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Timberlake and McCartney in one week + more things to do

It’s gonna be a hot week — and we’re not just talking about global warming’s effects on our sweltering desert. Two of our biggest musical heartthrobs are in town this week: Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney. Plus, there will be some serious grape stomping and theatrical Tombstone shenanigans to get in on!

8/9: Justin Timberlake
Whether you loved him when he had those tight, frosted curls or are more partial to his current dapper style, the ever versatile performer Justin Timberlake is landing in the Phoenix Metro this weekend. Everyone who can fit into Jobing.com Arena will be there for the “20/20 Experience” of Mr. Timberlake. Hello, the awards and nominations he’s received has its own Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Justin_Timberlake
Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Saturday, August 9, 8 p.m., $65 to $205

8/9: Rage in the Cage
Mixed-martial arts (MMA) has always had a special place in Phoenix — and worlds collide when the second-longest running MMA Promotion in the world, Rage in the Cage, hits Celebrity Theatre. Two guys enter, only one exits (as a winner). Plus: Rage babes.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, Saturday, August 9, 7:30 p.m., $30 to $93

8/10-11: 8th annual Grape Stomp
We think Lucille Ball tells this story better than us (see above video). Stomp to your toes’ content at Coronado Vineyards, taste some wine stomped by others before you and take home a $15 wine glass.
Coronado Vineyards, 2909 E. Country Club Dr., Willcox, Sunday and Monday, August 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $15

8/12: Paul McCartney’s “Out There” Tour
Let good ol’ P-Mac do what he does best — be it as a Beatle, a Wing or his solo work. He’s one of the most loved and celebrated musicians “Out There.” He even plays some mean air guitar! (see below)
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Tuesday, August 12, $36 to $267

8/8-10: 66th annual Vigilante Days
The Wild West is always alive and well in Tombstone, Ariz. After all, it is “the town too tough to die.” However, this weekend will feature a few extra events — namely an 1800s fashion show, 10K, shoot-outs (maybe more than usual), hangings, a chili cook-off and saloon girls. Lots and lots of saloon girls.
Friday to Sunday, August 8 to 10, times vary, free
While you’re in southern Arizona:
Check out the Old Bisbee Brewing Company’s 4th annual Pirates of the High Desert event.


Celebrity Fight Night raises $7.2 million

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIX. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir in which a rare Bald Eagle was released into the room. GRAMMY Award winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntirereturned for her eighth year as emcee, kicking off the night by introducing a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. With Muhammad Ali on stage, international superstar Jennifer Lopez, actor and musician Steve Martin, and philanthropist and owner of the Washington Companies Dennis Washington, were honored with the 2013 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. The awards portion of the evening concluded with a special video tribute to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali from legendary musician Paul McCartney.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 14th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performers included Billy Ray Cyrus who sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Actress and musician Rita Wilson returned to the Celebrity Fight Night stage to perform “Personally,” followed by the winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, who sang “I Got This,” and “Power of a Love Song” for the crowd. Andrea Bocelli gave an unforgettable performance including songs “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. Jennifer Lopez closed out the evening with incredible performances of “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud” and “On the Floor.”

The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, CA home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – two bidders paying $400,000 each. Tom Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet via phone to seal the bids. Also included in the auction was a week long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, which sold for $550,000. Celebrity Fight Night XIX raised a total of $7.2 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $87 million dollars in 19 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Verne Troyer, Kenny Williams and many more.