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  • Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art

    Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art



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    Best known for his portrayals of the American West as a man’s world, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) depicted a surprising number of women throughout his artistic career. While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turn-of-the-century America, his representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. Building off of the pioneering research of Ginger K. Renner, the exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, plus several additional works by notable artists.

  • Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

    Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit



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    Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit explores the surprising and little-known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. Included in the exhibition are works by Matisse that have not been publicly shown in the United States, and reunited dozens of stunning Yup’ik (Native Alaskan) mask sets that have been separated for more than a century.


    Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit features original artwork by Henri Matisse, Yup’ik masks, cultural objects, photographs, film, and ephemera, and explores the shared creative impulses that transcend time and culture by examining the unexpected connection between the Great Master and the people of the Arctic.

  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Guided Hike and Bike Tours

    McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Guided Hike and Bike Tours



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    The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's Guided Hike & Bike Program offers about 90 guided hike and bike tours in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve from September 15th until April every year. The themes for these tours are Discovery (educational), Wellness, Family and Mountain Bike (which include beginner clinics). These tours are offered free of charge, although the Conservancy is a non-profit organization and does accept donations.

    All events have been posted to the Facebook page entitled McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Guided Hike and Bike Tours or can be found at www.mcdowellsonoran.org/events/.

  • New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

    New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West



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    This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh take on Western art through 100 works by 70 well-known artists including those from the Taos Society of Artists and less-recognized artists, who were living and working in the 1920s and 1930s in Santa Fe and Taos, N.M. – important art colonies then and now. The New Beginnings exhibition, which makes its debut at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and will travel to four additional institutes across the U.S. into 2021, features paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures and a furniture piece from the celebrated Tia Collection including never-before-shown works. This is the first time three-year-old Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is debuting another organization’s traveling exhibition. The exhibition offers a crisp view of artwork covering nearly a century, from 1888 to 1983, showing the evolution of art in New Mexico from 19th century Classicism and Romanticism to early 20th century Modernism with a focus on artworks and artists who operated on the transnational stage. Several years in the making, the New Beginnings exhibition features artists who were originally from outside the American West and also includes a significant number of women artists.

  • ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”

    ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”



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    “Decomiso” is an installation-based exhibition by the Argentinian contemporary artist duo Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg. Since 2006, Faivovich and Goldberg have been engaged in an intensive and wide ranging research project – “A Guide to El Camp del Cielo” – that forms that basis of their practice. El Campo del Cielo is located in northern Argentina and was the site of a meteor shower an estimated 4,000 years ago.

    For “Decomiso” (which translates to seizure) the artists have designed a unique installation that features video, sound, sculpture and 410 photographs.

  • Native American Dancing

    Native American Dancing



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    Celebrate Native American culture with weekly performances of dancers from around Arizona sharing the traditions of their tribes. the performance includes hoop dancing, known as the "dance of life." Performances take place at the Fountain Court at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa each Friday from 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

  • Live Music at The Thirsty Camel Lounge

    Live Music at The Thirsty Camel Lounge



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    Come enjoy an evening of entertainment with live music in The Thirsty Camel Lounge at The Phoenician Resort. Happening every week at 5pm - 7pm Monday through Friday.

  • Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion

    Arizona Biltmore Resort
    2400 E. Missouri Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is “Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La.”

  • Sister's Christmas Catechism

    Sister's Christmas Catechism

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
    7380 E 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    In an unusually jolly mood, Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever: Who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit.

    Each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

  • Sutton Foster

    Sutton Foster

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
    7380 E 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

    Multi-talented, two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is one of Broadway’s most charismatic and popular leading ladies. Currently starring in the critically acclaimed TV Land series Younger, Foster landed the title role of the New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity. She won Tony Awards in the Lead Actress — Musical category for Anything Goes (2011) in the role of Reno Sweeney and as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). Besides Younger, Foster’s TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Flight of the Conchords, Bunheads and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. In 2014, Foster made her feature film debut in Phil Alden Robinson’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and has toured the county with her hit solo concert. She has also graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center and many others.

    Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.

  • Live Bull Riding

    Live Bull Riding



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    There is something for everyone at The Chip. If you like to dance you can come spin your partner to the lively sounds of Pick o' the Litter. Wednesday and Friday nights feature live bull riding, and Friday's "All You Can Eat Fish Fry" is a huge draw for the entire family. Larry Wendt has been the proprietor of The Buffalo Chip Saloon since 1999 and has made it what it is today.