Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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WEEKLY TOP 10

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1. Jerry Seinfeld – March 6
Known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life, the stand-up comedian specializes in observational humor, often focusing on personal relationships and uncomfortable social obligations. 7 p.m. $49-$150. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

2. Spring Training – March 3-April 4
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies play throughout the Valley. Visit cactusleague.com for a complete schedule, 800-745-3000.

3. Salsa Challenge – March 7-8
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the hot stuff – and mild – on-site at the 31st-annual My Nana's Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. The event expands to two days this year, with a margarita mix-off, cornhole tournament, children's activities and live music featured both days. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$55. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.

4. Devoured Food + Wine Classic – March 7-8
Inspired by Local First Arizona, this culinary extravaganza showcases Arizona's finest independent restaurants, chefs, wineries and food artisans. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., (10:30 a.m. for VIP). $90-$150. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, devouredphoenix.com, 602-257-2124.

5. Teaming Up for Girls – March 6
Six-time Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen – who became paralyzed last year after severing her spine in an ATV accident – is keynote speaker at this luncheon. A silent auction is included, with proceeds benefiting at-risk youth and young women served by Florence Crittenton. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 10 a.m. $275. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, flocrit.org, 602-288-4555.

6. The Maricopa County Home and Garden Show – March 6-8
The largest home show in the Southwest returns for its second show of the year. Providing a variety of design ideas, techniques and seminars, attendees have all of their home improvement needs met all in one place. Admission: Adult: $5.00; ages 3-12, $2.00; 2 and under free; Senior Morning: Friday 10a .m.-12 p.m., $2 admission for all Seniors 60+; Customer Appreciation: Friday 4pm-6pm $2 Admission; Military Appreciation: $2 Admission with valid military identification. Sign up for discount tickets at mchomeshows.com. Donate at least two cans of new dog, cat, puppy or kitten food and receive one free admission ticket into the Show. In order to receive your free admission ticket, bring your donation to Gate 2. For more information call 602-485-1691 or visit mchomeshows.com.

7. Wine, Women & Horses – March 7
Guests enjoy horse-racing action at this fundraising luncheon, which benefits Child Crisis Center. A silent auction and hat contest add to the fun. Noon-4 p.m. $75. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, childcrisis.org, 480-834-9424.

8. Wag & Walk – March 7
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to "test drive" the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly trek. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.

9. Motorcycles on Main – March 6
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.

10. Eastmark's First Friday Concert Series – March 6-May 31
The series returns March 6 through May 1, 2015, pairing live music and flavorful local eats for an evening of free entertainment under the stars. This year's series leads off with Bounce, one of Arizona's most in demand new dance bands, performing today's R&B, hip-hop, funk and dance hits, as well as favorite classics. Southern-style comfort food from BuzznBeez Food Truck rounds out the perfect date night or family night. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public; food trucks require guest payment. The Eastmark Great Park, 10100 E. Ray Road, Mesa, eastmark.com

 

 

MUSEUMS

March 1-31
ASU Art Museum
Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt, through April 4; Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection, through April 11; Tan Ping: Follow My Line, through May 16; and The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive, through June 20. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.

 

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KIDSTUFF

Through March 1
Bridge to Terabithia
Act One Youth Theatre presents this fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination, which is based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale, actoneyouththeater.org, 480-789-1918.

 

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SPORTS

March 3-April 4
Spring Training
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies play throughout the Valley. Visit cactusleague.com for a complete schedule, 800-745-3000.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Through March 1
Canal Convergence
Innovative art displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight as Scottsdale Public Art presents this annual event.Five large-scale art installments, dance performances and an educational water conservation display are included. Th-F, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sa, noon-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Waterfront, 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, canalconvergence.com, 480-874-4645.

 

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MONTHLY TOP 10

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Meet the Masters
Phoenix Home & Garden salutes its 2015 Masters of the Southwest – five professionals who have enhanced the Southwest home or garden with a body of exemplary work. This year’s class includes residential, interior and landscape designers, a fine artist and an artistic blacksmith. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Scottsdale Design Center, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 480-664-3960.

 

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

March 3-April 6
Garden Workshops
This month’s programs focus on moonscape photography, vegetable gardening for beginners, nature journaling, cooking with desert plants, watercolor techniques, plants for spring color, hummingbird photography, vegetable container gardening, caves of Arizona, herb propagation, main-course salads with herbs, and home landscape design basics.

 

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MUSIC & DANCE

Through March 5
Arizona Musicfest
This premier winter music festival features the nation’s top artists of classical, Broadway, chamber and jazz. Performances by Rosanne Cash, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mike Kocour Quintet, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Bronx Wanderers, and Arizona Musicfest Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody are among the highlights. Call for times, ticket prices and Carefree and Scottsdale venues, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457.

 

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THEATER & DRAMA

Through March 1
Cannoli, Latkes and Guilt
Steve Solomon shares his funny and clever facility with words, accents and sounds in this new collection of hilarious stories about his wacky, mixed-heritage, Italian/Jewish family and friends. Call for times. $43-$53. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

 

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LOOK AHEAD

April 6
Ariana Grande
The chart-topping music sensation rose from teenage Broadway baby to a star on Nickelodeon’s Victorious before becoming pop music’s biggest breakout artist of the year with hits that include “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang.” 7:30 p.m. $24.75-$64.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

 

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