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Mesa Arts Center Announces 2014-2015 Performing Live Season; Includes Tony Bennett, Broadway, Joshua Bell, Bill Cosby

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Mesa Arts Center Announces 2014-2015 Performing Live Season; Includes Tony Bennett, Broadway, Joshua Bell, Bill Cosby

Mesa Arts Center today announced its 2014-2015 Performing Live Season, which begins with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on July 24, and includes performances with Tony Bennett, MythBusters, Bill Cosby, Joshua Bell, Evil Dead the Musical, Molly Ringwald, and many more. The shows unveiled today are in addition to the six series packages announced on May 1, including Broadway on Center, Classical, Dance, Jazz, National Geographic Live, and Spoken World.

Single tickets are now on sale to Mesa Arts Center members and will be on sale to the general public on June 15.

"Our programming continues to grow, with artists that are impacting our lives and the direction of the arts nationally. We've added many possibilities to enhance your experience, from the option of dinner and drinks on our campus before a show to our unique Classical Music Inside Out series, and much more. " says Cindy Ornstein, Executive Director at the Mesa Arts Center.

In order to have first choice of tickets before they go on sale to the general public, along with an array of other benefits, interested parties can become a member of Mesa Arts Center for as low as $50. Specially priced ticket packages for series offer a discount of 15% or more along with perks and additions.

To purchase tickets, become a member, or for show information, call the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at 480-644-6500, or visit mesaartscenter.com. The Box Office is located at One East Main Street, Mesa, and is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

LYLE LOVETT & HIS LARGE BAND

JULY 24, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $48-$78

Four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett returns to Mesa Arts center this summer. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

TORI AMOS - UNREPENTANT GERALDINES TOUR

JULY 25, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $35-$85 | Pre Show Happy Hour

Since the release of her debut album Little Earthquakes 21 years ago where she pushed boundaries with her confessional style of songwriting, Amos continues to be adored, picking up new fans along the way, romanced by her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness, and of course her utterly peerless sound.

In Partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents

KIDZ BOP - DREAM BIG, SING LOUD

AUG 3, 2014 | 5PM

IKEDA | $25-$45

The #1 music brand for kids is coming to Mesa! The Kidz Bop Kids are taking the stage to perform kid-friendly versions of today's biggest hits in this high-energy and interactive show. The "Dream Big, Sing Loud!" live show is the ultimate family concert experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along!

In Partnership with Live Nation

AMOS LEE - MOUNTAINS OF SORROW, RIVERS OF SONG TOUR

AUG 4, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$46 | Pre Show Happy Hour

With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and '70s folk artists like James Taylor. Lee's 5th studio album, 2013's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, features more of the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter's country, folk, and soul-inflected pop music.

In Partnership with Live Nation

AN EVENING WITH YES

AUG 12, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $55-$65 | VIP $155-$250

YES is back to rock crowds nationwide with an amazing show. The 35-date summer tour will feature YES performing-in its entirety-1971's groundbreaking album Fragile for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's Close To The Edge, followed by an encore of the band's greatest hits.

In Partnership with Live Nation

TONY BENNETT

AUG 23, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $61-$156 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Legendary jazz vocalist best known for performing popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz for over 50 years makes his debut performance at Mesa Arts Center.

LAST COMIC STANDING

SEPT 17, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $40 | Pre Show Dinner avail

America's most compelling comedy competition and NBC's Emmy Award-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns. The lively laugh fest resumes with the funniest up-and-coming comics working today, performing hilarious sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy.

THE BEST OF JETHRO TULL, PERFORMED BY IAN ANDERSON

SEPT 20, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $45-$75 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Legendary prog pioneers Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson hits the Ikeda Theatre to perform The Best of Jethro Tull and songs off his latest albumHomo Erraticus. Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries, is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music.

In partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents

AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD

SEPT 25, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $45-$70 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Having sold over 4 million tickets in concerts that have taken place in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the most in demand touring entities. The Times described them as "The Gold Standard." This act is so good they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration!

In partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents

On sale June 7

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

SEPT 26, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA| $54-$135 | Pre Show Dinner avail

A rare opportunity to see one of the most influential bands of our time in the intimacy of the 1570-seat Ikeda Theater. More than 4 decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played their first-ever concert at the legendary Woodstock festival, they continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music.

In partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents

EDVIN MARTIN

OCT 2, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $35-$65

Martin has captured the hearts of audiences on 5 continents and has sold over 5 million albums worldwide. A YouTube sensation, he has composed and performed at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games center-ice for Gold Medalist Evgeni Plushenko, won an MTV Music Award and performed in concert with Seal and Supertramp.

In partnership with Avanti Consortium/Inside Joy

3 ACTS, 2 DANCERS, 1 RADIO HOST: IRA GLASS, MONICA BILL BARNES, ANNA BASS

OCT 11, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $30-$60 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Ira Glass, host of This American Life, combine two art forms that - as Ira puts it - "have no business being together - dance and radio." "People who like This American Life will probably like this," says Glass "because it's just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories." The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening to be remembered.

NAT GEO LIVE: ON THE TRAIL OF BIG CATS

STEVE WINTER : PHOTOGRAPHER

OCT 15, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$40 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Award-winning photographer Steve Winter has tracked tigers in the jungles of Asia, searched for snow leopards in the Himalaya, and gone to Hollywood in pursuit of a cougar. Co-author of the National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter strives to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

AN EVENING WITH ALEX BOYÉ

OCT 17, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $35

Alex Boyé is an award winning singer and songwriter best known for his African twist on American pop and ethno-classical music. He has a mesmerizing presence and an epic voice. He helped propel "Peponi," The Piano Guys' Coldplay cover, to over 15 million views on YouTube, and his current YouTube video of "Let It Go" has over 32 million hits.

MAYDA DEL VALLE

OCT 17, 2014 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $22-$35

Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having "a way with words." A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on six episodes of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

ALI JACKSON TRIO

OCT 18, 2014 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $35-$50

Jackson has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been part of Young Audiences, a program that educates New York City youth on jazz, and he also hosted "Jammin' with Jackson" a series for young musicians at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy Club Coca-Cola.

UNDER THE STREETLAMP

OCT 18 & 19, 2014 | 8PM & 3PM

IKEDA | $42-$52 | Pre Show Dinner avail

One of America's hottest vocal groups returns to Mesa Arts Center to perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet - recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys - deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment.

*PUBLIC ON SALE: AUG 19, 2014

PENN & TELLER

OCT 24, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $35-$75

For nearly 40 years, Penn & Teller have defied labels - and at times physics and good taste, by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own distinct niche in comedy. With sold out runs on Broadway, successful world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Letterman and Leno, to Friends and The Simpsons, they show no signs of slowing down.

EMILY BEAR

WITH ZUILL BAILEY

OCT 30, 2014 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $30-$45 | VIP $70

Composing since she was three years old (and now 12), Emily Bear has been called the next Mozart. The piano prodigy, who is mentored by the legendary producer Quincy Jones, will come to life on the stage of the Piper Theater, where you will hear the young pianist's inspirations and an evening of music unlike any other.

AN EVENING WITH BILL COSBY

NOV 1, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $54-$74 | Pre Show Dinner avail

One of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and bestselling books. Bill Cosby's current best seller, I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

ONE DROP OF LOVE

NOV 1, 2014 | 3:00PM & 7:30PM

NESBITT/ELLIOTT | $30

Produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter, Matt Damon and the show's writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, One Drop of Love is a multimedia one woman show. It incorporates film, photographs, and animation to examine how 'race' has been constructed in the United States and how it can influence our most intimate relationships.

DAVID SEDARIS

NOV 5, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $32-$65

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

AN EVENING WITH VINCE GILL & THE TIME JUMPERS

NOV 11, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA| $37-$67

Perennial Mesa Arts Center favorite Vince Gill returns with a country music experience like no other. Vince opens the show and then joins some of Nashville's finest studio musicians such as Ranger Doug, Dawn Sears and fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas. The Time Jumpers are an 11 member band that has made major contributions across the country music industry for the last 30 years.

NAT GEO LIVE: CORAL, FIRE, & ICE

DAVID DOUBILET & JENNIFER HAYES : PHOTOGRAPHER, AQUATIC BIOLOGIST & PHOTOJOURNALIST

NOV 12, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$40 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Explore hidden undersea worlds with photographic legend David Doubilet and aquatic biologist/photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, his wife and underwater partner. From the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea to the icebergs of Antarctica, they'll go beyond the published stories to share never before seen photos.

JESSICA LANG DANCE

NOV 20, 2014 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $30-$40

Hailed as "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine, Lang transforms classical ballet language and rigor into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging, contemporary works. JLD thrills audiences with repertoire ranging from minimal and simplistic to rich and dense with visual ideas including remarkable sets and costumes.

THE TENORS

NOV 28, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $32-$62

Since their inception, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, these singing sensations have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles.

*PUBLIC ON SALE: AUG 19, 2014

ELF THE MUSICAL

DEC 2-3, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $40-$80

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas.

In partnership with WestCoast Entertainment

MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS TOUR

DEC 16, 2014 | 7:30PM | IKEDA

$37-$77 | VIP $152 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Don't miss the all-new, live stage show "MythBusters - Behind the Myths." Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters, co-star in an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories.

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2014

with special guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross, and Maysa

DEC 17, 2014 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $52-$82 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Dave Koz is home for the holidays. This year Dave celebrates with his friends; guitar and vocalist, Jonathan Butler, singer/songwriter 80s hit man Christopher Cross and R&B great Maysa. We promise you a performance that will fill you with the Christmas spirit.

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS

DEC 20, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $33 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Celebrate the holiday season of Ireland, with glorious music, traditional dance, lively storytelling, and plenty of Irish soul, featuring Riverdance star Kevin Horton and Magic of the Dance stars Ciaran Maguire (who debuted in Riverdance at the age of 16) and Collette Dunne, plus the Kerry Trad Orchestra and a host of actors and singers in a sparkling Irish night!

AN EVENING WITH PAULA POUNDSTONE

DEC 31, 2014 | 8PM

IKEDA | $35-$45

New Year's Eve Dinner Package Celebrate the New Year with an evening full of laughter! 25 years ago,

Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country - stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She went on to become one of the great humorists of our time, appearing on TV, radio and stages across the country, and a regular panelist on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me...

In partnership with Square Peg Concerts

THE FAB FOUR

JAN 16, 2015 | 8PM

IKEDA | $36

The Fab Four surpass all other tribute bands with their precise attention to detail and uncanny note-for-note renditions. Hear your favorites like "Hey Jude", "Yesterday," and "Here Comes the Sun," and be prepared to be wowed and ready to celebrate The Beatles. In partnership with Square Peg Concerts

UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

JAN 18, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $36

The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking superstars of ukulele make their Mesa Arts Center debut with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheerly superlative entertainment. From Lady Gaga to "Ride of the Valkyries", the ukes' genre-crashing antics are not to be missed.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

JAN 23-24, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $30-$70

"Goin' courting" has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.

In partnership with WestCoast Entertainment

VICTOR GOINES QUARTET

FEB 17, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $35-$50

A protégé of Ellis Marsalis, clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator, Victor Goines is one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A native of New Orleans, and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer.

NAT GEO LIVE: UNTAMED ANTARCTICA

MIKE LIBECKI & CORY RICHARDS : CLIMBER & EXPLORER, PHOTOGRAPHER & CLIMBER

FEB 4, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$40

Veteran climbers Mike Libecki and Cory Richards tell the story of their journey to Antarctica, where they battled extreme cold, furious winds, and fickle weather to summit a remote 2,000-foot spire. Join them for a humorous but gripping firsthand account of this first ascent at the bottom of the world.

AN EVENING OF PAGANINI - RACHEL BARTON PINE

FEB 5, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $30-$45 | VIP $70

Paganini - Rock Star! The Devil? Classical Genius! The original "Man in Black," Nicolo Paganini shocked audiences of his day, and is now considered to have been one the most Influential musicians in classical music history. Rachel Barton Pine, the wonderfully adventurous violinist, brings his 24 Caprices to life.

BURNING IN THE NIGHT: A HOBO'S SONG

FEB 7 & 8, 2015 | 7PM & 3PM

NESBITT/ELLIOTT | $32

Special Mesa Arts Foundation Fundraiser

$100 | FEB 6, 2015 | 7PM

Telling the tales of a Hobo, one of the many who rode the rails of America in the 1930s looking for work, this incredible story is based on the experiences of Dale Wasserman, the award-winning playwright best known for Man of La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

KODO - ONE EARTH TOUR

FEB 10, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $30-$60

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo, "children of the drum," are forging new directions for a vibrant living art form. This performance brings a wondrous and sacred realm to the stage, presenting a world of darkness, light and reverberations with theatrics and new forms of expression.

MOLLY RINGWALD

FEB 14, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $50

Valentine's Day doesn't get any more romantic than spending the night with Pretty in Pink's Molly Ringwald in the intimate Piper Theater. Long before she became known as a Golden

Globe-nominated actress, Molly was singing; performing with her pianist father's jazz band when she was three - she has never stopped.

POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE, A PARODY BY DAN AND JEFF

FEB 18-22, 2015 | TIMES VARY

PIPER | $38-$50

All 7 Harry Potter Books in 75-minutes. Watch BBC's Dan and Jeff take on the ultimate challenge, with the help of endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwart's magic. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a very frightening fire-breathing dragon, and even a game of Quidditch involving the audience.

JOSHUA BELL with Sam Haywood

FEB 25, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $40-$70 | VIP $100

Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Joshua Bell continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. Mesa Arts Center is thrilled to welcome him back for another unforgettable evening of brilliant musicianship.

ROGER BONAIR-AGARD

FEB 27, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $22-$35

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and co-author of Burning Down the House. He is a two-time National Slam Champion and is co-founder of The louderARTS Project. He teaches and performs throughout the world and keeps his belongings in Brooklyn.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

MAR 3-4, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $35-$75

Hilarious Broadway entertainment is back in high style! Don't miss the high-stepping new musical comedy extravaganza from Kathleen Marshall, the Tony®-winning director/choreographer of

The Pajama Game who turned Anything Goes into last year's most effervescent delight, and Joe DiPietro, Tony®-winning writer of Memphis. Nominated for 10 Tonys®, including Best Musical.

In partnership with WestCoast Entertainment

Simply EPIK

MAR 6-7, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $30

Presenting a fresh collaboration between Arizona's premier street-fusion dance company and a cutting-edge string trio. EPIK Dance Company combines classical training with urban disciplines. Using the bass, violin and cello, Simply Three blends classical style with today's popular songs. Together they bring a mastery of movement, sound and creativity to the stage.

2CELLOS

MAR 9, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $36

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC.

YUNA

MAR 12, 2014 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $28-$36

In a remarkably short period of time, Yuna, the charismatic young singer-songwriter from Malaysia, has risen to international stardom. The artist's personally charged songs are deeply felt and melodically irresistible, combining her engaging voice and expressive song craft with imaginative production to create a wholly distinctive concert experience.

THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS: LIVE-ACTION GRAPHIC NOVEL

BOOK ONE: TARGET EARTH

MAR 14-15, 2015 | 7:30PM & 3PM

PIPER | $42

Three actors. Dozens of characters. One Foley artist. Amazing live sound effects. One keyboardist. Exciting cinematic score. And more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images blasting from a two-story-high screen. LIVE. The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure?

DANCING PROS: LIVE

MAR 24, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$66

The world's finest dancers battle it out live on the stage and the audience picks the winner! Hosted by Alan Thicke and a special appearance by Chelsie Hightower, is an unforgettable live competition created by some of the most accomplished Dancing With The Stars pros - Edyta Sliwinska & Alec Mazo.

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL

MAR 24-29, 2015 | TIMES VARY

PIPER | $38 | SPLATTER ZONE $50

The hilarious, record-breaking musical takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films and combines them to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. In addition to some dismembered limbs, demons telling bad jokes, and catchy tunes, the show features a saucy combination of wit and sexual innuendo that keeps audiences laughing out loud.

NAT GEO LIVE: CHASING RIVERS

PETE MCBRIDE: PHOTOGRAPHER & FILMMAKER

MAR 25, 2015 | 7:30PM

IKEDA | $26-$40

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride (Chasing Water) offers unforgettable journeys down two of the world's great rivers. The Colorado flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea. And the Ganges, India's sacred waterway, is revered as a god but polluted by the people who worship it.

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - NATASHA PAREMSKI

with Zuill Bailey

APR 2, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $30- $45 | VIP $70

Music and art unite in a special multi-media concert featuring the melodic expressiveness and electrifying sounds of pianist Natasha Paremski. The unforgettable performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition will be a showpiece of musical and artistic colors that will take you on a journey through Europe and Russia.

DENISE JOLLY AND SONYA RENEE TAYLOR

APR 3, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $22

Denise Jolly is the co-host and facilitator of the Seattle Poetry Slam, and Poetry Curator for The Round, a live multidisciplinary collaborative arts show. In 2013 she ranked 5th in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Award winning poet, activist, and transformational leader, Sonya Renee Taylor believes in the life shifting power of art. Sonya is a National and International poetry slam champion, author and educator.

ARLO GUTHRIE

APR 4, 2015 | 8PM

IKEDA | $32-$50 | Pre Show Dinner avail

Guthrie attained international attention at age 19 by recounting the true events on the album Alice's Restaurant in 1967. This partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and backward reasoning of authority became an anti-establishment anthem and an essential part of Thanksgiving on rock stations. Fifty years after the historic events, Arlo brings "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" in its entirety back to the stage for an international tour.

JAZZ UNDER THE STARS WITH THE VINCENT GARDNER QUARTET

APR 7, 2015 | 7:30PM

ALLIANCE PAVILION STAGE | $50

After singing, playing piano, violin, saxophone, and French horn at an early age, Vincent decided on the trombone. Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gardner has served as instructor at The Juilliard School and has performed with The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

APR 10-11, 2015 | 8PM

IKEDA | $42-$62

FREE Ailey After Party (Friday only): join us after the show for music, dancing and fun outside on the North Plaza; food and drink available for purchase.

As a vital American cultural ambassador, the Ailey Company performs for an estimated 23 million people around the world celebrating the uniqueness of modern dance heritage. An evening with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a visual feast, an emotionally gripping experience, and a celebration of joy and the human spirit.

THE SOUL JUSTICE PROJECT

MAY 1, 2015 | 7:30PM

PIPER | $22

The Soul Justice Project is dedicated to curating interdisciplinary performances that fuse together politics, dance, spoken word, soul music, and community partnerships in an effort to combat the silencing of marginalized voices. Phonetic Spit is the spoken word and education partner of Mesa Arts Center.

SESAME STREET LIVE LET'S DANCE!

MAY 16-17, 2015 | TIMES VARY

IKEDA | $17-$55

Your favorite friends are dancing in the street....Sesame Street, that is! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and friends as they share fun renditions of Sesame Street songs, introduce new favorites, and get the crowd moving with cool dance moves!

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