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On the Scene: Events, concerts, workshops and more

Yavapai College Community Events presents Alaska's acoustic bluegrass group Bearfoot at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8,at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Featuring twin fiddles, fast-picking mandolin and guitar, acoustic bass and vocals, Bearfoot's three-part harmonies evoke the sounds of Bill Monroe. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and $15 each for orders of four or more. Tickets are available at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (776-2000), or at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

Steve Annibale and The Arizona Swing Machine performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 8 at the Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Tickets are $12 or adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Elks box office and at www.ElksOperaHouse.com. For additional information, call 443-8541.

The Granite Peak Folk Sessions presents Chuck Pyle, the "Zen Cowboy," and Dennis Garvey & Remedy 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Hall, 882 Sunset Drive, Prescott, off Whipple, behind True Value Hardware. Tickets are $15. Pyle sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost and found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical."

The Prescott Strings, conducted by Dr. Phil Kuhns and with flute soloist Beverly Chesterby, is giving a concert a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane (Highway 89 North and Ruger Road, just north of the Prescott Airport). It will include music by Penderecki, Nelhybel, Weber, Telemann and Wolf-Ferrari. Free, but contributions to the Strings music fund accepted. Call 445-4967 for further information.

Nature writer Gary Ferguson will present "The Land Within: Wilderness and American Identity" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, for Prescott Colleges' spring Master of Arts Program Colloquium. Gary will also present a Keynote Workshop, "The Stories of Place," the following morning from 9 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Both events are free of charge and will be at the College's Crossroads Center, located off the alley behind 220 Grove Ave. Call 350-3218.

Prescott Valley welcomes country legend Alan Jackson Feb. 10 at Tim's Toyota Center. Since 1989 Jackson has sold over 45 million records and has recorded 31 number-one songs, 21 of which he composed. Lady Antebellum opens the show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gettix.net; 1-866-443-8849; Tim's Toyota Center box office; and GetTix outlets.

Sharlot Hall Museum presents the African American Experience in Arizona: 500 Years of History, 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in the museum gallery. Admission is free. Dr. Matthew Whitaker will explore the history and life of people of African descent in Arizona from the 16th century to the present, beginning with Eseteban De Dorantes in 1528 and continuing through the migration, settlement and community building experiences in Arizona to 1939. For more information, contact Gretchen@sharlot.org or 445-3122 ext. 19.

Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St., presents "Peter Pan" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. "Peter Pan" features all the magic and music that has made this a memorable tale for generations. Tickets for the show are $35, $33 and $31 and available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College"). Purchase tickets 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 Prescott Valley Art Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Methodist Church at Sommer and Zicon, Feb. 12. Jim Schubert will lecture on "Drawing Suspect Composites for Police Investigations." Schubert retired from the Scottsdale Police Department after serving the last six years as the composite sketch artist for the department. Call 928-636-1530 for more information.

Don't be like everybody else this year. Give your Valentine something special they will never forget! The Academy of Performing Arts is offering singing telegrams for Valentine's Day. All proceeds will benefit the APAA scholarship program designed to create the opportunity for children of all income levels to participate with minimal fees in musical theatre productions. The cost is $5 for a singing telegram over the telephone and $15 for a singing telegram in person (this price also includes a 2.4 oz. box of chocolates). You can choose from a wide variety of songs and messages or even create your own. They will be delivered on Feb. 13 and 14 between 3 and 8 p.m.

For more information or to order your singing telegram today, call 778-7529.

Known as the original "boy group," Little Anthony and The Imperials released its first single, "Tears on my Pillow," in February 1958. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the band will be performing at Yavapai College on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Call Yavapai College Community Events at 776-2000.

Valentine's Day will unofficially extend through Saturday, Feb. 16, this year when songwriter/pianist/singer Jim Brickman brings his romantic music to the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Brickman's show includes vocalist Anne Cochran and violinist David Klinkenberg. Tickets are $32, $30 and $28 and are available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College"). Tickets may also be purchased at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (928-776-2000), 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. Brickman's best-known compositions include the chart-toppers "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Destiny," "Simple Things" and "Peace."

The Bongo Love Band is an Original Roots African Band with an eclectic style that intrigues lovers of many musical genres. Bongo, the frontman, is straight from Zimbabwe and he is known for transporting his crowd to his African world. The Bongo Love Band is guaranteed to bring you to your feet. Get ready for a show that will burst you into body rhythms, smiles and thoughts of Mother Africa. They will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at The Raven Café, at 142 N. Cortez St. in Prescott. For information, call The Raven Café at 717-0009.

Join Australian sound therapist Phil Jones for a Didgeridoo workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Yoga Shala, 322 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Cost is $20 advance and $25 at the door. Instruments will be provided for all participants during the workshop. For more information, call 443-8973 or visit YogaShalaArizona.com.

The Elks Opera House presents a special engagement of Jamie Shaheen and the "Everybody's Happy When They're Singing" show at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Jamie is a vibrant children's entertainer who is charming audiences everywhere with her vivacious and energetic singalong shows. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children 12. Visit www.ElksOperaHouse.com or call 443-8541.

Prescott College alumni will present "The Vagina Monologues" from Thursday, Feb. 28, to Saturday, March 1, at the Prescott College Crossroads Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for PC students or $10 general admission, and are on sale at Cuppers Coffee House, The Raven Café, New Frontiers Grocery and the Prescott College Bookstore. Call 308-0639 or e-mail wildflowerrose@hotmail.com. "The Vagina Monologues," first performed off-Broadway by playwright Eve Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's personal experiences.

The beauty, grace, athleticism and precision of China's 2,500-year-old acrobatic tradition will be on display at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St., when the world-renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats come to Prescott.

Tickets for this show are $25, $20 for students and $20 each for four or more. Tickets are available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College") and at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (928-776-2000), located in the lobby of the YC Performance Hall, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the world as today's premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. Its 25 members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood.

The group has performed in all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world.

Catholic Charities hosts its 20th annual Gala Ball, "Cruising New Destinations," from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 E. Highway 69. The Gala Ball raises money to support Catholic Charities. Proceeds will benefit North Star Youth Partnership, formerly Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program (TAPP), in Prescott. The evening features a Captain's Dinner and Casino Games that begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person or $50 per person to participate in Casino Games only.

To RSVP, call Marty Williams, Catholic Charities office manager, at 778-2531, ext. 3435 or e-mail at mwilliams@cc-az.org. If you would like to donate but are unable to attend the event, send a tax-deductible contribution to Catholic Charities Gala 2008, 14 Brookside Blvd., Prescott, AZ 86303.

The Elks Opera House presents Linda Gentille and the American Piano Show at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. The American Piano Show features the music of great American composers such as Gershwin, Berlin, Foster, Leonard Bernstein, Hoagie Carmichael, Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, John Phillip Sousa and Neil Diamond. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and are available at www.ElksOperaHouse.com, the Elks box office and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, call 443-8541.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Mountain Artist Guild at the second annual fundraising dinner show Tuesday, March 11. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with traditional food, beverages and dessert. The entertainment - Celtic group Oceans Apart - starts at 6:30 p.m. for three 45-minute sets. A $40 donation per person or $75 a couple will get you a fun evening. Reservations are limited so call the guild office at 445-2510 for reservations.

The Prescott Victorian Society invites you to attend the Elks Theater's Command Performance of a Victorian Wedding Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 19.

The program features ladies and gentlemen in fashions from 1860-1910. Attendees will witness the marriage proposal, wedding preparations, gala parties and the wedding, followed by the couple's honeymoon travels. Tickets are $18 and available at the Elks Theater, 1-888-858-Elks or at Yavapai College Tickets, 776-2033.

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 Folk Sessions, Live! Radio show on KJZA, 89.5 has launched its revamped website at www.folksessions.com. The new site features Folk Sessions radio and concert podcasts including D Squared in the studio and Still on the Hill live from a Granite Peak concert in January 2007.

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.

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