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‘MEMPHIS JOOKIN’ Lil Buck goes from the street to the spotlight.

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‘THE SONIC SECRET GARDEN’ Tori Amos helps her mom recover from a serious stroke with ‘Native Invader’

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Top 25 • Pompeii: The Exhibition • Goodguys • Weidner Apartment Homes

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THE CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz dishes on M A N I A

THE EXTRAORDINAIRE 19 Sebastian Maniscalco • Arizona Music Fest • Harry Luge

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Tori Amos • Arts Calendar • Trans-Siberian Orchestra • Lil Buck • Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China

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Coming Attractions • Ask Our Experts! • The Report Card

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Best Food Events in November • Happy Hour • Pizza Festival • Alessia’s Ristorante Italiano

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Beer Over Here • BeerFinder Directory • Beer Gear • Cider Corps

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Robert Cray • Casino Entertainment Calendar

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Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs • Arizona Museum of Natural History • Best Family Events in November

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The Maine • Live Music Calendar • Fall Out Boy • Arizona Hip-Hop Festival

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The Best Nightlife Events for November • Mad Mixologist

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WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.6815, soulpose.com/ location/scottsdale-az, 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., $19.99.

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NOVEMBER 3 This cultural arts masquerade event celebrates all types of masterpieces—with a bit of spunk. Enjoy an evening of art, fashion, graffiti, glass blowing, music, masks, break dancers and cars. Local breweries and food trucks will supply bites and brews throughout the evening.

Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, Phoenix, 602.638.1313, maskedaz.com, 6 p.m., $10-$50.

Wickenburg Tour of Homes

NOVEMBER 4 Make a day trip to Wickenburg for a one-of-a-kind, self-guided tour of four unique Southwestern homes. This annual peek into the “Wickenburg Way” of life is a 37-year-old tradition. Ticket price includes the tour, entrance to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and a chance to shop at the community center’s holiday market.

Wickenburg Community Center, 150 N. Valentine Street, Wickenburg, 928.684.2272, westernmuseum.org, 9 a.m., $25.

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Bob’s Biker Blast

NOVEMBER 4 Bob’s Biker Blast celebrates motorcyclists and cagers alike with a full day of music, drinks and food to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. You might recognize this year’s headliner, 3 Doors Down, for hit songs like “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You,” but pucker up for the opening act: Mini Kiss, fresh off its appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.905.1903, hdofscottsdale.com, 11 a.m., $20-$150.

NOVEMBER 4 It’s all about books, writing and reading at the Tempe Public Library’s annual book festival. Local authors, publishers, booksellers and readers unite for youth storytime, book sales and panel presentations and discussions. This year’s featured authors are journalist Jana Bommersbach and author Jenn McKinlay (above).

Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, 480.350.5569, tempe.gov, 10 a.m., free.

NOVEMBER 9 Tucson’s Holocaust survivors share excerpts from their published book, To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona, at Tucson’s Jewish History Museum. The authors will share bits of their first-hand accounts, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit direct services for Holocaust survivors in southern Arizona.

Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, 520.670.9073, jewishhistorymuseum.org, noon, free.

Soul Pose

NOVEMBER 4 Let out a collective “Om.” Soul Pose brings the happiest yoga on the planet with three indoor sessions inspired by The Color Run. All experience levels are welcome to participate in the black light yoga party, featuring body paint and confetti. Led by Kristin Henry, who trained 200 hours

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from around the world. This year’s lineup features a performance by P.O.D., and a visit by Randy Jackson. The festival has free parking and admission. Visitors can take advantage of the unique and lively offerings from downtown Mesa’s restaurants and bars.

Downtown Mesa, mesamusicfest.com, times vary, free.

top chile and chocolate vendors with gourmet samples of both. The entertainment is just as flavorful with live Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin dance performers hitting the stage throughout the day.

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free with Garden admission $24.95.

FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.595.9187, thefilmbarphx.com, 10 p.m., $9.

Volkstock 2017

NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 Volkstock freshens up the car show concept and turns its display of Volkswagens into more of a festival. This year’s Volkstock line up is set to feature more than 400 cars, six bands and all kinds of barbecue and festival games. You won’t want to miss this weekend of fun up in Lake Pleasant—but you might want to avoid playing the punch buggy car game for a few days.

Pleasant Harbor, 40202 N. 87th Avenue, Lake Pleasant, 623.980.5262, volkstock.com, times vary, $20-$150.

Chiles and Chocolate Festival

NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 Chiles and chocolates—for some reason the spectrum of spicy and sweet works so well. This weekendlong festival celebrates Arizona’s

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NOVEMBER 11 Hip-hop music takes over downtown Phoenix for a day with eight stages and 250 different performers. Some of the most talented independent artists will take the stages to celebrate the beats and spirit that define the genre. The festival will also house a car show, vendors, a producer/DJ expo and food trucks.

Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, azhiphopfestival. com, 10 a.m., $25.

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NOVEMBER 10 Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film is simultaneously a masterpiece and a disaster. The film doesn’t pay any attention to Hollywood’s traditional acting or narrative style as it follows a melodramatic love triangle between a man, his wife and his best friend. While some call it the worst film ever made, others are obsessed and its cult following is a testament to the power of midnight movies.

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First stop, Fran McNamara’s Studio, 86 Country Lane, Sedona, 516.528.1124, sedonaartistscoalition.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Palette to Palate

NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 You don’t have to be a guest to participate in The Hermosa Inn’s three-day art retreat. Visitors can create artwork by painting or mosaics, or learn how to cook with some of Arizona’s culinary experts. The artistic spirit is in this hotel’s blood; it was originally built as Lon Megargee’s home and art studio. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 Palo Christi Road, Paradise Valley, 602.955.8614, hermosainn.com, times vary, $75 per class.

NOVEMBER 11 TO 12 Comics, creators and collectibles, oh my! The Phoenix Fan Fest whets your convention appetite with a packed schedule of panels and an impressive guest list. This year brings together the original child cast—all grown up—from Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as well as Mara Wilson and AJ Michalka.

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 602.635.4306, myfanfest.com/ phoenix, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $15-$30.

Sedona Open Studios Tour

NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 Working artists in the Verde Valley area open their private studios for a weekend artwork tour. Follow the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s self-guided map to see some of the state’s greatest mixed-media, textile, watercolor, jewelry and photography pros. With more than 40 studios and 66 participating artists, the tour allows visitors to experience the creative process in a different way.

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NOVEMBER 11 Craft beer, country music and barbecue—what more do you need? Kip Moore, Chris Janson, Jerrod Niemann (above) and Raelynn are some of the big-name country acts performing during the day-long celebration. The afternoon kicks off with craft beer tasting until 4 p.m., and over 100 craft beers on tap.

University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, driftwoodfest. com/phoenix, noon, $39-$99.

The Promise Ball Gala

NOVEMBER 11 The JDRF Arizona Chapter’s annual black-tie gala is always a hit, raising more than $1.7 million last year toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. With a theme of “Don’t Stop Believing,” the night features dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, all hosted by 3TV anchor, Olivia Fierro.

The Phoenician Resort and Spa, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 602.224.1800, jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org, 6 p.m., $600.

West Valley Island Cultural Festival

NOVEMBER 12 This annual island party celebrates its fifth year with another packed festival. The West Valley Island Cultural Festival features dance and music workshops like Hawaiian hula and belly dance. Take part in the ice cream-eating contest to refuel from the day and to cool down.

Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown Street, Glendale, 623.255.8491, wvislandculturalfest.com, noon to 5 p.m., $15-$30.

Disney’s Newsies

NOVEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 31 Phoenix Theatre takes on the Tony Award-winning classic, Newsies, based on the 1992 film. The musical follows Jack Kelly and his rag-tag newspaper delivery friends as they take on the biggest names in publishing. With high-energy songs and choreography, this show will have the whole family dancing.

Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre. com, times vary, $35-$85.


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debut in 2015. The first 100 shoppers will receive a free swag bag.

NOVEMBER 17 AND NOVEMBER 18 Crafters and auto enthusiasts converge for this two-day vintage market and classic car show. Whether you’re a sucker for an old engine or an antique armchair, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy with more than 100 vendors. On Saturday, shoppers will get an up-close look at a collection of well-maintained classic cars as they shop.

Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 623.298.5002, frontporchpickins.com, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10.

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623.773.8700, sweettothesoulboutique.com, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free.

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle

NOVEMBER 18 You have to be a little bit crazy to tackle Rugged Maniac’s 3-mile adult obstacle course, featuring fire jumps, water slides, trampolines and tunnels. The reward is worth the risk, however, as racers will receive a T-shirt, medal and a beer upon finishing.

Camelback Ranch, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 623.302.5000, ruggedmaniac. com, 10 a.m., $69-$79.

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Sweet to the Soul Boutique

NOVEMBER 18 This free family boutique brings 235 local shops, bakeries, small businesses and food trucks to one convenient location for a day devoted to shopping local. The biannual boutique has pulled together the best of the best since its

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NOVEMBER 18 Sugar, we’re going downtown to see Fall Out Boy! The boys are back on the road touring their upcoming album, M a n i a, to be released in 2018. The pop-punk rock group, known for songs like “Centuries,” is still going strong after reforming in 2013. Rapper-actor Jaden Smith and hip-hop artist blackbear are set to open.

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7 p.m., $25-$146.

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ArtFest of Scottsdale

NOVEMBER 18 AND 19 This annual contemporary art festival is a holiday staple for downtown Scottsdale. Featuring 150 artists from across the country, visitors can check out the best in crafts, art, authors and music. Downtown Scottsdale’s unique shops, restaurants and contemporary art museum will be open as well. Bring the kids and Fido—the festival is free and dog friendly!

Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.968.5353, 888artfest.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats Football

NOVEMBER 25 Whether you’re dedicated to Tempe, a true fan of Tucson or live in a house divided, you’ve got some stake in the Territorial Cup. ASU and U of A’s long-standing rivalry culminates each year with the annual Thanksgiving weekend football game. The Wildcats took the cup last year, but they’ll have to fight hard to fend off the Sun Devils, who are coming in hot on their home turf.

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NOVEMBER 30 Everything changed for 19-year-old Khalid when he rose to fame with R&B hits like “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Location.” Arizonans might be interested to know the Texas-born singer-songwriter planned to attend ASU before making it big time. He plays downtown’s The Van Buren as part of LIVE 1015’s Jingle Bash.

The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx. com, 8 p.m., $59.99.

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man clambers over a fence in a desperate attempt to escape. A mother is frozen in time forever, comforting her baby. A scared dog twists into a strange contortion. These are images from a natural disaster captured, not on film, but in lava, ash and mud. “When I was working on exhibits in the past, the most frequently asked question I got was, ‘When will you have something on Pompeii?’ So, when the opportunity came to show this, it was the perfect time,” says Sari Custer, vice president of curiosity at Arizona Science Center. You read that right: Custer is vice president of curiosity. The position was invented earlier this year by the center in recognition of the fact that museum visitors want to see and learn certain things. And Pompeii has topped the list for a long time. “It’s timely right now because of the natural disasters happening around us—not volcanoes, but hurricanes and

fires. So, it’s almost hard to talk about it, because it’s exciting but you want to be respectful. This exhibition connects the event of Pompeii to our guests in a meaningful way.” Pompeii: The Exhibition, which opens November 18 at the Science Center, will examine Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. buried the city. Ash and debris from Vesuvius hit the population of the Roman town that day; it caught people off guard. As they lay down in fear or attempted to escape, the debris suddenly enveloped them, capturing people in whatever pose they happened to be holding. For centuries, the town lay buried. By the time the site was finally excavated in the 1700s, the bodies had decayed, leaving hollowed-out shapes in the hardened earth. These became forms for the plaster body casts that were first shown in a private exhibit in Italy in 1777. The exhibition coming to Arizona Science Center has its home at the Naples National Archeological Museum in Italy. The body casts capture people in a range of poses.

“When we’re scared we tend to flock together, so there are several people clutching each other,” Custer says. “There’s a mother and a baby, and even a dog. The dog had been left behind, tied up, because those who fled didn’t know how devastating it would be, so they often left behind their valuables and their pets.” The exhibition remembers the people of Pompeii, not only in their famous deaths, but in how they lived, as well. More than 200 artifacts from the busy trade and military center will be on display, including wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, musical instruments, jewelry and Roman coins. A small separate portion of the exhibit will feature erotic art in a replica of a Pompeii brothel. Parental guidance is advised for this separate section of the exhibition, which is not suitable for all ages. Custer says the Pompeii show is the first of its kind locally, as well as one of the museum’s largest: “To my knowledge, this is the first Pompeii exhibit to come to Phoenix, as well as one of the biggest exhibits of any kind we have ever hosted,” she says. “It’s

beautiful and phenomenal, because you get the feeling that you’re back in time, experiencing what they experienced. You think, ‘Could this be me?’” To get some idea of what it might feel like to experience a volcanic eruption, the exhibition also features a simulation in a 4-D theater, complete with seats that rock and roll as you smell the burning ash. While the simulation is probably the only way any of us will know what a volcanic eruption is like, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that we could someday encounter the real thing. “After all, we have a large volcano system here in Arizona, at San Francisco Peak,” she says. “Dormant doesn’t mean extinct.”

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intage and classic car enthusiasts have a second opportunity in 2017 to get their motors running, as Goodguys Rod & Custom Association returns to WestWorld in Scottsdale for its 20th annual Southwest Nationals Car Show. Set for Friday, November 17, to Sunday, November 19, Goodguys is the counter season edition to the Goodguys Spring Nationals in March. “The Southwest Nationals is different from the spring event,” says Betsy Bennett, director of public relations for the event series. “The March event is the beginning of our season and the November event is the finale. Scottsdale is a special place for us.” The 35-year-old Goodguys has become the definitive name for hotrod and custom car shows along with autocross racing. Founded by Gary Meadors as a platform for showcasing the classic and hotrod culture, the business is now run by his son, Marc Meadors. “I was born into Goodguys,” Meadors says. “My late father Gary started hotrodding as a teenager in California’s Central Valley in the 1950s. He began promoting hotrod events in 1973. It is all I’ve ever known.” The Southwest Nationals gives patrons an opportunity to view more than 3,000 hot rods, custom cars, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972. “Attendees can also see our top 12 cars and trucks from the event season,” Bennett says. “These 12 vehicles are amazing automotive creations and showcase the best of the best. They are all gathered in one display presented by Meguiar’s.” Guests can also browse and shop the vast collection of vendor displays, and engage like-minded enthusiasts at the swap meet and car corral.

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“Throw in great food, music, exhibits, and entertainment and you have a three-day festival that is the Goodguys experience,” Bennett says. The vibrant colors and visual appeal of a bygone era in autos is matched only by the intensity and roar from the vehicles competing in the Goodguys AutoCross. “This is a closed-performance race course, where vehicle speed and agility meet to battle it out in a weekend long fastest-car-wins contest of speed and skill,” she says. “Our premiere race, The Duel in the Desert, the Final Shootout is the last of the year and will take place on November 18.” Adults are not the only ones to experience the fun. The next generation of car lovers can participate in a coloring contest and enjoy face painting and other kids’ games. “There is even a model car program sponsored by Revell that sends the little ones home with their very own model kit, forging big dreams to one day come back to the show with a life-sized version,” Bennett says. With the excitement of racing and the allure of classic automotive treasures, patrons can expect high-octane thrills at Goodguys Southwest. “Cool cars, cool people and good times,” Bennett says. “That is what we want attendees to take away. The feeling of having a great time and enjoying some beautiful cars.”

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hen Vivian Gonzales first walked into the lobby of Proxy 333, a 118-unit luxury apartment complex in downtown Phoenix, she knew right away she belonged there. “It had everything that I had ever dreamt of,” says the 50-yearold special education teacher. Proxy 333 is one of several luxury apartment complexes, including Skyline Lofts and Trend@51, located in central Phoenix that are owned and operated by Weidner Apartment Homes, a privately held real estate investment, development and management company headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. The residents of Proxy 333, located at 333 E. McKinley Street, range in age from teenagers to seniors. The community appeals to all demographics, including those who work in and around the downtown area as well as students who attend ASU, according to Jessica Karl, community manager of Proxy 333 and nearby Skyline Lofts. “The vibe at Proxy is very welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed,” Karl says. Some of Proxy 333’s apartments are outfitted with front-loading washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and floor to ceiling windows that overlook downtown Phoenix. Gonzales, 50, enjoys using the Proxy 333 amenities, from the rooftop deck where she watches the sunset to the onsite dog run where her poodle can stretch out. She also likes the camaraderie of the residents who often gather for dinner by the pool and to watch football games on the outdoor TV. “I feel like I live in a resort,” she says. “I love where I live.” Proxy 333 was the ideal location for Tony and Karen Minear, empty nesters in their early 50s who relocated to Phoenix for Tony’s job as lead minister of Church of the Beatitudes. “We WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM


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wanted someplace where we could just close it up and go,” Tony says. Being within walking distance to downtown destinations is an added benefit for the Minears, who frequent the Herberger Theater, Talking Stick Resort Arena and other venues. “And being close to First Friday is perfect for us,” he says. For John Young, a 35-year-old single resident of Skyline Lofts (332 units), living in downtown Phoenix means he’s near all types of entertainment. “I can ride my bike to any of the concert venues and for anything outside the downtown area, I can take the light rail,” he says. Another plus: “Anything I want to eat, I can get downtown, whether it’s Indian food, Asian cuisine or Hispanic culture food.” The Skyline Lofts amenities are also a draw for Young, who frequents the community’s large salt-water pool and hot tub as well as the gym and outdoor grilling area. From his 14-foot balcony he can watch the sunset and fireworks from Chase Field. “I get a free show,” he says. The majority of Skyline’s residents are in their late 30s, but there are also plenty of Millenials and Baby Boomers,

Karl says. “Skyline’s residents enjoy our close proximity to the higher end restaurants in Phoenix, the arts and music district and sports arenas of the city.” One of Skyline’s selling points is the building’s design and construction that incorporates 10-foot exposed concrete surfaces and high ceilings, creating an urban industrial appeal. The concrete also helps to soundproof the apartments, Young says. “I find it to be very quiet.” Skyline Lofts features Live and Work spaces where residents can operate a retail shop on the street level and live above it. “You can put any business you want in (the space) as long as you’re open five days a week,” Jessica says. Currently, Arcane Hair Parlour, 27 Tattoo Studio and Japanese Acupuncture occupy space at Skyline Lofts. Located in the uptown Phoenix area, Trend@51 is a new development with 191 units that boasts a rooftop Olympic-sized swimming pool, a resort-style deck, hot tubs, lounge chairs and fire pits. Residents can have two pets per apartment and the complex conveniently sits adjacent to a 10-acre city park. Trend@51 appeals to a mix of professionals, graduate students and

singles who enjoy the “up-and-coming Midtown lifestyle” where restaurants and shopping is just a short car ride away, Karl says. The apartments feature modern cabinets, hardwood floors and granite countertops along with designer fixtures and finishes. Dennis Sage, a small business owner in his early 60s, moved to Trend@51 about two and a half years ago. “I just wanted to move someplace where I didn’t have any responsibility. I’m recently single. I’ve raised four boys, had dogs and big houses and to just be able to lock the door and go is such a great advantage for me right now,” he says. From the privacy of his fourthfloor balcony, Sage has a stunning view of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak. “It’s very peaceful,” he says. Sage takes advantage of all the amenities that Trend@51 offers, including the fitness center that’s stocked with cardio and strength training equipment and the rooftop pool. “I love laying out in the sun,” he says. Trend@51’s location is equally important to Sage. “The whole corridor is just skyrocketing,” he says. “I don’t think I would live anywhere else because

of the access that you have to movie theaters and dozens of restaurants and very cool bars.” Property managers of all three developments earn high marks in customer service according to a recent survey of residents, Karl says. “A lot of that has to do with maintenance, office staff and customer service … and just the overall care for the residents’ well-being.” Whether you’re looking for urban living downtown or a place with easy access to freeways and nightlife, Weidner Apartment Homes has something that will fit your lifestyle.

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omedian Sebastian Maniscalco still feels slightly inadequate nearly 20 years into his career. When a venue’s first show sells out and rolls into a second gig, he questions his ability to fill seats. “I keep asking myself, ‘Is there enough demand to do another one?’ “I’ve been very fortunate to be adding shows and selling out. People are gravitating toward me. They turn on the news and there are politics and football kneeling. I don’t touch any of that. I like observational stuff and family stuff. I take the people away from the craziness of the world, and I have them forget that for an hour and 15 minutes.” When Maniscalco plays two shows at the Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, November 4, fans can expect to hear humor based on his family, including his 5-month-old baby. Maniscalco won’t recall jokes from his Showtime special, Why Would You Do That? “The material you’re going to see is not all that familiar,” he says. “I’m working on the next special. When folks ask me, ‘Is this going to be what we saw on TV?’ My answer is no. I’m always writing new stuff. I have a brand-new baby, who’s 5 months old. There’s a lot of new stuff I’m talking about on stage. With life comes new material.” Maniscalco has been writing material since he sat around the kitchen table with his parents and sister in Chicago. He told humorous stories about what happened during his day. Maniscalco knew he would go into stand-up comedy. “I was never the class clown at all,”

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he adds. “But I really relished those moments when I had to get up before the class and do a book report. “After college, I moved to Los Angeles, not knowing anybody. Each year, it got progressively better. Nineteen years later, I’m doing the Celebrity Theatre.” He managed to keep his morale up when his career was looking bleak. “You never know what’s around the corner in this business,” Maniscalco says. “If you have a 9-to-5 job, you know what to expect day to day. But someone may see your act, and the next time, you’re on a big TV show. “The excitement of the unknown is a huge reason why I like the business, and a big reason why there’s no stability. You just have to balance it.” Maniscalco sees a hearty 2018. He’ll release a book in April called Stay Hungry, a tome that traces his career since his move to Los Angeles. He recently announced dates for his Stay Hungry Tour, and he’ll continue his SiriusXM show with fellow comic Pete Correale. Finally, he’ll appear in the film Tag, with Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm about 40-year-old men who still play tag. The film, slated for release on June 29, is based on a true story. So, what’s the key to his success? “I laugh at myself, and my fans laugh at themselves,” he says. “You don’t have to hear anything about politics or social awareness. We don’t want any of that crap.”

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andy Cordeiro’s first eight-track tape was Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits. The singer’s hair, his black-and-white picture, the songs: it was all part of the experience. After studying mechanical engineering at a Tempe tech school, Cordeiro waxed nostalgic about the

singer, whom he says was “uncool” back then. Still, there was something special about the “Sweet Caroline” composer. “People make fun of Neil Diamond,” the soft-spoken Cordeiro says. “He had all these songs I forgot about. By 1989, you didn’t hear them on the radio anymore. “The Beatles hadn’t been around for a long time. Neil Diamond was around, but not cool by ’89.” Still, Cordeiro could do a mean Diamond imitation. He sang “Sweet Caroline” at a Monday night acoustic open mic night hosted by the Gin Blossoms’ Robin Wilson. “It brought the house down,” he says. “I never had that kind of reaction to my original music. I did it the next time I was there, and I had the same response.” Cordeiro followed his calling and started the renowned Super Diamond, who performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 3, as part of Arizona Musicfest at Highlands Church. The series, which runs through March, also features performances by the likes of Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, Pink Martini, Michael Feinstein, Lee Ann Womack and the Seamus Eagan Project. Cordeiro says with Super Diamond he takes the best parts of Diamond’s music and performances, and adds his own flair. “One of the things I don’t like is, in the late ’80s and on, Neil Diamond started yelling the parts instead of singing live,” he says. “We stay away

from that. I don’t always try to be exact as Neil Diamond. “What I do is a ‘surreal interpretation,’ not an ‘impersonation,’ which would be an exact. A ‘surreal interpretation’ gives me a lot of freedom to do what I want to do.” That allows him to incorporate elements of his other heroes, such as David Lee Roth, Henry Rollins, Danny Elfman, Robert Smith and Trent Reznor. “It makes it more fun. A lot of it is really subtle,” he says. “I channel a lot of David Lee Roth, but it’s just on the moves. It’s not a vocal thing.” Super Diamond takes musical license as well during transitions and endings. The band mashes Diamond’s music with Kiss, or may wrap up a song with a subtle Led Zeppelin bit. The real Neil Diamond has given his stamp of approval. Cordeiro and Co. have performed with him twice. Super Diamond headlined the premiere party for the film Saving Silverman, in which Diamond appeared. The two sang “Cherry Cherry” and “Forever in Blue Jeans.” “He was really kind and thankful for what we’re doing,” he says. “I was thankful in return for not suing us.”

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or two days each year, Litchfield Park streets transform into a vibrant, lively arts district, thanks to one of the Southwest’s top art shows. Vermillion Promotions’ Litchfield Festival of the Arts is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5. Parking and admission are free. Just one look at the venue and its selection and it’s no wonder why, for 47 years, patrons have planned their Arizona vacations around the Litchfield Park Festival of Arts. Known for its high-quality art and craftsmanship, the event brings in more than 250 artists and

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vendors, who use watercolors, oil paint and blown glass, and other techniques. “We have the full spectrum, from $20 to $20,000, in every medium,” says event producer Candy Vermillion, who, early on, sold handmade goods in a library parking lot. “We still have grandpas who come out and make wooden toys, and moms who crochet,” she says. “Art” doesn’t just mean fine art, either. Performers will showcase different genres and cultures. Taking the stage this year are Yellow Bird Dancers, Bluesman Mike Andersen and the Blues Review Band, and five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan. Visitors can unwind with gourmet food trucks and tents with roasters and

cookers. No event is complete without desserts. Homemade ice cream, kettle corn and the San Francisco Chocolate Company will be featured. The city is an apt venue for the festival, with its tree-lined walkways and lush garden landscapes. Vermillion says most visitors walk the entire festival grounds because of its scenery and atmosphere, and even arrive early to make sure they don’t miss anything. “Typically, when you go to other festivals, it doesn’t really blossom until the lunch crowd,” Vermillion says with a laugh. “At Litchfield Park, these vendors know they need to be ready to go at 9 a.m., when mass groups of people are parking and walking up that street.”

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ountry singer Harry Luge calls himself a “simple person” who has played honkytonk dive bars with dirt parking lots for most

of his career. Things are about to change. On October 27, the Scottsdale native released his first major-label single, the playful “Drunk in My Drink,” which is bound to be a show staple. He is plotting dates around the United States to promote the single and a forthcoming album. He is also scheduled to appear at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9 and 10. “My music is real country music,” Luge says over drinks at Starbucks, with a trucker hat pulled low. “Nothing against the music out there, but there’s a market out there for the music we care about a lot. I grew up listening to Chris Ledoux, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn—anything from

the 1980s or 1990s. “That music really struck me.” However, country music is in his genes. His father, the late Harry Sr., developed Canyon Moon Ranch, the location of Country Thunder, as well as Roosters Country in Mesa. Luge the younger has been dubbed “Country Thunder ambassador.” “I grew up in that location,” says Luge, of Roosters. “That’s where I honed my songwriting skills. It’s a really neat thing. My wife and I travel back and forth to Nashville. These awesome opportunities keep coming up. We’re taking advantage of them as best we can.” Luge had no interest in being a cowboy when he was younger. He was into Skateland and sports. “When country music started to get involved, it moved me in a way that was awesome,” he says. “Country music is about honesty, truth, heartache and happiness. Also, faith is a big part of country music.” Luge is more than five albums in. He recorded “Drunk in My Drink” with

producer Dennis Money. Throughout each release, one thing has been consistent. “I’ve always tried to tell true stories and write songs that relate to me or something I’ve seen,” he says. “But the most important thing is we have fun. We have a grassroots army. They’re all friends. You won’t catch me calling them ‘fans.’ They’re ‘friends.’ “Every time we have an opportunity to shake someone’s hand—that kind of stuff doesn’t have a price.” He means everyone, too. He and his wife, Tara, have a home in Queen Creek and one in Nashville, so they can network. (He calls Tara the “brains” behind the operation.) Luge is just trying to make friends. “This is a whole new game for me,” he says. “I’ve been playing honkytonks, fairs and festivals my whole life. I’m learning how to record and what goes on with that. Sure, there have been other albums. Sure, there have been other things. But as you continue to grow, you want to get better. Learning more and more is always the key. I’ve been blessed with amazing mentors.”

From the fellow musicians and producers, Luge has learned that there is a market for traditional country music. “We’re not trying to be something we’re not,” he says. “We’re just trying to keep it real. We say a prayer and the pledge before every show, just to show appreciation for our country and our faith—and to have fun. Honkytonking is about dancing and having fun. “It’s so amazing that people are digging something we’re doing,” Luge says. “I’m not too proud to say I shed some tears.”

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TOUR DU JOUR Welcome to “The Tourist,” a section for the more than 40 million visitors to our state, as well as the locals. But we’re not stopping at the border. Whether it be nightlife, natural wonders, golf, resort diversions, amazing cuisine or one-ofa-kind attractions, let us point out the best of the mileposts. Enjoy!

Dillon’s KC BBQ Bayou CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park The entire family will be entertained at CrackerJax! Experience a variety of attractions including go-karts, 18hole miniature golf course, 300-yard golf driving range with two levels and 66 bays, bumper boats, batting cages, the Bungee Dome, Alien Invasion Laser Tag, volleyball courts, Water Wars arcade, restaurant and more. Ideal for birthday parties and corporate events of all sizes. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday. Driving range is open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. 1601 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.998.2800, CrackerJax.com

Dillon’s KC BBQ Bayou is ready to serve its great food to diners in its new location—13 miles closer than its previous spot. Spend the day, choose a camp site or dine with us at this wonderfully huge venue that only Dillon’s Bayou and its award-winning barbecue can offer. Check out the general store, where you’re sure to find something necessary or unique. Our guests and employees are our greatest asset and we’re grateful for their loyalty. Visit one of our destination locations: Dillon’s Bayou at Pleasant Harbor and Dillon’s at The Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. Four Valley locations, dillonsrestaurant.com

O.K. Corral Visit the actual site of Tombstone, Arizona’s legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and see Wyatt Earp and “Doc” Holliday in daily reenactments. There are life-sized animatronic figures of the eight gun fighters, too. Experience the Corral as it was in the 1880s, with working blacksmiths, antique cowboy gear, Western buggies and four museum displays. Ticket includes admission to multimedia Tombstone history show and a copy of the October 26, 1881, Tombstone Epitaph newspaper with original reports of the gunfight. 326 E. Allen Street, Tombstone, 520.457.3456, okcorral.com

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ure, Napa and Sonoma are nice, but by spring both beloved wine regions are overrun with wine lovers from across the globe. So if you’re looking to escape the crowds that descend upon Northern California’s major wine countries each year, look no further than the Temecula Valley Wine Country. Located in Riverside County just one hour from San Diego, Orange County or Palm Springs and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Wine Country is the largest and most commercially successful winegrowing region in California’s South Coast area. With a warm climate similar to Napa, Temecula Valley is particularly well suited to growing grapes such as Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Tempranillo; however, more than two dozen grape varieties thrive in the region, including Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Riesling, Chardonnay and many others. Altogether, Temecula Valley boasts more than 40 wineries and 70 winegrowers, as well as luxurious resorts amongst the vines, high-end dining and—of course—amazing tasting tours. Here are some best bets:

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Winery of the Year encompasses nearly 40 acres on the east side of Mount Palomar. It is home to lush vineyards, the lauded Grapeseed Spa and traditional hotel rooms in a tower as well as expansive private villas hidden among the vines. In addition to traditional and private tastings, South Coasts offers its guests hot air balloon wine experiences as well as yoga and spa-themed wine adventures and regular wine tasting dinners at its Vineyard Rose Restaurant, which is a Wine Spectator and Open Table award-winner several times over. bonus tip:

Visit the resort’s Grapeseed Spa for the Grapeseed facial, a customized skin revitalization treatment using actual grapes.

WILSON CREEK WINERY AND WILSON CREEK MANOR If the name Wilson Creek sounds familiar to Valley wine lovers, it should. Not only is Wilson Creek’s award-winning almond champagne (and now other varietals) available for purchase at fine grocery and liquor stores across Arizona, but the picturesque winery has been featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Blind Date, The Golf Channel, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels and even on Oprah’s OWN Network in recent years. Founded in 2000 by a multi-generational family, and still operated by them

today, Wilson Creek Winery has grown from 20 to 70 acres of vineyards, and is always looking to stand out from the pack. Case in point—they offer a white Cabernet Sauvignon. Still cultivated from red grapes, this lighter version of Cabernet offers more fruit-forward flavors on the palate. Another point of differentiation is most certainly Wilson Creek Manor. Opened just a few years ago and located directly across the street from the winery, the 12,000-square-foot estate includes just eight plush suites, which all include their own private bathrooms and in-room spa tubs. Catering to both large parties—including wedding groups and girlfriends on a weekend getaway—as well as couples

looking for something outside of a traditional franchise hotel, Wilson Creek Manor also boasts a game room, private outdoor pool and spa, barbeque, gazebo, workout area, executive business center, a commercial-grade kitchen, laundry facility and more. bonus tip:

Even if you can’t stay at the Manor, ask to tour the estate’s Almond Champagne Suite, which is 1,600-square-feet of pure, unaltered extravagance featuring its own elegant salon, bar, spa, living room and more. For more information, or to plan your stay in Temecula Valley, visit temeculawines.org.

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alling from a “magical” tour stop in London, Tori Amos is upbeat, dubbing her fans “peeps” and promising they’ll leave her shows sprinkled in gold dust. Her demeanor changes from jovial to sad when she talks about her mother, the inspiration behind her 15th album, Native Invader. Maryellen Amos suffered a severe stroke in January that rendered her unable to speak. “I was on the floor in tears sometimes,” Amos says. “I was just at the foot of the couch, on the floor thinking it was just emotional whiplash. “I realized that Mary, my mother, had been attacked by this stroke that took over her. The correlation became Mother Earth, our resources were being attacked by a force. My mother was so connected to her father, who was part Cherokee Nation and part European. She always had such a reverence for the

Earth and our resources.” Because her mother couldn’t speak, Amos tried to remember the things she told her. She wanted to honor her by making a record that was like “the sonic secret garden.” “I wanted a place of refuge where people can go in traumatic times, where they can step into the music and feel energized. That was the goal.” Maryellen played a deeper role with Amos’ Native Invader. Amos took a road trip through North Carolina’s Smokey Mountains to reconnect with the stories of her mother’s family. The election also inspired her. Amos is soon peppy again, stressing the importance of sharing her life with fans. “I have found, with the public— let’s call them the ‘peeps’—I don’t know their experiences,” Amos says. “People have come up to me all over Europe saying ‘I work in stroke rehab. We’re working on new techniques. Can you tell me what’s been going on with Mary?’

“I really value the people who come to the shows and share the music, and I value their stories and their experiences. People have made friends with each other who have come to the shows. That really means a lot to me.” Amos is set to play a one-woman show on Wednesday, November 29, at the Mesa Arts Center. “It’s demanding,” she says. “You can’t really rely on the band to cover you if you’re tired. You have to know how to pace yourself. You have to make sure you don’t drop your narrative. “When you’re with a band, they can jam while you drink your water, have a little sip or put your lip gloss on—you have to have lip gloss. When you’re singing by yourself, you have to keep it moving, sister.” Amos is about more than the music. She cofounded RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization. She’s mortified with the number of women who have revealed their accounts of

sexual assaults by the likes of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “It’s horrifying, and it’s been going on a long time,” Amos says quietly. “People have been protecting Harvey Weinstein and people like him. That is where we are right now. “We, as a community, and the public have to be involved. We can choose not to tolerate this in the workplace anymore. This is a moment here. This is a chink in the armor. I’m not just talking about one man. A lot of people were involved to make all of this happen for so many years. Their careers were destroyed. Their lives were destroyed. Their souls were destroyed. These women are brave.”

Tori Amos

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Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale

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CALENDAR CAMELBACK STUDIO TOUR NOVEMBER 3-5

NOVEMBER 3 TO NOVEMBER 5 Twenty local artists will be featured in six different home studio workshops in Scottsdale’s iconic Sherwood Heights neighborhood. A map of the homes featured on the tour is available for download at the website in this listing. Pieces on display will include pottery, jewelry, fused glass, acrylics, ceramics, watercolors, gourd arts and sculptures.

Sherwood Heights Neighborhood (between Thomas and Oak, and 54th and 60th streets), Scottsdale, 480.215.5975, camelbackstudios.com, times vary, free.

Discover: The Spirit of American Explorers NOVEMBER 4 AND NOVEMBER 5 The ProMusica Arizona concert pays tribute to the achievements of American explorers from the early pioneers to modern-day space travelers. Music will include a world premiere, and will also be set to the inspirational words of iconic astronauts. DISCOVER: THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN EXPLORERS NOVEMBER 4 & 5

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem, 623.326.5172, pmaz. org, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4, $12-$20. American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, 623-326-5172, pmaz. org, 3 p.m. Sunday, November 5, $12-$20.

Imani Winds & Jon Nakamatsu

NOVEMBER 4 The Phoenix Chamber Music Society has been entertaining audiences since 1997. For one night, it will be joined by Imani Winds, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet. Also on stage will be Jon Nakamatsu, the brilliant keyboard player who displays electrifying power and elegance.

Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, 602.252.0095, phoenixcambermusicsociety. org, 7:30 p.m. $45.

Josiah Copley: Creature a Day

NOVEMBER 9 TO JANUARY 5 The Vision Gallery’s latest installation will feature the work of Josiah Copley, who is known for drawing creatures, robots, monsters and aliens. He is inspired by Japanese kaiju toys, cartoons and video games.

Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, 480.782.2695, visiongallery.org, times vary, free.

Esteban – Electric Flamenco

NOVEMBER 10 Revel in the electric flamenco and Spanish guitar of Esteban. Accompanied by electronic violinist and daughter, Teresa Joy, Esteban will make the intense, tumultuous world disappear. Together, the evening will feature mystical harmonies. The critically acclaimed performer Esteban has been a Valley favorite since launching his career here.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempe.gov, 7 p.m., $30-$75. JOSIAH COPLEY: CREATURE A DAY NOVEMBER 9-JANUARY 5

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UPCOMING CONCERTS AT THE MIM MUSIC THEATER DONNA THE BUFFALO Sunday, November 5 | 7:00 p.m. “Few groups are this comfortable as performers, and even fewer would take as many risks.” —Elmore Magazine

HAWKTAIL Wednesday, November 8 | 7:00 p.m. Band of acoustic instrumentalists featuring members of Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, and A Prairie Home Companion.

WU MAN Performing Traditional, Ancient, and Historical Music of China Saturday, November 11 | 7:30 p.m. Among the most world-renowned Chinese musicians, Wu Man possesses the energy and virtuosity that enchant listeners from all walks of life.

THE SACHAL ENSEMBLE: SONG OF LAHORE Sunday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.

RUTHIE FOSTER Saturday, November 18 | 7:30 p.m. “Foster’s powerful presence doesn’t bring us to just one church; she brings us to the churches of blues, soul, rock, folk, R&B and beyond.” —NPR

NANO STERN Sunday, November 19 | 7:00 p.m. “He may be the best young Chilean songwriter of his generation. With his lyrics, melodies, message, delivery, humor and heart, he gets my vote.” —Joan Baez

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Mon. & Tue., Nov. 27 & 28 | 7:00 p.m. A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season.

MARTY ASHBY’S 8 TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY JAZZ CELEBRATION Featuring Gloria Reuben

The group’s fusion of traditional classical music with Western jazz has earned them the admiration of music fans and critics across the world.

Friday, December 1 | 7:30 p.m.

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA AND DANA LOUISE AND THE GLORIOUS BIRDS

THE MIKE STERN QUARTET With Tom Kennedy, Randy Brecker, and Dave Weckl

Wednesday, November 15 | 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8 | 7 & 9 p.m.

Four-time Grammy winners continue to wow audiences with their folk-pop stylings and down-to-earth performances.

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career.

Join guitarist and five-time Grammy Award–winning producer Marty Ashby for his annual holiday concert celebration.

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Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition Fall Open Studios Tour

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NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 The landscape of Sedona and the Verde Valley is a work of art on its own. Take a day trip and visit more than 40 studios, featuring the works of 66 individual artists throughout the region. The self-guided tour allows visitors to experience the creative process as a real hands-on learning event. Pieces on display include a wide range of paintings, photos, glass and fibers. Various locations in the Verde Valley, 928.239.9967, sedonaartistscoalition.org, 10 a.m., free.

Fearlessly Turbulent: Chaos and Order in NeoExpressionism

NOVEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 7 The Fearless Art Works Gallery will host a four-person show featuring artists Michelle Micalizzi, Ken Kaminski, Joe Holder and Dennis Leadon. These artists use neo-expressionism to explore the uncertainties of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit will feature a mix of oil, acrylic, mixed media and photography. Fearless Art Works Gallery, 7211 E. Ho Road, Carefree, 480.526.2609, fearlessartworks. com, times vary, free.

Newsies NOVEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 31 Take the family to Phoenix Theatre to see Disney Theatrical’s beloved musical. Based on the 1992 film, the story is inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899. The show is a high-energy celebration of song and dance. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the choreography and award-winning score. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, times vary, $35-$95. WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

The River Bride NOVEMBER 16 TO DECEMBER 3 Marisela Treviño Orta won the 2013 Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latino Playwriting award for her poignant story of true love, regret, transformation and the struggle to stay true to your family and to yourself. Finally having its Arizona premiere, the play is the story of two sisters in a fishing village along the Amazon struggling to find their happily-ever-after.

Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 602.256.6995, arizonatheatre. org, times vary, $25-$80.

Jácome Flamenco

NOVEMBER 17 The Gold Canyon Arts Council presents an evening of musicians and dancers highlighting the best from Southern Spain. Spanish guitar playing, vocalizations and passionate dancing will be performed by the world-renowned tour group, under the artistic direction of Chris Jácome and choreographer/dancer Martin Gaxiola.

Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, 480.983.2171, gcac1.com, 7:30 p.m., $5-$30.

ArtFest of Scottsdale

NOVEMBER 18 TO NOVEMBER 19 The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale will feature 150 artists from across the country. Stroll the event and enjoy fine art, crafts, local authors and music. Food will be available in a sculpture garden.

Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.968.5353, 888artfest.com, 10 a.m., free.


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Scottsdale Philharmonic

NOVEMBER 19 The spectacular Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy,” will be performed by the Scottsdale Philharmonic in a special concert that includes an 80-member chorale. The symphony is often considered to be Beethoven’s greatest work and has been called “a glorious and jubilant masterpiece.” The concert is free, VIP seating is available for a suggested donation amount.

Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.951.6077, scottsdalephilharmonic.com, 4 p.m., free to $15.

West Valley Symphony’s 49th Season Opener

NOVEMBER 19 Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the season opener of the West Valley Symphony’s 49th season. The concert will feature two symphonies, and the rarely performed Beethoven’s Eighth, which offers a biting sense of humor. Also included will be Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Mendelsohn’s Italian Symphony.

Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, 623.707.8844, westvalleysymphony.org, 3 p.m., $15-$30.

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NOVEMBER 25 Melissa Manchester visits The MIM for one night. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has had her own share of hits, in addition to working with wellknown artists such as Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and Kenny Loggins. The intimate setting with fantastic acoustics is the perfect place to enjoy Manchester’s exceptional performance.

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From Protest to Peace TO MAY 26 This traveling exhibition comes to Phoenix as a part of a commemoration of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. The exhibition features murals and interpretative panels created by the Bogside Artists (brothers Tom and William Kelly and friend Kevin Hasson). The work provides a balanced presentation of the history and politics of the region. It reflects the artists’ personal experiences, while seeking to express the struggle for civil rights in their community.

Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.258.0109, azirish. org, $5-$10, times vary. MELISSA MANCHESTER NOVEMBER 25

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CELEBRATING PAUL O’NEILL

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hen TransSiberian Orchestra mastermind Paul O’Neill died unexpectedly at age 61, his musical partner, Al Pitrelli, was understandably heartbroken. But Pitrelli, O’Neill’s writing partner Jon Oliva, and the late producer’s family are steadfast about carrying on TSO’s legacy.

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TSO’s holiday tour will fete the late producer

“For Paul and his wife, Desiree, this was their child that they gave birth to years and years and years ago,” says Pitrelli, who adds the couple has a daughter, Ireland, as well. “It’s so nice to know that the family is going to carry on the legacy. I’m just glad to be part of it. Whatever they want to do, we’re good with.” This holiday season, TSO is continuing its The Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour, which includes 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows on Sunday, December 3, at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The show will also be without bassist David Zablidowsky, who, as David Z, was the bassist for TSO and Adrenaline Mob. He was killed during a vehicle crash earlier this year while touring with Adrenaline Mob. The 2017 Tour is an updated presentation of TSO’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More. “We always try to change the front of the show and the back of the show,” he says. “The rock opera portion will remain the same. The look of the stage

will be different—the lighting, the pyro, the lasers, the moving trusses, the video content. “We’ll always try to upgrade that from year-to-year because we never really want to repeat ourselves. We do want to have the familiarity of the rock opera that the people have really fallen in love with.” In addition, the show will introduce people to material TSO hasn’t performed in a few years during the hour it has to explore the catalog. Pitrelli adds the performance will not specifically address O’Neill’s death. Instead, the tour as a whole is a tribute to him. “From my heart, right now, I think that every note that I play on the guitar, every note that’s sung by the singers, how it’s presented by the production staff, by his family, I think that everybody knows that everything is a tribute to Paul.” Pitrelli compares the loss to his first Thanksgiving dinner after his father died. It felt like someone or something

was missing, but the family carried on and celebrated his dad’s life. Similarly, he will honor O’Neill’s career. “Listen, life throws you curve balls sometimes,” he says. “Bad things happen. In one phone call, everything can get turned upside down. “I won’t insult the situation by using typical clichés and I don’t think anybody wants to hear that. If anybody’s ever gone through any kind of loss, it’s kind of answering the question on your own. There will be an empty hole in everybody’s heart for the rest of our lives, but life will continue to go on. I’ll miss him forever, as everybody who knew him and loved him will.”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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‘MEMPHIS

JOOKIN’ Lil Buck takes it from the streets to the spotlight

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rom as far back as he can remember, Charles Riley was interested in dancing. “It’s just always been in me,” he says. “I would dance with my sisters. We loved it. We used to wiggle around and try to do Michael Jackson moves. Sometimes we would get a hold of his tapes from his tours and try to learn the whole choreography.” The “movement artist,” now known as Lil Buck, brings his style of dance to the Tempe Center for the Arts for What Moves You. He’ll be accompanied by cellist Mihai Marica and fellow dancer and collaborator, Jon Boogz. Buck’s style of dance, called Memphis Jookin, is an amalgamation of hard-hitting street dance and fluid, ballet-type movements. When he was 8, his family moved from Chicago to Memphis and he learned about the city’s namesake dance: jookin. His older sister came home from high school one day demonstrating moves she learned, and he was hooked. “I was fascinated with this dance style, because it was similar to Michael Jackson’s, but it was even crazier. In Memphis, you would see it in the streets and in club parking lots because we didn’t really have dance studios.” WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

Buck was involved in many things growing up—from basketball to drawing—and was exceptionally good at all of them. He could have pursued many different paths. “But when I saw jookin, I just fell in love with it,” Lil Buck says. “It eclipsed all my other interests. I really wanted to conquer it. I said, ‘This is what I want to do with my life, period.’” When he was 16 he joined a hip-hop dance company called Subculture Royalty Studio. The owner of the studio made a deal with the artistic director of New Ballet Ensemble and School, in which the hip-hoppers would learn ballet, and in turn, the ballet students would learn hip-hop. Buck was a natural at ballet because many of the movements were like jookin. He was given a scholarship to the ballet school and spent the next few years practicing and perfecting his unique craft. Things changed for Lil Buck when he started uploading videos of himself jookin on YouTube. The most pivotal video was his moving rendition of The Swan (from Swan Lake), accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, which quickly went viral. Buck’s videos drew mass attention, and before he knew it, he was being invited to Los Angeles to be part of a

music video. After that experience, he knew that his future lie in Los Angeles. With the aid of friends he met on the set of the music video, he was moved to L.A. permanently. His days were spent dancing on the streets and auditioning. “It’s just that dancer’s life,” he says. “It’s really hard. There’s a lot of competition in Los Angeles. You really have to make something unique about yourself, because there are so many dancers. I was a specialty, luckily. People would be wowed by me because they hadn’t seen a style like mine before.” A huge moment for Lil Buck’s career happened when he participated in the Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition. Thousands of dancers came from across the globe to compete, and at the end, there was only one winner. “I was the one that reigned victorious,” Buck says. “I became the first pick for her next tour.” It’s been 10 years since Lil Buck moved to Los Angeles, and in that time, his career and notoriety have skyrocketed. He’s traveled the globe, guest starred and judged on shows like So You Think You Can Dance and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performed with Cirque du Soleil, and been involved in

numerous campaigns for the likes of Lexus, Vogue and Apple. Now, in addition to dancing, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz have started a company called Movement Art Is (MAI). “We wanted to create a platform for dancers to be able to get their artistry out on high-levels of content, but mostly we believe dance has the power to really reach the human emotion. We also started creating short films that touch on social issues that are happening in the world that people can relate to, because those really hit home.” At 29 years old, this is only the beginning for Lil Buck. From jookin in the streets as a kid, to producing and touring the world, this is an artist whose talent, passion and vision can only continue to expand throughout the years.

What Moves You

featuring Lil Buck and cellist Mihai Marica with special guest Jon Boogz, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempe.gov, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11, $38 and $48.


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HARMONY AND HISTORY

The MIM’s new exhibit is a study of Chinese music

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usical and philosophical harmony has always been important in China. The Musical Instrument Museum is bringing those together with Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum. “We have this extraordinary opportunity to explore the musical history of China—9,000 years of it—through this collection,” says Colin Pearson, MIM’s curator for the exhibition and for the Asia collection. “It’s a great assortment of instruments and music-related artwork. There’s a little something for everybody. No one here, nor who I’ve spoken to, is aware of anything ever been staged here in America.” The exhibition runs from Friday, November 10, to Sunday, May 6, in partnership with the Henan Museum, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious museums. It explores the harmony between music, people, heaven and Earth through more than 60 rare instruments and works of art. Ancient flutes and drums harken back to the dawn of Chinese civilization, giving guests a glimpse of the musical life of an early agrarian society. Grand racks of bronze bells evoke elaborate rituals performed during the formative years of Chinese culture. Lively ceramic figures illustrate the joyful mixing of cultures during the time of the legendary Silk Road. Elegant silk strings entertain gatherings of refined music lovers and inspire poetic contemplation. • Bone flute, 7000–5000 BCE (approximately 7,000–9,000 years ago) – This flute comes from a collection

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of several flutes that were excavated from the Peiligang burial sites and are collectively the oldest musical instruments in China. Crafted from the hollow wing bones of crane birds, these flutes are precisely tuned to a five-note (pentatonic) scale, indicating a highly developed music system. • Bianzhong bell-chime, Spring and Autumn period, 770–476 BCE (approximately 2,500–2,800 years ago) – This set of 24 bells from the court of a duke of Zheng state illustrates the extravagance of noble families and is one of only 10 surviving sets made in the latter half of the Zhou dynasty to play a flashy new style of music developed known as zhengsheng. Each bell—four bo bass bells and 20 niu—was specially crafted to produce two distinct musical tones. • Bronze “divine beast” drum stand, Spring and Autumn period, 770–476 BCE (approximately 2,500–2,800 years ago) – Full-bodied depictions of mythical beasts are exceptionally rare, and this drum stand example is one of the finest uncovered to date. Malachite has been inlaid into the bronze body in phoenix and dragon patterns, and many of the beast’s features are made up of small dragons and its face is framed by two persimmon flowers. • Tricolor glazed pillow depicting scholarly qin performance, Northern Song dynasty, 960–1127 – The multicolored decoration on this ceramic pillow illustrates two Confucian scholars in a manicured garden; one playing the qin while the other listens. The ability to play and appreciate the qin and its repertoire was described as one of the most important virtues that should be possessed by Confucian scholars, and its performance was meant to be shared

privately among friends. • Musician and dancer figurines in a pavilion, Han dynasty, 202 BCE–220 CE (approximately 1,800 – 2,200 years ago) – This unusual threestory tower houses an ensemble of musicians and dancers for the nobleman’s entertainment, as well as a complement of guards armed with crossbows. Many Han tombs included ceramic models of the palatial homes that deceased noblemen wished to inhabit in the afterlife. Using interactive technology to explore the exhibition, guests will see, hear, and feel the harmony of the ancients. Video content will be available to watch performances on replicas of the instruments on display. “Most of the trips I have made to China, I was visiting their museum,” Pearson says. “It’s like getting acquainted with fellow museum colleagues. We’re building a relationship with parallel colleagues on the other side. “We also produced the video for the exhibition. We shot hours of original material, both of music and interviews with the experts. That was a really fun trip. We’re doubly excited to bring that collection to life.”

Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, mim.org, Friday, November 10, to Sunday, May 6, $10 for special exhibition only, $7 when purchased with general museum admission.


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ATTRACTIONS Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Coco

PG - 100 MINUTES

Anthony Gonzalez voices a boy who, despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, dreams of becoming an accomplished musician. Desperate to prove his talent, he finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster (Gael García Bernal) and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind his family history. Opens November 22.

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Frances McDormand plays a mother who, months after her daughter’s murder case, paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson). When his second-in-command officer (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated. Opens November 10.

A Bad Moms Christmas

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Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles as underappreciated and overburdened women who this time rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms--Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they must do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers (Cheryl Hines. Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski). Opens November 1.

Steven Yeun voices a small but brave donkey who teams up with a lovable sheep (Aidy Bryant) who has lost her flock and a dove (Keegan-Michael Key) with lofty aspirations. Joining them are three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals to follow a star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told—the first Christmas. Opens November 17.

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Wonder

PG - 113 MINUTES

Daddy’s Home 2

PG-13 100 MINUTES

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell reprise their roles as father and stepfather, respectively, who this time join forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when their own fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. Opens November 10.

Cook-Off!

R - 98 MINUTES

As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a $1 million prize. The mockumentary’s cast includes Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Gary Anthony Williams, Niecy Nash, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root, and Sam Pancake. Opens November 17.

Jacob Tremblay plays a boy with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star. Opens November 17.

The Man Who Invented Christmas PG - 104 MINUTES

Dan Stevens portrays Charles Dickens who mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up the unforgettable character of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and a timeless tale that forever changed the holiday season. Opens November 22.

For more movie reviews, in-depth celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes insights, tune in to breakthrough entertainment 3–4 p.m. Wednesdays on BreakRadioShow.com. Email film writer Joseph J. Airdo at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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What movie should you see this month? Ask our experts! JOSEPH’S MOVIE OF THE MONTH:

Better Watch Out

Be forewarned: Better Watch Out is not your typical Christmas movie. Even those expecting a naughty variation on holiday fare akin to Krampus, Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night and P2 may be taken a bit off-guard by the new darkly comedic horror flick in which Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must defend a 12-year-old boy (Levi Miller) from intruders, only to discover it is far from a normal home invasion. The word “disturbing” does not even begin to describe the twisted chain of events that unfolds in this sinisterly entertaining and frighteningly festive film. RANDY’S MOVIE OF THE MONTH:

The Florida Project

Director Sean Baker has delivered two of the realest, most poignant movies in recent history: Starlet and Tangerine. While his gritty style of filmmaking may not be everyone’s cup of tea, his take on real life is unmatched. With porn stars and transgender street walkers past subjects, his latest venture focuses the attention on children living in motels within the shadows of Walt Disney World. Once again Baker delivers a heartbreaking, yet heartfelt look on often overlooked subjects. One of the best of 2017.

The Report Card

Our film writers grade what’s in theaters Movie

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Randy

American Made

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B

Better Watch Out

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Blade Runner 2049

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Flatliners

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The Florida Project

M.V.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie

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Loving Vincent

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The Mountain Between Us

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Stronger

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M.V.’S MOVIE OF THE MONTH:

Loving Vincent

The producers claim this as the first completely oil-painted movie—each of its 65,000 frames having been meticulously hand-painted by a team of more than 100 artists. They painted over the previous frame’s image, all in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. A documentary about the making of this quixotically crazy endeavor would be fascinating. Happily, the movie itself isn’t just visually breathtaking, it’s also an engrossing story, as Armand Roulin, the young man in yellow from the famous portrait, is tasked with delivering a final letter from Vincent to his brother Theo, and delves into the mystery of Vincent’s death.

ABOUT THE FILM WRITERS JOSEPH J. AIRDO is a film critic, producer and onair personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays on BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. Email him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

FILM FACTS John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) creepy puppet in Jigsaw and the seven Saw movies that preceded it is named Billy. The puppet is James Wan’s personal creation. The director of the 2004 film that started it all, who serves as executive producer on the new entry, stitched the puppet together himself.

RANDY MONTGOMERY is a Los Angeles-based film critic who lived in, and still loves, Arizona. Living within walking distance of multiple major studios is a dream come true for this long-time movie buff. While not sitting in the dark and munching on popcorn with extra butter, you can find him riding roller coasters and enjoying the arts. Email him at randymwriter@yahoo.com.

“I had a personal reaction to this story. When I was in my 20s, I fought fires for three years with a volunteer fire department in Arizona. It was something that resonated with me; I liked the idea of the giving of one’s self to preserve something for someone else, even in the face of danger.” – Josh Brolin, Only the Brave

M.V. MOORHEAD has won five first-place Arizona Press Club awards for criticism. His reviews and other writings appear in Wrangler News (wranglernews. com), Phoenix Magazine and on his own blog, Less Hat, Moorhead (mvmoorhead.blogspot. com). A native of Pennsylvania, he lives in Phoenix with his wife, kid and three Chihuahuas with five eyeballs between them. Email him at mvmoorhead@cox.net.

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MATCH at the FOUND: RE Hotel, 1100 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.875.8080, foundrehotels. com/cuisine-and-cocktails, 6 p.m. November 5, November 12, November 19, November 26, $24.

Sunset Dinner at the Ranch

Kief-Joshua Vineyards and Las Vigas Steak Ranch Night of Food and Wine

NOVEMBER 4 The wine pairing dinner at Kief-Joshua Vineyards includes four courses. The appetizer is truffled Portobello steak fries; salad is a wedge salad with sweet pepper bacon; main course is New York strip with Kief-Joshua Merlot-infused au jus, side of au gratin potatoes and green beans sautéed with mushrooms and bacon; and finish the dessert of carrot cake with rum caramel drizzle.

NOVEMBER 10 The Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch is hosting its Sunset Dinner at the Ranch fundraising event as part of the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. A ticket includes an 8-ounce top sirloin, salad, potato, bread and dessert, created by Chandler restaurant Ginger Monkey. Nonalcoholic beverages will be included and local beer and wine will be available to purchase. Rick and Tony Martinez play a variety of covers ranging from Sons of the Pioneers to Merle Haggard.

free with paid garden admission of $24.95 adults and $12.95 children ages 3 to 17, members admitted free.

Taste N’ Tribute

NOVEMBER 11 Peoria restaurants serve $2 samples of their food, for which tickets are sold by the Peoria Sports Complex. All proceeds benefit selected veterans organizations. Fleetwood Mac and U2 tribute bands perform from 7 to 11 p.m.

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623.773.8700, peoriasportscomplex.com, 6 to 11 p.m., free admission.

Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 520.455.5582, kj-vineyards. com/default.asp, 6 p.m., $60.

Slider Throwdown

Sunday Supper Series

SUNDAYS IN NOVEMBER The Sunday Supper Series continues this fall with chef Alex Stratta bringing new menus with his signature twists. The meals are served family style. The themes are fish fry on November 5; barbecue and cornbread on November 12; paella and tapas on November 19; and indoor picnic on November 26.

NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12 Desert Botanical Garden patrons will get the chance to sample and shop their way through Arizona’s top sweets. Watch live performances of Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance while indulging in gourmet chocolate, zesty sauces and fire-roasted chiles. Featured entertainment includes cooking classes and bands.

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, 480.481.8188, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

NOVEMBER 12 Activities include live entertainment, a pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, cornhole, pie-eating contest, corn shucking, cake walk, hay maze, and a kid’s zone. Food and craft vendors will offer seasonal eats, treats, trinkets and gear. Enjoy the flavors of fall in the seasonal beer garden featuring local pumpkin ales and other brews.

Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, 602.276.2499, arizonaharvestfest.com, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., free admission.

Robert Craig Winery Winemaker Dinner

NOVEMBER 16 The dinner features Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Affinity, Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Featured guest for Robert Craig Winery will be Elton Slone, president, CEO and owner. The evening begins with an appetizer and wine reception, followed by an epicurean experience of paired wines and a four-course dinner.

Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, pardnersoftumbleweedranch. org, 5 to 7 p.m., $40.

Chiles and Chocolate Festival

Arizona Harvest Fest and Farmers Market

NOVEMBER 12 Valley slider lovers can sample some of the most creative and tasty tiny sandwiches—and all for a good cause. The event, which benefits Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, features food trucks Aioli Burger, Chicken and Waffles for the People, Cleveland Corned Beef, Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese and others. The sliders will be judged by local “experts” and attendees. Tickets include samples of all sliders and three, nonalcoholic drink tickets.

Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, http://bit.ly/2xXItRQ, noon to 3 p.m., $30.

Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, 480.444.1234, http://bit.ly/2xVnz5a, 6:30 p.m., $95. Reservations required.

Phoenix Pizza Festival

NOVEMBER 21 Pizza lovers can begin their holiday eating binge one week early with this festival. Approximately 15 pizza makers will come together and serve $2 slices and full pieces for 2,500 attendees. There will be craft beer- and wine-tasting stations, lawn games, dessert vendors and live bands as well.

Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 480.442.9176, phoenix.pizza, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10.

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HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Brat Haus

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this Euro-inspired eatery and beer garden just launched its happy hour program from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Food and drink specials include $1 off all draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, $7 Haus cocktails, $4 fried pickles, $6 brat burgers, $15 giant pretzels, and a free brat for dogs. For late-night visitors, reverse happy hour is 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, when there is $2 off all draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $5 well drinks. As a new twist on “Sunday Funday,” guests can enjoy Stein Sundays with bottomless steins and mimosas for $20 from noon to 3 p.m. 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4006, brauthausaz.com.

Buck & Rider

Happy hour is through 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, when patrons can enjoy $6 signature cocktails, house pours and featured glasses of wine and draft beer. Reverse happy hour is from 9:30 p.m. to close Thursday to Saturday. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.346.0110, buckandrider.com.

Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers

Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers lives up to its name, but offers more that. Check out the menu and see. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and includes domestic pints for $3, domestic alum bottles and Four Peaks pints for $4, and premium wells and house wines at $5. Valleywide locations, coldbeers.com.

Copper Blues

At Copper Blues, headliners don’t just occupy the stage, they surround it in the form of tap handles and inviting service. Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.5005, copperblueslive.com.

Craft 64

Craft 64 specializes in local craft beer and artisan woodfired pizza. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. daily, when there is $1 off all local beers, five wines for $6, and small plates for $8. 6922 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, 480.946.0542, craft64.com.

CRUjiente Tacos

CRUjiente Tacos offers taco therapy with deals on globally influenced tacos and cocktails. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and the modern taqueria recently launched reverse happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Specials include $3 for the Korean fried chicken, $3 short rib tacos, $3 pork belly tacos, $7 Tex-Mex-style queso, $7 chips and salsa, $5 on any of the tacos CRUjientes (beef, pork or lamb), $5 Premier CRU margaritas, $1 off all draft and bottled beer and $2 off wine by the glass. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.687.7777, crutacos.com.

Dirty Dogg Saloon

Dirty Dogg Saloon has built a reputation as a local watering hole. Happy hour is 3 to 8 p.m., with live music on Thursdays. Daily drink specials are also offered. 10409 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.368.8095, dirtydoggsaloon.com.

El Chorro

Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience with stunning views of the Valley’s most prominent landmark, Camelback Mountain. Happy Hour is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 480.948.5170, elchorro.com.

EVO

EVO features recipes true to the Central and Northern regions of Italy, including risotto, alfredo, ragu and carbonara, Chef Steven Fowler strives to perfect a balance of simple yet robust flavors. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. daily. 4175 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.265.9814, evoscottsdale.com.

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Gallagher’s Sports Grill

Gallagher’s Sports Grill loves sports as much as it loves food, so it brings the two together. There are dozens of TVs and inspired dishes. Happy hour is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday. Valleywide locations, visit gallaghersaz.com.

Hard Rock Café

Take a break from the heat and stroll into the musical oasis that is Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix. With the Flying V over the door, the Hard Rock Café features a fully loaded bar, food, memorabilia and music. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. 3 S. Second Street, Suite 117, Phoenix, 602.261.7625, hardrock.com.

Hungry Monk

Chandler’s The Hungry Monk pours 27 craft beers, with daily happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food specials run from 3 to 7 p.m. 1760 W. Chandler Boulevard, Chandler, 480.963.8000, hungrymonkaz.com.

Lucky Strike Bowling

Happy hour is offered from 3 to 7 p.m. daily, and includes $5 food specials, $2 domestic drafts, $3 craft/import drafts and well drinks, $4 premium cocktails and select wine. 50 W. Jefferson Street, suite 240, Phoenix, 602.732.5490, bowlluckystrike.com.

Luxe Lounge

Experience UltraStar’s 21-and-older sports bar, restaurant and lounge that boasts 14 HD flat-screen TVs, four pool tables, Golden Tee Golf, soft tip darts and foosball. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and all day Sundays. Specials include $3 well drinks, $3 house wines and $3 domestic draft beers. Appetizers are $3 to $6, including cheese crisp, fried pickles, cheese curds, spicy Cajun fries, hoagie bread, cheese pizza and garlic cheese bread. 16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa, 520.233.2426, ultrastarakchin.com.

Pedal Haus Brewery

Mill Avenue’s resident brewpub and beer garden, Pedal Haus Brewery offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It features $2 off Pedal Haus beers and, spirits and $5 select wines while receiving $2 off all appetizers on the menu. “Sunday Funday” specials run all day and include $3 Pedal Haus beers, $3 mimosas, $4 Bloody Marys and $5 margaritas. 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.314.2337, pedalhausbrewery.com.

Philly’s Sports Grill

Happy hour is 3 to 7 p.m. daily, and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and specials include appetizer discounts. 1826 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe; 1402 S. Priest Drive Tempe; 4855 E. Warner Road, Phoenix, phillyssportsgrill.com.

Pig & Pickle

Pig & Pickle handcrafts cocktails, bakes its own bread, makes its own aioli and grows its own herbs. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. daily. 2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.990.1407, pigandpickle.com.

Pure Sushi & Dining

Pure Sushi & Dining offers fine sushi and hot menus in an intimate atmosphere. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 20567 N. Hayden Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, 480.355.0999 puresushibar.com.

Pure Sushi Colony

Open daily, Pure Sushi Colony serves happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy $3 off regularly priced cocktails, wines by the glass and sake, along with $2 off regularly priced bottles of beer. Try its signature Asian pear martini, crafted with organic pear juice or the refreshing cool cucumber. Pure Colony offers unique and approachable wines and sake for the perfect pairing. 5538 N. Seventh Street, Suite 110, Phoenix, 602.730.3566, puresushicolony.com.

Rack Scottsdale | Old Town Scottsdale

Rack Scottsdale offers fine spirits in a laid-back environment. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and features half-priced appetizers, such as mozzarella sticks and bacon cheese fries, $1 off beer and $2 off cocktails. It’s more than drinks, though. Pool is half price ($5) for the table. 3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.476.1035, rackscottsdale.com.

Rehab Burger Therapy

Rehab Burger Therapy was founded on the idea that everyone deserves a break from the daily grind. Happy hour is offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and 11 a.m. to close Thursdays. This includes $1 off “party starters,” wines by the glass and “rapid relief.” 7210 E. Second Street, Scottsdale; 480.621.5358, rehabburgertherapy.com.

Social Tap Eatery | Downtown Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale’s Social Tap Eatery offers happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday that include $4 Social Tap drafts, $5 select wines and discounted fan favorites like the double royale with cheese ($9), pulled pork sliders ($6) and social hour taco of choice ($3). Guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience on the patio that overlooks Drinkwater Boulevard and Brown Avenue, or sit inside and watch the game or music videos on Social Tap’s two 90-inch TVs and 27 65-inch TVs in the restaurant and bar. 4312 N. Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, 602.432.6719, socialtapscottsdale.com.

The Stockyards

In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, opened its doors with a menu focused on its historical past: beef. Staying true to its heritage, The Stockyards’ menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib. Happy hour is 4 tto 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, when house wine, draft beer, saloon snacks, domestic beer and well drinks are discounted. Complimentary tenderloin sliders are also offered. 5009 E. Washington Street, suite 115, Phoenix, 602.273.7378, stockyardssteakhouse.com.

SunUp Brewing Co.

SunUp offers beer brewed on site, with happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. 322 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.279.8909, sunup.beer.

TapHouse Kitchen

TapHouse Kitchen of Scottsdale offers a menu by Chef Patrick Karvis centered around modern American cuisine, in addition to a respectable selection of craft beers. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Special are plenty, with $2 off all draft beer, spirits and wine on tap, and $2 off all beer flights. Hilton Village, 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, suite 108, 480.656.0012, taphousekitchen.com.

Tutti Santi

Tutti Santi’s menu offers Nina’s original recipes for Italian classics, from antipasti freddi to mozzarella caprese. Happy hour is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays. The late-night specials include live music. 6339 E. Greenway Road, Suite 108, Scottsdale, 480.951.3775, tuttisantiristorante.com.

Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap

Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap’s extensive menu includes favorites like garlic parm fries, fried mozzarella, beer cheese soup, Cajun-spiced chicken salad, black and bleu burger, guacamole and prime rib. Happy hour is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 p.m. to close Sunday to Thursday. The kitchen closes at midnight Friday and Saturday at midnight, and at 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. 9053 E. Baseline Road, Mesa; 2115 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek; 4921 E. Ray Road, Phoenix, unclebearsbarandgrill.com.

Wasted Grain

Happy Hour is offered 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.970.0500, wastedgrainscottsdale.com.


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Mark Pickett, owns the truck. The company bakes pizza in a trailer that houses a full-sized wood-fire oven that cooks the pies in less than two minutes. Festival founder David Tyda describes it as a picnic atmosphere. There will be lawn games, craft beer stands and a tent for children to decorate their own paper pizzas. Local bands will entertain. “We have a great lineup this year,” Tyda says. “A couple of my favorite local bands. I found this band last year called People Who Could Fly. They were so great for the event, so they’re playing again, and the Haymarket Squares, which has this kind of bluegrassy, Americana sound, which is perfect for

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on Carr is everybody’s neighbor in Northeast Mesa. He greets his guests at Alessia’s Ristorante Italiano like they’re lifelong friends. Carr unapologetically injects humor into his conversations, making diners feel at home. But there’s more to Alessia’s than Carr’s humor and the team-based serving staff. It’s about the central- to northern-style Italian dishes made by his Hawaiian-born wife, Shari, who trained with a Roman chef for ten years in Honolulu. “She’s just a natural cook,” he says. “The big difference between us and other Italian restaurants is we stick true to Italy. We do have a few Americanized dishes, like Alfredo. But she knows the proper ways and techniques.” Shari Carr makes each sauce on the menu from scratch when guests order the dishes, whether it’s gnocchi amatriciana ($18) with bacon, onion, garlic and white wine in a tomato sauce; or spaghetti Bolognese with ground beef, carrots, celery and onions in tomato sauce ($17). Because each dish is made with care, meals can take 30 to 40 minutes. Nearly everything is built on fresh tomato, basil and parmesan cheese. But there is a variety of appetizers to keep guests happy during the wait, like bruschetta ($8-$11); formaggio di capra, warm goat cheese with roasted red bell peppers in rosemary olive oil ($10); and calamari fresco with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil ($11). “People have to realize that we’re still a mom and pop,” he says. “My wife and her sous chef make absolutely everything. There are no fryers. There’s no grill. There aren’t different cook stations. Everything is built on a stove. “When you see it happening, it’ll blow your mind. There are 16 burners. That’s only four tops. We’ll do 200-plus covers (dinners) on a Friday/Saturday night. We’re not a slop-and-drop WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

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restaurant, where you can tell the sauce was ladled over the top.” Shari’s talents are so appreciated that when she and Jon visit her sister in Florence, her dishes are requested. Jon is asked to choose the wine. “It’s a compliment, ultimately,” he says. Alessia’s, named after the Carrs’ niece in Italy, has been at Brown and Higley roads since June 2004. The couple moved from Honolulu, where they were working in the restaurant industry, in June 2003 to Arizona after the economy crashed following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Alessia’s opened with 12 tables in a dining room and out on a patio. Now it boasts a bar and wine store as well. “We’ve been very lucky,” he says. “We’re not pretentious. Some people see it’s nice in here and they don’t expect that because we’re in a strip mall. You can come in with shorts and a T-shirt. “We’re not trying to be anything too fancy. We’re the neighborhood Italian restaurant. We have a beautiful selection of wine that’s all Italian, given one or two.” They yearn to school guests on what they know about wine. Alessia’s hosts wine events several times per month. The Carrs are sticking true to what they wanted to do: open a mom-andpop restaurant. “Even though we expanded, we’re here every night as much as we can be,” says Carr, who grew up in upstate New York. “We just love what we do. We love our locals and our regulars are great. I love getting to know everybody. It’s fun.”

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5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 108, Mesa, 480.396.2888, alessiasristoranteitaliano.com

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Beer Over Here

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Railroad Fest

NOVEMBER 3 “Beer. Art. Music. Trains.” That is Railroad Fest’s tagline, and that’s exactly what guests will experience. Despite its focus on brews, Railroad Fest is an all-ages event, with proceeds going to Skyline Wishbuilders. The event, which honors the history and importance of the Phoenix railroads, will feature craft brews from the alwaysdelicious Four Peaks Brewing Co. But what about the music? Ultimate Bon Jovi, Wolf 1, Fuel It and Chad Ruben will perform. Plus, there will be games and food trucks.

Warehouse District, 510 E. Lincoln Street, Phoenix, railroadfest.com, 7 p.m. to midnight, $20 until November 2, $25 day of event.

O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery will pour its signature bacon beer. This is another all-ages event, with kids 12 and younger admitted for free. Otherwise, tickets are $8 during the presale or $12 at the door, with $65 VIP options also available. Blues musicians will provide the music.

Founder’s Park Community Center, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, baconbluesandbrewsaz.com, noon to 9 p.m., $8-$65.

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NOVEMBER 7 For SanTan Brewing Company’s 10th anniversary, the Valley craft brewery wants to make it special. In honor of the milestone, it is hosting a special three-course dinner with smoked turkey tamales, harvest duck and pecan brûlée. A reception featuring pepita hummus will kick the night off at 6:30 p.m., while the dinner will start at 7 p.m. But in addition to the delicious meal, SanTan Brewing Company’s Gabe Wilson, Dos Cabezas WineWorks’ Todd Bostock and Sacred Stave Spirits’ Brant Gasparek will speak and answer questions from guests.

SanTan Brewing Company, 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480.917.8700, santanbrewing. com, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $64.

Bacon, Blues and Brews Fest

NOVEMBER 4 Bacon, Blues and Brews… well, it arguably can’t get more unique than that. This event celebrates exactly that. A variety of bacon-related food items will be available with local and regional craft beers, including IPAs, as well as pumpkin, red, blonde and ale brews. But the beer, wine and bacon aren’t even separate, as

NovemBEER Festival

NOVEMBER 11 The festival brings more than 50 breweries serving over 100 beers.

McFate, Barrio, Sierra Nevada and Four Peaks are just some of the breweries that are involved. Down by the Bayou Bistro, Burgers Amore and Queso Good will provide food. And this isn’t even getting into the music and entertainment! General admission is $30, and it includes a special tasting mug, up to 30 samples and plenty of other benefits. Groups of at least four guests can purchase general admission tickets for a discounted rate of $23.75 before November 6. VIPs will be admitted early, at noon, and receive up to 40 samples, a gift bag and the same benefits as general admission for $50. The festival will offer a $10 designated driver option, which only permits entry to the festival grounds.

Downtown Phoenix, 1 N. First Street, Phoenix, novembeer.com, 1 to 5 p.m., $10-$50.

Yoga & Beer

NOVEMBER 11 This is an interesting one. Yoga will be conducted in the Helton Brewing Company beer garden. Anyone who is interested is welcome, regardless of status as a beginner or experienced guest, and the course will follow the Kundatha Yoga curriculum. But the especially exciting detail is that each guest will be served either a beer or mimosa after class, something that’s included in the $10 sign-up fee. The class is limited to 35 guests, so reserve your space soon.

Helton Brewing Company, 2144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.730.2739, heltonbrewing. com, ProYoga.US, 11 a.m., $10.

Arizona Brewers Ball

NOVEMBER 18 Another big event, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will present the Arizona Brewers Ball, a fullon prohibition-era style party. Complete with music, dancing and beers, beers and more beers, the event is the guild’s second annual incarnation. Don your best outfit from that era. The theme even requires a password at the door! A special menu and plenty of craft beers will be on site for this, as well as a silent auction. This year’s Brewers Ball is sure to impress.

Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant Street, Phoenix, ChooseAZBrews.com/ BrewersBall, 6 to 10 p.m., $150$2,000.

Bottoms Up Yoga & Beer

NOVEMBER 18 The second yoga event on this list, Bottoms Up Yoga & Beer is coming soon to Agritopia in the Orchard. While the weather is still comparatively hot for this time of year, it’s slowly reaching passable conditions. In mid-November, hopefully the cool breezes will start to roll in for this relaxing outdoor yogic event. The $20 tickets are inclusive, too, with a glass of wine or a beer provided. Local companies Garage-East and 12 West will provide wine and beer, respectively.

Agritopia Orchard, 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $20.

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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

6922 E. Main Street, Scottsdale Craft 64 is proud to offer 36 local Arizona beers on tap in the heart of Scottsdale. Arizona beers only!

4420 N. Saddlebag Trail Scottsdale Dierks Bentley has been known to kick back with a craft beer or two, and so can you at his digs.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza

2490 W. Happy Valley Road, 5350 E. High Street, 740 S. Mill Avenue Locations throughout the Valley Incredible Pizza and amazing beer make Mellow the place to go for a craft beer experience.

Garage Wine and Tap

1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix With a small selection of great beers and a reputation for outstanding food, Garage should be on your list.

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7107 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale The granddaddy of Arizona beer bars, there is something for every beer lover at Papago.

2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe Plenty of great taps and plenty of room to hang out, let someone else do the shopping at Tempe Marketplace.

Boulders on Broadway

530 W. Broadway Road, Tempe Boulders has the appeal of a neighborhood bar with a beer list that’ll make your eyes pop.

Copper Blues/Stand Up Live

50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix Have a beer and a meal at Copper Blues before the stand-up show. You won’t even worry if it’s sold out.

Hungry Monk

1760 W. Chandler Boulevard, Chandler Whether you want great wings or great beer, Hungry Monk’s selection is tough to beat.

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3622 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale The name says it all--brats, pretzels, Belgian fries and plenty of craft “bier” to make everyone happy.

Harvey American Public House

1524 E. Williamsfield Road, Gilbert First class food and first class beer, all set away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers 4222 N. Scottsdale Road, 20831 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale Do we need to say more? The name spells out everything you need to know.

Goldwater Brewing Co.

3608 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale This new brewery is already making waves with their desert inspired brews--and names. Check out their Scotch’Dale Scottish style ale.

1464 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert Cigar fans, this should be your stop for cigars and great craft beer. Enjoy a walk in the humidor, the dark wood bar and a patio that is perfect for a cigar and a beer.

1470 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe A comfortable bike-themed grill with 24 draft handles and food made from scratch.

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1826 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, 1402 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, 4855 E. Warner Rd., Phoenix Over 20 beers on draft, 15 craft beers on tap plus more selection in cans/bottles. Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Daily and Reverse 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sun-Thurs (excludes UFC, Boxing, ASU events).

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8608 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale Quality craft beer made right here in Scottsdale. Happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with $1 off all Scottsdale Beer Company beers, well drinks, wines by the glass and all small bites and starters!

Flanny’s Bar and Grill

2337 N. Seventh Street Phoenix A charming old home is the location for this Coronado neighborhood hangout spot.

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road Scottsdale A restaurant that focuses on balance and quality, Pig & Pickle doesn’t skimp when it comes to their craft beer selection, either.

House of Brews Sports Bar

825 S. Cooper Road Gilbert Is it a sports bar or a craft beer bar? It’s both!

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232 S. Wall Street, Chandler Located in historic Downtown Chandler, this brewery and pub not only has delicious craft brews, but is also home to a collection of beautiful, brightly colored rescue birds!

TapHouse Kitchen

Hilton Village, 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 108, Scottsdale Taphouse kitchen has 20 handles of the most sought after craft beers, mostly local brew and 2 THK selection rotating handles that change with the season and taste of what we are craving at the time.

4860 N. Litchfield Road Litchfield Park Fresh roasted coffee and an ever-changing selection of good beer, including a fantastic import selection, make this one of the top spots in the West Valley.

1033 N. Dobson Road, Suite 104 Mesa Over 60 Taps of great craft beers and over 300 total craft beers from around the globe available! Casually upscale atmosphere, open-air patio that is cigar-friendly, nice menu, daily specials and knowledgeable staff. What more could you ask for!

Uncle Bear’s Brewery

1805 E. Elliot Road Tempe Home of the Third Thursday Tap Takevoer. The rest of the month is pretty good, too.

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hen Sgt. Jason Duren returned from Afghanistan, he faced the long medical retirement process. He suffered two traumatic brain injuries from multiple IED blasts and was facing the end of his career. To keep busy, he and his brother began experimenting with cider. Now the duo will celebrate Veterans Day by opening Cider Corps, a brick-and-mortar taproom in downtown Mesa. Cider Corps will offer juice and coffee before the East Valley Veterans Parade starts in downtown Mesa at 10 a.m., and after it from about 11 a.m. onward. Visitors can do tastings, and a food truck will provide meals. Afterward, Cider Corps will open its doors on select days during build out, and the brothers hope to have regular hours in the spring. It’s all been a labor of love. “We started the journey toward the commercial part of it in 2015,” Josh says. “We basically spent two years going through all the paperwork, looking for a location.” The brothers, who were raised in Kansas, had the help of Neighborhood Economic Development Company WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

(NEDCO). The organization, dedicated to rebuilding the economic base in downtown Mesa, saw the importance of having a taproom in the area. “One of the loan requirements was to be located along the Light Rail in downtown Mesa,” Jason says. “We were looking at Tempe or Chandler. Then we started getting phone calls from the city (of Mesa) saying they really wanted us down here. That sucked us into downtown Mesa.” While most cideries are in orchards, Cider Corps is in an 1800s-era building that was once the 4,500-square-foot Mesa police station. Jason used his degree in sustainable horticulture to develop fermentation techniques for cider. He moved to Arizona originally to obtain a fire science degree and to pole vault for Mesa Community College. Being that it was the first of its kind here, it took some extra work to figure out how we had to classify it. There aren’t rules about cider in the state.” Classified as a farm winery, Cider Corps released its first two ciders in September and are available at Valley bars and restaurants. They continue to create more styles, while building out the taproom that will be a space where folks can honor the sacrifices of veterans, and raise awareness for the challenges they face at home.

“The taproom is the embodiment of Cider Corps’ mission,” says Josh, who earned a degree in graphic design. “Drink great ciders, honor great sacrifice. We want it to be a platform for veterans to be honored through times of awareness. Giving the community a way to ‘own’ this space with us is huge.”

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THE BLUES DON’T NEED A FANCY NICKNAME Robert Cray brings his universal style to town

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obert Cray knew what kind of music he wanted to make when he heard the blues on the radio as a child in Columbus, Georgia. Not only was the music filled with emotion, but the artists’ names were cool. “I was a kid and the nicknames appealed to me—like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and stuff like that,” says Cray, whose band performs at Friday, December 1, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. While the blues and its artists inspired him, the instrument he chose had more to do with rock. “My dad loved Ray Charles and he thought it would be cool for me to play piano, so I started on piano,” he says.

“But then the Beatles came and suddenly, everybody wanted to play guitar, including me.” The guitar and the blues, flecked with rock influences, made a good pairing for Cray, who also added vocals to his musical mix. In 1983, he debuted with Bad Influence, an album that caught on with blues aficionados without quite going big in the mainstream. A steady crescendo of interest led at last to the 1986 album, Strong Persuader, which broke into the mainstream, but kept its blues identity. Many critics judged it the best blues album in years, and Rolling Stone wrote that the album was “a version of blues and soul that doesn’t come from any one region, building an idiom for songs that tell with conversational directness the stories of ordinary folks.” Strong Persuader earned Cray a Grammy for best contemporary blues

album, as did the follow-up, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988) and a later collection, Take Your Shoes Off (1999). At 64, Cray looks back at a career that feeds a constant stream of repertoire for his touring shows. At Talking Stick, he will reach back to Bad Influence and travel to 2017’s Memphis, released earlier this year with the group Hi Rhythm. Along the path of that career, Cray has touched the core of popular culture in some unusual ways. Cray was the bass player for the fictional band Otis Day and the Knights in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House. He also shared the stage with rock guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that last night before Vaughan’s tragic helicopter accident. And then there’s his 30-year friendship with Eric Clapton: “I was touring in Europe, I think 1985 or 1986, when the promoter came up to me and gave me a cassette tape of Eric Clapton doing the title song from Bad Influence, which he was getting ready to release,” Cray says. “Eric had heard about us through a bass player and recorded the song. Within 5 minutes of getting the cassette, Eric himself walked onstage. That led to our friendship. Within a few months we were booked on tours together.”

Fender Guitars has produced a Cray-designed version of the Stratocaster. “It’s a matter of the neck shape and the way the pickups are wound, things like that,” Cray explains. “There are a lot of Stratocasters, but my design sounds the way I want it to.” For he has remained Robert Cray. In fact, for a while in the late-’80s, he renamed himself “Night Train Clemens,” but it didn’t stick. His music didn’t need it. Who are the listeners today for his music? Cray sees a universal demographic in his audiences: “Yes, there is an older audience, but a whole lot of younger people come to the shows now, too,” he says. “You see, we’ve done this for 30 years, and so the old ones have brought their kids to our concerts, and now, the kids have been turned on to the music, so they come on their own. It’s kind of cool.”

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NOVEMBER’S BEST

SPORTS EVENTS

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Run the Raceway

NOVEMBER 4 Runners, start your engines. Run the Raceway gives folks the opportunity to get the real-life NASCAR track experience. With races that are 3 miles or 1 mile, there is an option for everybody. Water will be provided throughout the course. Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, 866.408.7223, phoenixraceway.com, 7 to 11 a.m., tickets start at $5.

Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon

NOVEMBER 5 The 42nd annual race brings thousands to the core of downtown Phoenix, on Central Avenue, for a half marathon, 10K, 5K, Mollen Mile kid’s run, an expo, live music and surprises. Downtown Phoenix, on Washington Street, between Central Avenue and Second Avenue, phoenix10k. com, time vary, $20-$195.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

NOVEMBER 6 TO NOVEMBER 12 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, for male professionals aged 50 and older, is the final event of the U.S.based PGA tour. Tee times for golfers will be made available a day before the event at Phoenix Country Club. Phoenix Country Club, 2901, N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.263.5208, pgatour.com/ champions/schwab-cup.html, tickets start at $25.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

NOVEMBER 9 The Cardinals face off against their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. Bruce Arians looks to put this game in the win column as the Bird Gang tries to work out the offensive kinks left from running back David Johnson’s wrist injury. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale,

800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, arizonacardinals.com, 6:25 p.m., tickets start at $50.

Rally Point Arizona Run

NOVEMBER 11 La Frontera-EMPACT Arizona, a nonprofit specializing in suicide prevention, is coordinating a half marathon and 5K race. A postrace celebration with awards, live music and food will take place at the sports complex. Purchase a raffle ticket to support the Rally Point program and the chance to win a HarleyDavidson Iron 883 or $10,000 in cash. In addition, veterans will participate in a 22-mile march that raises awareness about the statistic that a veteran commits suicide every 22 minutes. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623.773.8700, rpazrun.phxfr.org, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAN-AM 500 NASCAR Cup Series Race

NOVEMBER 12 Experience the intensity of the NASCAR playoffs at this semifinal playoff race for the Monster Energy series at Phoenix International Raceway. Also witness Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last ride out west. Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, 866.408.7223, phoenixraceway.com, 12:30 p.m., tickets start at $5.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings

NOVEMBER 24 The Arizona Coyotes’ first game against their regional and division rivals. Led by wing Max Domi, the ‘Yotes hope fans will make noise to beat L.A. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Massachusetts Avenue, Glendale, 480.563.7825, nhl.com/coyotes, 6 p.m., tickets start at $24.50.

ASU Sun Devils vs Arizona Wildcats

NOVEMBER 25 No pity for the kitty. The Arizona State Sun Devils’ final game of the regular season is against the rival Wildcats. With quarterback Manny Wilkins and running back Kalen Ballage at the helm of the offense, ASU hopes to win

this one on home turf. Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, thesundevils.com, visit website for ticket information.

Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race NOVEMBER 18 Camelback Ranch baseball complex will host the Rugged Maniac obstacle race, which gives athletes the chance to climb shipping containers, go down a massive water slide, navigate underground tunnels and leap over fire. New obstacles will be unveiled this year. Camelback Ranch, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 623.594.9606, ruggedmaniac. com/events/phoenix2, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., tickets start at $79.

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n 1986, Ocotillo Golf Club emerged from the cotton fields of Chandler to become one of Arizona’s finest traditional layouts. Although much has happened since then, the club’s recent acquisition by Mickelson Golf Properties is sure to generate the biggest improvements. “We’re thrilled to reopen Ocotillo under the Mickelson Golf Properties umbrella,” says Jim Hamilton, director of golf operations for Buffalo Golf Management. “We look forward to delivering the type of golf and lifestyle experience to our annual members, cardholders and daily fee golfers that lives up to the lofty standards set by one of the game’s best.” Ocotillo joins Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear and McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, pinning down the corners of The Valley of the Sun. And the new Oasis Card and annual memberships provide opportunities to play all three, in addition to private clubs in the collection – The Rim Golf Club, The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines and The Stone Canyon Club. Plus, the group’s affiliation with OB Sports Golf Management opens the door to more golf experiences throughout Arizona, Nevada, SoCal and more. “Once we settled in, we made a few capital investments to improve playing conditions, including a completely revamped irrigation system,” Hamilton says. “This allows us to more effectively

and efficiently water the golf course to provide exceptional conditions, while at the same time, preserving the most precious resources in the Southwest.” All 27 holes will be ready for play November 12 after overseeding. Ted Robinson put his signature on the original layouts surrounded by mature trees and myriad water hazards. It’s a traditional challenge with a modern flare that is a refreshing departure from Arizona’s many desert golf courses. Not only does the golf experience make the cut, the lifestyle swirling around the game also is well represented. The golf shop is stocked with the latest equipment and apparel sporting the logo commemorating Phil’s iconic victory leap. The clubhouse makes a strong statement with ample special event space, and the Ocotillo Grille serves up an assortment of American family favorites in a reimagined sports-themed pub decked out with memorabilia. Although Ocotillo Golf Club has been around from more than 30 years, it’s a great time to check it out again. With new leadership comes new vision. It will be interesting to see what Lefty has in store.

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Painted Mountain Golf Resort

The Painted Mountain 18-hole championship golf course offers great conditions, amazing amenities and excellent value. It features a complete golf resort experience that’s open to the public, and annual memberships are available. Our par-70, championship golf course and complete short game practice facility offers tournament and league play. Come and enjoy exceptional dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served daily, with live entertainment at the Painted Mountain Restaurant, Patio & Lounge. Shop at the Trends Sports Boutique for fine ladies’ and men’s golf apparel, as well as women’s fashions, unique gifts and accessories. Ask us about scheduling a charity golf tournament fundraiser as Painted Mountain is the perfect venue. Come see why we are your place to play! 6210 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, 480.832.0156 (tee times), 480.832.0158 (dining reservations), paintedmountaingolf.com.

Arizona Golf – Resort Style

Exceptional golf is a tradition at the Arizona Golf Resort. Well known for some of the most picturesque and challenging par three holes, the Arizona Golf Resort offers 18 holes of PGA-rated championship golf. The lush fairways are lined with massive cottonwood and eucalyptus trees, serene lake settings, mature vegetation, expansive fairways and gently sloping, well-manicured greens. The 6,542-yard, par-71 course boasts a slope of 120, a rating of 70.8 and offers an excellent test for all skill levels. Full practice facilities include driving range, putting and chipping green area and greenside sand bunker facility. Arizona Golf Resort also offers certified club fitting, PGA staff and instructors, individual/junior lessons, and golf schools and clinics. Its retail shop features all brand-name men’s and ladies’ apparel, accessories and merchandise. Multiple popular dining options from snacks to fine dining are available. 425 S. Power Road, Mesa, 480.832.1661 (tee times), arizonagolfresort.com.

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s the saying goes, the past may be gone but we can still learn from it. The Arizona Museum of Natural History is here for that. The only natural history museum in the Valley, the Mesa venue is a premiere spot to explore the history of the Southwestern United States. “Our goal is to make the Arizona Museum of Natural History the center point of the community,” says Alison Stoltman, curator of education for the museum. “This is place of fun and enrichment—for families, students on field trips, anyone.”

Harvest Festival celebrates the season

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hildren can toss small pumpkins through holes, while their parents stuff their faces in pie-eating contests during the annual Arizona Harvest Fest and Farmers Market in downtown Chandler. But the activities won’t end there at the event, which is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dr. AJ Chandler Park. Vendors will sell jewelry, woodwork, candles, lotions, T-shirts, antique trains and other goods. “We’re going to have a cake walk, a corn-shucking contest,” says Jen Pruett, public relations director at HDE Agency which is hosting the event in partnership with Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. “I kept referencing back to those fall festivals when you were a kid in school. I think it’s going to be a really good time.” HDE Agency produces five other events at Dr. AJ Chandler Park. “We love working with the downtown Chandler community,” Pruett says. “We’re really close with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. Every single year our festivals grow, and that’s just a testament to not only us continuing to refine our WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

crafts but also the growing population out there.” Last year at the first Harvest Fest, about 3,000 people came and organizers hope to have 5,000 visitors this time. People can play cornhole and watch the many live bands perform. Groups Pick & Holler, Ken Levine Band, Blues Man Mike, Black Bottom Lighters and Good Rust will hit the stage. Besides the kids’ activities and fall beers for sale, Harvest Fest will expand its shopping choices this fall. More than 100 artisan vendors will sell a variety of items for children and adults including gardening boxes, essential oils, alcohol-infused cupcakes, oil paintings and glasswork. “By November 12, people are going to be in holiday shopping mode,” Pruett said. “It’s going to be like a huge holiday market. Get all your shopping done.”

Arizona Harvest Fest and Farmers Market Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 12, free, arizonaharvestfest.com.

The museum’s exhibitions include a three-story indoor waterfall on Dinosaur Mountain, Dinosaur Hall, a real territorial jail, and a recreation of the Lost Dutchman’s gold mine. It is best known for its robust prehistoric animal exhibits in Dinosaur Hall. They are seen as symbols of evolutionary failure after all; aren’t they extinct? Yet dinosaurs of marvelous variety roamed the Earth for 150 million years and are, in reality, one of nature’s great success stories. The Dinosaur Mountain brings the Mesozoic Era to life. Watch dinosaurs move and hear their roars. At the bottom of the mountain are displays representing the Triassic Period (245-205 million years ago). In the middle of the mountain are layers suggesting Jurassic age (205144 million years ago), along with some of the associated dinosaurs, such as Mymoorapelta. Above are animals of the Cretaceous Period (144-65 million years ago), including

Albertosaurus and Nasutoceratops. At the top stands a Glyptotherium, an armadillo-like animal that lived during the Cenozoic Era, after the Age of the Dinosaurs. At the very top of the mountain are two modern-day animals, a big horned sheep and a black bear. As if that’s not enough action, see a flash flood on the mountain, and watch volumes of water cascade down three stories. “The best thing about our museum, is there is something for everyone, considering we have so many paleontology specimens—over 1,000,” Stoltman says. In addition to the many dinosaur exhibits, the museum is known for its educational programs. “We have so many programs for students, teachers, families— absolutely everyone,” she says. “I am proud of our educational programs. In fact, several of our programs are being picked up by other facilities. That is a sure sign that something is going right.” Other spots include the Southwest Gallery with exhibits about Paleoindian big-game hunters and gatherers, the first inhabitants of North America, and the Desert Cultures that developed later. It also holds a recreation of a Hohokam village, with pit houses and aboveground structures, outfitted with real artifacts from about A.D. 6001450. Another displays the Ancient Cultures of Mexico, and the Origins gallery is designed as a voyage through the timeline of the cosmos and discusses major events in the history of planet Earth.

Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, 480.644.2230, azmnh.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, visit the website for ticket information.


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THE BEST FAMILY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER Daisy Finch » The Entertainer!

Fall Butterfly Exhibit

Lego Star Wars Days

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., $24.95, $12.95 ages 3 to 17, free for those 2 and younger.

Legoland Discovery Center Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 135, Tempe, 877.526.3960, arizona. legolanddiscoverycenter.com, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., $22 at door, $16.50 online, $8 homeschoolers, free for those 2 and younger.

TO NOVEMBER 19 Visit the Desert Botanical Garden to learn how butterflies are integral to the desert and what makes them so special.

Voices of Valor

THURSDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 7 The Phoenix Boys Choir presents a wide selection of songs, from patriotic tunes to modern favorites. Check its website for exact show dates.

Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.264.5328, phoenixboyschoir. org, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., free.

Tomás and the Library Lady TO NOVEMBER 12 Join Tomás as he takes off on a literary adventure! He loves listening to stories, and his Papa Grande makes sure to read to him every night. Then he meets the Library Lady and slowly discovers a world full of dinos, dragons and quests.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.921.5700, childsplayaz.org, times vary, prices vary.

Free Baby Dance Class

MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS Bring your babies and get grooving. This dance class is for walking babies up to age 2 1/2 and is sure to excite your little ones. Parents can participate, too, so don’t leave your dancing shoes at home!

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.992.5790, arizonasunrays.com, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., free.

NOVEMBER 4 TO NOVEMBER 5 Show off your Jedi skills in build competitions or by creating a Lego Darth Vader. Dress up as your favorite Jedi (or Sith) and come join the fun.

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market, unique vendors and small plates throughout the day. The evening concludes with a family campfire with s’mores, featuring singer Chip Hanna. On Saturday, authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams from around the West use historic cooking methods to create the best meals fit for the trail.

Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen, Chandler, 480.782.2717, chandleraz.gov/ chuckwagon, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 11, free admission, $15 meal ticket.

Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Boulevard, Chandler, shop chandlerfashioncenter.com; Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, fashionsquare.com.

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off

NOVEMBER 10 AND NOVEMBER 11 Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history during this free, family-friendly culinary event. On Friday, youth compete in the Jr. Cook-off with live music, farmers

Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, pjmaskslive. com, 4 p.m., prices vary.

Winter Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.800.3000, butterflywonderland.com, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $22.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, and $14.95 for children.

Pueblo Elementary, 6320 N. 82nd Street, Scottsdale, actoneyouththeater.org, 12:30 p.m., $10-$25.

NOVEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 24 HGTV is bringing Santa to a mall near you. This modern Santa Claus visiting experience shares the holiday spirit with Elfie Selfies, Naughty or Nice O’Meter, 10,000 lights in a holiday show and more.

NOVEMBER 24 It’s time to save the day with Owlette, Catboy and Gekko from the villainous Night Ninja, Romeo and Luna Girl! Leap, climb, flip, sing and dance along to this live show, adapted from the animated Disney Jr. show.

NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 29 Welcome the winter with Butterfly Wonderland’s Live Angels, festive decorations and music in the atrium.

NOVEMBER 4 Second-grader Wanda is lonely, and every day she wears a faded blue dress to school, despite telling her friends she has 100 dresses. Act One Youth Theater presents this touching musical about friendship, bullying and forgiveness.

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AZ Children’s Business Fair

NOVEMBER 11 Get a little holiday shopping done while learning about business from kid entrepreneurs! Shop for cupcakes, picture frames, pottery, slime, handmade cards and artwork. It’s the perfect blend of learning and splurging.

Arcadia Park, 3402 N. 56th Street, Phoenix, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free.

Once Upon a Fall Ball

NOVEMBER 11 Ready for the royal ball? The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is hosting its annual fairytale ball, where kids can dance, make their own crown, get glitter “tattoos” and meet their Prince Charming—or princesses.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.253.0501, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 6 to 9 p.m., $15-$20.

Winter Wonderfest

NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 24 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will rival the North Pole with Winter Wonderfest. Enjoy the Ferris wheel, Santa’s House, the Toy Workshop, carousel, a slide to S’mores Land and more.

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler, winterwonderfestaz. com, 2 to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, $20-$69.

Merry Main Street

NOVEMBER 24 TO JANUARY 1 It’s time to ice skate, shop, eat and celebrate the holiday season’s arrival with a giant holiday tree and Jack Frost’s Food Truck Forest in downtown Mesa. Bring your family and celebrate winter.

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HE MUST BE DREAMING

The Maine’s John O’Callaghan has nightmares about local shows Christina Fuoco-Karasinski » The Entertainer!

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he Maine’s John O’Callaghan looks down and runs his hand through his hair. “I had a really bizarre dream about playing a hometown show last night,” O’Callaghan says at SanTan Brewing Company in Chandler. “I’ve had a few dreams about this: My teeth are falling out. I’m sure there’s some psychologist out there who can tell me what that means. Usually it happens on stage in front of a lot of people.” He looks up and chuckles: “Hopefully that doesn’t happen.” Arizona-based The Maine is returning home to play The Van Buren on Wednesday, November 22, around the band’s 10th anniversary. “It doesn’t feel that long,” says O’Callaghan, who grew up in Ahwatukee and Chandler, where he still

resides. “It’s part of our DNA now. It’s what we do. We don’t take it lightly, either. It seems like second nature. “It’s hard to have perspective on the whole thing. We’re still in the thick of it, and still just as excited as when we started it. It’s still fun.” O’Callaghan says it’s because he and his bandmates are on the same page. “I think we all still want the same thing,” he says. “What it is, really—I don’t know. Most of it is we want to play music. We want to be in a band. We don’t want this to fizzle and fade away.” Six albums in—with the latest being Lovely Little Lonely from April— The Maine isn’t close to slowing down. It recently released the video for the collection’s third single, “How Do You Feel?” Directed by Tucker Audie, the video uses contrasting colors, creating a retro vibe. “This video was inspired by both The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and The Animals video for ‘House of The Rising

Son,’” O’Callaghan says. “The weirdo 8mm vibe and trippy edits were all an homage to the early psych movement, and for me helped make the performance aspect of the video more interesting visually.” O’Callaghan adds he’s not into performance videos, unless they’re done creatively. “I like the more cinematic style,” he says. “Performance videos, to me, felt like an easy way out. There aren’t plugged-in guitars, no mics. Nothing’s actually real. I’ve warmed up to them, obviously.” Formerly signed to Warner Bros., The Maine is on the U.S. leg of its tour, which wraps December 16 in New Jersey. The Australian portion kicks off January 30. In between those dates, the band will move into Flying Blanket Studio in Mesa to work on new songs. O’Callaghan has been fronting The Maine since his late teens. It’s really all that he knows, but he’s quick to add music wasn’t part of his dream.

“I just kind of fell into it,” he says. “I guess I’m still falling. It feels nice. “But I don’t think I had a dream. I was going to college and just kind of going through the motions. My parents were paying for it. I thought this was what we did. I didn’t do well the first year in college. When that summer came around, I told them I was going on tour. I didn’t need money. We were going to eat (crappy) food for three months and sleep on floors. Times have changed.”

The Maine w/Dreamers and Night Riots

The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, $26-$40.

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Wild Ones

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Beautiful Eulogy

Nile Theater, 6:15 p.m., $20-$30

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Greta Van Fleet

Rialto Theatre, 8 p.m., $17.50-$20

Hoodie Allen

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $30-$50

NOVEMBER 2 Ben Anderson

Last Exit Live, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

The Devil Makes Three

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 8 p.m., sold out.

Gregory Porter

Mesa Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $37-$47

Rittz

Club Red, 7:30 p.m., $25-$80

Thrice w/ Circa Survive

Mesa Amphitheatre, 5:30 p.m., $29.99

Wes Tucker

Marquee Theatre, 4 p.m., $25

Rialto Theatre, 8:30 p.m., $22.50-$25

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NOVEMBER 3

The Black Dahlia Murder

Children of Bodom

Marquee Theatre, 7 p.m., $25-$45

Cousin Stizz

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $18-$50

Johnny Boyd

Rhythm Room, 6 p.m., $12-$14

Son Little

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $13-$15

Steep Canyon Rangers

Mesa Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $33

Super Diamond

Highlands Church, 7:30 p.m., $24-$67

Club Red, 4 p.m., $27-$30

Dope w/ (həd) p.e.

Gryffin

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $18-$33

The Frights

Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $14-$16

NEEDTOBREATHE

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $36-$56

Whiskey Shivers w/ Billy Strings Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $14-$16

Yelawolf

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Jerry Jeff Walker

Craig Campbell

The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8 p.m., sold out

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$24

Secondhand Serenade

191 Toole, 6:30 p.m., $20-$25

Will Hoge

Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $18-$20

NOVEMBER 8

Kitchen Dwellers Lean Squad

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Marquee Theatre, 5:45 p.m., $26-$46

Gila River Arena, 7 p.m., $15

Club Red – East, 7 p.m., $20-$25 Orpheum Theater Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., $87-$295

Tennis w/ Wild Ones

191 Toole, 8 p.m., $14-$16

AZ Hip Hop Festival David Ramirez

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $14-$16

Driftwood Festival

Pub Rock Live, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12

Figure w/ Midnight Tyrannosaurus

Monarch Theatre, 9 p.m., $20-$40

Hard Working Americans Van Buren, 8 p.m., $25-$40

Hiss Golden Messenger Club Congress, 7 p.m., $15

Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra La Casa De Cristo Church, 3 p.m., $35-$55

Zig Zag Black

Matisyahu

NOVEMBER 12

Moon Tooth

Underground, 7 p.m., $12

The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 8 p.m., $40-$200

Secondhand Serenade

Cannibal Corpse

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $20-$25

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $22-$37

Soulfly

Last Exit Live, 8 p.m., $20

Rialto Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $32-$139

Pressroom, 8 p.m., $20-$23

Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 8 p.m., $14-$17

Jess & Gabriel Conte

Rebel Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $20-$125

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$35

191 Toole, 8 p.m., $10-$12

Ebinezer

Bob’s Biker Blast w/3 Doors Down

Chicano Batman w/ KHRUANGBIN, The Shacks

Bad Suns

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $17-$20

The Dead Boys

NOVEMBER 4

191 Toole, 8 p.m., $20-$24

Hayes Carll

University of Phoenix Stadium, noon, $29-$199

Dennis Rowland

Deer Tick

Ariel Pink

Rialto Theatre, 8 p.m., $30-$45

NOVEMBER 7 Club Red, 7 p.m., $15-$18

NOVEMBER 13

Chris Janson

Comerica Theatre, noon, $16.50

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $17-$20

Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $10-$12

NOVEMBER 14

Lizzo w/ Doja Cat Noah Gundersen

Highlands Church, 7:30 p.m., $34-$76

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20

NOVEMBER 11

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $35-$55

Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 9 a.m., free with motorcycle endorsement for rider and passenger to $150

Carole Pellatt & Boneyard

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $22.50-$52.50 Van Buren, 8 p.m., $18-$33

Marquee Theatre, 8 p.m., $25

Cults

Club Red, 5 p.m., $20-$22

Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 8 p.m., $25

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $30-$45

NOVEMBER 5 Bruno Mars

Van Buren, 7:30 p.m., $26-$41

Chase Rice

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The Devil Makes Three

Nile Theater, 6:30 p.m., $17-$20

Alabama

Club Red, 7 p.m., $25-$30

Ministry + Death Grips NOVEMBER 7

Van Buren, 8:30 p.m., $37.50-$52.50 Legendary Chicago industrial metal band Ministry and Sacramento-based experimental hip-hop group Death Grips (above) are uniting for this unexpected yet perfectly sensible collision of worlds. Nearly 35 years after its debut album, Ministry is prepping its 14th studio album, AmeriKKKant, whereas the more recent and prolific Death Grips is preparing its sixth studio album since forming in late 2010.


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Timeflies

Marquee Theatre, 8 p.m., $24

NOVEMBER 15 Ani DiFranco

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $42.50

Ariel Pink

191 Toole, 8 p.m., $21.75-$25.75

Boris

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$24

Girlpool

Solar Culture, 8:30 p.m., $13-$15

K.Flay

Rialto Theatre, 8 p.m., $22

Propagandhi

NOVEMBER 18 Beach Slang

Rebel Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $16-$18

City of Dreams Ombudsman College Fund Benefit Rhythm Room, 12 p.m., $20

Daley

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $20-$24

Fall Out Boy

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 7 p.m., $25.75-$174.20

nu/flesh

Rebel Lounge, 9 p.m., $5

NOVEMBER 24 Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band Rhythm Room, 9 p.m., $8

Meat Puppets

Crescent Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $19-$21

Ryanhood

Rialto Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20

Hirie

Steel Panther

Jason Derulo

NOVEMBER 25

Pub Rock Live, 7 p.m., $17-$19

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $25-$40

Club Red, 7 p.m., $22-$25

The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 8 p.m., $40-$200

Rebirth Brass Band

Korey Dane & Gold Star

Celebrity Theatre, 8:30 p.m., $41-$196

Spafford

Rebel Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $14-$16

Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 8 p.m., $25-$30

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Orpheum Theater Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., $84-$244

Tera Melos

Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $15-$16

NOVEMBER 16 Calabrese

Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $13-$15

Mandolin Orange

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15-$18

Morrissey

Marquee Theatre, 8:30 p.m., $49.50-$89.50

Rebirth Brass Band

Van Buren, 8 p.m., $20-$120

The Rural Alberta Advantage Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $14-$16

Stellar Corpses

Rhythm Room, 6:30 p.m., $8-$10

NOVEMBER 17 1964: The Tribute

Celebrity Theatre, 8 p.m., $26-$36

Brujeria

Club Red, 6 p.m., $25-$30

Chad Vangaalen

Valley Bar, 7:30 p.m., $14-$16

George Colligan

The Nash, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20

The Hillbenders

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $35-$55

I Prevail

Marquee Theatre, 6:45 p.m., $24-$45

Iration

Van Buren, 7 p.m., $27.50-$40

Reik

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $39-$320

Valley Bar, 7:07 p.m., $10-$12 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 8 p.m., $15

NOVEMBER 19

Gerardo Ortiz

Lower Class Brats

The Righteous Brothers

Mesa Arts Center, 8 p.m., $32.50$59.50

Cattle Decapitation

Say Anything

Mayhem

NOVEMBER 26

Club Red, 6 p.m., $20-$25 Rialto Theatre, 8 p.m., $25-$30

Walker Lukens

Valley Bar, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12

NOVEMBER 20 Niall Horan

Comerica Theatre, 8 p.m., $49.50

NOVEMBER 21 Barb Wire Dolls

Rebel Lounge, 8 p.m., $15-$17

Jonwayne

Last Exit Live, 9 p.m., $10-$12

Periphery w/ Animals As Leaders

Marquee Theatre, 7 p.m., $25-$50

The Used w/ Glassjaw

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $23.99-$28

Kishi Bashi

Valley Bar, 8 p.m., $20

Molotov

Marquee Theatre, 8 p.m., $40-$70

Say Anything

Crescent Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $23.99-$28

NOVEMBER 27 Irish Christmas in America Musical Instrument Museum, 7 p.m., $32-$37

NOVEMBER 28 New Found Glory

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., sold out

Van Buren, 7:30 p.m., $37-$52

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NOVEMBER 22

Metalachi

Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties

Nikki Hill

Club Red, 6 p.m., $15-$17

Authority Zero

Marquee Theatre, 6:30 p.m., $20-$35

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $15

The Maine w/ Dreamers, Night Riots Van Buren, 7 p.m., $26-$40

NOVEMBER 23 GWAR

Marquee Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20-$50

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191 Toole, 9 p.m., $12-$15 Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Tori Amos

Mesa Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $37-$87

NOVEMBER 30 Arlo Guthrie

Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 7:30 p.m., $42-$82

Giraffage

Crescent Ballroom, 8 p.m., $18-$20

Jack & Jack

Marquee Theatre, 7 p.m., $15-$50

Dillon Francis at Goldrush Music Festival NOVEMBER 18

Rawhide Events Center, time TBA, $79-$599 DJ and producer Dillon Francis has had a busy year–and not just for music. While building anticipation for his first studio album since 2014’s Money Sucks, Friends Rule, Francis scored his debut acting gig on Viceland’s What Would Diplo Do? In the show, Francis co-stars as Jasper, best friend to Diplo (played by James Van Der Beek). “I’ve always love acting, whether in skits, on my Snapchat or TV shows like What Would Diplo Do?” he says, adding, “I’ve always felt really comfortable acting and playing different characters.” He wouldn’t reveal any details, but Francis adds fans can expect more from him in this realm. “I love it and want to continue doing more of it,” he says. “I’m working on a new series, so look out for details on that soon, too.” But when Francis stops by Rawhide Events Center for November’s much-anticipated Goldrush Music Festival, it will be all about the music. In interviews, he has been open about his desire to collaborate with Jennifer Lopez and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth but there’s one other big dream collaboration he would like to achieve. “I would love to work with Daddy Yankee,” he says. “That would be amazing.”

The Nadas

Rhythm Room, 8 p.m., $15

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all Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is proud of the band’s evolution—especially on M A N I A, which is due January 19. The song “Young and Menace” surprised fans with its electronic leanings, but Wentz says the change was necessary. “I think ‘Young and Menace’ was definitely meant to be a palate cleanse—a hard reset,” Wentz says. “Beyond that, ‘Champion’ is a song that felt of the moment. It felt in the wheelhouse, thematically, of what Fall Out Boy has done. ‘The Real Ones’ really wasn’t a single. The time we live in, musicians put out music and whatever people latch on to becomes whatever.” “The Real Ones” began organically, with the album’s producer playing around with different piano ideas. Wentz recalls he said, “This is the perfect anthemic sound.” Fall Out Boy, he adds, set out to write a love song to it. “It’s a strange perspective for a love WWW.ENTERTAINERMAG.COM

song,” he says. “I think of the little neuroses when I think about love. The best fit for friendships or relationships are when the neuroses line up.” Fans can hear a sampling of the new songs when Fall Out Boy plays Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, November 18. Like Fall Out Boy’s music, the show is a revamp of previous tours. “We’ve having completely different staging than we’ve done before,” he says. “Obviously the setlist is going to be different. There will be three or four new songs from our album, M A N I A, that will be out in January.” He’s excited to play indoors because the band can control the setting more so than amphitheater gigs. “We can put on the exact show that we want to put on,” says Wentz, 38. “I’m excited about that. Blackbear and Jaden Smith are going to open the tour. It’s something that’s fresh and different.” Fall Out Boy is celebrating the champions out there by inviting fans to post a video or photo on Instagram with #FOBChampion to nominate someone who is making a difference in their communities to be chosen as

the #FOBChampion of their local tour date. Each city’s winner will receive tickets to their local Mania show, be acknowledged from the stage and honored during the set, along with a shout out on the band’s Instagram. In addition, a monetary donation will be made in the winner’s name to the charity of their choice via the Fall Out Boy Fund. For details visit http://championofthemaniatour.com/. Wentz says it’s easy for bands to say, “The world is a f-----d-up place. But execution is such a bit part of it. “It’s great to have thoughts, but it’s super important, if you’re going to do that, execute that. This is our small attempt to move the needle and actually contribute to people who are going out, doing good for other people, for other causes.” He goes back to M A N I A, a collection he calls a gutsy move. “It was a blessing that Take This to Your Grave was an underground record,” he says. “The next record, we could do something different. After that, we wanted to do something different, but the label said it might be a career-ender for us.”

That was engrained in the band. Wentz explains it can be dangerous, because fans fall in love with a sound. Change can be hard. “It’s like Metallica cutting their hair, or David Bowie putting Ziggy Stardust away,” Wentz says. “Those are tough for the fans, but instead of change, they adapted.” M A N I A is the follow-up album to the band’s platinum-certified sixth studio collection American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its January 2015 release. Hailing from Chicago, Grammynominated Fall Out Boy includes Wentz, singer/guitarist Patrick Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley. Wentz admits it’s a little unsettling to know fans will record the new songs with their phones. “Your phone isn’t a studio recording,” he says. “That’s not how it really sounds. It changes night to night. In some ways, it’s a relief to put something out to the world.”

Fall Out Boy w/blackbear and Jaden Smith

Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 1.800.745.3000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, November 18, $25.75-$65.75.


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hen Thrice ended its three-year hiatus in 2015, the band didn’t write songs that were “reactive” to previous albums. Few of the band’s 2000s efforts had more than a year between release dates. Now Thrice had a five-year gap to rethink things between 2011’s Major/Minor and 2016’s To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere. Vocalist Dustin Kensrue is quick to note the overall musical landscape hadn’t changed much in that time, but it has evolved throughout his act’s 18 years. “It’s been changing a lot ever since we kind of started playing almost 20 years ago,” Kensrue says. “I feel like when we started, a bunch of changes were ramping up. We were trying to figure out how to keep doing it for a living without selling our souls.” The hiatus gave the group a “fresh perspective and new appreciation,” he adds. “Even though it was hard to take that break and have a bunch of live shows coming back, it was definitely rejuvenating and recharging,” he says. During Thrice’s hiatus, the music industry hadn’t changed as much as one may expect, but the political landscape had. To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere was a partial reaction to recent events. With songs like “Whistleblower” and “Death from Above” having obvious political undertones in the titles, the record’s lyrics delve even further into the current sociopolitical

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landscape, with lyrics approaching subjects like war, racism, drones and spying. Kensrue sings these lyrics on “Blood on the Sand,” the album’s second track: “We panic at the sight of different-colored skin And we’ve got a plan to justify each mess we’re in But I’ve seen too much (of this fear and hate) I’ve had enough (and I’m not afraid) To take a stand, to make it right – this has to end,” But in the 18 months that have passed since the release of Thrice’s ninth studio effort, the country has seen the confirmation of Donald Trump’s presidency and political unrest. This doesn’t make writing easy for Kensrue. “I feel burdened to try to have the music that I make do something good in the world,” he says. “Whatever’s happening around is always on my mind and

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the current events are definitely heavy. My main hope would be that the music would be trying to bridge gaps. One of the main problems is that people are just not hearing each other. They can’t be addressed if we don’t hear each other.” For Kensrue, who views art as a way to get past barriers, this is important. “I think art, in general, serves a different form than an essay or a news article or a book,” he says. “It can get underneath some of the barriers and can get underneath some of the things that we block out.” Now the band is bringing this new LP and a selection of songs from the quartet’s previous eight projects on a co-headlining tour with friends Circa Survive. “We took them out on the road a long time ago,” Kensrue says. “Great guys; known them forever. We were looking for someone to kind of pair up with to finish out this touring cycle, and

it worked out timing wise and definitely worked out people- and band-wise.” The two bands will perform at Marquee Theatre Sunday, November 5, with Chon, and Balance and Composure. This tour is a return to Arizona for Thrice, who last stopped in the Valley for a July 9 show at Ak-Chin Pavilion. With this new project still fresh in the bands’ and fans’ minds, Kensrue notes “The Long Defeat,” “The Window” and the album’s first single, “Black Honey,” are particularly fun choices to perform, and gauging by recent set lists, some of these songs will likely stay in the California band’s live repertoire.

Thrice w/Circa Survive

Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, November 5, $29.99.

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THE BEST NIGHTLIFE EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER Robotti, whom Relentless Beats is also bringing to the Valley this month. This event is 21 and over.

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Shady Park, 26 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.474.4222, relentlessbeats.com, 9 p.m., $15-$20.

Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, 928.556.1580, orpheumflagstaff.com, 8 p.m., $22-$63. Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, goldrushfestaz.com, noon, $79-$549.

Ekali Goldrush Music Festival DJ Competition Finals NOVEMBER 4

Finalists Animate, Axion, Eva D, Krug One, Lazed, Matalo and SAAS will compete in this Relentless Beats-sponsored contest leading up to its Goldrush festival later in the month. This event is 18 and over.

Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.456.1991, monarchtheatre. com, 9 p.m., $10.

NOVEMBER 5

In just a short time, Vancouver producer Ekali, born Nathan Shaw, has come a long way. He has a 2015 writing credit on Drake and PartyNextDoor’s “Wednesday Night Interlude” due to a sample, as well as his own remixes of Flume and Flux Pavilion. Before the tour began, Ekali released a track called “Babylon,” with an appearance by Denzel Curry. This event is 18 and over.

Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.456.1991, monarchtheatre. com, 9 p.m., $20.

Sacha Robotti w/J. Worra NOVEMBER 4

Having appeared at festivals like Coachella, EDC, Nocturnal Wonderland and Burning Man, Sacha Robotti is set to grace the Monarch Theatre stage. The DJ and producer, who is also half of Berlin’s chart-topping electronic duo Robosonic, released three two-track EPs thus far in 2017: Melato Nina, Elephant Man, a collaboration with Slowbody, and Ol Dirty Hearts, a collaboration with Mikey Lion. This event is 21 and over.

Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.456.1991, monarchtheatre. com, 10 p.m., $15.

Kill Frenzy w/ Ardalan

Figure w/Midnight Tyrannosaurus NOVEMBER 11

Figure and Midnight Tyrannosaurus are joining forces for The Kreep Show Tour this fall. Both acts have plenty of music from which to draw, with Figure releasing Monster 8 EP on October 13, and Midnight Tyrannosaurus putting out Kadaversaurus collaborative EP with Kadaver on September 1. And even better yet, the two acts will unite for a collaborative set after their respective solo sets. This event is 18 and over.

Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.456.1991, monarchtheatre. com, 9 p.m., $20-$40.

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Born in Belgium and raised in Berlin, Kill Frenzy is categorized as “booty house” and “European juke” by his label, Turbo Recordings. Kill Frenzy has spread his touch across a variety of different styles and sounds throughout the years. This show comes just over three years after his 2014 debut album, Taylr Swft. He has also taken part in numerous collaborations with Sacha

Strange Music rappers Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko under her belt, California spitter Snow Tha Product is coming to Arizona twice this month. She’ll stop at Rawhide for Relentless Beats’ Goldrush Festival on November 18, but she’ll lead up to that appearance with a stop up north at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater. While her last album, Unorthodox, was released in 2011, she appeared on last year’s The Hamilton Mixtape and has plenty of solo mixtapes and EPs to draw from at this performance. This event is 16 and over.

Snow Tha Product

NOVEMBER 17 TO NOVEMBER 18

Goldrush 2017

NOVEMBER 18 TO NOVEMBER 19

This four-stage, 50-plus act festival from Relentless Beats will be bringing a huge mix of music to Rawhide Western Town. With artists including Migos, Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Lil Uzi Vert, RL Grime, Excision, A-Trak, Baauer, Azizi Gibson, Flatbush ZOMBiES, Keys N Krates, Lil Pump, Rich Chigga, $uicideBoy$, The Underachievers, Ugly God and local up-and-comers Injury Reserve, this festival is going to be a jam-packed weekend of hip hop and EDM. This event is all ages.

Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, goldrushfestaz.com, noon, $79-$549.

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Getting down and dirty with the Valley’s hottest shot slingers

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atie Schnurr adored tequila as soon as she began bartending. Today muchos adore her. The Scottsdale resident, who moved to the Valley from southern Oregon to attend ASU, is the “tequila goddess” at La Hacienda in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature restaurant featuring classic Mexican dining with contemporary innovation. The AAA Five Diamond destination resort just south of the Loop 101 features 750 guest rooms, six heated pools, the Well & Being Spa and championship golf at the TPC of Scottsdale. There are other dining options, too. Schnurr’s at the top, too. “In her two years as the ‘tequila goddess’ at La Hacienda, Katie is the perfect ambassador,” says Dustin Martin, the general manager at La Hacienda. “As Katie shares her passion and knowledge with guests day in and day out, her vivacious personality also brings what she does for the restaurant but also for the resort to a different level.” The Entertainer! spoke with Schnurr about her profession.

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in Old Town Scottsdale and became fascinated about tequila. I like to consider myself a partial native at this point.

What does a “tequila goddess” do? As the reigning “goddess” at La Hacienda, I am the sommelier for the 240-label tequila collection. I am a supervisor as well, so I lend a helping hand to the staff and also touch tables and see how they are enjoying their experience. I also discuss tequila with groups and banquets and at a Tequila 101 class. And, I schedule tequila dinners a few times annually, sometimes with special guest appearances. And, with the resort’s catering and convention services department, I help groups and private parties set up tequila-tasting stations. Tequila has been the national beverage of Mexico for more than 200 years. Even before the Spanish arrived in 1521, the Aztecs had made a fermented beverage from the agave plant, called octli. Tequila must be made with the Blue Weber Agave. The Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) works with the Mexican government and sets these standards for certification and compliance. It’s like the FDA in the United States but for tequila. Only five of the Mexican states can grow the plant for tequila production: Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. Jalisco is the source of 90 percent of the agave grown and used in the industry. In fact, the city of Tequila is 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco.

I’ve been down to Guadalajara a few times, where I was certified by the CRT. Everything that is being imported into the states is being tested and made sure that what is on the label is what is genuinely in the bottle as well. On one trip, I picked La Hacienda’s proprietary tequila from Herradura, our Double Barrel Reposado that has since been in the top five tequilas we’ve sold at the restaurant.

spirits. Starting with all the selections of guacamole and lobster tacos, the menu by Richard Sandoval and Executive Chef Forest Hamrick is truly fantastic, followed with a wonderful selection of cocktails. With your dessert, the best way to finish your experience is to order our signature flaming coffee: It is truly something special and quite a show. And, where else can you go where a goddess worships you?

What makes La Hacienda a must-stop for tequila lovers? We offer examples in the five major tequila categories accepted by the CRT: blanco, “white or silver,” which is aged under two months; joven or young, which has at least 51 percent agave tequila; reposado, “rested,” aged between two months and a year; añejo, aged between one to three years; and extra añejo, which is ‘super aged’ for at least three years in oak casks. La Hacienda mixes it up, too. One of my favorites is the añejo and mezcal Old Fashioned. Basically, for the bourbon you substitute an añejo tequila and make the Old Fashioned how you normally would. But the kicker that makes this just a bit better than your traditional Old Fashioned is the mezcal float on top. It gives just a nice smoky finish to the cocktail. A variety of tequila flights are offered: Don’t worry; they are all equivalent to a shot, so you won’t be getting too wild from one flight. We offer a total experience at La Hacienda: great food, gracious, informed service and

What drink are you making for us today? Old Fashioned.

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