New Belgium Brewing’s annual Tour de Fat brings brews and bikes together for a community-oriented event that’s one part family festival, one part New Orleans street bash. Each stop in the 10-city tour starts with a cycling parade through the city, featuring participants decked out in costumes as wild and outrageous as a Mardi Gras float.
The “New Old West” town of Rawhide is like an old English limerick checklist for a wedding, but with a lot of dust and gun smoke thrown in and minus the “sixpence in the shoe”: there’s something old (the stunning 1887 dark-wood dome leading into the steakhouse saloon, boasting brilliantly gilded stained glass panels depicting ornate shapes and shiny violet tulips); something new (the steakhouse menu and theme park hours); something borrowed (like maybe money for a cab, after drinking too much in said saloon) and something blue (the dark, old-timey jeans on the Rawhide cowboys). It really is the perfect marriage of family-fun in the sun (consider a hat and sunscreen) and Wild West drama and tchotchke shopping.
Here are the top five reasons to hitch your Hyundai to the dirt-lot posts at Rawhide:
If you want to get a different look at Downtown Phoenix, check out Meet Me Downtown, a free weekly 3- to 5-mile walk/run that takes participants from the CityScape development and winds through the city center, showcasing points of interest along the way. Register from 5:15-6:30 p.m. at The Corner at CityScape (50 W. Jefferson St.), pick up a map and venture out onto the streets of Phoenix.
Hold onto your blush brushes, ladies. Arizona's first full-service makeup bar opened last week in Old Town Scottsdale, providing Valley women with a luxe, personalized makeup experience beyond the department store cosmetics counter.
Bruce Munro literally sheds light on life and art, and each one's imitations of the other. The British artist uses a menagerie of reflective raw materials, LED lights and projectors to create installations that evoke an image or idea. To wit: His “Field of Light” installation (which he'll bring to Desert Botanical Garden this fall) utilizes 4,500 frosted glass spheres connected by illuminated optical fiber to create the after-dark illusion of a field of flowers blooming brightly in a breeze.
Ovarian cancer has claimed the lives of many of our national treasures – comedian Gilda Radner, actress Madeline Kahn, singer Dinah Shore and activist and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. But the insidious disease has also taken the lives of millions of ordinary women - our sisters, mothers, cousins, aunts and friends.
The arcade trend might’ve died out with neon legwarmers and Tamagotchis, but in the past decade some game-loving entrepreneurs have found a brilliant way to revive this old-school pastime for current crowds: just add alcohol.
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