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Around Town December 2017

Author: Rachel Eroh
Issue: December, 2017, Page 44
For the first time, a rare collection of musical instruments and artworks spanning 9,000 years of Chinese history has left its homeland, and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is the only venue in the world to showcase the one-of-a-kind exhibition. “Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum,”  through May 6, spotlights the symbiotic relationship between man and music through a compilation of more than 60 instruments and works of art. “Harmony—in both the musical and philosophical sense—has always been important in China,” says MIM curator Colin Pearson. “This exhibition plays upon the concept to tie these priceless treasures together and bring history and music to life.” $10/special exhibition only, $7/with purchase of general museum admission. (

NO GREATER GIFTRound up the family and enjoy a whimsical retreat up north that’s guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. This season, L’Auberge de Sedona offers guests a chance to experience the childhood magic of Christmas with its Polar Express Package, which features a 90-minute ride on the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express train. The minimum two-night stay includes up to 30 percent off a creekside room; a special kid’s amenity, including a colorful tote bag filled with fun knickknacks; and a packed picnic to enjoy on the train or on a hike through the iconic red rocks. Onboard, you’ll sip hot chocolate and munch on cookies while enjoying the scenery—but be sure to save a few for Santa Claus, too. Train tickets not included. Available through Jan. 6, 2018; packages start at $400/night. (

SIT BACK AND RELAXRelieve the mind and body of tensions and stress with new gong baths and Himalayan salt stone massages at the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Gong baths are one-hour group sessions in which guests are “bathed” in relaxing gong tones, resulting in the same brainwave frequencies that occur during meditation and deep sleep. For the Himalayan salt stone massage, heated organic salt stones are applied to the body to replenish nutrients and create a sense of calm. Treat your friends to this relaxing gift or indulge yourself with some post-holiday stress relief. $20/gong bath; $170/Himalayan salt stone massage (
Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s ninth annual Original Print Calendar for 2018 is the gift that keeps on giving. Each month features one-of-a-kind works of art from local artists, including Brent Bond, Mark McDowell and Janet Towbin, and no two calendars are alike. The prints and etchings are hand-produced and adhered to the pages with photo corners for easy removal for framing. Limited to 65 copies, the calendar makes a great gift. “This is a very personal present that adds 12 months’ worth of unique art that will continue to inspire and amaze those who hang it on their wall,” say Casey Blake, director of public relations for the Mesa Arts Center. Mention Phoenix Home & Garden to receive $5 off your purchase. Available at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, online or by phone at 480-644-6562. $200 (

Roof Revival
During his lifetime, Frank Lloyd Wright celebrated and enjoyed the arts at Taliesin West, his winter home in Scottsdale. Today, Wright’s love of music and theater lives on thanks to a renovation of his Music Pavilion—and a generous donation of fabric from Sunbrella—that takes the space back to Wright’s intended aesthetic. Following a fire in the mid-1960s, the canvas ceiling was replaced with fiberglass panels; to meet modern-day fire codes, a flame retardant was applied to the panels, causing them to discolor over time. By replacing them with the Sunbrella fabric, the preservation team was able to breathe life back into the roofing system. “Frank Lloyd Wright was always pushing the limits with his materials,” explains Fred Prozillo, director of preservation at Taliesin West. “We are respecting his ideas by using the Sunbrella fabric because we aren’t altering the historic factors, but now we have a roof that is as beautiful as it is long-lasting.” With a fresher, livelier look, the Music Pavilion pays tribute to its early architectural designs and can continue to follow Wright’s vision (
BEST IN THE WESTThe Hermosa Inn has been named No. 1 in the Top Hotels in the Southwest and West and No. 9 of the 10 Best Hotels in the U.S. by “Condé Nast Traveler.” More than 300,000 readers submitted ratings covering 7,320 hotels and resorts, with the local inn receiving a score of 97.38 out of 100. The vacation destination, located at 32 N. Palo Cristi Road in Paradise Valley, recently completed a $5.5 million renovation, adding 10 casitas and completely restoring 12 historic rancho casitas. The project also included the expansion of its bar, Lon’s Last Drop, doubling the outdoor patio space that showcases stunning Camelback Mountain views. “At the end of the day, it’s really about the service,” says Stephen Ast, managing director of the inn. “Once people get past the scenery, it’s the hospitality that creates their memorable experience of the Southwest.” (

New HorizonsIn honor of its 10th anniversary in the Valley, Bulthaup, a leader in high-end kitchen cabinetry and design, expanded with two new ventures: M-Arch and Bulthaup [Lab]. M-Arch offers quality products, including flooring, closet systems, and indoor and outdoor furniture, all curated to match the brand’s aesthetic appeal and image. “With the success of my company, I realized very quickly that once people experience intelligent and pleasing products, they want a continuity of that experience and quality across their home,” says owner and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Robert Moric. The showroom is designed to flow and fit together as though it is a modern and artfully designed living space. Bulthaup [Lab] is a nonprofit organization aimed to change the food culture by collaborating with professionals and businesses in the industry. With help from partners, the group is focusing on three main programs, including the creation of a Sonoran menu, a pop-up test kitchen for up-and-coming chefs and opportunities to bring kids from the community into these events to spark their creativity and interest in cuisine. (;
City FestivitiesSip hot cocoa and admire well-known and emerging artists’ pieces at the Gold Palette Art Walk during Scottsdazzle on Dec. 14 in Scottsdale. From Main Street to Marshall Way, festive decorations of wreaths, lights and traditional southwest luminarias will get you in the spirit. Classic holiday figures, including Santa, dancing elves and carolers, will entertain the crowds, while an Ice Queen  adds drama to the night. Stroll down the streets to discover captivating ice sculptures and decorated shop windows while perusing artwork to find that perfect gift. Scottsdazzle, a monthlong holiday experience, begins on Nov. 25. Other noteworthy events include the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 25, Cowboy Christmas on Dec. 9 and Sugar Plum Avenue on Dec. 16. Free (

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