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Arizona State Fair
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2014 Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Rock musician Alice Cooper’s annual youth music competition showcases his passion for furthering education by giving young musicians a shot on stage.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave. (480) 782-2680 or ChandlerCenter.org
Opened in 1989, Chandler Center for the Arts hosts plays, dance performances, musical productions and visual arts, regularly bringing in a mix of local and national artists.
The center, which is a shared facility between the city and the Chandler Unified School District, is home to more than 1,000 events per year, ranging from student productions to nationally renowned acts. The performances are spread between three stages, including the 1,500-seat main stage, the 350-seat Hal Bogle Theatre and the 250-seat recital center, giving community members access to a variety of free and ticketed productions.
Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts, said the Best of Chandler nomination was terrific to hear.
“That’s wonderful that we were nominated. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary, so it’s a great time to be recognized,” Mac Lennan said.
Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
11 W. Boston St.
(480) 664-1738 or BourbonJacksAZ.com
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
(520) 796-7777 or WinGilaRiver.com
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4040 W. Ray Road, Suite 10
(480) 838-9897 or FlirtHairSalon.com
From her start in the Slovak Republic to modeling in Japan and appearing on “Good Morning Arizona,” Yani Kulow has spent her life learning and utilizing the secrets to beauty that made her salon the top choice for Best of Chandler voters. Kulow modeled her salon after the castles she visited as a child in Europe and the name and overall feel are inspired by a piece of art, bearing the same name, by her favorite artist, Alphonse Mucha.
Dolce Salon & Spa
3325 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 722-0500 or DolceSalonSpa.com
4991 S. Alma School Road, Suite 3
940 N. 54th St., Suite 104
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The longtime funnyman has been making audiences laugh for nearly three decades, but that’s only a fraction of his repertoire. He’s also a film and television actor, co-owner of the Laugh Factory on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, a philanthropist, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition and a hardcore Republican who supported candidate Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.
Red Rocks Music Festival
Three days of free events kick off the Chandler Center for the Arts’ 25th season. Plugged In, a concert featuring nine of the best youth bands in the Valley, starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. On Saturday, the center hosts an open house during the day with face painting, balloon artists and live music on three stages followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne playing the Motown hits of the 1960s. On Sunday at 3 p.m., ¡FlaMEXico! celebrates the musical confluences of Spain’s flamenco and Mexico’s mariachi styles.
Whether it’s grandma’s garden, a desert landscape or a patch of green grass, our gardens enrich our lives with a certain serenity and calmness. A beautiful garden can whisk us away to another place and time. “Flourish: Artworks Inspired by Our Gardens,” on display at Vision Gallery in Chandler through Aug. 30, features textiles, ceramics, photography and mixed media by 50 Arizona artists focusing on natural, floral and botanical artworks.
Arizona boasts such varied topography that if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a weekend escape, the choices are infinite, whether you want to camp, hike, ski or go rafting. However, if you want something a little more cosmopolitan — if you’re a foodie, for example — once you leave Maricopa County, it would be a desert out there. Thankfully, there’s John Sharpe.
Gameday Futbol at SMG
Six months after closing, Makutu’s Island, a large indoor play place for kids, is reopening with new owners, new management and a lot of new magic for families to explore.
BEST DANCE STUDIO
2401 E. Baseline Road
(480) 558-2080 or BalletEtudes.net
Since 1987, this Gilbert company has realistically duplicated the experiences of a professional ballet company for Arizona’s serious young dancers, and its annual “Nutcracker” show and Nutcracker Sweet Tea are East Valley holiday traditions for many families. Performances are typically at Mesa Arts Center or Chandler Center for the Arts.
Leap of Faith Dance and Performing Arts
690 E. Warner Road, Building 8.
(480) 507-0777 or LeapofFaithDanceAZ.com
Third place - Tie
Artistic Motion Dance
3341 E. Queen Creek Road, Suite 104
(480) 284-7300 or ArtisticMotionDanceAZ.com
125 S. Higley Road
(480) 633-7181 or DanceRepublicStudio.com
Anna Han is one of three Arizona high school seniors named a U.S. Presidential Scholar this week. The honor is somewhat deceiving in name.
Danny Brewer is a young man who has an old musical soul.
“Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest” is the story of Nate and Fred, who must save Prince Mirrorgaze from Master Bully in a tale of self confidence overcoming bullying.
The iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-cultural, no-holds-barred comedy routines.
NEW THIS WEEK
When golfers miss their mark, they have the option to re-do the shot. Vision Gallery in Chandler gave professional artists the same opportunity with their new exhibition, “Atomica Ceramica Redo: Ceramic Artworks En Masse.”
Given the opportunity, coffee can be so much more than just a pit stop on the way to work. A coffee house with ambiance is a space to curl up with a book, study, work, meet up, procrastinate, knit… whatever. But don’t think you have to venture north to Seattle and brave the land of rain and flannel to find a good one. Here are a few of my East Valley favorites, where you’ll want to hang out, order a cup and stay a while.
Mixed media photographer Linda Ingraham will present an exhibition of her works at Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler.
You have to admit, Arizona’s home to some odd animals: the Gila monster and chuckwalla, the coatimundi and the javelina — and at one time, to a greater extent than it is now — the ostrich.