What do futuristic cars, super-trippy kid’s shows and a live performance by an infamous American Idol reject all have in common? We’re not really sure, but all we can say is, TGI Weekend Guide. Let’s get this party started over in Tempe, where they’re hosting a way-cool arts festival that’s anything but hoity-toity. Named the Tempe Festival of the Arts, this three-day alfresco affair will feature more than 400 booths lining Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of live entertainment on the Fall Jazz Stage, as well as roving performers such as jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, face painters and even psychics.
That said, we’re most exited about two things that have nothing to do with the arts. First of all, Nissan will be offering festival-goers the chance to test drive the all-electric Nissan Leaf on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you can skip the line and sign up for a test drive here. And not surprisingly, the second thing we’re most excited about is the on-site Arizona Wine Festival, a special 21-and-over area where patrons will be able to sample fine wines from 14 of the state’s finest vineyards. Yum! Just be sure you drive first, then sip and swirl.
This next item is for all the families out there as the hipster-tastic Nick Jr. TV show, Yo Gabba Gabba will be performing live at the Comerica (formerly Dodge) Theatre. Featuring special guest star and 80s rap icon Biz Markie, this so-called kid show has actually become a cult hit among parents for its eye-candy imagery and killer lineup of indie music acts. In fact, one fan even made a funny chart comparing Yo Gabba Gabba’s recent musical lineup versus MTV’s.
Last but also least, American Idol pseudo-celebrity, William Hung will be appearing at a couple of Downtown Scottsdale hotspots this weekend. Yes, the man who made Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” even less listenable will be performing at the Coach House tonight at 5 pm, followed by an encore performance at 10:30 pm at Geisha A Go Go. Be there and be square!
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget our Second Annual Scoop Factory Scoopstakes kicks off on Monday.