Stimulate the economy and your funny bone … buy tickets to the Capitol Steps!

November 18, 2009
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SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Capitol Steps on Nov. 27–28.

Single tickets are available from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Web site at or the box office at 480-994-ARTS (2787) ext. 2.

capital stepsFamous for putting the ‘mock’ in democracy, the Capitol Steps have become an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The irreverent group charms audiences on both sides of the aisle with its unique brand of political humor set to popular music. While the Steps are renowned for poking fun at occupants of the White House, no one is safe from their wickedly funny jabs, from Democrats to Republicans and from Congress to the Supreme Court.

Depending on the scandal of the day, the Steps will perform selections from their up-to-the-minute repertoire, including songs and skits from their latest albums, Obama Mia and Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree, with special ‘guest appearances’ by President and Nobel Prize winner Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi and many more.
The Capitol Steps’ performances are sponsored in laughing memory of Steve Simon by his family and are presented with support from Marriott Suites Scottsdale Old Town.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

Heard Museums to host Ornament Marketplace during Thanksgiving weekend

November 18, 2009

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Holiday event features holiday ornaments, book signings, live music

navajo storyteller ornamentsSCOTTSDALE – The Heard Museum Shop at Heard Museum Phoenix and Heard Museum North Scottsdale Shop is pleased to present their 2nd annual Ornament Marketplace and holiday shopping event, Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29. Discover some of the Southwest’s most distinctive holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind ornaments! More than 20 talented Native artists have crafted ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads just for this event. Enjoy live music, book signings and hot cider courtesy of The Heard Museums Cafes at both locations.

Bring out-of-town friends and family to the world famous Heard Museum Phoenix or Heard Museum North Scottsdale to learn more about Native cultures while you shop and get a jump-start on holiday shopping while avoiding the chaos of the mall. A wide range hand-made holiday ornaments, decorated wreaths, books and gifts made by Native artists will be available for purchase.

Meet author Brooke Bessesen, as she signs and personalized her children’s books Look Who Lives in the Desert, and Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Heard Museum North Scottsdale.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, shop as you listen to Canyon Records recording artist Anthony Wakeman, Gunlake Band of Pottawatomi/Oglala Lakota, as he plays his flute and signs copies of his new CD, Points of Origin.

Get into the holiday spirit and support Native artists from the Southwest. A special piece of jewelry or item of contemporary artwork from the Berlin Gallery portion of the Shop is sure to make your loved one's holiday.

The Heard Museum Shops offer a wide selection of work from different American Indian traditions.

Call 602-252-8344 or visit