Afro:Baile Records transforms the Valley into an exotic celebration of Brazilian culture during its third annual Carnaval do Brazil, which has reeled in the attention of such media outlets as Fox 10 News and Latino Perspectives Magazine. The yearly showcase of authentic Brazilian music and dance directs the spotlight toward artists flown in from across the globe, fusing a colorful medley of Carnaval elements into one energized gala. As attendees shake their hips to the samba, groove to the tribal beats of batucada, and frantically write revised lyrics on napkins to the ethereal sounds of capoeira, multitalented performers sashay across the stage sheathed in eye-dazzling costumes and elaborate accessories. The lively bill of Carnaval do Brazil includes a cast of tuneful artists such as Quetzal Guerrero, Axe Folclorico, and DJ Seduce. Additionally, homemade Brazilian food and drinks (not included with today's Groupon) help recharge dancing batteries, and giveaways and prizes reward best-dressed attendees and guests who can most successfully morph into a human maraca.
Arizona’s most promising side-splitters share the stage with nationally renowned headliners at Speakeasy Comedy Club, a venue taking its atmospheric cues from a Prohibition-era nightspot. Shows on Friday and Saturday nights feature performers who have honed their anatomical knowledge of funny bones during televised appearances on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and HBO specials. Though the club discloses its password to a range of comics from diverse backgrounds, most performers eschew squeaky-clean comedy for a brand of dirty humor that appeals to the noir detectives who regularly lean on the venue's gray brick walls or occupy the back row’s plushy seats. A friendly wait staff supplies cocktails, signature margaritas, and other exquisite libations along with Mexican cuisine to soothe bellies aching from chortling fits.
Amid the smell of blooming hyacinths and the colorful ensigns of freshly emerged butterflies, one need only turn to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for proof of an encroaching spring. As the spring-training grounds for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the park?named as an homage to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community?sports 12 baseball diamonds, giving fans ample opportunity to watch the action and practice voicing play-by-plays of groundskeepers mowing the adjacent fields. In addition to spring-training bouts, Salt River Fields also hosts numerous special events, such as arts festivals and charity sports events.
On opening night for the Arizona Fall League at Salt River Fields, many of MLB's most talented prospects will jog onto the field to begin a fall season of America's favorite pastime. With rosters packed with prospective players from 10 major-league teams, including the Diamondbacks, the Javelinas and Salt River Rafters showcase the athleticism of players such as pitcher Anthony Bass and infielder Ryan Wheeler. Groups and duos can revel in traditional moments, from the opening pitch to the seventh-inning stretch and ninth-inning worm. The game kicks off Arizona Fall League's season at the new stadium, which takes in panoramic views of red mountains.
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At Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, three troupes—the Actor’s Cafe, the Children’s Theatre, and Cullity Hall productions—celebrate great storytelling with seasons full of classic plays and child-friendly adaptations. The Actor’s Cafe’s small, adult casts perform in a 60-seat cabaret, and the grownups and growing-ups of the other companies play on the main stage's still-intimate 136-seat theater-in-the-round.