BEST Things To Do In Scottsdale
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Carnival of Illusion
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."
“Moon” by Luke Jerram5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
Houston, we have a landing. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon, heralding astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as the first humans to successfully accomplish a lunar landing. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this moon-mentous occasion, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is bringing the moon to Houston like never before!
Created by artist Luke Jerram, this sculpture features 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery of the moon’s surface, using projection mapping. Lunar features, such as Tycho, Apollo 11’s landing spot and even the elusive “dark side of the moon” are displayed in stunning resolution on this unique sculpture. At an approximate 23 feet in diameter and an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each inch of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 42 feet of the moon’s surface.
Dudes and Dudettes—Fiber Arts by Marla Hattabaugh7377 E. Silverstone Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Scottsdale resident Marla Hattabaugh learned to quilt in the 1970s when her mother gave her a quilting kit, and her husband bet her $10 she wouldn’t finish it. She took that challenge and hasn’t stopped, creating beautiful quilts and fiber artworks.
In 1986, the American Folk Art Museum in New York City sponsored a quilt contest to honor the Statue of Liberty. Her piece won for the state of Arizona, and during the opening activities there, she met many talented, nationally known quilters. This led to other connections within the quilting community and further opportunities to learn about the art and exhibit her work.
Hattabaugh has since become an expert in dying fabrics and hand quilting, and she continues to teach and learn about the craft with other quilters throughout the nation.
The series Dudes and Dudettes depicts abstracted, patched-together human forms on individual panels. They appear to dance, pulsate, and float in bright colors. Rich and multilayered with patterns, each one takes about a month to create with Hattabaugh’s own hand-dyed fabrics.
The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection3830 N Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
A selection of 1,400 saddles, spurs, and other quintessentially western items from the collection of Scottsdale gallerist Abe Hays. Highlights include a David E. Walker leather saddle circa 1880 and a collection of rare badges.
The exhibition themes include working cowboys; Wild West shows; western gear made in prisons; rodeos and fairs; western movies and parades; outlaws and lawmen; western saloons; and illustrations. Almost all of the works are of the highest quality and are marked by an artisan renowned in his specialty.
Visitors will encounter at least 30 examples of many different items, such as gun rigs, holsters, spurs, bits, saddle bags, cuffs, revolvers, and rifles. There are at least 10 examples of saddles, bridles, chaps, scabbards, bronco belts, reatas, quirts, knives, hats, and billheads (invoices). While every artifact on display captures a part of our history, some are exceedingly rare.