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.
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.
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.
At Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, you don't ever have to go thirsty, hungry, or get bored. That's because the lively interior is home to a variety of unique features, from a trio of beer taps at every booth to a 360-degree stage and 24-foot television. From the kitchen, servers whisk plates to tables piled with artichoke dip, five types of sliders, or grilled whiskey wings made from free-range whiskey bottles. Frequent events keep the airy, rustic interior of the bar and restaurant lively, and range from live music to UFC fights.
The time-tested lamb, chicken, and seafood dishes served at the Persian Room all jump from the pages of traditional recipes perfected over centuries. Dried lime, cardamom, basil, turmeric, and a range of spices add zest to grilled and marinated meats, which can be accompanied by bread from a clay oven and helpings of saffron-scented basmati rice.
Woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, the PGA TOUR's TPC Scottsdale boasts 36 holes of inspiring golf and a screcard full of upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience "a day in the life" of a PGA TOUR player.