ASU Museum to Host First Saturday for Families & Kids

February 2, 2016 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Need an excuse to get your kids out of the house during the weekend? The ASU Art Museum invites families and children of all ages to join them in making free, are-related activities at the museum. Every month, participating families are invited to make hands-on projects based on one of the museum’s current exhibits. This Saturday, February 6 from 11am through 3 pm, the ASU Art Museum is inviting families and children to participate in the theme, “Artists Games.” Children ages 4-12 are invited to this free event and will have the opportunity to earn points, plays games, win prizes and talk with local artists.

The ASU Art Museum is located at 10th Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe. For any additional question or information, call (480)-965-2873 or visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu/familyfun.

Audubon Center’s Birds ‘N Beer Speaker Series

January 21, 2016 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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The popular Birds ‘N Beer series is a monthly event that comes to the Audobon Center every 3rd Thursday of the Month. Participants can stop by after work to learn about birds and other wildlife while enjoying craft beer from Four Peaks Brewing Company and small bites. Topics of discussion change it each month and feature everything from High-Tech Wildlife Watching to amusing animal mating routines. This month’s topic for Thursday, January 21 guest will learn about Sandhill Cranes and America’s Greatest Migration with guest speaker Bill Taddicken from Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Nebraska.

Birds N’ Beer runs every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30 through 7:30 pm and is a free event to attend. The Audubon Center is located at 3131 S. Central Avenue in Phoenix. For more information visit az.audubon.org.

Singh Farms in Scottsdale Open to Visitors Every Saturday

January 19, 2016 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Singh Farms serves as an oasis getaway from busy city life and every weekend hundreds of Valley residents flock to the 20-acre farm to enjoy fresh food and nature. Located at the loop 101 and Thomas Road, the farm is owned by Lee and Ken Singh who open up Singh Farms for visitors from 9am-1pm on Saturdays. The farm serves as an opportunity for Phoenix residents to get out of the desert and enjoy everything Singh Farms has to offer from their shady trees to high-quality compost and organic garden.

Singh Farms provides a farmers market on Saturdays where visitors can enjoy delicious fresh produce, pizza, freshly squeezed juices and home baked goods. Singh Farms is located at 8900 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale off the loop 101 and Thomas Road. To reach Singh Farms, find them on Facebook or give them a call at (480)-225-7199.

Experience the Wild West at Rawhide’s Western Theme Park

January 15, 2016 | 8:55 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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What better way to teach your kids about the Wild West than to let them experience it firsthand? Rawhide is a Western theme park that opened up near Gila River over the summer that caters to kids and families. The theme park offers everything from live-action stunt shows, train rides, gold panning, mechanical bulls, a petting zoo and much more. There are also opportunities for you take part in the Wild West excitement by venturing through the re-created frontier town or throwing your friends in “jail” by paying a peace officer.
Additionally the experience has several places to eat including a steakhouse, saloon and pizza tavern. You can have your photo taken in Old Western costumes at the photo emporium and watch a blacksmith at work. Admission to Rawhide is free but you must pay per attraction or buy Town passes. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, rawhide.com. Rawhide theme park is located at 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix Presents, “Snow Much Fun...

December 11, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

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The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is transforming into a winter wonderland on Monday, December 14 for a day of fun with 20 tons of snow, Santa visits, winter-themed art projects and activities from their sponsor the Phoenix Coyotes. The Snow Much Fun Day activities are free with paid museum admission. There will also be a special offer for families to purchase discounted tickets to the December 27th NHL game: San Jose Sharks V. Phoenix Coyotes and a portion of the tickets purchases will be donated to the Children’s Museum. Lower level tickets to the game will be $60 and upper level tickets will be $27.

Snow Much Fun Day will run from 9 am through 4pm on December 14. The Children’s Museum is located at 215 North 7th Street in Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, http://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/events/snow-much-fun-day-2/.

Desert Botanical Garden Introduces Las Noches de Las Luminarias

December 2, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden is bringing the garden to life with over 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkling light’s, which serves as a great way to celebrate the holiday season. There will be opportunities to view Munro’s vibrant works of art as you travel through the garden and sip on warm cider.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the Desert Botanical Garden such as Mariachi bands, Spanish Guitar, string trios, world music, holiday vocals, native flutes and more. Additionally, there will be handbell ensembles performing in the Webster Auditorium. A buffet dinner is available to all guests where you can enjoy a salad & bread station, Entrée station with pasta, Gnocchi, Tri-tip and more, dessert station and beverage station. Tickets for Las Noches are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children and the event will run on select days through December 31 from 5:30-9:30. The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. . For more information visit dbg.org

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Pop-Up Around Phoenix for the Winter...

November 25, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Nothing says it’s the holiday season like ice-skating outdoors with hot chocolate in hand. This week, many pop-up ice rinks are showing up around the Valley so that Arizonans can experience an outdoor skating rink without flocking to colder weather. Here’s a list of the top outdoor skating rinks around the Valley:

CityScape Phoenix Presents CitySkate

CityScape is once again hosting their sixth annual CitySkate ice rink in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The ice rink takes over Central Avenue and features a 36-foot-tall Christmas tree, light shows and skate rentals for all ages. The ice rink will hold photo opportunities with Santa from 4 to 8 pm Fridays through Sundays.

CitySkate’s grand opening will be from 3-11 pm on Saturday, November 28th and will feature live music, Santa appearance, snowfall and light show. The ice rink will be open through January 11, 2016. CitySkate is located at 1 E. Washington Street in Downtown Phoenix. Admission ranges from $12-$15 depending on what day you visit. Admission is $8 for children 4-8 years old. For more information visit, phxicerink.com.

Holiday Skate Rink at Westgate Entertainment District

The 2,500-square foot rink at Fountain Park will only be open during Thanksgiving weekend and is expected to have over 3,000 visitors during opening night. Throughout the holidays there will also be opportunities to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Clause visits, snowfall and performances by professional ice skaters.

Public skating hours are 11 am through 6pm on Wednesday, Nov 25 and Sunday, November 29. It will also run from 11am through 9pm on Friday November 27 and Saturday, November 28. The Westgate Entertainment District is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. in Glendale. For additional information visit, westgateaz.com.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Transforms for the Holidays

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is known for being one of the best places to experience the magic of the holidays. They have a 6,000 square-foot Desert Ice Skating Rink with real ice and nightly snowfall. There are also opportunities for guests to reserve rink-side fire pits with blankets to enjoy s’more and hot chocolate.

The resort also features a Lagoon Lights exhibit with 2.8 million lights, rides on the Princess Express Train and a four-story musical Christmas tree. There is also a S’mores Land, Christmas Carousel, petting zoo and much more. Admission is $15 and $5 for skate rentals. For more information visit, scottsdaleprincess.com.

Scottsdale Museum of the West to Host 50th Anniversary Cowboy...

November 18, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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As a celebration of the Cowboy Artists of America’s 50th anniversary, the Scottsdale Museum of the West is presenting, “A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West.”  The exhibition serves as a thank you for the contributions of its 77 artists to fine art and western culture.

The exhibition opened on Saturday, November 7 and will run through May 31, 2016. It features paintings and sculptures that have rarely been seen by the public eye. The exhibition features one painting or bronze sculpture by each of the Cowboy Artists of America members. Many of the works in the exhibit are by Eddie Basha, owner of the Arizona based grocery-store chain. He had the largest privately owned collection of contemporary Western American and American Indian art in the country.

The exhibition is included with museum admission of $13 for adults and $8 for children. The Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is located at 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale. For more information call, (480)-686-9539 or visit, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

Local Phoenix Artist, Jesse Perry Focuses On the Beautification of...

November 12, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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Local Artist Jesse Perry is well known for his mural work in downtown Phoenix with an emphasis on cartoonist characters, bright colors and satire. Most recently, Perry shared that he has created a street-art scavenger hunt in downtown Phoenix with 31 installations of street art. Each piece of art hidden in downtown Phoenix is strategically placed and is intended to evoke emotion.

Perry has worked for the Scottsdale Public Art Program and is now teamed up with several other organizations in the hope of bringing creative energy and wisdom to Phoenix. According to his website, Perry writes, “The idea behind each piece is to deliver a message without the viewer knowing they are gaining an experience.  The hope is that the subliminal message will surface in an impactful way that will build a sense of calm and belonging with each interaction.”

Phoenix residents who spot a Jesse Perry art piece in downtown Phoenix can use the hashtag #founditphxff and are encouraged to tag the artist, @mrdowntownphx.

Bearizona Wildlife Park Allows Tourists to Experience Animals in...

November 10, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Exhibits | By editorial dlt

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With winter weather quickly approaching, the Bearizona Wildlife Park says that wintertime is the best time to visit because animals are sporting their lustrous fur coats and the change in weather brings beautiful snowy scenery. The Bearizona Wildlife Park allows guests to drive three miles through Arizona wilderness to see North American Wildlife in their natural habitat from goats, black bears, bison and more!

After viewing the wildlife from the comfort of your own vehicle, guests have the opportunity to chat with the animal caretakers, meet the animals, watch shows and take a bus tour. The Birds of Prey show runs daily at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm, where you can watch hawks, owls, falcons and more. The program includes training demonstrations and free flight shows. A complimentary bus tour is also offered to guests where you can offer treats to some of the animals and take photos of the wildlife. Keeper chats are also offered daily throughout the day where guests can meet Bearizona keeper staff and see animals up-close while the staff conducts educational chats about the animals on exhibit.

Bearizona is open daily from 9am through 4pm and general admission is $10 for children and $20 for adults. For Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th, free admission will be offered to active and retired military with I.D. Bearizona is located in Williams, AZ, 58 miles South Rim of the Grand Canyon. For more information visit, www.bearizona.com.

14th Annual El Mercado de Las Artes Returns to Heard Museum this...

November 9, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Events | By editorial dlt

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This weekend, the 14th annual El Mercado de Las Artes will be featured in the Central Courtyard of the Heard Museum from November 14-15. The Mercado will host mariachis, artwork from over 65 Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico. There will be a wide range of artwork in every price range from pottery, embroidery, furniture, paintings, prints, silver and tinwork. Additionally, the Mercado will be selling festive & traditional Hispanic foods in the Courtyard Café.

This year’s featured artists will be local Phoenix artists Gennaro and Luciano Garcio, which will honor the spirit of Frida Kahlo. Four authors will also visit the Heard Museum from 11:30 am through 2pm on Saturday, Nov 14, to sign books on topics related to the art and cultured featured at the Mercado. The authors will be Albert Quihuis, Susan Topp Weber and Stevie Mack and Charlotte Bell.

The Mercado is free to all guests with a suggested donation of $10. The event will run from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue. For more information on the Mercado visit, http://heard.org/event/el-mercado-de-las-artes/.

Frida Kahlo Exhibit Displayed at Heard Museum through February 8

November 3, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

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The Frida Kahlo exhibit is being displayed at Heard Museum now through February 8, on loan from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. The exhibit features over 200 photos and is broken into six categories: The Origins; The Blue House; Politics, Revolutions and Diego; Her Broken Body; Frida’s Loves and Photography.  The Frida Kahlo- Her Photos exhibit will feature photographs taken by Man Ray, Martin Munckácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Murray and many others. The images are meant to give guests a very intimate and personal view into Kahlo’s life and exhibits personal history about the artist and time period.

On Friday, November 6 from 6-10pm there will be a First Friday event at the Heard called “Frida In Focus,” which will be a celebration of all things Frida. It will include choreographed performances, the works of Phoenix Fridas, Mercado and more. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix.  For more information on the exhibit visit, http://heard.org/exhibits/frida-kahlo-her-photos/

Singh Farms in Scottsdale Reopens on October 31

October 30, 2015 | 9:17 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

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Fall has officially arrived in the Valley- cooler temperatures, winter lawns and the arrival of local farmer’s markets. Savor the flavors of fall at Singh Farms in Scottsdale as they celebrate the return of their weekly farmer’s market this Saturday, October 31. Open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Singh Farms is a 20-acre organic oasis in the heart of Scottsdale (NE corner of the 101 freeway and Thomas Road).

The farmers market features the finest fresh-plucked seasonal produce (eggplants, habaneros, bell peppers, tomatoes and much more), plus unfiltered raw honey and house-hatched eggs. The farmers market is open from fall through early summer.  Singh Farm’s weekly farmers market also brings in top local purveyors each week including MJ Bread, Tammie Coe Cakes, Boho Farms and produce from farms across Arizona. The Juice Box at the farmers market will feature fresh pressed juices and smoothies fresh from the garden.

The Farm also offers their famed all-natural composts, seeds, vegetable and herb garden starters, hydrolyzed fish fertilizer and more during the weekly market.

For more information regarding Singh Farms visit www.facebook.com/singhfarms.

The 7th Annual PoeFest Returns to Downtown Phoenix

October 29, 2015 | 8:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By editorial dlt

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“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary….” Things are getting a little creepy at the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix with the 7th Annual PoeFest returning to the stage. PoeFest is an annual celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, held every October in Downtown Phoenix. Actors memorize Poe’s stories and perform them as inmates in a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. The PoeFest will hold its final performances this Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.

For the last weekend of PoeFest the Cask of Amontillado, the Tell-Tale Heart Alone will be performed on Friday, October 30th at 8pm at the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos. In celebration of the final day of PoeFest, there will be multiple performances on Saturday, October 31st; The Raven will run every twenty minutes at the Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square from 7:30 through 9:30 pm. There will also be additional performances at the Ghost Lounge at Hotel San Carlos including The Premature Burial, Spirits of the Dead which will run at 8:00 pm and The Conqueror Worm which will run at 10pm.

The Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos is located at 202 N. Central Avenue and Rosson House Museum is located at 113 N. 6th Street. To purchase tickets or learn more about PoeFest visit, www.poefest.org.

Hiroshima Calling Exhibit Returns to Tempe History Museum

August 4, 2015 | 8:44 AM | Exhibits | By Staff

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On August of 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during WWII and killed an estimated 129,000 people. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the explosions and the two cities have since been appealing for a world of peace, free from nuclear weapons. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary and in remembrance of those affected by the bombings, Tempe History Museum will be holding a “Hiroshima Calling” event.

The poster exhibit will run Tuesday, August 4th through Sunday, August 9th from 10 am- 5pm (Tues- Fri) and 1 pm- 5pm (Sunday). It is a free event that will have information and images on the after effects of the A-bomb, before and after images of the cities, effects of radiation on the body and more. The exhibit is aimed towards promoting a world that is free from nuclear weapons and serves as a reminder to guests of what is at stake.

On Friday, August 7th there will be additional happenings including the “Get Connected to Setting intentions for Global Peace” event which will give guests a chance to create origami cranes and beaded bracelets aimed to set one’s intentions for peace. Guest speakers from 7- 7:45 pm will be at the museum to share their real life experiences from the war and emphasize the importance of having a peaceful society. Guest speakers will include Shigeko Sasamori (Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor), Frank Yakov Mashiaro (Holocaust survivor) and Susan Southard (author of ‘Nagasaki’). A special evening show will feature ancient Japanese drumming songs from Hiroshima that will run Friday night from 8-9 pm.

The “Hiroshima Calling” exhibit is free to all guests and donations for the performances on August 7th are welcomed. The event will be held at the Tempe History Museum (809 E. Southern Ave.), for more information call the museum at (480)-350-4311 or check out the website www.hiroshimacalling.org and www.kenkoshio.com.

Superheroes take the Heard Museum in a Unique New Exhibit

June 30, 2015 | 10:43 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Most people associate Superheroes with Marvel Comic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. This summer the Heard Museum is looking to educate its guests on American Indian legends and super heroes that teach life lessons and make a great impact on American Indian history.

In the Super Heroes exhibit at the Heard Museum kids will be able to create their own superheroes by making superhero costumes, play Native video games and learn what it really means to be a super hero. According to the Heard Museum, American Indian super heroes inspire many American Indian artists and graphic novelists in their work.

The exhibit features work from American Indian artists of re-imagined American Indian super heroes. There are also clay figures on display, graphic drawings and an interactive section for kids to create their own superhero costumes.

Members. Heard museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. For more information on the exhibit visit, http://heard.org/exhibits/superheroes/ or call, (602)-252-8840.

Annual All Art Arizona Debuts 7-Week Exhibition Featuring Arizona...

June 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Exhibits | By Staff

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The Art Intersection gallery located in Gilbert is known for celebrating all forms of visual art and is once again hosting their annual All Art Arizona 7-week long exhibition. The exhibition is a chance for visual artists of all experience levels to showcase their art pieces in front of a public audience.

This free event platforms many forms of visual art from Arizona artists across the valley who use different techniques such as photography, sculpture, painting drawing and many more. There will be opportunities for guests to vote on their favorite pieces from artists whose work are on display.

The exhibition will be running now through July 18,2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 480-361-1118 or visit http://artintersection.com/event/all-art-arizona-2015/ . Art Intersection is located at 207 N Gilbert Rd. #201.

Opening This Friday At Modified

August 14, 2012 | 11:31 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Downtown Phoenix is the hub of the Valley art scene. First Friday attracts thousands of people every month to walk the streets of Roosevelt Row. Modified Arts gallery is one of the most popular destinations. Opening this Friday, Modified proudly presents new works by Saskia Jordá and Christ Oatey.

On August 17, from 6-9.m. marks the opening reception of  “Random Interference.” Phoenix-based Jordá uses an interdisciplinary form and works with yarn, felt, and fabric to produce amazing sculptures, wall works, and installations. Oatey, who hails from Los Angeles, constructs site-specific installations that address architecture and spacial issues. Through the use of texture, materials, contrasting opposing elements, he art becomes detailed studies of objects and their construction.

The exhibit will be showing from August 17 to September 14.

Modified Arts | 407 East Roosevelt Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004

Chew On This!

August 13, 2012 | 11:28 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

The Arizona Science Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill are cooking up something green: sustainability, that is. An upcoming film and lecture series called Chew On This! will teach guests about food and the broader impact that food has on our health, the environment and society as a whole.

Taking place at the Arizona Science Center, the series will answer important questions like, “What foods are showing up on your dinner plate, and how did they get there? What’s the difference between organic and conventionally produced fruits and veggies? How does eating “out-of-season” increase our carbon footprint? What do bees really do for the food industry?”

THe series will begin on August 18, with a showing of the documentary FRESH, and will include appearances by guest lecturers Carole De Cosmo from Arizona Farm and Ranch Experience and Avondale Farmers Market, and Derek Slife and Christopher Wharton from Chow Locally.

Perfect for all ages, these events are designed to be fun and creative while teaching valuable and important lessons. For a complete schedule of the series, click here.

Elvis Is Alive At The MIM

August 1, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Exhibits | By Kara Philp

Just when we thought the Musical Instrument Museum couldn’t get any better, they bring Elvis back to life. While a hologram concert performance might be one possibility, we’re simply referring to the museum’s exhibit that showcases The King of Rock and Roll’s time in Arizona.

In celebration of Elvis Week, August 10 through 16, the MIM has everything from The King’s jumpsuits while on tour here in the 1970s to his sheet music and guitar on display.

Another connection Elvis had to Arizona was the time he spent in Apache Junction while filming “Charro!” prior to its 1969 release. The film’s plot revolves around Elvis’s character, Jess Wade, who has been falsely accused of stealing a war cannon from Mexican revolutionaries.

According to azcentral.com, “Elvis’s bound copy of the movie’s screen play, originally called ‘Come Sundown, Come Hell,'” will also be on display for the duration of Elvis week.” The MIM will also feature screenings of “Charro!”

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Opening Reception: “Practically Everything”

July 17, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Our favorite gallery, downtown Phoenix’s Modified Arts, will be hosting its latest opening reception this Friday, July 20 called “Practically Everything.”

The gallery will feature the work of six emerging artists, “who explore the paradoxical nature of photography.” In a nutshell, how the camera can simultaneously describe and transform its subject. Curated by Bucky Miller, other participating artists include Christian Widmer, Cory Fitzgerald, Dana Buhl, Michael Lundgren, Michael Max McLeod, and Bucky Miller.

Going from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, this showing will be open through August 11.

Country Music Day at the MIM

June 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Country music plays a huge role in Arizonan culture. If you have ever been to the Country Thunder music festival in Florence, AZ, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. On Saturday, June 30, the Musical Instrument Museum will be paying homage to the sounds of the southwest with its first ever Country Music Day. Yee-haw.

Arizona’s own country band, Chevellon, will be performing hit songs from the 1950s live at 11:30 a.m. MIM curator Cullen Strawn will be leading a gallery talk on MIM exhibits devoted to country music greats such as Marty Robbins, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Toby Keith, and others at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Pick & Holler is playing music from America’s past and keeping alive the sounds that have brought people together for centuries.

If you think this just an adult affair, think again. Kids and adults can enjoy the bolo tie drop-in craft activity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this class devoted to Arizona’s official state tie, guests will learn about the history of the shoestring necktie and will make their own…..with a musical theme, of course.

To top it all off, the MIM Café will cook some southwest inspired dishes like sweet potato soup, pork ribs with grits, greens, and cornbread, and pecan pie.

All events are free with normal admission to the museum.

MIM | 4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050  

Local Attractions Offer Evening Events, Summer Hours

June 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

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Call it romantic, call it family fun, but whatever you do save yourself the sunburn by taking advantage of these local attractions once the sun has set thanks to their evening events and summer hours.

Take a sensory adventure and see, hear and feel the desert night. The Desert Botanical Gardens host summer flashlight tours from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through September 1. This self-paced stroll along the main trail and 10 discovery stations is perfect for dates, families and children of all ages. Please bring your own flashlight. Member and nonmember garden admission rates apply. For more information call (480) 941-1225

The Phoenix Zoo offers several evening events for enjoying the zoo animals in a less conventional (and much cooler) manner during summer months. Prowl & Play at the zoo after dark July 14 or August 11 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy animal encounters, cool off at Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon water play areas or get soaked at the Squirt Gun Water Wars. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information on summer camp outs and night tours at the zoo, click here.


Hello UFO!

June 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

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With summer vacation season in full swing, it may prove difficult to find fun things to do with the family while you’re still here. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has just the event for some other-wordly entertainment, even if you can’t escape the city.

On June 21, from 5:15 – 7:30 PM, SMoCA will host its Annual Summer Family Night at the Museum. The night will take kids to outer space for stargazing and identifying UFOs, brought to you by an artist group that goes by the name “New Catalogue”

The theme is inspired by SMoCA’s summer exhibition, This is a Present From a Small Distant World, which takes its title from a recording called the Golden Record that was launched into outer space in 1977 on the NASA Voyager spacecraft. The Golden Record’s goal was to communicate Earth and the human experience to unknown life that may or may not be dwelling in confides of space.

Throughout the evening, families will be able to explore the constellations in a portable planetarium and Make an outer-space discovery in the exhibition This is a Present from a Small Distant World; and enjoy child-friendly tours of SMoCA’s other new summer exhibitions.

The cost is $20 per family of four with $4 extra for each additional person. Pre-registration is required and you can do so by calling (480) 874-4642.

SMoCA | 7380 E. 2nd Street | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

 

(Road) Trippin’ Out, Arizona Style

June 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Shopping and dining are among the attractions of Bisbee's historic main street. Courtesy photo.

‘Tis the season for family vacations, amusements parks and long hours in the car where the proverbial “are we there yet?” can be heard if not by children, then by the voice in your own head. If you’re thinking of keeping it local and enjoying the low-fuss adventure of a (shorter) road trip getaway, here are some Arizona destinations for your consideration.

BisbeeJust 200 miles southeast, the combination of Bisbee’s mining past and modern attractions make this town unique. While it’s Ideal for the history lover, Bisbee is not a bad choice for the foodie or the shopper either. Visit the historic main street; choose from a variety of tours and museums, or catch a Copper Kings game at Warren Ballpark.

Jerome – 115 miles north. In a town once known for mining, prostitution, gambling and – unofficially – ghosts, you’ll now find bed and breakfasts and more than 30 galleries and studios. During your visit, don’t miss the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum for the history buffs, the Jerome State Historic Park for the outdoorsy types, the First Saturday Art Walk for the art lovers and The Jerome Winery for the … (well, you get the idea).

Sedona – 100 miles north. Whether it’s hiking or mountain biking trails, yoga and the healing effect of the vortexes or booking a relaxing resort experience, Sedona’s stunning Red Rocks provide a perfect back drop. Catch the The 17th Annual Sedona Taste or the The 4th Annual Sedona Dine & Wine Fest this summer, but while you’re there, you gotta visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Slide Rock State Park.

Other noteworthy landmarks (think Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation): The Titan Missile Museum, The Meteor Crater and The Four Corners Monument. Pack up the car and escape the heat of the Valley some weekend soon. It’s cheap, educational and good for the local economy.

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