Sept. 10

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Tess Rafols interviews Executive Director Matt Lehrman about Theatre, Music, Dance, Art, Festivals & Cultural Attractions. This week features:

CALA Festival: presented by CALA Alliance, celebrating the richness of Arizona’s Latino cultural heritage. The first bi-annual festival opens Wednesday, September 14 with a Kickoff at the Phoenix Art Museum, at 7 pm.  Free admission and a final chance to see the Modern Mexican Painting exhibition, featuring paintings from the Andrés Blaisten Collection and a meet & greet with Latino artists. On Thursday, September 15 the Phoenix Opera presents Los Tres Tenores & One Hot Soprano at the Wild Horse Pass Casino. Also this Thursday, the Children’s Museum will have a pottery exhibit, where children can create their own Mexican pottery at 10 am. Space is limited so get there early. Starting Sunday, September 18 The Tempe Center for the Arts presents the exhibit Mixing It Up: Building an Identity, examining how art by Chicano/Mexican American artists is influenced by the cultures of both the US and Mexico. This two-month festival is FILLED with concerts, exhibitions, performances, fairs and more! Check out or for the entire list of events.       

Show Tunes Marathon: presented by Fountain Hills Community Theater, Friday, September 9 (last night) starting at 7 pm until tonight (September 10) at 8 pm, Fountain Hills Community Theater will be performing for 25 hours straight! They are submitting the marathon to The Guinness Book of World Records. Come by to encourage the performers, hear some great music, and have some refreshments. The Artistic Director of FHT, Peter Hill and the Artistic Director of the Youth Theater, Ross Collins will be performing along with Debra Qualtire, Chris Fidler, Matt Mcdonald, Lizz Reeves Fidler, Sandy Gulledge, Tanya Schoenwolf and Stefan Linder!

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse: presented by Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Arts theater. Full of heart and humor, it is based on the book by Kevin Henkes. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Preview on Sunday, September 11 at 4 pm and opening Saturday, September 17 at 4 pm, open through Sunday October 16 at 1 pm. Saturday show times at 1 pm and 4 pm and Sunday show times at 1 pm. Preview tomorrow is the best deal for the show, only $12 gen. admission PLUS free books to the first 200 kids, compliments of the Steele Foundation!

Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival: presented by Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Friday September 16 through Sunday September 18, 10 am to 7 pm.  The 6th annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival is a 3-day festival with a variety of music from straight bluegrass to progressive roots, contra dancing, music workshops, kid's activities, camping, jamming, and more! Featuring Sam Bush, The David Grisman Sextet and many more. **giveaway of two (2) pairs of tickets: FULL WEEKEND passes (Sept. 16-18)** enter to win by subscribing to the Flagstaff emailing list from's Flagstaff page, by 3:30 pm today!

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