Arizona: Phoenix: 2010 Events: February

Phoenix, Arizona Events February 2010 Calendar

This calendar of events for Phoenix, Arizona and nearby communities in February 2010 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements.

This calendar has been produced to assist with travel arrangements or local activities. It is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Phoenix, AZ events are made at www.ArizonaGuide.com.

February 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Event Listings

Phoenix-area Activities

Arizona Renaissance Festival

February 6 - March 28, 2010

Arizona Reniassance Festival

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES WINTER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN LINE-UP

The Desert Botanical Garden presents its annual Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series 2010.  Visitors can enjoy an array of musical styles including Swing, Blues and Irish/Celtic Rock.  All concerts are held outdoors on the Garden’s beautiful Ullman Terrace.  Fabulous Food Catering provides a chef attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge.  The Patio Café will also be open during the concert.  There is a cash bar available.  Music in the Garden is sponsored in part by Desert Living Magazine, Hotel San Carlos, and Pourmasters.

January 10 – February 21, 2010. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. Members: $14 / Non-Members: $20. Children: $8 (ages 3-12), children 2 and under are admitted free. Ticket price includes Garden admission. Order tickets on-line at www.dbg.org or visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily). Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday). The schedule is as follows:

Sunday afternoons from 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Bluegrass/Folk/Acoustic
  • February 7 – Brazen Heads – Irish/Celtic/Rock
  • February 21 – Cascabel – Latin/Rock/Pop.

For more information, call 480-481-8188 or visit www.dbg.org

YouTube Video of Arizona Road Trip

A little mini-vacation to NE Arizona, on the Navajo/Hopi reservation. The trip started at the invitation of Navajo people near Chinle, then blossomed from there. Visits included Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Video courtesy to YouTube and Arizona Office of Tourism. Watch more Arizona Travel videos.

For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:

The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Arizona Chamber of
Commerce & Convention Bureaus

Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens that all U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card. Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html


February 2010 Events in Phoenix, AZ


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

3 PHOENIX: Film Festival at PVCC "Films of the Middle East" – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), featuring Color of Paradise (Iran, 1999; PG), 6:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

Thursday, February 4, 2010

PHOENIX: Arizona Biltmore’s Winemaker Dinner – menu of four to six courses, with a complementary wine poured with each course, a representative from the featured winery, creative displays of designer jewelry, this week features B.R. Cohn Winery, Sonoma County, $125, 7 pm, 800-950-0086 or www.arizonabiltmore.com.

HOMECOMING! JAMES DEPREIST GERSHWIN PIANO CONCERTO Scottsdale Concert No. 2, February 4 – Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Arts. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY, James DePreist, conductor, Jon Kimura Parker, piano. Rachmaninoff’s exhilarating Second Symphony is full of gorgeous melodies and passionate lyricism. Phoenix favorite James DePreist returns to conduct the beloved symphony as well as George Gershwin’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto featuring the astounding talent of pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Tickets: $32, $42, $52 (includes $2.50 facility fee). PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Friday, February 5, 2010

HOMECOMING! JAMES DEPREIST GERSHWIN PIANO CONCERTO. Symphony Classics Concert No. 8. Friday Morning Coffee Classics No. 4. February 5 – Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. February 6 – Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY James DePreist, conductor, Jon Kimura Parker, piano. GERSHWIN – Concerto in F, for Piano and Orchestra. RACHMANINOFF – Symphony No. 2. Rachmaninoff’s exhilarating Second Symphony is full of gorgeous melodies and passionate lyricism. Phoenix favorite James DePreist returns to conduct the beloved symphony as well as George Gershwin’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto featuring the astounding talent of pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Tickets: $22, $32, $42, $52, $62, $72. Friday Coffee Concert: $22, $28, $34. Friday “Meet the Artists” Luncheon: $35. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

PHOENIX: George Strait In the Round with Reba McEntire – US Airways Center, plus special guest Lee Ann Womack, $79.50-89.50, 7 pm, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or www.artlinkphoenix.com H

TEMPE: St. Lawrence String Quartet – Katzin Concert Hall, free, but tickets are required, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/calendar/

5-6 PHOENIX: Phoenix Symphony Classics Concert – Symphony Hall, Homecoming! James DePreist, Gershwin Piano Concerto, with James DePreist, conductor and Jon Kimura Parker, piano, 11 am 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

5-7 CASA GRANDE: 7th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival – “Running of the Gourds” - Pinal County Fairgrounds, dedicated to the world of gourds, gourd art, jewelry and even mini-gourd races, $6, 520-723-4432 or www.wuertzfarm.com

5-7 GLENDALE: 16th Annual Chocolate Affaire - Murphy Park, a festival of chocolate romance, gourmet cuisine beverage, horse drawn carriage rides, national entertainment and tours of Cerreta's Candy Company, free, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 10 am – 10 pm, 623-930-2299 or www.visitglendale.com H * y

5-21 MESA: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Mesa Arts Center, (1 E. Main, 85211), by Mesa Encore Theatre, celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind the enigma known as "the relationship," the longest-running Off-Broadway show in history, produced in cooperation with R H Theatricals, $20-25, 7 2 pm, www.mesaencoretheatre.com

5-4/11 SCOTTSDALE: Zanna, Don’t! – Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251), part of the Actor’s Café Productions, set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, and heterosexuals are considered an oddity, age appropriate for teens and older, $22-25, 7:30 2 pm, 480-483-1664 or www.desertstages.com

February 6-March 28: Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 6-3/28 APACHE JUNCTION: 22nd Annual Arizona's Annual Renaissance Festival – 20 Years of Cheers! - 16th Century European Village celebrating romance revelry of Renaissance Europe, music theater, comedy, hearty food drynk, crafts, games knights jousting, $8-18, 5 under free, weekends, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-463-2700 or www.renfestinfo.com H * z

HOMECOMING! JAMES DEPREIST GERSHWIN PIANO CONCERTO. Symphony Classics Concert No. 8. Friday Morning Coffee Classics No. 4. February 5 – Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. February 6 – Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY James DePreist, conductor, Jon Kimura Parker, piano. GERSHWIN – Concerto in F, for Piano and Orchestra. RACHMANINOFF – Symphony No. 2. Rachmaninoff’s exhilarating Second Symphony is full of gorgeous melodies and passionate lyricism. Phoenix favorite James DePreist returns to conduct the beloved symphony as well as George Gershwin’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto featuring the astounding talent of pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Tickets: $22, $32, $42, $52, $62, $72. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

FOUNTAIN HILLS: 7th Annual Meet the Miners – Sami’s Fine Jewelry, (16704 Avenue of the Fountains, 85268), the miners of the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine will recount the interesting history of the mine and the Arizona Amethyst, and about living and working at the mine, miner food, noon – 5 pm, 480-837-8168 or http://www.samifinejewelry.com

FOUNTAIN HILLS: First Saturdays Public Art Docent-led Tour – docent-led tours of the Fountain Hills public art collection, more than 70 eclectic artworks from nationally and internationally recognized artists, one-hour walking tour, reservations required, $5, 9 am 10 am, 480-816-5100 or www.visitfhfm.com

FOUNTAIN HILLS: Valley of the Sun Equestrian Ride – McDowell Regional Park, (16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. 85255), this is the second equestrian ride in the park of 25 or 50 miles all within McDowell Mountain Regional Park trails, the horses and their riders leave the Four Peaks Staging Area for a day of competition, 7 am – 5 pm, www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

PHOENIX: Faculty Jazz Concert – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

PHOENIX: 58th Annual Great Canadian Picnic – South Mountain Park, celebrate all things Canadian, with live music, games, chocolate bars, bring a picnic or purchase from Earls Grill, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 480-255-5865 or www.canadianpicnic.com

PHOENIX: Motoring Thru Time – Heritage Science Park, antique and classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes (cars, trucks, motorcycles, vintage travel trailers and others), on exhibit courtesy of Valley enthusiasts, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 602-262-5071 or www.phoenix.gov/parks/heritage.html

SCOTTSDALE: Shanabousard Dominikrebilas – “Together Forever” – Kerr Cultural Center, the story of marriage in 75 minutes! watch and listen as this real-life married couple complete their blind date, journey through their wedding day, raise a family, negotiate mid-life crises, quarrel, reconcile and grow old together; all lovingly sung to a tuneful, charming, and melodic score, $17-20, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

SEDONA: 5th Annual Sedona Marathon - Dry Creek and 89A, marathon, half marathon and 5K, city and forest roads, elevations from 4100 to 4650 feet, 8 am, 800-775-7671 or www.arizonaroadracers.com or www.sedonamarathon.com

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE PHOENIX YOUTH SYMPHONY. Special Event Concert. February 7 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY Benjamin Rous, conductor, Phoenix Youth Symphony. Featuring winners of the annual youth music competition The Phoenix Youth Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony perform side by side in this concert for the community. Please note: This is a free concert, but tickets are required for admission. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, (1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, 85008), featuring Brazen Heads, Irish/Celtic/rock, advance purchase recommended, $14-20, noon, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

PHOENIX: Runner’s Den Classic Road Races – Paradise Valley Mall, 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run/walk, 7 am, 602-277-4333 or www.getsetaz.com

SCOTTSDALE: Marion Meadows Celebrates Black History Month – Kerr Cultural Center, with his diverse background in jazz, and with special guests, this will be one of the most interesting and entertaining events of the season, co-presented with Jazz in AZ, $24-29, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SCOTTSDALE: Tuesday Morning Music Concerts – Kerr Cultural Center, this week featuring Collaborative Piano Studio with Voice Area, performances and commentary, bring a donation to a food bank, co-presented with the ASU School of Music, free, but RSVP by 1/27, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

11-21 SCOTTSDALE: 55th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show - WestWorld, 2,200 of the world's most beautiful Arabians, Half-Arabians National Show Horses in competition, celebrities, barn parties, exhibitors sell artwork, jewelry, equine gifts, horse care products, $7-15, 8 am – 10 pm, 480-515-1500 or www.scottsdaleshow.com H z

11-28 TEMPE: Mary Poppins – ASU Gammage, produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the show includes songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “A Spoonful of Sugar,” 7:30 2 pm, 480-965-3434 or www.asugammage.com

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, featuring all male dancers who combine a loving knowledge of classical ballet with a wicked sense of fun, deliver their ballet parodies center stage at Mesa Arts Center Thursday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m.  Humorously portraying both male and female characters, the “Trocks” perform multiple pieces mixing traditional ballet clichés with more serious pieces that showcase the dancers’ true talents. Tickets are $27-$47 and are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at 480-644-6500 or by visiting mesaartscenter.com. Founded by Eugene McDougle, Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor and Anthony Basse,  during the height of the 70’s drag movement, the New York based “Trocks” have performed for sold-out audiences throughout the world. Upon joining the group, each member is given a male and female persona, complete with Russian names.  The “Trocks” perform their own take on many famous dance pieces including their trademark “Swan Lake Act II”, complete with tutus, wigs, makeup, and of course, strong biceps. Although the “Trocks” add a witty twist to a more traditional art form, the sheer talent and amazing choreography of the show fosters an appreciation for classical ballet in itself.  Highly acclaimed by The New York Times, the comedic and lighthearted style of the “Trocks” dancing both in drag and en pointe (a technique traditionally reserved for females) is enough to delight any crowd. For more information, visit www.mesaartscenter.com.

Friday, February 12, 2010

12-14 GLENDALE: Classic Rock Invitational – University of Phoenix Stadium, featuring women’s competition at all levels, 1500 gymnasts, teams from more than 30 states, 3 live bands, $11-16, weekend passes are $25, 480-784-4444 or www.hardrockinvitational.com

12-14 PHOENIX: 20th Annual Chinese Week Culture Cuisine Festival – Chinese Cultural Center, sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, Chinese cuisine, arts crafts, the dragon and lion dance, folk dances, mah-jong booth, martial arts demos, musical performances, photo exhibit, hands-on activities, free, parking is $5, Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, http://phoenixchineseweek.org/ H *

February 12: PHOENIX: Romance in the Garden – Desert Botanical Garden, a candlelit concert under starry skies, with music by divine diva Nancy Gee followed by Phoenix legends Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience, registration required, $30-35 and optional dinner for $35, 6:30 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

Saturday February 13, 2010

13-27 TEMPE: The Play About the Naked Guy – Tempe Performing Arts Center, (132 E. 6th St.), by David Bell, The Integrity Players, an off-off Broadway theatre company is on the brink of shuttering, when a trio of financially successful impresarios, responsible for such stage hits as Naked Boys Running Around Naked and Drunk Frat Boys Making Porn, offer to help save their company, a hilarious battle between commercialism and artistic allegiance ensues, contains nudity and adult content, $15-20, 8 2 pm, 480-820-8022 or www.straycattheatre.org

13-14 PHOENIX: 20th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest - Heard Museum, top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers vie for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer, amazing performances of the intertribal hoop dance where each dancers weaves in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture, more than $30,000 in prize money, fry bread Mexican food, $4-10, 9:30 am - 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or www.heard.org H * y

13-14 PHOENIX: Fairgrounds Antique Market - AZ State Fairgrounds, featuring verbal appraisal clinic $5 per items proceeds benefit National Alliance of Mental Illness, free workshops seminars, $4, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or www.azantiqueshow.com

February 13: RAGE IN THE CAGE# 139 at the Celebrity Theater. Doors Open: 6:00 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM. Pre-sale Tickets: Cage Side ( Rows 1-4 ) $53, Reserved ( Rows 5-13 ) $33, General Admission ( B-Ring ) $23. $5 higher on fight day. Parking is free. Tickers now on sale. Fight Card subject to change. For more information visit http://www.celebritytheatre.com http://www.rageinthecage.com

FOUNTAIN HILLS: 9th Annual Pemberton 50K – McDowell Regional Park, (16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. 85255), ultra marathon, the 15.4 Pemberton Trail is run twice for this event which draws some of the top competitors in the nation to a course which is considered fast and suitable for breaking records, 7 am – noon, www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

13 FOUNTAIN HILLS: Team RPM – Criterium Road Bike Race – McDowell Regional Park, (16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. 85255), a USCF sanctioned race on a 1.6 mile loop, 8 am – 3:30 pm, www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

MESA: Mustangs Muscle Charity Car Show – CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, (2017 N. Greenfield Rd.), features WW11 P-51 Mustang fighters along with both classic and new cars, the car show is open to all makes, models and years of muscle cars, street rods, 4X4’s, exotics, imports and motorcycles, warbirds include B-17 Sentimental Journey, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, North American SNJ/T-6 and Stearman trainers, hot wheel racing for the kids, 10 am – 4 pm, www.azcaf.org

PHOENIX: Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

13 PHOENIX: 6th Annual Subway FanFest with the Arizona Diamondbacks –Chase Field, includes autographs (limited and $5) and photograph sessions, memorabilia and sports card sales, interactive games and opportunities with current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, ticket sales for the best seats, clubhouse tours, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 602-462-3378 or www.dbacks.com/fanfest

PHOENIX: 18th Annual Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger 5K Run/Walk – Ramadas 9 10 at Papago Park, $18-23, 8 am, 480-413-1125 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

PHOENIX: 11th Annual Opera Ball – Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, for a celebration romantique: the most romantic ball of all, gourmet dinner, dancing, silent auction, raffle, $500, black tie or La Bohemian Chic, 6:30 pm, by the Phoenix League of Arizona Opera, 602-218-7333 or www.azopera.com

PHOENIX: 10th Annual Strong Beer Fest – Margaret T. Hance Park, a tasting of strong beers (and others) from Arizona breweries and guest breweries around the Southwest and California, musical entertainment, $35-50, 1-5 pm, www.azbrewguild.com

PHOENIX: 8th Annual Thai Multicultural Day – Wat Promkunaram, (17212 W. Maryland Ave. 85355, Waddell cotton lane and Maryland), Thai food and desserts from four different regions, best of Thailand, Thai pavilion, fruit craving, silk and handicrafts, exhibition on Thai/US relations, music, classical and folk dancing of Thailand, by the Thai Cultural Council of Arizona, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 623-935-2276 or www.watprom.com

PHOENIX: 2nd Annual Vistancia Car Show –Vistancia Marketplace, featuring a display of competition, classic and collector cars owned by Vistancia residents and local car clubs including a 1965 Ford Mustang and 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, also live musical entertainment, contests and family activities, free, noon – 4 pm, 623-215-8646 or http://www.vistancia.com.

QUEEN CREEK: Food Fight, the Waist Watcher Musical – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, (22149 E. Ocotillo, 85242), shows the pleasures and neuroses that come with the universal obsession, features four women in a women’s only gym, belting out hysterical song parodies about food, diets, exercise, yoga, plastic surgery, self-esteem, marriage and more, 480-987-5964 or www.qcpac.com

SCOTTSDALE: 5th Annual Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival – Paradise Valley Community College, featuring an evening of modern dance, an evening of contemporary theatre and an evening of experimental music, $12, 7:30 pm, 602-787-7783 or www.phoenixXfestival.com

Sunday, February 14, 2010

APACHE JUNCTION/GOLD CANYON: 9th Annual Run For the Gold - Lost Dutchman Marathon - USA Track Field certified marathon, half marathon, 10K, 8K Desert Trail Run 2-mile fun run/walk, $14-70, 7:30 am, 480-983-1500 or www.lostdutchmanmarathon.org.

PHOENIX: 22nd Annual Willo Historic Home Tour Street Festival – west of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell Roads from 1st-7th Avenues, a variety of homes from Tudor to Spanish Revival, Bungalow to Ranch, from the 1920-1940’s, trolley cars provide transportation, or you may walk, also a street fair, $15, 10 am – 4 pm, www.willohistoricdistrict.com

PHOENIX: Heart to Heart Pet-A-Rama - Steele Park, a 2-mile walk and fun run to raise money for research and treatment of animal heart disease and find a new friend at the largest adoption event, $30, 8 am - 3 pm, www.hearttoheartpetarama.com

SEDONA: Sedona Chamber Music Presents The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – St. John Vianney Church, (180 Soldiers Pass Rd.), sets the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, masters of the classics, as well as the creators of the unique syntheses of world-music and contemporary styles, $25-40, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or www.ChamberMusicSedona.org

SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A'Fair - Center for the Arts, features the Valley's top entertainers at noon and 2 pm, this week is, a diverse selection of arts crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon - 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or www.Scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Monday, February 15, 2010

TEMPE: We Love ASU Collections - a free open house and day of tours, includes guided tours at some museums and galleries and self-guided opportunities at others, behind-the-scenes opportunities, 9 am – 4 pm, www.asu.edu/museums/

Wednesday, Febraury 17, 2010

PHOENIX: Film Festival at PVCC "Films of the Middle East" – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), featuring Close to Home (Israel, 2005; PG-13), 6:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

Thursday, February 18, 2010

18-21 PHOENIX: 39th Annual Arizona National Boat Show Watersports Expo - Civic Plaza, the SW's most spectacular display of boats marine accessories, from rubber rafts to houseboats, canoes to ski boats, wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, plus fishing tackle tips, $6-8, W 3-9 pm, Thu-Fri noon – 9 pm, Fri noon - 9 pm, Sat 10 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 6 pm, 602-230-7660 or www.greenband.com H * y

18-28 PHOENIX: A Lesson Before Dying – Playhouse in the Park, (1850 N. Central), while waiting for the Sunset Limited, two men have a startling encounter on that platform that leads them to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made, by Black Theatre Troupe, $12-29.50, 602-258-8128 or www.blacktheatretroupe.org

18-3/7 PHOENIX: [title of show] – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe), two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York write a new musical about two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical…! an unpredictable, tongue-in-cheek musical about show business and making one’s dreams come true. a Cinderella tale set to music about the journey from the unemployment line to the Great White Way, 602-256-6995 or www.aztheatreco.org

PROKOFIEV: PETER AND THE WOLF WITH OSCAR-WINNING FILM. Symphony Classics Concert No. 9
Friday Morning Coffee Classics. February 18 – Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. February 19 – Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. February 20 – Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY Michael Christie, conductor. A young boy and his animal friends face a hungry wolf in Prokofiev’s classic masterpiece, Peter and the Wolf. Michael Christie conducts this legendary score to the accomplishment of last year’s Academy Award surprise, the stop-animation film which won the 2008 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The concert is paired with one of Adams’ earlier compositions, the energetic Shaker Loops as well as Prokofiev’s popular Classical Symphony. Tickets: $22, $32, $42, $52, $62, $72. Friday Coffee Concert: $22, $28, $34. Friday “Meet the Artists” Luncheon: $35. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Friday, Febrary 19, 2010

19-21 CHANDLER: 25th Annual 2009 NHRA Checker Nationals - Firebird International Raceway, some of the greatest racers in the world, also the 10th annual H.S. Pit Crew Challenge, $, 602-268-0200 or www.firebirdraceway.com H z

19-21 GLENDALE: 2nd Annual Chasing the Sun 10K Pow Wow – University of Phoenix Stadium, competition pow wow, Native American entertainment along the 10K, arts and crafts vendors, Native American food vendors, health fair, $100,000 in prize money, $15, www.nabihoops.com

19-3/21 SCOTTSDALE: Peter Pan – Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251), part of the Children’s Theatre Productions, the story of a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up, for all ages, $12-15, 7:30, 1 3 pm, 480-483-1664 or www.desertstages.com

19 FLAGSTAFF: Hawk Walks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, learn how to fly live birds of prey with raptor rehabilitators, small groups of 4-8 participants work directly with hawks, falcons and owls, 9:45 am, 928-774-1442 or www.thearb.org not H

19 MESA: Phoenix Boys Choir Presents Musical Memorial to Holocaust Survivors – First United Methodist Church of Mesa, (15 E. 1st Avenue), Classical Vault: featuring Davidson and Daniel features the United States premiere of a contemporary Jewish composer coupled with Charles Davidson’s most well known and celebrated composition which pays tribute to the 15,000 children imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II, $20-27, 7:30 pm, 602-264-5328 ext. 21 or http://www.phoenixboyschoir.org

19 SCOTTSDALE: A Chopin Cornucopia – Celebrating his 200th Birthday – Kerr Cultural Center, starring the Clark-Schuldmann Duo, Chopin's letters and reminiscences of his friends and colleagues will be read between musical selections, part of the Guest Artist Series, $25-30, 8 pm, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

Saturday, February 20, 2010

20-3/7 SCOTTSDALE: 14th Annual Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - United Artists Theaters, features six films, one each evening at 7 pm, also a Gala, films aimed at both younger and older audiences, 480-451-1788 or www.gpjff.org

20-3/14 PHOENIX: 27th Annual Arizona Senior Olympic State Games – 29 events throughout the metro area including swimming, cycling, track field, billiards, fun walks, road races the triathlon, $/event, free for spectators, 602-261-8765 or www.seniorgames.org H

20-21 APACHE JUNCTION: 2010…Rocks Again – Skyline High School, (845 S. Crismon, 85208), Apache Junction Rock Gem Club sponsors a jewelry, gem and rock show, with 23 dealers of jewelry, gemstones, beads, rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary equipment and supplies, the only indoor show in the Phoenix area, a Ming tree (gem tree) making activity for all ages, door prizes, silent auction, benefit, $1-3, under 12 free, Sat 9 am- 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 480-982-7760 or www.ajrockclub.com

20-21 GLENDALE: Arizona Travel Show – Arizona Cardinals Stadium, hundreds of exhibitors featuring domestic and international travel suppliers with an array of vacation options, products and services, hourly destination seminars, door prizes, music, dancing and culture of countries around the world, $8, under 16 are free, 11 am – 4 pm, 925-701-0225 ext 0 or www.AZTravelShow.com

20-21 SCOTTSDALE: North Scottsdale Polo Club Tournament – WestWorld, 1 pm, 480-678-1329or 480-312-6802 or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld or www.northscottsdalepolo.com

Feb. 20: A Midwinter Night’s Dream Gala. Returning by popular demand, Bob Sorenson will be your host for A Celebration of our 16th Anniversary to Benefit Southwest Shakespeare Company. An evening of Dinner and Entertainment, Live and Silent Auctions with fabulous food, fun, frolic and festivities at the beautiful, private Mesa Country Club, 660 West Fairway Drive, Mesa beginning at 6 p.m. Check out these past live auction items: Lunches in CA with Annette Bening, Hawaii with Michael Emerson of “Lost”, California with Bradley Whitford of “The West Wing”, NYC with Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone along with house seats to Broadway’s hottest new plays, and MORE! Last year, actor Chris Noth of “The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Sex & The City” joined us from Los Angeles. Single tickets are $75 per person if paid in full prior to December 31, 2009. After January 1, 2010, single tickets are $90 per person. Funds raised from the event benefit SSC and our Education Outreach Program, which introduces students to classical theatre through classroom workshops and weekday matinee performances. To pay for ticket by check, mail check to: Leslie Pearson, 2663 E Minton St., Mesa, 85213.  You may also call her with your payment information at: (480) 464-5923 or (480) 650-5939 or [email protected].

CHANDLER: Murder at the High Noon Saloon – Rawhide Western Town Steakhouse, a good, old fashioned “whodunit” and four-act bawdy Western comedy and murder mystery presented by Rawhide Pistols Petticoats, takes place in a saloon and brothel in the early 1880s, interactive, $48, 6 pm, 480-502-5600 ext. 1204 or www.rawhide.com

GILBERT: 8th Annual Basnat Mela (Kite Flying Festival) – Red Mountain Park, a seasonal festival celebrated at the end of winter to welcome spring, “yellow” is the color of the festival, it is also a cultural festival, vendors with Pakistani arts and crafts, apparel and jewelry, traditional Pakistani food, music, youth activities, experience a henna tattoo, free, 11 am – 6 pm, 623-570-9526 or www.pakistaninformation.org

GLENDALE: Adobe Dam 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk – Adobe Dam Recreation Park, 8 am, 623-330-0913 or www.getsetaz.com

PHOENIX: Annual Prospectors’ Day - Arizona Mining Mineral Museum, gem mineral displays, gold panning, demo's, dealers door prizes, kid’s activities, identification of rocks and minerals free, 10 am - 4 pm, 623-935-2007 or www.mines.az.gov H

PHOENIX: Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars - Kids Auction and Dinner - Arizona Biltmore Resort, celebrating the Youth of the Year, young people who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become successful in their live, benefits Boys Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, $500, 5:30 pm, 602-954-8182 or www.bgcmp.org

PHOENIX: 13th Annual Alhambra Foundation for the Future 5K Fun Run/Walk – Papago Park, 602-336-2936 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

SCOTTSDALE: 57th Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo Parade - starts at Indian School Rd to Oak St. on Scottsdale Rd, free, 9 am, followed by Trail's End Party, 480-990-3179 or www.paradadelsol.org H

SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Jaycee’s Trail's End Party - Old Town district Downtown, food, kid's activities, music, beer garden, free, 11 am - 5 pm, 480-990-3179 or www.paradadelsol.org H y

Sunday, February 21, 2010

21-28 SEDONA: 16th Annual International Film Festival Workshop - hot new domestic international films screened prior to release, documentary animation features, features, shorts, film making workshop, filmmakers introduce their films host QA sessions, $10-250, 928-282-1177 or www.sedonafilmfestival.com H

Feb. 21: PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, (1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, 85008), featuring Cascabel, Latin/Rock/Pop, advance purchase recommended, $14-20, noon, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

PHOENIX: Darkness Light – Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave.), the Phoenix Chorale explores the spectrum of emotions evoked in today’s choral music, love, loss, spirituality, innocence, joy and beyond, includes the world premiere of composer-in-residence Ola Gieilo’s newest work commission by the Phoenix Chorale, 3 pm, 602-253-2224 or www.phoenixchorale.org

SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A'Fair - Center for the Arts, features the Valley's top entertainers at noon and 2 pm, this week is, a diverse selection of arts crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon - 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or www.Scottsdaleperformingarts.org

SCOTTSDALE: Young Sounds of Arizona – Kerr Cultural Center, comprised of 40 students ranging in ages 14 to 19 from over twenty schools in the greater Phoenix area, evolved from a fine youth big band into two big bands and a jazz, $17-20, 3 pm, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

GLENDALE: Arizona Travel Show – Arizona Cardinals Stadium, hundreds of exhibitors featuring domestic and international travel suppliers with an array of vacation options, products and services, hourly destination seminars, door prizes, music, dancing and culture of countries around the world, $8, under 16 are free, 11 am – 4 pm, 925-701-0225 ext 0 or www.AZTravelShow.com

APACHE JUNCTION: 20th Annual Lost Dutchman Treasure Hunt – a single two-hour hunt, numbered tokens will be planted that correspond to nuggets and prizes that will be displayed in a show case at the hunt, www.smth-gold.com/Hunt%20doc/Map.doc

APACHE JUNCTION: 2010…Rocks Again – Skyline High School, (845 S. Crismon, 85208), Apache Junction Rock Gem Club sponsors a jewelry, gem and rock show, with 23 dealers of jewelry, gemstones, beads, rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary equipment and supplies, the only indoor show in the Phoenix area, a Ming tree (gem tree) making activity for all ages, door prizes, silent auction, benefit, $1-3, under 12 free, Sat 9 am- 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 480-982-7760 or www.ajrockclub.com

PROKOFIEV: PETER AND THE WOLF. Prescott Concert No. 3. February 21 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Yavapai Community College. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY. For program and ticket information, please call the Yavapai Symphony Association at 928-776-4255. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Fenruary 24-25: OUR ARIZONA. Symphony for the Schools No. 3. February 24 – Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. February 25 – Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. The Phoenix Symphony Lawrence Golan, conductor. Commemorate Arizona’s statehood with this special concert of music inspired by the land and people of Arizona! Musical highlights include Grofé’s “Cloudburst” from Grand Canyon Suite, The Cowboys Overture, and of course a chance to sing-along as the orchestra plays the Star Spangled Banner! Students are invited to submit an essay on why they are proud to be an Arizonan—more information available at our website this winter! Please note: Most appropriate for grades 3-8. Concerts are open to school groups only. Teachers may call 602-495-1117 x470 to make a reservation.

February 25: SALUTE TO THE TONYS® Community Concert. February 25 – Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Del E. Webb Center for Performing Arts, 1090 South Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg. The Phoenix Symphony
Lawrence Golan, conductor. For ticket information contact the Del Webb Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 928-684-6624 www.delewebbcenter.org.

February 26, 28: SALUTE TO THE TONYS®. Pops Concert No. 6. February 26 – Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. February 28 – Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY. Lawrence Golan, conductor. Dazzling vocal artists and the entire Phoenix Symphony will transport you to 42nd and Broadway for this unforgettable concert of Tony® award-winning musicals! From Hello Dolly! and Man of La Mancha to The Producers and Damn Yankees, all the show-stopping moments of Broadway will be performed in one spectacular night! Tickets: $26, $36, $46, $56, $66, $76
PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Sunday, February 22, 2010

22-28 SCOTTSDALE: 74th Annual Waste Management Phoenix Open - Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, one of the PGA Tour's top events, with the largest crowds on the tour, attracts the finest golfers in the world, $20/day or ticket packages, 8 am - 6 pm, 602-870-4431 or www.fbropen.com H z

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PHOENIX: Film Festival at PVCC "Films of the Middle East" – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), featuring Rana’s Wedding (Palestine, 2002; PG-13), 6:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

SCOTTSDALE: Coffee at Kerr – Kerr Cultural Center, this week featuring The Arizona Opera, A concert of Signature Arias, bring a donation to the food bank, free, but RSVP by 2/10, coffee at 9:30 am, concert at 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or www.asukerr.com

Friday, February 26, 2010

Feb 26-28: Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Music by  Alan Menken  Lyrics by  Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST includes all of the wonderful songs from the film.  Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.  Truly a  “tale as old as time” brought to life by CYT! Friday Feb 26 - 7pm. Saturday Feb 27 - 2pm and 7pm. Sunday Feb 28 - 2pm. Piper Repertory Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, Virgina G Piper Repertory Theater, 1 East Main Street Mesa, AZ. Ticket prices are $12.00 - $18.00. 602-778-1616.or (480) 644-6500. www.cytphoenix.org.

26-28 APACHE JUNCTION: 46th Annual Lost Dutchman Days - Rodeo/Event Center, rodeo, carnival, rodeo dance, food, vendors, BLM Wild Horse Auction, free, 10 am - 10 pm, 480-983-4888 or 480-982-3141 or www.apachejunctioncoc.com or www.lostdutchmandays.org H * z

26-28 CAVE CREEK: Out West Art Fest – Stagecoach Village, a juried show which features 100 local and nationally-acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, live music, food and artist demonstrations, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or www.OutWestArtFest.org

26-28 FOUNTAIN HILLS: 24th Annual Great Fair - 480 juried artists craftspeople, food, live musical entertainment and beer garden, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or www.fountainhillschamber.com or visitfhfm.com H * z

26-28 GLENDALE: 10th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen's Exposition – University of Phoenix Stadium, (1 Cardinals Drive, AZ 85305), 300 exhibitors, the latest in adventure trips, hunting accessories, fishing gear and family fun, camping equipment, info about lodges, resorts, boating, seminars, contests and hands-on features, $7-15 and youth 12 and under are free, Fri-Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 800-545-6100 or http://phoenix.sportsexpos.com

26-28 PHOENIX: Phoenix Symphony Pops Concert – Symphony Hall, Salute to the Tonys, Lawrence Golan, conductor, 8 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

26-28 SCOTTSDALE: 57th Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo - WestWorld, rodeos, major dances, concerts, live country western music, children's activities, $, Friday Saturday 1 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, 480-990-3179 or www.paradadelsol.org H

26-3/12 TEMPE: These Shining Lives – Lyceum Theatre, deals with a sobering subject. In the 1920s and '30s, the Radium Dial Company of Chicago employed scores of women to paint radium on watch dials with little thought for worker safety, 7:30 2 pm, 480-965-6447 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/

26-4/11 PEORIA: Cats – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), one of the world's best-known and best-loved musicals, an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 623-776-8400 or www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

Feb. 26: PHOENIX: Phoenix Boys Choir Presents Musical Memorial to Holocaust Survivors – Steele Indian Park Memorial Hall, (300 E. Indian School Rd.), Classical Vault: featuring Davidson and Daniel features the United States premiere of a contemporary Jewish composer coupled with Charles Davidson’s most well known and celebrated composition which pays tribute to the 15,000 children imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II, $22-27, 7:30 pm, 602-264-5328 ext. 21 or http://www.phoenixboyschoir.org

Saturday, February 27, 2010

27-28 PHOENIX: 46th Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games – Steele Indian School Park, (300 E. Indian School Rd.), competition, demonstrations, Highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children's games, clan booths, food, artifact clothing vendors reenactment groups, massed pipes drums, $5-15, 7:30 am - 5 pm, 602-431-0095 or www.arizonascots.com H * y

27-28 PHOENIX: 26th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan - Heritage Square, highlights Japanese culture with entertainment, authentic crafts, food fine arts, includes martial arts demos, Taiko drums audience participation in traditional Japanese folk dances, free, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, 602-262-5029 or www.azmatsuri.org H z

27-28 SIERRA VISTA: 10th Annual Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Show Sale - Buena High School, a major quilt show with displays of member's work, workshops and vendors, $5, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 520-417-6960 or www.visitsierravista.com or www.hummingbirdquiltguild.com

27-28 TEMPE: 9th Annual Ceramics Studio Tour – presents work of more than 40 professional ceramic artists in Phoenix metro area, a rare opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists and view demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques, functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale, free, 10 am - 4 pm, http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter/index.php

Feb. 27: APACHE JUNCTION: 46th Annual Lost Dutchman Days - Rodeo/Event Center, rodeo, carnival, rodeo dance, food, vendors, BLM Wild Horse Auction, free, 10 am - 10 pm, 480-983-4888 or 480-982-3141 or www.apachejunctioncoc.com or www.lostdutchmandays.org H * z

CAVE CREEK: Out West Art Fest – Stagecoach Village, a juried show which features 100 local and nationally-acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, live music, food and artist demonstrations, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or www.OutWestArtFest.org

FOUNTAIN HILLS: 24th Annual Great Fair - 480 juried artists craftspeople, food, live musical entertainment and beer garden, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or www.fountainhillschamber.com or visitfhfm.com H * z

GLENDALE: 10th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen's Exposition – University of Phoenix Stadium, (1 Cardinals Drive, AZ 85305), 300 exhibitors, the latest in adventure trips, hunting accessories, fishing gear and family fun, camping equipment, info about lodges, resorts, boating, seminars, contests and hands-on features, $7-15 and youth 12 and under are free, Fri-Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 800-545-6100 or http://phoenix.sportsexpos.com

PHOENIX: Phoenix Symphony Pops Concert – Symphony Hall, Salute to the Tonys, Lawrence Golan, conductor, 8 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

SCOTTSDALE: 57th Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo - WestWorld, rodeos, major dances, concerts, live country western music, children's activities, $, Friday Saturday 1 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, 480-990-3179 or www.paradadelsol.org H

TEMPE: These Shining Lives – Lyceum Theatre, deals with a sobering subject. In the 1920s and '30s, the Radium Dial Company of Chicago employed scores of women to paint radium on watch dials with little thought for worker safety, 7:30 2 pm, 480-965-6447 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/

PEORIA: Cats – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), one of the world's best-known and best-loved musicals, an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 623-776-8400 or www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

Feb. 27: BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS - WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL. Major S.C. Barnwell, Director of Music, Special Event Concert. February 27 – Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY. Featuring the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Band of the Irish Guards was formed on April 1, 1900 on the expressed wish of Her Majesty Queen Victoria to commemorate the bravery of the many Irish Regiments who had fought in the South African campaigns. In 2010, this premiere military band makes its debut tour of the United States of America, with Phoenix as one of its first stops. This will be an unprecedented spectacle of pomp and circumstance, with over eighty-five performers incorporating centuries of musical ceremonial tradition form The Mounting of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace to Trooping the Color. The evening will conclude with an Irish sing-along and will be an event to be remembered for a lifetime! This concert is part of the Target World Music Festival. Please note: The Phoenix Symphony does not perform on this concert. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS - WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL. Family Concert No. 4. February 27 – Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Symphony Hall. THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY. Featuring the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Pre-Concert Activities (1:30 pm) Dancing and bagpipes are taking over the Symphony Hall lobby for this concert! See bagpipes up close, watch Irish step-dancers, and try on a kilt in the photo booth! With their scarlet red uniforms and bearskin caps, the Band of the Irish Guard is a symbol of centuries of tradition. They march into Symphony Hall for a spectacle of pomp and circumstance, delighting families with their precision and showmanship. From Irish bagpipes to thundering drums, eighty-five members of the Band of the Irish Guards and the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform an array of traditional military marches and songs, an event to be remembered for a lifetime! This concert is part of the Target World Music Festival. Please note: The Phoenix Symphony does not perform on this concert. Tickets: $10, $14, $18. PHOENIX SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE: 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

GOODYEAR: Fan Fest – Goodyear Ballpark, (1922 S. Ballpark Way, 85338), see your favorite Indians and Reds players in action, tour the facility, test your skills on interactive activities, purchase gear and tickets for the season, enter drawings to win tickets and team memorabilia, free, 9 am – 2 pm, 623-882-7525 or www.ci.goodyear.az.us

MESA: Song, Go On! A Tribute to the Music of Canada – First United Methodist Church, (15 E. First Avenue), performing pieces from Canada’s rich tradition of choral music, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or www.sonorandesertchorale.org

PEORIA: Spring Training 2010 Fan Fest - Peoria Sports Complex, open spring training with the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, watch your favorite players in practice situations, autograph sessions, interactive games for the kids, kids clinic, 9 am - 2 pm, 623-773-7393 or www.peoriaaz.com/springtrain

PHOENIX: The Mid-Winter Model Railroading Meet – 52nd Street Armory, (1335 N. 52nd St.), sales hall with trains running all day, trains of all sizes and scales, cars, boats, model railroad scales, how-to demonstrations, modeling, lay track, accessories, build mountains and tunnels, operating layouts from wooden to battery to transformer powered, swap meet, $5/family, 10 am – 3 pm, 602-799-8570 or 480-423-8725 or www.gcmrr.org

PHOENIX: Darkness Light – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St.), the Phoenix Chorale explores the spectrum of emotions evoked in today’s choral music, love, loss, spirituality, innocence, joy and beyond, includes the world premiere of composer-in-residence Ola Gieilo’s newest work commission by the Phoenix Chorale, 7:30 pm, pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm, 602-253-2224 or www.phoenixchorale.org

SCOTTSDALE: 6th Annual Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, the finale to Best of Scottsdale month, music, munchies and more, hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or www.scottsdalegalleries.com H

SCOTTSDALE: Annual Fishing Outdoor Expo – Chaparral Park, (5401 N. Hayden Rd.), enjoy the great outdoors and the time honored pass time of fishing, also games, arts crafts, raffles, as well as Scottsdale and outdoor information, participants older than 14 are encouraged to have an Urban Fishing License, free, 10 am – 2 pm, 480-312-2771

SUNRISE: Night Skiing - Sunrise Park Resort, $15-21, free for guests staying at the Sunrise Lodge, 4:30-9 pm, 800-772-7669 or www.sunriseskipark.com

SUPERIOR: World Desert Fair - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, get a taste of foods, crafts and entertainment from deserts around the globe as you traverse the trails of the Arboretum, from the prickly pear pads of the Sonoran Desert to the pomegranates of Central Asia, $3-7.50, 11 am - 3 pm, 520-689-2811 or http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu H

TEMPE: Phoenix Start! Heart Walk – Tempe Beach Park, a 5K or one-mile noncompetitive fundraising followed by a Heart Healthy Festival, health screenings, interactive and educational booths, live band, kid’s games, celebrity appearances, free, 8 am – noon, 602-414-5320 or www.PhoenixHeartWalk.org H *

Sunday, February 28, 2010

APACHE JUNCTION: 46th Annual Lost Dutchman Days - Rodeo/Event Center, rodeo, carnival, rodeo dance, food, vendors, BLM Wild Horse Auction, free, 10 am - 10 pm, 480-983-4888 or 480-982-3141 or www.apachejunctioncoc.com or www.lostdutchmandays.org H * z

CAVE CREEK: Out West Art Fest – Stagecoach Village, a juried show which features 100 local and nationally-acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, live music, food and artist demonstrations, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or www.OutWestArtFest.org

FOUNTAIN HILLS: 24th Annual Great Fair - 480 juried artists craftspeople, food, live musical entertainment and beer garden, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or www.fountainhillschamber.com or visitfhfm.com H * z

GLENDALE: 10th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen's Exposition – University of Phoenix Stadium, (1 Cardinals Drive, AZ 85305), 300 exhibitors, the latest in adventure trips, hunting accessories, fishing gear and family fun, camping equipment, info about lodges, resorts, boating, seminars, contests and hands-on features, $7-15 and youth 12 and under are free, Fri-Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 800-545-6100 or http://phoenix.sportsexpos.com

PHOENIX: Phoenix Symphony Pops Concert – Symphony Hall, Salute to the Tonys, Lawrence Golan, conductor, 8 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

SCOTTSDALE: 57th Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo - WestWorld, rodeos, major dances, concerts, live country western music, children's activities, $, Friday Saturday 1 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, 480-990-3179 or www.paradadelsol.org H

PHOENIX: 46th Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games – Steele Indian School Park, (300 E. Indian School Rd.), competition, demonstrations, Highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children's games, clan booths, food, artifact clothing vendors reenactment groups, massed pipes drums, $5-15, 7:30 am - 5 pm, 602-431-0095 or www.arizonascots.com H * y

PHOENIX: 26th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan - Heritage Square, highlights Japanese culture with entertainment, authentic crafts, food fine arts, includes martial arts demos, Taiko drums audience participation in traditional Japanese folk dances, free, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, 602-262-5029 or www.azmatsuri.org H z

SIERRA VISTA: 10th Annual Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Show Sale - Buena High School, a major quilt show with displays of member's work, workshops and vendors, $5, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 520-417-6960 or www.visitsierravista.com or www.hummingbirdquiltguild.com

TEMPE: 9th Annual Ceramics Studio Tour – presents work of more than 40 professional ceramic artists in Phoenix metro area, a rare opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists and view demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques, functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale, free, 10 am - 4 pm, http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter/index.php

FOUNTAIN HILLS Desert Classic Duathlon – McDowell Mountain Park, (16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. 85255), this run, bike, run event is very popular with local and national competitors because all the running is done on trails through the beautiful Sonoran Desert, trail run 3.5 miles, road bike 21 miles, Trail Run 2.7 miles, Tri-Kids run .4 miles, bike 5 miles and run .5 miles, one of the best conducted duathlons in the nation, 8 am, www.active.com or www.desertclassicduathlon.com

PARADISE VALLEY: Song, Go On! A Tribute to the Music of Canada – Paradise Valley Methodist Church, (4455 E. Lincoln Dr), performing pieces from Canada’s rich tradition of choral music, $12-15, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or www.sonorandesertchorale.org

PARADISE VALLEY: Annual Friends of Mexican Art Hacienda Tour Mercado –intimate look at four homes in the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale area and the art collections their owners have amassed, the Mercado features local dealers in Mexican and Latin American art, $50, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6515 or www.friendsofmexicanart.org

PHOENIX: 23rd Annual Coronado Historic Neighborhood Home Tour Spring Festival – Coronado Park, features restored historic homes, arts, music and cultural experiences, $15, 10 am - 5 pm, www.gcna.info

SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A'Fair - Center for the Arts, features the Valley's top entertainers at noon and 2 pm, this week is, a diverse selection of arts crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon - 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or www.Scottsdaleperformingarts.org

SCOTTSDALE: 5th Annual ISES Run or Walk for Your Life – Phoenician Resort, 3.3 mile run, 1 mile fun run/walk, benefits the underserved in the local community for vascular disease testing, www.arizonarunningeventsco.com

SUN CITY: Darkness Light – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd.), the Phoenix Chorale explores the spectrum of emotions evoked in today’s choral music, love, loss, spirituality, innocence, joy and beyond, includes the world premiere of composer-in-residence Ola Gieilo’s newest work commission by the Phoenix Chorale, 3 pm, 602-253-2224 or www.phoenixchorale.org

Through 3/12 TEMPE: These Shining Lives – Lyceum Theatre, deals with a sobering subject. In the 1920s and '30s, the Radium Dial Company of Chicago employed scores of women to paint radium on watch dials with little thought for worker safety, 7:30 2 pm, 480-965-6447 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/

Through 4/11 PEORIA: Cats – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), one of the world's best-known and best-loved musicals, an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 623-776-8400 or www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

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