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Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
Get your kids excited about sound with hands-on activities at the award-winning Musical Instrument Museum allowing them to touch, hear and experience music at its most basic level. Activities are age-centric and include a tour of the Conservation Lab (ages 10 and older), a demo of the giant octobasse, an interactive electronic music demo, as well as drumming and sing-a-longs for the little ones.
Celebrate the famous children’s author, or your own little birthday boy or girl, with an afternoon of crafts, games, snacks, activities, birthday cake and a photo op with The Cat in the Hat prior to the 4 p.m. showing of Childsplay’s production of “The Cat in the Hat,” which plays through March 16.
Last February we told you about a very cool Kickstarter project for a film documenting real people who have been inspired by Batman to triumph over adversity and live heroically in their everyday lives. Last Sunday afternoon the Amazing Arizona Comic Con screened the finished film, Legends of the Knight, which has turned out to be as inspirational as the “caped-crusader” himself.
Even those with only a dim interest in fine art have likely heard of Georgia O’Keeffe or seen a poster filled with one of her vivid flower paintings.
Spend a day hobnobbing with museum-sized dinosaurs at Discover the Dinosaurs, a three-day traveling exhibit where you can dig for fossils, catch a flick in the dino theater, go on a scavenger hunt, play dino-inspired mini-golf and bounce on dino-themed inflatables.
DETAILS >> Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan 5. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. $18 for adults and youth (ages 13 and older), $15 for children ages 2-12, $16 for seniors; children 11 months and younger are free. Dinosaur rides, gem and fossil mining, and face painting are available for a separate fee. (602) 262-6225 or DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com.
Thanks to Act One, the non-profit foundation of ON Media Publications, Valley families get to experience art and culture for free this Christmas.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
The kids can play in more than 20 tons of snow at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where the Phoenix Coyotes will also have an ice rink, hockey activities and special guests. Kids can get pictures with Santa or make Christmas ornaments, paper snowflakes or glitter tattoos with Make Meaning.
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
We all know that the Star Trek mission is “to explore strange new worlds” and “seek out new life and new civilizations,” so it’s only logical that the Starship Enterprise would eventually end up at the Arizona State Fair. Nestled amongst the “Bacon A-Fair” food stands and “Tilt-A-Whirl” thrill rides, “Star Trek: The Exhibition” has landed.
In need of some adult time? Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers just the thing with a western-themed "Play Date" for grown-ups featuring a variety of entertainment including retro games, art projects, a DJ, glitter tattoos, Atari walls, food trucks and a cash bar.
In Cateura, Paraguay, there is landfill. Out of that landfill grew a shantytown. Out of that shantytown grew an orchestra — an orchestra with instruments made of garbage — a Recycled Orchestra.
One of our favorite Friday-night ideas ever? Arizona Science Center's Adults' Night Out.
Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.
The United Food Bank is working with a slew of local businesses across the East Valley to conduct a PB&J food drive throughout the month of July.
Summer vacation is wonderful until you run out of things to do. Not to worry though, LEGO KidsFest comes to the Valley just in time for the summer doldrums.
Heading to a museum is a good way to beat the summer heat, especially when the museum has something extra going on.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is turning 5 years old, and it’s throwing a party.
Finding air-conditioned summer entertainment can be tricky in the Valley of the Sun. It got a bit easier when Arizona’s newest cultural attraction — Butterfly Wonderland — opened last month in Scottsdale.
Goodbye, awkward dates and ugly dresses; the Children’s Museum of Phoenix prom is all about having fun with friends.