Monday, April 20, 2015

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WEEKLY TOP 10

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1. The Good Life Festival – April 18
Foreigner rocks the main stage, sharing such anthems as "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Hot Blooded." Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. 2:30 p.m. $35-$75. Encanterra Country Club, 25450 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.

2. Punch Brothers – April 14
Performing a futuristic blend of bluegrass, this Brooklyn-based acoustic music group includes mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. 7:30 p.m. $34. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

3. Rugby Bowl – April 18
The nationally ranked rugby team from Arizona State University takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes, USC faces off with Grand Canyon University and the best local high school teams go head to head as the Rugby Bowl: Beauty & the Beast gets under way. A fashion show, arm-wrestling challenge and car exhibit add to the festivities. 11 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, therugbybowl.com, 480-423-1212.

4. Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio – April 18
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell share the stage for a performance of two treasured works of chamber music. 8 p.m. $89-$129. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

5. Viva Aunt Rita's: A Red Hot Casino Night – April 17
Aunt Rita's Foundation's spring signature fundraising event raises money for 17 central Arizona agencies providing HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs, and services for those living with HIV and AIDS. Charity gambling is the highlight, including poker and craps. Entertainment will be provided by The Kenny Thames Jazz Combo and the Samba AZ Performers costumed as Las Vegas showgirls and boys. A silent auction also benefits the charities. 8 p.m.-midnight. $50 per person; $100 each for a VIP package that includes complimentary valet, two drink tickets and $50 in Aunt Rita's Foundation "bucks" for gambling. The Venue Scottsdale, 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, auntritas.org, 602-904-6001.

6. Jazz Greats – April 1-22
ASU jazz professor Dr. Jeffrey Libman presents a four-part introductory series focusing on jazz instruments, master musicians and vocalists. Topics include the tenor saxophone, April 1; trumpet, April 8; piano, April 15; and vocalists, April 22. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $25 per class. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org, 602-795-0464.

7. Chef Dan Barber Book Signing and Dinner – April 14
Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore welcome James Beard Award-Winning chef Dan Barber for a dinner and book talk in celebration of his first book, The Third Plate. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Chef Justin Beckett's exclusively-Arizona, three-course dinner inspired by The Third Plate ($79 per person plus tax, includes one signed paperback copy of The Third Plate) before guests head next door to Changing Hands for a meet-and-greet and book talk with Barber. Reservations are available only at http://danbarber.bpt.me. Guests wishing to only attend the meet-and-greet and book talk with Barber at Changing Hands may do so for $18 (includes signed paperback copy of The Third Plate). Southern Rail and Changing Hands, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.

8. American Liver Foundation Liver Life Walk – April 18
The American Liver Foundation hosts more than 800 Phoenix residents for the 13th annual Phoenix Liver Life Walk 5K/1K fundraising walk. Participants walk to raise funds to benefit the estimated 600,000 Valley patients affected by liver disease. With food, live entertainment, a dog contest and silent auction, this walk promises to be fun for all ages. The walk is open to the general public and is presented by the Mayo Clinic and Banner-University Medical Center – Phoenix. Walk registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; 5K/1K starts at 10 a.m.; festivities run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, go.liverfoundation.org/walkphoenix

9. Challenger Space Center – April 1-30
Designed to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live, this world-class complex offers space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights, and more. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.

10. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – April 29
Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia, through April 19; southwestNET: Postcommodity, through April 26; and Peace Makers, through April 29. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.

 

 

MUSEUMS

PHM0415CAL07XThrough April 9
Superstition Mountain Museum
Ted DeGrazia’s Superstition Collection, through April 9, features 28 original paintings and numerous sketches depicting the history, legends and landmarks of the Superstition Mountains. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, students. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.

 

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KIDSTUFF

PHM 500x500 FPOApril 8-12
Disney on Ice
Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney-Pixar’s Cars race across the ice in Worlds of Fantasy. The ice spectacular also features beloved characters from Toy Story 3, Tinker Bell and The Little Mermaid. W-Th, 7 p.m.; F, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Su, noon and 4 p.m. $20-$65. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, disneyonice.com, 800-745-3000.

 

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SPORTS

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Phoenix Suns

The team wraps up the season with games against the Utah Jazz, April 4, 7 p.m.; and Los Angeles Clippers, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, suns.com, 602-379-SUNS.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

PHM 500x500 FPOThrough April 4
Native Trails
Celebrate the rich heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans through the art of song and dance as this event features traditional instruments, colorful dances and customary attire of various Southwestern tribes. Select Th and Sa, noon-1 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalenativetrails.com, 480-421-1004.

 

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MONTHLY TOP 10

PHM0415CAL06XApril 12
Grand Tour of Gardens
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 17th-annual self-guided tour featuring five residential properties in the Paradise Valley area designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. A portion of the proceeds benefits Desert Botanical Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45, advance purchase only, phgmag.com/gardentour, 480-664-3960.

 

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

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Garden Workshops
This month’s programs focus on cacti and succulents, herbs of the Southwest, gardening for wildlife, pruning trees and shrubs, bougainvillea bonsai, desert-adapted plants, meteorology, digital desert photography, quail, baking with chocolates, home landscape design basics, summer flowering annuals, raised bed gardening, classic quinoa, designing poolside landscapes, and growing citrus, agave and yucca in the landscape.

 

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MUSIC & DANCE

PHM0415CAL11XApril 7, 9
Chris Botti
The charismatic and critically acclaimed smooth-jazz trumpeter made his name as a sideman to Sting, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others, but he became a star with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination. Tu, 7:30 p.m., $65-$80, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Th, 7:30 p.m., $59-$89, Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheatre, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

 

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THEATER & DRAMA

PHM0415CAL10XApril 21-26
Motown the Musical
Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this jukebox musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

 

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LOOK AHEAD

PHM0415CAL12XMay 2
Wig Out
Slip on a wild wig and celebrate Vegas Baby at this fundraising dinner with silent auction, raffle, casino games and entertainment. All guests must wear a wig – the more outlandish, the better. The event is presented by Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!, which provides free wigs to breast cancer patients and free mammograms to women in the community. 5:45 p.m.-10 p.m. $100. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, checkforalump.com, 602-317-2914.

 

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