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Phoenix Mud Run
Maria Tallchief was considered America’s first major prima ballerina and was the first Native American to hold such a distinction.
Kris Kristofferson ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes Scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot and a three-time Grammy-winner.
A DownBeat Hall of Famer and National Endowments for the Arts Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy Award winner and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living-legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is staggering.
Arizona State Fair
A family of former Mesa residents will come to your television soon. Kate Anderton, and her daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, better known as the country music group Lucy Angel, are currently filming a reality television series entitled “Discovering Lucy Angel.”
It would be easy to label Nils Lofgren as a sideman for some of the greatest acts of all time, including Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Lou Reed … but the truth is that Lofgren is a star who shines silently in his own right.
The Summer Ends Musical Festival is coming to Tempe Beach Park Sept. 26-28 with a lineup that includes Capital Cities, The Maine, Foster the People, American Authors and Fitz and The Tantrums.
The seventh annual Tukee Fest will be rescheduled due to the weather.
A Chandler Republican lawmaker is off the hook on charges he destroyed two political signs during last month's primary, and it's not because prosecutors have concluded that Rep. Bob Robson did or didn't do what's alleged. It's just that the allegations don't fit the charges.
If you want to go beyond the social media craze and commit your time and money to a local individual, check out Dawn Fest Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tempe Marketplace Concert Amphitheater, held in honor of Valley resident Dawn Perre, a current ALS patient and spokeswoman.
As the father of an Arizona State University student, former ASU police officer and former member of the Tempe Police Citizen’s Review Board, I read the Sunday front-page Arizona Republic story, “ASU PD staffing trails campus growth,” with considerable interest.
A new event is coming Sept. 19 to downtown Mesa in the form of Flash Park Friday, with the businesses lining Main Street offering “parks” on the sidewalk next to their storefront that are related to a monthly theme — the first being splash parks. Attendees of all ages will enjoy cooling off on a large water slide and playing in a pop-up splash park free of charge. Other activities ranging from a scavenger hunt to fishing for concert tickets and free giveaways add to the festivities. The event is also pet-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring Fido along for the fun.
Rock musician Alice Cooper’s annual youth music competition showcases his passion for furthering education by giving young musicians a shot on stage.
Legendary progressive pioneers Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson hits The Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, to perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs off Anderson’s latest album “Homo Erraticus.”
His face is on billboards and bus stops around town, but Tito Muñoz — the new Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony and a rising young star on the conductor circuit, is an unassuming man who speaks humbly, equating his role to that of “a glorified traffic cop.”
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road
Typically the second weekend in March
This celebration of the large, feathered flightless wonders has drawn thousands of attendees for years — the event had its 27th occurrence in March — with the always-amusing ostrich races. But the festival is not just for the birds, as attractions such as carnival games and rides, a petting zoo, magic shows and plenty of food vendors keep families entertained for hours. The festival’s concert lineup usually features several national acts.
Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival
Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
Typically the fourth Saturday of March
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
First Saturday of December
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Author Jeb Rosebrook is one of Arizona’s biggest literary advocates and his new book, the first in nearly a half a century, finds him right where he left off — in fine form.
Old Crow Medicine Show
In the past it has taken all day but organizers said so many people volunteered to help put together Tempe's 9/11 Healing Fields memorial, everything was done in just over an hour this year.
The longtime funnyman has been making audiences laugh for nearly three decades, but that’s only a fraction of his repertoire. He’s also a film and television actor, co-owner of the Laugh Factory on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, a philanthropist, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition and a hardcore Republican who supported candidate Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.
The Tempe Fire Department responded to the Marquee Theater, on Mill Avenue at the Red Mountain Loop 202, in response to teenage girls who were overcome with heat exhaustion while waiting outside for a Sunday performance.
Red Rocks Music Festival
Three days of free events kick off the Chandler Center for the Arts’ 25th season. Plugged In, a concert featuring nine of the best youth bands in the Valley, starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. On Saturday, the center hosts an open house during the day with face painting, balloon artists and live music on three stages followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne playing the Motown hits of the 1960s. On Sunday at 3 p.m., ¡FlaMEXico! celebrates the musical confluences of Spain’s flamenco and Mexico’s mariachi styles.
In anticipation of the 15th annual Canyon Arts Festival on Jan. 23, 2015, the Gold Canyon Arts Council seeks original submissions for the event poster. Artists may use the media of their choice to create a work that reflects one of the following: