44th Scottsdale Arts Festival

Roderick Stevens (Booth #108)

Roderick Stevens (Booth #108)

The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, an expanded roster of 15 local gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, creative activities for kids at the Imagine Nation family area and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present the U.S. debut of Happy Rainbow by the Los Angeles-based artist duo FriendsWithYou.

The outdoor event will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 East Second Street) March 14-16, and runs 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Single-day passes are $8 for adults; children age 12 and under are free.

For more information, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.

Arizona SciTech Festival: Science, Technology, Innovation

Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on September 4. The conference will be held 7:30am-6pm at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 East Second Street. The free, day-long event is open to those wanting to learn more about integrating STEM education into their communities. STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, is the backbone discipline of Arizona’s new economy.

The Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference will include 16 thought-provoking panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations, where collaborating organizations from the Arizona SciTech Festival will demonstrate STEM activities. The conference offers a unique opportunity to network with some of the state’s top STEM professionals, learn best practices in communicating STEM, as well as strategies to engage communities, local schools and businesses.

The conference keynote presentation, beginning at 3:45pm, will feature Geoff Notkin, star of TV’s “Meteorite Men” and Skylab Astronaut Dr. Ed Gibson. Notkin and Gibson will team up to provide unique perspectives on how they’ve worked to make the understanding and appreciation of science part of mainstream living.

For more information or to register for the Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference, visit www.azscitechfest.org/conference.

Performance Artist Explores Climate Change Era

Photo by Bethanie Hines

Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph uses hip-hop, poetry and movement to explore issues of social justice and the environment in his performance red, black and GREEN: a blues, at 7:30pm on January 20 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The Center is located at 7380 East  Second Street in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

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