No time to cruise? No matter. Landlocked Arizonans can experience exotic island culture at this weekend's Caribbean Multicultural Festival, which brings native music, food, dancers, storytellers, and arts and crafts to Heritage Square, 601 East Monroe. The Caribbean American Association of Arizona, in conjunction with the Children With AIDS Project, presents the annual event, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 27. Entertainers from such places as Jamaica, Trinidad, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic and Africa set the tone with reggae, calypso, salsa, jazz-fusion and pop music. As revelers get down to the sounds of the Trinidad Calypso Band, Azuma Matiko World Beat featuring Tommy Doo, Dee Dread and the Zion Knights, Canela, and the All Spice Youth Steel Pan Symphony, the exhibitions and games inside the Global Village introduce children to Caribbean culture. Festival admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Call 602-595-1659 or see www.afasa-az.org for more information. - Jill Koch
Frames of Reference
Exhibit explores Chandler's Hispanic history
Putting a face on Chandler's history -- several, in fact -- the city's Historic Hispanic photo exhibition hangs through October 16 at the Vision Gallery, 80 San Marcos Place in downtown Chandler. On view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, the collection includes more than 30 photographs and corresponding biographies of Chandler's pioneering Hispanic families. Call 480-917-6859. - Jill Koch
Silent film series salutes comedy, shorts and all
Bored by the brutality of today's movies? Trade the violence for silence this Sunday, September 28, when Silent Sundays return to the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. The film series' fifth season commences with "Sunday Funnies," a collection of classic comedy shorts, including His Marriage Wow, starring Harry Langdon; Laurel and Hardy's Habeas Corpus; Good Night, Nurse, with Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle; and Mabel's Married Life, starring Charlie Chaplin. The program begins with a 2:30 p.m. concert on the Orpheum's Mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students; proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. Call 623-877-0635 or see www.silentsundays.com. - Jill Koch
Music marathon goes global
This is our kind of marathon: all amps, no cramps. On Saturday, September 27, Paradise Valley Community College hosts a World Music Marathon, celebrating an array of music and dance from Mexico and Latin and South America. The set list is set to include Anya's Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian-style sounds, Nosotros' Andean folk music, and the traditional Mexican melodies of Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix. We really are the world. Showtime is 7 p.m. in the M Building's Studio Theater on the PVCC campus, 18401 North 32nd Street. Admission, $5, includes a children's book; donations benefit the Palomino Elementary School Library. Call 602-787-6686 for further information. - Jill Koch
A Whole Lotta Piata
Hispanic Week fires up a fiesta
Just another Hispanic Sunday? Not quite. At noon on September 28, the Mexican Cultural Center of Phoenix launches Hispanic Heritage Week with a festival at Heritage Square, 115 North Sixth Street. Until 7 p.m., the fiesta features Latin American cuisine, live entertainment, fine art and "a musical journey through Spanish-America." Festivities resume at noon Monday, September 29, with a "Hispanic Sights and Sounds" lunchtime concert and Latino art walk at Patriots Square Park, Central and Washington. The hourlong events recur each day through Friday, October 3.
The celebration concludes at Phoenix College on Saturday, October 4, with an 8 p.m. "Myth and Legends" dance performance. Call 602-271-4858 for details on any of the week's events.
Scottsdale sets the mood in the East Valley with a free Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, September 27. From 4 to 9 p.m., Latin sounds, food, educational booths and children's activities fill Eldorado Park, 2311 North Miller. Call 480-312-7252 for more information.- Jill Koch
Rocks Around the Clock
Sedona hosts the top jazz performers
Jazz grooves whip up a vortex of musical energy, so what better place than Sedona for a harmonic convergence of top jazz talent? Get your qi together for Sedona's Jazz on the Rocks Benefit Festival Weekend, this Friday, September 26, through Sunday, September 28. A free concert at noon Friday sets the tempo, followed by Friday night's Jazz Under the Stars performance by Dee Dee Bridgewater. On Saturday, the Benefit Festival raises money for Arizona music education and features Al Jarreau, Russell Malone, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Polish off the weekend with Sunday's Jazz Brunch at the Hilton with Giacomo Gates. For ticket prices and a complete lineup, see www.sedonajazz.com or call 1-928-282-1985. - Kim Toms
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Artists thirst for vigil
Life in Arizona completely depends on water, and a group of artists is bravely going without it for 24 hours to raise awareness of immigrants dying in the desert. From 5 p.m. until dusk on Sunday, September 28, "A Day Without Water" at Cesar Chavez Park is a showcase of creativity for a political cause, including an excerpt from Christopher Danowski's play Mexotica, a staged reading of The Crossing from Colores Actors-Writers Workshop, folk music from Peter Garcia and Norma Talamante, original poetry by Michelle Martinez, and music from singer, songwriter and day laborer Antonio Laguna.
"We hope to do it twice a year, to coincide with the beginning and the end of the bad season for immigrant deaths," says project coordinator James Garcia, who performs an excerpt of his play American Latino Redux. Visit www.americanlatino.net/dww for details.- Michele Laudig