Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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WEEKLY TOP 10

fitzSMALL1) 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.

3) The Three Little Pigs – throughout August
The classic tale of the three wee swine and their huffy lupine predator is brought to life for a new generation of little ones to enjoy.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.

4) Australian Bee Gees – August 22
Those famed Aussie falsettos are hard to nail, but this cover band does a fine job, upping the authenticity with groovy '70s costumes and spot-on renditions of the family act's hits. You'll agree that you "Should Be Dancing" to sensations like "Night Fever" and "How Deep Is Your Love." 8 p.m. $35-$55. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7777.

5) Little Cleo's Tasting Dinner – August 20
Forgo the chain-restaurant seafood sampler in favor of this six-course tasting menu of ocean-fresh delights at Sam Fox's chic seafood spot. Executive Chef Eric Ramirez gets the chance to flex his culinary muscles beyond the daily menu, and guests reap the briny benefits. $55 per person. Little Cleo's, 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix, foxrc.com, 602-680-4044.

6) Brazilian Film Series – August 17-25
Follow up a feast and copious caipirinhas at Fogo de Chao with even more Brazilian fun at this film series, featuring acclaimed Brazilian films in Portuguese with English subtitles. Look for Prime Time Soap (A Novela das Oito), the electrifying tale of a high-class call girl and her maid's flight from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Su, 2 p.m.; M, 7 p.m. $5; free for students and veterans with ID. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

7) Tempe Rocks! Live Local Legendary – August 23
Up-and-comers and legends headline this festival, a showcase of Tempe talent shaking things up now and those that paved the way. The Technicolors, The Pistoleros and Banana Gun are featured acts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tca, 480-350-2822.

8) Turtle Shelter – through Dec. 31
Turtle lovers can come out of their shells with nose-to-nose encounters at this exhibit. Freshwater turtles abound, including red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles, leaf-like matamatas and ancient snapping turtles. Explore the 200-million-year history of these reptiles with interactive exhibits and educational opportunities. Call for times and ticket prices; exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, sealifeus.com, 480-478-7600.

9) DOGA at Aunt Chilada's – August 24
Downward dog takes on new meaning at this event, hosted by Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting on the Aunt Chilada's patio. Pups get in on the bendy action at this yoga class, where dogs are incorporated into several poses. After the class, a raffle will be held to benefit Ruby Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary and drinks will be flowing. The class is free, but make sure to bring your own yoga mat and cash for donations, raffle tickets and post-yoga refreshers. 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix, auntchiladas.com, 602-944-1286.

10) Free Association Open Mic Poetry Series – August 20
Featured poets Bill Campana and Sara Dobie Bauer headline this open mic and poetry reading hosted by poet Shawnte Orion. Poets everywhere on the experience spectrum are welcome to try out material during the open mic portion. The event is open to the public and free. Glendale Community College (in Student Union room 104), 6000 W. Olive Ave., https://www.facebook.com/events/1436161946673124/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming, Glendale, 623-845-3000.

 

 

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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