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Experience an Alfresco Chamber Music Concert The Rolston Quartet performs in a courtyard setting with special guests Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola and Stephen Hartman on harp. 7:30 p.m., March 5. $50. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-0095, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org. Grab Your Favorite Cowboy Hat and Head to the Rodeo The bulls will be bustin’ loose at Rodeo Scottsdale, March 4-7. The PRCA-sanctioned event attracts world-class bull riders, ropers, steer wrestlers, bronc riders, barrel...

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Chill Out at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Ice skate like no one is watching or sail down an ice slide at Winter at the Princess. Ax throwing, ice mazes, rock climbing, yard games, a Ferris wheel, children’s activities and a 6,000-square-foot outdoor rink are highlights, complemented by creative food and beverage items, live acoustic music, fire-pit tables, and s’mores. Through March 21, W-Th, Su, 5-10 p.m.; F-Sa, 5-11 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Fairmont Scottsdale...

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Catch the Big Game Alfresco Mavrix celebrates the end of an NFL season like no other with a socially distanced Super Bowl viewing party on its 5,000-square-foot patio. The battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will air on a 20-foot Jumbotron LED TV beginning at 4 p.m., with complimentary seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Order the Touchdown Package to score a bucket of five beers, nacho stack and any...

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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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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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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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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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December 25-27    Celebrate Peace in Tempe  Valley artists Edgar Fernandez, Shachi Kale, Nick Rascona, Kaori Takamura and Annie Lopez share their visions for Peace in an outdoor exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts. Located on the east side of the venue through January 24, the project includes a 75-foot-long text wall along the exterior windows of the center’s sculpture garden and a mini art exhibit that is visible from the gallery windows that face the east breezeway entrance. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,...

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“Walking through a winter wonderland” might be weird this year with everyone wearing masks and staying six feet apart. But driving through a winter wonderland can feel pretty festive. Here is a trio of holiday light shows to illuminate your nights. Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields Expect to spend about 20 minutes slowly cruising the 1.2-mile route at Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields while jamming to holiday tunes on an FM station. The...

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Check Your Pocket Watch and Don’t Be Late! Wonderland has been taken over by the Mouse King and is stuck in an eternal winter in A Curiouser Nutcracker, a holiday version of Theater Works’ popular Curiouser & Curiouser. Filled with snow and the traditional music of Tchaikovsky, the family-friendly production catapults patrons into the worlds of Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. With only 12 guests per performance, the multisensory experience invites audience members to investigate rooms, discover...

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Get in Style with the Latest Fashion Trends Guests are treated to six runway fashion shows from the comfort of their homes as Fall Into Fashion, the Phoenix Fashion Week style trend show, goes virtual Nov. 21. Tickets include fashionable giveaways, voting challenges, live digital meet-and-greets, behind-the-scenes storylines, digital pop-up shopping and a digital swag bag. 7 p.m. $40. Find tickets at styletrendshow2020.eventbrite.com. Learn about Love with a Hip-Hop Beat While awaiting its return to...

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Meet Some Genuine Superheroes Ten Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients debut custom-designed outfits that reveal their true superhero identities during a Power Play virtual video premiere Nov. 13. With a mission to help these pint-size patients feel happy and strong, 10 ASU fashion design students swooped in to create custom styles that capture the fighting spirit and unique superhero strength, power and bravery of each child. Watch their stories unfold at powerplaypch.org at 5 p.m. Typically...

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Reconnect with Art in Old Town Scottsdale Innovative art displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight Nov. 6-15 at Canal Convergence. Focusing on the theme, Reconnect, the experience aims to find common ground and shared humanity through public art, addressing themes of communication, collaboration and community engagement. The large-scale art installments can be found along the Arizona Canal, as well as multiple locations in nearby Old Town Scottsdale, with many of...

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Snap a Selfie with a Spider Get tangled up in a web of creepy crawlers at Oh, Snap… A Spider. The art installations are on display through Oct. 31 near AMC Theatres at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, shopdesertridge.com; and outside Harkins Theatres at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempemarketplace.com.  Cruise the Boo Bash Pile in the car for a spirited Drive-Through Boo Bash at Park West. Musical entertainment...

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