Have you figured out what you’re doing this weekend? It is Labor Day and after all, with all the hard work you’ve been doing, you deserve to have a good time. Perhaps, you can add laughing into the itinerary this weekend. Stand-Up Scottsdale will be having a Labor Day Weekend comedy deal where when you attend shows this Friday or Saturday (at either 7:30pm or 9:30pm), you’ll receive to free tickets to an upcoming show. This weekend, the club owner, Howard Hughes, will be performing for the first time in almost a decade. Plus, you basically get three tickets for the price of one.
First, we have to say, we’re glad we live in this decade. That being said, have you ever wanted to travel back in time to the 1970s and 80s? Bell-bottoms, leg warmers, and crazy, crazy hair sound fun, in moderation only. The Venue of Scottsdale will let your inner 70s and 80s out with the return of its Boogie Nights. From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Saturday, September 7 and with the help of Eva 95.5, you can join the theme party where you’ll be dancing like a maniac to the biggest hits from those decades. Guests are encouraged to dress the part. This event comes every six weeks, so don’t feel bad if you miss it.
It is always nice seeing awesome restaurants doing awesome things. Del Frisco’s Grille has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen organization to host “Feed the Cure” fundraisers. On September 30, First Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Tourney kicks off which will be followed by a month-long Feed the Cure fundraising event. The golf tournament will be hosted at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course, attendees will compete for prizes and enjoy a complimentary 19th Hole celebratory dinner at Del Frisco’s. Tickets for the tournament are $125 and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 602-466-2890. Then, throughout October, Del Frisco’s will offer $1 off its VIP cocktail, with a portion of the proceeds donated directly to Komen. There will be a fundraising kick off party on October 5 at the restaurant with live music, raffle and prizes. Have some fun and do some good.
We know it’s early, but we just got the news and couldn’t be more excited. The 2014 Arizona Cocktail Week kicks off on February 14. This is the third year the awesome week of cocktail culture will be taking over the Valley. And yes, it does start on Valentine’s Day. You may be worried about that. If you don’t have a date, ACW starts with the “Love On The Rocks” anti-Valentine’s Day cocktail party. Some other activities include Pop Up Bars created by nationally-noted mixologists, an outdoor Pig & Punch BBQ on that will feature modern twists on classic punchbowl cocktails. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll keep you posted as the date draws closer.
Getting a little extra culture in your life is always a good way to expand your horizons. On September 7, the 4th Annual Brazilian Day kicks off at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Afro:Baile Records in partnership with the SCPA are bringing Brazil’s Independence Day to life in the Valley. With more than 40 performers, like bands Boca do Rio and Bossa Brazil, DJs, dancers, musicians, and capoeiristas, the event will surely be a hit. Brazilian-inspired foods and drinks will also be available. Tickets are $12, children aged 10 and under cost just $5. For advanced tickets, click here.
Are you tired of your kids playing video games and watching TV all day? We think it’s about time you brought some culture and creativity to their lives. Tomorrow, Saturday, August 3, the ASU Art Museum begins its First Saturdays for Families. On the first Saturday every month, the museum invites children ages 4 – 12 and their families to make a creative project associated with exhibitions. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, families can paint together and even bring home their artwork. All materials will be provided by the museum. Tomorrow’s theme, Zoomorphic, where you can make animal-themed artwork on multiple medias. The event is free and open to the public.
We apologize for the short notice but we had to inform you that today is the 4th Annual Spa Extravaganza at the Spa at Gainey Village. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, this relaxation event will feature product demos from Advanced Mineral Makeup, Clarisonic, Oribe and more. There will also be mini spa treatments like a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages. Guests will also receive $10 in spa bucks and an entry to a raffle to win things like spa treatments and beauty products. There will be all sorts of demos and treatments throughout the day. The best part? It’s free to attend. Your Thursday just got a whole lot better.
The tragic loss of the 19 firefighters in northern Arizona is still fresh in our minds. The Shout House dueling piano bar at Westgate wants to make sure the victim’s families are taken care of. Tomorrow night, the bar will be hosting the “Shout! For Hotshots” fundraising event to honor those 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. There will multiple ways to donate at the bar. First, 100 percent of the cover charge proceeds will be donated. Local firehouses will lend the bar firefighter’s boots and it’s up to you to fill them with cash. Additional donations will be battled over by the dueling pianos. Finally, a percentage of all sales in the bar will be donated, as well. All donations will be going to the 100 Club of Arizona. Do some good on Friday. Head to The Shout House from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Westgate | 6770 Sunrise Boulevard | Glendale, 85305
Sunday-Funday is one of our new favorite expression. No longer will Sundays be filled with dread due to the upcoming work week. Sundays are days for relaxing, having fun, and overall enjoying life. REWIND SUNDAYS at the Paradise Pool at the Arizona Biltmore celebrate just that. Every Sunday afternoon, you can hang out around an amazing pool with one the Valley’s top DJs spinning all day long. Every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm until August 25, DJ P-Body plays some jams outside by the Paradise Pool. If you happen to party a little too hard while there, you can purchase the Sunday Funday Package and make a night of it. That includes a guest room and two complimentary cocktails at the pool starting at $99 per night.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. It is a day honoring this great nation, usually with BBQs, pool parties, and fireworks. What about laughs? If fireworks aren’t really your thing and if you’re not feeling too social but still want to do something, you should head over to Stand Up Scottsdale. Tomorrow night at 8:00 pm, if you wear red, white, or blue, you can see comedian Mo Mandel perform for free. You may recognize Mo from Comedy Central’s “Open Mic Fight” which he won in 2007 and appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
Axis-Radius is one of the most popular weekend nightlife spots in Old Town Scottsdale. Often, the line is out the door but alas, all good things must come to an end. The club will be torn down this summer and will be replaced by Livewire, a 1,000 person music venue. To celebrate its run, Axis will be hosting a lavish two-day blowout bash this weekend. Kicking off on Friday night with its famous “Blackout” party. Then on Saturday, be ready for “Last Call”, one final chance to dance along with your favorite DJs. It’ll be a weekend to remember, if you don’t drink too much, that is.
We recently told you about the Food Truck Caravan that will be hitting up old town Scottsdale every saturday. That same caravan will be hosting a chef challenge, same place, same time. This Saturday, June 22, the competition is the first of its kind, giving one lucky Food Truck Caravan winner the opportunity to shine. Be there, on the corner of 5th Ave. and Goldwater from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm for the event. The contenders are the Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Riteway Catering, Sandra Dee’s, Sweet Magnolia’s, Smitty’s Kitchen, SuperFarm Food Truck, Udder Delights and Torched Goodness. Each of which will create a special “Ate on 5th” dish, which will also be available for sale that evening.
Not only does Carlos Santana know his way around a guitar but also a great tequila. The Saguaro Hotel’s Distrito’s June cocktail school will be featuring tequila. Not just any tequila but Santana’s Tequila Casa Noble. This Saturday, June 22, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Distrito’s head mixologist, John Christie, will host an educational event where you will learn how to make a delicious hibiscus mojito with Casa Noble Reposado. While participating, you’ll be able to try the mixologist’s “House Infusion” cocktail using an authentic Casa Noble barrel and aged on-site. On top of appetizers, you’ll also have the pleasure of trying Casa Noble’s Crystal (Silver) Tequila and Casa Noble’s Anejo. At just $40 per person, it would be a shame to miss the perfect summer school.
If you’ve never done yoga then you really need to get with the times (even though the yoga practice is thousands of years old, whatever.) The very popular rooftop yoga series at Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape is back starting Monday, June 3. Take in the views of downtown Phoenix while finding inner peace every Monday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Last year, there were 200 participants and we’re betting there will be more this year. After the class, you can enjoy happy hour at Lustre Rooftop Garden. Here’s a look at the schedule with the instructors:
6/3, 8/26 and 7/15: Lara Polichek
6/10 and 7/22 and 9/2: Danielle Campagna
6/17 and 7/29: Megan Livengood
6/24 and 8/5: Lonni Abromovitz
7/1 and 8/12: Rachelle Taylor
7/8 and 8/19: Rosa Rendon
There’s nothing quite like an ice cold beer and a delicious meal on a hot summer day. Sure, summer isn’t technically here yet, but it feels like it. So, bear with us. Local breweries San Tan, Four Peaks, and Mudshark will be teaming up with the Spotted Donkey Cantina for three nights this summer of beer paired meals. Each meal was crafted by Executive Chef, Esteban Colon. For $39 per person, you’ll receive a reception with appetizers and a three-course meal. We can’t wait.
June 5, 2013- Beer Dinner with SanTan Brewing Company
July 10, 2013 – Beer Dinner with Four Peaks Brewing Company
August 7, 2013 – Mudshark Brewery
It always nice seeing businesses doing good things. Memorial Day is coming up on May 27. To honor the military, Scottsdale premier comedy club, Stand-Up Scottsdale, will be having a special show before the holiday. On May 23, the club will be donating 70% of their proceeds to the Heroes to Hometowns organization. This is all in honor of one of the Valley’s fallen soldiers, Army Pfc. John C. Johnson. Johnson succumbed to his wounds when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Comedian Quinn Dahle will be the night’s performer. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and costs $10.00. Show your support by having a few laughs.
It is that time of year where Arizona’s best restaurants gear up for a week of food and fun. Arizona Restaurant Week will be from May 18 to May 27. More than 125 restaurants in Phoenix and Tucson will be strutting their stuff and showing off new and unique items. Chef Nate Johnson from Distrito at the Saguaro Hotel will be going the extra mile. Using a specially-designated Restaurant Week menu, Chef Nate will compliment your taste buds with items like grilled Spanish octopus, or Pulpo al Carbon, glazed pork belly with grilled scallions, Chile Relleno with black beans and Queso Oaxaca and our favorite, his special guacamole. We’ll be bringing you more Restaurant Week news all next week.
You may be thinking that we’re crazy. Okay, we may be a little crazy but this is totally legit. The brand new Butterfly Wonderland knows that AZ’s deserts are full of butterflies. So if you or your child is a shutter-bug (you can bet that pun was intended) or just like snapping some pics while you’re hiking, you should listen up. Butterfly Wonderland is launching a photo contest with a grand prize of $1,000. Second place receives $500 and third place will win a lifetime membership at the Wonderland. This contest is open to all amateur photographers that are at least 8 years old. The deadline for entries is May 20 and the winner will be chosen on May 24 by a team of qualified judges. All submissions must be uploaded by May 22. You can upload them here.
For more information, click here.
Farmer’s markets have everything you could possibly need. If you can’t taste the difference between freshly grown local and the stuff they ship to grocery stores then there must be something wrong with your taste buds. Right now, artichokes are in season and Scottsdale’s Singh Farms weekly farmer’s market with be showing off their recent harvest. This Saturday, May 4, the farm will be having an artichoke festival where you can pick out as many as you want for just 50 cents a piece. Artichokes can run up to $5.00 a piece at stores. You can make a day of it with cooking demos, recipes, and more.
Yes, you read that correctly. April 22 is Earth Day and you should do your part. You can purchase an electric car, take public transportation, stay away from plastic grocery bags, or you can eat cupcakes. Every year, Sprinkles Cupcakes donates 100% of its profits to an environmental care organization. This year, the cupcakery is donating to the Desert Botanical Gardens. Who doesn’t love the botanical gardens? Since 2008, Sprinkles has donates over $68,000 to organizations like these. Way to go Sprinkles.
World of Beer will be combining their beer world and the photography world for a week long event. From April 1 – 7, Tempe will be home to the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts. To be a part of the fest, WoB will paying tribute to one of the greatest photographers ever, Ansel Adams. Portfolios will be set up in the back of WoB. It costs $8 to get in but in honor of one Adams’ greatest pictures, “Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, 1944,” the bar will be featuring free Sierra Nevada on draft. So, grab a beer or two and enjoy some art.
If you’re a country fan, then this is one prize you can’t miss. The Health & Wealth Raffle is giving you a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with country superstar Dierks Bentley. And that’s not all. This prize also comes with $10,000 cash and a VIP Country Concert package.
How do you get all of this? It’s pretty simple. Buy a Raffle ticket. The Health & Wealth Raffle, benefiting Barrow and St. Joseph’s, is all about good wins. When you purchase by midnight, March 28, you’ll be entered to win this special Early Draw prize as well as the grand prize of $1,000,000 cash. And with more than 2,000 amazing prizes that include extravagant trips, luxury cars and once-in-a- lifetime experiences, there’s nothing quite like the Health & Wealth Raffle.
Show your support by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and purchase your ticket for only $100 before the Early Draw deadline at midnight, March 28, at www.HealthWealthRaffle.org.
If you aren’t doing yoga yet then you need to get with the times. The W Scottsdale invites Valley yoga newbies and veterans to join in on yoga sessions during Free Flow, the complimentary yoga series. Every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., the series starts April 18 and goes through May 30.
Collaborating with Lululemon Athletica AZ, the series will feature vinyasa flow and power yoga from the Valley’s top yogis. Taking place on the W Scottsdale’s WET pool deck, once your done sweating and stretching, you can enjoy an an extended happy hour from 7:30-9:30 p.m. that will be offering $3 beers, $5 well drinks, $5 select wines and half-off select food items.
Spring is in the air, can you feel it? The weather is perfect, so why not spend as much as you can outside? Gainey Village in Scottsdale will be hosting its Spring Jubilee event on April 6. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., walk the marketplace and check out latest and greatest from local artisans and crafters. Treat yourself and loved ones to handmade jewelry, children’s clothing and accessories, home and patio décor, craft and holiday items, unique gifts, folk art, specialty foods, and more. The day will be filled with entertainment by Marley Taylor (pictured) a former Zowie Bowie performer. The best part? It’s free and so is the parking.
Let’s face the facts: some people just don’t know how to cook. That’s okay. At some point or another, learning to feed yourself, family, and friends will become relevant. If you want to learner sooner than later, this Sunday, March 24, will be you chance. The S.E.E.D Café, located inside The Madison Improvement Club will be launching their Sunday cooking classes.
Perfect for novice chefs, health nuts, Mexican food fans, and those of you interested in learning how to cook a clean multi-course meal, Chef Joe Meyers will be hosting the “The Joe Show” and you will learn how to cook a three-course meal. For just $30 per person, this week you will learn how to make guacamole, quinoa salad, and enchiladas. To sign up, click here.