You’d be forgiven for assuming that Shady’s was anything but a dive bar tucked away on Indian School Road. Even the exterior – all dark windows on a nondescript building façade – seems to indicate that Shady’s is exactly as their name suggests, but inside the ample bar space is a thriving hub of local activity. As a fun, cherished neighborhood hangout, this simple bar space is enlivened by a jukebox instead of blaring TVs, letting guests grab a swanky banquette near the pool tables for conversations that can actually be heard. Others get comfortable on the bar stools and order up an expertly crafted Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Corpse Reviver or lemon drop martini. Craft beers are another good option – there’s reason that the sign out front says “Fine Ales & Cocktails.”
Celebrity Theatre's distinctive in-the-round construction keeps show-goers close to the action, with no seat more than 70 feet from the performers. The slowly rotating stage ensures each audience member can bask in singers' flashing smiles and search the backs of their heads for bonus flashing smiles.
The soulful prowess of platinum-selling crooner Ginuwine kicks off the Groove Therapy Concert Series, encircling the Celebrity Theatre in buttery-smooth R & B as in-the-round seating provides panoramic views of his powerful performance. With a career as a singer and actor that spans three decades, Ginuwine skewers stage fright with come-hither charisma, stratosphere-scraping vocals, and an inhuman inability to perspire. With his cache of instant-classic jams such as “Pony” and “So Anxious” and tracks from his latest album Elgin, which peeks behind masculine mind-drapes to reveal fantasies of watching monster trucks tear up picturesque meadows, Ginuwine’s thrills fans and fries eggs on the stage with his fireplace-hot purr and thermometer-popping dance moves. Recording artist Mikey 360 starts off the show with a set of Arizona-baked R & B and hip-hop.