vibe Flashlight Tours at DBG
Selena Gomez has definitely made the transition
The popular Flashlight Tours return to the Desert
from child-star to grown-up superstar and all the media scrutiny that goes with it. Her leading role in R-rated Spring Breakers, released earlier this year, has her swimming in sex and sin – a rapid reversal of her Disney demeanor. Controversy also followed her MTV Movie Awards appearance on April 14 during the first performance of her new single, Come and Get It. The choice of a Bollywood look, including a bindi on her forehead and vaguely Middle Eastern dance moves, was considered “culturally insensitive” by not a few viewers. Such is the price of fame. The “new,” daring Selena is scheduled to begin her Stars Dance World Tour in October, which will feature extravagant musical numbers channeling the iconic spirits of Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. Fans should buy tickets early; the Tour has just a onenight stop in Phoenix on November 5 at the U.S. Airways Center. Tickets are $64.25.
Botanical Garden. Starting May 30, and continuing through August 31, visitors to the Garden can engage in a sensory adventure and see, hear, smell and feel the night desert. Tortoises, nighthawks, critters and night-blooming flowers add to the beauty of the Garden. Flashlight Tours take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Tour price is included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission: $18, adults; $15, seniors (60+); $10, students (13-18) and college students with ID; $8, children (3-12). Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes and take their own flashlights. The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. Visit dbg.org to learn more.
Photo by Adam Rodriguez, courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden
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Ponche with a punch If you are looking for an alternative to cerveza or margaritas for
your Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day or graduation fiesta, try El Jimador Punch. You will need: 1 bottle El Jimador blanco 1 bottle prosecco 4 oz. (.12 liter) Aperol (if you can’t find Aperol, Campari is a good substitute) 1.5 liters (about 6 cups) pink grapefruit juice 750 ml (about 3 cups) honey syrup Garnish: pomegranate seeds, raspberries, lime and pink grapefruit discs Method: The best sort of ice for punch is lump or block ice – it reduces dilution and keeps the punch colder for much longer. One of the best ways of creating block ice is to fill a balloon with water, tie it off and place in a bowl in the freezer the night before. Before adding ingredients, place the punch bowl where you intend to serve from; otherwise, it will be too heavy to move. Place the ice block carefully into the punch bowl, then add all liquid ingredients. Stir gently but thoroughly, then introduce the garnishes. 14
Latino Perspectives Magazine
¡ May 2013!