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The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa will coordinate four interactive story time events at local libraries beginning March 17.
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TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Train enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn about the history of Arizona railways as the Arizona Railway Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 1 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.
Get your kids excited about sound with hands-on activities at the award-winning Musical Instrument Museum allowing them to touch, hear and experience music at its most basic level. Activities are age-centric and include a tour of the Conservation Lab (ages 10 and older), a demo of the giant octobasse, an interactive electronic music demo, as well as drumming and sing-a-longs for the little ones.
As soon as you walk up the entry stairs, boom — it hits you. Plastered across the wall is Madeleine Albright on the cover of Newsweek with a headline that reads, “Mad About Madeleine. Washington Loves Her, Will the Rest of the World?”
Cemeteries are filled with the names of the long forgotten, those whose marks on the world are confined within the dash between year one and the final year. Legacies that reach beyond those years on earth are difficult to achieve and belong to the men who define history — for better or worse — and on scales both small and large.
Veteran film and television actor Michael Dante will sign copies of his new book, discuss his canon of more than 100 film and television roles, and help preserve the Old West as this year’s headliner for Superstition Mountain Days.
This fifth annual festival at Superstition Mountain Museum re-enacts the golden days of Arizona’s Apacheland, when actors, movie stars and directors were a dime a dozen. The Yellowbird Dancers, actor Michael Dante, and stuntmen, actors and western entertainers will be on hand to tell stories of movie-filming adventures. There will also be live music and crafts.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa will host a special program to take students back into Arizona’s history.
Spend a day hobnobbing with museum-sized dinosaurs at Discover the Dinosaurs, a three-day traveling exhibit where you can dig for fossils, catch a flick in the dino theater, go on a scavenger hunt, play dino-inspired mini-golf and bounce on dino-themed inflatables.
DETAILS >> Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan 5. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. $18 for adults and youth (ages 13 and older), $15 for children ages 2-12, $16 for seniors; children 11 months and younger are free. Dinosaur rides, gem and fossil mining, and face painting are available for a separate fee. (602) 262-6225 or DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com.
Chandler was far from the glitz of Chicago or the glamour of Los Angeles when it opened for settlement in 1912. But the man whose name the town bore, Dr. A.J. Chandler, envisioned drawing such visitors.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
At 72 years young, Dan Hicks remains the eternal hipster. Hicks first entered the music scene in the sixties with his seminal group, The Charlatans, and he remains an influential figure among musicians.
Arizona Museum of Natural History will host a party after the GoFobo free movie pass event for the new movie “Walking with Dinosaurs” at the Cinemark Mesa theater. The party is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the museum, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. To get a free pass to the movie earlier in the day, log on to www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter RSVP code WOMF97Q.
The kids can play in more than 20 tons of snow at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where the Phoenix Coyotes will also have an ice rink, hockey activities and special guests. Kids can get pictures with Santa or make Christmas ornaments, paper snowflakes or glitter tattoos with Make Meaning.
"To the art of working well, a civilized race would add the art of playing well," philosopher George Santayana said.
DENVER — A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain town will enjoy checking out what's free, from high-altitude adventures to creature comforts.
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
Cherie Currie fronted the teenage all-girl band the Runaways and, along with fellow band mates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox, punched through a male-dominated field with a groundbreaking look and sound.
One way to avoid the stores and score a pretty great gift deal on Black Friday? Hit up Phoenix Art Museum, where at 8 a.m. the first 50 non-museum members will receive a free general membership (valued at $75) to the museum. Admission to The West Select exhibition will be free until 10 a.m., and museum memberships — if you’re not one of the first 50 in line — will be discounted by 20 percent all day.
Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button.
Every apron tells a story, according to EllynAnne Geisel, who collects vintage aprons and sews her own.
Artist or crafter? It doesn’t matter to Frank Biernier.