Friday, Sept. 1

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"Free Arts for Abused Children" opens free art exhibit 

Using art to heal homeless and abused children, that's the goal of one Valley non-profit that helps kids find their artistic expression. And their creative artwork will be on display for free at the Phoenix Art Museum.

  • The Soul of My Roots/El Alma de Mis Raices will be on exhibit at the Wolfsinkel Education Center at Phoenix Art Museum, located at 1625 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix from Aug. 30-Nov. 14.  
  • The exhibit was created as part of Free Arts Professional Artist Series, in collaboration with Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix-based teaching artist, Emily Costello.  
  • The exhibit will be on display and open to the public for free during the Museum's business hours 

For more information, visit:

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
(602) 257-1880

First Friday Art: Brazilian Art

The Phoenix Art Museum hosts a first Friday event, free to members. $5 for the general public.  Thousands of art fans show up. and this week they get a special treat with an exhibit of contemporary Brazilian art.  In addition to the art itself there will be samba dancers, food, and entertainment.  The event runs from 6pm to 10pm.

For more information, visit: and Facebook Event page:

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Ave. 
Phx, AZ 85004
Upcoming events: Discount Tire Free Family Weekend, September 9-10

Labor Day attractions on Scorpion Bay

Say goodbye to summer with cool drinks and wake surf lessons at Scorpion Bay this Labor Day at Lake Pleasant  

  • Scorpion Bay is a great way for individuals and families to enjoy Labor Day and say goodbye to summer 
  • Located less than an hour from downtown Phoenix 
  • You can rent a ski or pontoon boat, kayaks, or water toys like tubes and wakeboards for your family and out-of-town guests to enjoy 
  • We've also become a popular choice for businesses creating an unforgettable team building or corporate retreat on the lake for a day 
  • Well-maintained wet and dry slips provide boaters convenient access to the lake when they're ready to play and peace of mind when they're away. 
  • Visit our website at for information on hours, boat and slip rentals. 
  • It's always a great day at Scorpion Bay! 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park 
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd. 
Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19 

Learn how to wakesurf on Scorpion Bay

Make the perfect Labor Day Mocktails and Cocktails and then have a little fun on the lake this Labor Day jet skiing and learning how to wake surf 

Wake surfing is the new popular water sport 
How is it different than wakeboarding: 

  • Wakeboarding you go faster, farther away from the boat, feet are strapped into bindings, hold a rope 
  • Wake Surfing, you're closer to the boat, going slower and your feet aren't strapped in. You can also let go of the rope and continue to surf behind the boat 
  • Scorpion Bay has great instructors including world champions to help you learn how to wake surf, wake board or ski 

 For more information, visit: 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park 
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd. 
Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19 

13th Floor and Fear Farm holding auditions

If you can act, love Halloween and scaring your friends, this job might be perfect for you. 13th Floor and Fear Farm are holding zombie auditions right now, hoping to find the scariest actors in the Valley to bring everyone's worst nightmares to life this season. 

Fear Farm and 13th Floor are holding auditions on Monday nights at 7 p.m. at both properties.  

For more information, visit: and Fear Farm:

13th Floor 
2814 W. Bell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85053
(602) 456-2250

Fear Farm
2209 N 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone: (623) 826-5632

Biosphere 2 pioneer’s new scientific discoveries

It made history when it was developed as a way to develop a closed ecological system to support and maintain human life in outer space.  Now 24 years after it was developed biosphere 2 is still helping scientists discover more about are world and how to best utilize our resources.

In the past 10 years, Biosphere 2 has developed leading research using: 

  • Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) the world's largest laboratory experiment in earth sciences. Scientists are exploring a variety of questions, such as how water flowing through landscapes evolves over time, how climate change affects these landscapes, and how biological communities respond to such flux
  • Rainforest how plants adjust their water uptake during drought

Now, they are focused on the future of Biosphere 2. They will expand interdisciplinary research to include more scientists from more fields and from more places across the world to solve global challenges like optimizing conditions for growing food in vertical farms; maximizing biomass conversion to fuel; eco-engineering marginal landscapes into vibrant ecosystems; and last but not least, exploring if drought affects the world's rainforests and in turn the world's climate.

Biosphere 2 was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Both attempts, though heavily publicized, ran into problems including low amounts of food and oxygen, die-offs of many animals and plants included in the experiment, squabbling among the resident scientists, and management issues.

For more information, visit:

32540 S Biosphere Rd, Oracle, AZ 85739
Phone: (520) 838-6200

Superhero September

Phoenix Police and Childhelp®, along with Heroes United AZ (costumed superheroes) announce Superhero September; a month-long donation drive for victims of child abuse.

  •     Saturday morning, September 2, 2017, from 9am-  noon. 
  •     Over 30 costumed superheroes, Phoenix Police & Fire, and private organizations
  •     Free and open to the public; food, live entertainment, photo ops
  •     Bring new youth-size superhero themed t-shirts, action figures, coloring books, etc.

Superhero September: Rise of Champions; 2120 North Central Avenue, 9am-Noon. 

For more information, visit:

Black: What it is like to live your life with this word

The show "BLACK!" looks at the lives of several individuals who live their life with this word. Each person describes their personal experience with the word "BLACK!" We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word, whether positively or otherwise, and most important, their individual perspectives. We hope to better understand whether there are any similarities or has society 'bought into' the stereotypes that exist.   

  • In a time when the focus is on race, marginalization and disenfranchisement in this country, Arizona-based Actor/Playwright Michael Washington Brown deals with these topics head on as he brings his incredibly timely, one-man show, "BLACK!" to Tempe Center for the Arts for a limited engagement September 1 - 2. 
  • Brown, who just concluded his Chicago co-production of "BLACK!" with the Athenaeum Theatre which received rave reviews from acclaimed media outlets including the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Theatre Beat, NPR's WBEZ FM & WGN AM, inhabits an array of characters from Africa, the United States, England and Jamaica, performing each person's individual perspective and sharing his experiences. 
  • Utilizing his performance as a platform to create a safe space to raise awareness and start this ever-important conversation, "BLACK!" highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people from the Black global community and uses the power of language and performance to delve into these characters to reflect on the Black communities' history and their future as well as what they do and do not share of the global Black experience.

For more information, visit: 

"Black" at Tempe Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2 
(Running time is 100 minutes including a 10-minute intermission.)

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Tickets are $25 and available at or (480) 350-2822.

Phoenix Firefighters Burgers, Brews & Brawn Servathon

Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill in Phoenix announces its third annual Phoenix Firefighters Burgers, Brews & Brawn Servathon in remembrance and commemoration of those involved in 9/11 with proceeds to benefit one of its favorite charities, the Arizona Search Dogs,

Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales for the entire day will go to Arizona Search Dogs as well as all the tips the Firefighters collect serving tables that evening.

Arizona Search Dogs trains, certifies, and develops Canine Search Specialist teams to be mobilized with USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) Task Forces. Some of their dogs were deployed to the 9/11 tragedy in 2001. Nearly a dozen of these amazing dogs will be on hand with their handlers to meet and greet guests. There will also be an agility course set up in front of the restaurant for the dogs to strut their stuff.

5 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 
Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave, Phoenix
(602) 977-2700

Tickets are $10 per person and gives each guest a $10 food credit. They can be purchased online at

Reservations are required in order to reserve a Phoenix Firefighter as your server that evening. However, walk in guests will be accepted either in the bar or on the patio based on availability. 

Big Man on Campus: UA mirror lab

No students at the University of Arizona are not super vain, but they do love mirrors.  That is because at the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, a team of scientists and engineers is making giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical telescopes.

At the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, a team of scientists and engineers is making giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical telescopes.

These mirrors represent a radical departure from the conventional solid-glass mirrors used in the past. They have a honeycomb structure on the inside; made out of Ohara E6-type borosilicate glass that is melted, molded and spun cast into the shape of a paraboloid in a custom-designed rotating oven. Honeycomb mirrors offer the advantages of their solid counterparts - rigidity and stability - but they can be significantly larger, and dramatically lighter. 

The Mirror Lab team has also developed a revolutionary new method to polish the honeycomb mirrors with a deeply curved, parabolic surface that results in much shorter focal lengths than conventional mirrors. 

The pioneering work being done today at the Mirror Lab had its beginning around 1980 with a backyard experiment by Dr. Roger Angel, the lab's founder and scientific director. Curious about the suitability of borosilicate glass (the kind used in glass ovenware) for making honeycomb structures, he tested the idea by fusing together two custard cups in an improvised kiln. The experiment was a success and led to a series of bigger kilns and small furnaces and, eventually, the spin casting of three 1.8-meter mirrors.

To learn more, visit:

University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory
527 National Championship Dr, Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 626-8792

Jerome Film Festival features new attractions

The Jerome Film Festival is coming up next week, Sept 7 - 10, and this year it includes a variety of new attractions, including a haunted hallway showcase and 90 independent films along with several films from Arizona. Now in its 5th year, the festival was just named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine. 

A variety of new attractions, including a Haunted Hallway Showcase, Home Tour/Movie Stroll, Kayak and Craft Beer Adventure, wine tastings, live music and more! The Moonlit Mystery Cinema Train returns this year, too. 

For more information, visit:

Food Truck Friday: Tips for Texas 

All over the country people are coming forward wanting to help the flood victims of Texas. Same goes for many of our local food truck owners. At tonight's Gilbert Feastival's event they'll be passing out a rubber boot for donations, with many of the trucks donating 100-percent of their sales to the flood victims.  

For more information, visit: and Facebook

Gilbert Feastival
1225 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, Arizona, AZ 85234
(602) 432-5600