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The Arts Dept. – Scottsdale ArtWalks to celebrate Holidays, Fiesta Bowl
What’s The Buzz – Tempe Festival of the Arts runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Freeze Frame – Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction Back in Theaters
Street Scene – December’s live music in Scottsdale
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Scottsdale ArtWalks celebrate Holidays, Fiesta Bowl

The annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk will once again liven up the streets of the Scottsdale Arts District on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 12 to 4pm. The ArtWalk is hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) in celebration of the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic. This year's 15th annual event will feature special receptions, art demonstrations, music by Simon Crown and other ArtWalk faves! Music is sponsored in part by the City of Scottsdale’s “Saturday Sounds” series.

Holiday ArtWalk

Kicking off the festive month, too, is the Holiday ArtWalk on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9pm. Seasonal music will be provided by keyboardist Grady Soine (new holiday CD!) and others. Families can get their photo taken with the Grinch as part of How the Grinch Stole Main Street. Tasty coffees from Beneficial Beans will benefit the Autism Center.

All special Arts District events now feature ArtWalk’s Taste of Wine, a walkaround experience with tastings in participating galleries and at a nearby restaurant during a Party After ArtWalk. Voluntary purchase of a special souvenir ArtWalk the Line wine glass will help support nonprofit arts efforts by the SGA.

Scottsdale ArtWalk and the Scottsdale Arts District feature dozens of fine art galleries just west of Scottsdale Rd. along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There’s lots of free parking and free trolley or carriage rides to all corners of the Arts District.

More details about this and other outstanding ArtWalk events upcoming can be found at

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Tempe Festival of the Arts expands music Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Some awesome music attractions will buoy the Tempe Festival of the Arts, running from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2. An array of great musicians will touch on jazz, grassroots, blues, world music and more at the Festival Stage. Plus, Keith Johnson’s African drum group Sankofa – complete with their amazing stilt walker – will parade through festival grounds three times daily. Here’s the stage lineup:

Friday, Nov. 30
11am - Mary Petrich Trio
Popular saxophonist plays jazz standards and originals
2pm - Eric Rasmussen Quartet
Cool contemporary group led by soprano sax innovator
3:30pm - Delphine Cortez with Joel Robin
Jazz vocals and keyboards featured with these two stalwarts

Saturday, Dec. 1
11am - Hans Olson Hans Olson
Legendary bluesman on guitar, harmonica and vocals
12:30 pm - The Blue Goats
A touch of bluegrass on rock classics and new tunes
2 pm - Joe Bethancourt
Arizona’s wizard of stringed instruments playing solo
3:30pm - Sugar Thieves Duo
Two cups of the Sugar Thieves’ great blues and roots

Sunday, Dec. 2
11am - Tera Crisalida Group
Smooth samba sounds and rhythms from Brazil
2pm - The Freddie Duran Tres
A bit of spice w/ Freddie Duran, Carole Pellatt & Joe Garcia
3:30pm - Blaine Long
Outstanding singer-songwriter with rootsy, jazzy feel

Music fans can find the Festival Stage in front of MadCap Theatre immediately adjacent to the Arizona Wine Festival area (this year featuring 12 regional wineries) and The Art of Beer zone, featuring outstanding microbrews. Great place to sip to the sounds!

Now in its 44th year as one of the West’s premier outdoor events, the weekend festival boasts more than 400 artists, original musicians and craftspeople. Watch for more details coming soon!

More info:
Image: Musician Hans Olson

Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction return to theaters

Celebrating Quentin Tarantino’s filmmaking career spanning two decades, Miramax, NCM® Fathom and IGN present two of his most acclaimed works “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,”each in theaters for only one night this December. “Tarantino XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’20th Anniversary Eventwill hit select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m., and “Tarantino XX: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Event will follow two days later on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Each cinema event will include a special feature showcasing Tarantino’s 20-year career and a selection of hand-picked movie trailers from films that inspired him as a filmmaker.

Tarantino XX

Tickets for “TARANTINO XX: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’” are available at participating theater box offices and online at or The events will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in more than 625 movie theaters across the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Audiences across the country will be exhilarated by these gritty and innovative films that launched Tarantino’s iconic career, in which he has received the industry’s top honors including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award®, as well as nominations for both an Emmy® and a Grammy® award.

“There is no doubt that Quentin Tarantino’s writing and directorial style has reinvented filmmaking as we know it,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Join Vincent, Jules, Marsellus Wallace, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde and the rest of his infamous characters as they return to the big screen in this special two-night Fathom event.”


December’s live music in Scottsdale

Scottsdale’s Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds music series may surprise you with some amazing performers presented free of charge on the streets amid dozens of colorful art galleries. Thursday night music spotlights some of the Valley’s best pop, rock and jazz musicians as part of the ArtWalk in downtown Scottsdale’s Arts District from 7 to 9 pm. You can also hear great music and check out dozens of art galleries from 1-3 pm every Saturday. Both series are part of the Scottsdale Street Performer program and are Teneia Sanderspresented in conjunction with the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale.

Coming up on Saturdays in December
John Calvert – Intricate licks from this superb guitarist
Ben Scolaro – Jazz keyboardist with soulful leanings
Kayla Hope – Young folksinger on the rise

Featured on Thursday nights in December
Teneia Sanders – Captivating folk-rock singer-songwriter
Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original pianist is becoming a trolley stop!
The Amazing Josh – Balloon twister is a favorite with families

Plus more! The latest details at
Image: Musician Teneia Sanders


“Knowledge is a deadly friend
when no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind, I see,
is in the hands of fools.”
– King Crimson’s “Epitaph” from their influential debut album In the Court of the Crimson King (Atlantic), composed by Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles and Pete Sinfield


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Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Thursday Tunes, 7-9pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Every Saturday

Saturday Sounds, 1-3pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 10

Tempe Festival of the Arts, 10am-5pm, FREE
Mill Avenue District

Tuesday, December 4

Tarantino XX: Reservoir Dogs, 7pm
Presented by Miramax, NCM® Fathom and IGN

Thursday, December 6

Holiday ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Thursday, December 6

Tarantino XX: Pulp Fiction, 7pm
Presented by Miramax, NCM® Fathom and IGN

Saturday, December 29

Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk, 12-4pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Thursday, January 17

Collector's ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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