After joining the National League's West Division in 1998, it only took four seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks to become World Series champions, making them the fastest expansion team to win it all in MLB history. Since then, the D-backs faithful continue to fill the stands of Chase Field, a 48,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark constructed for the team's inaugural season. The widest LED board in Major League Baseball replays crucial saves and high-flying hits in 136'x46' of high-definition glory, and just beyond the fence in right-center field, a swimming pool allows fans armed with foam noodles to whack opponents' home runs back into play. During the fourth inning of every game, kids can interact with D. Baxter the Bobcat in his upper-concourse Den equipped with slides and batting cages.
Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios' highly experienced instructors instill the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, and tangos into dancing gams. Private introductory lessons school feet in a choice of over 20 styles during sessions, as individuals or couples learn the basics of ballroom dance, dance-floor etiquette, and surgical options available for second left feet. Aside from private sessions, group classes encourage amateur dancers to test out their skills with fellow frolickers during 45 minutes of sashaying and socializing. By the end of their introductory education, students whirl and waltz through the studio's spacious dancing environment with more confidence than the Lord of the Dance at an Irish nightclub.
Conceived by the Arab American Association, The USA Belly Dance Queen Show showcases some of the nation's top torso twisters in an effort to bridge cultural gaps through art and tradition. Three different levels of contestants wiggle their hips in front of professional Arab judges, who rate each routine based on specific criteria, including costume and makeup, use of props, and ability to make hula-hoops blush. As sultry Middle Eastern music drifts throughout the venue, the show's standout dancers groove past opposition and into the final rounds before judges crown 2012's queens of belly dancing. A surprise celebrity guest will captivate the audience with a dancing performance, and onsite vendors enable attendees to corral exotic décor, tribal jewelry, and DVDs of football's most famous touchdown belly dances.
Like a young pilgrim climbing a mountain to seek the wisdom of a wizened sage, Dave Thurston made a trek many years ago to the heart of improv comedy: Chicago. There, he studied with Second City, the Annoyance Theatre, and iO, and met such comedic greats as Tim Meadows, Martin Short, and Catherine O'Hara. Now, returned from this metaphorical mountaintop, Dave produces more than 250 shows a year at his network of Outliars Comedy Clubs, and shares his more than 14 years of experience with classes of hopeful improvisers.
SoZo Coffee is "Coffee with a Cause." We are a coffeehouse in Chandler serving amazing coffee and tea drinks and giving proceeds back to our community and world in order to make a difference. We also provide a venue, with a stage and PA system, for local artists (both musical and visual) to share their talents.