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PHOENIX SUNS ANNOUNCE “ALL-IN” PACKAGE; INCLUDES TICKET TO ALL SUNS GAMES, CONCERTS & FAMILY SHOWS AT US AIRWAYS CENTER
Unique, all-inclusive package can be purchased at Suns.com/AllIn
The Phoenix Suns today announced a brand new “All-In” package that includes a 2013-14 Suns’ SixthMan Membership as well as a ticket to every concert and family show at US Airways Center through June 30, 2014. The new package can be purchased at Suns.com/AllIn.
“We are thrilled to roll out this new, all-inclusive option to our fans,” said Suns president, Jason Rowley. “The ‘All-In’ package creates a perfect synergy between our Suns’ fans love for entertainment, and their desire to secure a great seat for much of the highly anticipated action here at US Airways Center.”
The Suns become one of a limited number of professional sports teams to feature a general seating option which includes both games and arena events. Not only will the new package offer buyers a ticket to every Suns 2013-14 home game, but it will guarantee them a great seat for a number of on-sale, highly-anticipated shows at US Airways Center, including Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, as well as popular Feld Entertainment shows, Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus .
“Due to the outstanding work of our arena management staff to book high-profile acts here at US Airways Center, demand for our concert and family shows is at a multi-year high,” added Rowley. “Our all-inclusive premium offerings, including our suite and theater box options, have been extremely popular for Suns and concert-going fans alike, and the ‘All-In’ package will serve as a perfect complement to those higher-end options.”
A limited number of packages are available, starting at just $3,500. Fans can visit Suns.com/AllIn, or call 602-379-SUNS for more information.
A list of the upcoming events is below:
Suns 2013- 14 Season (44 games)
WWE Monday Night Raw (Aug. 26)
Black Sabbath (Aug. 30)
Josh Groban (Oct. 9)
Disney Junior Live on Tour! “Pirate & Princess Adventure” (Oct. 12)
Jimmy Buffet (Oct. 24)
Selena Gomez (Nov. 5)
Nine Inch Nails (Nov. 9)
Drake with Miguel (Nov. 16)
Michael Bublé (Nov. 22)
Justin Timberlake (Dec. 2)
Beyoncé (Dec. 7)
Andrea Bocelli (Dec. 8)
Beset by financial demands, college students have become increasingly more inventive in devising ways to fund their educations. Arizona State University undergraduate Chaz Salazar has been literally playing his way through school.
At 21, Salazar is a success story from Rosie’s House, the downtown Phoenix-based non-profit providing lessons and instruments for young musicians. “I started to play [the flute] in fifth grade when I was at Valley View Elementary School,” says Salazar. “In eighth grade…my band director, Mr. [Edward] Gaona, told me about Rosie’s House and said, ‘…The next step to being a musician is to take private lessons.’”
Thanks to a recommendation from Phoenix Symphony flutist Joe Corral, Salazar was able to begin lessons with longtime Rosie’s House teacher Judy Conrad. “My first lesson was so packed and filled with things I didn’t even know,” exclaims Salazar, “…so much…and she told me about long tones and I started to do them and my sound just bloomed.” He smiles and continues, “It’s been amazing — Judy is like a grandma to me. She’s taught me so much…I owe most of it to her.”
Salazar went on to win a spot on the National Public Radio show From the Top, garnering a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and performing on several broadcasts. From that experience he was inspired to coach weekly sectionals and give private lessons to students at Valley View, his alma mater.
Now Salazar studies with Elizabeth Buck at Arizona State University’s School of Music, although he’s also worked with another Phoenix Symphony flutist, Brian Gordon. “He just gave me free private lessons out of the kindness of his heart,” says Salazar of Gordon. “He was very generous to me…and I still go to study with him every now and then.”
Salazar has a tangible affinity for his instrument. “I thought [of] the flute as being of a very pure sound, with a pure tone,” he explains, “and I wanted to be the one making that sound.” Today he performs on a high-quality Altus flute given to him by Arizona Musicfest during his freshman year of high school. “The flute really sings,” says Salazar.
The young flutist’s infectious enthusiasm, natural talent, and innate good manners have won him loyal supporters like Don Morse, Minister of Worship and the Arts at Central United Methodist Church, which hosted Salazar’s benefit recital in early June. Salazar raised funds to participate in two summer festivals: Canada’s Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), and the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy. “They’re very intensive, so we get high doses of information as far as our learning…very concentrated doses,” says Salazar.
His other patrons include Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust president and CEO Harriet Ivey, who matches funds earned by Salazar through his fundraising efforts and his part-time job at Target. Another source of encouragement is businessman James Hagger, who lives in the Phoenix retirement community where Salazar’s mother works as a caregiver. “He’s one of my big supporters as well,” says the flutist, “both financially and emotionally. Salazar’s father is a server assistant at Aunt Chilada’s, a restaurant at the Arizona Grand Resort, and neither he nor Chaz’s mother are musical. “Even though my dad knew nothing about this kind of music,” adds Salazar, “…he heard me play and that’s when it sold him.”
Salazar began performing benefit recitals as a high school sophomore, raising money to pay for school while gaining experience onstage and expanding his repertoire. “My idea is to get a good, small audience and really to move them,” he says, and that’s just what happened at his June recital with pianist Snezana Krstic, which was one of the best of the season.
The program opened with Philippe Gaubert’s rich but playful Fantasie, and continued with a brilliant, wide-ranging new sonata by ASU graduate Eric Hessel. “I gave the world premiere of the piece…and loved it so much that I programmed it on my recital,” declares Salazar.
He continued with the unaccompanied Syrinx by Claude Debussy, a haunting, unforgettable work, and ended with the vigorous Fantasie on themes from Der Freischutz by Paul Taffanel. “The piece is based on Weber’s opera by the same name, which loosely translates to The Free Shooter,” says Salazar. “There are very fast variations in the middle section that are quite virtuosic…it’s definitely a barn-burner.”
Keep an eye out for Salazar’s future performances — he’s an active member of Buck’s flute studio at ASU, and he occasionally offers free community recitals that you won’t want to miss as you follow his progress through the world of professional classical music.
“Etsy” sounds as fun, quirky and creative as the products sold in its user-run stores.
Did you know the amount of sales generated through Etsy in 2012 totaled nearly $900 million?
That’s a lot of quirky fun.
If you’re ready to open a store on this online marketplace, head to MADE Art Boutique this Sunday, July 28. The boutique retailer is hosting a free panel discussion with local artists Sebastien Millon, Cassandra Uhl, and Matt Hinrichs, who will share the ins and outs of starting and running your own Etsy store.
The discussion will be moderated by Christy Brown, MADE’s Program Manager. “We want to help support local artists in the community and Etsy is an amazing tool for them,” said Brown. “It is an easy and inexpensive way for artists to promote their products and already has a built in audience of customers looking to buy handmade items. We hope that this panel will help more artists be more successful in their businesses.”
Come armed with questions for these successful Etsy sellers and get ideas on how you can start a store of your own.
If you go
What: Etsy Success Panel Discussion
When: Sunday, July 28, 2012, 10-11am at MADE
Where: MADE Art Boutique, 922 North 5th St.
Phoenix families are invited to get out of the heat and enjoy a day of art and culture in downtown Phoenix.
The First Annual monOrchid Family Day event will take place Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is currently showing a summer group exhibition entitled “Thermal PHX,” which features a variety of art suitable for every age.
“At monOrchid we feel it is essential to provide the community with amazing art and events…to engage the community,” said Nicole Royse, monOrchid Associate Curator.
The scheduled festivities do just that, beginning with kids yoga, interactive arts & craft tables, plus live painting by artist Jayme Blue who is also featured in exhibition.
There will be live music by members of Tres Lunas and food donated by Carly’s, Pallets, Urban Cookies Bakeshop, and Brilliant Sky Bakery.
Local author Heather Tad will do a live reading of A Tale of a Tombstone, Arizona Tortoise, a book illustrated by her husband local art Tad Smith.
If you want to take home a souvenir to remember the day, Hip Veggies will be selling “A Pear to Remember” tote bag designed by local artist Rafael Navarro (see it here). The sales will benefit the residents of the Westward Ho.
If you go
What: First Annual monOrchid Family Day
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St.
Our last When Brains Collide meeting subject “In a Rut” brought together several artists and non-artists to discuss the frustration of not knowing what to do next. We huddled in the cool and dark Cartel Coffee on the hottest day in years (119º, to be exact) and managed to come out of the meeting with some new ideas to move forward.
One of the biggest suggestions? Do anything. Just start something, even if it doesn’t seem like a thing you can see through to the end. Do something completely different, start some drawings, try a performance, doodle—just be in a space where you can devote time and energy to creating something, even if it ends up not being that productive. Something eventually will happen, right?
The next biggest suggestion was to get out and see what others are doing. Travel. Inspire yourself, or, if you don’t see anything you like, push yourself to do a better job than what you see. Several of us have checked in after the meeting to see where we’re at with our work and we’ve all managed to begin to crawl out of that rut.
Next When Brains Collide: “Things Don’t Work”
Working with technology in your latest project and running into problems? Trying a new computer program and not yet getting the hang of it? Making a foray into video and not sure where to start or what to start with? Worked with multi-media for years and would love to lend a helping hand? Maybe we can help each other.
This next meeting welcomes anyone who has extensive knowledge of using technology in their work or those newbies who have started tinkering but have run into a wall. There’s only so much you can find through searches on the internet and discussion forums often end up being nerds slinging insults and impatient questions at each other. If you’d rather discuss your issues in an environment where it’s ok to not know, please come to the next When Brains Collide on Saturday, July 27, at 12 p.m. at Cartel Coffee on 1st Street and Washington.
All are invited: designers, artists, performers, writers. The more diverse the crowd, the more diverse suggestions we can make.
If you go:
Event: When Brains Collide
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Cartel Coffee, 1 N. 1st St. (corner of Washington and 1st St.)