Four Events Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


Lecture: The Significance of the Album Cover

Thursday, February 16th, 12:30pm-2:00pm, Center for the Performing Arts Theater, Tomi Johnston (Art History Professor)

Lecture: The Revolutionary Recording Process

Tuesday, February 21st, 12:30pm-2:00pm, KSC 1000A, Dr. Brett Reed (Music Professor)

Performance: A LIVE recording session

Wednesday, March 1st, 12:30pm-2:00pm, Center for the Performing Arts Music Room (CPA 115), Dr. Brett Reed and Dr. Christopher Scinto




March 10-11, 2017 at 7:30pm,  $8-$20 admission.  (Sunday, March 12th performance canceled).

Come and experience the Beatles' legendary album performed live by the PVCC Faculty Rock Band, Special Guest vocalists and a 30 piece orchestra.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Paradise Valley Community College Student Scholarship Fund. 

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Student Spotlight: The Ghostlight Project

by Courtney Kenyon

On January 19th, the night before the inauguration of our newly elected president, at 5:30pm various theatres all over the country turned on one light. It was a solemn reminder of the times ahead, but it was also a light of hope and courage.

PVCC was no different. At the appointed time, with a small, but mighty, gathering in the Studio Theatre, on a rainy evening, our light was lit. Our ghost light. In the theatre world, a ghostlight is lit at the end of the night when all the work is done and serves as a single light source for safety and visibility should anyone enter the theatre after hours. Of course, that’s just the practical use. On January 19th, our ghost light was lit in solidarity with other theatres as a message that we are a safe space. This initiative was brought to our humble theatre by The Ghostlight Project. 

I found a small blurb about this initiative while scrolling through articles on BroadwayWorld and didn’t think much of it. About a week later, I saw a theatre with whom I have previously worked was participating and it was then that it hit me: I needed to do it, too. So I asked Andrea Robertson, the head of the theatre department, if PVCC could also participate and she enthusiastically wrote back, “Of course!” I only had a couple of days to put anything together, so our ceremony was very humble, but it was incredibly powerful.

Being a theatre artist, I’m not usually overly political. In fact, I’ve been told that I’m “militantly opposed” to politics. And while that might be true to some extent, this time it’s different. I won’t make this writing about politics, but I will say this: as an artist, as someone who makes their living in the arts, as a woman, as an LGBTQ ally, as someone who believes in the unity of science and the arts, and as someone who believes that anyone and everyone should be able to express who they are and be loved for it, my world is threatened. Our world is threatened. But standing in that room, holding hands with my friends, the people I love, my voice shaking and tears escaping my eyes, I knew I was not alone.

The Ghostlight Project’s mission is this, “Inspired by the tradition of leaving a ‘ghost light’ on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone--regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

January 19th is a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. This is not a substitution for protests or direct action, but rather a pledge for continued vigilance and increased advocacy.”

I think it goes without saying that PVCC is a brave space. A safe space. A space of inclusion. I’ve known that since the first day I walked into class. The dedication, inclusivity, love, and compassion that encompasses every person that walks through those doors is an inspiration. It’s something for which, personally, I’ve yearned since my high school theatre days. And I won’t sit idly by while it’s threatened. I will fight for those I love and for those I don’t even know. We will be a light and we will tell the world that all are welcome here.

With love,

Courtney Kenyon

For more information about The Ghostlight Project, please visit


2017 Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30pm-10:30pm, Free Admission

Center for the Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College

18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

The 2017 Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival will feature six world premiere performances of inter-media and interdisciplinary works of art, all of which are based on and/or inspired by the “Visions of the Future” posters series from NASA/JPL.

This year’s festival is focused on STEAM (Science, Techonology, Engineering, Arts, Math), and how the various disciplines in the fine and performing arts interact with and are inspired by topics and ideas from STEAM disciplines. In addition to the performances by some very talented musicians and artists, students from Paradise Valley Community College’s Astronomy program will create supporting documentation and videos to provide additional information about the six posters chosen for performance on the festival.

Casey Farina

Audio/visual Performance/ Video projection and Stereo audio

Poster: HD 40307g

Bio: Casey Farina is a Phoenix-based artist who creates digital media experiences from iterative-electronic processes. This work often combines Farina’s expertise in digital media, animation, music composition, and improvisation. Casey's animated graphic scores have been described as "imaginative" and "progressive" by colleagues and are frequently performed throughout the U.S. Uncertain.Indeterminate.Unknown, Farina’s dissertation work, examines contemporary ideas in cosmology via a digital media performance system. Farina’s installation, project CONDOR, showcased electronic music played by a fleet of miniature robotic airships and was funded by a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) at Northwestern University. Casey was awarded to residency at the Atlantic Center for the Artsto study with iconoclast Mark Applebaum and has presented work at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the International Society of Improvising Musicians, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) conference, and the Spark Festival of electronic music and art. He is currently teaching in the Digital Media Arts program at Glendale Community College and has studied with J.B. Smith, Steve Syverud, Chris Mercer, and Glenn Hackbarth.

Artist: Team Solo Patch 

Future Soul Music/Live Music Performance

Poster: PSO J318.5-22

Bio: Team Solo Patch is a high energy three piece funk band that formed in 2015. Crafting the sound of jazz through modern Dance, House, and Synthwave lenses. A small group, they strive to get the most bang out of your buck by live looping and extensive live computer editing. They are scheduling to relase their first full length album in Early 2017

painless guillotines 

Dark Ambient Electro-Acoustic/Live Music with Electronics

Poster: Europa

Bio: painless guillotines is an electro-acoustic duo that seeks to blend the artist’s diverse backgrounds into a single coherent dark ambient soundscape. By blending techniques often associated with Heavy Metal and other techniques more closely related to the Avant-Garde  painless guillotines creates a Massive Sound with the intended purpose of Massive Effect. painless guillotines accomplishes this dark soundscape world by utilizing guitars, clarinets, EWIs, pedals, Ableton Live, and a heavy dose of improvisation. We invite you to enjoy painless guillotines as we find our way through the dark. The light, however, may never come...

Karl Schindler (performer), Jeremy Muller (composer)

Audio-visual work with audience participation/grand piano

This piece centers around a simple piano solo with a visualization projected on a screen in the background. Additionally, audience members can use their personal phones, tablets, etc. to visit a website designed specifically for this piece to add musical elements from their mobile devices. This will create a texture that extends the piano part and immerse the audience in the sound.

Poster: The Grand Tour


Multimedia performance with audio/electronics/dance/computer generated visuals

Poster: Jupiter

Bio: DATURA was formed in 2013 by John D. Mitchell, Tony Obr, and Joe Willie Smith
to develop a multidisciplinary approach to improvisational performance and, at the same time,
 explore the boundaries and cross overs in the use of digital and analog media and processes in live performance settings.


Electro-Acoustic, Doom, Noise/live percussion with electronics/video projection

Poster: Titan

Bio: [[[personablack]]] is a multimedia artist who focuses on simple materials

About the poster series via

"Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.

A creative team of visual strategists at JPL, known as "The Studio," created the poster series, which is titled "Visions of the Future." Nine artists, designers, and illustrators were involved in designing the 14 posters, which are the result of many brainstorming sessions with JPL scientists, engineers, and expert communicators. Each poster went through a number of concepts and revisions, and each was made better with feedback from the JPL experts."


Study Abroad PVCC: Art History and Communication in Bilbao, Spain

Basque Highlights: Culture and International Communication in Northern Spain

Bilbao, Spain

Dates:  June 5th - 16th, 2017

This study abroad program will take place in Bilbao, Spain, in the heart of Basque-land. Through special projects courses in art and communications, participants will spend their mornings immersed in the rich artistic culture of the Basque region of northern Spain, and their afternoons sharpening their communication skills for speaking to international audiences.

The art course will aim to help students develop an awareness of this ancient, matriarchal, tribal society that has maintained its unique cultural identity into the modern age. The communications course is designed for native (or near-native) English speakers who have had significant public speaking experience. It will focus on the theory and practice of public communication with an international audience, with the goal of developing an awareness of the challenges faced by a non-native English speaking audience, along with theory and practice to master these challenges. These skills will become increasingly important in an expanding global economy.

Course Enrollment (choose one or both courses):

ARH 298AA, 1 cr.

COM298AA, 1 cr.

Estimated Program Cost – 1 credit:  $2,265.30

Estimated Program Cost – 2 credits: $2,358.80

Estimated Airfare: $1,300.00

Estimated Meals:  $350.00

Students can register for one or both courses once Summer registration gets underway.
In the meantime, express interest to:

Tomi Johnston 

Paradise Valley Community College



Jim Paluzzi

(480) 834-5627

8th Annual Desperado LGBT Film Festival


January 27-29, 2017

Center for the Performing Arts

For details:

The Desperado LGBT Film and Arts Festival is an event hosted by a PVCC student organization. Desperado’s mission is to showcase quality films that are related to the experiences of the LGBT community. Our goal is to create an event that is educational, enlightening, entertaining, and enjoyable. In addition to the screening of films, local artisans are showcased at our outdoor amphitheater and painters and photographers are showcased in the art gallery.


PVCC Film Festival Presents: Mystery and Suspense

Wednesday, February 1st @ 6:30pm. Free Admission.
The Silence (Germany, NR; 115 min.)

A young girl is brutally murdered in a wheat field on a hot summer day in 1986. The killer is never found. 23 years later, a 13-year-old girl disappears in similar circumstances, leading the police to suspect the same killer may be at work. As the retired investigator of the earlier case joins a widowed young detective to delve into the mystery of the parallel crimes, the parents of the missing girl, the mother of the original victim, and an accomplice to the 1986 killing all have their worlds begin to crumble as they are drawn deeper into a web of guilt, despair and uncertainty. Luminously shot and commandingly directed by Baran bo Odar, The Silence is a startling, cinematic and utterly mesmerizing thriller.

Wednesday, February 15th @ 6:30pm. Free Admission.
About Elly (Iran, NR; 115 min.)

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her follow travelers.

Wednesday, March 1st @ 6:30pm. Free Admission.
Headhunters (Norway, R; 98 min.)

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Wednesday, March 22nd @ 6:30pm. Free Admission.
The Orphanage (Spain, R; 100 min.)

Guillermo Del Toro, director of the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past.

Two Beatles Events in 2017


February 2, 2017 at 7:30pm. $6-$12 admission. Center for the Performing Arts. 

Join the PVCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble as they perform new arrangements of songs from the Beatles’ 1966 album REVOLVER.

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March 10-11, 2017 at 7:30pm, March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm. $8-$20 admission. 

Come and witness the Beatles' legendary album performed live by the PVCC Faculty Rock Band, Special Guest vocalists and a 20 piece orchestra.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Paradise Valley Community College Student Scholarship Fund. 

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Glass-blowing Event: Handmade Holiday Ornaments


Saturday, December 3rd, 2:00pm-5:00PM, $45 Admission


Start a NEW family tradition this Holiday by creating colorful blown-glass heirlooms!

Each person will design and create their own free-blown-glass holiday ornament.


Within each 15-minute time slot, two people will work in tandem with either Seth Fairweather, glassblowing faculty or Mike Butzine, visiting glassblowing artist. Space is limited. 


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Illusions of Depth: Sidewalk Art at PVCC

Krystal Aroche

Krystal Aroche

The Fall 2016 ART113 Color class has once again created illusions of depth on the sidewalks of the PVCC campus. Using strategies of color and composition such as overlapping, diminishing scale, color atmosphere, vertical placement and receding color, the students have created a series of surprising troupe l’oeil images that interrupt viewers’ perception of depth as the encounter the normally mundane concrete sidewalk.

Students in this year’s project are: Krystal Aroche, Sophia Clamitti, Alida Johnson, Jackie Lipscomb, Hunter Luck, Marybeth Miller, Kim Russell, Maggie Scott, Taylor Wilson, Ping Yi-Rivera

The group works from 5:30 to about 8:00 pm to create their image from a previously designed mock-up created in class.

Taylor and Maggie.

Taylor and Maggie.

Alida and Kim.

Alida and Kim.

Hunter Luck

Hunter Luck

Marybeth Miller

Marybeth Miller

Jackie Lipscomb

Jackie Lipscomb

Sophia Clamitti

Sophia Clamitti

Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson

Maggie Scott

Maggie Scott

Alida Johnson

Alida Johnson

Kim Russell

Kim Russell

Ping Yi-Rivera

Ping Yi-Rivera

Fired Up! Raku Night | October 29th, 2016

Save the date for Saturday, October 29th at 6:00pm for an exciting Raku Firing/Ceramics Fundraising Event.
Raku Nights is a fundraising event AND a hands-on ceramics workshop rolled into one!
$35 per ticket includes:
*Your selected piece of hand-thrown pottery to design, glaze and take home.
• Dramatic Raku Kiln firing of each piece
• Pottery throwing demonstration
• Appetizers and dessert
• Live music performed by the PVCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Tickets will go on sale on October 3rd. Purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Proceeds benefit the PVCC Ceramics Program Support Fund.