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For the past couple years, more than 5,000 people have swarmed the Scottsdale Waterfront over the course of seven hours in early March for one purpose: to celebrate the Persian New Year, or Nowruz.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Project Space” debuts Saturday, Feb. 20, with new works by award-winning artist Diedrick Brackens.

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For 65 years, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has attracted attendees and competitors from around the world, including the United Kingdom and Italy to Australia and the Middle East.

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Now on display at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library is “WEST—Arizona Artists of Color,” a new exhibition featuring a mix of established and emerging local artists and their unique experiences of what it’s currently like living in this part of the country.

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People looking for a way to support Arizona’s local artists can do so at the Arizona Sage Art Market this month.

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When Ans Taylor paints, she finds her happy space. It’s relaxing and it allows her to share her passion with the Arizona landscape. 

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Chicago-area industrialist George F. Getz Jr. and his wife, Olive Atwater Getz, were driving through Wilmette, Illinois, when they saw a broken-down fire truck on the side of the road. 

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From private auditorium rentals and lowering ticket prices to outdoor showings, Scottsdale movie theaters are finding new ways to attract film lovers this holiday season despite the pandemic-created lack of end-of-year blockbusters.

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For 20 years, the Artists’ Breakfast Club, comprising Arizona-based artists, has met regularly to exchange ideas, learn from and support one another and continue to develop the art community.

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Picture a 5’2” artist strapped into a harness hovering above a large-than-life canvas. She’s slinging paint as she flies through the studio, “Mission Impossible” style.

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After months of being shuttered, many museums have recently reopened their doors  – just in time for the annual one-day shopping event, Museum Store Sunday.

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One of the largest free arts events in the Valley returns for its 24th year this year: the Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour, coordinated by nonprofit organization Sonoran Arts League.

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With no end in sight to the pandemic, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will follow in the footsteps of other such movie events by partnering with Eventive to host its 20th anniversary fest online Nov. 6-10.

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Since 2011, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships has been the United States’ premier polo event, attracting thousands of people from around the world, including top polo players, sponsors and celebrities. 

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Sailing and the desert usually don’t go hand in hand. But Doug Payne, commodore of the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club, thinks otherwise.

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The 2020 Fall Larsen Art Auction’s 428 lots are now installed and available for preview through Oct. 23 at Larsen Gallery in downtown Scottsdale.

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The Scottsdale community asked for it and now Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is granting their unconventional wish.

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The weekly, year-round Scottsdale ArtWalk may still be suspended due to COVID-19 but the Gold Palette ArtWalk series is back.

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Scottsdale’s Casey Cheuvront will be among 14 Arizona artists participating in the first Plein Air Art Festival in October in Prescott this week.

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Magician and TV star Michael Carbonaro has been trying for “months and months and months” to host a drive-in gig. When WestWorld and R Entertainment came knocking, he jumped at the chance. 

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It’s undeniable that Brian McKnight has a knack for writing love songs. Before he met his wife, Leilani Malia Mendoza, eight years ago, however, the R&B balladeer had never known love.

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Just in time for the Scottsdale-based non-profit’s 30th anniversary, Arizona MusicFest was recently recognized as one of 10 “High-Performing Arts Organizations” as part of National Center for Arts Research’s SMU DataArts arts industry report.

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Scottsdale Public Art has launched its first new exhibition inside Scottsdale Civic Center Library since its pandemic-forced closure in March.

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Southern Scottsdale welcomed five new, vibrant public art pieces this summer, thanks to IN FLUX and Scottsdale Public Art.

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Strap on a mask and have your camera at the ready: Wonderspaces reopened inside Scottsdale Fashion Square and launched nine new exhibits, including Cape Town-based artist Pierre le Riche’s famously vibrant, threaded installation called “Rainbow Room,” boasting multi-colored yarn.

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Arizona’s reported cases of COVID-19 may be increasing and making headlines nationwide, but that isn’t stopping one Scottsdale movie theater from opening. 

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Scottsdale Arts may have temporarily closed its doors to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, but the show must go on — virtually.

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Scottsdale Airpark-based R Entertainment is promising to “adapt and overcome” during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Following the suspension of Scottsdale Gallery Association’s weekly Thursday night ArtWalk series through April 16, many of the Arts District galleries have followed suit and closed their doors. 

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The Scottsdale Philharmonic’s spring concerts were supposed to kick off today at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in northern Scottsdale. 

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Scottsdale Arts District organizations and museums continue to cancel programming amid coronavirus concerns and restrictions.

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For 17 years, Bonner David Galleries on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale has offered a dual exhibition space, boasting a well-balanced collection of both traditional and contemporary art. 

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Thinking back on his teen years at Saguaro High School, John Way uses three words to describe fellow Saguaro alum Savanah McMahon, who was two years his senior: “the cat’s meow.”

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In honor of American composer Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company will round out its 10th anniversary season with a production of “Sweeney Todd.”

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