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All About Art! - Free Cultural and Performing Arts Events
For more information about any of these free performances, call 623-930-3557 or email mvahabzadeh@glendaleaz.com.
Calendar of Events

December 2018

Free Holiday Community Performance: Ironwood High School Band
(E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre (5850 W. Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, December 1, 6-9 p.m.

This performance is funded by the City of Glendale's FY 18-19 Performing Arts Partnership Program.


12 Days of Christmas12 Days of Christmas
Brelby Theatre Company (7154 N. 58th Dr.)
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1, 7-8, 14-15, & 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2 p.m.

Robert and Renee have been together for ages, 12 years to be precise… but something is keeping him from taking the next step. When Thanksgiving passes by and he still hasn’t popped the question, Renee takes her best friend Ori’s advice and calls it quits. Determined to win her back by Christmas, Robert has 12 days to prove to Renee that their relationship is worth saving. Click here to register for free tickets. This production of 12 Days of Christmas, written by Brian & Shelby Maticic, is funded by the City of Glendale's 2018-19 Performing Arts Partnership Program.


A Charlie Brown ChristmasArizona Broadway Theatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Wednesday, December 12, 4-5 p.m.

Actors, costumes and props . . . oh my! Award-winning theater troupe Arizona Broadway Theatre for Young Audiences is bringing its show to the library. From the charming opening melodies of “Christmas Time Is Here” to Linus' timeless reminder of what the season is all about, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the magic of live performance! This program is geared for school-aged children, but younger kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult. This free performance is funded by the City of Glendale's 2018-19 Performing Arts Partnership Program.


February 2019

Richard BookerArtist Talk Celebrating Black History: Richard Booker
Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, February 7, 6-7:30 p.m.

Artist Richard Booker will share how his art allowed him to survive and "live his dream" during the Jim Crow Era in the South. Mr. Booker creates fine art that communicates mood, insight, viewpoint and visual impressions. This program is funded by the City of Glendale Public Art Program and is a part of West Valley Arts' fourth annual Vison & Sound: An African American Experience, a series of art exhibits, artist presentations, and events. To learn more, download the flyer or visit Facebook.


Bob MartinArtist Talk Celebrating Black History: Bob Martin
Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, February 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Mr. Martin will discuss his “life in color” – expanding on how his work is a reflection of his family, culture and the way he grew up in New York City. He creates intense and colorful portraits with oil and acrylic. This program is funded by the City of Glendale Public Art Program and is a part of West Valley Arts' Vison & Sound: An African American Experience, a series of art exhibits, artist presentations, and events. To learn more, download the flyer or visit Facebook.

 
Past Events
 

November 2018

12 Days of Christmas
Brelby Theatre Company (7154 N. 58th Dr.)
Fridays and Saturdays, November 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15, & 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2 p.m.

Robert and Renee have been together for ages, 12 years to be precise… but something is keeping him from taking the next step. When Thanksgiving passes by and he still hasn’t popped the question, Renee takes her best friend Ori’s advice and calls it quits. Determined to win her back by Christmas, Robert has 12 days to prove to Renee that their relationship is worth saving. Click here to register for free tickets. This production of 12 Days of Christmas, written by Brian & Shelby Maticic, is funded by the City of Glendale's 2018-19 Performing Arts Partnership Program.


October 2018

Live @ the Library: Solomon Steel Band
Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, October 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Phil Solomon and Friends is a professional steelpan ensemble from Pittsburgh, PA. A native of Guyana, Phil Solomon started his career in steelpan manufacturing and innovation over fifty years ago and has created a standard process of steelpan manufacturing that produces musical instruments with the highest-quality sound. His ensemble will perform a wide variety of music to show the art, diversity and versatility of the modern-day steelpan. This free performance is funded by a City of Glendale Performing Arts Partnership Program grant.

September 2018

Live @ the Library: Mill Ave Chamber Players
Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, September 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music from the third album by the Mill Ave Chamber Players, Impressions, recorded in celebration of the ensemble's tenth anniversary. This concert will feature new music for woodwind quintet by Thomas Breadon, Jr. and Robert V. Springer (both Arizona composers), as well as the music of Jessica Meyer, John Steinmetz and Kerry Turner. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the composers and learn about their composition process. This free performance is funded by a City of Glendale Performing Arts Partnership Program grant.


June 2018

Guitar Workshops for Tweens (a series of six classes)
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Monday, June 4, 11, 18, July 2, 9, 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This series of classes will allow students the opportunity to learn more about the basics of guitar playing. They will learn warm-up techniques, finger-strengthening exercises, tuning, proper hand positions, posture, note reading, fingerpicking, simplified chords, and how to play simple songs step-by-step by the end of the sessions. Presented with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Audio Production Workshops for Teens (a series of six classes)
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Monday, June 4, 11, 18 & July 2, 9, 16, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
If you are interested in learning about how songwriters write music, and how to write music yourself using music technology, this is the program for you! Come and learn how to use software like Garage Band and other cloud-based learning tools, plus Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and audio production basics. Find out how to use those skills to write your own song using loops or original tracks. Presented with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents: Alice in Wonderland
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Wednesday, June 27, 4-5 p.m.
The talented cast of ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences brings this classic story to life onstage for all ages to enjoy. This free performance is funded by the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

May 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents: Jack and the Beanstalk
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Wednesday, May 2, 4-5 p.m.
The talented cast of ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences brings this classic story to life onstage for all ages to enjoy. This free performance is funded by the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

World Music Family Class
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Thursday, May 3, 6-7 p.m.

This workshop for students and families, offered by Ken Koshio, focuses on the basics of playing Taiko under the theme of "finding your own rhythm." Since ancient times, Taiko rhythms set the heartbeat in motion, expressing the melodies and pulse of Mother Earth.

Level Up! Music from Video Games and Movies
Drawn to Comics (5801 W. Glendale Ave.) & Velma Teague Branch Library (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Saturday, May 5, 12-4 p.m.
In celebration of Free Comic Book Day, hosted by Drawn to Comics, Driftwood Quintet teams up with video game jazz band Dratini on the Rocks and Nintendocore rock band Minibosses to provide an afternoon music line-up featuring the popular music from video games, movies and other pop culture. The final performance of the day will see the Driftwood Quintet and Dratini on the Rocks combine to perform two pieces as a 10-piece band. This free performance is part of the 2018 Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency, funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Storytime with the Driftwood Quintet
Velma Teague Branch Library (7010 N. 58th Ave.) Meeting Room
Monday, May 7, 6-7 p.m.
Enjoy a children’s concert featuring children’s stories, such as Where the Wild Things Are and Aesop’s Fables, and classical music. This free program is part of the 2018 Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency, funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Orchestral Masterworks IV
Glendale Civic Center Annex, Room Diamond B
Friday, May 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Orchestral Masterworks Series seeks to bring the awe and wonder of orchestral music into the more intimate setting of chamber music. This series not only allows audience members who would not otherwise go to a symphony hall concert to be exposed to orchestral music, but also allows those familiar with orchestral music to experience it in a different light. This fourth installment of the series will showcase Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, works by minority composers such as African American composers Scott Joplin and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, along with a special performance of William Grant Still’s Mother and Child featuring violin soloist Patricia Cole. This free performance is part of the 2018 Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency, funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Creative Centerline Concert Series
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.
World-renowned artist Ken Koshio, along with KenZoo and Koshio Gumi, will showcase their rich repertoire in an upbeat, high-energy Taiko concert with creative staging that shares the rich heritage and culture of the Japanese Taiko tradition. This free Saturday afternoon performance is part of a concert series presented by the nationally recognized Phoenix Conservatory of Music with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Student Original Music Open Mic
Desert Rose Steakhouse (6729 N. 57th Dr.)
Sunday, May 20, 3:30-5 p.m.
Join the Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep Program and Barnett Productions at this unique local venue where family and music are celebrated. Enjoy the music and energy from student songwriters who have been honing their craft all year!

Guitar Workshops for Tweens (a series of six classes)
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Tuesday, May 29, June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 10, 1-2 p.m.

This series of classes will allow students the opportunity to learn more about the basics of guitar playing. They will learn warm-up techniques, finger-strengthening exercises, tuning, proper hand positions, posture, note reading, fingerpicking, simplified chords, and how to play simple songs step-by-step by the end of the sessions. Presented with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

April 2018

World Music Family Class
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Thursday, April 5, 6-7 p.m.

AJ Odneal will expose families to the art of songwriting through fun, interactive exercises that dive into our creativity and expression.

Childsplay Presents: Maddi’s Fridge
A Free Public Performance for All Ages

Brelby Theatre (7154 N 58th Dr.)
Saturday, April 21, 4 p.m.
In a partnership with Brelby Theatre, Childsplay will provide a free public performance of Maddi’s Fridge, by Anne Negri. Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this play explores the very real issue of food insecurity (an issue affecting nearly 1 in 3 children in Arizona) through a funny and sincere play about two best friends. This free performance is funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Creative Centerline Concert Series
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m.
Enjoy the pure enchantment of indie folk singer/songwriter AJ Odneal's beautiful voice, accompanied by guitar and ukulele. This free Saturday afternoon performance is part of a concert series presented by the nationally recognized Phoenix Conservatory of Music with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

March 2018

World Music Family Class
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Thursday, March 1, 6-7 p.m.

Sankofa-Island Magic founder and artist, Keith Johnson, exposes students and families to the traditional folklore of West Africa. He brings knowledge and artistry to share, interpret, and experience culture through music, art, storytelling and social studies.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Contest
Desert Rose Steakhouse (6729 N. 57th Dr.)
Sunday, March 4, 3:30-5 p.m.

Join the Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep Program and Barnett Productions at this unique local venue where family and music are celebrated. Enjoy singer-songwriters from students to adults in this fantastic showcase!

Audio Production Workshops for Teens (a series of six classes)
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Monday, March 5, 12, 19 & April 2, 9, 16, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
If you are interested in learning about how songwriters write music, and how to write music yourself using music technology, this is the program for you! Come and learn how to use software like Garage Band and other cloud-based learning tools, plus Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and audio production basics. Find out how to use those skills to write your own song using loops or original tracks.

Creative Centerline Concert Series
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m.
Sankofa-Island Magic founder and artist, Keith Johnson, presents a Caribbean and West African music concert. Audiences engage with the high-energy, upbeat rhythmic dancing at Keith’s drumming performances. Island Magic’s Steel Pan performance takes audiences to a tropical island with a Caribbean vibe! This free Saturday afternoon performance is part of a concert series presented by the nationally recognized Phoenix Conservatory of Music with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

February 2018

World Music Family Class
Velma Teague Library Meeting Room (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Thursday, February 1, 6-7 p.m.

Tom Mein, an integral part of the Valley's hottest rockabilly and rock & roll scene, will teach families the magic of making music with a genre-specific groove covering early rock and rockabilly through music, dance and song!

The 2018 Glendale Plein Air Painting
Competition and Event

Promenade on Palmaire – at the Chocolate Affaire
Saturday, February 10, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Artists are invited to paint outdoor scenes throughout Glendale, including the historic downtown area, which will be filled with all kinds of chocolate, people and entertainment on Saturday, February 10, during the Plein Air Painting Competition held at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Artists must be at least 18 years old to participate, bring their own materials and easels and register with competition officials prior to any work being done. Registration is free and will take place the day of the event between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Promenade on Palmaire. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. Winning artists will receive Purchase Awards and the paintings will become part of the City’s permanent art collection. This event is presented by the Glendale Public Art Program.

Update: Click here to see the winners!

Visions of African American Art:
Kris Rhymes - An Artist Talk

Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, February 15, 6 p.m.
Local artist Kris Rhymes will speak about his creative process painting with chocolate syrup and the composition of his mixed media pieces using album covers to express his love of music and people. He will be demonstrating the process and sharing several of his pieces. This artist talk is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program in association with the Vision & Sound Exhibit, featuring artwork by Mr. Rhymes and six other African American artists, at the Arts HQ Gallery located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, in Surprise. This art exhibit in celebration of Black History Month will be open to the public from February 1 to March 15, 2018. Click here for complete information about the exhibit opening, artist talks and other exciting events.

Creative Centerline Concert Series
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m.
Tom Mein, an integral part of the Valley’s hottest rockabilly and rock & roll scene, will give audiences a swinging good time with a family-friendly, energetic rock/jazz/funk concert. This free Saturday afternoon performance is part of a concert series presented by the nationally recognized Phoenix Conservatory of Music with funding from the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Corn Husk Dolls and Folk Art Hearts at the Folk & Heritage Festival
Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area (9802 N. 59th Ave.)
Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Artist and educator Christy Puetz will be on hand to interact and engage with festival attendees of all ages as they take an art break to create some fun pieces to take home. Crafts will include Corn Husk Dolls and Folk Art Hearts. This free activity is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program, a division of the Community Services Dept.


January 2018

Transfix: Halcyon
A roaming "atmospheric" performance
Presented during Glendale Glitter & Glow
Saturday, January 6, 6-9 p.m.

Transfix is an ongoing interactive, silent performance that transforms urban architecture into a poetic theatrical landscape. Performers break out of the traditional theatre arena into a public space where the audience becomes part of the performance, coming and going as they please. Weaving in and around urban architectural spaces and spectators, we transform the street into a stage, revealing the poetry and beauty of the mundane. Transfix is a collaborative, interactive urban intervention where the passerby, not expecting to see a performance, stops in their tracks, transfixed.

This performance is created and performed by Vessel, a theatre company under the artistic direction of Dr. Rachel Bowditch, head of the MFA in Performance at the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. The project is funded by the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

Photo credit: Transfix by Vessel. Created by Rachel Bowditch. Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ. Photo by Bruce Bowditch, 2007.


Glendale Arts Council's 55th Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition
Fruit Packing Shed at Historic Sahuaro Ranch (9802 N. 59th Ave.)
January 6-7 (all paintings entered) & January 10-28 (juried paintings only), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

This annual exhibit is free to the public. All exhibited art is available for sale. The Artists' Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, call 602-237-4701.

Jazz Combo Performance
Desert Rose Steakhouse (6729 N. 57th Dr.)
Tuesday, January 30, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join the Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep Program and Barnett Productions at this unique local venue where family and music are celebrated. Enjoy a night of good jazz played by great student musicians in a family-friendly atmosphere!

December 2017

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a holiday production by the Spotlight Youth Theatre. Based on the best-selling book, this comedy is an American classic and one of the best holiday stories ever written. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Suitable for all ages. This production is funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

November 2017

ProMusica Arizona: "Women in Song" Free Community Concert
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.

Women in Song, a vocal ensemble of ProMusica Arizona, performs an enjoyable mix of Broadway, jazz, holiday, sacred, and secular music under the direction of Patti Graetz. Many of the singers in this talented group have music degrees and professional singing experience. This free concert is funded through the City of Glendale's Performing Arts Partnership Program.

Brelby Theatre Company Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Murphy Park E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Friday, November 3-Sunday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
& Friday, November 10-Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Mischief meets merriment in this fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy, directed by Jessica Holt. In just one night, four magical stories are cleverly woven together: the marriage of the Athenian duke to the Amazon queen; the battle of the king and queen of the fairies; the follies of four lovers in a forest; and the hilarious antics of amateur actors staging a play. Enter a vibrant world where fairies fly overhead, a donkey bursts into song, and love potion makes your perspective turn on a dime. Free to the public, this production is funded by the City of Glendale through the Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative. Reserve your seat in advance at Brelby.com.


September 2017

ProMusica Arizona: "Women in Song" Free Community Concert
Glendale Adult Center (5970 W. Brown St.)
Tuesday, September 26, 1 p.m.
Women in Song, a vocal ensemble of ProMusica Arizona, performs an enjoyable mix of Broadway, jazz, holiday, sacred, and secular music under the direction of Patti Graetz. Many of the singers in this talented group have music degrees and professional singing experience. This free concert is funded through the City of Glendale's Performing Arts Partnership Program.

July 2017

Open Session: Creative Cultural Arts Workshop with Art Instructor Christy Puetz
R.O.O.T.S. After School Program at O’Neil Recreation Center (O'Neil Park, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.)
Monday, July 3, 2-4 p.m.
This is a fun day for youth and teens to make jewelry and learn about cultural arts. All student supplies will be provided. This FREE program is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

FREE Summer Art Camp: Creative Cultural Arts with Art Instructor Christy Puetz
R.O.O.T.S. After School Program at O’Neil Recreation Center (O'Neil Park, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.)
Monday-Thursday, July 10-13, 1-4 p.m.
Each participant will have the opportunity to experience painting, drawing, sculpture making, jewelry design and mixed media based on cultural art pieces or themes from around the world. The last day of the camp will include an exhibit of students’ works. All student supplies will be provided. This FREE art camp is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Please click here to register.

Kawambe Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre

  • Kawambe Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre  - Youth & Teen Workshops
    R.O.O.T.S. After School Program at O’Neil Recreation Center (O'Neil Park, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.)
    Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, 2-3 p.m.
    Students will learn drumming rhythms and the associated dance steps for traditional ceremonies. They will also learn the purpose for the dances and the associated folklore. The specific drum and dance rhythms will be selected after an official head count is provided. Additionally, the children will make jewelry to wear and to decorate their drums. Students will have a chance to adapt the folklore they have learned to demonstrate their own storytelling. This project is funded by the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Please click here to register.

  • Kawambe Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre - Free Community Performance
    R.O.O.T.S. After School Program at O’Neil Recreation Center
    (O'Neil Park, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.)

    Friday, July 21, 6-7 p.m.
    Four days of drumming and storytelling workshops with R.O.O.T.S Center youth will culminate into a public performance at the O’Neil Recreation Center. This free performance is part of a youth project funded by the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

  • Kawambe Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre - Free Library Performance
    Foothills Library Roadrunner Room (19055 N. 57th Ave.)
    Monday, July 24, 2-3 p.m.

    Join us for an entertaining and educational performance by this captivating performing arts company, offering a glimpse of West African culture through drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling. This performance is geared toward youth and families. Funded by the City of Glendale through the annual Performing Arts Partnership Program.

June 2017

Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, June 15, 2-3 p.m.

and
Velma Teague Branch Library (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
Wednesday, June 28, 2-3 p.m.
Join us for an entertaining and educational performance by this captivating performing arts company, offering a glimpse of West African culture through drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling. This performance is geared toward youth and families. Funded by the City of Glendale through the annual Performing Arts Partnership Program.


FREE Summer Art Camp: Creative Cultural Arts with Art Instructor Christy Puetz
R.O.O.T.S. After School Program at O’Neil Recreation Center (O'Neil Park, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.)
Monday-Thursday, June 19-22 & 26-29, 1-4 p.m.
Each participant will have the opportunity to experience painting, drawing, sculpture making, jewelry design and mixed media based on cultural art pieces or themes from around the world. The last day of the camp will include an exhibit of students’ works. All student supplies will be provided. This FREE art camp is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Please click here to register.

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents: Junie B. Jones
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, June 29, 2-3 p.m.
Presented by ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences. Sneak a peek into the “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones! This stage adaptation is sure to awaken a young person’s desire to read about sassy little diva Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade. This free public performance is funded by the City of Glendale through its Annual Performing Arts Partnership Program.

May 2017

Ironwood Band Foundation Presents – Spring into Jazz
Murphy Park Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.

Join us for the Spring into Jazz musical event by the Ironwood High School Jazz Bands and Ensemble. This performance is funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program. Admission is FREE!

Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency
The Driftwood Quintet will partner with three culturally significant venues in Downtown Glendale to bring free live chamber music performances to the local community. This project is funded by the City of Glendale through its Centerline District Arts & Cultural Initiative.

  • Event 1: Video Game Concert with Special Guest Dratini on the Rocks
    Location: Hosted by Drawn to Comics @ American Legion Bingo Hall (6821 N. 58th Ave.)
    Date: Saturday, May 6, 12-2 p.m.

    In partnership with local comic book store Drawn to Comics, Driftwood Quintet is presenting a concert of music from popular video games, movies and anime. Joining them onstage will be video game jazz band Dratini on the Rocks.

  • Event 2: Carnival of the Animals: A Children’s Concert Featuring Poems by Ogden Nash
    Location: Velma Teague Branch Library (7010 N. 58th Ave.)
    Date: Thursday, May, 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    This interactive and energetic concert utilizes Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals and the companion poetry by Ogden Nash to help kids learn about the different instruments of a reed quintet and how their different sounds are utilized. Following Carnival of the Animals, there will be a performance of Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice as made famous by the Disney film Fantasia.

  • Event 3: Orchestral Masterworks III
    Location: Brelby Theatre Company (7154 N. 58th Dr.)
    Date: Sunday, May 21 • Doors Open: 6 p.m.; Concert: 6:30-8 p.m.

    Driftwood Quintet brings in its third annual Orchestral Masterworks concert with more original arrangements of history’s greatest orchestral works. Pieces performed will include Mvmt. 1 from Mahler’s 1st Symphony The Titan, Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, and November by film composer Max Richter, featuring violin soloist Clarice Collins. 

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents: Cinderella, Cinderella
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Wednesday, May 17, 4-5 p.m.
Presented by ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences, this unique and hilarious adaptation has a new twist! In a 1342 English village, Cinderella, a plain-looking girl with big feet, has to compete with her two mean-spirited but stunningly gorgeous stepsisters for the hand of the kind and sincere prince. With the help of her faithful feline companion and a lovable but vision-impaired Fairy Godmother, Cinderella finally learns that magic isn’t the answer to her problems – courage, kindness, and self-confidence trump superficial beauty and expensive wardrobes. This free public performance is funded by the City of Glendale through its Annual Performing Arts Partnership Program.

Glendale Pipes and Drums - Scottish Heritage Through Music and Costume
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, May 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for an informative musical demonstration of Scottish bagpipe music. The musical program will include a discussion of the history of pipes and drums and the costumes the musicians wear. This performance is funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program. Admission is FREE!

April 2017

Brelby Theatre Company Presents: Where Our Stuff Goes
Brelby Theatre (7154 N 58th Dr.)
Saturday, April 1, 8 & 22; Sunday, April 2 & 9; Friday April 21, 5 p.m.

Follow the adventures of nine-year old Alexander and the creature, Hoardace, as Alexander explores the underground hoarding world in search of his beloved father’s missing sneakers. This Brelby for Young Audiences production is written by Ashley Laverty, directed by Shelby Maticic, and funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program. Admission is FREE!

Live at the Library – Pangean Orchestra
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, April 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Members of the Pangean Orchestra make their debut at the Live at the Library series, bringing world music to Glendale. This orchestra is different from any other orchestra in the world; it combines musicians from around the world who perform on their native instruments to create a new musical style that is unique to each performance. This performance is funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program. Admission is FREE!

Phoenix Conservatory of Music – After School Arts
Murphy Park Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join Phoenix Conservatory of Music and the Glendale Elementary School District in a celebration of After School Arts. The students and PCM’s College Preparatory Program Ensembles will perform for audiences. This event is funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program. Admission is FREE!

February 2017

The Cat in the Hat
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Thursday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents this classic Dr. Seuss story as part of ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences! This free performance for the entire family is funded through the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

The 2017 Glendale Plein Air Painting Competition and Event
Promenade on Palmaire – at the Chocolate Affaire
Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Artists are invited to paint outdoor scenes throughout Glendale, including the historic downtown area, which will be filled with all kinds of chocolate, people and entertainment on Saturday, February 4, during the Plein Air Painting Competition held at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Artists must be at least 18 years old to participate, bring their own materials and easels and register with competition officials prior to any work being done. Registration is free and will take place the day of the event between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Promenade on Palmaire. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. Winning artists will receive Purchase Awards and the paintings will become part of the City’s permanent art collection. This event is presented by the Glendale Public Art Program.

Mad Hatter Chocolate and Tea Party – An Interactive Performance
Downtown Glendale – at the Chocolate Affaire
Saturday, February 4, 5-9 p.m.
Jeffrey Ferns and his artistic team will create an interactive Mad Hatter meets Willie Wonka Tea Party inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Willie Wonka! The performance is inclusive of a 12x4 elaborately decorated tea table/stage that seats 30 and doubles as an improv stage. Elements of this project will include improv, acting, circus, and musical performances, as well as an aerialist over the table to pour tea into the performers’ mouths and feed them chocolate crumpets. As guests walk by, they will be encouraged to sit down to have tea with these mad characters for 1-3 minutes, being immersed in a hilarious, fun and beautiful setting of live theatre, where everyone is part of the show. The project is presented by the Glendale Public Art Program.

January 2017

Glendale Arts Council Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit
Presented by the Glendale Arts Council, held in the Fruit Packing Shed of Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Preview Party: Fri., Jan. 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Tickets are $25 at the door, which includes music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Arts Exhibit: Jan. 7-8, 11-28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Jan. 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing, and available for sale.

Glendale Pipes and Drums - Scottish Heritage through Music and Costume
Foothills Library Roadrunner Room (19055 N. 57th Ave.)
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.

An informative musical demonstration of Scottish Bagpipe Music. This program will include a discussion of the history of the pipes and drums and the costume the musicians wear. This Program is funded through the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

December 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents this holiday classic complete with your favorite Peanuts characters, ice skating parties, childhood friendships, Snoopy’s timeless animal impressions and that delightful jazz score by Vince Guaraldi. From the charming opening melodies of “Christmas Time is Here” to Linus’ timeless reminder of what the season is all about, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the perfect holiday show for children of all ages! This free performance is funded through the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

November 2016

Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth
Murphy Park Amphitheatre (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Friday, Nov. 4 & Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m.

The Brelby Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth, an epic tale of desire, betrayal and the struggle for power. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. This free performance is funded through the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.
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Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Glendale Main Library Auditorium (5959 W. Brown St.)
Friday, Nov. 11, 9-10 a.m.

Please join us for this annual ceremony presented by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. The event will feature keynote speaker, Chief Master Sergeant John Sawyer of the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base.

Glendale Pipes and Drums Performance
Murphy Park Amphitheater (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
Saturday, Nov. 12,
2-3 p.m.
Please join us as the band performs music from Scotland and Ireland. The band will also play a musical tribute to the US Armed Forces in honor of Veterans Day. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. This free performance is funded through the City of Glendale’s Performing Arts Partnership Program.

 
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