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At the MAC - Mesa Arts Center's February 2013 Calendar
By: Sarah Moran
11/21/12 12:53 PM

Contact: Sarah Moran                                                        
Phone: 480-644-6620

                                                                                                           At the MAC
                                                                                Mesa Arts Center’s February 2013 Calendar

TUE, FEB 26, 7:30 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $40
A veteran of the stage, recording, and film, Elaine Paige has been called “The First Lady of Musical Theatre.”  Of her 20 solo albums released to date, eight of them have achieved gold record sales consecutively and four have achieved multi-platinum status.  She has performed for The White House, The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, The Bolshoi Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House.  See her perform the songs that have earned her the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
WED, FEB 6, 7:30 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $26/$30/$34/$38
Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, will soon publish a major National Geographic book, Birds of Paradise Revealed, taking us deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals.
FRI, FEB 8, 8 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $35/$45
This Washington, DC native, of Brazilian descent, sports an operatic voice with crossover pop potential in the mode of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. “I sing from my heart,” says Pacheco. “Because that’s the way they do it in Brazil.” After auditioning for producer Ric Wake, who introduced him to Yanni, Pacheco set to putting lyrics and additional music to some of the legendary musician’s most famous works, such as “Adagio,” “Tribute,” “Almost a Whisper,” “Enchantment,” “Secret Vows” and “In the Mirror,” as well as working on his own original material. “It’s a perfect fit,” he says. “As a singer, I couldn’t wish for a better opportunity because Yanni’s music has so much emotion and my singing style requires that kind of feeling. When I listen to his music, it’s very easy for me to write lyrics to it. It’s a thrilling process.” 
SAT, FEB 9, 8 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $30/$40/$50/$60
Mesa Arts Center welcomes back acclaimed actor Hal Holbrook in his Tony Award winning production “Mark Twain Tonight.”  This one man show is always fresh with material gleaned from Mark Twain writings and reveals Hal Holbrook’s rare ability to portray both the wit and wisdom of this country’s finest author.
THU, FEB 14, 7:30 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $55/$65/$75
Last season, Bill Cosby was the first show to sell out.  He delighted the audience with his stories and audience interaction.  Don't miss Bill Cosby in this return engagement.  It's the perfect Valentine's Day outing!
FRI, FEB 15, 7:30 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $34
Paula Poundstone returns to Mesa Arts Center. Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone, can of Diet Pepsi, her famous razor-sharp wit and spontaneity, Paula’s off-kilter sensibility and impeccable timing made her a perfect fit for NPR’s “oddly informative,” weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
SAT, FEB 16, 8 PM
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $28/$38/$48/$58
Versatility is the BBC Concert Orchestra’s hallmark. The band thinks nothing of starting a week with a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at RAF Northolt, then a tribute to Oliver! composer Lionel Bart fronted by Barbara Windsor at the Hackney Empire, and finishing with a sell-out Queen Elizabeth Hall gig of avant-garde electronica by composers ranging from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Andrew Poppy and Graham Fitkin to Bernard Herrmann on such outré instruments as rewired keyboards, theremins, ondes martenots and Moog synthesizers.  In August 2010, Keith Lockhart was appointed Principal Conductor and Johannes Wildner its Principal Guest Conductor, complementing Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth. Keith Lockhart is also conductor of the Boston Pops and serves as the artistic director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute.
TUE, FEB 19, 7:30 PM
Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater – $20
What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians. 
Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater – $38
Experience all seven Harry Potter books in 70 hilarious minutes!  Watch CBBC’s Dan and Jeff take on the ultimate challenge, with the help of endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. This fantastically funny show features your favorite characters, a special appearance from a very frightening fire-breathing dragon, and even a game of Quidditch involving the audience!  This brilliant show was first seen in 2006, and is playing an international tour in 2012. A must-see for Potter addicts, and a great introduction to the series for anyone who’s ever wondered what all the fuss is about.

WED, FEB 27, 7:30 PM
Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater – $34
The four time Grammy nominated orchestra, famous for its own brand of contemporary Cuban music, features an ever-changing line-up of world class musicians that has been performing for over two decades.  Their Music has been featured on the famous Oscar-nominated documentary, Buena Vista Social Club, as well as the Tony Knox documentary, “Salon of Dreams.”  Led by Juan de Marcos since the orchestra’s inception, The Afro-Cuban All Stars are devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles.    
THU, FEB 28, 7:30 PM
Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater – $30
Prize winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Khatia was distinguished as a BBC New Generation Artist in 2009 and invited to collaborate with the BBC orchestras throughout the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.  She received the prestigious London Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and signed an exclusive world-wide recording contract with Sony. Khatia has appeared with many of the world’s best orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
The National Collage Society, Inc.
2012 Signature Member Show
December 14 – February 17, 2013
The National Collage Society, Inc. (NCS, Inc.) is an art foundation formed to foster the appreciation and interest in the art medium of collage. Collage was the only new fine art medium of the 20th century. The NCS, Inc. promotes the advancement of collage as a major art medium and assists in educating the public through exhibits, workshops, lectures and publications. This exhibition features the work of over 70 collage artists who have achieved the status of Signature Member of NCS, Inc.

Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell
January 11 – April 28, 2013
Featuring the new work of Arizona artists Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell, this exhibition focuses on the imagery that not only distinguishes each artist but ties them together, just like the ecosystem of our planet. Lavender’s latest drawings depict woodland creatures in constructed landscapes and individualized portraits of various animal species, capturing not only their likeness but inferred personalities. Through her introspective drawings and paintings, Martinez explores the complexity of the human form and gender issues. Shindell’s mixed media sculptures, drawings and prints represent the intricate textures seen in plant forms and other organisms. You can take part in the artists’ process by visiting their blog at .  Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell are 2012 North Gallery proposal winners.

34th Annual Contemporary Crafts
January 25 – March 31, 2013
Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts’ Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. The art showcased in this exhibition are representative of traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts.  Guest juror for the 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts was Jennifer Scanlan, Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.

By Christopher Torrez
January 25 – March 31, 2013
Arizona artist Christopher Torrez creates miniature worlds that reflect the fragility and carefully balanced ecosystems of our planet. Through his mixed media landscapes, Torrez discusses perception of time and reality, our relationship with the environment and natural processes. These small environments beckon closer examination of the intricate details and the familiarity of unspecified lands and plant life.  Christopher Torrez received the 33rd Annual Contemporary Crafts Juror’s Choice Award in 2012 and was awarded this solo exhibition in the Dr. Ruth Tam Lim Project Room.

THURSDAYS, JAN 24 – APR 11 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Free afternoon concerts, in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center.  Limited seating available.  Folding chairs, cushions and blankets are welcome.  Bring your own lunch or purchase from the onsite food vendor.
SATURDAY, FEB 2, 2012 – RECEPTION 6 p.m. - CONCERT 7:30 p.m.
Join Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and other community dignitaries at the Mesa Arts Center’s Foundation’s premier fundraising gala supporting arts education programs at Mesa Arts Center.  An Evening of Musical Magic begins with a reception of hearty appetizers and drinks in the Mesa Arts Center theater lobby, followed by a concert featuring some of the area’s most prominent leaders, backed by a swinging jazz band under the direction of Barb Catlin, and produced by theatrical impresario, Don. W. Haskell. Enjoy wonderful performances as well as amazing live auction and raffle items.

Registration for youth and adult classes and workshops at Mesa Arts Center is ongoing.  Don’t forget about summer classes happening weekly for kids entering grades 1-7 starting in June.  For registration, call 480.644.6520 or check out the website at For more information about classes, workshops, or camps call 480.644.6541or contact
The new Artists Cooperative Gallery at the Mesa Arts Center has been busy creating
more-than-amazing art since opening its doors to the public in September 2011. 
Building on a greater connection with the local community, the store is staffed by the same local artists who produce the broad range of fine mediums, from artisan glass and tapestry, to paintings and sculptures.  Visiting the store, you may easily find the perfect gift for someone or for your home.  Enjoy meeting a local artist during the scheduled in-store artist demonstrations.  For store hours call 480.644.6515.  For featured artists and demonstration schedules, visit the website at
*** Editor’s Note:  Images are available for download via Mesa Arts Center’s on-line Media Center at  password is macmedia (all lower case).

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