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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.

August 9
ASID Design Excellence Awards
The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, salutes top interior designers at the 2014 Design Excellence Awards dinner, with categories that include residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, sustainability and product design. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors of the celebration, which has a Film Noir theme. 5 p.m. $125. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, asidaznorth.org, 602-569-8916.

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August 9
Justin Timberlake
The singer got his start on The New Mickey Mouse Club and became a teen heartthrob with the pop group ’N Sync before developing into a solo singer and budding actor. 8 p.m. $49.50-$175. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

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August 9, 24
Arizona Cardinals
Preseason action gets under way with games against the Houston Texans, Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m.; and Cincinnati Bengals, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, azcardinals.com, 602-379-0102.

August 10, 24
Summer Cocktail Camp
Sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks as celebrity bartenders join Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Brandon Casey of Citizen Public House for a series of cocktail-crafting classes. Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine, is emcee. Featured bartenders include Josh James of The Clever Koi, Aug. 10; and Adam Hargrett, The Local, Aug. 24. 1 p.m. $30 (includes three to four cocktails and recipes). The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-759-8132.

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August 12
Paul McCartney
The Beatles legend brings his Out There tour to Phoenix, performing songs that span his career – as a solo artist, a member of Wings and, of course, as a Beatle. The set list also includes material from McCartney’s recent studio album, New. 8 p.m. $24.75-$250. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

August 15
Rascal Flatts
The country trio is known for its pleasing harmony and string of hits, such as “My Wish,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “Life is a Highway” and “Prayin’ for Daylight.” Sheryl Crow and Gloriana are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $28.75-$71.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

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August 26
Wynonna & The Big Noise
The iconic performer – who made a daring appearance on Dancing with the Stars in 2013 – first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo, The Judds, and then raced back up the charts as a solo artist. She performs her greatest hits, including “Grandpa,” “Mama He’s Crazy” and “She Is His Only Need.” 7:30 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

August 30
Phoenix Cooks!
This 10th-annual interactive gourmet food and kitchen show offers opportunities aplenty to learn, cook, share, taste, sip, shop and experience the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from more than 50 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by dozens of wine, beer and mixology sampling booths. Proceeds benefit Banner Children’s. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $65, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, phoenixcooks.com, 602-374-6135.

 

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August 31
Ed Sheeran
Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, the British singer/songwriter brings his first-ever headlining arena tour to the Valley. 8 p.m. $50. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.