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Top five things to do this week

Who can’t wait for the weekend to start? From “Over My Head (Cable Car)” alternative rockers The Fray taking over the Comerica Theatre, discovering your inner comedian through improv workshops with a former Saturday Night Live comedian, planning your wedding day, celebrating culture and freedom to laughing the evening away with Sinbad, there are plenty of reasons to kickstart your weekend early!

The Fray

The Colorado alternative rockers best known for triple-platinum singles “How to Save a Life,” “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “You Found Me” are set to perform at Comerica Theatre. The band’s fourth studio album, “Helios,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart in February.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. livenation.com. Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., $38 to $48

Arizona Improv Festival
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Ready to learn the craft of comedic performance? The second annual Arizona Improv Festival will offer a series of improv workshops and shows with guest performances from Paul Brittain, former Saturday Night Live cast member and his partner-in-comedy, Jet Eveleth. Every workshop includes tickets to the Improv Festival show and a $50 voucher for improv classes.
Outliars Comedy Club Glendale, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale. outliarscc.com. Thursday to Saturday, June 12 to 14, $10 for regular shows, $24 for shows with guests, $35 to $50 for workshops

Arizona Bridal Show
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Need help planning your big day? From cake sampling to previewing wedding and reception venues, the Arizona Bridal Show has everything to make wedding planning easier. If you’re lucky, you might even leave the wedding extravaganza with a new wedding gown! Each hour the show will feature a wedding gown giveaway.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., arizonabridalshow.com, Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12 dos, or 2-for-1 tickets online

Juneteenth Celebration
Celebrate community, culture and freedom! The Annual Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration honors the abolishment of slavery in the United States. More specifically, the event recognizes Texas’ decision to eliminate slavery in 1865, which created liberty throughout all the states. The one-day festival will include guest speakers, music and vendors.
Eastlake Community Center, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azifoundation.wix.com/phxjuneteenth, Saturday, June 14, 5 to 9 p.m, free

Sinbad
Sinbad Photo credit:  Harry Langdon_Shooting Star‚Ñ¢Spend your evening laughing with “A Different World” comedian, Sinbad! Best known for his role in as Coach Walter Oakes in “A Different World,” a spin-off of the “The Cosby Show,” the comedian who is also a writer/producer/actor has starred in various other films such as “Jingle All the Way,” “First Kid” and “Good Burger.”
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation, wingilariver.com, Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m., $30 to $69

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Pepsi Amphitheater 2013 Season Schedule

Tickets for the 2013 Pepsi Amphitheater Season are set to go on sale Fri., March 22, at 10 a.m.

Pepsi Amphitheater 2013 Season schedule is as follows:

May 4: Flagstaff Fiesta Tequila & Tacos Festival featuring Reggae star Maxi Priest

Last season Flagstaff Fiesta’s “Tequila & Tacos” debuted celebrating Cinco De Mayo. This year, the fiesta welcomes musical guest Maxi Priest to headline the event. Maxi Priest is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent and is best known for reggae fusion, a mixture of reggae music with an R&B influence. His hit songs in America include: “Close to You,” “Set the Night to Music,” “Wild World” and “That Girl.”

May 12: The Beach Boys & Mother’s Day Brunch – Benefiting the Flagstaff Medical Group

The amazing yet true saga of The Beach Boys is well chronicled and, by any standard, it’s one of the greatest and most musical stories ever told. Now this singular West Coast story continues with a global celebration that is befitting of the remarkable and enduring legacy of these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as they celebrate their 50th year.

June 7: REO Speedwagon

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. REO Speedwagon’s hits include: “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” ‘Take it On the Run” and more.

June 8: 4th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival presented by Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

Food and WineThe 4th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival offers the unique opportunity to sample exquisite international and domestic wines, as well as award-winning Arizona vintners, savor signature culinary creations from renowned Northern Arizona restaurants and delight at cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs amidst the ponderosa pine forest of Coconino County. In addition to gourmet tastings, the festival features an exciting auction of food and travel packages, wines, and local crafts. The Festival is the signature annual event produced by Friends of Coconino County Parks Inc. (FCCP), a 501c3 nonprofit raising funds for Coconino parks, land conservation, volunteerism and recreational activities.

July 4: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Jon Eder, conductor – “Red, White & Blue” Holiday Pops (on sale soon)

Bring the kids. Bring a blanket. Relax under the Ponderosa pines to a holiday concert of western tunes to celebrate this summer holiday. With the generous underwriting of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors the annual Independence Day symphony concert will feature the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jon Eder in an afternoon of music for the whole community. Joining the FSO this year are ensemble performances by the Curry Summer Music Camp.

July 14: Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic is known as a national touring force and continues to hold attendance records at major venues across the country. They are a mainstay at many major U.S. festivals, having headlined 10 nights on the main stage at Bonnaroo. For over ten years Widespread Panic has been dedicated to making their concerts food drive events. Since summer 2008, the charity Feeding People Through Music has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and over 6,000 pounds of food.

Aug. 2: Sinbad benefiting the Shadows Foundation

Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well known in the 1990s from his HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest,” “First Kid,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger.”

FestivalAug. 3: Flagstaff BBQ & Brews Blues Festival

This festival hosts five of the greatest blues and rock bands in one show including Ten Years After, Edgar Winter, Pat Traverse, Rick Derringer and Canned Heat.

Sept. 13-15: 8th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Music Festival (on sale soon)

The three-day bluegrass and acoustic music festival returns to the beautiful pines of Flagstaff. The lineup, the setting, the amenities and the people make it one of the ‘best of the west.’

Several more shows to be added at a later date.

Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park is an outdoor venue in Northern Arizona’s Coconino County, near Flagstaff, nestled amidst the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. The venue celebrates a summer season of diverse entertainment including rock, jazz, blues, comedy, major festivals, movie nights and more. R Entertainment North LLC programs and manages the captivating amphitheater ideally situated at a cool elevation of 6,900 feet, delivering live, world-class entertainment to fans throughout Arizona as well as the greater Flagstaff and Northern Arizona region.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit PepsiAmp.com or call 1-866-977-6849.

Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night XVIII Raises $9 Million [PHOTOS]

This past weekend, friends gathered and bars of “Happy Birthday” were sung by many, including actor Kevin Sorbo and Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort where celebrity guests gathered for a special event — Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday celebration and Celebrity Fight Night XVIII.

“This is a great place and great organization,” said actress Melissa Peterman. “There’s a powerhouse of people, and they’re here because of Muhammad and the cause — they love what this cause does.”

Celebrity Fight Night, held on Saturday, March 24, featured live auctions and entertainment to help raise donations for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, along with many notable, smaller charities. One generous donation was made by Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy.com, of $1 million.

The live auction featured items such as dinner at Reba McEntire’s Beverly Hills, Calif. home, which included special guests Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; this went for $1.8 million — three bidders paid $600,000 each for a chance to dine with the superstars. Another item that sold for $1.4 million was a vacation in Tuscany and dinner with Andrea Bocelli. Celebrity Fight Night XVIII raised a total of $9.1 million; the event has raised nearly $80 million dollars in 18 years.

“At this event, good people are doing great things,” said Sorbo. “I’m thrilled to be here, and I will keep coming back.”

Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts, Rita Wilson, John Corbett, Sinbad and Jackie Evancho all performed under the direction of David Foster. And Mauro Castano of the popular TLC television show “Cake Boss” provided the birthday cake.

While some of the guests have been attending for years on end — including Bo Derek, who said this was her 12th year attending Celebrity Fight Night; and Frankie Muniz, who said this was his fourth year — this was also a year of firsts for a few guests, including Castano and Hanks and Wilson, who made surprise appearances that night.

“I really had no idea how great this would be,” said actress and model Bo Derek. “Thinking I had been to so many of these events in big cities, this one blew me away. I think the support from the community and the love, heart and soul — it’s really unique.”

But everyone made it clear on the red carpet that night the importance of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation and giving back, especially to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. For Nancy Lieberman, former professional basketball player, she emphasized the importance of the research that will go into finding the cure for Parkinson’s. Hanks said it has always been about awareness and commitment and being able to contribute and help out in any way one can.

“There’s no reason not to be here,” said Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder. He added that, in the future, he hopes for the foundation to be “more prolific and better than ever” as well as for it to grow to more cities.


View photos from the Celebrity Fight Night XVIII red carpet:

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Photos by Cory Bergquist

For more information about the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, visit celebrityfightnight.org.