Thunderbird Arts Center in North Phoenix is proud to present Thunderbird Art Works, a new initiative that pairs local artists with local businesses. The goal is to bring art out of the studios in which it is created and into public spaces.
The businesses that will be displaying artworks include Elevate Coffee Co. (2530 W Happy Valley Rd. Suite 1273), Natalino Italian Restaurant (610 E Bell Rd.), and Thunderbird Arts Center (1106 E Grovers Ave). The opening receptions are free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at each location. Businesses will be offering special promotions and discounts at their respective receptions.
Earlier this spring, students and instructors from Thunderbird Arts Center submitted their artwork to a juried competition. David Elliot, Nancy Price, Nik Ridley, and Ed DuBrow were the selected winners. The following are the pairings of businesses and artists: David Elliot with Elevate Coffee Co., Nancy Price with Natalino Italian Restaurant, and Nik Ridely and Ed DuBrow with Thunderbird Arts Center.
The artworks will be available for purchase beginning on July 15, 2019 on the Thunderbird Arts Center website, thunderbirdarts.org. Artworks will be on display at each location until the closing reception on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6-8PM.
Bar Brawl, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s own battle of the bartenders, is returning to jade bar for its fifth year. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. from July 14 to Aug. 25, top mixologists from the Valley’s best establishments will battle for the ultimate title of Bar Brawl Champion.
New for Season Five: This year’s Bar Brawl theme is Hotels vs. Bars, pitting the finest bartenders from popular local hotels and bars against one another to determine which establishment truly reigns over Paradise Valley. Resort guests, locals and cocktail connoisseurs are invited to cheer on the competitors while enjoying music by DJ Hybrid and a selection of food and drink at happy hour prices. Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and jade bar Manager Eddie Garcia will co-host the event with celebrity judges making appearances at each round. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.
The 2019 Bar Brawl schedule and featured competitors follows:
Michael Testa – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Chris Ortega – The Camby
Miguel Mora – Hotel Adeline
Robert Porter – The Phoenician
Local astronomers are ready to guide Sedonans across nature’s celestial majesty at the Sedona Star Party August 2.
A partnership of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, the City of Sedona Parks & Recreation, Keep Sedona Beautiful and the Astronomers of Verde Valley, the Star Party is a free viewing event on the Lower Softball Field at the Posse Ground Park in West Sedona on Friday, August 2 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The Star Party will have an educational component with a 30-minute presentation at 7:00 p.m. from the Astronomers of Verde Valley on a large LED screen. Telescopes to view the constellations and planets will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A laser guided constellations tour will be reoccurring throughout the evening.
An event for all ages, be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and really enjoy the dazzling stars. Please respect that this is a dog free event. The first 200 attendees will be treated to a free glow bracelet.
The 2nd annual Sedona Star Party is another way the Sedona Chamber of Commerce is serving the community by keeping Sedona the best place to live, work, play and visit.
Special thanks to Keep Sedona Beautiful for helping Sedona get the incredible title and recognition as an official Dark Sky Community in 2014. This accreditation has made city code and light compliance standards so star gazing can take place, any time of year.
Visit SedonaStarParty.com for more details or call 928.204.1123.
WHAT: Muse & Market, Owner and General Manager, Laura Pich joins forces with Chef Nick Rusticus, former executive chef of Second Story Liquor Bar, Scottsdale to create a pop-up dinner series featuring a prix fixe modern dining experience that is eclectic, thoughtful and inspiring. Inhabit @ Muse & Market offers a three-course meal with hand-selected ingredients to suit a variety of tastes.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday evenings beginning August 2 – September 28
Two seatings per night: 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
WHERE: Muse & Market
4602 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
WHO: This pop-up dinner is for dining enthusiasts who enjoy modern cuisine and a well-plated dish.
COST: $45 per person (not including tax, tip or alcohol).
Purchase tickets online to reserve seats at: museandmarket.com/market
Satisfy your craving for the new and unexpected as Ballet Arizona presents Director’s Choice from Sept. 26-29 at Orpheum Theatre. Witness a selection of contemporary works that push the boundaries of ballet.
Director’s Choice represents the evolution of ballet in that it celebrates the past, present and future of ballet. The production will feature three distinctly different ballets: a work by the legendary choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, a Latin-inspired world premiere by Ballet Arizona Dancer Nayon Iovino, and a sentimental reflection of Ib Andersen’s 20 years with Ballet Arizona. Audiences are sure to be inspired by this diverse repertoire.
“I have always wanted to produce an Ashton ballet at Ballet Arizona, and this is the first time I have had the opportunity,” said Artistic Director Ib Andersen. “It is exciting for us to include this in our repertory this year. It will be the Arizona premiere by such a world-renowned choreographer. As I reflect on the past 20 years I am inspired, humbled, and grateful to have been a part of our Phoenix community. Audiences have allowed me to fulfill my passion to teach and create art to share with Arizonans and that is a gift I do not take for granted. As a result I want to create a new ballet that highlights and celebrates some of the audience favorites throughout my tenure here – sort of a ‘greatest hits’ if you will – I think it will be a fun way to honor our patrons.”
The trio of ballets will also include an on-stage “party.” The host of the party will be longtime Ballet Arizona dancer Nayon Iovino, AZCentral’s “Best Up-and-Coming Choreographer” and a 2019 New York Choreographic Institute Participant.
“The experience I had at the New York Choreographic Institute gave me a different point of view of the choreographic process,” said Iovino. “I was excited when I found out I would be choreographing something new for Ib's 20th anniversary season. As I began to brainstorm ideas and look for music for this new ballet, I kept coming back to the idea that I just wanted to throw Ib a big party on stage. My hope is that audience members will feel as if they are part of the celebration!”
The 2019 lineup for Director’s Choice includes:
Tickets for Director’s Choice start at $34, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups and may be purchased at balletaz.org or at 602.381.1096.