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Events Around the Valley This Week (April 1-6)

This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for April 1-6.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations. Information for EVENTS should be submitted at least eight weeks before the first of the month it is to be published. Log on to phgmag.com/calendar-submission.

SPECIAL EVENTS

NCAA Men’s Final Four
April 5-8
Only four teams will remain when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament arrives in the Valley. You can check out the action even if you don’t have a ticket, including the Final Four Fan Fest and the free March Madness Music Festival downtown. Visit the Tip-Off Tailgate to join the party in the stadium parking lot before the game, or check out the Reese’s Men’s Final Four Friday on April 5, beginning at 10 a.m. You can also catch an open practice for all four teams and watch the NABC All-Star Game at 3:30 p.m. Check the website for ticket prices and schedule information. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, (602) 379-0102, statefarmstadium.com

Men’s Final Four Fan Fest Presented by Capital One
April 5-8

Celebrate college hoops with interactive games and celebrity and athlete appearances, and snag an autograph or two. Check website for schedule. Tickets are $8-$10 for ages 13 and older; free for children younger than 12. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, ncaa.com

NCAA March Madness Music Festival
April 5-7

Local and national musical acts will visit Downtown Phoenix for a rockin’ festival that includes the AT&T Block Party on Friday afternoon, Coke Studio Live on Saturday, and things will come to an end on Sunday with the Capital One Jam Fest. Check website for schedule and performers. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St, Phoenix, ncaa.com

Cosanti Tile-making experiences
April 6
In this hands-on class, instructors will guide guests through the exceptional tile-making and design process developed by The Cosanti Foundation and used every day by the artisans of Cosanti Originals. Each tile-making experience begins at 10 a.m. with an introductory tour of the iconic property that was once the gallery, studio and residence of famed Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. The session concludes at 1 p.m. with a photo session of participants and their clay tiles, which will be lightly glazed and fired, then shipped directly to the attendees. $125 per person. 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley, (480) 948-6145, cosanti.com

Arizona Bike Week 2023
April 3-7

Brantley Gilbert and Godsmack are scheduled to perform at one of the nation’s largest bike rallies. In addition to the great music, attendees can enjoy parties, bike and stunt shows, and demo rides. Check website for schedule. Rally passes start at $99. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbikeweek.com

Walk with Wildlife Tour
Through April 30

Have lunch with the lions as you enjoy a guided tour of the animal sanctuary filled with native wildlife, including Mexican gray wolves, bobcats, coyotes, mule deer and black bears. Tu-Sa, call for times. $35, adults; $25, children 3-12; $10 for children under 3. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., Scottsdale, 480-471-3621, southwestwildlife.org

ARTS & CULTURE

The ARTrageous Gala – Cosmic Crescendo
April 6
Witness immersive art and performance inspired by the solar eclipse in this outdoor gala celebrating all things celestial. The festivities include a red carpet arrival, living art, silent and live auctions, a coursed meal, and a dessert bar. Proceeds from this event benefit the arts in Scottsdale. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Seats start at $450. Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org

Field Studies: Altered Maps & Artist’s Books
Through April 14
Books of maps and art are enhanced by Arizona artist Daniel Mayer’s imaginative flourishes, complete with renderings of atmospheric rivers and surfaces that reflect climate change and other weather cycles. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 12-5 p.m.; Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

Artistic Vision
Through June 1
Are the answers to the metaphysical questions we continually ask ourselves found in art or nature?  The selections in this exhibition, featuring works by painter Tim Bhajjan and photographer Charlie Gaskill, among others, acknowledge that it might be both. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Desert Artisans Gallery, 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, (520) 722-4412, desertartisansgallery.com

Cruising: The Lowrider Art Exhibit
Through June 8
For the drivers behind the wheels of beautifully designed vehicles, it’s more than just a car. It’s an expression of their personality and culture. You can see these airbrushed and pin-striped expressions on display in photos, painted vehicles and graffiti at this celebration of this artistic hobby. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m., Vision Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, visiongallery.org

Carolina Aranibar-Fernández: Oleaje
Through August 4
The hidden consequences of exploiting natural resources are depicted in the San Francisco-based artist’s exhibition using intensive processes, including etching, sewing, cutting and printing. The result is colorfully executed artwork featuring beautifully translated cartography and topography. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666, smoca.org

Sarah Zapata: Beneath the breath of the sun
Through July 24
The Texas-born artist, who wove the works in this exhibition during her residency with CALA Alliance late last year, visualizes the discord between unconventional art and identity and the traditional aspects of design. Call for times. ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, (480) 965-2787, asuartmuseum.asu.edu 

Master Class
Through April 14

In Terence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, diva Maria Callas shares with students the triumphs and tragedies of her life and teaches them that art requires sacrifice. Check website for showtimes and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 833-282-7328, atc.org

Sondheim Tribute Revue
Through April 14

Celebrate the work of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in this musical revue. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, 623-815-7930, theaterworks.org

Transcendent Geometries
Through May 25

Shapes and patterns can tell a story, much like a photograph or a painting. Ato Ribeiro, Carrie Marill and Andy Burgess are artists working within the limitations of mathematics and their materials to send a powerful message or share a personal truth. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception, March 4, 12-3 p.m. Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 E. Catalina Drive, Phoenix, (480) 990-7342, lisasettegallery.com

Mother Nature
Through April 7

Our planet’s beauty and heterogeneity are shown through various mediums from the point of view of artists Danielle Embry, Linda Enger, Magda Gluszek and Hyewon Yoon. If you’re assuming this is still life, think again. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 12-5 p.m.; Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

Storytelling with Photographs
Through April 28

Randy Johnson has never forgotten his passion for photography. Since the Diamondback pitcher retired in 2010, he’s been spotted with a camera on the sidelines of football fields and racetracks or in the mosh pit taking shots of musicians. This exhibition of his work will feature his stunning wildlife photography while on several African safaris. The opening will take place on Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. Check website for exhibition hours. The Center Space Gallery is inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, (480) 499-8587, scottsdaleartslearning.org

Barbie: A Cultural Icon
Through July 7

On the heels of the hit movie, the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition, created by Illusion Projects and Mattel, Inc., gives visitors a real sense of the doll’s place in art, design and pop culture over decades. Visitors can even get their picture taken next to a life-size Barbie Mirror-Pink Corvette. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1880, phxart.org

Dorothy Fratt: Color Mirage
Now through July 21

The term “underrated” gets needlessly thrown around, but it certainly applies to Valley painter Dorthy Fratt. The artist helped commission the public sculpture “Windows to the West” by Louise Nevelson in Scottsdale while her work blazed its own trail in abstraction. “Color Mirage” is the first U.S. exhibition celebrating her art, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666, smoca.org

EVENTS COMING SOON…

Phoenix Home & Garden’s Garden Tour
April 20

The pages of PHOENIX’s sister publication come to life as patrons enjoy exclusive access to a curated selection of the Valley’s most enchanting home gardens during this annual self-guided tour. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to mingle with Phoenix Home & Garden’s editorial staff as well as architects and designers featured in the magazine. VIP, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; GA, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $85-$125, Various Valley locations, phgmag.com

Nate Bargatze
April 13-14
After hosting a riotously funny episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the “nicest guy in comedy,” who filmed his hilarious stand-up special “Hello World” at our own Celebrity Theatre, is coming to the Valley with a new show. 7 p.m. $35-$95, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (602) 379-7800. footprintcenter.com

FRIED: A French Fry & Music Festival
April 20
French fries aren’t just something to go with your burger. There are french fry tacos, pizza fries, kimchi fries, lobster fries, cheesesteak fries and carne asada fries. Try these and more with your favorite dipping sauces at this local celebration of all things sizzling. A local music lineup will accompany your potato chow-down. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $16, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, friedfestival.com

David Sedaris
May 10
Fans of the hilarious essayist might be surprised to know that he did not include “SantaLand Diaries,” the story about his time as a department store elf that earned him a place in the hearts of NPR listeners, in his collection of his favorite works, “The Best of Me.” However, his wit and humor are ideally experienced not on the printed page, but in person. 8 p.m. Check the website for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, (480) 499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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