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