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Deer Valley Rock Art Center commemorates Native American Recognition Days with free festival exploring the culture of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. Visiters can enjoy live musical performances, short film screenings,traditional foods, art projects and a variety of family activities. 10 a.m. – 3p.m. at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale.

Call 623-582-8007 or visit for more info.

‘The Sound of Music’

Rodgers and Hammer-stein’s beloved musical will appeal to anyone who counts raindrops on roses among their favorite things. Fans of shows involving charming children, menacing Nazis ans singing nuns will be equally rewarded. The score included such evergreens as ” Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

Location: Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln, Peoria.

Price: $43-$58

Call 623-776-8400 or visit for more information.


These melodic Christian rockers hit the main stream in 2002 after placing four songs in the Many Moore movie ” A Walk to Remember.” In 2011, they took home best rock-gospel album from the Grammys for “Hello Hurricane,” their seventh album.  This show will be preceded by the premiere of the Switchfoot documentary ” Fading West.”

When: 7p.m. Nov. 3rd.

Where: Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd, Phoenix

Admission: $17.50-$35.

For more information please call 602-639-8999 or visit

Artistic couple featured at fest

Sculptor Charles Taube works outdoors. He can breathe easier out there, he gets natural light and, this time of year, the weather is perfect.

This weekend at the 43rd Litchfield Park Festival of Arts, art lovers will see what Taube sees as he is creating his many abstract wooden sculptures. They’ll see the rings and the colors in the maple and mahogany, among other hardwoods Taube uses. And maybe they’ll have the answers to his question-mark sculpture.

Taube is one of more than 250 artists who will be featured at the annual arts festival, which regularly draws thousands of visitors. Although Taube traditionally builds larger pieces, 2 feet to 5 feet in height, he plans to debut a collection of smaller sculptures at the Litchfield festival.

When: 9 a.m. – 5p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3.

Where: Wigwam resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Admission: Parking and admission are free.

Details: Call: 623-734-6526 or visit: for more information.


West Valley Symphony spotlights Verdi, Wagner

During its first concert of the 1013-1014 season, the West Valley Symphony will celebrate the bicentennial of a third. The orchestra;s ” Birthday Bash of ’13” concert this weekend showcases works from Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, operatic composers born in 1813.

The symphony also will play a piece from English composer Benjamin Britten, born in England in 1913. The concert kicks off the 45th season for the symphony, which started in 1968 as the Sun City Symphony Orchestra and became the West Valley Symphony in 2004.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3rd. Will-call opens at 2; doors open at 2:15.

Where: Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise,

Admission: $25; $15 for age 18 or younger

Details: Call 623-236-6781 or visit: for more information.


‘Amazing Grace”

The Grammy- winning Phoenix Chorale teams up with blue-grass quintet Run Boy Run for a spiritualized fusion of Americana music. Tuscon-based Run Boy Run’s debut album,” So Sang the Whippoorwill,” came out in March.


Time: Thursday- Friday Oct. 24-25 : 7p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26th:  3, 5, and 7p.m. Sunday Oct.27th: 3 p.m.

Address: Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave.

Price: $13-$29

For more information call 602-253-2224 or visit