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Mesa Arts Center (MAC)


address  One E. Main St.
 Mesa, AZ  85211
phone (480) 644-6500
hours Tue-Fri noon to 8pm; Sat noon to 5pm
www.mesaartscenter.com/

Upcoming Events

National Geographic Live! Kakani Katija: Designed by Nature

Talks/Lectures
Ikeda Theater.
Bioengineer and research diver Kakani Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean—one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—and shares how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design, like energy efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics. Now, she studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact.
Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Supported by Wells Fargo.
Price: $30-$44
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/national-geographic-live-designed-by-nature
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 • Wed 2/19/20 at 7:30pm 

Simply Three

Cover/Tribute Band/Performer
Ikeda Theater.
The electrifying trio has been captivating audiences with high-octane performances since 2010. A classical crossover, they perform a range of genres that span Adele, Gershwin, Ed Sheeran and more. With every-growing online popularity, they are creating renewed excitement for instrumental music through inventive music videos that have captured the hearts of millions on YouTube.
Price: $30-$38
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/simply-three
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 • Fri 2/21/20 at 8pm 

Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic

Country, Americana/Roots
Ikeda Theater.
Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy® award-winning country artist Travis Tritt in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are in the spotlight. Hear personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences and enjoy hits such as “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.”
Presented in partnership with Chandler Center for the Arts.
Price: $36-$66
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/travis-tritt
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 • Sun 2/23/20 at 7pm 

The Doo Wop Project

Cover/Tribute Band/Performer, Pop
Ikeda Theater.
The Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies to the biggest hits on the radio today. DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.
Price: $35-$45
Event Website: https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/the-doo-wop-project
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 • Thu 2/27/20 at 7:30pm 

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

Signing/Readings, Classical
Ikeda Theater.
Accompanied by Rohan De Silva, Piano,
75th Birthday Celebration.
Pre-Show Dinner Available.
Join us for a special 75th Birthday Celebration of Perlman, whose career has become legendary since making his world-premiere on the Ed Sullivan show over 60 years ago. The evening will be a multi-media experience with Perlman sharing stories of his life, family and career.
Price: $55-$110
Event Website: https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/an-evening-with-itzhak-perlman
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 • Sat 2/29/20 at 8pm 

Diaspora Showcase AFRICA

Fashion Show/Bridal, Ethnic, Food/Tasting, Community Event, Social Event, World
Diaspora Showcase Africa, "Strings and Style", presents the unique collections of Africa's high fashion, featuring award-winning designers Kwame Koranteng from Ghana, Maria K. Adeeko (Nigeria), Meredith Joeroeja (Suriname), Dorcas Muzumara (Zambia) and CNN featured stylist Segun Gele at 6pm on February 29 at Mesa Arts Center "Black Box Theatre". Guests will be treated to a food tasting of African cuisine, the string melodies of the Kora and the pulsating beat of the African drums by Master drummer, Yacouba Traore (Ivory Coast), Kora instrumentalist , Arouna Diarra (Burkinafaso) and guitarist, Elijah Ndoye (Senegal). An after-party follows to round-up the evening. Door Opens at 5:30 pm.
dance;food;entertainment;family;community;event;fashion;
Event Info: (520) 729-7771
Ages: All ages
Price: $49-$129
Event Website: www.diasporashowcase.com
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 • Sat 2/29/20 at 6pm till 7pm, 7pm till 10pm 

Il Volo

Opera, Pop, Classical (Solo Vocal)
Ikeda Theater.
VIP packages available.
Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Il Volo returns with their new album, 10 Years - The Best of, which offers all the best of Il Volo’s repertoire from “O Sole Mio” to “My Way” to “Grande Amore.” The three young artists have performed over 620 concerts in cities around the world!
Presented in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment.
Price: $65-$125
Event Website: https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/il-volo-the-best-of-10-years
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 • Sun 3/1/20 at 7:30pm 

A Bowie Celebration: Bowie Alumni Play Diamond Dogs & Ziggy Stardust

Rock, Electronic, Classical (Solo Vocal), Cover/Tribute Band/Performer
Ikeda Theater.
VIP Packages Available.
Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands as they play Diamond Dogs and Ziggy Stardust albums in their entirety. Anchored by Mike Garson the show will feature Bowie band alumni Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong and Alan Childs. Special guests include Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover and Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood.
Price: $27-$52
Event Website: https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/a-bowie-celebration---bowie-alumni-play-diamond-dogs--ziggy-stardust
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 • Wed 3/4/20 at 7:30pm 

The Finest Hour: Davina And the Vagabonds And Hot Club Of Cowtown

Jazz, Swing, Blues, Pop
Ikeda Theater.
The Finest Hour is a celebration of the fleeting, platinum age in American popular music following World War II, when European jazz, western swing, blues and pop shared the airwaves. See Davina and The Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown performing a range of music from Billie Holiday to Gene Autry, Lester Young to Doris Day and Bing Crosby.
Price: $37
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/the-finest-hour-davina-and-the-vagabonds-and-hot-club-of-cowtown
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 • Thu 3/5/20 at 7:30pm 

5 Soldiers

Modern
Piper Theater.
Choreographer Rosie Kay’s 5 SOLDIERS is a thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line. Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the National Defense Medical Rehabilitation Centre. What came of these observations is the award-winning, five-star dance work 5 SOLDIERS.
Supported by The Boeing Company
Price: $35
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/5-soldiers
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 • Wed 3/11/20 - Sat 3/14/20 at 7:30pm 

Live from Laurel Canyon

Rock
Piper Theater.
Live from Laurel Canyon is a retrospective of music and stories of some of the most influential artists who lived in Laurel Canyon between ‘65 and ‘75. Like other legendary rock and roll neighborhoods (Haight Ashbury) Laurel Canyon was a community of artists like The Mamas and The Papas, the Byrds, Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, the Eagles and more.
Price: $42
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/live-from-laurel-canyon
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 • Sun 3/15/20 at 6:30pm 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!

Musical
Ikeda Theater.
It’s not easy being The Pigeon – you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. With a script written by Mo Willems, creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling book, this comedic musical production is more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party!
Price: $18
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/dont-let-the-pigeon-drive-the-bus
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 • Mon 3/16/20 at 7pm 

Robert Dubac’s Book of Moron

Comedy
Nesbitt- Elliott Playhouse Theater.
Robert Dubac’s Off-Broadway hit has been described as one of the most hilarious and intelligent satirical attacks on idiocracy since Mark Twain. The New York Times raves, “Riding shotgun with intelligence and absurdity, BOOK OF MORON crashes headfirst into the barriers of sex, race, religion, politics and the media. It may be offensive to some but there’s laughter for all!”
Price: $55
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/robert-dubacs-book-of-moron
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 • Tue 3/17/20 - Sun 3/22/20 at 7:30pm 

National Geographic Live! Andy Mann: From Summit to Sea

Talks/Lectures
Ikeda Theater.
Filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann uses his work to bridge the gap between science and policy. From his early days as a rock climber to his current passion documenting the critically endangered oceanic whitetip shark, his stunning images tell the story of our rapidly changing planet.
Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Price: $30-$44
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/national-geographic-live-from-summit-to-sea
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 • Wed 3/18/20 at 7:30pm 

Blackbird, Fly

Rap/Hip Hop, Folk, Dance/House
Piper Theater.
Steeped in hip-hop aesthetic, this intimate duet between two preeminent sons of Haitian immigrants—composer/violinist Roumain, and arts activist & spoken word artist BAMUTHI— weaves together a tapestry of movement, narrative, music and Haitian folklore.
Supported by AZ Commission on the Arts, WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts.
Price: $32
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/blackbird-fly
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 • Fri 3/20/20 at 7:30pm 

Mark & Maggie O’ Connor: American Classics

Classical, Classical (Solo Vocal)
Piper Theater.
American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of New American School of String Playing. The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos, with additional music by Mr. O’Connor on guitar.
Classical Music Inside Out supported by Bill Passey & Mar.ia Silva, Gloria Miner Charitable Foundation.
Price: $38-$46
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/mark-and-maggie-oconnor
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 • Thu 3/26/20 at 7:30pm 

The Office! A Musical Parody

Musical, Dance Play, Comedy
Piper Theater.
Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, The Office, featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” and more!
The Office
Price: $45
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/the-office-a-musical-parody
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 • Fri 3/27/20 - Sun 3/29/20 at 7:30pm 

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100

Jazz, Jam Band
Piper Theater.
Parker’s centennial year will be honored by showcasing “Bird’s” musical joy, humor, and beauty. Co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto-saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate one of the most influential artists in modern musical history, joined by Charenée Wade (vocals), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Kassa Overall (DJ).
Price: $45
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/fly-higher-charlie-parker--100
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 • Tue 3/31/20 at 7:30pm 

Dorrance Dance

Tap/Jazz
Ikeda Theater.
Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company that aims to honor tap’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; by pushing it – rhythmically, technically and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.”
Price: $30-$60
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/dorrance-dance
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 • Wed 4/1/20 at 7:30pm 

Drum Tao 2020

World Dance
Ikeda Theater.
TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of DRUM TAO 2020 create an energetic and unforgettable production. Don’t miss this vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form!
Price: $19-$39
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/drum-tao-2020
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 • Sat 4/4/20 at 8pm 

Wordplay Café Story Slam

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word
Piper Theater.
The WordPlay Café open mic series culminates in an exciting stage show featuring storytellers, spoken word artists and musicians. Judged by professional storytellers and members of the audience, the Story Slam is a platform for celebrating one of humanity’s oldest art forms, while also using competition to challenge storytellers to take new risks.
Price: $15
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/wordplay-caf-story-slam
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 • Sat 4/4/20 at 7:30pm 

Airmen of Note

Choral, Jazz
Ikeda Theater.
The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force. Presenting its own brand of big band jazz along with more contemporary forms, the band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians and one vocalist. The Airmen of Note honors those who have served and connects with the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States.
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/airmen-of-note
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 • Thu 4/16/20 at 7:30pm 

Jazzmeia Horn

Jazz, Classical (Solo Vocal)
Piper Theater.
Horn’s debut album, A Social Call, was released to overwhelming acclaim, earning her first GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Filled with great storytelling, an inspired message, fluid vocals, scat-singing, and more, the album serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her.
Price: $36
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/jazzmeia-horn
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 • Tue 4/21/20 at 7:30pm 

9th Annual International Jazz Day Festival

Jazz
Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series.

Mesa Arts Center and the Jazz Day AZ Foundation celebrate International Jazz Day with a stellar lineup of musicians. Headliner Bernard Wright, keyboard artist and son of American singer Roberta Flack, is joined by Jessica Kotu (singer/songwriter), Neamen Lyles (recording artist), Ted Belledin (keyboard/saxophone player), Mario Abney (jazz trumpet) and Eloni Yawn (vocalist).
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/9th-annual-international-jazz-festival
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 • Sun 4/26/20 at 4pm 

Amor Eterno: A Mother’s Day Mariachi Concert Celebration

World Dance
Piper Theater.
Give the gift of music this Mother’s Day! Enjoy an unforgettable evening of Mariachi music and folklorico performances with your favorite madrecita (mom) on Saturday, May 9.
Presented in partnership with East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Price: $38
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/amor-eterno-a-mothers-day-mariachi-concert-celebration
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 • Sat 5/9/20 at 7pm 

Brian Culbertson: The XX Tour

R&B/Soul, Jazz, Funk
Piper Theater.
VIP packages available.
Brian Culbertson, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R & B and funk, is setting out with his on The XX Tour, playing the new album and other songs from his hit-filled songbook. An exuberant band performer, Culbertson has amassed 30 Billboard No. 1 singles and a deep catalogue.
Price: $42.50-$62.50
Event Website: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/brian-culbertson-the-xx-tour
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 • Tue 5/19/20 at 7:30pm