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Chill out and join us for Summer Break @SMoCA—a fun-filled evening, featuring a stellar performance by the band Zara and endless laughs from comedian Tony Tripoli. Let loose in our special dance party, enjoy yummy treats and drinks, and get your game on with activities all evening, including a special mini Mystery in the Museum scavenger hunt. And yes, there will be prizes!

Admission to this event is free, and all are welcome! There will be family-friendly activities throughout, but parents are advised to use discretion as certain portions of the evening may contain language suited for more mature audiences.


About Zara 

Max Zara Bernstein was born in Buffalo, New York. They are a lifelong multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker, performer, designer, conceptual artist, and scuba diver. They studied experimental film and video production at the University at Buffalo and film production and studio art at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have worked and toured as a technical artist with the media-based theater company Wooster Group and as a video and sound designer with Michelle Ellsworth, Kaki King, Cindy Kleine, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Sam Kim, Morgan Gould, Becca Blackwell, and Ondine Geary. In addition, they are one half of the piano-harp duo Outlier, a founding member of media art performance group the Flinching Eye Collective, a video artist for Friends Of The Tank, drummer and video designer for the band Eupana, and composer and sound engineer at Tribal Studio. Bernstein is the primary writer, arranger, and producer for Zara and is currently based in Seattle, Washington. 

Zara has had several iterations. The current lineup includes Dave Braun on drums, Mal McDowell on bass, Jessica Kitzman on cello, Shelby Mass on violin, and Peter Nelson-King on baritone and trumpet. Previous musicians have included Julian Nguyen on viola, Nikhita Sheller on saxophone, and Angelita Mia on drums. 


About Tony Tripoli

Tony Tripoli was the executive producer and head writer of E!’s hit show Fashion Police, as well as the opening act for the legendary Joan Rivers for five years.

He has headlined at the San Diego Comedy Festival, Big Pine Comedy Festival, Midwest Queer Comedy Festival, and Laughed Out Comedy Fest.

Tripoli has done stand-up comedy all over the world, and has worked with Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Natasha Leggero, Troy Bond, Michael Kosta, Taylor Tomlinson, Ali Macofsky, Jinkx Monsoon, Liza Treyger, Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, Adam Ferrara, Rachel Feinstein, Emma Willmann, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Becky Robinson, Leah Rudick, Mary Beth Barone, and Miss Piggy.



7374 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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