VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS


 

 


 



FILM


  • ARIZONA BLACK FILM SHOWCASE

The Arizona Black Film Showcase event is comprised of two days of educational workshops, film screenings, an awards ceremony, and vendor festival.

The Arizona Black Film Showcase is a non-profit association. The mission is to become the premier, national media arts event dedicated to supporting Black film professionals through educational and networking opportunities. We believe that "Black Film is American Film" and that Black Films have a significant impact on the broader Film and Television Industry.

This annual, competitive film showcase is dedicated to supporting, celebrating and promoting the dynamic works of Black filmmakers locally and nationally. The Showcase solicits independent feature film entries created for under $1,000,000 and short film entries created for under $100,000. Additionally, the Showcase provides Black directors, writers, producers, actors and other industry talent a forum to network and share in their cinematic experiences.

The event attracts two groups of attendees. The primary group is comprised of minority, namely Black, filmmakers pursuing further education about the craft and business of the industry. The second group is comprised of passionate film enthusiasts who thirst for authentic and positive portrayals of African-Americans in film and media arts in general.

Dates: February
Location:
Phoenix, AZ at South Mountain Community College
Submission deadline: January
Contact info: info@azblackfilm.com
Phone: 602-304-0830
URL: www.azblackfilm.com

Mailing address:
Arizona Black Film Showcase
68 West Buffalo Street, Ste. 230
Chandler, AZ 85225

  • ONE NIGHT CINEMA


Founded in 2004, OneNightCinema was created by Valley film buff Randy Montgomery in an effort to showcase foreign and independent films that normally would not have been screened in the Phoenix area. All titles selected are first-run, and are not available on home video at the time of booking. To date, over two dozen films have played at Pollack Tempe Cinemas as part of the OneNightCinema series; ranging from quirky American indies, to films from around the globe that highlight various cultures to thought-provoking documentaries. OneNightCinema is a unique way for Valley film goers to get caught up on titles that their friends from around the country have been raving about for months. The folks at Pollack Tempe Cinemas (McClintock and Elliot) have played host to OneNightCinema since its inception.

Website: http://www.onenightcinema.net

 

  • PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL

The Phoenix Film Festival is an international event held annually in the Spring to celebrate independent film and filmmaking. The Phoenix Film Festival runs within the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The Phoenix Film Festival is the largest attended festival in Arizona with over 15,000 attendees in 2005 and featured tributes to such guests as Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Tom Ortenberg from Lionsgate's Films. Celebrity Guests included Tom Arnold and Danny Trejo, as well as film makers Don Roos, Ken Kwapis and featured Arizona Premieres of "Happy Endings", "Mad Hot Ballroom" and "Loverboy".

Website:

http://www.phxfilmfestival.com/

http://www.phxfilm.com

Contact:

Location:

2345 E. Thomas Rd. Suite 100

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Phone:

602.955.6444

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

 

        HEARD MUSEUM FILM FESTIVAL

Heard Museum

October

Festival goers will have the chance to view the work of some of the finest emerging and established indigenous filmmakers in the world. Held on the museum's spectacular grounds in downtown Phoenix, and at the AMC Arizona Center Theaters, the Film Festival melds art,

culture and innovation in an unparalleled experience. The three-day event will kick off with a gala evening celebrating the work of keynote film celebrating cultural diversity and dramatic landscapes.

 

Info Phone: (602)252-8840

Website:

http://www.heard.org/

 

Location:

Heard Museum

2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

 

        SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a four day event that takes place in late October through early November each year.

The Scottsdale International Film Festival concluded its most successful year yet as over 5,000 area

residents enjoyed a selection of the best international films.  The desire for international films in the Valley is undeniable as the Festival

continues to grow each year. This growth is thanks to loyal attendees, new audience members, Festival sponsors and volunteers, and local

media who continue to provide essential support. 

The Festival included a student competition along with 35 screenings of full-length features, many of which sold out.  The 5-day event is a

wonderful combination of outstanding cinema and exciting celebrity-attended parties. It attracts film connoisseurs along with amateurs looking to learn more about film. 

“The Scottsdale International Film Festival’s mission is to be the undisputed Arizona leader in the use of film to foster a meaningful understanding of the world’s cultures, lifestyles, religions, and ethnicities,” explains Festival Director Amy Ettinger

 

Website: www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com

Contact:

Email: ScottsdaleIFF@aol.com
Phone: (602) 410-1074

 

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US FILM FESTIVALS


        AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: http://www.abff.com/

DATE: July

WHERE: Miami, FL

 

GENERAL:

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market in July dedicated to

strengthening the independent Black filmmaking community. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Friday, President &

CEO of Film Life, the festival was born out of a belief in the need to stimulate independent Black film development and

promote cultural diversity within the film industry.

 

A platform for African-American filmmakers to showcase their work, the ABFF features panel discussions, workshops,

seminars and, of course, screenings. The festival has four main film sections: competitive feature films, noncompetitive

feature films, the HBO short film competition and the documentary section. Morgan J. Freeman,

Russell Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Denzel Washington, Eriq LaSalle and John Singleton have graced the scene at past events.

 

CONTACT:

ABFF c/o film Llife

P.O. Box 688

new york, NY 10012

email: abff@thefilmlife.com

 

        SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: http://www.sfbff.org/

DATE: June

WHERE: SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

GENERAL:

San Francisco Black Film Festival Mission:

The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African

cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films - from emerging and established filmmakers.

This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes,

and providing filmmakers particular a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. The San Francisco Black

Film Festival believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, people of diverse

cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Contact:

8th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival Contact Information

San Francisco Black Film Festival

PO Box 15490

San Francisco, CA 94115

415.771.9271 (v)

415.346.9046 (f)

email film2fest@yahoo.com

 

        INDEPENDENT BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: www.indieblackfilm.com

DATE: March

WHERE: ATLANTA, GA

 

GENERAL:

Independent Black Film Festival Celebrating Diversity in the Arts IBFF presents an exploration of discovery through

soul stirring and spirited independent film contributions that open the hearts and minds of movie lovers. With eyes on the

success of nouveau talent, IBFF is a personable and intimate networking marketplace for industry connections and socializing.

The Independent Black Film Festival will provide independent filmmakers the opportunity to screen feature, short, documentary

and animation film projects to a culturally diverse audience. The festival's conference program offers attendees the opportunity

to participate in informative and career-enhancing panel discussions and workshops led by top industry professionals.

Anchored by the crafts of screenwriting, music, animation and gaming, IBFF will continue to celebrate Artists who use their

freedom of expression to explore socially relevant topics. The Independent Black Film Festival is dedicated to helping discover new

filmmakers, screenwriters, gamers and musicians in the US and around the globe.

 

CONTACT:

IBFF

949 W. Marietta St.

Studio x109

Atlanta, GA 30318

P (404)249-9529

F (404) 249-9529

 

        HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: www.hbff.org

DATE: June

WHERE: Beverly Hills, CA

 

GENERAL:

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of black cinema drawing together

established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists

and new audiences from Southern California and around the world. Attracting such stars as John Singleton,

Spike Lee, Anthony Anderson, Eriq LaSalle, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Bill Duke, and

Nicole Ari Parker, the festival has become an annual mecca for the Black Hollywood creative community.

The festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public

exhibition and competition program. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching

independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

 

CONTACT:

Address:

8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2057

Beverly Hills,CA 90211

Telephone: 323.556.5742

Fax: 310.943.2326

 

        HOUSTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: www.houstonblackfilmfestival.org

DATE: June

WHERE: HOUSTON, TX

 

GENERAL:

The Houston Black Film Festival was founded in 2004 to bring a collective, cohesive and creative environment for the

Houston, Texas Film Mecca; the fourth largest metropolitan city in the nation. Our focus is to proactively enhance the

process of developing, producing and distributing films by black filmmakers. Its goal is also to bring a unique dominion

to films by providing a program that will directly impact the viability and quality of films introduced to the market by the implementation

of such ‘special projects’ as The Book to Film Screenplay Search Project which aims to become an amenable bridge between

proven published authors and filmmakers to bring a book to film adaptation and final projects into fruition.

 

CONTACT:

1-877-827-1302 FESTIVAL CONTACT#

www.shebamediagroup.com

888-898-9297 ext 84

11152 Westheimer Rd#299

Houston, Tx 77042

press@houstonblackfilmfestival.org- request for media credentials

films@houstonblackfilmfestival.org-questions about status of film submissions.

Finance- shebamediajbaylor@prweb.com

 

        NEWARK BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: www.newarkmuseum.org/nbff

DATE: June - Aug

WHERE: Newark & Trenton, New Jersey

 

GENERAL:

Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival has become known among it’s peers as the longest running

black film festival in the United States. Throughout the years, it continues to provide a progressive public forum for

hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers, and film buffs who enjoy African American

and African Diaspora cinema. Screening in the summer months, the films shown reflect the full diversity of the black

experience in America, both past and present. Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms and

formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde.

 

The Festival is free of charge to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations, and

corporations. It is administered by The Newark Museum, and planned by a Selection Committee, which includes such

notables as screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley, who wrote the screenplays for “Let's Do It Again,” “Uptown Saturday Night,”

“Native Son,” “Deacons for Defense,” and “Mandela & DeKlerk.” Other Committee members include Jeff Friday, CEO and

Co-founder of Film Life’s American Black Film Festival, and Dr. Clement A. Price, noted historian, author and educator to name a few.

 

CONTACT:

The Newark Black Film Festival

C/O The Newark Museum

49 Washington Street

Newark, New Jersey 07102

Tel. 973-596-6550

 

        TWIN CITIES BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Website: www.tcbff.com

DATE: August

WHERE: Minneapolis, MN

 

GENERAL:

We are Seeking:Bold, fresh and innovative films…documentaries, comedy, shorts, animations,

premieres, romance, horror, sci-fi, etc. ( made by or about people of African descent &

Multicultural films that reflect our community depicting positive and realistic images)

 

CONTACT:

TCBFF

P.O. Box 23501,

Richfield, MN 55423

 

        BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA

http://black-international-cinema.com/

 

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POETRY


  • BLACK POET VENTURES

http://www.blackpoetventures.com
 

  • “THE STUDIO”

EnTime Entertainment presents…'THE STUDIO"

An impromptu / open mic for vocalists & poets that perform with a live band.

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @ Majerle's 9 Lounge, Downtown Phoenix

R&B/Soul :: HipHop :: Urban Jazz

What you get at 'The Studio"

- Intimate Atmosphere

- Live Entertainment

- Mature Audience

- Food & Drinks

- Networking

- Soulful Encouragement

More info :: www.EnTimeOnline.com

EnTime Entertainment "All good things happen withEnTime"

 

        THE POETRY JUMP OFF

Hello my name is Roosevelt.

There is a local soul food cafe, Lil Mamas Soul Cafe, that holds Open

Mic Poetry every Tuesday and Friday nights. I host it along with a

poet by the name of Karolina Breeze. We have been holding it for

about 2 months now and it is a really nice atmosphere we have.

There are a lot of local singers, poets, comedians, rappers and just

anyone who is open to get on the mic and share with us. We also have

a commercial that plays on 99.3 around 5:30pm to 6:30pm

 

Lil Mamas Soul cafe serves soul food such as chicken and waffles, fried and

smothered porkchops/chicken and more...you can get more of the menu

and information @ www.lilmamassoulcafe.com

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DANCE


 

        CHICAGO-STYLE STEPPIN'

The Desert Steppers would like to announce a Message Board for Steppers!

All who are even mildly interested in Steppin can access the Message Board

and hook up with Steppers and Steppin Events in your local area and all over the country!

This is a great way to keep in touch with other Steppers on a daily basis.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thesteppersplace/

 

        AFRICAN DANCE FOR FITNESS

Class: Every Saturday afternoon - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

At the Arizona Yoga Center,

2334 N. Scottsdale Rd., #126,

Scottsdale, Az. 85257

(info@azyoga.net)

Treat yourself to a dynamic work-out.

African drummers featuring Frank Thompson, John Mouzon & others on drums.

(The drums will lift you off the floor!)

AYC is a beautiful mirrored studio with wood floors.

Ayo Sharpe-Mouzon has taught ongoing classes in seven cities in the

United States: Little Rock, Ark., San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco,

Sacramento, Ca. and Mesa, Az.

Ayo is an intuitive teacher who teaches for all levels.

Website: www.africandanceclasses.com

Phone #: 480-233-3880

This class is open to teen-agers & adults (13 & up!) $10.00 per class

 

GHANAIAN RHYTHMS WITH UNCLE C.K.GANYO,DIRECTOR( ADZIDO)

Weekly: every Mon Wed Fri from 7 to 9 pm at 30 West Culver # C. For info call 602-253-5920. He also teaches at Arizona State University. It is a credit course, so you need to be enrolled before taking this class.Uncle C.K. Ganyo is also the Director of AFRICAN MUSIC & DANCE at Arizona State University, TEMPE. Brother KEITH JOHNSON is the lead drummer.

KAWAMBE AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE ENSEMBLE, MARK SUNKETT,DIRECTOR.

Weekly:Every Thursday at 7pm and every Saturday at 10 a.m., and every Wed at 5:30pm for children. Classes are at East Lake Park.For more info call 602-962-7547.

 

  • BARBEA WILLIAMS PERFORMING COMPANY


World Class Dance:
      African American Jazz (African Swing)
      Break Dance
     Classical Dance of India
     Salsa
     Tap
     African Brazilian
     West African y mas

Registration New Dress Code and Fees, Call:  628-7785  

This program is directed by Barbea M. Williams, Artistic Director of the Barbea Williams Performing Co., Inc.  Ms. Williams is an award-winning actress/choreographer dedicated to sharing diverse ethnic dance and theatre traditions that derive from the African and African Latino Cultures.  The Company offers ethnic dance/drum classes, residencies, performances, lecture/demonstrations.

 Call for more Information:  (520)  628-7785, For Children, Teens, and Adults. 

Ask about Dress Code and Fees. 

Classes On-Going. Sixth Street Art Studios, 44 W. Street (N.E. Corner of 6th Street and 9th Ave.), Tucson, Az.

 

  • KAWAMBE-OMOWALE AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE THEATRE


Free West African Dance Class
Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre offers a "Free" West African Dance Class open to the

general public each Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in the Gym at Eastlake Park, 16th Street and Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ.

There's plenty of room for all - men, women, and children. Please come and join us.

For questions, please call Kawambe-Omowle at (602) 252-6204.

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MUSEUM


  • GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
Mail Address: P O Box 20491 Phoenix Arizona 85036
Street Address:
415 E. Grant St, Phoenix AZ
602-254-7516 Office
602-258-7050 Fax
gwcmccphx@earthlink.net
Dedicated To Preserving The African And African American History In
Arizona And Worldwide.
Remember The Past, Enjoy The Present, Embrace The Future....

        AFRICAN AMERICAN MULTICULTURAL MUSEUM

Location: 617 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Times: Wednesday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 2:00pm-6:00pm

 

SCOTTSDALE OPENS NEW MUSEUM CELEBRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

The newly-opened African American Multicultural Museum is Scottsdale's first arts

venue dedicated to African American and other cultures whose mission is 'Fellowship

through Education.' The museum’s co-founders, Edward and Kay VanDyke, had long dreamed

of bringing an African-American museum to Scottsdale and with the help of donors and

members, opened the museum in south Scottsdale in November 2005. Exhibits are largely

from donors' personal collections of African masks, painted Egyptian papyrus, drums

and a well-recognized painting from the Cosby Show.

 

The museum gift shop features books about African-American history, contributions of

Black veterans, and the evolution of music from slave days to jazz, and jewelry made

of bone, mother-of-pearl and coral. Many other cultures will be featured at the museum

in future exhibits.

 

  • GALLERY ZIMBABWE

1951 W.Camelback Road, #315 Phoenix, AZ 85015 ZIMBABWE stone sculptures and batiks.
 

  • AFRICANA GALLERY & CUSTOM FRAMING

Africana features Ethnic Art, collectables, and a large selection of contemporary

framed gallery prints and custom framing.

Spectrum Mall (Formerly Christown Mall) 19th Ave & Bethany Home Rd.
 

  • ZUVA GALLERY

Would you like to visit Africa without ever leaving Arizona?

Check out Scottsdale's Zuva Gallery exhibiting African art, showcasing hand-carved stone sculptures, Zuva baskets, jewelry and Kuba cloth. 

The Zuva Gallery represents Zimbabwe's most prominent stone sculptors. at El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480)488-6000
 

  • EASTLAKE PARK CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIAL

Tomb shape bronze sculpture listing key milestones in Phoenix’s civil rights and African American history; 16th & Jefferson Streets; 602-495-0196
 

  • HEARD MUSEUM

Celebrating Native American cultures, history and art. One of the nation’s premier museums devoted to Native American culture; museum features a collection of 32,000 objects, guided tours, videos of cultural traditions, hands-on craft activities, library and cafe. http://www.heard.org 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
 

 

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VISUAL ARTS


        CONSORTIUM of BLACK ORGANIZATIONS and OTHERS for the ARTS(COBA)

 

COBA is a consortium of organizations and others whose purpose is to promote an understanding of and support for African and African-American Arts and Artists, including but not limited to, the visual, performing and literary arts. It seeks to inform the public about African and African American arts and artists through workshops, tours, lectures, informal discussions, and the biennial African Heritage Recognition Dinners. We encourage all to produce art, perform, to learn to appreciate beauty in the environment and improve the aesthetics of the community and the quality of life for all. 

Our Mission is accomplished through the following:

         Enhancing public awareness of diversity in the arts with specific emphasis on the arts of Africans and African-Americans.

         Educating a culturally diverse public, with emphasis on African- Americans, about the rich and unique culture and heritage surrounding African and African-American arts through lectures, symposia, classes, interviews, exhibits and performances.

         Providing support for and encouraging the improvement, growth and development of African and African-American arts and artists through scholarships, grants, exhibits, performances and venues for working and performing.

         Forming diverse partnerships and collaborating with "others" (existing organizations, businesses, schools and individuals in the community) to further COBA's Mission and values.

Membership is open to all individuals and organizations.
39 E. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004Website: cobaarts.org

 

  • FIRST FRIDAY FINE ART SHOW

Contact: Robert Smith
E-mail: RsmithEDG.@aol.com
Website: rsdigitalart.unimstores.com
Phone: 1-602-791-4536
South Mountain Views Hosts First Friday Fine Art Show

Phoenix, Arizona - Robert Smith of Digital Art by Robert Smith (DARS), Java Vida Coffee Company and Life Strategies Consulting invite area artists and art enthusiast to their monthly South Mountain Views Fine Art Show. Robert Smith, the senior sponsor of this event will feature the finest and latest works by emerging, local, and established artists from the area.

"The South Mountain Views Fine Art Show represents some of the best talent in the area. The event is chiefly a way for my company to give back to the community," Smith stated. He further explained that some of the proceeds from the event would be given to a pre- selected art department within the Roosevelt school system for art supplies. "The community school district (Roosevelt) has an abundance of fine talent in the way of the arts. As I see it, this is a win-win situation. For the art enthusiast, it’s a new venue to relax within, enjoy good conversation and soothing, melodic music. For those who are seeking to purchase unique art as an expression of who they are, this is a great place to find non commercial works of art. For the educator it's a way to ensure students have some much needs supplies in the classroom and it's also a way for the South Mountain to move forward with representing all that's great about its growing community using art as a universal means of communication."

Smith invites corporate businesses and organizations to become sponsors on- going as the project continues." The South Mountain Views Fine Art Show was a great success in January with patrons from many surrounding cities attending. The event was near building capacity. Some patrons were so enthralled with the art and discussion that they stayed on while the show's assistants were packing". An exhibit presented by Digital Art by Robert Smith will be an event that should not be missed. This February's featured artist is local favorite- Shakur.

Date: (Every first Friday of the month)
Location:
6427 S. Central Ave.
Time:
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Donations: $10 single $15 couples
Jazz, Refreshments and select wines will be served. RSVP is suggested

Event Coordinator/Media Contact: Angela Brooks
Life Strategies Consulting lscphx@aol.com
Office/Fax: 602-437-8852
Mobile: 602-821-8191
 
 

  • WEAVING AND FIBERARTS GROUP

Calling all Weavers and Fiber Arts enthusiasts! Looking for other Weavers or Weaving
Newbies in particular! I use a four harness floor loom. How would Sunday afternoon or a
weeknight meeting work for you? . Please email Linda at bhetech@netzero.net with your
interests and please specify which type of meeting works for you. I am looking forward to
hearing from all of you!

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MUSIC


  • GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP OF AMERICA (GMWA)

The Phoenix Chapter meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday at the Greater Progressive Christian Church
at
3pm.  If you are interested in Gospel music and want to be an active
participant in sharing this gift to the world please come and join us.
The church address is
1529 W. McDowell Road.  Annual membership is
reasonably priced at $40.00.  For additional information please
contact Reverend Steve Sanders at (602) 304-0290 or Minister Carolyn
O'Neil at (602) 264-7157.

Oh sing unto the Lord a new song: for He hath done marvelous things.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord throughout the land. (Psalms98 & 100)

 

  • GOSPEL RECORD LABEL

Soul Entertainment is the newest and hottest Gospel Record Label in Phoenix.  With many new artists coming to the scene, we will bless you with a new sound given directly from God to our producers.  I hope you're ready, because the Lord stops for no one, and neither do we.  Visit us at www.soulincorp.com.  And if you are an upcoming artist needing music, click on Swift Productions.  We guarantee our music is just what you're looking for.  God Bless everyone!

 

Terence Robinson CEO Soul Entertainment

www.soulincorp.com (623) 877-0076 info@soulincorp.com

 

        Chocolate Tree Music Group: "An Independent Flavor"

"Chocolate Tree Music Group is an independent label and subsidiary of "BLUHOUSE" corp

with some of the hottest acts and talent to come out of the Phoenix area. Our group

encompasses rappers, singers, producers, writers, choreographers, video directors,

DJ's, graphics arts designers, website designers and engineers. Our slogan is:

"An Independent Flavor"

We encourage those who seek to be able to succeed in their chosen profession to

joint us as we strive to eliminate the middle man and produce quality products

and services for our customers at a reasonable cost. We believe that no one

should benefit from your skills more than YOU!!"

An Independent Flavor

 

Yours Truly,

 

Max R. Tannis

Senior Vice President

Marketing and Promotions

 

Chocolate Tree Music Group

(602) 903-5165 Main Office

(602) 903-5185 Direct

(206) 203-4424 Facsimile

www.chocolatetreemusicgroup.net

 

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THEATRE


  • BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

At the beginning of the long hot summer of 1970, a City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Supervisor named Helen Katherine Mason noticed the distinct absence of one rich and resonant voice within the Phoenix and state arts communities. She dedicated herself to giving that voice a place where it could be lifted and heard by all. A place from which this one voice could illuminate a rich legacy and share those illuminations with everyone.

Since 1970 The Black Theatre Troupe, Inc. has evolved into a company that has promoted excellence in the performing arts with an emphasis on people of color. As the only professional African-American theatre company within the four-corner states, The Black Theatre Troupe conducts educational workshops and produces quality plays which reflect the African-American experience and help to illuminate the culture to the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. The Black Theatre Troupe, performs in their own mortgage-free facility in downtown Phoenix, the 200 seat Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts adjacent to the City of Phoenix designated arts district. Since it's 2000-2001 season the company has also presented 2 productions each season at another downtown venue, The Herberger Theater Center in the Stage West theater.

The work of The Black Theatre Troupe is a strong collaborative effort of artists, staff, board members and the community. Through our work, we support the development of multi-ethnic artists, designers and technicians, Serve as an educational resource as the only professional African-American theatre company in the four-corner states region, Reflect the cultural diversity of the community, artistically and operationally, and Conduct business with integrity and financial responsibility.

All of the Black Theatre Troupe's programs are "community based." BTT is a community based arts organization. Within the structure of the organization are several unique and creative components that encourage community participation and community educational development one of the most significant is the Saturday's Children Theatre Workshop a project that has operated for the past 20 years and focuses on youth ages 7-17. Beginning in fall 2002 the program will undergo a complete and strategically planned change to include a more diverse series of classes, activities, productions and instructors. The goals of the program include art appreciation, art performance, and safety and values for youth at risk. This program was one of the first in the City of Phoenix to service youths at risk. They are taught social and artistic skills, cooperation, discipline, self-esteem, and sharing. The Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts is located at 333 East Portland in downtown Phoenix. Portland is 1 block South of the 7th Street exit of I-10 OR 1 block North of Roosevelt off of 3rd Street.

Telephone - 602 258-8128
Email - info@blacktheatretroupe.org
Fax - 602 253-3690
Box Office Black Theatre Troupe - 602 258-8129
Email - boxoffice@blacktheatretroupe.org
 

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ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVALS


 

ARTLINK : 1ST FRIDAY

A fun filled night of art and conversation with the artist awaits you each First Friday in downtown Phoenix. The streets are filled with eager art collectors and the galleries are filled with original art work The artist are available to discuss their work with you. There are many galleries to visit including the "Paulina Miller" gallery located at 817 N. 1st Street off of Roosevelt, where artist show their work on a monthly basis. You can visit Paulina Miller online at paulinamillerstudio.com. If you are an art aficionado and looking to add to/start your art collection come and visit the many art galleries of First Friday. Visit www.artlinkphoenix.com for more information.

 

ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL :

Nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States display their work for sale. The event also includes live entertainment and music, food, activities for children, an online art auction, and more. March., $7, free for children under 12. http://www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. 2nd St., (south of Indian School on Drinkwater), Scottsdale, 480-994-2787.

 

ANTHEM PARK ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL :

Feb , free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com Anthem Community Park, 3500 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix.

 

INDIAN ARTISTS OF AMERICA SHOW :

The greatest living Native American artists will display and sell their works at Rawhide's new Gila River Indian Community location. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Indian Arts Alliance. January, $8, free for kids 12 and under, 866-398-2226. http://www.indianartistsofamerica.com Rawhide Wild West Town, 5700 North Loop Road, (at Wild Horse Pass on the Gila River reservation), Chandler, 480-502-5600.

 

PEORIA STADIUM WINTER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL :

January, free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 623-878-4337.

 

SUNDAY A'FAIR :

A free afternoon arts festival, featuring performances by Valley entertainers, arts and crafts, activities for children, and docent-guided tours of the sculptures. January - April free. http://www.scottsdalearts.org Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. 2nd St., (south of Indian School on Drinkwater), Scottsdale, 480-994-2787. The mall is not for shopping; rather, it's a tiny oasis in the urban desert surrounded by eateries and City of Scottsdale facilities (including City Hall and the terrific Civic Center Library) and replete with perennial flowers and greenery, paths for strolling, gurgling fountains, sculptural works and one of the best viewing angles of Camelback Mountain -- especially in the half-hour before dusk. The adjoining Scottsdale Center for the Arts is a bastion of the performing and visual arts, featuring two stages (capacities: 838 and 130) and five galleries. Next to that is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Will Bruder of Burton Barr Central Library fame.

 

SURPRISE STADIUM WINTER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL :

January, free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise.

 

PHOENIX EXPERIMENTAL ARTS FESTIVAL :

See innovative art in various media, from painting to sculpture to music. February Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-787-6500. 

TEMPE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is presented each Fall and Spring. In 2006 the Spring Festival will be held March 31st through April 2nd. Fall Festival will be held from December 1st through December 3rd. The hours of the Festival are 10 a.m. to dusk. There's no admission charge.

Award Winning Tempe Festival

One of the Largest in the Southwest Every year, twice per year, downtown Tempe, Arizona is transformed for the Tempe Festival of the Arts. The city streets near Arizona State University in the downtown business district of the City of Tempe are closed to vehicular traffic. Artists begin setting up their tents. People with all kinds of crafts and products do the same. Food and commercial vendors begin laying out their booths. Musicians check out the equipment at the various entertainment areas. Local law enforcement and security plan their strategies for keeping everyone safe and ensuring a pleasant, family environment. It is time for the Tempe Festival of the Arts. For more information about the event, visit the Tempe Festival of the Arts online or call at 480-921-2300.

 

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