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Center for the Performing Arts



FIRST SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS:
RITMO LATINO

6 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014
Food Truck: Press Italian Street Food

Free admission - CPA Outdoor Stage
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Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. From their festive up-beat rhythms to their relaxing & soothing sounds Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time. Mixing the best rhythms of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, modern Jazz, and joining their wonderful musical energy together, Ritmo Latino will have you up and out of your seats dancing and enjoying a wonderful time. Creating an infectious and joyful mix of danceable and very listenable Latin Fusion music that will get you on your feet! A Gozar!


THE UNFORTUNATES: A New Musical In Concert at PVCC
Created by Jon Beavers, Ramiz Monsef, Ian Merrigan, and Casey Hurt; additional material by Kristoffer Diaz
Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm
$5-$10 advanced tickets • $4 additional ticket fee 1-hour prior at door

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THE UNFORTUNATES:
A musical pilgrimage through uniquely American genres delivers five prisoners to salvation — or at least keeps the terror at bay. Facing an uncertain end, they bring to life the story of Big Joe, a tough bartender who risks everything to save the armless courtesan Rae from a deadly plague. Combining the heat of a gospel revival with the sweet sorrow of the blues, "The Unfortunates" convinces us that any great challenge can be faced with dignity, grace, and compassion.

THE UNFORTUNATES: The Story
As prisoners of war languish behind bars, they sing “The St. James Infirmary Blues” to steel themselves for death. Guards periodically come in and drag prisoners away. With only two left, reality slips away as they get sucked into the story of the song:
Big Joe was the boxman for craps games with giant fists who oversaw King Jesse’s barroom/brothel/gambling-house until Jesse died of the plague. Jesse had been a powerful, immoral racketeer who used his own daughter—the beautiful, armless Rae—as collateral on bets. There was no risk of Jesse losing because Joe (who was and is in love with Rae) would pound his huge fists to ensure a favorable roll of the dice.
Once, Joe forgot to pound and lost, and Rae had to give herself to the gambler Stack-O-Lee. It was the beginning of her life as a prostitute. After Jesse’s death, Joe takes over the bar and gets rid of the gambling and prostitution—freeing Rae.
But Joe cannot protect Rae from contracting a plague that has reached pandemic proportions. The Doctor at St. James (followed by his cronies, the ever-hungry scavenger Rooks) purportedly has a cure, but it is expensive.
Joe resorts to playing craps to win the Doctor’s fee, but before he can pay, Rae offers her body to the Doctor in exchange for the medicine. Joe finds Rae dead on the operating table. He hunts down the fleeing Doctor, who admits that there is no cure and it was all a scam.
As Big Joe buries his love, the world of the song fades out and the jail cell reappears. Having gained courage from the story of “St. James Infirmary,” the remaining prisoner defiantly faces the guards who have come to execute him.


Student Directed One Act Plays - First Weekend:

The Food Chain by Nicky Silver; Directed by Nathaniel Lutz
November 7-8 at 7:30pm, November 9 at 2:00pm • Studio Theater, M-East Buidling • $5 general admission

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Amanda, an anorexic poet of some pretensions, has been married for three weeks, but her husband, Ford, has been missing for two. She calls a crisis hot line and reaches Bea, a volunteer. Ford walks in so she simply hangs up on Bea. Meanwhile, across town, Serge, a completely vain runway model, paces as he waits for the arrival of his latest paramour. He is intruded upon by a former one-night stand, Otto, who worships him and who tips the scales at about three hundred pounds. As riotous chaos builds, we learn that Bea is Otto's mother, that Otto and Amanda are old school friends, that Serge will settle for both Amanda and Ford and that Ford has absolutely nothing to say. Bea takes charge and offers a solution. Although short on practicality, it is long on pleasure.


Student Directed One Act Plays - Second Weekend:

I and You by Lauren Gunderson; Directed by Precious Chapman
November 14-15 at 7:30pm, November 16 at 2:00pm • Studio Theater, M-East Buidling • $5 general admission

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One afternoon in your town, Anthony arrives at Caroline's door bearing waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself", and an urgent assignment from their high school lit teacher. Living most of her life online, Caroline is sick and hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly vanilla poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.


UPCOMING FALL 2014 EVENTS:


FILM FESTIVAL @ PVCC - THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE - LIVING THROUGH CONFLICT PRESENTS:
Katyn (Poland, NR, 120 min.) Wednesday, November 5th @ 6:30pm. Free Admission

PVCC OPEN SCORE ENSEMBLE CONCERT - Thursday, November 13th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.

PVCC JAZZ ENSEMBLES CONCERT - Wednesday, November 19th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.

PVCC CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES CONCERT - Thursday, November 20th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.

AUDITIONS FOR WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER by AR Gurney. DIRECTED BY JOE FLOWERS.
December 3rd ‐ 5th. Call 602‐787‐6595 for information.

PVCC FALL DANCE COLLECTION PERFORMANCES
Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.

PVCC JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT - Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm. Free Admission
Studio Theater/M‐East Building.


Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Center for the Performing Arts
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Email:
boxoffice@paradisevalley.edu

Staff

Dr. Christopher Scinto, facility coordinator
M-East Building, Room 169
Office Phone: (602) 787-6686
Office Fax: (602) 787-6674
Email: christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu

Gena Wade, box office coordinator
CPA
Office Phone: (602) 787-7738
Office Fax: (602) 787-6674
Email: gena.wade@paradisevalley.edu

Erik Reid, technical director
CPA
Office Phone: (602) 787-7310
Office Fax: (602) 787-6674
Email: erik.reid@paradisevalley.edu

Karla Frederick, assistant technical director
CPA
Office Phone: (602) 787-7310
Office Fax: (602) 787-6674
Email: karla.frederick@paradisevalley.edu

The college of you.