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Top Phoenix area museum, theater and arts things to do for March

While some arts and culture centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others are working to offer new shows and new art exhibitions in Arizona as safely as possible.

Theaters including the Herberger Theater Center have taken their stages outside. With socially distant seating, the theater will present three new concerts from a series that was postponed earlier in the year. Meanwhile, museums such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Mesa Arts Center have new exhibitions with safety considerations due to the ongoing pandemic in place.

One highlight in March is the work of playwright Elaine Romero will be celebrated by 14 theater companies across the nation. Romero is Arizona Theatre Company’s playwright-in-residence and five theaters in Arizona will be participating.

“Love is the entry point for every story I tell,” Romero said in a press release.

“I fall in love with a character,

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Project [BLANK], Dance Film, False Cast And The Symphony

Our picks for art and culture this weekend include a new gallery space in Hillcrest, Project [BLANK]’s new performance work, a short dance film filmed in Nigeria and the Symphony.

A still from the dance film

Credit: Ridwan Adeniyi and Jacob Jonas

Above: A still from the dance film “Kaduna” features dancers Victory and Marvel Abinum. The short film screens as part of the Films.Dance festival, through Sunday, Jan. 31.

There’s an exciting blend of art and culture out there this weekend, including a bite-sized dance film viewable on demand, livestreamed performances from beautiful venues, in-person gallery visits and even a new outdoor sculpture installation that involves a little hike.

‘Kaduna’: Films.Dance Festival

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Brothers Victory and Marvel Ebinum set some stunning choreography about family and connection against the sometimes lush and sometimes stark landscapes of Kaduna, Nigeria, where the brothers are from. Films.Dance is a project out of the Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas

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Low-key Kennedy Center arts awards to honor Joan Baez, Dick Van Dyke

Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke and folk icon Joan Baez are among those receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, one of America’s most prestigious arts awards, which will be distributed at a scaled-back event reimagined due to the pandemic.

Choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks and violinist Midori round out the 43rd class of honorees.

The Kennedy Center — Washington’s performing arts complex that serves as a living monument to slain president John F. Kennedy — was forced to twice postpone its night of red-carpet glitz traditionally held in December due to the coronavirus.

Instead of a single gala, a series of small in-person events with socially distant audiences and virtual tributes is now slated for May 17-22. The honorees will receive their medals during that week.

“This past year has taught us many things including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” Kennedy Center president Deborah

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Arts & Culture: Grayson gallery goes virtual for latest exhibit – The Tribune

Grayson Gallery and Art Center has pivoted during the pandemic to work around health issues and rules for gathering by offering virtual exhibits via photos of original artwork from local makers. As part of the monthly Grayson F!nal Fr!days Art Walk, the gallery will present the virtual exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

They are currently looking for participation from even more artists. Anyone who contributes that utilizes social media will be added as a ‘contributor’ to the photo album, which can be found on their Facebook page, so creators will have even more input, such as adding pricing of work.

Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for the exhibit. The gallery is specifically interested in what artists have created over the past year, especially since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, or older work that represents the effects of the pandemic.

To submit, email Dan Click at

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