Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re taking a look at some musicians who’ve been popularized by movies.      April 25  HAIM  Much of this sister trio’s music has been compared to the singer-songwriters of the ’70s, so when youngest sister Alana Haim was cast in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, many critics remarked that the musician seemed right...

Besides being home to some of the Valley's top restaurants, the Farm at South Mountain is a dynamic spot that hosts a variety of classes ranging from yoga to painting. One of its recurring classes is the Cheese Course 101. (A word to all the aspiring cheese mongers out there: alas, you won't learn how to make cheese. Basically, you learn how to eat it. As if there was a wrong way...)

May 29
James Taylor
The legendary singer/songwriter is recognized for his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing in such hits as “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Shower the People” and “Country Road.” Bonnie Raitt is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

1. Firestorm Film Festival – May 2
Arizona Christian University Communication majors will show an original screenplay during this third annual festival. This is a chance to financially support their talents as well as celebrate their achievements as each student has written and directed their own short film. Free. 7-10 p.m. The Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,

What better way to spend this twilight zone week between Christmas and the start of 2017 than by planning the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration? Because we all know New Year’s celebrations always live up to your every expectation… cough

Even if you’re not delusional and are remaining realistic about how off the chain any given Sunday can be, get a leg up on your potential for fun-having by dropping by one of the many soirees being thrown across the Valley. We’ve got your run-down of NYE parities, whether you’re looking for a family friendly fiesta or an adults-only shindig to let loose in your sparkly finest.

It's no secret that Halloween is no longer a "kids-only" holiday. If anything, hard-partying adults have usurped the day traditionally observed to honor the dead and later reserved for children in homemade ghost costumes to eat a lot of candy. Now it's all about making costumes "sexy" and drinking. Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, the weekend before is sure to be maximized for freaky fun. Here's our list of the top 5 adults-only events this weekend: