Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts May-June Events

By Admin

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts May-June Events

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts May-June Events

Highlights include AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer, Detour Company Theatre, blues legends Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and violinist Jean Luc Ponty


7th Annual Arts Education Showcase

Imagining the Future: A Celebration of Teachers and Students

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Free Admission

The annual Arts Education Showcase shines the spotlight on the accomplishments and creativity of students in Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach programs. Highlights will include live performances throughout the evening of spoken word, dance, jazz and theater; hands-on activities; the inspiring Detour Company Theatre performing songs from their upcoming show, The Addams Family: A New Musical; and an opening reception in the Young@Art Gallery featuring the latest exhibition by students in SMoCA’s innovative Visions program.

Please join us for this art-filled celebration of inspiring teachers and visionary students.

Talk Cinema

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

General Admission: $17

Mixing Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing in advance what will be screened and are among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests – destined to start conversations before the films ever come out!

Films are personally selected by Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson, the nationally recognized film critic whose signature guarantees quality selections from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. The selection may be an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit. (Last season, four of the eight films screened as part of Talk Cinema Scottsdale were nominated for Academy Awards!)

AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 2–4:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium

Tickets (On Sale April 1): $40 ($35 for Members)

AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover new wines with friends in a fun, entertaining setting while supporting the arts. The annual celebration features tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines of value, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, who will be available to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings. Tastings will be complemented with gourmet specialties from AJ’s, including artisan breads and cheeses, shrimp cocktail, sushi, delectable sweets and more. Guests will enjoy live music and a silent auction offering wines and other items from AJ’s and its partners.

Proceeds benefit the programs and arts education initiatives of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. Presenting Sponsor: AJ’s Fine Foods

Detour Company Theatre

The Addams Family: A New Musical

June 2–4, 2017

Friday, June 2, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 3 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Free Admission (Donations Welcome; Limited Seating; First-Come, First-Served)

Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Detour Company Theatre provides quality and authentic arts education and performance opportunities for adults with developmental and other challenges – including deafness, blindness and autism – through the magic and miracle of theater.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. All performances are audio described and ASL interpreted.

Credits: book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa; based on characters created by Charles Addams; originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Tickets: $47, $85, $105

Taj Mahal has been recording and performing his unmistakable blend of blues and world music for more than 50 years, winning multiple Grammys and collaborating with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more along the way. Keb’ Mo’, who has often cited Taj as one of his musical heroes, is a three-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with everyone from Raitt to Jackson Browne and Buddy Guy.

These two blues legends share the stage for this once-in-a-lifetime night of music as part of their national tour in support of their first album as a duo. Titled TajMo (Concord, May 5 release), the release is a historic collaboration between two generations of blues giants, converging their singular talents for the first time ever on an album of original songs and covers.

Jean Luc Ponty: The Atlantic Years

Friday, June 9, 2017, 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Tickets: $35, $55, $75

Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Classically trained at the Paris Conservatory, Ponty turned to jazz in the 1960s. Thanks to his revolutionary style he collaborated with some of the best European and American musicians, and his pioneering work on the electric violin in the 1970s attracted the attention of pop and rock musicians. In 1975 Ponty founded his own band and became one of the most prominent figures of the jazz-fusion movement in the United States, selling millions of albums that all reached the top of the U.S. charts. Ponty’s most recent album, The Atacama Experience, is considered one of his best, and to this day Ponty keeps touring with his band around the world.

The Jean Luc Ponty Band features Ponty on violin, Wally Minko on keyboards, Jamie Glaser on guitar, Rayford Griffin on drums and Baron Browne on bass. Presented in partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents

Scottsdale Arts

Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 400,000 participants annually.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of voices and perspectives, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of dance, music, theater, comedy and film from around the world.

Location and Parking

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.

Ticket Discounts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for members at the Duet level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible students, teachers and active-duty military and veterans, and 50-percent off tickets to selected events for patrons 29 and under. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The Store

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax-free, and members receive a 10-percent discount. Gift-wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)