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Upcoming Performances, Workshops and Events (Issue #69)

By February 19, 2013

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In this issue: birds and beer, paws in a park, jazz, best Irishman, mix a drink, chamber music, Native American sounds, behind the scenes, more jazz, an Irish band, hiking for people who need help, wine and horses, and a run for recreation.

This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money, such as shopping events. Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.

If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.

Events are presented here in date order.

What: Birds and Beer
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Audubon Arizona, Phoenix
An after work series for adults. Sustainability manager Bruce Marsh will present "Faceoff -- Birds of Paradise versus Project Runway." See how the boy birds smoke the project runway dudes every time. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. RSVP requested.

What: Paws in the Park
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Chaparral Park Off Leash Area, Scottsdale
This year's event will include a pet supply drive that will benefit the Humane Society, an Expo that will showcase a wide variety of pet related products/services. Sniff and Stroll, the one-mile walk for dogs and owners begins at 10 a.m. and everyone must be registered by 9:40 a.m. day of the event. Proceeds from the walk go directly back to supporting Off Leash Dog Parks in Scottsdale. Cost: $10 per human/dog.

What: Lakeshore Music presents The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Billy Childs has garnered three Grammy Awards and been nominated for a total of ten. In celebration of Jazz Month, available tickets are being offered at half price if you use the Promo Code: jazzmonth

What: Smiling Irishman Contest
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Where: Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
This friendly competition of the Celtic Community puts their best men on stage to support the Irish Cultural Center and the great work it does in Arizona. Contestants do not have to be Irish but must be male and 21 years old or older. You must compete in all four events, including the Blind-folded Irish Whiskey Tasting Contest and an Irish Trivia Contest. Vote for your favorite, $1 per vote, and more than one vote encouraged. Prizes for the winner, door prizes, music. Cover: $5 Donation. Food and drunks available for purchase.

What: Mixology 101
When: Saturdays mentioned below at 1 p.m.
Where: jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary's expert mixologists teach participants to craft a selection of cocktails inspired by a different spirit each week. $30 per person, 21+ only. The Mixology 101 classes are limited to 10 people each:

February 23: Whiskey Run - Scotches, Irish and Bourbons
March 2: Brandy Concoctions - Cognacs and the classics
March 9: Vodka Experiment - Infusions and other elixirs
March 16: Hollywood Cocktails - From Marilyn to Sinatra
March 23: Tequila Time - Agave treats from Mexico
March 30: Tiki Hour - Rum from around the world

What: Sonoran Chamber Music Series
When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Proust Inspired Program. Individual tickets are $25, which includes a drinks reception (one drink per person) in the TCA Lounge with the artists following the concert. Student tickets are $10 through the box office, in person, with appropriate ID.

What: Music in the Garden
When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Estun-bah - Native American. $21 per person ($15 for members), $8 for chuldren ages 3-12. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended. General seating only. Ticket price includes Garden admission.

What: Behind the Scenes Tours with Curator
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
Join the Curator of Collections for a "behind the scenes" tour of the museum. Learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections. This is a first come, first served tour, free with paid museum admission.

What: MIM Musical Interludes Series Featuring ASU: Jazz
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
The jazz trio of Michael Kocour (piano), Ben Hequist (bass), and Dom Moio (drums) will present a program of musical exploration through the American Songbook, jazz classics, and original compositions. Free with museum admission or $7 performance only.

What: Goitse in Concert
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
This is a return engagement for this very talented band. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 advanced sales and for members of the ICC/MIL. Goitse (pronounced gwi-cha) is a Donegal Irish word meaning 'come here'. This is a five piece band playing Irish traditional music. Their fast paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa.

What: Hike for the Homeless
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear
100% of your donation will directly support St. Joseph the Worker's employment program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Awards for top teams, silent auction, breakfast burrito, raffle prizes. Check in at Ramada 5 opens at 7:30 a.m. The 6 mile hike begins at 8 a.m. and the 2 mile and .5 mile hikes begin at 9 a.m. Adult $25/Student $15 when pre-registering to 2/25/13; Adult $30/Student $20 day of event.

What: Wine, Women & Horses
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Turf Paradise, Phoenix
Women's luncheon. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Benfiting Child Crisis center. $65 per ticket. Horse racing, goody bags, hat contest, prizes.

What: Litchfield Park Friends of the Rec 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Run/Walk
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Litchfield Park Recreation Center in Downtown Litchfield Park
Registration includes race t-shirts, great raffle prizes, food & drink, and post-race awards ceremonies. Check-in at 6:30 a.m. All ages and experience levels welcome. Entry fees: $20 for 10K, 5K and 1 Mile. Register online. Price goes up after Feb. 22nd.

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If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more fundraisers, seminars and programs happening around town.

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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