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Phoenix, Arizona September 2010 Events

This calendar of events for Phoenix, Arizona and nearby communities in September 2010 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements.

This calendar has been produced to assist with travel arrangements or local activities. It is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since event dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Phoenix, AZ events are made at www.ArizonaGuide.com.

What to do in September in Phoenix


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Arizona’s newest Cooperstown Sports Bar is opening in Mesa, Arizona in September 2010. Original founder, Brian Weymouth is doing it again, opening the new Cooperstown restaurant and bar which will be located inside of AZ Country USA, Arizona’s newest country-themed restaurant and dance hall. The restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Country Club and Southern in Mesa, AZ.

Cooperstown, named after the Baseball Hall of Fame, is described as a $4.5 million, 30,000 square foot restaurant and entertainment complex. Its dance floor also serves as a full size boxing ring. Its video wall has the largest screen in Arizona accompanied by state of the art sound. The new Cooperstown menu will be filled with dishes similar to popular menu items found at the original Alice Cooper’stown in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

AZ Country USA Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 4pm to 2 am. AZ Country USA is located at 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Suite 105 in Mesa, Arizona 85210.

YouTube Video of Arizona Road Trip

A little mini-vacation to NE Arizona, on the Navajo/Hopi reservation. The trip started at the invitation of Navajo people near Chinle, then blossomed from there. Visits included Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Video courtesy of YouTube and Arizona Office of Tourism. Watch more Arizona Travel videos.

Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens that all U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card. Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html


September 2010 Events in Metro Phoenix, AZ


Through September 12, 2010

"Noises Off" pushes farce as far as it can go, following the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe touring in a new, horribly-written sex farce called Nothing On. The curtain opens on the dress rehearsal of the first act the night before it opens and with things not going well. In the second act we hear the first act of Nothing On from backstage as the wheels start to come after a month touring on the road. The third act takes us to the second month of touring.  It is, deliciously so, a hilarious disaster with each act packed with more laughs than the one before it. Phoenix Theatre is a not-for-profit corporation that offers a full range of theatrical programming currently in its 90th season. 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: 602-889-6318. phoenixtheatre.com

Beginning September 4, 2010

Scottsdale: SMoCA Fall Exhibition. Over 100 Artworks Recently Donated to SMoCA’s Permanent Collection And 50 to the Scottsdale Public Art Program. Highlights to be featured in a fall exhibition curated by new SMoCA Director Timothy Rodgers, Ph.D. beginning Sept. 4, 2010. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is honored to announce the generous donation of approximately 100 new works of contemporary art given to the Museum this summer by Santa Fe-based collectors Don and Carolyn Eason. The Scottsdale Public Art Program is also pleased to announce the donation by Eason of another 50 works of contemporary art to the Public Art Collection. Approximately 100 works will be featured this fall beginning September 4th in the exhibition titled Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum, curated by SMoCA’s new Director, Timothy Rodgers, who has worked with Carolyn Eason on numerous art-related projects. The exhibition will be on view through January 23, 2011 with a public fall Opening Celebration on Friday, October 8th from 7 – 9 p.m. Read more about the new SMoCA Fall and Winter Exhibition.

Jump to Japan. Discover culture through Popular Art at the Arizona Museum for Youth. Grandparents Day. Fun for the Whole Family! There'll be lots of art-making, manga, face-painting, and Japanese cultural performances for everyone to take part in and enjoy. It's a day filled with fun, laughter and excitement. Don't miss out... Bring a friend! Ikebana (The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement) | 10:30 to 11:30am by Ping Way - Inside Classroom.  Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201. 480-644-2467.

Phoenix: 6th Annual Phoenix Cooks!

Phoenix Symphony Opens the 2010/11 Season with The Music Man. Michael Christie leads the concerts, marking the first collaboration with Phoenix Theatre. Kicking off not only the 2010/11 APS Pops Series but the complete 2010/11 Season, The Phoenix Symphony will perform a semi-staged extravaganza of the award-winning musical The Music Man. This will be a historic collaboration with Phoenix Theatre and its Artistic Director, Michael Barnard, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership between the Symphony and the renowned Valley theater company. Performances of The Music Man will be held at Symphony Hall on September 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm and September 12 at 2:00 pm. Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie will take the podium for this inaugural performance, leading the “76 Trombones.” Christie has a very special connection to the beloved musical, saying, “Most people don't know that I was involved in musical theater throughout high school and in fact appeared in many productions including the role of the music man himself, Harold Hill. We share the Phoenix Theatre’s desire to bring the great classic musicals to our stage with the brilliance of a large orchestra. This will be the first of three collaborations between our organizations, bringing our great musicians together with the skills and talents of Phoenix Theatre.” Tickets start at $18 and are on sale now via a special priority pre-sale for Phoenix Symphony subscribers until July 4. Single tickets will become available to the general public on August 1. To become a subscriber and to purchase tickets for “The Music Man” call the Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999 or visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.

September 3, 2010

Charlie Murphy’s “Acid Trip” Tour Free for Military. UrbanAZ and Celebrity Theatre present Charlie Murphy’s “Acid Trip” live at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 3rd. Free tickets for all military personnel! Present your military I.D. to Celebrity Theatre’s Box Office and receive two complimentary tickets to the show.  Once known mainly for his role as Eddie Murphy's off-screen brother, Charlie Murphy is quickly emerging as a breakout star on his own. Murphy can be seen in the new movie Lottery Ticket, which just hit theatre's last Friday. His rapid evolution from Chappelle's Show cast member to top-billed international comedian has been remarkable. At the start of his stand-up career, Murphy embarked on the national “I’m Rich Bitch” comedy tour, featuring fellow Chappelle’s Show cast members Bill Burr and Donnell Rawlings. “Charlie Murphy and Friends” and a co-headlining tour with Mike Epps followed. More recently, he co-headlined on the 20-city “Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy Tour” with Joe Rogan and John Heffron. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets ($25 ea., $30 ea. and $200 for a table of four with wait service) are on sale now at Celebrity Theatre or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge. Celebrity Theatre is located at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix. Free parking!

September 5, 2010

Jump to Japan. Discover culture through Popular Art at the Arizona Museum for Youth. Kids Photos | 12 to 5pm by Mark Zemnick - Outside Classroom Studio. Kimono Exhibition | 12 to 5pm by Keiko Conn plus Make up & Kimono Dressing - Outside Classroom Studio. The Art of Iaido Japanese Swordsmanship | 12:30-12:40pm & 2:30-2:40pm by David Overby - Keith Harring ArtZone. Japanese Origami | 12 to 5pm by Museum Staff - Artville. Face Painting & Japanese Calligraphy | 12 to 5pm by Encolor, Fumiko Katsuta, Yuka Ishiko, Eriko Saxon - South Gallery. Saboten Event Info | 12 to 5pm by Greg Fennell - Museum Lobby. A Taste of Japan | 12:30 to 1:30pm by Ku-World, Pacific Seafood Buffet, Arai Pastry - Indoor Classroom. Japanese Storytelling | 1, 2 & 3pm by Holly Parsons - Family Zone. Tokyo Girls / Andrea Berg, Miki Suehiro, Hara & JJ Performers & Production Team. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201. 480-644-2467.

September 10-11, 2010

Phoenix Symphony Opens the 2010/11 Season with The Music ManThe Phoenix Symphony Opens the 2010/11 Season with The Music Man. Michael Christie leads the concerts, marking the first collaboration with Phoenix Theatrem. Kicking off not only the 2010/11 APS Pops Series but the complete 2010/11 Season, The Phoenix Symphony will perform a semi-staged extravaganza of the award-winning musical The Music Man. This will be a historic collaboration with Phoenix Theatre and its Artistic Director, Michael Barnard, marking the beginning of a three-year partnership between the Symphony and the renowned Valley theater company. Performances of The Music Man will be held at Symphony Hall on September 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm and September 12 at 2:00 pm.

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie will take the podium for this inaugural performance, leading the “76 Trombones.” Christie has a very special connection to the beloved musical, saying, “Most people don't know that I was involved in musical theater throughout high school and in fact appeared in many productions including the role of the music man himself, Harold Hill. We share the Phoenix Theatre’s desire to bring the great classic musicals to our stage with the brilliance of a large orchestra. This will be the first of three collaborations between our organizations, bringing our great musicians together with the skills and talents of Phoenix Theatre.”

The award-winning Phoenix Theatre, founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, is one of the longest running arts organizations in the country, celebrating its 90th Mainstage season this fall. Major programs include their Mainstage Season (Broadway offerings), the Cookie Company (professional theatre for youth), as well as their annual New Works Festival, Summer Camps, Master Classes and expanding education programming throughout the state of Arizona. Tickets start at $18 and are on sale now via a special priority pre-sale for Phoenix Symphony subscribers until July 4. Single tickets will become available to the general public on August 1. To become a subscriber and to purchase tickets for “The Music Man” call the Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999 or visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Other highlights of The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Pops Season, sponsored by APS, include “Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes” (October 1 - 3), “Hocus Pocus Pops” (October 29 - 31) and “Home for the Holidays with Bob Moody” (December 3 - 5).

About The Phoenix Symphony: The Phoenix Symphony has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. What began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year (in a city of fewer than 100,000 people) today serves more than 300,000 people annually, with almost 200 concerts and presentations throughout the greater Phoenix area and beyond. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Christie as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director and administrative leadership of President Maryellen H. Gleason, the orchestra is overseen by the non-profit Phoenix Symphony Association under Board Chairman C.A. Howlett. The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony performs for more than 80,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs. www.phoenixsymphony.org

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Little League Baseball & Softball Day! Free. Inside Baseball Series! AMY welcomes Little League Baseball and Softball Players along with their families to a special meet-n-greet opportunity with Robert Brinton, recent President and founding member of the Cactus League, to hear his clever stories and recollections about baseball and its history in Arizona, see his colorful toy collection and more. You'll also have the opportunity to tour and experience the spectacular Play Ball exhibition. Light refreshments will be served. All Little League Baseball and Softball Players will have FREE admission into the museum and are encouraged to come dressed in their uniforms. Family and friends will be admitted during these hours at $1.50 off admission. The meet-n-greet session is complimentary for everyone. Please call before coming as information is subject to change. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson Street. Visit AMY online for more information about the museum or call 480.644.2468.

Jump to Japan. Discover culture through Popular Art at the Arizona Museum for Youth. Origami | 10:30 to 11:30am by Professional Instructor Yoko Vargayes. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201. 480-644-2467.

September 16, 2010

Scottsdale: 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage ArtWalk.

September 17, 2010

Pheonix - Smart Chicks Tour September 17th (young adult authors unite). 7 PM @ Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium, hosted by POISONED PEN Phoenix, AZ. Appearing: Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan & Kimberly Derting. Unprecedented in terms of size, scope and its organization, the highly anticipated Smart Chicks Kick It Tour www.smartchickskickit.com launches an extensive North American tour on September 13th, 2010.  The ambitious twelve-city, two week tour features eighteen of today’s most buzzed writers of paranormal romance – from international bestsellers and award winners to the genre’s hottest newcomers. The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour is author-organized AND author-funded, with the 18 participating authors -- or “Chicks” -- coming from a wide variety of different publishers.  This ground-breaking approach will, for the first time ever, provide fans of the incredibly popular romance, fantasy and science fiction genres the opportunity to meet and talk to some of their favorite authors at one time, even though the authors publish with different houses.  Featuring six to nine Chicks at every venue, the author line up in every city will be different so no two events will be exactly the same. www.smartchickskickit.com

September 22-26, 2010

Phoenix: Ballet Arizona’s milestone 25th Anniversary Season. The 13th annual Ballet Under the Stars, a community outreach series at parks throughout the Valley. FREE and open to the public. Ballet Arizona, (602) 343-6517. Website: www.balletaz.org.

The Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center new upcoming 2010-2011 season welcomes back veterans from Jazz in AZ, Rhythms of Life-Chamber Music Plus, the Carolyn Eynon Singers, Arizona Classic Jazz Society, and new additions from Kerry Records, traditional and contemporary Irish performances, as well as the AZ Presents series featuring a theater piece titled A Conversation with Edith Head with actress Susan Claassen, Leo Kottke, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and The Persuasions. Read more about the 2011 season events at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center.

September 23-26, 2010

Tempe: Tequila Don Ramon Southwest Open Squash Tournament Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) featuring a 16 player draw, also a Men’s amateur event and women’s 3 a side team tournament, both global pro women & amateurs from across the nation and overseas, free to watch, Thurs from 6pm-9pm Fri-Sun 9am-9pm, 602-625-9905 or 602-694-0468 or www.southwestopensquash.info.

September 29 – October 17, 2010

3 REDNECK TENORS – BROADWAY BOUND. The boys have finally made it to the Great White Way – trailer and all – smack dab right in the middle of Times Square. Although the Colonel and the boys have finally found the perfect venue, they're now on a quest to find the perfect show! Join our 3 singing cousins as they stampede their way through Broadway's greatest hits! Phoenix Theatre is a not-for-profit corporation that offers a full range of theatrical programming currently in its 90th season. 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: 602-889-6318. phoenixtheatre.com

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