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April at the MAC
By: Sarah Moran
01/24/13 3:06 PM

Contact: Sarah Moran
Phone: 480-644-6620           

                                                                                                    April At the MAC
                                                                                Mesa Arts Center’s April 2013 Calendar
Arlo Guthrie:  Here Comes the Kid
Saturday, Arp. 6, 8 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $32/$50
Join Arlo Guthrie in celebrating the 100th birthday and honoring the enduring commitment
 of Woody Guthrie with an unforgettable night of music and stories confirming that the folk tradition of Woody is alive and well. Arlo’s exceptional solo shows are a unique and
inspiring experience providing an intimacy with the audience that is unparalleled. Here
 Comes the Kid celebrates the legacy of Guthrie’s father in a manner to make any parent
proud: to take what his dad started, and make it his own. 
Super WHY Live:  You’ve Got the Power!
Tuesday, Arp. 9, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $25/$35
Based on the top-rated, Emmy-nominated preschool TV series that airs on PBS KIDS
everyday across the U.S., Super WHY Live brings entertainment and education together
in a live show and is sure to be unforgettable.  Super WHY Live will stop in 26 cities
 across the U.S. in April and May, taking kids and parents on a live reading adventure
traveling inside a book to find the answer to the question, “Who has the Greatest Super Power in the World?”
Lila Downs
Friday, Apr. 12, 8 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $35
For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and
highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused
with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring
voice.  A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously
edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.  She won a Latin Grammy for her 2004
release “Una Sangre” and was nominated for another Grammy for 2008’s “Shake Away,” in addition, has also performed “Burn It Blue” at the Academy Awards. 

Taj Mahal Trio with special guest SHEMEKIA COPELAND
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $40
Taj Mahal has spent more than 40 years exploring the roots and branches of the blues. Grounded in the acoustic pre-war blues sound but drawn to the eclectic sounds of world music, he revitalized a dying tradition and prepared the way for a new generation of blues men and women. While many African Americans shunned older musical styles during the 1960s, Mahal immersed himself in the roots of his past. "I was interested in the music because I felt something [got] lost in that transition of blacks trying to assimilate into society," he told Art Tipaldi in Blues Review. He had no intention of repeating what had come before, however, and drew deeply from the wells of the ethnic music of Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. "Mahal began as a blues interpreter," noted Ira Mayer in the New Rolling Stone Record Guide, "but his music has since encompassed rock, traditional Appalachian sounds, jazz, calypso, reggae, and a general tendency toward experimentation."
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders
Thursday, Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $36/$38/$60/$62
After winning the Academy Award for his performance as “Bad Blake” in Crazy Heart, the ever charismatic Jeff Bridges returns to play live to more popular and critical acclaim. Best known for his 30+ years as an actor and filmmaker, Jeff continues to make a name for himself in the recording industry on Jeff Bridges, the new T-Bone Burnett self-titled album he released on Blue Note Records in 2011. During his concerts, Jeff performs music from the Academy Award winning film Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges and cover songs that have influenced his musical tastes. Along the way, he tells stories about his career to set up each song.
Friday, Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Piper Repertory Theater– $36
The meteoric success of 2CELLOS started when former cello rivals Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser decided to join forces. In January 2011, they uploaded a unique cello version of 'Smooth Criminal' by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a huge viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views.  Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are accomplished musicians, both having played the cello since childhood. They recently completed their studies, Luka at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Stjepan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
55th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Apr. 26, 8 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater – $21/$31/$41
Monterey is the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world.  Celebrate the Festival’s legacy expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation an All-Star Jazz Collaboration. This 55th Anniversary Tour reflects Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude, jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance, and joyful fun that continues to be the hallmark of the Festival to this day.
Lang Lang
Saturday, Apr. 27, 8 p.m.
Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater- $50/$70/$80/$95
After his sold-out performance in 2011, we are thrilled to bring one of the most in-demand musicians in the world back to Mesa Arts Center. Lang Lang appeared in Time Magazine’s
2009 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. In 2008, over five billion people
viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon
 coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.”
Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez and Mary Shindell
January 11 – April 28
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 thehuman 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.

American Dream
March 29 – August 11
Featuring the Artists of Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space
Separating the myth from reality, this exhibition focuses on “The American Dream” and what it means today. The artists of the downtown Phoenix collective, Eye Lounge, have come together to explore this notion of “The American Dream” in a diverse, thought provoking display of what this concept has become and how it translates on an individual level.

Stephane Janssen
Political Art Collection
April 12 – August 11
By Alice Leora Briggs & Albert Kogel
April 12 – August 11
A collaboration between Texas artist Alice Leora Briggs and Arizona artist Albert Kogel, this exhibition explores the borderland between reason and the fever of madness. Simulating the feeling of an observation room in an insane asylum, the installation compels the viewer to look closer at the “patients” contained inside and the alternative realities that shape every day human experiences. 

* This exhibition is a 2012 Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room proposal winner.
Arizona Catalyst: Artists Working In & Beyond the State
Featuring Wesley Anderegg, Angel Cabrales, Fausto Fernandez and Angela Young
May 10 – August 11, 2013
Arizona Catalyst focuses on four artists whose artistic career began in Arizona, Wesley Anderegg  (California), Angel Cabrales (Texas), Fausto Fernandez (California) and Angela Young (Wisconsin). With strong ties to the local art community and Arizona State University, these artists demonstrate the exceptional talent that is cultivated in our state and the role Arizona plays on a national level. This exhibition showcases these artists’ latest work and how their experiences in Arizona helped shape who they are today.
* Wesley Anderegg, Angel Cabrales, Fausto Fernandez and Angela Young are 2012 North Gallery proposal winners.

The Dogs of Rob Burns
May 3 – August 11
Arizona artist Ron Burns is renowned for his colorful and playful portraits of man’s best friend. For more than 20 years, Burns’ paintings have included beloved family members, rescues and service heroes. He is also the first and only Artist-in-Residence of The Humane Society of the United States. This exhibition focuses on Burns’ accomplished career, providing a retrospect that features the uniqueness and breadth of his work.
Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series
Thursday, Jan. 24 – Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013,   12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Come enjoy a free afternoon concert in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center.  Limited seating is available.  Folding chairs, cushions and blankets are welcome. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the onsite food vendor.
Registration for youth and adult classes and workshops at Mesa Arts Center is ongoing.  Don’t forget about spring classes happening weekly for kids entering grades
1-7.  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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