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Salsa Challenge – March 25-26
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the hot – and mild – stuff on-site at the 33rd annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. A margarita mix-off, children’s activities and live music add to the festivities. Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$55; free, children 11 and younger. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.
Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett – March 23
The Grammy Award-winning artists perform together and separately, providing their own accompaniment. “Just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs,” says Gill. 7:30 p.m. $56-$86. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Lewis Black – March 25
A more ticked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, the comedian provides a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience, causing them to laugh hysterically while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. 8 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Comerica Theatre, 4000 W. Washington St., Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 800-745-3000.
Children Helping Children – March 25
Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona hosts this 18th annual luncheon and fashion show featuring 55 child models, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Proceeds support the PANDA Children’s Autoimmunity and Allergies Project. 11 a.m. $200. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 520-626-9618.
Spring Gardening Series – March 25
Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery hosts this monthly event, which takes place in conjuction with the Open Air Market. This month’s topic is “Native Plant Selections.” 9-11 a.m. Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, digphx.com, 602-625-6736.
Italian Festival of Arizona – March 25-26
Italian culture, food, fashion, wine and music are in the spotlight as the Italian Association of Arizona hosts this annual event. Sa, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$15, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, italianfestivalaz.com, 480-745-7020.
Professional Bull Riding – March 25-26
The top 35 bull riders in the world face off against the toughest bulls during riveting eight-second battles. Sa, 6:45 p.m.; Su, 1:45 p.m. $20-$105. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000
Game of Thrones – March 26
Using state-of-the-art technology, composer Ramin Djawadi takes fans of the HBO fantasy hit show on a musical journey through the Seven Kingdoms. The immersive music and visual experience features a full orchestra, choir and video from the TV series. 8 p.m. $34.75-$94.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Piano Battle – March 26
Pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head in a battle of dueling pianos, treating the audience to a variety of classical pieces by such composers as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. 7:30 p.m. $34-$45, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, 928-684-6624.
Compassion With Fashion – March 26
This luncheon gala includes a silent auction and fashion show with styles by My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited. Benefiting Arizona Humane Society, the event includes a meet-and-greet with dogs and cats hoping to find a forever home. 11 a.m. $200. JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 602-997-7586.