- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
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.