Autry National Center of the American West

Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West

"Empire and Liberty" is the first major museum exhibition to illuminate the causes and legacies of the American Civil War from the vantage point of Westward expansion. Visitors are invited to explore the conflicts and connections of a growing nation through an astonishing array of more than 200 significant artifacts, including Texas slave sale documents, Andrés Pico’s war drum, the battle flag carried by soldiers of the California Hundred, a Buffalo Soldier’s revolver, and Cherokee General Stand Watie’s bowie knife. This exhibition shows how the Civil War was more than a clash between the North and South; it was part of a history of debate over how America would expand, and who, within that expanding nation, might claim freedom. More

Carol Friedman (left), Simon Benjamin (right)

Valley Performing Arts Center

Bobby McFerrin with special guest, Taylor McFerrin

Family resemblance – it’s passed from generation to generation, sometimes reliably and other times rebelliously. In some families, the resemblance is of a musical kind. This father and son duo will test the possibilities and share the VPAC stage intended to stretch musical boundaries, and to celebrate the similarities embedded within contrasting musical styles. More

Valley Performing Arts Center

"Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ," Stewart Copeland, Composer

VPAC welcomes Stewart Copeland, who caught the world’s attention when he captured the raw energy of the London punk rock scene by forming The Police. Copeland has since spent three decades as an acclaimed film composer, filmmaker and creator of opera, ballet and chamber music. More