Wednesday, Jan. 22, Partners will be playing at Manda Le’, at 3455 Canyon de Flores, Sierra Vista, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you love to dance, or just sit back and enjoy the evening Manda Le’ is the place to be! For reservations, call 803-9668 or visit our website www.partnersband.com.
Saturday, Jan. 25, Partners will be playing at San Pedro Territory RV Resort, at 1110 S. Highway 80, Benson, from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is only $5 per person and is open to the public. For information, call 586-9546 or visit website www.partnersband.com.
The ensembles, soloists and duettists of the Sierra Vista Community Chorus, under the direction of Sharon Keene, present their 11th annual Sweet Treats & Swingin’ Sounds variety show. Each year an entirely new show is awaiting you. “Color Our World” will bring you great songs with names the colors of the rainbow. You’ll not only enjoy some of your favorite colors brought to life through music, but also enjoy delicious desserts baked by chorus members. Tickets are only $8 per person and include entertainment, homemade desserts and a beverage. Three shows will be presented at the Ethel Berger Center located at 2950 E. Tacoma St. in Sierra Vista. On Saturday, March 1, there will be two shows: 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 2, only one show will be presented at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from chorus members beginning Monday, Feb. 3, and will be available at the Oscar Yrun Center beginning Monday, Feb. 17. Soloists and duettists and other performances may vary in each of the three shows.
Because there are only a limited number of tickets available they will only be sold at the Oscar Yrun Center and will be available from chorus members.
No tickets will be sold at the door. If you would like to hear some charming and colorful music and enjoy all the homemade goodies, purchase your tickets early — in the past these shows have sold out quickly.
Bisbee’s Obscure Productions opened the new year with “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose. in the Squffy Theater at Central School Project.
“Twelve Angry Men” was first staged as a television drama before being made into one of the world’s most beloved dramatic films. Twelve men are locked in a jury room to debate the fate of a young man in what seems to be an open and shut murder case. In the end the twelve angry men reach a verdict in an electrifying piece of theater. Peter Gardner is making his directorial debut. Gardner finds the show “the archetypal jury room play, but to me it is more than that. By putting these 12 men into a room together to discuss the guilt or innocence of a man they have never met, it evokes classical philosophical inquiry, even if the tone becomes course. This cast, a mixture of BOP favorites and newcomers, captures the spirit of the show while still making it their own.”
“Twelve Angry Men” winds up Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. All performances are at Central School Project, 43 Howell Ave., in Old Bisbee.
Adult tickets for $10 will be available at Atalanta’s Music and Books in Old Bisbee, The Bisbee Food Coop in Lowell and from Bisbee’s Obscure Productions.
For credit card sales from BOP, add $1 per ticket. Contact them at 432-2901, or email@example.com for information. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults and $6 for students.
Bisbee’s Obscure Productions will be holding auditions for “Harold & Maude” by Colin Higgins on Feb. 1 and 2, at the Squffy Theater at Central School Project, 43 Howell Ave., in Old Bisbee. Auditions will begin at 3 p.m. on both days, and actors may also schedule an audition appointment.
“Harold & Maude,” the movie, will be well known to the generations of Bisbeeites who grew up around the time director Rae Jones did, and perhaps to their children. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, the quirky cult classic can be checked out from the Copper Queen Library. A copy of the script, which does differ from the film in its own charming ways, is available for actors to read at the library as well.
Rae is seeking male and female actors from teens to older adults, including the perfect Harold, for a wide variety of plum roles. This should be one fun play! Actors are asked to come prepared for auditions with a one- to three- minute memorized monologue, preferably comic. They will also do cold readings from the script.
Rehearsals for “Harold & Maude” will be on selected evenings and weekend days through April 17. Performances will be April 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Contact Rae for more information and audition appointments at 432-2901 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Illegitimate Theater Company is looking for people interested in acting or other aspects of theater such as helping out backstage, set construction, makeup, etc., for its upcoming spring production of “Too Soon For Daisies” by William Dinners and William Morum.
It is a comedy/mystery play and opens with three ladies who have run away, by boat, from a retirement home. They come upon a vacant farmhouse and decide to make it their home. Unfortunately a gentleman appears, says he owns the house but shortly drops dead. Complicating things is the arrival of a young woman claiming to be the niece of the newly departed gentleman.
The question is “What do the ladies do now?” The answers take several humorous forms.
Auditions will be held at the Murr Community Center on Fort Huachuca Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. Production is scheduled for the first two weekends in April.
For information contact Joan at 515-3721.
Southwest Wings will open up registration for the 2014 Spring Fling on Feb. 5. The fling is scheduled for May 7 through 10 in Sierra Vista. The regular Summer Festival will be the first week of August.
Visit www.swwings.org for festival registration and lodging information.
The Palo Verde Palettes will meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Mona Bishop Room of the Sierra Vista Public Library. The program for this month will be painting Memory Boxes, one of the Palette’s annual community projects. The Memory Box Program is a national effort in which boxes are hand painted and donated to hospital grief programs for distribution to parents who have lost children during or after pregnancy.
The purpose of this program is to help parents through the grieving process and prevent them from leaving the hospital without any representation of their child’s life.
They are instruments of healing that provide a place to hold cherished memories and an opportunity to create new ones. Inside these memory boxes, nurses, pastors or social workers, place items such as an identity record, bracelet, nighties, bonnet, booties or photos. These boxes of love give the family a meaningful and permanent keepsake.
The group welcomes guests who would like to participate in this worthwhile project to come join them. For information about supplies to bring with you, contact Juaneata Nossett, program/workshop coordinator, 452-1023 (email@example.com). For information about the Palo Verde Palettes, contact president, Amanda Boyles, 459-2459 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Angel Rutherford’s artwork is at the Sierra Vista Public Library, and Quenda Shults work is at the Ethel Berger Center.
The Public Library made a wall next to the cafeteria available for local artists to display their artwork. For January, Angel’s work is on display here. Angel works now mostly in oil, but some of her scratch-art pieces are also on display. Angel is also a Cochise County Master Gardener, she writes a column “In a Desert Garden” for the Sierra Vista Herald/Review and the Master Gardener Newsletter, the Sierra Vista life magazine, and she writes artist profiles for the newspaper’s insert “Tempo.” Artists that like to display, contact Cathy Brownell at 458-4225.
Quenda who lives in Bisbee, always knew that she would write and paint, it just took her longer than expected.
At age 44, she picked up a paintbrush and never looked back. But, life can change in a moment and she lost the ability to paint, as well as most of her cognitive skills.
After three years, some of her skills have returned. As she was getting better, and for another way of painting, she came across a man in Taos, who became her mentor. As she watched him do a technique called monoprint, she realized she had found her calling. Quenda has the wall at the Ethel Berger Center for January.
Quenda and Angel are members of the Huachuca Art Association, their artwork can also be seen at the HAA Gallery at the Mall at Sierra Vista.
Pat Coker is the artist of the month for the Huachuca Art Association at the Gallery at the Mall at Sierra Vista.
Pat has traveled all over Europe and the majority of America. Her extensive travels exposed her to the masters and she has studied them with the help of the priests and curators of the major museums in various countries. Pat began her own painting career full-time after retiring from teaching. She paints landscapes in various media, but prefers watercolors.
She has expanded her repertoire and is now painting portraits of humans and dogs in both acrylic and oil. She has work hanging in Benson, Tombstone and Sierra Vista. Pat always looks forward to new artistic challenges.
The Mall Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The Huachuca Art Association offers Jewelry Making Workshop at the HAA Studio in Hereford, 3818 Astro St., south of Highway 92.
• Sunday, Jan. 19, Basic beaded necklace class.
• Wednesday, Jan. 29, Wire wrapped earrings.
Class fee is $20 each, except copper/brass class is $30, all supplies are included, call Lori for information and to register at 234-5528.
The Sierra Vista Symphony will present its Winter Concert on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Buena Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will highlight our dedicated classroom teachers throughout Cochise County by providing complimentary tickets to the performance. The theme of the concert is “Impressionism” but an additional goal is to emphasize music in education.
During the school day on Friday, the orchestra presents a “student concert” for all fifth-grade students in Cochise County schools. It is free to the students and the schools and is performed at BPAC. It is part of the Symphony’s outreach to provide music in schools.
Kathy Marvin, a member of the Sierra Vista Symphony Board, will be preparing fifth-grade students from Sierra Vista Public Schools and the First Baptist ChristianAcademy for the upcoming Symphony Youth Concert.
Another highlight of the student concert will be the interaction between the Symphony and the Cochise County Youth Orchestra. These young musicians are very excited at this opportunity to play a couple of their favorite selections alongside the Symphony.
CCYO members will sit with members of the orchestra who play the same parts in the music. Later, during intermission of the evening concert, the CCYO will perform in the school cafeteria.
It will be an exciting day to highlight music education, honor teachers, and enjoy the music of Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Satie and Respighi at the evening concert.
As for the concert itself, the Pre-Concert Seminar begins at 6 p.m. It will be held in the west lecture pod, closest to the big clock. Dave and Jean Perry have invited Gerald Brown, guest conductor for the evening, to be a part of the presentation.
Following the seminar, Maestro Roger Bayes will conduct the first half of the evening’s program which will begin with Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole.
The major work in the first half is Claude Debussy’s Children’s Corner. The final movement shows the influence of lively rhythms of an African-American slave dance, and focuses on a rag doll.
Intermission will feature the ever-popular cookies and refreshments provided by the LimeLight Productions volunteers. The Cochise County Youth Orchestra will perform several musical pieces in the serving area.
For the second half of the performance, the Symphony will be joined by guest conductor, Gerald Brown, of Sierra Vista.
Brown will conduct works by Dukas,
Satie and Respighi. He will open the second half with Paul Dukas’ Prelude: Fanfare to La Péri. Brown then follows with Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No 1. The final work of the evening is Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma).
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Central School Project is putting on a show that will have you hooting and hollering in the halls. CSP and friends fell so hard for the Haymarket Squares when they came to town with the Sidepony Express Music Fest that we have booked them for our shindig! And, Bisbee musicians Melissa Reaves and the Tin Can Tourists are in the night’s lineup as well.
Phoenix favorites, the Haymarket Squares, play what they call Punkgrass for the People — a style that fuses the raw energy of punk with the stringent yet soulful traditions of bluegrass. They mix up their sound with banjo, mandolin, accordion, steel guitar, standup bass, and drums; and the result is a fun, clever, dance-inducing ruckus.
Melissa Reaves is a powerful vocalist and guitar player whose style ranges from driving rock and roll to a funk and groove sound that lends itself to a diverse repertoire of originals, as well as some occasional choice covers. Americana duo, the Tin Can Tourists, make music with guitar, mandolin, and voice about times both hard and heavenly.
This is a CSP party, so along with the music there will be drinks and art. The art includes a silent auction of brand new cut paper work by the Story-Eaters! The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at Atalanta’s Music & Books and High Desert Market, and $10 (or $8 for Friends of Central School) at the door.
Central School Project is located at 43 Howell Ave. in Bisbee. Contact Melissa Holden at 432-4866 or email@example.com for additional information about this exciting event.
RP Dahlke has written a new book, “Hurricane Hole.”Marooned in Baja, Mexico, a Chechen arms dealer is waiting for the right diver to retrieve the deadly cargo lying at the bottom of the Sea of Cortez. But when Leila Hunter Standiford, on hiatus from her TV contract happens to admire a handsome captain aboard a beautiful vintage Alden, she doesn’t realize the boat will soon burn to the water line, or that a dead body will be found below, or that the captain has been targeted as the sacrificial diver, or that meeting the captain will forever change her life.
“Ms. Dahlke creates wonderfully likable and completely unpredictable characters. Leila is smart, capable and carries herself well throughout the story. As new characters are introduced, they are well described, and we are invited to make our conclusions about them just as Leila does. Ms. Dahlke gives away nothing pertaining to their future behavior — we are meeting them just as Leila does, and are just as much in the dark as to their intent until the events which seal their fates unfold. I love this feeling while reading — it drives the suspense of the story for me, and I feel like I’m not only engaging with the characters but right in the story with them, planning ‘our’ next move. Even the weather makes a guest appearance as another factor to consider for our heroine and her friends. This story was fun, with unexpected twists and turns that kept me moving forward. Even though I know nothing about sailing, the characters are knowledge and believable. I can look up the vocabulary, imagine the boats in my mind, and picture myself in the warm Mexican waters drinking a beer with Leila.” — Shannon Barnett, Amazon/Kindle
“Hurricane Hole” and “A Dangerous Harbor,” also by Dahlke, are both on Amazon/Kindle now.
These books are the result of my years sailing in Mexico with her husband aboard their cutter rigged Hylas 47 sailboat. Mexico is a culture that was, and still is, struggling to gain a foothold in the 21st century. This trilogy, starting with “A Dangerous Harbor,” and continuing with “Hurricane Hole,” is about Americans who can’t seem to outrun the problems they so desperately try to leave behind.
She also writes the Dead Red Mystery series. Find her at: Amazon/Kindle: RP Dahlke:http://tinyurl.com/6hdg3bf. Print release will be available in March 2014 on Amazon or throught the author’s website: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orphan Train is coming! As part of Amazing Arizona Journey Stories presented by the Sierra Vista Historical Society in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute and Arizona Humanities Council, welcome Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster. “Riders on the Orphan Train” chronicles the lives of two of the approximately 250,000 children who were “placed out” by riding trains from New York City to the West between 1854 and 1929. Alison Moore, novelist and humanities scholar, has combined her knowledge and talents with singer/songwriter, Phil Lancaster, to explore the Orphan Movement in visual and historical elements with musical ballads.
Join the society on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Mona Bishop Room of the Sierra Vista Public Library, on East Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Nancy Krieski 439-2306 or Nancy.Krieski@SierraVistaAZ.gov.