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October 2010 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Exterior of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Exterior of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Wen Hang

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has something for everyone's taste, quite literally, in October.

On Sunday,.October 3, from 4 to 6:30 PM, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts plays host to the Fifth Annual Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium.

One of the Valley’s premier culinary events, Dine Out with the Chefs is a gourmet celebration with an impressive roster of outstanding chefs, live entertainment and other surprises. Guests will mingle with more than twenty of the Valley’s top chefs and sample their culinary creations, from delicious soups, salads and appetizers to some of their signature dishes and most decadent desserts. Also on the menu is a book signing with Pamela Swartz, event founder and author of Dine Out Phoenix: Where to Eat from Chic to Unique.

Dine Out with the Chefs is produced by Pamela Swartz with Larry Siegel and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Proceeds benefit the arts education and outreach programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is co-sponsored by China Mist Iced Tea, Barnes & Noble, Desert Living Today, Espressions, Fiji Water, Frontdoors, Hensley, James W Imports, Mobile Cavier and Pamela Swartz and Cloudnine Press.

Tickets for this most special event are $55.00 (in advance) and $65.00 (at the door).

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers: Sunday, October 10 at 7:30 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

More than thirty years after Steve Martin’s novelty hit about a pharaoh born in Arizona made its debut on Saturday Night Live, this comedian, actor, playwright and bona-fide banjo player’s second musical album (The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo) spent thirty weeks at number one on the Billboard charts. It’s an amazing triumph considering he also composed and performed all of the songs on the CD, which won him a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Partnered with The Steep Canyon Rangers band, Steve Martin rides into the West’s Most Western Town with his posse of five bluegrass musicians from North Carolina, performing on the banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass and mandolin. Spotlighting his fleet skills at the bluegrass technique of the clawhammer, Martin will pepper his 100-minute mostly instrumental concert with his signature humorous repartee.

Tickets for Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers are $64.00 and $54.00.

Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida: Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 PM

Doc Severinsen’s virtuosity on the trumpet is rivaled only by his unforgettable stage presence. This Grammy Award winner has toured with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands, recorded more than thirty albums, from big band to classical, and worked with major orchestras throughout North America, including twenty-seasons as the Phoenix Symphony’s principal pops conductor. He remains best known, however, as Johnny Carson’s witty and wildly dressed band leader on The Tonight Show.

Severinsen will perform Latin-fused jazz and standards with his innovative and aptly named trio, El Ritmo de la Vida (The Rhythm of Life), featuring guitarist Gil Gutierrez and violinist Pedro Cartas.

Tickets Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida are $49.00 and $59.00

Talk Cinema: Tuesday, October 19, at 7 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Curated by film critic Harlan Jacobson, Talk Cinema features sneak-preview screenings of independent or foreign films before their theatrical release. Like a film festival, screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished critics, filmmakers and other industry experts. Audience members also have the opportunity to write their own review of the film and help to generate the buzz that serves as the foundation of the indie-film industry. Talk Cinema films are meant to be a surprise, but a spoiler alert providing a quick teaser is available shortly before each screening.

Tickets for Talk Cinema are $21.00 ($17.00 for members, $10.00 for students).

John Lithgow in Stories by Heart: two performances only:Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 PM and Friday, October 22 at 8 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

In his one-man theatrical tour-de-force, Stories by Heart, John Lithgow reveals the healing power of story telling in theatrical tales that span three generations.

Funny, suspenseful and disarming, Lithgow has mastered the art of the tale, flipping the mood in a moment while keeping you on the edge of your seat. His bravura storytelling finds him playing a dozen character roles in this production, simply yet masterfully directed by Jack O’Brien of Hairspray fame.

Tickets for John Lithgow in Stories by Heart are $49.00 and $59.00.

Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi: Saturday October 23 at 8 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Jazz legend and virtuoso bassist Stanley Clarke is a composer, conductor, arranger, producer and film-score composer whose musical interests span classical, R&B, jazz and pop. He has won every award available to a bass player and even has invented two instruments: the tenor bass and piccolo bass. Clarke and his band are joined by Japanese superstar pianist Hiromi, one of the most captivating jazz musicians in the world today, known for her astounding technique and electrifying style.

Tickets for Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi are $39.00 and $49.00.

Viver Brasil: Friday October 29 at 8 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

The award-winning Viver Brasil dance company is rooted in the traditional and contemporary forms and techniques of Salvador, the capitol of Bahia, Brazil, with its strong cultural ties to West Africa. Its innovative stage presentations explore Brazil’s racial, social and political history and are living extensions of the history of Afro-Brazilian dance on stage. Viver Brasil’s rousing Feet on the Ground takes audiences on an inspiring cultural journey through Brazil, with a dazzling program of African orixás (deities), ceremonial celebrations, the Brazilian martial arts dance of capoeira and carnaval.

Tickets for Viver Brasil are $34.00 and $44.00.

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Robert McDuffie, violin soloist and leader, The Seasons Project: Saturday, October 30 at 8 PM in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Founded in 1997, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized worldwide as one of Europe’s premier ensembles devoted to period-instrument performance. Violinist Robert McDuffie conducts the ensemble while performing the virtuosic solos of Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece, The Four Seasons, a favorite of music lovers for centuries. Following intermission, the orchestra also will perform a new concerto, The American Four Seasons, commissioned by McDuffie and composed by Philip Glass.

Tickets for Venice Baroque Orchestra are $44.00 and $54.00.

For more information about all of October's special events, please contact the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Box Office directly either by phone at.(480) 994 2787 ext. 2, in person or ONLINE.

Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 7380 East Second Street Scottsdale 85251


  • Profile picture of Chrissy Morin
    Chrissy Morin 4 years ago

    I hate this new skinny format.. but great information!!!

  • Profile picture of Debra Peterson
    Debra Peterson 4 years ago

    Wow, what a lot of October events for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts! Your first one, the Dine Out with the Chefs, sounds particularly tasty to me. (Pun intended.)

  • Profile picture of Tere Scott
    Tere Scott 4 years ago

    Great article.

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