Tuesday, May 05, 2015



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1. Peach Festival – May 9-17
This annual festival includes a peach pancake breakfast, peachy treats, arts and crafts, amusement rides, and peach pie-eating and peach-pit spitting contests, as well as hayrides to the orchard and plenty of peaches ready for picking. Sa-Su, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 480-987-3100.

2. Home Free – May 6
Using nothing but its voices, this award-winning a cappella sensation won The Sing-Off on NBC on 2013. The group continues to captivate audiences with its high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. 8 p.m. $30-$102.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

3. Ignite Phoenix No. 17 – May 9
An information exchange designed to foster and inspire the city's creative community, this event features 18 passionate speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with each delivering a lightning-fast, five-minute presentation about a current project or favorite idea. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

4. The Moody Blues – May 8
The English greats rock the poolside stage with fan favorites like "Nights in White Satin," "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," "The Story in Your Eyes" and "Tuesday Afternoon." 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

5. ABBA The Concert – May 7
The tribute group performs iconic crowd favorites, such as "Mamma Mia," "Waterloo," "Take a Chance on Me" and "Dancing Queen." 7:30 p.m. $29.74-$44.60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

6. Mother's Day Deals – May 8-10
Celebrate mom with a great meal at these Valley restaurants:
Beckett's Table (F/Sa: 5-10 p.m., Su: 4-9 p.m.): Moms can select from the restaurant's seasonal menu or the two Mother's Day specials: spice-rubbed and seared scallop appetizer ($13) with apple asparagus salad, saffron corn puree and micro pea tendril; exotic mushroom and house-made spinach pasta ($19) with English peas, spring leeks, sweet onion broth and herb pesto. beckettstable.com
Crudo (Su 10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Chef Cullen Campbell is offering a three-course feast for $30. The menu includes buttermilk biscuits with fried chicken skins and honey, ham hock with Homeboy hot sauce and polenta, or hoecakes with syrup braised bacon and easy egg. And bring the whole family because children 12 and under get a choice of two kid-friendly meals, plus dessert, for $14. crudoaz.com
J&G Steakhouse (Su 5-10 p.m.): With dishes like sweet pea soup, roasted codfish and warm chocolate cake, J&G Steakhouse has assembled a three-course dinner for $50 per person. Chef Jacques Qualin will also be serving warm asparagus, warm beet salad, grilled chicken and grilled beef flat iron prime for dinner. Save room for dessert, which, along with the chocolate cake, will include strawberry pavlova and an assortment of sorbets and ice cream. jgsteakhousescottsdale.com
Los Sombreros (Su brunch): Enjoy a three-course chile relleno feast ($19.95 per person; add a glass of wine, sangria, house margarita, bloody Mary or mimosa and it's $24.95 per person). Sample corn chowder or fig salad, then a choice of three chiles rellenos, then Kahlua or Bailey's flan. lossombreros.com
Milagro Grill (Su 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.): Treat mom to a delicious Mother's Day with Milagro's gourmet brunch buffet. All mothers will receive a long-stem mum. The buffet will include a build-your-own omelet bar, waffle bar, dessert bar and carving station, chicken chilaquiles, jalapeño bacon-wrapped asparagus, salsa bar, eggs benedict Mexicano, breakfast potatoes and green chili pork mac and cheese. The buffet is $40; $50 with bottomless mimosas. milagrogrillaz.com
Palm Court Restaurant at Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center (Su: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.): Show mom how much she is appreciated this with an elegant brunch and live entertainment by The Ron Jean Duo. Moms will receive a complimentary key chain with a sweet note to honor her on this special day. The brunch ($62 for adults, $31 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under) will feature delectable appetizers like Alaskan king crab legs, smoked Scottish salmon, a crêpe station, lavender-crusted leg of lamb, and a variety of delectable desserts like cakes, pies and pastries along with coffee, teas, orange juice, and sparkling wine. thescottsdaleresort.com/restaurants/
Perk Eatery (open-close): Perk is offering a fixed menu and $3 mimosas for mom, all in the comfort of their beautifully expanded eatery and patio. Select from breakfast enchiladas, wine country French toast, potato pancakes, omelets and more ($4.99-$13.99). perkeatery.com
Perfect Pear Bistro (Su 9 a.m.-noon): Enjoy bottomless mimosas and choice of frittata and side for $22.50; mimosa special alone is $13.50. perfectpearbistro.com
Pink Pony (Su 9 a.m.-close): Enjoy a luxe buffet (adults, $45 for the buffet or $55 for the buffet and champagne; kids ages 5-10, $15; kids under five eat free). Specialty stations include a champagne and fresh juice bar, salad and house-made bread station, fresh seasonal fruit display, house-baked breakfast pastries including brioche and country bread, seafood station, eggs and omelet station and a carving station. Featured items include a nosh board ($16), Pony salad ($11), bone-in pork chop ($27) and more. pinkponyscottsdale.com
Southern Rail (Sa-Su: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.): Take mom (or at least her palate) on a trip to the American South at Southern Rail. Grab $5 mimosas and $6 bloody Marys with featured specials: lump crab cake ($14) with asparagus and radish salad, Meyer lemon jam and pickled vegetable salsa; "peach pie" stuffed crepe ($12) with local pecan crumble and whipped mascarpone. southernrailaz.com
Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel (Su 11 a.m.-3 p.m.): Celebrate Italian-style at the Festa Della Mamma (adults, $60 per person, includes choice of bellini, mimosa, Venetian or bloody Mary; kids under 12, $28 per person). Freddo items include salumi e formaggi and insalata de tortellini; caldo options include French toast, pancetta, gnocchi and more. taggiascottsdale.com
TEXAZ Grill (Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m.): There's nothing as American as mom and apple pie, so TEXAZ Grill owner/chef Steve Freidkin is offering a free slice of apple pie to all Valley moms on Mother's Day. Thank mom for always treating you to fresh-baked apple pie by bringing her in to your favorite neighborhood steakhouse. Feast on the renowned chicken fried steak and famous TEXAZ Red Chili. texazgrill.com

7. Flights and Bites – May 7
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards partners with Food Truck Caravan for a series of wine tastings and food truck feasts. Food truck chefs pair four bites with four wine tastes, with a different chef and menu each week. This week: Saffron JAK Chef Jaymes. Upcoming dates and chefs: Aioli Gourmet Burgers' Chef Tom (5/14), United Steaks of Cheese's Chef Adam (5/21), and Triple Dot's Chef Josephine (5/28). Open service 5:30-8 p.m. $25 plus tax. Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery & Store. 6951 E. First St., lawrencedunhamvineyards.com, 480-664-4822.

8. Cinco de Mayo at Joyride Taco House – May 5
This Cinco de Mayo, Joyride Taco House (Phoenix and Gilbert locations) is serving up some spicy food and drink specials, including $2 tacos (2-11 p.m.) and $5 margaritas or Mexican beer pitchers (2 -6 p.m.). 5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-274-8226; 302 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-632-8226, joyridetacohouse.com

9. Los Sombreros Tasting Menu – May 5-October 31
Los Sombreros offers a 10-course tasting menu at both its locations, including shrimp cocktail, quesadilla, smoked salmon tostaditas, chiles rellenos,enchiladas, crepes with cajeta, and more. Available during business hours at each location. Regular price, $75/Per couple. 2534 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-994-1799; 14795 N. Northsight Blvd., 480-991-1799, lossombreros.com

10. Pedro Garcia Spring 2015 "Made to Order" Event & Trunk Show – May 8
At the one-day event you can make your own exclusive pair of Pedro Garcia shoes! Choose from four different styles and five color options to create your own unique custom pair. Andreas Kurz, the Commercial Director of Pedro Garcia, will be there to assist in your creations and there'll be sips and a DJ while you enjoy the collection. 12-3 p.m. Nordstrom – Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7055 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, 480-946-4111.



Through May 12
West Valley Art Museum
Celebration of the Artists showcases more than 100 pieces by top Arizona artists, including oils, acrylics, pastels, drawings, photography and mixed-media works. Mary Bruns, Corinne McAuley and Donna Helsip are among the featured artists. M-W, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Th, noon-6 p.m. Free. 8401 W. Monroe St., Peoria, wvam.org, 623-972-0635.

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Through May 3
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
A boy is bored watching his lamb and decides to make things more exciting by turning on his dad’s wolf alarm. This updated zany version of the classic tale is presented by Puppet Art Theatre Co. 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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May 2, 16
Arizona Rattlers
May 2, vs. San Jose Sabercats; and May 16, vs. Las Vegas Outlaws. 6 p.m. kickoff. Call for ticket prices. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azrattlers.com, 602-514-TDTD.

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Through May 3
Turned Wood Exhibit
Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood by Philip and Matt Moulthrop is a collection of turned wood that reveals the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.



May 2
Arizona BBQ Festival
Fans of smoked meat are in hog heaven as more than 25 top pit masters offer pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and all the fixins. Guests can put their hick talents to the test in an assortment of hilarious contests in the Redneck Games Arena, from bobbing for pigs’ feet, to toilet seat horseshoes and a Daisy Dukes beauty pageant. Two music stages, mechanical bull riding showdowns and festive party bars are included. Noon-10 p.m. $12; free, children 12 and younger; $60-$75 VIP. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbbqfestival.com, 480-270-5000.

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May 2, 28
Bariatric Surgery Info
Bariatric surgeons and staff share information about weight-loss surgery in this program, which is designed for patients whose body mass index and health problems qualify them for surgical intervention to lose weight. May 2, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; and May 28, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. Banner Gateway Medical Center, 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, bannerhealth.com/gateway, 480-543-2606.



Through May 3
All Balanchine
Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona, brings together three works by choreographer George Balanchine – Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Square Dance and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Su, 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.

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Through May 3
Buyer & Cellar
This new comedy offers an outrageous look at fame and the price paid to achieve it as a struggling actor finds himself taking an unusual gig in the basement of a true Hollywood A-lister. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

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PHM 500x500 FPOJune 4
Brad Paisley
The chart-topping country star is known for hits such as “Waitin’ on a Woman,” “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Mud on the Tires,” “Ticks,” “Letter to Me” and “I’m Still a Guy.” Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $30.25-$60. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

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