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Visiting Denver? Check out three new attractions the mile-high city has to offer. Denver Central Market This food hall showcases 11 of the top chefs and culinary artisans in the state in the River North Art District. New since 2021: DCM has extended its outdoor dining space into an “art alley” and an adjacent parking lot for COVID-19 safety. denvercentralmarket.com WWII Exhibits To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the...

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Share Your Creativity on the Concrete Stop by Chandler Center for the Arts Jan. 23 for some community chalk-coloring on the terrace. Artist Edith Castro – whose cubist-inspired compositions are featured in The Gallery at the CCA through Feb. 26 – has created a 10-by-20-foot chalk outline in her geometric style, and the gallery invites guests of all ages to help color in the lines. Bring a friend, bring a mask; the gallery provides the chalk. While there, be...

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Mitchell Miller The Arizona Coyotes cut ties with Miller, the team’s fourth-round 2020 NHL draft pick, after an Arizona Republic exposé revealed disturbing abuse of a disabled high school classmate. “I was young, immature and feel terrible about my actions,” Miller said in a December 2020 statement. Dr. Cleavon Gilman Distressed by rising COVID-19 cases, the Yuma ER physician went viral when he Tweeted there were “no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona”...

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No one could have predicted everything that happened in 2020. Projections for 2021 might be moot, too, but in the anything-can-happen spirit of last year, here are some tongue-in-cheek visions for the Valley’s music future. The clandestine desert-rave wave of the 1990s returns. With nightclubs closed amidst the coronavirus crisis, Phoenicians will once again venture into the desert for secret dance parties driven by DJs with generators and illuminated by glow sticks. Doot-doot. Arizona Hip...

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Vogue called it a full display of “indigenous beauty and skill.” Atlas Obscura deemed it a “unique competition.” Many Phoenicians know it as “that big thing that happens at Heard Museum every year.” It’s the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest – and for the first time in its 30-year history, the entire event will be online only. The competition, which combines athleticism, artistry and tradition, features more than a hundred hoop dancers in several age...

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Let the Dogs Out at the Garden Visitors and their leashed dogs can stroll and sniff the trails as Desert Botanical Garden hosts Dogs’ Day in the Garden, Jan. 16. Dogs must be on leash, licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Bring your own bowl to fill at hydration stations located at five points throughout the garden, and waste bags to clean up after your pet. Facemasks are required for humans 2 and older. Sa, through...

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We might be stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside our heads. This week, we can journey into cyberspace to learn about historic building preservation and discuss a sci-fi plot and even get outside to bang a drum in a big, socially distanced circle. Taliesin Talks: Preserving for a Modern World Why does saving old buildings still matter? Preservationists discuss the importance of historical structures, how to balance the desire for conservation...

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Hit the Ice on an Outdoor Rink Lace up your skates and glide a few laps at Desert Ice Skating Rink, a 6,000-square-foot outdoor rink made with real ice. COVID-19 considerations include timed entry, face coverings and expanded skate change and viewing areas to enable physical distancing. Fire-pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available by reservation, and you can enjoy plenty of holiday lights, cozy igloos and an ice slide before and after. Through...

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The New Year brings new hope for a less socially distanced cultural landscape as coronavirus vaccines roll out, but 2021 is still fresh and full of precautions. For those still playing it as safe as possible, here are two virtual events and one socially distanced event for indulging in Valley culture and history. SHFT: PLAYBACK On January 6 (and every Wednesday), Tempe Center for the Arts’ Facebook page is alive with the sounds of music. The...

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Due to the resurgence of COVID, cancelations, suspensions and closures are widespread. Here are a few of the latest announcements. Sadly, you won’t be chomping on big drumsticks at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in 2021.  Even though event organizers had government approval to proceed, they decided to cancel the February opening due to “the increasing health and safety concerns.” Arizona Theatre Company has chosen to delay its 54th Season. “While we won’t be in the...

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Experience Old-World Circus Acts  Zoppé Italian Family Circus proves that the show must go on with the debut of its live, multimedia drive-in circus. Featuring a human cannonball, Tulga the Strong Man, the Wheel of Death, aerial displays, equestrian showmanship and swinging trapeze artists, the extravaganza takes place in the Big Surf parking lot on an elevated circus ring viewed from the safety of your own vehicle. Fans can bring chairs and tailgate while the action unfolds in front of them, with sound transmitted...

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