Sunday, November 23, 2014

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WEEKLY TOP 10

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1. Christmas Tree Lighting – November 20
Usher in the holidays as the switch is flipped on a four-story musical tree, which continues to sparkle through Jan. 4. The resort also christens its ice-skating rink, which remains frozen and ready for skaters through Feb. 1. Entertainment, train rides, a holiday carousel, "magical snowfall" and visit from Santa round out the festivities. 5:30 p.m., with tree-lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.Free. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, fairmont.com, 480-585-4848.

2. Walking With Dinosaurs – November 19-23
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth as this spectacle brings 20 life-size dinosaurs to the stage. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain; and the Brachiosaurus, which stands 36 feet tall, and measures 56 feet from nose to tail. Many of the dinosaurs have "evolved" since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of the massive creatures. W-Th, 7 p.m.; F, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $32. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

3. BeijingDance/LDTX – November 21
The troupe's acronym is short for "Lei Dong Tian Xia," which translates as "thunder rumbles under heaven," a fitting name for this trail-blazing group, which features 12 dancers and a diverse repertoire of cutting-edge choreography from China. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

4. Don Rickles – November 21
The legendary comedian brings his quick wit and sharp tongue to the Valley. 8 p.m. $72-$150. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

5. Hidden in the Hills – November 21-30
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases more than 180 artists who exhibit and sell their work at nearly 50 studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. Pictured is a piece by Mark Carroll. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-575-6624.

6. Beethoven and Brahms – November 21-22
Michael Christie returns to conduct the orchestra, with William Wolfram as guest pianist. F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

7. The Big Heap – November 21-23
Handmade and repurposed goods are featured as independent artists and entrepreneurs showcase vintage, modern, retro, industrial and salvaged goods at The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival. New this year are vintage and handmade fashions, plus an opening-night meet-and-greet cocktail party. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., plus F, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $7, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, thebigheap.com, 480-329-6118.

8. Nutcracker Sweet Tea – November 22
Guests explore the Land of Sweets as they enjoy a light luncheon buffet, cookie decorating, storytelling and a performance by Ballet Etudes. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $15. Wright House Reception Center, 636 W. University Dr., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-558-2080.

9. Fore the Kids Golf Tourney – November 19
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center hosts this tournament, which begins with a light lunch. Proceeds support youth programming and scholarships. 11 a.m. $250. Silverado Golf Club, 7605 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, vosjcc.org, 480-483-7121.

10. CitySkate – November 16-February 3
Grab your mittens and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix, with daytime and evening sessions. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.

 

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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