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Love is in the air this February at Scottsdale Arts

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Storm Large and Alexis Janae are among the many performers lined up by Scottsdale Arts this February. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)

Scottsdale Arts offer Broadway star, other notable acts

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Scottsdale Arts this February embraces the love of art and art lovers alike with new, exciting events.

February starts by welcoming Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to bring artists, art and audiences together for two shows from Feb. 1–2. Acclaimed Broadway star and LGBTQIA+ activist Nina West joins Seth Rudetsky for an intimate concert full of popular theater hits and candid stories.

On Feb. 9, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art invites art lovers to celebrate its 25th anniversary with new exhibitions, special drinks, tasty treats, music performances and activities with artists and creatives from around the Valley.

The following is a list of events and exhibitions from Scottsdale Arts, a nonprofit organization comprising Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, Canal Convergence and Civic Center LIVE.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $50
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings artists, art and audiences together through its ever-evolving repertory of contemporary dance, created by today’s leading choreographic voices.

Memory Lounge: The Human Heart and Valentine’s Day
Friday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets per couple: $20
Monica Martinez incorporates images of anatomy in many of her colorful and expressive paintings. Make your own unique Valentine’s Day card inspired by human heart anatomy.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: A French Musical Feast
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $26
Enjoy “A French Musical Feast” with Jeffrey Siegel as he serves up Debussy’s “Clair de lune” alongside pieces by Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Satie.

Knight Rise at Sunset
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5:35 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:45 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Tickets: $45
In this illuminating event and workshop, you will experience the sunset inside James Turrell Skyspace Knight Rise at SMoCA.

SMoCA’s 25th Birthday Celebration + Opening
Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Tickets: Free
Party like it’s 1999! Join us to celebrate SMoCA’s 25th birthday and new exhibitions with special drinks, tasty treats, music performances and activities with artists and creatives from around the Valley.

DELFEAYO MARSALIS and the UPTOWN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $45
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Delfeayo Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra as they stretch the boundaries of what is expected from big bands, offering up an extraordinary sense of joy and fun that could only come from New Orleans.

Jazz Lounge: Alexis Janae | Love & Pain
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $22
Encounter an intimate and soulful performance with singer-songwriter Alexis Janae as she explores the concept of “love and pain.”

The Seth Rudetsky Series starring Nina West
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $65
Nina West is an American drag queen, actor, singer, songwriter, author and LGBTQIA+ activist, who is known for the lead role of Edna Turnblad in the national tour of the Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

Memory Lounge: Mindful Rhythms
Friday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets per couple: $20
Holly Cluff is the founder of TaikoMIND, an organization that teaches mindfulness and meditation through the rhythms of taiko drumming.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $49
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo brings its internationally beloved troupe of male dancers to Scottsdale to perform a brilliant combination of skillful pointe work and hilarious parodying of classical ballet favorites.

Rebels en Pointe: Panel Discussion with The Trocks
Saturday, Feb. 17, noon
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: Free
Members of Les Ballets de Trockadero’s artistic leadership team and company members discuss the company’s history following its inception in the wake of the Stonewall riots, using archival videos to illustrate the Trocks’ approach to ballet, gender and drag performance.

Scottsdale Symphonic Orchestra
Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $15
Join the Scottsdale Symphonic Orchestra for “An Afternoon of Romance,” including works by Rossini, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

Library Creatives: All Things Color!
Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Library
Tickets: Free
In this hands-on workshop, create a fun desert landscape painting with Arizona-based artist Jackson Kloog. In line with the “COLORLOVE” exhibition at the Civic Center Public Gallery, inside Scottsdale Civic Center Library, participants will learn some basics of color theory to apply to their masterpieces.

Kronos Quartet
Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $40
For nearly 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has reimagined the string quartet experience and become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our era.

Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs Opening Reception
Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: Free
Join photographer and former Major League pitcher Randy Johnson at an opening reception for “Storytelling with Photographs,” coinciding with the 2024 Spring Training season and showcasing images from Johnson’s travels.

The TEN Tenors — Greatest Hits Live!
Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $59
Formed in 1995, The TEN Tenors are the world’s longest running classical crossover act, having headlined more than 3,500 concerts around the world, and now they’re coming to Scottsdale.

Dance, Advocacy & Entrepreneurship | Virtual Talk with Gina Gibney & Gilbert Small II
Monday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Virtual Event
Tickets: Free
Tune into this virtual event for an engaging talk with Gibney Company’s artistic director, Gina Gibney, and company director, Gilbert T Small II, on the intersection of dance, advocacy and entrepreneurship.

Balancing Acts
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.
Virtual Event
Tickets: $150
Even at its most rewarding, caregiving can be a lonely job. Join fellow caregivers as we build community through writing and workshopping true stories.

Storm Large
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $34
Known for her work as vocalist with Pink Martini, Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova,” where, despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, she built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.

LOOKING AHEAD  

ARTrageous Gala | Cosmic Crescendo
Saturday, April 6
Scottsdale Civic Center
Witness eclipse-inspired performances blending dance, music and visuals, celebrating the seamless unity of art forms at ARTrageous Gala | Cosmic Crescendo. Details coming soon to Gala.ScottsdaleArts.org.

EXHIBITIONS  

Dorothy Fratt: Color Mirage  
Feb. 3 through July 21
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 
Admission: $7 to $12 
“Color Mirage” is the first major U.S. museum exhibition on the prolific, yet underrecognized, American painter Dorothy Fratt.

Carolina Aranibar-Fernández: Oleaje
Feb. 10 through Aug. 4
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 
Admission: $7 to $12 
“Oleaje,” Spanish for “Groundswell,” features new large-scale installation works by Bolivian-born artist Carolina Aranibar-Fernández that map and memorialize the rippling effects of a coercive global trade industry.

Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs  
Feb. 23 through April 28
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
Admission: Free 
Former Major League pitcher Randy Johnson’s new photography exhibition, coinciding with the 2024 Spring Training season, showcases images from his travels.

Roelof Knol: the space in between 
Sept. 23, 2023, through July 28
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 
Admission: $7 to $12 
In this new immersive installation, emerging Dutch artist Roelof Knol creates a playful, interactive, audiovisual experience that invites viewers to explore their relationship between digital and physical spaces. 

_____ space Exhibitions 
Sept. 22, 2023, through July 28 
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 
Admission: free 
____ space (blank space) is a new, experimental, flexible space at SMoCA, currently featuring two installations by artists Kenaim Al-Shatti and Roelof Knol. 

COLORLOVE 
Jan. 8 through March 30
Scottsdale Civic Center Library 
Admission: Free 
This community exhibition celebrates the power of the full rainbow of colors. Juried and co-curated by Tucson artist Lex Gjurasic.

Breaking the Binary 
Oct. 11, 2023, through April 15
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
Admission: Free 
Featuring surrealistic self-portraits by youth associated with the nonprofit one•n•ten, “Breaking the Binary” explores what being queer means to them. 

Scottsdale Public Art Permanent Collection 
Ongoing 
Various locations throughout Scottsdale 
Admission: Free
More than 150 artworks, many of them large-scale sculptures, can be found throughout the city at parks, in public facilities, and along the streets. See the map at ScottsdalePublicArt.org for locations. 

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