• The State of MusicIn this salute to the Grand Canyon State’s lyrical legacy, we find the stories behind some of pop music’s great “Arizona songs,” and bring them to life in a photo essay by Michael Woodall.
  • The Trump WhispererKTAR’s new pro-Trump voice is a former Phoenix hip-hop DJ with an odd gift for comprehending the president. What does Darin Damme’s arrival say about the Valley?
  • Williams on WilliamsPhoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and her son, Phoenix Sun big man Alan Williams, have had a heck of a year – one that was two-plus decades in the making.
  • Family Law, LGBT StyleThree years after marriage equality in Arizona, state laws regarding parenthood remain written in gender-specific terms that can deny same-sex couples legal parentage
  • Yuma Wings ItTwo pilots kept the City of Yuma airplane aloft for a world-record 46 days in 1949 to help reopen a local military airfield
  • Christine RoegerA third-generation scientific glassblower incinerates the glass ceiling
  • Seven Wonders of Arizona & Fall Color GuideFall has fallen, and there’s no better time to savor Arizona’s most exalting natural treasures. Which picturesque “wonders” made our list?
  • Finding Pho’chellaPhoenix finally has its own big-time music festival. Is our live-music love deep enough to make Lost Lake a permanent feature at Steele Indian School Park?

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Top Ten Things To Do

Things To Do

September 25-October 1, 2017

Arizona Cardinals – September 25The red sea rises as Larry Fitzgerald and team take on the Dallas Cowboys in the first home game of the regular season. 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, azcardinals.com, 602-379-0102. Paramore – September 27The Grammy Award-winning pop/rock band performs in celebration of its new album, After Laughter. The group is known for such hits as “Ain’t It Fun,” “Hard Times” and “That’s What You Get.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000. Depeche Mode – September 27Loyal fans can expect to hear favorites such as “Enjoy the Silence,” “Personal Jesus” and “People Are People” as the popular electronic band brings its Global Spirit Tour to Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000. Film Festival – September 27Why Can’t We Live Together? is the theme of the 2017 Contemporary Forum Summer Film Festival, which concludes with I Am Not Your Negro. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222. Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga – Through September 28Riverbound Sports Paddle Co. hosts this weekly class, which adds a splash of fun to fitness with a combination of SUP and yoga. Th, 6-7 p.m. $45; preregistration required. Saguaro Scottsdale, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, thesaguaro.com/scottsdale, 480-970-4444. Date Night with Butterflies – September 29Guests enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and a showing of the full-length version of Flight of the Butterflies. The documentary follows the yearlong migration of the monarch butterfly from the volcanic forests of Mexico all the way to Canada. 6-9 p.m. $30 per couple. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000. Oktoberfests around town – September 29-30In Germany, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated starting in mid-September. According to the official Munich festival’s website, that’s because it allowed for better weather conditions. In the Valley, we embrace the trend with a smattering of Oktoberfests this weekend. Nosh on German food and craft beer, participate in family-friendly competitions and enjoy some polka. West Valley: Old World Oktoberfest, 5-10 p.m. Fri, Sa. $5. Peoria Centennial Park, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria, peoriaoktoberfest.com. North Valley: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest, 5-10 p.m. Fri, Sa. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, experiencefountainhills.org. East Valley: SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest, 3-11 p.m. Sa. $10 presale at Basha’s locations; $12 online; $15 at gate. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, santanoktoberfest.com. Pedal Haus Brewery Oktoberfest, 6-10 p.m. Sa. $10 commemorative stein with $5 fills; dress up in German attire for half-off steins. 730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, pedalhausbrewery.com. Dancing Earth – September 30This indigenous dance theater company strives to create experimental yet elemental dances that reflect a rich cultural heritage while exploring the identity of its contemporary native peoples. 7:30 p.m. $20. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500. Ultimate Tequila Showdown – September 30Katie Schnurr – the so-called tequila goddess at La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – is facing off against guest bartenders Dustin Bolin from Nook and Phil Clark from Bluehound Kitchen and Cocktails. Each will make a signature cocktail using three featured tequilas and guests will vote for the favorites. Also, enjoy tequila tastings and tapas, and live mariachi music in the (finally) cooler evenings on the restaurant’s festive barbacoa patio. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $75. 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, RSVP: 480-585-4848 Ext. 7374. Time to Shine – Through September 30Phoenix Children’s Hospital aims to raise $1 million during September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – as part of their Time to Shine campaign. Dine at a long list of local restaurants, which are offering discounts and donations to support the hospital and its new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which opens this fall. Participants include Portillo’s ($1 donated for every online order placed on Wednesdays), Clever Koi ($1 for every speciality cocktail) and Spinato’s Pizzeria ($1 from every dessert). For a full list, visit phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/timetoshine.

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