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Phoenix Urban Ale Trail, One Direction + more things to do

Boy bands, brews cruise, ballet under the stars and much more to do this weekend!

9/16: One Direction
The British boy-band One Direction is taking over Glendale and a swarm of screaming teenage girls is sure to follow. With three albums that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the concert is sure to draw a large crowd ready for sing-a-longs and selfies.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Tuesday, Sept. 16, gates open 5 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m., $46 to $110

9/17: Last Comic Standing
Want a nice twist on dinner and a show? NBC’s Emmy-nominated series “Last Comic Standing” is hosting a show in Mesa with an optional pre-dinner show available. The show will feature sketch comedy, improv and stand-up with up-and-coming comedians.
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., $40 (optional pre-dinner $35)


9/18: Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
It may not be so “metal” to have a festival indoors in Phoenix, but with all the head banging and mosh pits fans may be grateful for a little A/C between sets. The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival features big names in the hard rock and heavy metal music industry. This year’s lineup includes Godsmack, Seether and Buckcherry and more.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:40 p.m. $38 to $50

9/18-9/27: Ballet Arizona Presents Ballet Under the Stars
With a series of six free concerts, Ballet Arizona takes its company around the Valley to give residents the opportunity to experience a free ballet performance. Performances are held at local parks and outdoor event spaces locations in Phoenix, Sun City, Goodyear, Fountain Hills and more.
Various locations, Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 18 to 27, 7 p.m., free, more info

9/20: Downtown Phoenix Urban Ale Trail
This self-guided tour through downtown Phoenix was made for beer lovers, taking them through downtown restaurants and other locales known for craft beers. The first 300 people to begin the tour will receive a commemorative, free growler. The tour offers beer samples for $2 to $3 along with a selection of snacks from the restaurants that are all accessible by foot or light rail.
Downtown Phoenix, 320 N. 3rd St., Saturday, Sept. 20, 1 to 6 p.m., $2 to $3 per sample at participating businesses, more info

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Last Comic Standing comes to Mesa Arts Center

America’s favorite summer comedy and NBC’s top-rated television comedy competition show, Last Comic Standing, is launching a live tour, Last Coming Standing Live, on Tuesday, September 16. The tour arrives at Mesa Arts Center on September 16 for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Ikeda Theater.  Last Coming Standing Live, will feature Season 8’s winner as well as the top four finalists in live performances locally as well as more than 49 other cities throughout the U.S.

Last Comic Standing began with the top 100 comics in the country, who were chosen to audition by invitation only.  The five chosen by judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as the funniest and going on tour are Nikki Carr, Rocky Laporte, Joe Machi, Rod Man and Lachlan Patterson.

Tickets are on sale now as well as a limited number of VIP Packages will be available, including premium seats, meet & greet opportunities, autographed merchandise and more.

Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in downtown Mesa. Tickets are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.

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Arizona Open, Tony Bennett + more things to do

8/21-8/23: 2014 Arizona Open
Pull up those argyle socks, Tide-wash your white britches on an extra hot water setting and get ready for some serious golf! Did you know the second-oldest professional tournament in the state is the Arizona Open? The 54-hole stroke play event offers prize money for professionals and gift certificates to amateurs.
Troon Country Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, Thursday to Saturday, August 21 to 23, times and prices vary

8/22-24: FANtasm (CopperCon 34)
The Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society is full of sci-fi and fantasy fans who have been promoting their shared interests in an annual convention called CopperCon for 33 years. This year, CopperCon 34 gets a new name — FANtasm — but will be filled with all the usual fantastical booths, programming and like-minded folks.
Hilton Garden Inn, 11460 W. Hilton Way, Avondale., Friday to Sunday, August 22 to 24, Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: 10 a.m.-midnight;Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $30 to $45

 

8/23: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett’s voice — as an entertainer as well as an activist — has touched many during his six-decades-spanning tenure in the biz. The 88-year-old’s daughter, Antonia, will open this show with a collection of jazz and pop standards. The concert includes a pre-show dinner option for $35 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Stage.
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m., $60 to $155

8/23: Sedona Bike & Brew
Red rocks, green grass and fresh mountain air. It sounds like a sweet setting for a bike ride to us! Fortunately, it’s time to gear up for the inaugural mountain bike race along 18 holes of the Sedona Golf Resort. This event is six-miles long with race categories that include, pro and the less competitive “sport” designations. There are also tiers in which children of different ages may compete. Even if you don’t want to feel the wind whip around your helmet hair, you can join the post-race party with food, beer and a silent auction to benefit the Verde Valley Cycling Coalition.
Sedona Golf Resort, 35 Ridge Trail Drive, Sedona, Saturday, Aug. 23, times vary, $75 to $150

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Lady Gaga and other spectacles to see this weekend

July is shortly coming to an end, so why not end it with a bang? Party it up at Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball. Watch in awe as Slash rocks on his guitar. Enjoy all things dino at Phoenix Dinocon. Spend your morning alongside your most loyal companion at the Dog Days of Summer. Dance the evening away with your kids while listening to kid-friendly pop hits. Without a doubt, you’ll have a blast this week!

7/30 Lady Gaga’s ARTRAVE- The ARTPOP Ball
Calling all of Lady Gaga’s little monsters! The pop queen is invading U.S. Airways Center! With multi-platinum hits, such as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way” and “You and I,” Gaga is bound to put on a pop-music spectacle. The ARTPOP Ball tour is in support of her album released last year, “ARTPOP.”
US Airways Center, 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix. Wednesday, July 30. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200

8/1 Slash
The top-hatted guitarist from Guns N’ Roses is making a come back with his band the Conspirators. Best recognized during his GnR days and for such hits as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” Slash has kept busy fronting for Snakepit and performing alongside Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd., Salt River Reservation . Friday, Aug. 1. 8 p.m. $60-$100

8/2 Phoenix Dinocon
Relive those fond memories of when you aspired to become a paleontologist as a child and enjoy all things dino at Phoenix Dinocon. From dinosaur-inspired arts and crafts to dinosaur-themed panels and discussions, you won’t want to miss this Jurassic Party!
Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N Third St., Phoenix . Saturday, Aug. 2. 2:30 p.m. $5

8/2 Dog Days of Summer
Grab your fur baby and pay tribute to Valley service dogs at the annual Dog Days of Summer celebration! The event will feature educational seminars, photo booths and mobile vet service to ensure your pooch is in tiptop shape. Don’t forget to treat your mutt to cool treat from Frosty Paws!
Murphy Park, 7010 N 58th Ave., Glendale . Saturday, Aug. 2. 7-10 a.m. Free

8/3 Kidz Bop
Parents, get ready to dance and sing along with your kids at this interactive musical experience! Known for their kid-friendly renditions of popular hits, Kidz Bop’s latest production is “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” tour. This high-energy performance will have you partying like a pop star with your family.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa . Sunday, Aug. 3. 5 p.m. $25-$95

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Top 5 Things to Do This Week: Oct. 23 to 29

From a jazz festival to a zombie walk — here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 22nd-31st: Disney’s The Lion King
See award-winning director Julie Taymor bring animals to life in this Broadway musical. Enjoy the heartfelt rhythms of African Pridelands and the wonderful music from Elton John and Tim Rice.
Location: ASU Gammage
For more information: http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2013-14-special-engagements/disneys-the-lion-king

Oct. 25th, 26th, and 27th: Arizona Jazz Festival
Dance the night away at the Arizona Jazz Festival this entire weekend to more than 20 of the world’s top jazz artists, including Erykah Badu, Maxwell and Robin Thicke! 

Location: Wigwam Resort 

Tickets: Single day passes start at $65

For more information and a lineup: http://arizonajazzfestival.com/

Oct. 25th, 26th, and 27th: 7th Annual Wild Western Festival 



Take a trip back to the wild, wild west and enjoy live music, gunfights, stunt shows and even let the little ones play at the kids corral. You may even see one of your favorite classic Hollywood western TV or movie stars!

Location: Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park 

Tickets: $5 to $10

For more information: http://wildwesternfestival.com
Oct. 26th: Hallowe’en & Zombie Walk 5 Festival
This one’s a no-brainer. This spooktacular event will consist of live music, a Rose & Crown Beer garden, make-up artists, a canned food drive, and a march of more than 10,000 zombies through Downtown Phoenix!
Location: Heritage Square and Science Park
Tickets: Free
For more information: 602-254-8696 or visit http://www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie/

October 26th: Scottsdale’s Fall Festival
Grab your scariest costume and celebrate with Scottsdale! This fall festival is the perfect way for friends and family to get involved in safe but still fun Halloween festivities. There will be game booths, haunted forests, food, fireworks entertainment and a “Tots Alley” for the little ones. You have the chance to win sweet treats at game booths and in costume contests.
Location: 2301 N. Miller Road
Times: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: Free

BONUS: Oct. 26th and 27th: The Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Calling all artists and sugar skull lovers! The Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration is where you want to be this weekend. Enjoy everything from an artist Mercado showcasing of an assortment of traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and crafts from local artists. There will be live artist demonstrations, artist workshops, alter contests, hands-on educational activities, live traditional music and dance and a variety of food to indulge in!
Location: Mesa Arts Center
Times: Saturday from 10am-5pm; Sunday from noon-5pm
Tickets: Free
For more information: 480-644-6627 or http://www.MesaArtsCenter.com

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Nominations announced for Governor’s Arts Awards

Sixty-two nominations from 18 Arizona communities were submitted in six categories for the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards for individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.  The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominees, by category, and their hometowns are:

Artist: Lee Berger, Phoenix; Charles Bruffy, Phoenix; Daniel Buckely, Tucson; Michael Christie, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Phoenix; Barbara Dahlstedt, Glendale;  Maria Isabel Delgado, Chandler; Shawn Franks, Phoenix; Deb Gessner, Mayer; Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix; Bruce Marion, Chandler; Fredric Myers, Apache Junction; Monica Saldana, Goodyear; Mike Vax, Dewey; Jim Waid, Tucson.

Arts in Education – Individual: Annica Benning, Scottsdale; Kathryn Blake, Phoenix; Dennis Bourret, Tucson; Simon Donovan, Tucson; Patti Hannon, Phoenix; Marion Kirk Jones, Phoenix; Sherry Koopot, Paradise Valley; Barbara Nueske Perez, Gilbert; Charles St. Clair, Glendale; Joshua Thye, Phoenix.

Arts In Education – Organization: Arizona Dance Education Organization, Phoenix; Copperstar Repertory Company, Chandler; The Glendale Arts Council, Glendale; Lovena Ohl Foundation, Scottsdale; Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Flagstaff; OpendanceAZ, Phoenix; Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix; The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix; Sonoran Glass School, Tucson; UAPresents, Tucson; West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Surprise.

Business: BMO Harris Bank, Phoenix; LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler; Southwest Ambulance, Mesa.

Community: Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix; Contemporary Forum, Phoenix; Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff;
James E. Garcia, Phoenix; KXCI Community Radio, Tucson; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Release the Fear, Phoenix; Scottsdale International Film Festival, Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, Phoenix; Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson; Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix.

Individual: Marco Albaran, Tempe; James K. Ballinger, Phoenix; Richard A. Bowers, Phoenix; Ted G. Decker, Phoenix; Faith Hibbs-Clark, Phoenix; Kaitlyn Mackay, Glendale;
Constance W. McMillin, Sun City; Nichole Newman-Colter, Litchfield; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Rebecca Taylor, Yuma.

Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

The eighth annual Shelley Award also will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.  The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Ticket prices are $135 for members of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and $150 for nonmembers.  Sponsorships are available.
For information and to make reservations go to www.governorsartsawards.org.

roosevelt row arts district

Nominations announced for Governor's Arts Awards

Sixty-two nominations from 18 Arizona communities were submitted in six categories for the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards for individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.  The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominees, by category, and their hometowns are:

Artist: Lee Berger, Phoenix; Charles Bruffy, Phoenix; Daniel Buckely, Tucson; Michael Christie, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Phoenix; Barbara Dahlstedt, Glendale;  Maria Isabel Delgado, Chandler; Shawn Franks, Phoenix; Deb Gessner, Mayer; Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix; Bruce Marion, Chandler; Fredric Myers, Apache Junction; Monica Saldana, Goodyear; Mike Vax, Dewey; Jim Waid, Tucson.

Arts in Education – Individual: Annica Benning, Scottsdale; Kathryn Blake, Phoenix; Dennis Bourret, Tucson; Simon Donovan, Tucson; Patti Hannon, Phoenix; Marion Kirk Jones, Phoenix; Sherry Koopot, Paradise Valley; Barbara Nueske Perez, Gilbert; Charles St. Clair, Glendale; Joshua Thye, Phoenix.

Arts In Education – Organization: Arizona Dance Education Organization, Phoenix; Copperstar Repertory Company, Chandler; The Glendale Arts Council, Glendale; Lovena Ohl Foundation, Scottsdale; Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Flagstaff; OpendanceAZ, Phoenix; Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix; The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix; Sonoran Glass School, Tucson; UAPresents, Tucson; West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Surprise.

Business: BMO Harris Bank, Phoenix; LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler; Southwest Ambulance, Mesa.

Community: Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix; Contemporary Forum, Phoenix; Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff;
James E. Garcia, Phoenix; KXCI Community Radio, Tucson; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Release the Fear, Phoenix; Scottsdale International Film Festival, Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, Phoenix; Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson; Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix.

Individual: Marco Albaran, Tempe; James K. Ballinger, Phoenix; Richard A. Bowers, Phoenix; Ted G. Decker, Phoenix; Faith Hibbs-Clark, Phoenix; Kaitlyn Mackay, Glendale;
Constance W. McMillin, Sun City; Nichole Newman-Colter, Litchfield; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Rebecca Taylor, Yuma.

Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

The eighth annual Shelley Award also will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.  The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Ticket prices are $135 for members of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and $150 for nonmembers.  Sponsorships are available.
For information and to make reservations go to www.governorsartsawards.org.