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Cool things here to do – museums, theatres, etc.

Cezanne and American Modernism

Going to any of the art museums in town is always inspiring, but when a big show comes to town, you just can’t miss it.

Morgan Russell Portrait of Cezanne

Morgan Russell. Portrait of Cezanne. 1910. Collection of The Honorable and Mrs. Joseph P. Carroll.

Phoenix Art Museum now presents Cézanne and American Modernism, a collection of numerous artists showing some of the best pieces in post-Impressionist modern art.

Cézanne was called “the father of us all” by both Matisse and Picasso, and in this collection you’ll see numerous works from Cézanne, Morgan Russel, Marsden Hartley and other top artists of the time. The exhibit runs through September 26.

You’ll see works like Cézanne’s Five Apples, Bathers, View of the Domain Saint-Joseph and more. You’ll also see:

Marsden Hartley, Purple Mountains

Marsden Hartley, Purple Mountains, Vence, 1925-26. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Orme Lewis.

Oscar Bluemner, Jersey Silkmills.

Oscar Bluemner. Jersey Silkmills (Paterson). 1911 (repainted 1917). Private Collection. Photographer: Peter S. Jacobs, Fine Arts Photography.

…and other amazing pieces from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.  It’s truly a must-see.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1222

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Independence Day Events

Of course, there are tons of events happening for good ol’ Fourth of July, but we couldn’t list every family barbecue, so we stuck with our top events in the area, and some new events that you really should try out:

Tempe July 4th Celebration

July 4th at Tempe Town Lake

4th of July Kickoff Late Night Feast (yes, it’s  a long title)
On Friday, July 2nd, Pasta Bar in downtown Phoenix is hosting a “Whole Hog Roast” from 10pm – 2pm. It’s only $20 for the pig, pasta and phun (Phun, as Pasta Bar is calling it, is $20 bottles of wine and $3 beers, ages 21 and up for the phun, of course).  This will just be starting on the heels of First Friday, so it looks like you’ve got a whole plan for Friday night.

Pasta Bar
705 N 1st Street
Phoenix

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

The biggest Independence Day event in Phoenix is celebrating its 25th birthday this year as well, so there’s double reason to celebrate. From 6-10pm on Sunday, July 4th, Steele Indian School Park will be bustling with games, food, activities, bands (on three stages), and a classic car exhibit. Even the Phoenix Fire Department will have a spray zone to cool everyone down. The best part – indeed – are the fireworks which are altogether amazing. If you haven’t been, this is the year to try something new. (Oh, and it’s FREE!)

Steele Indian School Park
3rd Street and Indian School
Phoenix, AZ
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July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Starting at 4pm on the holiday, Tempe Town Lake will turn into a wonderland of bounce houses, rock climbing walls, games, food and music. The fireworks launch off the Mill Avenue bridge and display over the water – really a sight to see. The tickets cost $8 at the gate ($15 for two), but you can get them for $6 at Fry’s stores around town.

Tempe Beach Park
620 North Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ. 85281
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“Disney” in Concert

The Arizona Biltmore is hosting the Phoenix Symphony for a 90-minute performance of classic Disney songs, from movies like Mary Poppins to The Lion King.  After the show, guests will head out to the Squaw Peak Lawn – beautiful in and of itself – for a “petite finale” of fireworks. For my advice, I’d extend the night and sip on adult beverages on the patio as well. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $38, kids 12 and under are $28

Arizona Biltmore
2400 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ

Independents Week

It’s no secret that here at The Hot Sheet, we’re driven to showcase the best of the indie shops. Local businesses are what separates one city from another – one business from another. The charm, unique personality, service and – let’s just face it – they’re more fun places to be.

So as if you didn’t have enough reason to visit a local boutique, restaurant, coffee shop, bar (okay, you get the gist), then this is your week – Independents Week. From today (June 28) through July 4, you get 20% off your purchases at participating members of Local First Arizona, a local non-profit to support independently owned businesses. And because Local First is such a cool organization, pretty much all your favorite places are on the list. (Check out the full list of participating shops.)

But just in case – in all your excitement – you are perplexed about where to visit first, here are a few of our top picks (click their pic to check ’em out):

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Urban Cookies

Urban Cookies

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

The Willows

The Willows

Bunky Boutique

Bunky Boutique

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

See, now your week was looking busier than you thought! To get your 20% off Golden Coupon, and to see a full list of participants, check out the Local First site. Happy outings!

Free Father’s Day at Science Center

Arizona Science Center

It’s hard to find the perfect Father’s Day gift – that’s for sure. And you can only do so many barbecues, right? Well this Father’s Day, June 20, the Arizona Science Center is offering free admission for dads, all day long, courtesy of Dixon Golf.

It’s perfect timing, too, because they have some amazing exhibits open now, including Goose Bumps – the Science of Fear, the new Solarville gallery from APS, and Dixon Golf will be showing the science of the sport, from the dimples of a golf ball to the angles of a wedge. Their regular exhibits, including the Psychology space (the echo chamber is awesome), the weather center in the Forces of Nature space and the Dorrance Planetarium are all must-dos while there.

If you’ve never been, the Science Center is pretty much all hands-on and demonstrations – it’s way better than boring science class. There are four stories of exhibits and something for every age level within each section. Get there early on Father’s Day (one of the first 500 dads) and get a coupon booklet worth $300 from Dixon Golf. See? What more reason do you need to go.

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Fall Events: Rawhide Doomtown

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If Sergio Leone — the creative mind behind spaghetti Westerns such as “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” — had ever directed a slasher movie, I suppose it would have looked a lot like Doomtown.

Imagine an Old West town, populated by ghostly cowboys, headless horsemen and dust-covered zombies, all of them swaggering about at an unhurried pace, sizing up at interlopers and ignoring open wounds.

The unspoken dilemma of these undead, uninhibited townsfolk seems to be this: Should I make this kid cry or not?

Doomtown is the annual October incarnation of Rawhide Western Town at Wild Horse Pass. In the spirit of Halloween, the purveyors and performers at this replica of an 1880s Arizona boomtown don ghoulish garb and paint the town red, white and bluish — with fake blood, spider webs and black lights.

Halloween Train

I love Halloween but don’t scare particularly easily, so I carried a healthy bit of skepticism into last night’s sneak peek of Doomtown for media members. But I was instantly encouraged to see a pre-teen girl clutching her mother’s had and crying, “I want to go home!” as a headless horseman and pistol-waving cowboy circled her family aboard inky-black steeds.

This could be good, I thought. And it was.

Crying child aside, I can confidently report that Doomtown is fun for the whole family. The degree to which you frighten yourself is entirely up to you.

Our cadre of Doomtown expeditionaries consisted of five media/PR types and one very cool 11-year-old boy. The latter’s emotions vacillated from (1) pretending not to be scared, (2) pretending not to be scared while laughing loudly, (3) being scared without pretense, (4) being absolutely terrified as a chain-saw-wielding zombie chased him out of a haunted house.

We adults lubricated our fearlessness with salt-rimmed beverages and whiskey cocktails — neither of which, by the way, I would recommend taking on the Train of Terror unless you want to disembark with wet clothes. The 12-minute ride aboard this miniature train (whose conductor looked as though he were the illegitimate spawn of Bea Arthur and Ozzy Osbourne) was my favorite Doomtown attraction. It was dark, creaky and full of surprises — everything Halloween should be.

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You can scare up a ticket to Doomtown for $13, but I suggest forking out $24 for the combo pass, which gets you into all the attractions (including the Train of Terror and the Rawhide Roughriders stunt show) as well as two haunted houses (the Asylum and Crypt).

For more information about Doomtown, including hours, pricing and directions, visit Rawhide’s Web site at www.rawhide.com. The event runs through Nov.1.

Mark Tarbell’s Dream Day in Phoenix

Mark Tarbell at Camelback Mountain

 

Mark Tarbell. Who can help themselves from loving him? Not I. Maybe it’s his energy, his crazy sense of humor, or the care and overall deliciousness he puts into every dish at his restaurant, Tarbell’s. But it was his love of Phoenix, and his knowledge of all-things-hip to do here, that inspired this “Dream Day” video. 

Mark gave us a list of all his favorite places, and we filmed the cream of the crop – places he returns to again and again. We think you’ll find something to suit your fancy as well. Even if you’re a local, I guarantee you haven’t been everywhere Mark takes you!

Click Mark’s pic at Camelback Mountain above, or go to www.visitphoenix.com/dreamday to see a few minutes of Mark. And just try not to fall in love with him. I dare you. 

 

 

The Culture Pass is in AZ! Begins April 1

Culture Pass

The Culture Pass has arrived in Arizona and we couldn’t be more excited. What is this “Culture Pass,” you ask?

Starting on April 1, it’s your ticket to local museums, the Phoenix Zoo, and other must-do attractions (like Desert Botanical Gardens and The Arizona Science Center) FREE. FOR SEVEN DAYS. FOR FOUR PEOPLE.

Here’s how it works – you pick up a Culture Pass at your local library anywhere in Greater Phoenix (that means it includes Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa).  The pass is good for seven days, for four people. Some of the places it gets you in:

Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Heard Museum,Phoenix Art Museum and more are all covered by the pass. 

I know you’re asking, “What’s the catch?” No. Catch. At. All. Economic times are hard, and everyone is looking for something to do that’s free and entertaining. So a bunch of sponsors got together (including the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Macy’s) and decided to influence the community with arts and activity.

To see a full listing of FREE attractions, as well as more details, visit: www.theculturepass.org.  And be sure to tell your friends – there are enough passes to go around!