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Lindsey Stirling isn’t your typical violinist. Originally hailing from Mesa, she took up the historically classical string instrument and created a modern brand of music that melds rock, pop and EDM. Her high-energy live performances combine her lively fiddling with funky choreography and larger-than-life sets and costumes. Though she’s toured across the globe, she remains humble and remembers her roots. In fact, she will bring her vigor and violin to the Tixr Lawn at the...

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The new year brings an exciting new beer event to the Valley’s winter-spring festival season. Copper State Beer Festival makes its debut in January with craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries, as well as a fleet of food trucks and an artisan market featuring Valley makers. It’s poised to be the Valley’s go-to beverage festival in a month that traditionally lacks for such diversions . 12-5 p.m. $20-$80. Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,...

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Photo by Nikki Buchanan   I’m a sucker for good fried chicken, so when I read about Fryd Bird, a new fast-casual in Mesa, getting rave reviews, I grabbed a friend and headed there for lunch. Modern and cheerful, one yolk-yellow wall displaying a huge rendering of an UN-fried, alive and kicking bird, the place had a small, steady line during the lunch hour. Lots of the customers appeared to be working guys, there for...

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From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.

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This Saturday, October 19, 13 cideries from six states will come together in the Valley at the second annual Southwest Cider Festival. Hosted by Mesa-based Cider Corps, the Valley’s first fully dedicated cidery, the festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft cider in the region. Festivalgoers can enjoy samples of local and regional ciders while feasting on food truck fare and listening to live music. Attendees can imbibe ciders from Arizona’s four cideries –...

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Nestled in an unassuming strip mall, east Mesa newcomer Tucked Away Craft Kitchen and Bar is aptly named. Owned by Sean Hayes and Jo Ann Franko, the couple behind Mesa’s Tipsy Cactus TapRoom, there’s more to this cozy, chef-driven eatery than meets the eye. “Our landlords had approached us with an offer to open a second spot in another of their locations,” Franko says. “Since we already owned a tap room where only beer and...

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1. Deep Purple & Alice Cooper with The Edgar Winter Band at Ak-Chin Pavilion – August 15
Deep Purple continues their Long Goodbye Tour in support of their latest album, “Infinite.” Alice Cooper will join them as he plays all his hits like “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” $15+. 6:30-11 p.m. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, concerts1.livenation.com.

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1. Book of Souls Tour with Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena – June 28
Whether you were a metal-loving teen in the ‘80s or discovered the genre in the 21st century, Iron Maiden has surely blasted forth from your speakers at some point. They have transcended the decades and continue to rock in 2017. This year’s tour is coming off their 2016 tour that reached six continents and 35 countries. They’ll be joined by the band Ghost while they travel in the states. $65+. 11 p.m. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ironmaiden.com.

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1. AZ Wine & Dine – April 13
Arizona continues making its mark on the foodie world with AZ Wine & Dine. The sixth annual event brings together top chefs, restaurateurs and beverage makers from around the state for an evening of sampling. Presented by Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, the event includes live entertainment, a silent auction, and tastings from boutique wineries and microbreweries. 5-8 p.m. $69-$79. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, azwineanddine.com, 602-604-0729.

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