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‘Disneyland for Geeks’: Phoenix Fan Fusion prepares for its return

By Annika Tomlin | May 17, 2022 Phoenix Fan Fusion convention director Matt Solberg likens his upcoming event to a legendary tourist destination. “It’s really like Disneyland for geeks to come to our show,” he says. After...

Feeding Frenzy: Arizona Restaurant Week returns for spring 2022

By Summer Aguirre | May 10, 2022 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week continues this month to bring foodies on a culinary trip around the state. From Friday, May 20, to Sunday, May 29, the Arizona Restaurant Association’s...

Bash for The Nash: Jazz in America raises funds for education

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 15, 2022 Jazz in Arizona has been keeping the genre alive in Phoenix since 1977. But this month, the nonprofit behind The Nash is hosting its first gala to raise...

Celebrating Easter: Bunny Balloon Blast takes off at Salt River Fields

By Matthew Elitz | April 11, 2022 To mark the coming of Easter, Salt River Fields is holding its first Bunny Balloon Blast, an aerial celebration of the season. Chris Bonnell, director of marketing at Salt...

‘University of Tiki’: Hotel Valley Ho becomes an island oasis

By Connor Dziawura | April 8, 2022 Tiki Oasis producer Baby Doe von Stroheim calls the Arizona version of the long-running San Diego event a “university of Tiki.” Seminars on a variety of topics are a...

Eye of the Beholder: Artists express emotions through their work

By Allison Brown | April 5, 2022 Everyone has their own way of showing their emotions, but for artists, that expression turns into a visual representation that viewers can feel as well. Longtime Mesa artist Susan...

All That Jazz: Downtown, East Valley celebrates with dancing, festivities

By Alex Gallagher | April 5, 2022 It’s hard for William “Doc” Jones to believe it has been half a decade since he began his efforts to have his state recognize April as Jazz Appreciation...

A ‘Pick-Me-Up’: Country Thunder returns to springtime festival

By Annika Tomlin | April 1, 2022 Arizona’s biggest country music festival returns to its springtime slot in Florence with headliners Riley Green, Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen and Florida Georgia Line. Opening acts and additional performers...

Making Memories: Maricopa County Fair is a great value

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 1, 2022 After a COVID-19 hiatus, the Maricopa County Fair is set to return Wednesday, April 6, to Sunday, April 10, with carnival rides, competitive livestock shows, family entertainment and...

‘Each Stroke Counts’: Expo artist compares his works to golf

By Laura Latzko | March 17, 2022 Patrons rarely have opportunities to talk to artists while they’re working in their studios. The Arizona Fine Art Expo lets patrons have these immersive experiences through Sunday, March...

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