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  • Carnival of Illusion

    2400 E Missouri Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Carnival of Illusion

    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."

  • Veterans Coffee

    The Breakfast Joynt
    6245 E. Bell Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    Veterans Coffee

    Veterans are invited to a free coffee every Tuesday at 8 a.m. at The Breakfast Joynt in Scottsdale.

  • Summer Camp at AZR

    AZ on the Rocks
    16447 N. 91st St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    Summer Camp at AZR

    Need a way to keep the kids active, moving and happy during their school breaks? Want them doing more than playing video games and sitting in the house all day? AZR has the perfect solution-our Kids Camps, the only place where it’s okay to climb the walls. Rock Climbing, Yoga, Ninja Course Obstacles, Playing Games and Other Fun Activities. Our high energy, well qualified counselors will help your child build new friendships, discover new interest and improve self-esteem, all in an inviting environment. No experience is required. AZ on the Rocks camps focus on movement, physical activity and having fun. This camp does not teach children how to be professional climbers or to be at a high performance level in any of the activities. Campers will climb at AZ on the Rocks, do yoga with Yoga on the Rocks, ninjitsu with Maui Saito Ninjitsu, as well as many other fun activities.

  • Ancient Lower Verde Civilizations

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Ancient Lower Verde Civilizations

    From the canal building Hohokom to the early wikiup shelters of the Yavapai, the past of the Lower Verde River Valley can be read in the pottery and petroglyphs left behind. Discover the locations of ancient sites and explore the recent archaeology of the Lower Verde River Valley.

  • Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 E. 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    In the 21st century, each of us—often unknowingly—leave a digital footprint in everything we do from texting to a simple internet search. This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.

    In this important moment in time, humans and technology are evolving together and interactive art exemplifies this relationship. This intimate level of engagement with an artwork opens the opportunity to shift the viewer’s perspective on the meaning and boundaries of art itself.

  • Fort McDowell (US Army Post)

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Fort McDowell (US Army Post)

    The establishment of a military fort near the Salinas (Salt) River was authorized on May 21, 1865 by general John S. Mason. The fort was initially named Camp Verde, but a few months later was changed to Camp McDowell in honor of Major General Irvin McDowell, who served under Gen. Winfield Scott in the Civil War.

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

    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.

  • Heritage Hall

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Heritage Hall

    A legend of the American West, Wyatt Earp is immediately connected to the notorious gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Earp was a Pima County Arizona Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Town Marshal in Tombstone at the time. Earp and two other lawmen killed three outlaw cowboys during the shootout. In addition to his time as sheriff, he also was known for being a gambler, buffalo hunter, miner, teamster, and saloon keeper.

  • Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 E. Second St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art

    Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art is a contemporary take on one of the first exhibitions featured at SMoCA, Studio Glass: From the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection.

    As the lead donor of the museum, Cafesjian’s legacy is important and his love of glass is undeniable. This exhibition highlights contemporary glass artists—both masters and emerging—whose innovative approaches using glass have advanced the medium’s discourse within contemporary art. While this is not a survey, the artworks selected represent the vast techniques and ideas used to explore this transformative material from the mid-20th century to today.

  • Building a Fountain Founding a Community

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    Building a Fountain Founding a Community

    Throughout human history desert dwellers have found ways to create an oasis in arid environments. In Arizona's Lower Verde River Valley, developer Robert McCullough envisioned a community surrounding the largest fountain in the world and on December 15, 1970 the Fountain Hills' Fountain was turned on for the first time.

  • Wonderspaces: Point of View

    Scottsdale Fashion Square
    7014 E. Camelback Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Wonderspaces: Point of View

    In Point of View, 13 artists explore how new perspectives expand our concept of the world. Through their art, they play with the definition of perspective, flip its rules, and present abstract and literal forms. Though the methods and media are all different, each artwork opens us up to the views of others.

    Point of View is an art show that welcomes all ages to explore the concept of perspective. An approximately eighty-minute experience spread across roughly 16,000 square feet, it is a place to gather with friends and family.

  • 3 Communities 3 Sources

    River of Time Museum
    4742, 12901 N La Montana Dr
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    3 Communities 3 Sources

    The Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation, Rio Verdes and Fountain Hills are the three modern communities of the Lower Verde River Valley. Although all three are on the banks of the perennial river they are sustained through a complex system of water rights, with some getting much of their water from the Colorado River transported along the Central Arizona Project.

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