Connect with artists and experts! The Center offers a variety of educational programs to complement the season’s events.
Tomatito Pre-show Discussion
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
6:30 – 7 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Arrive early to enjoy an informative discussion between renowned flamenco dancer Jose Maya and local expert Julia Chacon, director of Inspiracion Flamenca. Free to Tomatito ticket holders.
Jose Serrano Maya is a young flamenco dancer “Bailaor” family descendant of a very important generation of gypsy artists, painters, actors and writers. He has performed with the most important flamenco companies, dancers and musicians such as Diego El Cigala or Tomatito, among a long list of artists and celebrities, like Beyonce or Marc Anthony.
He is considered an extremely gifted flamenco dancer with a unique and passionate technique that combines vigorous rhythms with exuberant perfection, recognized by media and experts as a genuinely genius-maestro of the art of flamenco.
Satirizing French Society
The Art of Honoré Daumier
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016
Learn about France’s deep history of satire through the work of artist Honoré Daumier. Art Historian Anne Conner will discuss the importance of Daumier’s caricatures, paintings, and sculptures of political figures that satires on the monarchy and society of France in the 19th century.
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016
Free to the public
Join us for a screening of the Italian film, Good Morning Heartache (Riprendimi) followed by a facilitated discussion with the director, Anna Negi.
Good Morning Heartache: A modern young couple with a new baby is forced to deal with the almost comedic pain of breaking up while being the subject of a documentary that quickly crosses professional lines into their private lives.
Screened in Italian with English subtitles. 93 mins.
Sea-Lore of Old France
Melusine’s Magic and New World Cousins
Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Dive into French Medieval folklore with Anthropologist Dr. Sharonah Fredrick as she explores the fairy-tale of the two-tailed mermaid, Melusine with visuals by Kendra Bruning.
Fashion 1984 to now
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Take a guided tour of the Emphatics exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum with Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design. The tour will highlight the biannual fashion shows in Paris, including the avant-garde designers of the 1980’s to the early 2000’s such as Claude Montana, Azzedine Alaia, Issey Miyake, and Jean Paul Gaultier, among many others.
How the French Think
Revolution and Sex
Thusday, Jan 12, 2017
France is the country that made revolutions sexy and sex revolutionary. Join Historians Kent Wright and Rachel Fuchs as they pry into France’s distinct perspective on revolution, sex, and the influence of both in French politics and culture.
The Ninth Arts
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
Comic books in France have had a dramatic success within all layers and ages of French society. ASU Professor Enrico Minardi will present the profound cultural value of what has been rightfully called the Ninth Art, presenting several authors and characters from the Thirties till now.
Rigueur and Recipes
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Owner and Chef of Essence Bakery, Eugenia Theodosopoulos, will share some of her experiences working with chefs who hold Meilleurs Ouvriers de France titles along with discussing firsthand why their products and techniques are in fact so different than those in the U.S. Eugenia will also demonstrate a pastry and a bread recipe, referencing the "rigueur" of French methods.
French Cinema and Culture
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017
Screening and discussion
Birthed in France, Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) was one of the most influential moments in cinematic history. Watch a sample of the movement with a screening of Pierrot le Fou, by one of the movement’s key auteurs, Jean-Luc Godard. After the screening there will be a panel discussion on the influence of French New Wave within culture at large with Phoenix Art Museum’s Fashion and Design Curator, Dennita Sewell, owner of Black Cat Vintage online store, Claudine Villardito, Phoenix-based artist, Sloane McFarland, and Foreign Film Professor at ASU, Jason Scott; moderated by LA-filmmaker and director, Morgan Evans.
On-stage visual accompaniment of French ensembles from the 1960’s will be on display from Black Cat Vintage’s physical archive.
Parks and Arts
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017
In this lecture historian Richard S. Hopkins will discuss how many of Paris’s parks and gardens developed in the 19th century and became a popular subject for artists of the Belle Époque, as well as how French notions of rights and joie de vivre have worked to weave those cherished greenspaces into the fabric of daily life in the French capital today.
Tour de France
Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
Take a sensory tour through France with a wine and cheese tasting led by Matthew Semancik, French Wine Specialist for one of the leading Importers of French Wine, Kobrand Wines. Learn more about the distinct flavors of 6 regions in France through unique pairings of these French staples.
The Inspiration for the Aimée Leduc Series
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017
Explore the unique districts that inspired the Series Aimée Leduc with the author Cara Black as she dives into her research process, being an outsider in France, and her new novel Murder on the Quai.