Friday, August 22, 2014

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WEEKLY TOP 10

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1) Arizona Cardinals – August 24

Watch Larry Fitzgerald and company take on the Cincinnati Bengals in another preseason game. 5 p.m. kickoff. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, azcardinals.com, 602-379-0102.

2) Summer Cocktail Camp – August 24
PHOENIX magazine editor Craig Outhier emcees another installment of this high-energy mixology class series at The Gladly. This week's featured mixologist is Adam Hargrett from new Downtown darling The Local. The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, thegladly.com, 602-759-8132.

 

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TOP TEN

August 9
Ancient Ales, Modern Science
This summer party draws Valley beer connoisseurs for a celebration of Egyptian art, culture and science, including the history of beer and how Egyptian culture shaped the modern processes used today. Presentations from craft brewing experts, artists and those knowledgeable about Egyptian culture are included, as well as access to the exhibition, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $50. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Through August 30
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

 

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SPORTS

August 1-31
Arizona Diamondbacks
Aug. 1, vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 2, 5:10 p.m., vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 3, 1:10 p.m., vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 5-7, vs. Kansas City Royals; Aug. 8, vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 9, 5:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 10, 1:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 22, vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 23, 5:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 24, 1:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 26-27, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; Aug. 29, vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 30, 5:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; and Aug. 31, 1:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies. First pitch, 6:40 p.m. unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com, 602-514-8400.

 

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KIDSTUFF

Through August 6
Westgate Wednesdays
This family-friendly weekly series draws children and parents for dancing, frolicking in the splash pad, sing-alongs, prize giveaways, activities and crafts. Each week features different crafts, games and themes, including a Princess and Pirate Party, Aug. 6. W, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, westgateaz.com, 623-385-7502.

 

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MUSEUMS

Through August 10
Mesa Contemporary Arts
Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art; Fold, Paper, Scissors; In/Visible; Turning the Page: Sculpture by Marilyn da Silva; and Metal and Beyond: Betsy Douglas, all through Aug. 10. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

 

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

August 1-15
Landscape / Garden Lectures
Mission Not-So-Impossible: Sustainable Desert Landscaping & Gardening is the theme of this brown-bag lecture series. Topics include Garden Design: Combining Contemporary and Traditional Gardening, Aug. 1; Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening, Aug. 8; and Sustainable Landscape Management for Homeowners, Aug. 15. F, noon-1 p.m. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.

 

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MUSIC & DANCE

August 1
Los Tigres del Norte
The Latin Grammy Award-winning norteña band is known for its accordion-based polka music, indigenous to dusty northern Mexico cantinas. 8 p.m. $69-$199. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

 

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THEATER & DRAMA

Through August 3
Jersey Boys
Telling the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history, this Broadway hit offers a musical biography of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, introducing the audience to four blue-collar kids working their way from obscurity to the heights of stardom. The smash-hit includes unforgettable songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” 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

September 5
Blake Shelton
The country artist – known for hits such as “God Gave Me You,” “Doin’ What She Likes,” “Mine Would Be You” and “Sure Be Cool if You Did” – headlines the Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014. The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy also take the stage. 7 p.m. $29.25-$59. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

 

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