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2020 Press Releases:

Bestor’s Fall concert at Kayenta will feature Kurt’s trio on an outdoor stage with the gorgeous

Ivins Red Mountains as his backdrop.

Ivins, UT– Internationally acclaimed musician Kurt Bestor will perform his “Music In High Places” concert in view of the majestic Red Rock mountain range surrounding the outdoor Walton Commons at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins. Taking place Sept. 18 th and 19 th , the renowned musician and his
trio will perform a collection of original songs from Bestor’s popular albums “Seasons”, “Sketch’s” “Innovators” and “Outside the Lines.” He will also be debuting some new music from a long-awaited new 2021 release.
Bestor loves playing in intimate settings like Kayenta, but this year’s concert is especially meaningful to him. “This will be the first time, since the pandemic canceled all my summer concerts, that I will be playing for a live audience. In a way, this is a “welcome back” show for me and I can’t think of a better place to play than under the stars with that one-of-a-kind majestic view in the background. “ While Bestor is known for his unique way of combining jazz, classical and world music; it is his affable personality on stage and his banter with the audience that has made him a favorite performer at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Throughout the concert, Bestor weaves in the stories behind each song and explains why and how he wrote them in his warm, humorous style, while encouraging everyone to escape for the evening and get lost in the setting and the music.
“You can’t help but feel his own journey through his music, and it touches everyone in a different way,” says Elise West, a lifelong friend, fellow musician, and devoted fan. “It’s the reason people go to his concerts. Everyone comes to their own interpretation of what the music means for them personally, and
music is a good therapy for our communities right now, especially.”

Bestor’s unique style has earned him legions of loyal fans around the world. His musical voice is uniquely his and, he hopes, “elevating,” having the capacity to evoke joy, serenity, and ecstasy. His composing and performing talents have garnered an Emmy award and Grammy nominations. He’s best known for his popular Christmas concerts and albums, but he’s also written over 40 feature-length scores for film, themes for national television productions and he’s performed live concerts to more than half a million
people in the past three decades. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta thanks the generous presenting sponsors of Music in High Places: Minky Couture, Stephen Wade Auto and St George Shuttle. Sponsors like these, and generous donors like so many of our gracious patrons, are the reason that we can continue celebrating the High
Places of the human spirit!

Tickets can be purchased on Full Covid-19 safety guidelines are posted there as well.

Event Details:
Date – FRI/SAT Sept 18 & 19
Time – 8:00pm-9:30pm
Location – Center for the Arts at Kayenta
Cost – $35 adults $15 students/children

*For questions or assistance: Please email
About Kayenta Arts Foundation and The Center for the Arts at Kayenta
Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and
create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at
Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah area come to
learn, express, appreciate and celebrate art in all forms.

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New Year, New Concerts, New Shows & More!Make 2020 Your Most Entertaining Year Yet!

 The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is jumping into the New Year a bit early.  We are more excited than ever!  Why?  Because there are more events, concerts, plays, movies, and lectures than ever – Oh My!

After just two years, the southern Utah grassroots art movement at CFAK is heading into the New Year with a BANG!  Their unique, intimate, multidimensional programming includes renowned singers and entertainers from across the nation.  Did I mention more shows than ever before?

2020 will feature more than 75 events, including youth theater, music and arts workshops.  After the success of the sold-out camps that culminated in performances in James and the Giant Peach (talk about Grand Finalé!), the whole CFAK crew is looking forward to “launching” the Kayenta Academy for youth ages 8-18 in the summer!

Check out our fabulous January line up, then visit us online to get your tickets today!  Our shows have been selling out – so don’t wait!

Imaginarium with Magician Jonah LaVelle

Jan. 11, 2020; 2pm & 7:30pm

 You saw him in Paul Draper’s “Mysteries of the Mind” with his floating ball, vanishing handkerchiefs, and his magically appearing cane. Now, enter the mind of local twenty-year old wizard Jonah LaVelle.

Imaginarium is a full hour and fifteen minutes of illusions and magic, sure to be an inspiring event for the whole family. Eager eyes can expect disappearances and baffling reappearances of objects and entire humans, never-before-seen card tricks, animal transformations, and other unbelievable live effects.

Voyager Lecture Series With Rick Miller

Presenting Death and Destruction, The Geologic Hazards of St. George

Jan. 14, 2020; 7:30pm

St. George is located very close to what is known as a geologic province boundary. Learn about the fault boundary between the Basin and Range Province to the West and the Colorado Plateau Province to the East. For

the past 180+ million years this region has undergone significant geologic activity because of Plate Tectonics.

This activity has generated a variety of geologic hazards, including floods, various types of mass movements such as rock falls and landslides, earthquakes along numerous faults and geologically recent volcanic eruptions and lava flows.

The Voyager Lecture Series is sponsored by Voyager Wealth Advisors, Inc., Cache Valley Bank, and State Farm Insurance Agent Sherry McGhee.

Every Brilliant Thing with the Utah Shakespeare Festival

January 18, 2020; 2pm & 7:30pm

 The story begins when, at seven-years old, our storyteller is taken to see his mother in the hospital after her first attempt to take her own life. Afterwards, he begins a list. A list of everything brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. The story explores depression and hope, uncertainty and change, confusion and joy, heartbreak and anger, relationships and solitude, risk and resistance, guilt and forgiveness. Throughout, he interacts with audience members to tell about life with his mother’s depression as a backdrop, including the effects it had on his life and relationships.

Art Around the World

2nd Annual Center for the Arts at Kayenta Gala

January 24, 2020; 7:30pm

Join us for a magical evening of international delight!  Art Around the World Gala 2020 will feature the dynamic talents of several Artists, Chefs, Singers, Musicians and Dancers coming together in support of The Kayenta Arts Foundation and the Center for the Arts at Kayenta!

Don’t miss this terrific evening of exquisite food, fine art, exciting performances and lasting friendships!

This exclusive event is limited to just 120 guests. Tickets are available for $100/per person online at, by calling the Box Office at 435-674-ARTS (2787) or visiting us in person at 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, UT 84738.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Play By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Jan 30-Feb 1, 2020 at 7:30pm; Feb 2, 2020 6pm

 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. It parodies the plays of William Shakespeare, with all of them being performed in comically shortened or merged form, by only three actors. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than specific characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance, with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew may also be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves.

The script contains many humorous footnotes on the text that are often not included in the performance. However, improvisation plays an important role and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience. It is also common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the area where the play is being performed. As a result, performances differ, even with the same cast.

The play is generously sponsored by Cherry Creek Mortgage.

About Kayenta Arts Foundation and The Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah area come to learn, express, appreciate and celebrate art in all forms.

KAF is supported in part by funding from Washington County and Ivins City RAP funds. It is also supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Looking for a little variety in your entertainment?

How about concerts, dance, musicals, plays, opera, lectures, festivals and more?

The Center for the Arts at Kayenta offers a LOT of variety – there’s something for everyone!

 If you are looking for the best entertainment in southern Utah, look no further than the Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK)! 

Launching our third year has reminded us why we do what we do!  As we closed out 2019 with more than 7,300 volunteer hours, 400+ volunteers, and have more than 75 events on this year, it becomes more and more evident every day that diversity in entertainment has played a HUGE role in our continued success.

If you have not seen a show at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta – now is the time!

Consider a few of our Springtime favorites….. 

The Berlin Opera with Jason Bonham

March 7, 2020 @ 7:30pm

 Jason Bonham is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and educator. Currently, Jason is the Principal Violist with Las Vegas Philharmonic and is on the faculties of California State University Long Beach, Biola University and the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program. He has performed with the Chicago, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Milwaukee and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

2 Across, Directed By: Garry Peter Morris

March 26 – 29, 2020 & April 2 – 5, 2020

Thursdays – Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 6:00pm

 2 Across by Jerry Mayer will be presented by Man of Two Worlds Productions, the team behind CFAK’s hits “Art” and “Sylvia!”

The play is a romantic comedy about life, discovery and love…of the New York Times crossword puzzle. A serendipitous, early-morning journey on a San Francisco BART train brings two opposites together. SHE, a structured psychologist and HE, an unemployed free spirit. By the end of their 80-minute train ride their lives have changed for the better.

Coyote Tales: Theme “En Garde”

April 18 @ 7:30pm; Pre-show cocktail party 6:30pm

Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), and work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their name in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their tale.

The Blues, with Michael “Hawkeye” Herman

April 24 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

With over 50 years of performing experience, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman exemplifies the range of possibilities in acoustic blues, and personifies versatile musicianship, originality, and compelling artistry as a blues storyteller. Hawkeye performs traditional blues, ballads, swing, and original tunes, on six-string and twelve-string guitar, and is an adept and exciting practitioner of slide guitar and slide mandolin.

Kayenta Arts Foundation’s 10th Annual Street Painting Festival

April 25-26 throughout Kayenta Art Village in Ivins; 10:00am – 6:00pm

 It’s a festival you have to see to believe! We invite you and your family for a day (or two) of fun at Kayenta Art Foundation’s 2020 Street Painting Festival with art, galleries, food, booths, music and more! On Saturday morning, see student art from sketch to completion and adult art in progress. Saturday afternoon till Sunday evening will see adult artists complete their masterpieces.

 Come back in May for….

 1st Annual Festival of the Americas, FREE Community Festival

May 1-3, 2020 from 11am-6pm

Latino Roots & Andean Flutes—Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 2, 2020 @ 7:30pm

The Full Monty–The Musical:  May 7–10 & 14–17, 2020; 7:30pm, 6:00pm or 2:00pm

Voyager Lecture Series, The Fossils In Your Backyard:  May 12, 2020 @ 7:30pm, Pre-Show Social 6:30pm

Announcing Kayenta Academy Summer Camps!  Art, music, theater–Seussical!  June 1 – July 18, 2020!

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Knowing that the presence of art in our lives is essential, we are re-opening our doors in a healthy, safe way. 

Re-opening guidelines for all performances at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta:

  1. 3ft. social distance seating between all ticket groups (SEE SEAT MAP TO LEFT) Please purchase tickets in groups of two or more with family and friends if possible.
  2. Temperature checks of ALL patrons and performers will be taken upon entrance into the center.
  3. Mandatory mask wearing for all audience members and front of house staff.
  4. Multiple hand sanitizing stations in the Center.
  5. Disinfectant cleaning of theater seats, lobby and rest room surfaces after each performance.
  6. Cash free transactions, we encourage online ticket purchases directly on our site.

    “Only when we all feel safe will we be able to free our spirits to participate with the art being performed.”