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The team behind Canal Convergence – the annual, free, 10-day event at the Scottsdale Waterfront in southern Scottsdale – is aiming for a more sustainable waste-free event.

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Houseplants that “talk” upon gentle touch. Piano keys that can trigger people on TV screens to sing the notes. A cast of sewing machines performing a choreographed song and dance.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s year-long 20th-anniversary celebration continues with a new, milestone fall exhibition.  

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Amy Ettinger sees a problem with film audiences today: Indie gems aren’t as popular as they perhaps should be.

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Earlier this year, Chaparral High School’s theater department took on the popular musical “Les Misérables.”

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What was once called the Young@Art Gallery inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is now known as Center Space, and with its new name comes a new fall exhibition currently on display, “The Close Observation of Inanimate Objects.”

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This month, 11 Scottsdale Community College students will take the stage for “See How They Run,” a classic, fast-paced English comedy bound to leave audience members in stitches.

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In 1975, Scottsdale’s population was a mere 78,000, Scottsdale High School had yet to be demolished – and the first “America’s original ArtWalk” took place on the streets of downtown Scottsdale.

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A life-size deep-sea diver made of gummy bears, jelly beans, gumdrops, and licorice; candy-coated unicorn pigs; a pool of 300,000 marshmallows; a towering sphinx made of 7,800 pieces of candy; and augmented reality interactive photo stations.

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In 1988, Scottsdale resident and Western art collector Gil Waldman strolled through Old Town Scottsdale when a Joseph Henry Sharp painting of the Crow Reservation in the winter of 1904 stopped him in his tracks.

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The scent of mouthwatering fried foods, heart-stopping rides and concert performances by award-winning artists like rapper Lil’ Pump and country’s Trace Adkins.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibition, Mutual Reality, offers guests the opportunity to interact with a variety of innovative works of art that feature cutting-edge computing and visual tracking technology. 

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park, some area  artists are taking their celebrations right to the edge — while a celebrated Scottsdale artist will be honored.

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To embrace cooler temperatures — even if just a slight drop — Scottsdale Quarter is hosting a fall concert series every Saturday evening in September and October.

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Scottsdale during the summer months is like the cast and crew of a play tirelessly rehearsing to an empty auditorium for months, eagerly prepping for opening night when the spotlights finally illuminate the stage.

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As Desert Stages Theatre cast members and patrons mingled, a pianist performed “All That Jazz” from the hit Broadway musical “Chicago.”

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Last year’s Canal Convergence turned up the heat on the Scottsdale Waterfront, thanks to Walter Productions’ “Floatus” installation and fire show choreographed to Top 40 songs, like Ellie Goulding’s 2013 hit “Burn.”

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“What I want you to do is walk up to the podium; don’t look back,” said southern Scottsdale resident Robert Breen, gesturing to the front of Kilgore Chapel at Valley Presbyterian Church.

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July in Scottsdale may mean excessive heat warnings, third-degree-burn-inducing car seats and face-palming the moment you return to your car and realize you forgot to put up your windshield’s sun shade.

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The Arizona Professional Writers Rim Country Chapter is presenting its fifth annual Payson Book Festival, featuring Scottsdale authors among some 90 guest writers.

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After more than 15 years of collaborative efforts, eight of Frank Lloyd Wright’s major works have officially been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee.

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When “General Hospital” stars Bradford Anderson and Steve Burton decided to hit the road and promote their individual talents, fans weren’t sure what to think. 

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place July 20, 1969, two notable events will be held in Scottsdale.

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One of the best summer activities for Scottsdale residents to mingle with their neighbors is coming up Thursday, when the Scottsdale Gallery Association holds is Summer Spectacular ArtWalk.

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Cave Creek artist Mark Carroll’s many sculptures seemingly stretch from coast to coast — from the 13-feet-tall horse monuments at both entrances of Cave Creek to an 11-sculpture garden at Weinberg Campus in Getzville, New York.

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In an effort to bring classical music to people of all ages, the Scottsdale Philharmonic has created a new, full symphonic youth orchestra for all seventh to 12th grade students.

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At a city council meeting in May, Paul Messinger’s granddaughter Sabrina Messinger looked out from the podium, note cards in her hands.

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Twenty small, bronze sculptures of finches reading pages from published books are scattered around the Mustang Library and the adjacent Mustang Transit Center near the roundabout on 90th Street.

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With the recent televised live version of “Rent,” the rock musical has reached a whole new generation of fans. While the iconic show is set in the late 1980s, its stories of finding love and following dreams speak to people of different ages.

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Longtime musician Adrienne Knauer is devoted to keeping the harp in the forefront of youngsters’ minds.

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Nearly 600 hundred art pieces and over 200 photography pieces created by Boys & Girls Club members across nine states, American Samoa and Japan will be available for all to see in northern Scottsdale.

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This Saturday, sip and savor new wines, nibble on gourmet small bites and mix and mingle with other fabulous guests for a good cause.

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After spending five summers in Newport, Kentucky, Mighty Mike is probably mighty glad to be moving to a more sophisticated part of the country.

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Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver’s “Fairy Fantastic!” videos for gender-non-conforming adults and kids have screened at over 100 festivals on five continents, including Australia and Africa.

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For the past four years, the Scottsdale Artists League has transformed the halls of Westminster Village, a retirement community in northern Scottsdale.

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Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market originally started in 2011 in a friend’s backyard, where founders Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt, with over 20 of their friends, brought in their own vintage items to sell.

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Alison Ross Goldwater’s painstaking effort to preserve her legendary grandfather’s artistic legacy has been recognized by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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