November 2015 Around Town

19th Annual “Hidden in the Hills” Artist Studio Tour

The Sonoran Arts League presents “Hidden in the Hills,” the Valley’s largest six-day studio tour and sale, which will be held November 20–22 and November 27–29.

Two of this year’s featured artists are Kim Heath and Nettie Cannon. Working with metal, Kim Heath found that he wanted to show metal’s inner beauty by creating unique pieces of functional and non-functional art. Each one of his pieces is individually designed, cut, shaped, welded and heat colored by hand. Nettie Cannon was the Sonoran Art League’s Artist of the Month in March 2015. She makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind ceramics for the home, including vases, bowls and platters.

With 177 artists participating in the 19th Annual “Hidden in the Hills” Artist Studio Tour & Sale, attendees can visit 44 working artists, along with their guest artists, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and purchase original artwork directly from the artists during this free self-guided tour throughout the picturesque Sonoran Foothills of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. For information visit:

MusicaNova Orchestra 2015 – 2016 Season

MusicaNova began its thirteenth season this fall and will run through May 2016 with an expanded lineup of events, continuing its mission to play great new, neglected and traditional music, and introduce the finest young musicians to Valley audiences.  The MusicaNova Season is comprised of its Orchestra Concerts held in the Central Arts District; Collaborative Concerts with musicians from other genres such as jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian; Salon Concerts in private homes; and its Young Artists Series, showcasing the Valley’s brightest young musicians under 18 in recital.

The MusicaNova Orchestra is comprised of many of the Valley’s leading classical musicians and educators, and performers with its Young Artists Series have gone on to attend prestigious conservatories including Julliard, Oberlin and Peabody.

In addition to its concert series, MusicaNova supports two educational programs: The MusicaNova Composition Fellows Program, which finds fine young composers and gives them intense, hands-on mentoring in the preparation, rehearsal and performance of one of their works; and the Educational Outreach and Collaboration Program, where MNO musicians visit partner schools and music teaching organizations around the Valley to play and talk with students about their aspirations, inspirations and lives as musicians. This season students from MNO partner schools will join the orchestra for Shostakovich Seven in April 2016. For information on MusicaNova, or for a schedule of performances visit:

56th Annual Heart Ball

Join the 2015 Phoenix Heart Ball Chair Kimberly Afkhami and over 100 women leaders of the Phoenix Heart Ball Committee as they raise funds to make a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Consistently one of the top 10 performing Heart Balls in the nation benefitting the American Heart Association, the Phoenix Heart Ball works throughout the year to raise funds for prevention, education and research programs that promote heart health. Since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball and its generous donors have raised more than $30 million to fight heart disease and stroke in our community. This year’s gala is being held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on Saturday, November 21st.  For information visit:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Grant Honors 
Doctor Robert Arceci

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to honor the memory of the late renowned hematologic oncologist Robert Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., by presenting a national grant in his name to a young emerging scientist.

A physician and scientist who served as a clinical advisor for LLS and researched novel therapeutics for leukemia patients, Dr. Arceci died in a tragic motorcycle accident on his way to work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on June 8. Dr. Arceci, division chief of the Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, devoted much of his 30-year academic career to improving treatment options for children and adolescents with cancer.

The five-year $550,000 Robert Arceci Career Development Program (CDP) Award has been presented to Benjamin Garcia, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, to support his work seeking to use state-of-the-art techniques to understand the mechanisms by which abnormalities in the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene play a role in a very high-risk form of leukemia. To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society visit

Phoenix Art Museum’s 
Infocus Honors James Hajicek

INFOCUS, the photography support organization of the Phoenix Art Museum, has announced that renowned artist, author and educator James Hajicek will receive its 2015 Founders Award. The INFOCUS Founders Award honors individuals, businesses or organizations whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona. Mr. Hajicek will accept the award at the organization’s annual PhotoBid Gala Art Auction held Friday, November 13th at Phoenix Art Museum.

James Hajicek is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU), where he taught fine art photography for 34 years and directed programming in the specialized area of late 19th-century printing processes. For 17 of those 34 years, he also served as director of ASU’s Northlight Gallery, where he was responsible for building a significant collection of photographs dating back to 1840, so students could have hands-on experiences with prints from the history of photography. His significant lifelong contributions to the photographic craft combined with his genuine love of teaching make Mr. Hajicek a natural choice for this third annual Founders Award. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets visit: