The Arizona Theatre Company is bringing the compelling story of “The Mother of the Blues” to the Valley.
Ma Rainey broke into show business when she was 13 years old, and began her career as a recording artist in the early 1920s, according to ATC’s play guide.
She became famous across the country and earned the title, “The Mother of the Blues” due to her influence on the development of the blues as popular music.
Her songs were soulful tales about the life of African Americans during the 1920s, telling stories of the pain of jealousy, poverty, sexual abuse and the loneliness of sharecroppers, the play guide states.
The performance takes place in 1927, when Ma Rainey, played by well-known actor and recording artist Jevetta Steele, is preparing to record her jazz music. Upon entering the studio, she quarrels with a battling quartet of musicians, a stingy producer and her manager who is simply trying to keep the recording session on track, the website says.
Written by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson, the play shows the audience a time when even the most renowned singer of her day had to fight for respect.
Because the theatre is a nonprofit and tickets are not meant to to cover total operating costs, they will always be kept within reach of all members of the community, according to the website. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the door, and prices start at $30. The play opens with preview shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 8 p.m. before the grand opening on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Herberger Theater is located at 222 E. Monroe St. Downtown (light rail stations at 3rd St & Washington/Jefferson). For tickets call 602.256.6995.
Previous week’s games
10/29/2010 Lakers 114, SUNS 106
11/03/2010 Spurs 112, SUNS 110
Upcoming week’s games
11/05/2010 SUNS vs Grizzlies, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
11/07/2010 SUNS @ Hawks, 3 p.m., My45
11/08/2010 SUNS @ Grizzlies, 6 p.m., My45
At 1-3, the Phoenix Suns’ record certainly doesn’t look too good, however, when considering the four tough teams Phoenix has played so far, the record really isn’t all that bad. The Suns have had their problems, sure. The biggest question is how does Hedo Turkoglu fit in with the team, specifically on the offensive side of the ball. Phoenix has also had some bright spots as well; the play of Goran Dragic and Hakim Warrick quickly come to mind.
I’ll start with Hedo. Coach Alvin Gentry must figure a way to get him going. Through through games, the “Turkish MJ” has been unimpressive to say the least. Turkoglu is averaging eight points, three rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of play. That’s not going to cut it for a guy making eight figures.
It’s more then just Hedo’s numbers that are disturbing. It’s his effort — it doesn’t seem quite there. He’s slow on transition and way too hesitant to make a move with the ball. He has the ability to get to the rim against most guys defending him, but he hasn’t. He’s shown brief flashes of this, but not nearly enough. Against the Spurs on Wednesday, he had Dejuan Blair guarding him and took jump shots. That isn’t what Suns fan want to see.
I’m certainly not ready to give up on Hedo yet, and I think he’ll eventually come around, but a move to the bench may be in order. If anything, a move to the bench may motivate him. He’ll get to play with the ball a little more and be a leader of the second unit. In addition, Turkoglu on the bench means Nash gets a solid pick-and-roll option in the starting five in the form of Warrick.
Enough of the bad and on to the good. Dragic has been ridiculous so far this season. He’s putting up 10 points to go with just under five assists with about two turnovers (a turnover-to-assist ratio of 2.7!) in a mere 15 minutes per game. The only issue there is how few minutes he’s playing. Dragic has yet to log 20 minutes in a game, and that’s no good. Gentry must find more time for him.
I know Steve Nash is a two-time MVP, but at some point you may have to sit him more for the sake of getting Dragic more playing time. I know this may put Gentry in a tough spot, but when Goran is clicking, you have to stick with him. At the very least, the two should get some time together. Good things happened when they shared the floor together last season.
I doubt this will be a problem for long, as I fully expect Gentry to begin finding more time for El Dragon, especially with Nash’s recent comments on having tired legs at the end of the Spurs game. More playing time early in the game for Goran means a fresher Nash to end games. It’s a win-win for the Suns.
Finally, I have to mention the play of Warrick. Dude has been solid this year. He’s great in the pick-and-roll and fights for rebounds. He has crazy leaping ability and somehow seems to extend the length of his arms. I swear every time he takes off for a dunk he turns into Inspector Gadget. He appears to be too far from the rim but simply shouts, “Go-go gadget arms,” and extends his arms to complete the play. His contract is going to turn into a real steal.
I’m sure it’ll take a little more tinkering from Gentry, but eventually this team will figure things out. The talent is there. The Suns are in good shape. No worries, despite the rough start.
I just want to briefly comment on Jared Dudley’s contract extension. This was obviously the right move. Dudley clearly wanted to be here, and the Suns wanted to keep him. I’m very impressed with how the Suns front office was able to get this done. Hats off to Lon Babby, Lance Blanks and Robert Sarver — this is a solid move for the future.
Suns go green
Tonight the Suns will go green when they host the Memphis Grizzlies. US Airways Center will be powered by renewable energy courtesy of APS. The energy saved will equal the amount of energy required to power 3,000 Arizona homes for a week. Throughout the night, various videos will play during stops in play with the Gorilla giving tips to fans on how to go green.
via The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix began construction today on the Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), located at 600 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Councilman Michael Johnson and Stuart Flynn, M.D., Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix moved the first dirt in the construction of the $129-million building, that will allow expansion of the medical education facilities.
“Even in a treacherously down economy, our city has remained committed to forging ahead when it comes to attracting bioscience research jobs, education jobs, and creating new doctors who will save lives,” said Mayor Gordon. “This building and our partnership with the university embodies the collaborative spirit that has made our success possible. When the Health Sciences building opens and we’re graduating 120 new doctors a year, we’ll look back on this day as a landmark.”
The College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the PBC and currently hosts 168 medical students, admitting 48 per year, with the completion of this building the college will be able to grow its class size to 120 students per year to meet the demand of Arizona’s growing population.
“Today highlights the city’s commitment to building a knowledge-based economy in bioscience research and education,” said Dr. Flynn. “Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, this building embodies the collaborative environment where current and future doctors will learn side-by-side with pharmacists, nurses and allied health workers to advance science and improve patient care.”
“This is an important milestone; it marks our significant effort to create jobs and build a brighter future in our community though health care and scientific education,” said Councilman Johnson, in whose district the building is located. “Once this building is complete, all three state universities will have a presence in Downtown Phoenix.”
Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium and the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.
DPR Construction and Sundt Construction will jointly build the new six-story, 264,000-square-foot facility, scheduled for completion in summer 2012. The building was designed by CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross.
Mayor Phil Gordon invites you to paint Downtown Red and celebrate all that Downtown has to offer at the 7th annual State of Downtown event.
Gordon, whose longtime focus on Downtown progress warrants this annual event aside from his State of the City address, will provide an update on the economic outlook of our city core, as well as key attendees in on various projects and initiatives currently underway throughout Downtown Phoenix.
Come out for your Downtown update, but stay to enjoy samples of the some of the best restaurants in the Downtown area and musical talent from the Phoenix Symphony, as well as one of Phoenix’s best local bands, The Sugar Thieves.
Oh, one other point of interest: the first issue of DPJ magazine debuts at the event! Swing by to get your copy.
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: CityScape, 1 E. Washington St.
Get there: METRO Light Rail is recommended (stations at Central/Washington and 1st Ave/Jefferson). Paid parking is available at CityScape and nearby parking garages.
Remember: No City funds were used for this event!
Previous week’s games
10/26/10 Blazers 106, SUNS 92
10/28/101 SUNS 110, Jazz 94
Upcoming week’s games
10/29/10 SUNS vs Lakers (home opener!), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
11/03/10 SUNS vs Spurs, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
With just two games in the books for the 2010-11 season, the Phoenix Suns are sitting at 1-1. Not too bad for a team that most thought would start 0-3 with the first two games coming in two of the tougher places to play in the NBA.
In both Tuesday’s loss to Portland and Thursday’s win at Utah, the Suns showed positive signs. Hakim Warrick has looked good in both games, especially against Utah, when he had a filthy dunk and was immediately a trending topic on Twitter. Steve Nash and Jason Richardson have been fantastic, and the Suns’ shooting hasn’t been a problem like it was in the preseason.
There were also quite a few negatives, mostly coming in Tuesday’s loss to Portland. Phoenix was crushed on the boards and turned the ball over way too much. Both those things improved drastically on Thursday and should hopefully continue to get better.
But enough about the games we’ve already played. As much as I’d love to go on about what we’ve already seen, there’s a bigger, much more daunting task at hand: tonight’s game against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. That’s right, the Suns’ home opener comes on the second night of a back-to-back against the Lakers.
The consensus seems to be that the Lakers will smash the Suns tonight, being that the Suns are playing the second night of a back-to-back with travel, whereas the Lakers have been resting in Phoenix. Factor that in with the Lakers’ size (although starting center Andrew Bynum is still recovering from off-season surgery) and a Suns team trying to gel and get their chemistry, and the consensus may have an argument.
With that being said though, I’m going to have to disagree. Tonight’s game is going to be a close one. The Suns are going to come out fired up. Regardless if it’s a back-to-back or not won’t matter. This is the Phoenix home opener, so the excitement is going to be through the roof, especially for the new guys. Warrick, Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu will all be playing their first real games in front of the Phoenix fans, and you can bet they’re going to want to impress. And they will.
Warrick is who I’m really excited to see tonight, and you should be as well (did I mention his nasty dunk in Utah?). Coming off the Utah game and all the Twitter love he received, you know he’s going to be amped. Coach Alvin Gentry will surely try and get him more time with Nash, considering how well he’s working in the pick-and-roll.
We need more than the players to step up tonight, however. I’m looking at you, Planet Orange. We need you. We need you loud. We need you on your feet. We need you to be ORNG. Most importantly, we need you to hush all those rude (and I call them rude based on lots and lots of experience), annoying, Lakers fans. Just drown them out. We can do it! There will be more of us than there will be of them. We need to be up and screaming at the top of our lungs the entire time.
I’m counting on you all. I’ll get us started: Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA!
After the Suns/Lakers game tonight, be sure the swing by the Verve Energy Lounge at US Airways Center for a free concert presented by Budweiser. National recording artist Kelley James will perform. The concert is free to all who have a game ticket.
Meet Jared Dudley
This Saturday, October 30, you’ll have a chance to meet Suns forward Jared Dudley, along with The Gorilla and the APS Solar Squad. Dudley will be at MidFirst Bank in Glendale signing autographs from 1 to 2 p.m.
6508 W. Bell Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85308