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March 1-April 2, Spring Training

A LOOK AHEAD

Group Free

March 1
Rihanna
Expect a rich set list that includes favorites such as “Diamonds,” “We Found Love,” “Disturbia” and “What’s My Name” as the rhythm-and-blues singer from Barbados who has rocked the entertainment and fashion world takes the stage. Travis Scott is special guest. 7:30 p.m. $25.75-$146.25. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

March 1-April 2
Spring Training
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies play throughout the Valley. Visit cactusleague.com for a complete schedule.

March 4-6
Out West Balloon Fest
Dozens of hot-air balloons fill the sky during Hare & Hound races, then light up the night during Desert Glows. A charity 5K run, tethered balloon rides, children’s activities, live music, wine and craft beer tastings, and market vendors add to the festivities. Visit outwestballoonfest.com for times and ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale.

March 5-6
Salsa Challenge
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the hot stuff – and mild – on-site at the 32nd annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. A margarita mix-off, children’s activities and live music add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$55; free, children 11 and younger. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.

March 10
Meet the Masters
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this annual celebration to salute Masters of the Southwest award winners featured in the magazine’s March issue. The spotlight is on individuals who have enhanced the Southwest home or garden with a body of exemplary work ranging from architecture, to the design of landscapes, pools, interiors, furniture, art and more. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Scottsdale Design Center, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 480-664-3960.

March 12
Broadway Back Together
The stars of Avenue Q share stories and favorite songs from the Tony Award-winning smash hit. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 15-20
Love & Murder
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by any means necessary. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

March 18-20
Ragtime
Set in turn-of-the-century America, this musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family and a wealthy suburban white family, united by their belief in a brighter tomorrow. The moving tale is staged by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $35.25-$70.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.

March 26
Chris Botti
Matthew Kasper is at podium as the Grammy Award-winning trumpet player makes his Phoenix Symphony debut for an evening of jazz classics. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

March 30
Justin Bieber
Bieber fever comes to the Valley as the global superstar brings his Purpose World Tour to Glendale. 7:30 p.m. $50.50-$116. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.