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Drake, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry + more to do this week

9/24: James Joyce’s Dubliners: Still Engaging Readers and Writers 100 Years After Publication

The Irish Cultural Center’s McClelland Irish Library is hosting a series of events from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s novel “Dubliners.” The celebration of the groundbreaking collection of short stories and its long-lasting success will be talked about by Irish-born poet Adrienne Leavy.

Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $5 for nonmembers, free for members

 

Drake-vs-lil-wayne-trailer9/25: Drake vs. Lil Wayne

Drake and Lil Wayne are bringing their “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour to Phoenix. Both rappers have topped the Billboard charts with their singles in past years and now are bring their individual hits and a rap battle to their co-headlining tour. Who’s ready for a similie-off?

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $35-$125.50

 

9/25: Katy Perry

Known for her catchy outfits and pop songs, Katy Perry has topped the charts to become one of the best-selling artists in history. Her latest album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the hit single “Roar.”

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $41.25 to $121.50

 

9/26-28: Damon Wayans

The comedian and actor, best known for his role on the sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” is bringing his stand-up to Tempe Improv. Wayans has been touring and doing stand-up since 1982.

Tempe Improv, 930 University Dr., Tempe, Friday Sept. 26, 7 & 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., $35

 

9/26-27: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest

The family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration features German music, food, contests and, of course, plenty of beer. The celebration is held in Fountain Park, and visitors are encouraged to come in German costumes and features events such as a beer stein holding competition.

Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, 5 to 10 p.m., $5, kids 12 & under free

 

Ruffino Grammy Drinks, WEB

Thirsty Thursday: Grammy-Inspired Cocktails to Sip in Style

Whether you are having a girl’s night in to watch all of your favorite music artists take the stage at the Grammy’s, or you are looking for a local hot spot to watch the most anticipated music award show of the season, here are a few cocktails from Ruffino Italian Cuisine that honor the “best of the best” in the music industry:

Twerk-tini: – In honor of Robin Thicke’s four nominations for “Blurred Lines,” twerk to the catchy song with a twerk-tini in your hand.

¾ oz Malibu Coconut Rum

¾ oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur

¾ oz Absolut Citron

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish the glass with a twist of lemon and a sugar rim.

 

Roar-garita:  - Enjoy a Grammy twist on the classic margarita by adding amaretto instead of triple sec. The unique twist will make you want to Italian margarita and “Roar” along with Katy Perry during her performance.

1 ½ oz tequila

¾ oz amaretto

Mix these ingredients along with one splash orange juice. Pour into the glass and top it off with a sweet and sour mix.

 

Suit & Tie-ini:  - With “Suit & Tie”up for two nominations, we are sure to see a suited-up JT on the red carpet… and this martini is guaranteed to make JT look even better (if that’s even possible!).

2 ½ oz Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka

Muddle basil leaves with a simple syrup. Squeeze fresh lime into a tin and shake all ingredients together. Serve with a basil leaf garnish.

 

Ruffino will be showing the Grammy’s on Sunday, January 26, and serving up these Grammy-inspired cocktails along with appetizer specials from 7 p.m. to close.

Ruffino Italian Cuisine is located in Ahwatukee and is one of the East Valley’s oldest Italian restaurants. It has been serving up handcrafted cocktails and homemade pastas since the ’80s. To learn more about Ruffino Italian Cuisine, or book a dinner and cocktails, visit ruffinoaz.com or call 480.893.8544.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, second from left, joined city leaders March 14 at the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference to celebrate the millionth delegate to visit the Phoenix Convention Center since its $650 million expansion in January 2009. The millionth delegate, veterinarian Monique Weldon of Aurora, Colo., accepted a donation in her honor to the Rescue Operation for the Animals of the Reservation (ROAR). Pictured from left are Phoenix Convention Center Director Debbie Cotton, Mayor Stanton, AHAA President Mark Russak, ROAR spokeswoman Helen Oliff, Greater Phoenix CVB President Steve Moore, Weldon, and Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos.

Convention Center welcomes millionth delegate

A huge milestone at the Phoenix Convention Center arrived last week in the form of a petite veterinarian from Colorado.

Dr. Monique Weldon, owner of Loving Family Animal Hospital in Aurora, Colo., was the one millionth delegate to visit the Phoenix Convention Center since it emerged four years ago from a $600 million expansion.

Weldon, a veterinary professional in town for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) annual conference, was honored by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and City Manager David Cavazos in the convention center’s palatial North Ballroom during the AAHA’s May 14 opening general session. Phoenix Convention Center Director Debbie Cotton and Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau President Steve Moore also participated in the celebration.

“One million delegates is a testament to the drawing power of our city, our airport, our remade downtown, and this beautiful convention center,” Mayor Stanton said.

Cavazos pointed out that one million convention delegates visiting downtown Phoenix equates to nearly $1.5 billion in estimated spending for Phoenix’s economy.

The Phoenix Convention Center welcomed its first convention attendees in January 2009. With a glass-and-stone design inspired by the turquoise waters and red rock of the Grand Canyon, the convention center boasts nearly 900,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.

Mayor Stanton characterized the new convention center as a game changer, and called attention to several other developments that either dove-tailed with the facility’s construction or followed in its wake:

* METRO Light Rail began operation with 20 miles of line and 32 stations
* More than 60 new restaurants have opened downtown
* Every major hotel in downtown Phoenix is either completely new or has undergone multimillion-dollar renovations.
* CityScape was built, adding 2 blocks of new dining and entertainment options within a short stroll of the convention center’s doors.

On a more whimsical note, in the four years since expansion was completed, the convention center’s catering staff has served nearly 400,000 chicken breasts and 68,000 gallons of Starbucks coffee.

In addition to honoring Dr. Weldon with an array of gifts that included a return visit to Phoenix, representatives from the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and three downtown hotels—the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown—donated $1,000 to the Phoenix branch of AAHA’s charity of choice, the Rescue Operation for the Animals of the Reservation (ROAR).

The AAHA matched that donation to ROAR, and another $2,500 was given to the group’s cause by BlogPaws, a collection of bloggers who write about pet-care information.

ROAR is a nonprofit that provides food, shelter and medical care to dogs and cats rescued from American Indian reservations. According to the organization’s website, extreme poverty and limited access to medical care lead to tens of thousands of animals being orphaned on Indian reservations each year; there are at least 1,500 stray dogs and cats roaming the Navajo Nation alone.

On hand Thursday to help ROAR accept the donations was Lucy, a German Shepherd mix who was found in a roadside cardboard box in a New Mexico pueblo. Lucy now lives in a mountainside home in South Phoenix, where she enjoys daily walks and swims in a backyard pool.