Judy Harper, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Let the Kiddos Make a Splash Scottsdale Quarter invites children to cool down in the splash fountain, June 25, as part of its Summer Fridays festivities. The event features DJ music, free snow cones from Tropical Sno and water toys in the fountain. The first 100 children also receive Scottsdale Quarter sunglasses and toys to take home that complement weekly themes. The June 25th event celebrates Pirates of the Quarter. Fridays through Aug. 20, 10-11...

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Enjoy a Night of Ballet Bliss Created with the purpose of touching hearts and stirring minds through dance, Alonzo King Lines Ballet embraces a spirit of inquiry and openness to change combined with a reverence for legacy and history. Experience the troupe’s transformative and revelatory dance with two new works: The Personal Element and Azoth. Seating is socially distanced. June 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing...

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Visit the Zoo from the Comfort of Your Car Cruise the Zoo returns this summer, allowing guests to see flamingos, giraffes, elephants, tortoises, zebras, monkeys and more from the comfort of their air-conditioned car. Designed to be approximately 30 minutes in length, the narrated drive-through tour offers insights, information and facts about the animals that might be seen along the journey. Curbside food and beverage options are available for purchase. June 13, and every Sunday...

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Hear the Story of America’s Favorite Sexpert Filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place as American’s most famous sex therapist, Becoming Dr. Ruth tells the triumphant and heartwarming story of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who fled the Nazis in the Kindertransport, joined the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, struggled as a single mother newly arrived in America – and eventually became “Dr. Ruth.” June...

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Photo by Tim Fuller    Enjoy Dance in the Desert with Ballet Arizona The natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape is the backdrop for The Four Seasons, featuring the choreography of Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona. Set to the dramatic score of Antonio Vivaldi, the world-premiere performance interprets the spirit of nature with a journey through winter, spring, summer and fall in movement. Tu-Sa, through June 5, 8 p.m. Call for ticket...

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Photo by Reg Madison Photography   Celebrate the Allure of Ol’ Blue Eyes Four virtuoso vocalists perform the best of Frank Sinatra in an intimate nightclub setting as The Phoenix Theatre Company salutes one of the most influential musical artists of the 20th century with Frank Sinatra: My Way, through May 23. The Broadway revue features such well-known classics as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “My Way.” The production is...

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Photo by Kat Barnes   Laugh Along to Non-Stop Nonsense When Sister Julia accidentally poisons most of the convent with her cooking, the remaining Little Sisters of Hoboken must put on a show to raise funds to bury the last four “blue nuns” in the icebox. Nunsense continues to bless theatergoers with hilarious talent acts and tongue-in-cheek musical numbers through May 16. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln.,...

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Watch Athletes Take a Tumble Gaining stardom after appearing on America’s Got Talent in 2009, ZuZu African Acrobats wow audiences with incredible routines featuring limbo, contortion, tumbling, chair balancing and other traditional Kenyan acrobatic skills – all set to high-energy dance beats. May 7-8, 7 p.m. $30-$35. Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-664-7777, themadison.org. Get Your Groove on with Movement Source & Friends Original dance films by Kraken Still &...

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Enjoy the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports Frosty mint juleps, fashion contests, lawn games and prime viewing for the 147th “Run for the Roses” highlight the Kentucky Derby Lawn Party May 1. It’s a great excuse to drink with friends, cheer for a sport you probably know nothing about and dress like early 20th-century Southern stereotypes. A brunch menu filled with fried chicken and biscuits, shrimp and grits and other Southern favorites is featured, along...

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Pay Tribute to an American Hero Lace up your shoes and join thousands of runners and walkers for Pat’s Run, April 24, an annual 4.2-mile run/walk honoring late football star Pat Tillman. The race takes place virtually this year as participants across the globe honor Tillman’s legacy. Proceeds support the Tillman Military Scholars program. 7:05 a.m. April 24, however, participants have a three-day window (April 23-25) to complete the miles. Visit website for race fees,...

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Tip Your Hat to Horse Power Welcome the Hashknife riders as they complete a 200-mile journey on horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale, delivering thousands of letters, April 16. This annual re-enactment of Western history is the longest-running Pony Express ride in the nation. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the riders arriving at high noon, Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, hashknifeponyexpress.com. Immerse Yourself in Beautiful Gardens Phoenix Home & Garden hosts its annual...

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Photo by Rose Torres   Experience a Love Story with a Twist Scorpius Dance Theatre brings the story of David + Lisa to an outdoor stage, April 8-10. Inspired by the 1960s film of the same name, the fairytale follows two people who meet in a treatment center for young adults facing mental and psychological obstacles, and the unlikely attachment that develops between the volatile individuals. The production is choreographed by Lisa Starry and features dramatic black-and-white...

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Support the Arts Community with a Virtual Film America’s cowboy culture and opera’s hallowed traditions come together in Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera. A collaboration of the work of author Zane Grey, composer Craig Bohmer, librettist Steven Mark Kohn and painter Ed Mell, the documentary tells a provocative story about the settling of the West while capturing the artistry behind live theater and the thrill of opening night. Proceeds...

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Celebrate Spring with a Concert in the Park Performing on a mix of string and percussion instruments, AZ63 presents Burkina Dreams of the Desert, March 27. The trio’s music encompasses a wide variety of styles, including ancient Bambara songs originating from the West African countries of Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Burkina Faso, as well as original compositions and improvisations inspired by each member’s musical background. The concert is presented by MusicaNova. 2 p.m. $25-$30 (lawn...

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Grab a Seat for a Made-in-Country-Heaven Romance Ring of Fire tells the story of the decades-long love affair between June Carter and her husband, Johnny Cash, a love that was stretched to the breaking point by Johnny’s addiction to pills. The spirited show includes top songs from The Man in Black’s catalog, including “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere” and countless other recognizable tracks. The production is presented on an outdoor stage located just one...

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