Judy Harper, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view at Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort with one of the resort’s off-season lift rides. The lift line ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 10,800 feet, affording views of the red rocks in Sedona, a cinder cone volcanic field and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 15; F-Su, Aug. 16-Sept. 27 (weather permitting). $16-$20; free, children 5 and younger....

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From her high school biology class to a career in pathology, Mary Landau, M.D., has marveled at the nuances of the human body at the microscopic level. Through the years, she discovered art in the laboratory and now shares her findings through MPATHY Art. One photo looks like a wave crashing on the beach. Another, like a pink heart. A third brings to mind festive party streamers. Hard to believe these striking images are squamous...

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Judy HarperJanuary 28, 2020

This Cirque du Soleil production takes guests into a colorful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement. The cast includes 52 performing artists from 14 countries specializing in such high-level acrobatic acts as foot juggling, hand balancing, contortion, aerial straps and a signature final act mixing trampoline, tumbling and rock climbing. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su,...

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Millions of LED lights shine throughout the zoo grounds as this grand holiday event glows with a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows, 3D light sculptures and new life-size animal lanterns. Live reindeer and a 200-foot-long polar slide add to the fun. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800

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Following an administrative career with the U.S. Tennis Association, Jane Boggs was exploring her creative side when a friend invited her to visit a gourd farm. “I filled my Expedition with 100 dirty, yucky, awful gourds and my husband asked, ‘Are you out of your gourd? What are you going to do with them?’ I told him I had no clue, they just called to me.” Boggs purchased a book on gourd art and has...

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Halloween spirit invades Carefree as this event features whimsical and elaborate pumpkin carvings by local artist Ray Villafane and his studio of carvers. The exhibit includes dozens of mischievous pumpkin characters woven throughout the 4-acre garden, plus live pumpkin carving, a beer garden, harvest market and culinary delights on weekends. Check website for times as hours vary by day. $10-$15. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686, enchantedpumpkingarden.com

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