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Big acts help Chandler Center mark 30 years
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Big acts help Chandler Center mark 30 years

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Staff Writer Chandler Center for the Arts general manager Michelle Mac Lennan is living out her dreams with the venue’s 30th anniversary season. It kicks off with Melissa Etheridge on July 13, and...
Like dance? Lots of it this month in Chandler
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Like dance? Lots of it this month in Chandler

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor This month is a great time to catch young dancers spinning, leaping and bringing life to the stage at Chandler Center for the Arts. Several Chandler and other local dance studios with students as...
Longtime singer to head Chandler Children’s Choir
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Longtime singer to head Chandler Children’s Choir

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor A Wisconsin native and former high school choral director who toured the Baltics as a teenager is eager to help young singers when she takes the reins as the new director of Chandler Children’s...
Desert vegetation colors new Chandler gallery exhibit
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Desert vegetation colors new Chandler gallery exhibit

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor Two Chandler residents are among the many artists sharing their creative pieces celebrating cacti and other native vegetation in Arizona at a multimedia exhibit. Janet Keller and Steven Velazquez...
The Bonedaddys returning to Valley after hiatus
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The Bonedaddys returning to Valley after hiatus

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF They’re a band of brilliant misfits. L.A.’s original “Worldbeatniks,” The Bonedaddys, take a wide stance stylistically, claiming musical influences from Charles Ives to Burl Ives – and much...
Teen jazz quartet hitting all the high notes
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Teen jazz quartet hitting all the high notes

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor A group of four teens who came together to play for 20 minutes at a Chandler Preparatory Academy awards assembly has become a jazz quartet, earning income at multiple gigs around the Valley. The...
Audience has role in Children’s Choir concert
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Audience has role in Children’s Choir concert

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor The audience will get in the driver’s seat at an unusual concert where children will sing different genres. The Chandler Children’s Choir will perform the “Choose Your Own Concert...
Payne Junior High students perform ‘Shrek JR’
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Payne Junior High students perform ‘Shrek JR’

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor Students at Payne Junior High School are bringing their imagination and humor to the stage in the beloved tale of an ogre and his fairytale misfit friends in “Shrek The Musical JR.” The cast...
Guns are focus of provocative gallery exhibit
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Guns are focus of provocative gallery exhibit

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By COLLEEN SPARKS, Managing Editor Distinctive works of two artists that relate to guns will likely generate questions and conversations on a timely topic at Vision Gallery. The photographs of Kari Wehrs of Tempe and the...
Chandler thespians diving into beloved ‘Mermaid’
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Chandler thespians diving into beloved ‘Mermaid’

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By COLLEEN SPARKS, Managing Editor Many Chandler and Gilbert children and teens are hoping to make a splash when they dive into the popular musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” at Limelight Performing Arts. A cast of 44...