Friday, October 31, 2014

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WEEKLY TOP 10

suns timberwolves1. Phoenix Suns – October 29, 31
The team kicks off the home season by hosting the Los Angeles Lakers, Oct. 29; and San Antonio Spurs, Oct. 31. 7 p.m. tip-off. Call for ticket prices. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, suns.com, 602-379-7878.

2. Grand Tour of Homes – November 2
Phoenix Home & Garden presents this premier luxury home tour, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Limited ticket availability and extraordinary homes ensure that each guest enjoys access to some of the most talented architects, builders and interior designers in town. Dream and Extreme packages are available, for a total of six spectacular homes. Noon-4:30 p.m. $75-$150. Scottsdale/Paradise Valley/Phoenix area, phgmag.com/hometour, 480-664-3960.

3. Swan Lake – October 30-November 2
Ballet Arizona opens its season with this legendary tale of romance, sorcery and betrayal, which is centered on one of life's most recognizable themes – the struggle between good and evil. Call for times. Tickets start at $15. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.

4. Emily Bear – October 30
The 12-year-old piano prodigy – composing since she was 3 years old – has been called the next Mozart. She is mentored by legendary producer Quincy Jones, and shares the Mesa stage with cellist Zuill Bailey. 7:30 p.m. $30-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

5. Phoenix FearCON – through November 2
This horror convention and film festival partners with The Fear Farm and 13th Floor Haunted House, creating a mashup of independent films mixed with celebrity guests, panel discussions, workshops, tattoo artists, a zombie runway fashion show, live music, freak-show artists and haunted attractions. Call for times and ticket prices. The Fear Farm, 99th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix, phoenixfearcon.com, 602-399-9500.

6. Carefree Art & Wine Fest – through November 2
Thunderbird Artists hosts this annual festival featuring live entertainment, wine tasting and works by more than 165 juried fine artists, including paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, scratchboard, batiks and jewelry, plus works in wood, clay, metal and glass. Painter Lauren Knode is the featured artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. 101 Easy St., Carefree, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

7. Wright Conference – November 2
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy hosts its annual conference, Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25. The event includes private tours of six rarely seen Wright-designed houses, as well as tours and special events at architecturally significant sites throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, savewright.org, 312-663-5500.

8. Eight's Great Grillfest – November 2
Get your grill on at this festival of barbecue, beer, wine and more sponsored by PBS Channel 8. Celebrity chefs and PBS personalities will be on hand for panels and demonstrations. General admission: 12-3 p.m.; VIP: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. General admission: $40; VIP: $50. Trilogy Golf Club, 28455 N. Vistancia Blvd., Peoria, azpbs.org/grillfest.

9. Bill Cosby – November 1
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

 

10. Royal Ballet of Cambodia – October 30
Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the company is the foremost exponent of the 1,000-year-old Khmer classical dance style, originally performed at royal events and ceremonies. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

 

 

 

 

MONTHLY TOP 10

November 1
Bill Cosby
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Through November 2
Arizona State Fair
A fair amount of fun is on tap, including thrilling rides, midway games, animal exhibits, concerts, culinary competitions and anything-on-a-stick. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.

 

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SPORTS

Through November 2
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
The season-ending event of the Champions Tour features the top 30 players on the tour’s official money list. Fred Couples is defending champion. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Mountain Club, 10550 E. Desert Hills Dr., Scottsdale, schwabcup.com, 904-285-3700.

 

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KIDSTUFF

Through November 2
Little Bunny’s Halloween
Little Bunny learns that Halloween doesn’t have to be scary to be fun. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

 

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MUSEUMS

Through November 2
Arizona Historical Society Museum
Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor, through Nov. 2. Featuring five actual Medals of Honor earned by a diverse mix of military service members, the exhibit tells Arizona’s history with the award, which is associated with iconic names like Geronimo, Cochise and Frank Luke Jr. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $5, adults; $4, seniors and students; free, children 11 and younger. Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, azmoh.org, 480-929-9499.

 

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

November 5-13
Career Connectors
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Nov. 5, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Nov. 11, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert; and Nov. 13, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.

 

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MUSIC & DANCE

Through November 2
Swan Lake
Ballet Arizona opens its season with this legendary tale of romance, sorcery and betrayal, which is centered on one of life’s most recognizable themes – the struggle between good and evil. Call for times. Tickets start at $15. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.

 

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THEATER & DRAMA

Through November 2
Footloose
A newcomer teen takes on the town’s high-powered minister in a tough uphill battle to bring music and dance to a sleepy rural community. Hardened hearts are transformed, the ban is lifted and everyone ultimately kicks off their Sunday shoes to cut loose. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

 

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LOOK AHEAD

December 2-7
Pippin
Filled with soaring ballads and infectious dance numbers, this hip, tongue-in-cheek musical focuses on a young prince who sets out to discover true meaning in his life. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

 

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