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Culture Pass offers affordable way to experience local arts, culture

culture pass

The Act One Culture Pass gives library customers FREE admission for two at participating arts and cultural destinations. Available to residents in Phoenix, Tucson and Sedona, Culture Passes provide Arizonans free admission to dozens of arts and cultural organizations.

Stop by one of 64 participating libraries, find a Culture Pass card for the destination and take it to the checkout. Library staff will give you a date-due receipt admitting two people to that destination during the following seven days.

Restrictions may apply, and passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more details about Culture Passes.

– Juliet Martin, Act One

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‘Shalom, Shanghai!’ comes to Phoenix

Shalom Shanghai

Award-winning Chinese-American violinist Xiang Gao is proud to partner with Violins of Hope Phoenix and the Jewish Federation of Phoenix to bring “Shalom, Shanghai!” to the Valley on March 23 and 24.

The performance, which will take place at the Arizona Science Center Planetarium, is a theatrical concert telling true stories of Jewish musician refugees in Shanghai during the Holocaust.

It is among the last opportunities to interact with the Violins of Hope, which tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, before they complete their two-month run in Arizona this month.

– Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer, Violins of Hope Phoenix

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Warrior’s words

Warrior's words

“How pleasant then, if we’re going to fight them in the shade.” So said Spartan King Leonidas, when told Persian archers at Thermopylae were so numerous their arrows would blot out the sun.

Erik Weihenmayer, who is the first blind person to successfully summit Mount Everest, utilized what he calls “optimistic pessimism” to keep his team going on its assault on the mountain. For example, when someone remarked, “It’s cold up here,” his response was, “Yup, but at least it’s wet!”

Be the attitude adjustment that your team needs to accomplish the mission. Gripes go up the chain, never down.

Sgt. Mike Wesley – USMC (Retired)