Saturday, February 28, 2015

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WEEKLY TOP 10

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1. Alan Jackson – February 28
The country superstar is known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds, with hits that include "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Little Bitty," "It's Five O'clock Somewhere," "Who's Cheatin' Who" and "Chattahoochee." 7 p.m.$25-$75. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

2. Parada del Sol Rodeo – February 26-March 1
This 62nd-annual PRCA-sanctioned event attracts world-class bull riders, ropers, steer wrestlers, bronc riders, barrel racers, rodeo clowns and bullfighters. The adrenaline kicks into overdrive on Thursday with a Champions Challenge event, and Friday with Scottsdale Pro-Bull riding; Western dances follow the Thursday-Saturday evening performances. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, paradadelsol.us, 480-990-3179.

3. Joshua Bell – February 25
Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Bell continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, charismatic stage presence and daring choices of repertoire. He performs with Sam Haywood on piano. 7:30 p.m. $40-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

4. LEGO Kidsfest – February 27-March 1
Children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests enjoy hands-on LEGO building experiences at this family expo. Highlights include dozens of life-size models, race ramps where guests can build a custom car and then race it down the ramp, and numerous creative free-build areas. Call for times. $22.50, adults; $19.50, children. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 W. Cardinals Dr., Glendale, legokidsfest.com, 623-433-7101.

5. Nederlands Dans Theater 2 – February 28
Based in The Hague, the ensemble is the acclaimed dance company's launching pad for young dancers, who are carefully selected through auditions to perform works by a new generation of choreographers. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

6. The pARTy – February 28
Guests at this annual fundraising gala enjoy a fashion collaboration with Neiman Marcus and the first glimpse of the new exhibition Andy Warhol: Prints, along with cocktails, dinner and dancing. 6 p.m. $750. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org/theparty, 602-257-2101.

7. Canal Convergence – February 26-March 1
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, two 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.

8. The Jump Ball – February 27
Guests rub elbows with Phoenix Suns players, coaches and alumni at this fundraiser for Phoenix Suns Charities. The dinner gala includes entertainment and a silent auction. 6 p.m. $600. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, sunscharities.org, 602-379-7948.

9. All Things Senior – February 25
More than 100 exhibitors provide information about health care, senior housing, recreation and fitness opportunities, entertainment, lifestyle, technology and transportation at this expo and trade show. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-312-5810.

10. Climb to Conquer Cancer – February 28
American Cancer Society hosts this fundraising 5.5-mile hike to the summit of South Mountain, followed by a festive celebration. A half-loop, 3-mile route also is available. 7 a.m.-noon. $40-$50. South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixclimb.com, 602-952-7552.

 

 

 

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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