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‘Hollywood & Wine’ festival returns to Arizona Biltmore

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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 2:00 pm

The stage is set for a blockbuster summer at the Arizona Biltmore (www.arizonabiltmore.com).

Three of the biggest celebrity acts in Hollywood will rock the resort with performances, and the calendar will overflow with Hollywood-themed events and activities Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, at the Biltmore’s third annual “Hollywood & Wine” festival.

 Festival-goers will see celebrity bands in concert, movie screenings, special wine tasting weekends hosted by celebrity winemakers, classes on winemaking, wine barrel painting, live theater productions, a complete kids program that includes dive-in movies at the pool, kids cooking classes, an Imagination Emporium studio for arts & crafts and more.

Headlining the festival will be three superstar performances:

 • May 26: “A Night Under the Stars” is a stage show directed and choreographed by Louis Van Amstel (“Dancing With The Stars”), which also features performances by past and present stars seen on “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “American Idol,” backed by a live band. Tickets: www.cvent.com/d/zcqp3s.

• July 4: Clint Black, the country music legend who has sold more than 20 million albums performs. Tickets: www.cvent.com/d/vcqp3s.

• Sept. 1: Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band — the noted actor and his 12-piece band perform. Tickets: www.cvent.com/d/dcqp3s.

The festival is themed around Hollywood in celebration of the Biltmore’s enduring connection to Tinsel Town. Numerous celebrities have frequented the resort over the years, from Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammie Davis Jr., who gave impromptu concerts in the lobby, to Marilyn Monroe, who had her favorite swimming pool, Irving Berlin, who penned “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while sitting in the sun at the Catalina Pool, and more recently, stars such as Tom Cruise and Bruce Springsteen.

For a full schedule of activities and events at “Hollywood & Wine” and to purchase tickets for the concerts and other entertainment, go to www.arizonabiltmorehollywoodandwine.com.

Over the more than three months of the festival, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, the Arizona Biltmore will offer its lowest room rates of the year. A special summer offer, buy two nights, get one night free, is available from May 24 through Sept. 4. Rates start at $109 per night. Use group code “ZU” when booking online at www.arizonabiltmore.com or by calling 800-950-0086.

 The Arizona Biltmore is at 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.

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