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Linkin Park, Steve-O, a taco fest + more to do

9/10: Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars

The Carnivores Tour is stopping by US Airways Center with Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI for a show that’ll take many a Phoenician back to the height of emo and male eyeliner. The tour is meant to support Linkin Park’s sixth album and Thirty Seconds to Mars’ fourth album, with a dynamic Davey Havok-fronted AFI opening for the two bands. The crowd should be pretty rabid, given the hometown cred Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington’s current residential status.

US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 10, doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6:30 p.m., $95 to $332

 

9/11-14: Steve-O

Taking a break from his usual stunts and pranks, Steve-O of “Jackass” fame is coming back through Phoenix for some stand-up. Clean, sober and vegan since 2008, Steve-O’s jokes and stories about his life vary widely from the stunt-loving skateboarder that most people are familiar with.

Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 and 10 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., 18 & older, two-drink minimum, $22  

 

9/12: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

In honor of 9/11, a remembrance ceremony will be held the day after the 13th anniversary of the tragedy. Events will include an opening ceremony by State Veterans of Foreign Wars, an illuminated walk, folding of the flag and Honors Guard Taps. First responders and veterans will be honored during the event as well.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek, Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., $6 per vehicle park entrance fee

 

9/13: El Palacio’s Rockin’ Taco Street Fest

The third annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is taking over Chandler with margaritas, tacos, a salsa competition, live entertainment and more. With chances to win a vacation get away in a raffle, play beach games, and more family fun, the street fest is a good time for the whole family and all your taste buds.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, Saturday, Sept. 13, 4-10 p.m., $5 general, 12 & under free, food and drink sold separately

 

9/12-19: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This Tony-winning improv sketch that was turned into a musical gives a glimpse into the competitive and overachieving world of spelling bees. With some audience participation, this show is bound to captivate audiences with its witty portrayal of over-achieving competitive spellers.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, Sept. 12 to19, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m., $20

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US Airways Center will be getting a name change

It looks like the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury won’t be playing in US Airways Center next season.

The Arizona Republic reports that American Airlines, which merged with US Airways, will not renew the naming rights with the expectation that the US Airways named will be phased out. US Airways’ 10-year contract, which began in 2005 after the merger of America West Airlines and US Airways, runs through Oct. 2015, but the airlines say the Phoenix Suns, which manages the arena, have the option to seek a new sponsor before then, the Republic report said.

US Airways Center opened in 1992 and is the home of the Suns, Mercury and Arizona Rattlers. The arena was known from its opening until 2006 as America West Arena, with naming rights having been sold to Tempe-based America West Airlines. In 2005, America West purchased rival carrier US Airways and assumed its name, with the naming rights agreement carried with it. The venue adopted its current name in 2006 after a rebranding, and is the second arena that US Airways has owned the naming rights for after Washington, DC’s Capital Centre, which was known as US Airways Arena from 1996 until 1997 after the company, which had been known as USAir prior to that, rebranded.

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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

Ron Shurts, Rattlers owner, Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, and Louis J. Manuel, Jr., Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman.

Rattlers partner with Ak-Chin Community

The Arizona Rattlers announced a major multi-year partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community that includes naming rights on the Rattlers home field at US Airways Center.

“We are proud to partner with the Ak-Chin Indian Community,” said Rattlers majority owner Ron Shurts. “It is an honor to not only support this tribal community but to join our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others through our community initiatives.”

Highlighting the partnership is the renaming of the Rattlers home field to “Ak-Chin Indian Community Field.” The new logo will be featured midfield and measures 40-feet long. Governor Jan Brewer was on hand at Saturday’s news conference to help announce the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Arizona Rattlers’ commitment to supporting the Children’s Heart Gallery, an organization dedicated to using the work of photographers to help older children in foster care find adoptive parents. Ak-Chin Indian Community will be donating 150 tickets to the Children’s Heart Gallery for each game during the remainder of the 2014 season.

“We are looking forward to the possibilities this continued partnership with the Arizona Rattlers will bring to our Community,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “Our commitment to the community matches that of the Rattlers and we appreciate the multiple opportunities our children will be able to participate in over the next three years.”

The Rattlers will once again utilize its assets to serve the Ak-Chin Indian Community with an emphasis on supporting its youth and education.

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury.

The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury President Jason Rowley, Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Casino Arizona’s Senior Director of Marketing Peter Arceo, during a press conference inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center.

Highlighting the partnership is the appearance of the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logo across the front of the Phoenix Mercury home and away jerseys, as well as on the team’s warm-ups. With the deal, the Mercury remains one of five WNBA teams with a corporate-branded jersey, after becoming the first team in WNBA history to sign a marquee partnership in 2009.

“The Phoenix Mercury is thrilled to announce our new marquee sponsorship with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Mercury President, Jason Rowley.  “Having served as the presenting partner for the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA Championship run, Casino Arizona has been a loyal supporter of women’s basketball and we are excited to take that collaboration to an unprecedented level.”

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort’s logo will also be featured on the Phoenix Mercury’s home court at US Airways Center, and incorporated into the team’s official logo. Images of the court and logo are attached. The new co-branded logo will appear on Mercury tickets and other collateral.

“The partnership between Casino Arizona and the Phoenix Mercury is truly an obvious fit,” said Peter Arceo, Senior Director of Marketing for Casino Arizona. “We both provide the ultimate entertainment in our respective fields. We are proud to be a part of all the excitement the Mercury will bring this season and beyond.”

In addition to marquee placement on player jerseys and on-court logo recognition, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort will receive brand exposure on the team’s website, in-arena signage and throughout various in-game promotions. During each Friday and Saturday home game, one lucky Mercury fan will compete in the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout for the opportunity to win up to $77,777.

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The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Starring Beyoncé, Coming to Phoenix

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, starring Beyoncé, is extending its successful global run with additional dates – Phoenix included, of course. The tour dates will include performances in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and over a dozen US cities including a stop in Phoenix at US Airways Center on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Put on your alarm and time your phone for Ticketmaster alerts, because tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m., NEXT MONDAY, July 1 at ticketmaster.com, the US Airways Center box office or at 1-800-745-3000.  The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation Global Touring and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, kicks off on Friday, June 28 in Los Angeles.

With its explosive special effects and intricate, strobe-laden light show, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is an artistic triumph and the entertainer’s most ambitious undertaking to date. It is bigger in scope than any of her previous shows, fittingly designed for the vastness of arenas and stadiums. For an exclusive look at this spectacular live show featuring footage from the European leg in broadcast quality format click here.

Huge fan? A special pre-sale for registered members of Beyoncé’s BeyHive Blog will begin at 10:00AM/EDT in select markets on Wednesday, June 26. Fans can go to Beyonce.com to sign up for the chance to be the first to purchase tickets. In addition, MasterCard pre-sales start Thursday, June 27 at 10:00AM/EDT in select markets.

And yes, we’re excited.

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US Airways Center Relaunches Website

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, US Airways Center has relaunched its official website (USAirwaysCenter.com) and is hosting a sweepstakes to give away 20 prizes to visitors of the site.

Between now and July 14, visitors to USAirwaysCenter.com may enter to win ringside seats to WWE’s “Money in the Bank” on July 15, or tickets to see The Fray and Kelly Clarkson on Aug. 1, Jason Mraz on Oct. 2, or Disney’s Phineas & Ferb LIVE in October. Additional prizes include tickets to the Phoenix Suns’ 2012 home opener, as well as autographed memorabilia from Suns players such as Marcin Gortat and Channing Frye, and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi.

“We decided to break the mold of the traditional venue website,” explained general manager of Sports and Entertainment Services, Ralph Marchetta. “It’s not just about tickets anymore. We want this to become a destination site for sports, music and entertainment fans.”

The new-look website includes information on all the upcoming events at US Airways Center, which first opened its doors on June 6, 1992, but also features a visitor’s guide of downtown Phoenix and unique editorial content. Online guests will enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, photo galleries from events throughout the year, desktop wallpaper from past shows, insider blogs, social media updates and interviews with select performers.

Visit the US Airways Center website at USAirwaysCenter.com. It is also accessible via mobile smart phones and tablets.

Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod Inducted

Suns Induct MacLeod Into Ring Of Honor

Former Phoenix Suns Head Coach, John MacLeod, was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor, the club’s highest achievement, during halftime of Wednesday’s Suns-Thunder game.

MacLeod coached the Suns from 1973 – 1987, and remains the winningest head coach in franchise history, having tallied 579 victories during his tenure. Only five coaches in NBA history have won more games with a single team.

“The Phoenix Suns are proud to induct John MacLeod into the Suns Ring of Honor,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver. “Coach MacLeod played an instrumental role in our organization’s legacy of success, so it’s only appropriate to put his name up alongside the other Suns legends.”

The induction ceremony took place at halftime with “The Voice of the Phoenix Suns,” Al McCoy serving as emcee. Ring of Honor members were on hand for the ceremony, which featured comments from Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams, with MacLeod’s family and friends nearby. Throughout the night former colleagues, players and friends also paid tribute to MacLeod with video messages.

As fans entered US Airways Center, they were able to write a personal message to MacLeod, in addition to enjoying photos and memorable moments of the honoree during his tenure with the Suns.

MacLeod led the 1976 Suns to one of the team’s two NBA Finals appearances, and still holds Suns coaching records for NBA Playoffs appearances (9) and playoff victories (37). MacLeod’s 707 career coaching victories place him as one of the NBA’s Top 20 all-time wins leaders.

MacLeod joins twelve other Ring of Honor members (Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal).

Fans interested in leaving comments or well wishes for Coach John MacLeod can do so by logging on to Suns.com/MacLeod.

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Kimpton Palomar Hotel Set To Open June 5

The countdown is on for the opening of the 242-room Kimpton Palomar Hotel at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix.

The 225,000 SF boutique hotel at 2 E. Jefferson St. is scheduled to open June 5, company officials said yesterday during a hard hat tour of the property.

The Kimpton will occupy 10 floors in the second tower of CityScape. Of its 242 rooms, 116 will be deluxe rooms, including 16 suites and 12 studio rooms. There will be a 1,400 SF presidential suite and a 900 SF junior presidential suite. The 520 SF studio rooms will include soaking tubs in the bathrooms.

It will also include 10,000 SF of flexible meeting space, 2,700 SF of pre-function space and 10 meeting rooms, including a high-tech boardroom for 15 guests. The 6,000 SF pool deck and pool bar area will be available for private functions.

The new hotel will also feature a signature restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

The hotel’s rooms offer views of South Mountain, Chase Field and US Airways Center. The pool deck area also overlooks Downtown Phoenix.

The Kimpton Palomar plans to hire 150 employees once it opens, and officials said that number could rise to 250 in the future. (For information on a job fair, visit kimptonhotels.com).

Kimpton, headquartered in San Francisco, owns 55 properties across the U.S. The Palomar, Kimpton’s lifestyle boutique brand, is in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Hunt Construction Co. is the general contractor and Callison is the architect.

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Phoenix Suns Host ‘APS Green Night’ Against Lakers

The atmosphere at US Airways Center always feels a little different when the Phoenix Suns host the Los Angeles Lakers. There is a sense of passion, excitement and energy that only occurs when a long-time rival such as the Lakers comes to town.

It will be no different on Saturday, April 7, except for the energy. Not the energy from the fans or the players, but the kind powering the arena. One hundred percent of the electricity used at US Airways Center during Saturday night’s Suns-Lakers matchup will come from renewable energy provided by Arizona Public Service.

Phoenix Suns “APS Green Night” is being held in conjunction with NBA Green Week 2012, a league initiative running April 4-11 encouraging fans to “Go Green.” Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., with doors scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m.

Throughout the game, the Phoenix Suns and APS will communicate “Green Tips” both in-arena and during the Suns TV and radio broadcasts, in addition to giving away 1,000 compact florescent light bulbs (CFL’s) to two lucky ticket sections.

APS and the Phoenix Suns will also celebrate the newly dedicated APS SunsPowered Solar Structure, a 227-killowatt solar system located on the roof of the US Airways Center parking garage. The APS-owned system utilizes 966 solar panels, covers approximately 17,000 square feet and produces 378,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each year – enough to power 20 game days each season for the Suns.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Suns-Lakers matchup on Saturday night. Fans can purchase theirs today at Suns.com or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX.