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BEST Things To Do In Scottsdale

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  • Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion

    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."

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

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

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    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.

  • Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection

    Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) is best known as a U.S. senator, a man who dedicated his life to Arizona, and a gifted photographer. He was one of Arizona Highways magazine’s first and most important photographers, and his favorite subjects included the Grand Canyon and the Native peoples of Northern Arizona. In collaboration with the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is proud to present a selection of Goldwater’s images, as seen in Arizona Highways.

  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Guided Hike and Bike Tours

    McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Guided Hike and Bike Tours

    McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
    7729 E. Greenway, Ste. 100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    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

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    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.

  • Janel Garza: Environ

    Janel Garza: Environ

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 East Second Street
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    As the title suggests, the new mural unveiled at SMoCA, Environ was designed to reflect multiple features that directly surround the space. Each aspect of the courtyard where it resides is taken into consideration—from the colored light of James Carpenter’s glass scrim wall to the ever-changing view of James Turrell’s skyspace, Knight Rise, as well as the nearby native plant life. Pulling simple abstract shapes and colors from each of these influences created one cohesive and fluid design. The intention of the artist is to complement the space and welcome visitors to spend time within the courtyard walls.

  • Dave Stamey

    Dave Stamey

    ASU Kerr Cultural Center
    6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    Western music may have left the country music genre with the end of the silver screen cowboy crooners, but that hasn't curtailed this real cowboy from romanticizing historic or contemporary characters, horses, western landscapes and bandits. Stamey is an ASU Kerr favorite and knows how to pack a house as well as he can pack a mule. Early purchase of tickets is highly recommended for this one!

  • Live Bull Riding

    Live Bull Riding

    Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse
    6823 E. Cave Creek Road
    Cave Creek, AZ 85331

    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.