Phoenix may not have the same “sports town” reputation as Chicago or L.A., but thanks to our gorgeous weather we have one thing other cities can’t offer baseball fans: spring training. Come March, the Phoenix metro area becomes home base for 15 teams including the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) will mark its 20th anniversary this year and remains true to its mission: To present films with Jewish themes from all over the world to the Greater Phoenix community. For two decades, GPJFF has screened a wide variety high-quality independent films with Jewish content. Last year, more than 6,400 people attended the festival.
When the drugstore Christmas section goes on sale, store shelves begin the assault of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and a flurry of red and pink. Love is all up in your face, so if Valentine’s Day just isn’t your style, try one of our alternatives instead.
Hanna-Barbera's 1960s cartoon The Jetsons had Americans imagining life with flying cars and robot servants, while the later Stanley Kubrick flick 2001: A Space Odyssey portrayed possible dangers of creating artificial intelligence. While sentient computers and floating cities aren’t part of our everyday 21st-century experiences (yet?), the myriad real and fictitious technologies seen in Arizona Science Center’s POPnology™ hint at future possibilities.
Phoenix residents have a bit of arthouse envy when it comes to the quirky, iconic businesses that put towns like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, on the alt-culture map. Voodoo Doughnut, McMenamins and Alamo Drafthouse are among the two cities’ most famous locales. While we have FilmBar, iPic and AMC Esplanade, there’s nothing quite like Alamo, a chain of dine-in theaters with a full kitchen serving frothy beer and pub grub straight to your seat.
Next to Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day is the second busiest night for the American restaurant industry. A 2014 Zagat survey found that New Yorkers planned to spend an average of $158.43 per couple on this holiest of couple’s holidays. Considering that local dining options include an $85 dinner at The Market by Jennifer’s and Chef Beau MacMillan’s $125 four-course prix fixe menu at elements (both priced per person!), we’re guessing that Phoenix pairs won’t be far behind in those numbers.
The city of Scottsdale’s January calendar is packed with tony events, from the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction to the Celebration of Fine Art. But if you’re looking for some free entertainment, here are three Old Town Scottsdale options for the last weekend of January.
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