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It's like a headline torn from today's newspapers: "Water Engine's 'Clean' Energy Could Solve Environmental, Economic Woes."

David Mamet's visionary play, as relevant now as when it debuted as a radio play at the peak of the '70s oil crisis, tells the story of a young factory worker in the '30s who has invented an engine that runs on water.

Prescott College Theatre presents "The Water Engine" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at Granite Performing Arts Center at 218 N. Granite St. in Prescott. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information, contact Dr. Charissa Menefee, at cmenefee@prescott.edu, 350-2237.

"Aida" by Teatro Lirico D'Europa returns to Prescott at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. The opera "Aida" is a classic love story involving an Ethiopian princess and a military commander who struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. For information, visit www.jennykellyproductions.com/prod_teatro_history.htm.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

Contradance, Friday, Feb. 6, begins with an introductory dance lesson 7:30 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Grace Sparkes Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley. Cost is $7, or $5 for Folk Happens members or other Arizona contradance organizations, teachers and students. Call 445-3496 or visit www.folkhappens.org for more information.

Prescott College will play host to author, adventurer and activist Katie Lee for its Master of Arts Colloquium Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7 and 8. The free address is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and a workshop is 10:30 to 12:20 p.m. Sunday. Lee will speak about late Prescott College faculty member Pete Lavigne, show her DVD, "Love Song to Glen Canyon," and read from her book, "Sandstone Seduction." A question and answer session will follow. Participants in the workshop will discuss forms of activism including letter-writing, songs, money, goods, ideas for action and non-action, and the price for one's form of activism.

Now in her 80s, Lee, a native Arizonan, began her career as a stage and screen actress. She followed in the footsteps of writers like David Brower and Ed Abbey, singing, writing and lecturing about the importance of preserving and restoring wilderness refuges, the West's lonesome characters, and the histories of ancient races embedded in its sinuous sandstone canyons.

For more information, call 350-3218.

A Found Object Mosaic two-day workshop by Juanita Hull-Carlson, will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8. There is a $30 fee. RSVP to the PFAA office at 445-3286.

Participants are encouraged to bring dishes, marbles, coins, nuts and bolts, screws, colored glass - anything with which they wish to create a mosaic, with an element of memorializing either old objects or people and their histories. A brief slide show with some mosaic art from around the world also is part of the workshop.

For more information, call 445-3286 or e-mail tickets@pfaa.net.

Jazz crooner Matt Dusk will set the stage to swinging at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The 27-year-old singer is a formidable new musical talent with a repertoire that includes timeless songs, stylish arrangements, cutting-edge production and powerhouse vocals that draw comparisons to Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé.

Tickets for this swinging show are $30 ($28 for student or groups). Buy tickets online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College") or at the YC Community Events Ticket Office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), 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 Central Arizona Concert Band, conducted by Clydene Dechert, is presenting a band concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis Learning Center Auditorium. This concert features all-time favorites like "The Festive Overture" by Schostakovich. Bring your friends. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for those 18 years and younger, and are available at the door. For additional information, call Keith Powers at 771-9034.

The Library of Wine and Tea, at 212 W. Gurley St., presents Rio Flamenco with flamenco dancers from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. For more information, call 541-9900.

Step back in time as living history characters bring to life Arizona's Territorial past in various locations around the museum grounds and historic buildings. Arizona History Adventure takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott.

Cost is the museum admission of $5. For information, call Mick Woodcock at 445-3122.

It's 6:59 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m. and the members of the Tucson Playback Theatre troupe have absolutely no idea what they'll be performing.

They're not worried. The audience will think of something.

Tucson Playback Theatre will perform original, audience-inspired improvisational theatre for the Prescott Community from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Crossroads Center at Prescott College (located off the alley behind the College's main buildings at 220 Grove Ave). Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students.

In Playback, audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. Whether humorous or sad, the mundane or the outstanding, past memories or today's events, all stories are honored.

For more information, contact Mary Lin, director of marketing and public relations at 350-4503 or pr@prescott.edu. More information is on the web at prescott.edu.

The Prescott Pops Symphony's final concert for the 2008-09 season is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, with the theme of "Happy Birthday, Arizona."

Tickets are $15 adults/$2 youth (18 and under) and are available online at www.prescottsymphony.com or at the Yavapai College Performance Hall ticket office, 776-2000.

The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864 - 1868, Grand Canyon Lecture Series is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. The lecture is presented by Dr. Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie, associate professor of Navajo at Northern Arizona University.

In 1864 the Navajo people were forced to walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico, an experience the Navajo refer to as Hweeldi, or the Long Walk. In this presentation, the audience will hear the Navajo elders' version of the Hweeldi as it appears in the children's story "Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: A Story of the Navajo Long Walk."

Space at the Prescott lecture series is limited; call 445-3122 to ask about seating. Admission: Donation requested. For information, contact Gretchen Guice at gretchen@sharlot.org or 445-3122.

It's Pavarotti with a mullet. "3 Redneck Tenors," a musical comedy featuring veteran opera and Broadway singers in a story about their merry musical journey from a Texas trailer park to Carnegie Hall, will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. The two-act show is packed with music ranging from Elvis to Puccini, from country to opera. For information, visit www.3rednecktenors.com/index.htm.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

A Living History Presentation will be Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Whipple Museum on the Veteran's Administration Hospital campus on Highway 89. For Black History Month, museum director John Langellier will discuss the African-American experience in the U.S. military. Admission is by donation. Contact Mick Woodcock, at 445-3122.

The Elks Restoration Foundation will hold the 104th Birthday Bash for the Elks Opera House Saturday, Feb. 21, with a dinner at The Palace and appearance by the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies. The 1943 film "The Outlaws" starring Jane Russell will show afterward. Post-movie activities include dessert and coffee, and a raffle for items like a Western-themed gift basket and a custom gun belt and holster by craftsman Don Dillahunty. Cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:30 p.m. Call 778-5236 for more information.

Water Lecture Series: Tim Crews Discusses Agriculture in the Southwest Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sharlot Hall Museum Exhibit Center.

Tim Crews, a Prescott College environmental studies faculty member and the chair of the City of Prescott's Water Conservation Committee, will discuss the changes in water use for food production in the region. He will highlight the shifting role of water use from agriculture to municipal uses and address the impacts of such a trend on the local culture, economy and environment.

Admission is by donation. For information, contact Kristen Densmore at 445-3122 or kristen@sharlot.org.

Defining Folk Music workshop and concerts is Saturday, Feb. 28, at Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater, 415 W. Gurley St.

This is the second in a series of eight monthly concerts/workshops, each focusing on some aspect of the history of folk music, specifically defining the folk music of the central Arizona highlands.

The folk music question workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $25. Concert times are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Cost for members is $12, non-members $14. Group rates: 10 or more tickets are $8 each. Limited seating; call 445-3122 for tickets.

Chestnut Brass entertains with music of such famed composers as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Stephen Foster on modern and historical brass instruments at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. They perform Renaissance music on instruments that existed during that time and demonstrate how the instruments have changed over the centuries. For information, visit www.chestnutbrass.com.

The Performance Hall is at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

Water Lecture Series: Jacob Devaney Discusses Art and Nature Sunday, March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sharlot Hall Museum Center Exhibit Gallery.

Artist Jacob Devaney will discuss the role of nature/water in his art. He will share some of his documentary videos and talk about projects he is working on in the northern Arizona region. Admission is by donation.

For information, contact Kristen Densmore at 445-3122 or kristen@sharlot.org.

Jonathan Best and Yavapai College have teamed up for "Music for the Rest of Us" 'playshops' March 7 and 23 and April 11 and 15, beginning at 10 a.m. all dates and 6 p.m. on April 15. The purpose of the playshops is "to get us all conversing in the universal language of music." Cost for each session is $45. For more information, call 830-4887 or visit www.campusce.net/YC and select "music."

This year is Michael Mahany's 25th anniversary of teaching in the quad-city area. In honor of this milestone he will be celebrating with a Silver Jubilee Concert at the Yavapai College Performance Hall on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m. The program will feature Mr. Mahany playing a variety of solo works from the classical, jazz and Broadway repertoire as well as original works and arrangements. The grand finale, "Rhapsody in Blue," will be a piano duet with his longtime colleague and friend, Christina Robertson. The concert is a public service presented by Mahany Piano Arts and there is no charge for admission.

Dave McNabb, "The Celtic Corner" radio program, is organizing a 10-day tour of Scotland, July 17 - 27. The tour will emphasize Scottish traditional music with three private concerts planned, and will visit castles, the visitor centers at Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Culloden, and Loch Ness. Other destinations include the Gaelic College on Skye, museums, the Walkers shortbread factory, Glenfiddich distillery, Dunkeld Cathedral, the Wallace & Scott Monuments, Bannockburn battlefield, the Inverness Highland Games, and the World Championship Highland Games in Edinburgh. Cost of the tour is in the $2,000 range, and might lessen depending on the number of participants. Deadline to sign up is March 9. Call 771-1218 or email Dave at mcnabbprescott@aol.com.

Marvin Hamlisch performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Enjoy an intimate evening of entertaining music and smart repartee. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores. His music is notable for its great variety, substance and popularity. For information, visit www.marvinhamlisch.com.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

Theater of the Heart: "Her Name was Sharlot," an exploration of the poetry of Sharlot Hall, will be held 7:30 p.m. March 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. March 21 at the Blue Rose Theater, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott. The Blue Rose Theater's young thespians, who usually provide technical support for the theater, present their own historical piece. For information, call 445-3122.

The Town of Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission is now accepting applications for its seventh annual Art at the Center outdoor public art exhibit. In this call for artists, the commission asks artists to place their durable outdoor sculpture on display at the Prescott Valley Civic Center from May 2009 through April of 2010. Deadline for entries is March 27. A jury panel will select sculptures in early April.

For more information on the exhibit or for application materials, please contact Patricia Chalcraft at 759-3027 or pchalcraft@pvaz.net.

Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Talented vocalists Julia Rich and Nick Hilscher complement the musical magic of the 17-piece orchestra led by musical director Larry O'Brien.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

"Three Mo' Tenors" have developed a musical repertoire with astonishing breadth. They can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Their performances start with classical opera and include seven more musical styles (jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals, new school, Broadway and blues) that span 400 years of music. For information, visit www.threemotenorsontour.com.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Buy tickets at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

"Evening at Sharlot's Place" live art auction, Sharlot Hall Museum's premier fundraising event of the year - an evening of food, fun and music highlighted by a lively art auction conducted by Carson Thomas - will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The auction will feature donated works of art by local and nationally recognized artists, including John Coleman CA, Joni Falk, Mike Greenfield, Jesse Hummingbird, Stephen E. Lee, Alex Maldonado, Patricia Mathes, Bill Nebeker CA, Cynthia Rigden and Eric Slayton. A "quick draw/sculpt" experience plus an elegant silent auction with unique items from local merchants and special selections from Sharlot's Timeless Treasures gift store will round out the fun.

Proceeds from this fun and art will benefit the general operations of the museum. Tickets are $40 per person and $60 per couple. Call 445-3122 for tickets or information. More information about this and other Sharlot Hall Museum events is available online at www.sharlot.org.

Sharlot Hall is located at 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.

An Evening with Garrison Keillor, national radio host, author, storyteller, poet and humorist, brings his down-home, engaging talents to Prescott at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Keillor is best known as host and writer of National Public Radio's long-running "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, which revolves around stories from the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. For information, visit prairiehome.publicradio.org.

The Performance Hall is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Tickets can be purchased at the YC Community Events ticket office (776-2000; toll-free 1-877-928-4253), and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College").

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