Monday, November 24, 2014

WEEKLY TOP 10

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1. Christmas Tree Lighting – November 20
Usher in the holidays as the switch is flipped on a four-story musical tree, which continues to sparkle through Jan. 4. The resort also christens its ice-skating rink, which remains frozen and ready for skaters through Feb. 1. Entertainment, train rides, a holiday carousel, "magical snowfall" and visit from Santa round out the festivities. 5:30 p.m., with tree-lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.Free. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, fairmont.com, 480-585-4848.

2. Walking With Dinosaurs – November 19-23
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth as this spectacle brings 20 life-size dinosaurs to the stage. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain; and the Brachiosaurus, which stands 36 feet tall, and measures 56 feet from nose to tail. Many of the dinosaurs have "evolved" since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of the massive creatures. W-Th, 7 p.m.; F, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $32. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

3. BeijingDance/LDTX – November 21
The troupe's acronym is short for "Lei Dong Tian Xia," which translates as "thunder rumbles under heaven," a fitting name for this trail-blazing group, which features 12 dancers and a diverse repertoire of cutting-edge choreography from China. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

4. Don Rickles – November 21
The legendary comedian brings his quick wit and sharp tongue to the Valley. 8 p.m. $72-$150. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

5. Hidden in the Hills – November 21-30
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases more than 180 artists who exhibit and sell their work at nearly 50 studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. Pictured is a piece by Mark Carroll. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-575-6624.

6. Beethoven and Brahms – November 21-22
Michael Christie returns to conduct the orchestra, with William Wolfram as guest pianist. F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

7. The Big Heap – November 21-23
Handmade and repurposed goods are featured as independent artists and entrepreneurs showcase vintage, modern, retro, industrial and salvaged goods at The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival. New this year are vintage and handmade fashions, plus an opening-night meet-and-greet cocktail party. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., plus F, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $7, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, thebigheap.com, 480-329-6118.

8. Nutcracker Sweet Tea – November 22
Guests explore the Land of Sweets as they enjoy a light luncheon buffet, cookie decorating, storytelling and a performance by Ballet Etudes. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $15. Wright House Reception Center, 636 W. University Dr., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-558-2080.

9. Fore the Kids Golf Tourney – November 19
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center hosts this tournament, which begins with a light lunch. Proceeds support youth programming and scholarships. 11 a.m. $250. Silverado Golf Club, 7605 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, vosjcc.org, 480-483-7121.

10. CitySkate – November 16-February 3
Grab your mittens and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix, with daytime and evening sessions. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.