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Freeze Frame – NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” goes live on big screen
Center Stage – Carefree Theatre Company to present “Cheaters”
This Just In –Summer Spectacular ArtWalk announced
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” goes live on big screenWait Wait

Watch the week’s news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” brings its star power to the big screen for a special live performance in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m., with an encore in select theaters on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead the event, broadcast live from New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell will quiz “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” panelists – the comedians, writers and style icons Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett – plus special guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news.

Tickets for “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” are available at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). Presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago and BY Experience, the event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.


Carefree Theatre Company to present “Cheaters”

Carefree Theatre Company has announced its first production of the 2013 season, “Cheaters,” which opens May 30 and runs through June 16 at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

CheatersPlaywright Michael Jacobs’ comedy has been called “downright hilarious” by the New York Post and this newest production will be no exception. Pieces fall uproariously out of place when a young couple decides it’s time to settle down and “meet the parents.” Suddenly, it’s every man for himself in this wild, rollicking look at love and romance.

Dedicated to efforts that help feed the hungry in our communities, Carefree Theatre Company is partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank for the presentation of “Cheaters” and will accept nonperishable food items on their behalf at each performance. Representatives from St. Mary’s Food Bank will be present at both opening and closing night performances to accept cash or check donations to the food bank.

Purchase tickets to “Cheaters” either online or at the Phoenix Center for the Arts Box Office (1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602-254-3100) from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. For more information, visit


Summer Spectacular ArtWalk announced for July 11

Summer in the desert can be very “cool”... if you know where to go. Mark your calendars for the 24th annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, which is sure to be the “coolest” place around on Thurs., July 11 from 7 to 9 pm. This popular event is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and Scottsdale Downtown. More details to come…


“And close your eyes, child, and look at what I’ll show you
Let your mind go reeling out and let the breezes blow you
And maybe when we meet then suddenly I will know you
If all the things you see ain’t quite what they seem
Then don’t mind me ‘cause I ain’t nothin’ but a dream
And you can follow
And you can follow
– from “Follow,” written by Jerry Merrick, heard on Richie Havens’ Mixed Bag (Verve, 1967). While he was a special songwriter himself, “Follow” may well have been the late Richie Havens’ signature song (with a nod to “Freedom” – the tune he improvised on-stage as the opening act at Woodstock – plus “Run, Shaker Life” and others), and he played it live on his last trip through Phoenix. Havens passed away on April 22, Earth Day, which couldn’t be more symbolic. Though his career peaked decades ago, Havens’ unique approach and intense soulful-spiritual presence in music will be irreplaceable. An excellent recap of his life can be found on the website for the publication Indian Country Today. Havens was part Blackfeet. And he was all human in a way that truly inspired others.


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Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Saturday

Jazz on Main Street, Noon-4pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Thursday, May 2

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Live
In select theaters nationwide

May 30 - June 16

Presented by Carefree Theatre Company
At Phoenix Center for the Arts

Thursday, July 11

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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