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The beauty of bookmarks

Bookmark created during the 2012 Arizona Humanities Festival

I hadn’t fully appreciated how telling watching someone create can be until I landed at this year’s Arizona Humanities Festival with my stash of 200 blank bookmarks and oodles of stickers, stamps and ribbon. Felicia Bond could easily pen a new “If You Give a Reader a Bookmark” story for her series that’s already imagined moose munching muffins and pigs porking out on pancakes.

Bookmark artist at the Arizona Humanities Festival

My first surprise was the number of grown-ups who rocked the bookmark vibe. I’d planned the activity for kids, but should have known that adults drawn to various humanities would delight in the chance to create and converse together too. It’s all good in my world. Especially when those making bookmarks demonstrate such remarkable skill at dancing while they work.

Some parents like to stand by while their kids get crafty, and it’s fascinating to see the way their approaches differ. Some simply watch while others offer frequent ideas or suggestions. The beauty of bookmarks is the fact that there’s no right or wrong way to make them. And no two people ever end up with the same design.

Bookmark artist sharing one of his works

I’m fascinated by the fact that people come up with such diverse creations. Some favor the symmetry of three single objects placed neatly atop a bookmark in a straight line. Others layer stamp after stamp in a whimsical assortment of colors. Some plan before they begin, and others tackle the task with wild abandon. It’s fun to imagine how such styles might translate into their everyday lives.

I took several types of hole punches along — figuring people could make a hole at the top of their bookmark, then thread a piece of ribbon through it. But this was a humanities crowd, and there was a lot of thinking outside the box. One person punched a whole row of holes, then laced a ribbon in and out. Another used the ribbons to make an elaborate braid for her bookmark.

Another bookmark artist shares her work

We hear so much these days of children who struggle to pay attention or fail to use good manners. But I saw youth with extraordinary levels of concentration, persistence and genuine politeness. They stayed calm when materials they’d chosen presented a challenge, and engaged in serious problem solving while doing a craft some would consider too simple to build much brainpower.

Spending the day with so many different people sharing the common experience of creating bookmarks has me wondering more about the role bookmarks can play in bringing people together. It’s easy to imagine an exhibition of bookmarks, made by artists and everyday readers. Hint, hint…

— Lynn

Coming up: More musings on the Arizona Humanities Festival, Art meets librarian, Author tales

Once upon a banner

Proof that hauling art supplies from house to house comes in handy sometimes

I’m writing this between coats. Come Saturday morning, I’ll be schlepping my first shot at the Stage Mom Musings road show down to Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix, ready for a day filled with all sorts of Arizona Humanities Festival excitement. For now, I’m cobbling together signage, hoping I can whip up something that’s less than ten on the tacky-o-meter.

Turns out a blank canvas is more terrifying than a blank page

I carefully considered all my options after learning the festival is a B.Y.O.S. affair, and enlisted my son Christopher in an early morning research session. Plenty of places will turn around a nifty banner in a day or so, but I’m on a Stage Mom budget — so homemade in a hurry is my best shot at this point. I popped for a $10 vinyl banner at the local party goods store, but things got dicey when I tried to decide what to slap on the baby — and how to do it.

By now I’m getting punchy and going into word play mode

Use too little adhesive and I’ll start dropping letters here and there — only to discover come the end of festival-day that all those grins were from folks puzzled by my “Age Mom Musings” sign. Use too much and I’ll be flighty from the fumes. The delicate balance artists strike each day is beginning to dawn on me, and I’m starting to wish I had all those amazing Calle 16 muralists on speed dial.

I loved to paint as a little girl, and my mother — though single and stretched thin in the financial department — made sure I always had supplies. At one point, our garage was a shared art space we used to paint, throw pottery, make rugs and craft jewelry together. But the joy of process is replaced too quickly by worry over product as we get older, and I’m feeling gripped by fear at the prospect of someone actually seeing my work.

The mind of a writer works in mysterious ways

So far I’ve got a two by four foot canvas covered in white acrylic paint left over from one of my daughter’s birthday parties. It’s sitting atop a pair of black trash bags in front of my refrigerator, near a spot the cat normally races through about this time of night in search of food and litter box. If all else fails, I suppose I can turn little paw prints into a funky sign theme — Meow if you love music.

I’ll have a lovely booth at Saturday’s Arizona Humanities Festival, which has an “American Jukebox” theme. It’s a fun way to get out and meet folks who’ve got fabulous stories to share, and to enjoy time with fellow artists. The 10am-4pm festival features live music and other sorts of performance art, and has a children’s area where kids can make crafts, get their faces painted and such.

This “O” is surely going to keep me up all night

Having just wrapped part two of the painting project, I’m quite certain no one will let me within ten feet of anyone’s face while there’s paint of any sort in my hand. Obsessed with an errant “O” in the middle of “MOM,” I sat wondering how to make the fix as my husband kept insisting, “Stop looking at it already.” Too much white space, I started thinking. Then I went all Jackson Pollock on him.

I hate wasting all that unused paint on my brush, so I figured — Hey, why not just flick some of that stuff across the blank spots? By now I’m actually learning a thing or two about technique. Bad technique, mind you. But you gotta start somewhere. Eventually I manage to get one part paint on the canvas for every two parts that nails my face. Somehow my denim shorts and grey tank top manage to stay clean.

My right elbow is another story. When you get to the festival on Saturday, just look for the woman with a speckled white forearm — and a few flecks of green in her graying hair. Bring your kids by my booth and I’ll have some supplies they can use for crafting bookmarks. No paint, of course. Because most of that’ll be on my fridge by then. Seems there’s a reason I’m a writer, not a painter.

— Lynn

Note: Click here for details on Saturday’s Arizona Humanities Festival — where I’ll also have copies of the latest issue of Raising Arizona Kids, which includes a feature on fun family volunteering.

Coming up: Movie musings, Tips for introducing kids to music

Celebrate life, honor the dead

2011 Dia de los Muertos festival at Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of MAC.

Sugar skulls, altars, masks and community processions. They’re all part of celebrating Dia de los Muertos — which has inspired a lovely assortment of festivals taking place throughout the Valley this weekend and next…

The CALA Alliance kicks off its inaugural Dia de los Muertos festival today at 12:30pm at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. The event runs through 5:30pm and features live entertainment, a mercado and children’s activities. A closing candlelight procession begins at 5pm. Free.

Nearby Burton Barr Central Library is hosting a Dia de los Muertos mask-making activity for children in grades K-6, which culminates with children donning their masks for a procession to Margaret T. Hance Park. The 1-3pm event features simple folding and cutting techniques. Free.

Dia de los Muertos ofrendas created by Arizona artists are being exhibited in the library’s @Central Gallery through Nov. 3, and you can enjoy a community altar at the Mesa Arts Center Dia de los Muertos festival continuing from noon-5pm today. The MAC festival features live entertainment, a mercado and children’s activities. Free.

Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix presents its inaugural Dia de los Muertos festival Nov. 2 from 3-10pm. The event features art exhibits, live entertainment, ofrendas, a mercado and children’s activities. Free.

Xico Gallery in Chandler presents its Dia de los Muertos festival Nov. 3 from 11am-6pm at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The festival features artist demonstrations, live entertainment, a mercado, children’s activities, a community altar and procession. Free.

Desert Botanical Garden exhibits Dia de los Muertos ofrendas through Nov. 4, and holds its festival featuring live entertainment, storytellers and a mercado Nov. 3 and 4 from 10am-5pm. Free with garden admission.

Click here to learn more about El Dia de los Muertos origins, meanings and traditions from the Smithsonian Institution, and here to explore their interactive Theater of the Dead.

— Lynn

Note: If you take photos while attending Day of the Dead celebrations, I’d love to see them. Send your best shots to stagemommusings@gmail.com and I’ll update this post with a selection of reader snapshots.

Coming up: Stage Mom Musings reaches the 1,000 post milestone

Dance meets Dracula

Our three children used to come home from trick-or-treating to dump bags filled with an odd assortment of fun sized candies on the kitchen table so they could pick through the contents looking for their favorites. Now that they’re in college, no one needs me to sew their costume, escort them through dark neighborhood streets or make treats for Halloween gatherings. It’s time I develop a new holiday tradition, and I’ve found just the thing.

Thursday night I witnessed a charming collection of dance performances which culminates in a dance meets dracula piece that’s one of the most stunning dance works I’ve ever experienced on Valley stages.

It’s a visual feast blending rich storytelling, music, lighting, set design and dance — and you can see it through Sunday at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. The Center Dance Ensemble production is called “A Haunting We Will Go.”

Think haunting in the emotionally moving sense rather than haunting in the ghosts and goblins sense. Though several of the works have themes that resonate during Halloween or Dia de los Muertos season, it’s the music and dance that will haunt you.

How lovely to replace those nights spent combing through an odd assortment of candies with an evening of dance that feels like sampling deliciously diverse truffles or bon bons on an elegant silver platter or dessert tray.

“A Haunting We Will Go” includes two “Masquerade” works performed by Center Dance Ensemble, the resident modern dance company of the Herberger Theater Center, which is led by artistic director Frances Smith Cohen.

It opens with “Masquerade Part 1: Love Games,” choreographed by Cohen and Diane McNeal Hunt to music dubbed “Dead Can Dance.” The work features hard-driving drum beats, an elegant trio of hanging lanterns and dancers dressed in delightful black and white fashions.

“Masquerade Part 2: The Mask Within” includes three works featuring masks created by Valley artist Zarco Guerrero. “Calacas Encantadas” (Enchanted Skeletons) is choreographed by Hunt with music by Guerrero. It’s a whimsical piece that elicited lovely laughter from Thurday’s audience.

“Espiritu del Agua” (Water Spirit) is choreographed by Hunt with music by Gustavo Santaolalla that captures the sound of powerful waves. It features a sole dancer wearing an iridescent silver unitard and mask that reflects light in two beams streaming out across the audience.

“The Blue Box,” a take on the tale of Pandora’s box, is choreographed by Hunt, Marion Kirk Jones and Mark Vanek. It features music by Alston Neal and a pair of dancers whose masks and movement invite reflection on such things as earth and sky or human and animal instincts.

Scene from Dracula: The Legend. Photo courtesy of Center Dance Ensemble.

“A Haunting We Will Go” closes with “Dracula: The Legend,” choreographed by Cohen with music by David Byrne, Frederic Chopin and Camille Saint-Saens. Many know Byrne as co-founder of the Talking Heads, but his composing credits include a ballet score called “The Catherine Wheel” for choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Though elevated, Shaun Sites’ circular set piece for this work resembles a swirling pit. I was puzzled by the simplicity of Michael Eddy’s lighting design during the second masquerade piece until the majesty of Eddy’s “Dracula” lighting made me appreciate its value as a sort of visual palate cleanser.

“Dracula: The Legend” is set in 1897 London. It features seven scenes and eight characters that include Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker (the man responsible for Dracula’s move from London to Transylvania), a trio of female predators victimized by the Count, and a trio of women dubbed victims of repressive Victorian times.

Every sinew sings as Scott Bodily dances the role of Count Dracula. Movement throughout the piece is exquisite, and beautifully complimented by costumes rich in color and subtle texture — the work of Margret Emerson, Michele Hervey and Ruthe Ponturo — which capture the ethereal quality of the dance.

Those who attend “A Haunting We Will Go” this evening or Sunday will also see “Nightlife” performed by Terpsicore Dance Company, “Forbidden Love” performed by Andrea Hashim and Jose Soto, “Unsound Mind” performed by Kaleidoscape Dance and “Persist” performed by Glendale Community College’s Verve Dance Company.

Last night’s guest performances — “Ablaze” by Movement Source Dance Company,” “Last Supper at Sad Café” by Desert Dance Theatre and “Undercurrent” by Scottsdale Community College’s Instinct Dancecorps — will repeat on Oct. 27.

I especially enjoyed the Desert Dance Theatre piece, a humorous riff on waitresses gone wrong at a desolate cafe sporting a neon “Open” sign between bouts of mayhem. Dancers delightfully fold set pieces and props into clever phrases of movement set to Beethoven music, leaving folks to wonder whether the menu is laced with sadism rather than sadness.

“A Haunting We Will Go” beautifully blends the work of Valley dancers and musicians, plus theater and visual artists. Audiences hear music created by mask artist Guerrero, and see dance performed by Childsplay costuming and wardrobe director D. Daniel Hollingshead. Eddy, who is well known to Valley theater audiences, conjured a real masterpiece of light and shadow for this production.

Eddy serves as lighting designer and production manager for “A Haunting We Will Go.” Katie Bitz is stage manager, and Bret Reese assistant stage manager. Center Dance Ensemble costumes are by Margret Emerson. Light board operator is Alexis Raetz, audio operator is Billy Lopez and Hannah Ruebbelke handles stage crew.

It’s a magnificent collaboration that left me hungry (or thirsting, perhaps, in the spirit of Count Dracula) for more. “That’s a good thing,” muses Hunt.

— Lynn

Note: Herberger Theater Center fans should “save the date” for the March 8, 2013 “Objects d’Art Auction” to benefit the venue’s art education and outreach programs for youth. Click here for information on Center Dance Ensemble’s 2012/13 season. Please note that “A Haunting We Will Go” is recommended for ages 12 & up.

Coming up: Try the priest

Bust a rhyme

Detail of artwork by Emily Costello exhibited at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center during Jan. 2011.

Folks who hit First Friday in Phoenix tonight can “bust a rhyme” with Phonetic Spit, which is “using the arts of hip hop and poetry in an effort to combat illiteracy, cultural alienation and silence.” They’ll be performing at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center July 6 at 6:30pm — followed by a 7pm performance by New Carpa Theater Company that features a sampling of short plays from its “Performing Justice” festival. Think works with human rights and social justice themes. Also an 8pm musical performance by Cesar Chavez Duran, plus performance by Mariachi Rubor.

ALAC will also be celebrating the July 6, 1907 birthday of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera with desserts by Titina’s Catering and live painting by Carlos Rivas and other local artists. Also original artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo, courtesy of Petra Fimbres, and eyebrow painting by Monica Crespo-Gisel. Plus Frida Kahlo and Deigo Rivera look-alike contests. The evening also includes the unveiling of a mural created by ALAC artist and resident curator Jose Andres Giron to commemorate the Arizona Centennial.

While you’re there, check out an exhibit of works by Norma Garcia Torres titled “Feminine Divine: An Artist’s Perspective” and the “One Woman Show” exhibit by Alondra Yasmin. Also the “2nd Annual Latina Art Exhibit and Festival” with a “Madres/Madonnas/Mujeres” theme. First Friday is your last chance to enjoy ALAC offerings until Wed, July 25 because they’re closing for part of July to tackle inventory. Normal summer hours resume once they reopen — Wed. through Fri. from noon to 6pm and Sat. from 11am to 6pm.

The Latino Arts & Cultural Center is “a consortium of local Latino arts groups and artists dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Latino art and culture.” Their mission includes illuminating, celebrating and promoting Latinos in Arizona through “education, advocacy and collaboration.” The center includes several galleries, a performance space and gift shop. Learn more at www.alasaz.org.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about Phoenix First Fridays, and here to learn more about artist Emily Costello (thanks to fans and friends of Emily for sharing her name so I could give her proper credit).

Coming up: Fun with fabric art, Playwright profiles, Tears of Esperanza

Once upon a jukebox

Vintage Jukebox (Photo by Mark J. Sebastian)

Back in the day, our three young children used to quarrel over who got to drop a quarter into the jukebox at our neighborhood pizza joint. A generation before, teens slipped nickels into the slots of tabletop versions at their local diner or malt shop. But we’ve come a long way, baby.

The 21st century jukebox is all juke and no box. Today the word “jukebox” typically refers to a digital collection to songs, like those affiliated with the “American Sabor” exhibit — which has an online component for folks who want to enjoy the sounds of Latino artists featured in U.S. popular music.

The Library of Congress has a little something dubbed the “National Jukebox” that “makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.” Selections are culled from contributing libraries and archives, plus the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

The National Jukebox began with “more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925” and continues to increase its offerings over time. Folks who visit the National Jukebox online can search music by artist or genre, create their own nifty playlist and explore works recorded on any given day.

Turns out June 22 was a big day for “Oh Susanna,” performed by Hugo Frey with the Great White Way Orchestra, back in 1923. Frank Croxton performed “Victor Records for health exercises” on this day in 1922, and the same day in 1916 saw the release of “Walkin’ the dog” by Six Brown Brothers. Fast forward another century and the names of our musical choices will feel just as quaint.

Folks in Arizona can get a feel for the depth and breadth of American music at this year’s Arizona Humanities Festival, which sports an “American Jukebox” theme. It’s presented by the Arizona Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Arizona non-profit works to build “a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.” Folks fed up with partisan politics come November can head to Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix from 10am-4pm on Sat, Nov. 3 for a blend of music, civility and all things humanities.

The Arizona Humanities Council has issued a call for performers and programs for the 2012 Arizona Humanities Festival. Applications are due Fri, June 29, and you can click here for details. Makes me wish I had a tiny jukebox I could pull around the park all day in my little red wagon.

— Lynn

Note: The “I am AZ Music” exhibit continues through Jan. 2013 at the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix.

Coming up: Film festivals — for kids!

Art as witness

3rd and 4th grade We are the World artwork exhibited at UUCP in Paradise Valley

As the Unitarian Univeralists open this year’s general assembly in Phoenix, they’re readying for tonight’s parade of banners made by participating congregations. I’m told that many feature some real artistic flair. And that another event, open to the public, takes place later this evening.

It’s a public rally dubbed “Arizona Immigration Ministry Witness: Turning the Tide from Fear to Human Rights” — happening at 9:30pm outside the Phoenix Convention Center. Hundreds of Unitarian Universalists and social justice advocates are expected to attend.

Several people are scheduled to “speak out against human rights abuses in Arizona that are being replicated across the country, including racial profiling, mass detention and deportation, militarization of the border, and anti-immigrant laws” — including Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Boston-based UU Association.

We are the World artwork by 3rd and 4th graders at the UU Congregation Phoenix

Also Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the UU Arizona Immigration Ministry, Salvador Reza of the Committee for the Defense of the Barrios, Pablo Alvarez of National Day Laborer Organizing Network and representatives of the SOMOS coalition. Frederick-Gray leads the UU Congregation of Phoenix, where I found the artworks featured in this post.

I first learned the 2012 general assembly was coming to Phoenix while chatting a while back with Arizona playwright James E. Garcia, whose theater company is perfoming as part of the event. Garcia founded New Carpa Theater Company, which focuses on Latino and multicultural theater works, in 2002.

New Carpa Theater Company performs “(In)Justice: A Short-Play Festival” Fri, June 22 at Civic Space Park. Expect “monologues, play excerpts and performance pieces” presented in English and Spanish. It’s part of the UU’s “Community Celebration with Partners,” which also features music by Emma’s Revolution.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation Phoenix sanctuary is often filled with artwork.

Many of the 5- to 10-minute plays feature themes inspired by the civil rights movement, the United Farm Workers Union (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year), and contemporary social justice and human rights issues.

I spent some time reviewing their five-day agenda this morning, eager to find items with an arts and culture twist. I found several “Music and Justice” sessions and exhibitors specializing in chalice art (the chalice is a shared symbol for UU congregations). Also plenty of choral singing.

A “Dance of Universal Peace” takes place one morning in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix located near the convention center. That baby features dance “using sacred phrases, music and movement from the world’s traditions.” Sounds almost as fun as the dance I watched Kids Kamp children practice in the UU Phoenix sanctuary this week.

Want to know how a child views the world? Have him or her draw a picture.

José Torres-Tama performs “Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evildoers: The Latino Immigrant Experience” Friday afternoon. It’s “a bi-lingual, Latino noir, solo performance chronicling the current rise of hate crimes against Latino immigrants.” A discussion of related themes will follow.

There’s also a screening of Ruth Leitman’s “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding,” which follows “a Polish family separated by deportation and their struggle to be reunited in the United States.” And several immigration-related gatherings to which the public is invited. Folks can click here for details.

— Lynn

Note: The American Humanities Festival comes to Civic Space Park in Phoenix on Nov. 3 — click here to learn more.

Coming up: Helping at-risk youth experience live performance, James E. Garcia talks playwriting and social justice

Heroes of Hope

Folks who hit First Friday in Phoenix tonight can enjoy a “Heroes of Hope” exhibit being held in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 9). “Heroes of Hope” exhibits in Arizona represent a collaboration between the Arizona Art Therapy Association, Art Awakenings and Marana Health — plus participating families and youth. The Phoenix exhibit will be open during May at the Art Awakenings gallery located at 1014 N. 2nd St. Gallery hours are 6-9pm during this month’s First Friday.

Participating youth created works of art “representing heroes in their lives and how they have been helped in times of stress.” May’s First Friday event at the Art Awakenings gallery includes “a multimedia presentation with art imagery and facts about children’s mental health.”

A “Heroes of Hope” art fair taking place May 11 at the Marana Health Center ” will be formatted much like a science fair” and feature art created by K-12 students. Children who attend will be invited to create hand and footprints with paint for a “Wall of Heroes” being sent to service men and women deployed from Davis-Monathan Air Force Base. I’m told the event also features “interactive stations and information.”

Click here to learn more about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day — a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. I’m one taxpayer who’s perfectly happy to support programs that help families living with depression and other devastating mental health disorders.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to explore “Facts for Families” from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Click here to explore explore a piece from The Guardian featuring artwork created by participants in London’s CoolTan Arts programs.

Coming up: Silver linings, Dance meets documentary

Walk on the art side

The Beastro participates in 4th Fridays in Prescott

Families who’ve resolved to get more fit during the New Year have several art walk options that make power walking a bit more playful. Check out these art walks, which couple time to stroll with opportunities to experience local arts and culture.

Downtown Chandler Art Walk. Takes place the third Friday of every month along San Marcos Place and Boston Street. The event features art in various mediums, live music from local talent and a fun family atmosphere. Learn more at www.downtownchandlerartwalk.com.

Artist Alicia Van Noy Call painting during a Prescott 4th Friday event

Downtown Mesa 2nd Friday. Takes place the second Friday of each month from 6-10pm on and around West Downtown Main Street. The event features open galleries, live music and hands-on activities. Learn more at www.2ndfridaynightout.com.

First Friday Artwalk. Takes place from 6-9pm the first Friday of each month in historic downtown Flagstaff. The event features special art exhibitions, performances, live music and treats from local art galleries and businesses. Learn more at www.flagstaffartwalk.com.

First Friday Phoenix Art Walk. Takes place the first Friday of each month from 6-10pm. The event features more than 70 galleries, venues and art-realted spaces — with free event shuttles based at the Phoenix Art Museum. Learn more www.artlinkinc.wordpress.com.

Rowena Tank enjoying a 4th Friday event in Prescott

Gallery Row in Tucson Artwalk. Takes place every Thursday from 5-7pm. The event features open galleries, live music and wine tastings. Learn more at www.tucsongalleryrow.com.

Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walks. Takes place the fourth Friday of each month, with art galleries listing various art walk hours (most start at 5pm and end at 8pm). The event features open art galleries, live music, food and more. Galleries invite visitors to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Prescott Community Cupboard. Learn more at www.artthe4th.com.

Scottsdale ArtWalk. Takes place every Thursday from 7-9pm in the Scottsdale Art District (in and around Old Town). The event features open galleries, live music and more. Special ArtWalks each month have diverse themes (Jan. 2012: A Taste of…; Feb. 2012: Best of …, March 2012: Native Arts…, April 2012: Glass Act…). Learn more at www.scottsdalegalleries.com.

— Lynn

Note: Events details are always subject to change, so please verify before attending. For a comprehensive listing of events for families, check the Raising Arizona Kids Magazine calendar in print or online.

Coming up: Cinderella– with a twist, Wings & things

Photos courtesy of the City of Prescott Office of Tourism

Get reel!

The Tucson Jewish Community Center presents the 2012 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival Jan. 12-21 at the JCC Auditorium in Tucson. Their “Fabulous Faygeleh LGBT Film Series,” featuring three films, takes place Jan. 22. The festival’s opening film, “The Round Up” (“La Rafle”) is being screened at Tucson’s Loft Cinema.

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival presents “Get Reel with Director Bryan Singer” Jan. 14 at the Chandler Center for the Arts — which benefits the Holocaust and Tolerance Museum and Education Center currently being developed by the East Valley Jewish Community Center.

The “Desperado LGBT Film Festival” takes place Jan. 27-29 at the Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts.  A couple of short films and panel discussions are free. Proceeds from ticketed screenings and events support LGBTQA scholarships.

The 2012 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival takes place Feb.12-26 at three Harkins Theatres in the Valley — Scottsdale Camelview, Chandler Crossroads and Peoria Arrowhead. It features 11 films, for diverse audiences, that “offer a wealth of Jewish life, culture, humor and drama.”

The Sedona International Film Festival takes place Feb. 18-26, and will feature more than 145 films. Peter Bogdanovich, the son of immigrants who fled Nazi Germany, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a special ceremony at the Sedona Performing Arts Center — followed by a screening of his “Last Picture Show” and a Q & A session featuring both Bogdanovich and Glenn Scarpelli.

The Prescott Film Festival takes place July 18-22. It’ll feature work by Arizona filmmakers in celebration of the state’s centennial, plus films from the U.S. and abroad. Details about free workshops and ticketed events will be released as festival dates draw near.

Watch for film screenings at local museums (including the Phoenix Art Museum), performing arts venues (including the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts), public libraries and other arts & culture destinations. And don’t forget to film your own kiddos now and then — family film festivals are the most fun by far!

— Lynn

Coming up: A guest blogger shares his “Wicked” ways