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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:42 pm | Updated: 12:54 pm, Mon Jul 23, 2012.

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and — as inconceivable as it may seem — a segment of Arizona’s population couldn’t give a rat’s patootie.

If you’re one of the rare Arizonans looking to escape the hype, here are four alternatives to watching the game.

1. Soak up culture, not potato chip grease, at Mesa’s 3 For Free event.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, everyone gets in free at the Arizona Museum of Natural History (53 Macdonald St., [480] 644-2230,, Arizona Museum for Youth (35 N. Robson St., [480] 644-2467, and Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center (1 E. Main St., [480] 644-6560, The three museums are within walking distance of each other in downtown Mesa, and they house engaging exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to tattoos.

Adding to the fun are two free, outdoor concerts at Mesa Arts Center: At 12:30 p.m. Japanese drumming groups Fushico Daiko and Kemushi Daiko perform; at 3:30 p.m. Ken Koshio will perform Japanese folk rock, and audience members will get to try playing a Japanese drum.

2. Step back in time during the town of Superior’s first home and building tour.

The quaint mining hamlet nestled between rugged mountains about 55 miles east of Mesa on U.S. 60 was founded in 1882, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, you can walk through 10 of its historic homes and buildings. The route includes the old high school, town hall, hospital and mining company social club, all dating from about 1900-1930. There’s also a walking tour of Main Street, where movies, like Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn,” have been filmed over the years. An art and antique fair, pottery and bell-making demonstrations and a 1 p.m. lecture by “When Silver Was King” author Jack San Felice round out the day.

Tickets are $10 at the Superior Chamber of Commerce Office (230 W. Main St.) and include two-for-one coupons to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, three miles west of town. A high-desert sanctuary for plants and wildlife, the arboretum offers a full slate of activities on Sunday, including guided bird, plant and geology walks, a children’s story hour, and the opening of a new photography exhibit.

For information, call (520) 689-0200 or visit;; or

3. See a show that doesn’t revolve around a football.

Some ideas:

“The Lion King”: 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. $23.25-$140. (480) 965.3434 or

“Aida,” presented by Phoenix Metropolitan Opera: 2 p.m. at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $50-$95. (602) 262-7272 or

Doc Severinsen in El Ritmo de la Vida, a concert featuring American, Spanish and Latin music: 2 p.m. at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. $26 to $76. (602) 495-1999 or

“The Sound of Music”: 2 p.m. at Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $25. (480) 483-1664 or

“Godspell”: 2 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $20-$25. (480) 644-6500 or

4. Get off the couch and into the great outdoors.

With nearly every other Arizonan focused on the game, it’s a good day to explore venues that are usually crowded on weekends. Desert Botanical Garden hosts Brazilian/world music band Novo Mundo noon to 2 p.m. at its Ullman Terrace venue, and the concert features a chef-attended food station and cash bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12, and they’re only half sold, thanks to the Super Bowl.

It’s also a good time to take in the bizarre and boldly colored art installations of “Chihuly: The Nature of Glass,” the garden’s current outdoor art exhibition. The striking sculptures are scattered throughout the garden.

Other good bets: The Phoenix Zoo and popular hiking trails, such as Peralta Trail (8.5 miles east of Apache Junction on U.S. 60), Treasure Loop or Siphon Draw at Lost Dutchman State Park (6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction) and Wind Cave Trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park (3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa) are also good bets.

5. Make it a girls’ day.

While the man in your life watches other men chase a pigskin-covered orb around a field, learn something else that will make him grunt and shout like a caveman. The noon-to-2 p.m. Pole-ah-Tease workshop at ExpressMie Dance Fitness Studio (6448 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe) will show you, step-by-step, how to do a striptease.

The lesson takes place in a clean, tasteful workout studio with other women, and no one gets naked. Wear a tank top and shorts for a base layer, and bring a slip-on dress, button-up shirt, T-shirt, jeans, boxer shorts and pair of heels. The class is $50, and you need to call ahead to reserve a space: (480) 626-5973 or

Afterward, head for Bliss Spa at Scottsdale’s W Hotel (7277 E. Camelback Road). This palace of pampering is hosting a Super Bowl Sunday open house 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — just in time to miss the game. Drop-in guests can get free nail polish changes, score personalized advice from beauty coaches, enter raffles for massage and other goodies, and enjoy refreshments and discounts on beauty products. For information, call (480) 575-0164 or (480) 970-2100.

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