Musical comedy ‘Sister Act’ opens tonight at Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

  Can the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center produce a full-blown musical comedy production with less than four weeks rehearsal? The cast of 40 and crew of “Sister Act” say they can, noting that the whirlwind pace is bringing out the best in themselves and bonding them to their fellow Thespians. “It’s a great learning […]

Free Shuffle Concert gives audience a say in which selections will be performed

Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis     You choose. They play. And admission is free when they perform Jan. 20 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center as part of the venue’s Free Art Series. The Shuffle Concert is a unique concept in which the audience is invited to actively participate in the […]

Superstition Mountain Museum’s annual heritage celebration returns Jan. 13-14

Yellowbird Indian Dancers featured at museum’s biggest event of the year     The biggest event of the year takes place in mid-January at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion is the weekend of Jan. 13-14. Each year, this spectacular two-day shindig celebrates the […]

Nearly 40 actors cast in musical ‘Sister Act’ coming to Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center has announced the cast for “Sister Act,” the stage version of the 1992 movie musical of the same name that starred Whoopi Goldberg. “Sister Act” will be performed Friday-Monday, Jan. 26-29, at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. This feel-good musical comedy smash […]

Model trains make a stop Dec. 28-Jan. 6 at Red Mountain Library in Mesa

  (Special to the Independent/City of Mesa)  Let your imagination ride the rails at a free model train exhibit Dec. 28-Jan. 6 at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road in Mesa. The exhibit, presented by Grand Canyon State Model Railroaders, has more than 750 square feet of HO track and model towns. The […]

Holiday events in Queen Creek and surrounding areas

From light shows and winter wonderlands to New Year’s parties and flashlight hikes, venues in Queen Creek and the surrounding communities are offering a variety of holiday-themed events for all ages. Here are some of the family-friendly events: •A Winter’s Dream San Tan Valley: Features synchronized music and light shows from 6 p.m. to 10 […]

Music legends, emerging stars to perform at County Thunder

The line-up for Country Thunder includes some of today’s top county/western stars as well as up-and-comers. Veteran duo Big & Rich; Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Cole Swindell will be joined by emerging superstars Brett Young and Michael Ray; the legendary Tracy Lawrence and red-hot, up-and-comer Lindsay Ell at Country Thunder Arizona, which […]

Public invited to pop-up holiday sing-along Dec. 22 in Queen Creek

All ages and vocal abilities are welcome to sing, then stay for a movie   Love to sing Christmas carols? So does Robin Benning. That’s why the Queen Creek man organized a pop-up holiday sing-along for this Friday night and he is inviting the public to attend. The sing-along will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, […]

Holiday dance shows Dec. 15-16 to benefit nonprofit HopeKids Foundation

HopeKids children to share center stage during ‘A Season to Shine’ Dec. 15     What do you get when you combine disciplined dance students and children with cancer or other life-threatening illness and a desire to express themselves? You get “A Season to Shine,” a special program of Dance Connection 2, a Chandler-based dance studio […]

Queen candidates sought for Lost Dutchman Days rodeo, events

Applications for the 2018 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant are due by Jan. 6, the day the pageant will be held. For more information and an application packet, go to The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo is Feb. 23-25. The rodeo royalty pageant is held annually to select three young ladies fulfilling the titles of […]