Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MONTHLY TOP 10

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PHM0415CAL06XApril 12
Grand Tour of Gardens
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 17th-annual self-guided tour featuring five residential properties in the Paradise Valley area designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. A portion of the proceeds benefits Desert Botanical Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45, advance purchase only, phgmag.com/gardentour, 480-664-3960.

April 3
Jo Dee Messina
Fiercely independent, outspoken and driven, the country singer performs hits like “I’m Alright,” “Bye Bye” and “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” as well as songs from her new album, ME. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

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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April 7-12
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Guests enjoy a nibble of this and a nosh of that as Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this culinary extravaganza, which pairs high-profile celebrity chefs with homegrown local talent. Highlights include a wine country brunch; chef wine dinners; James Beard Dinner; Southwest Festival of Beers; Bubbles & Bliss; Epicurean Expo; Burger Battle; Chocolate & Wine Experience; and the Great Arizona Picnic. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. Call for times, prices and Scottsdale locations, scottsdalefest.org, 480-945-7193.

April 9-12
Country Thunder
Blake Shelton (pictured), Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, Dallas Smith, John Michael Montgomery, Maddie & Tae, The Swon Brothers, and Love and Theft headline this outdoor music festival. Call for times and ticket prices. Country Thunder West, 20585 E. Price (Station) Rd., Florence, countrythunder.com, 866-802-6418.

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April 10-11
Alvin Ailey Dance
The incomparable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre shares its inspiring technique, athleticism, spirit, hope and passion. 8 p.m. $42-$62. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 12
Grand Tour of Gardens
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 17th-annual self-guided tour featuring five residential properties in the Paradise Valley area designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. A portion of the proceeds benefits Desert Botanical Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45, advance purchase only, phgmag.com/gardentour, 480-664-3960.

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April 18
The Good Life Festival
Foreigner rocks the main stage, sharing such anthems as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded.” Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. 2:30 p.m. $35-$75. Encanterra Country Club, 25450 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.

April 18
Rugby Bowl
The nationally ranked rugby team from Arizona State University takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes, USC faces off with Grand Canyon University and the best local high school teams go head to head as the Rugby Bowl: Beauty & the Beast gets under way. A fashion show, arm-wrestling challenge and car exhibit add to the festivities. 11 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, therugbybowl.com, 480-423-1212.

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April 21
Celebrity Golf Challenge
Patrick Peterson is joined by an all-pro celebrity lineup of teammates – including Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell and Carson Palmer – for this inaugural event, which includes an afternoon of point-scoring golf and upscale bar food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Patrick Peterson’s Foundation for Success, which assists low-income and inner-city youth. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. $500. Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk, 9500 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-240-2402.

April 29
Kenny Chesney
Fans can expect to hear hits such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “Come Over,” “There Goes My Life,” “She’s Got It All,” “Beer in Mexico” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” as the country superstar brings his Big Revival Tour to Glendale. Jake Owen and Chase Rice are special guests. 7 p.m. $32.50-$75. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 623-772-3800.

 

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