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On January 23, three American firefighters were killed in New South Wales, Australia while battling the rampant bushfires that have devastated the country’s landscape and depleted its wildlife. When Phoenix musicians Joey Gutos and Esteban Obregon heard about the firefighter’s fate, they felt compelled to do something. The duo, which founded a music company called RIVIR, immediately jumped into action to plan a benefit show to provide aid to Australia. Gutos and Obregon have been...

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Calling all makers! The seventh annual Southwest Maker Fest will bring a cadre of creatives to downtown Mesa on Saturday, February 15. Attendees of the free event can participate in hands-on activities and experiences, from robotics to rocketry, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pepper Street between Robson and Macdonald streets in Mesa. The i.d.e.a. Museum will be free for festivalgoers, featuring its newest exhibit, Art of the Story. Guests can also enjoy food,...

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Thanks to a much-loved episode of Parks & Recreation, Valentine’s Day is now accompanied by a day to celebrate how much you love and appreciate your friends. Still trying to figure out what your group wants to do for Galentine’s Day? Scope out these local options: 1. If you’re looking for something different… Garden Mixtape at the Desert Botanical Gardens When: Feb. 13 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Price:...

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Tyler Henry is a psychic to the stars. Actually, he’s a clairvoyant medium, which means he can both predict the future and communicate with the dead. He captured America’s attention on his show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, which is the E! network’s most successful launch of a non-scripted series in the past three years. He has done readings for A-list celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi,...

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Music has always been a part of singer Willie Jones’ life. He grew up watching his dad sing in church and knew at a young age that being a country crooner was his calling. Jones puts his own spin on the western genre, combining country with R&B and hip-hop influences. The Louisiana native wrote his first song when he was 14.  In 2012, right after he graduated from high school, Jones competed on X Factor,...

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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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Swing by these festive spots to snap a holiday selfie! North Phoenix  Creative Holiday Chalk Art at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Check out this huge 3D sleigh chalk art piece, which is located at the resort’s Falls Water Village. This installation was created by local husband and wife team, Rather Be Chalking. The display has been getting a lot of attention from guests and locals alike, and will be available for “sleigh rides” until the end...

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Interactive art installations are popping up everywhere, from candy-coated exhibits to taco-themed wonderlands. At Tempe Marketplace, guests can enjoy a holiday-themed installation called Candy Cane Lane, which features more than 100 pieces including 7-foot tall gingerbread men, 6-foot-tall lollipops, a huge hot cocoa mug with marshmallow seats, enormous Hershey’s Kisses and a giant gumball machine that blows around plastic balls. “I think people are looking for more experiences when they’re coming to centers and having...

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