.

To prepare for the audition, actors may borrow scripts with a $10 deposit from Prescott Fine Arts Association located at 208 North Marina St., Prescott. Office hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 445-3286 or e-mail tickets@pfaa.net.

Friends of the Arts is proposing a booth rental for three artists at Prescott Valley's World Arts Festival, Sept. 13 and 14. The organization is planning to rent a covered booth, 10 by 20 feet, for $145. The cost of the event would be $35 per artist, with FoTA paying the remainder and security deposit. The organization estimates 5,000 to 8,000 attending the event. Contact Steve Parker at steveparker41@msn.com for more information.

State historian Marshall Trimble will be performing at Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater on Aug. 30, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Get tickets by calling 445-3122, or visit the museum store at 415 West Gurley.

The Arizona Revue variety show is now showing at the Elks Opera House at 7 p.m. Saturdays, with a 6:30 p.m. pre-show, and selected Fridays through Sept. 6. Tickets are $20 for adults; children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the box office, or call the event line at 443-8541, or visit www.EksOperaHouse.com.

Fabulous Females, the benefit concert and silent auction showcasing the many artists and performers in the community who support women, will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on Prescott's Courthouse Square. All are welcome free of charge. The silent auction will close at 9:30 p.m. and the concert will end at 10 p.m.

Fabulous Females provides live entertainment for the whole family, showcasing performances by women and men in support of teenage girls as well as a showing of a short documentary on The Women's Empowerment Breakthrough Conference. The silent auction portion raises funds to send girls from low-income families to The WEB Conference.

This year's lineup includes No Small Mangos, with Sarah Crews, Tim Crews, and Grace Burford; O' Allen Huddleston with Hip Hop Performance Art, and Troop Salamat with Belly Dancing Fire Dancing, and much more.

The silent auction will take place on the walkway by the timeline on the Courthouse Square. Some of the highlighted items include fine art from Bret Blevins and the Newman Gallery.

For information, call Courtney Osterfelt at 350-1007 or Laura Prosseda at womensempowerment@prescott.edu.

Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater, 415 W. Gurley, will be performing "They Called Him Buckey," an original play by Jody Drake, based on the life of William O. "Buckey" O'Neill. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11; and 2 p.m. Sept. 6 and 13. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 445-3122.

The Elks Opera House presents the last performance of "Tea with ZaZa" 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Gail Mangham performs the one-woman show based on the life of the first performer to appear on the Elks stage in 1905. Tickets for a dinner at the Hassayampa Inn with show and a tour of the theater afterward are $33. Show and tour are $16, or $13 for ages 65 and older. Tickets are available at the Elks Box Office, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or call 777-1366. Buy tickets online at www.elksoperahouse.com.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, The Folk Sessions will present a concert of Arizona's Musical Heritage with Prescott's Gail Steiger, a cowboy songwriter and grandson of Gail Gardner, and Sue Harris, a native Arizonan with a great sense of Arizona's heritage and history and the things that make Arizona unique. For more information, call 776-9550.

The Prescott Art Docents will be providing a full range of art presentations starting Monday, Sept. 8. The talks will be given every Monday at 10:30 a.m. by art historians like Phoenix Museum director Jim Ballinger as well as painters, sculptors and textile artists. The subject matter ranges from discussions about Arizona's top 10 works of art to the ancient tradition of Shibori. Come and listen, and you will learn to see art - and perhaps life - a little differently.

The Prescott Fine Arts Association is located at 208 N. Marina St. For more information, call Linda at 776-7784, or for a complete listing of lectures visit www.prescottartdocents.com.

The Capitol Steps troupe returns to Prescott 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall to offer a humorous musical perspective on the political issues and stories of the election season. This group of former Congressional staffers delivers topical, up-to-date satire. For more information, visit www.capitolsteps.com. Tickets are available July 29 at 776-2000 or www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

The Catalyst Info Shop at 109 N. McCormick is now hosting the clean/sober music venue The Village Concert Series open mic nights from 7-10 p.m. the first three Saturdays each month. Signup for 10 minutes of mic time costs $2. Prizes and passes offered to performers voted as audience favorites. Call 445-9518 for more information.

The Temptations perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. The group's precision choreography, sublime harmonies and classy onstage suits made them the male R&B group of the 1960s. For more information, visit www.thetemptations.net/main.html. Tickets are available July 29 at 776-2000 or www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

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