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In Good Taste – Scottsdale galleries launch ArtWalk’s Taste of Wine
Fresh Paint – “Quick Draw” featured at Scottsdale Fall for the Arts
What’s The Buzz – Stage lineups for Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts
Street Scene – November brings live music to Scottsdale corners
The Arts Dept. – Western ArtWalk entertainment announced
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Scottsdale galleries launch ArtWalk’s Taste of Wine

Rex GoliathThis year’s Western ArtWalk in Scottsdale will feature wine tastings with Rex Goliath Wines as part of a new activity, ArtWalk’s “Taste of Wine.” The fundraising event, sponsored in part by Arizona Collector’s Guide, is slated for Thurs., Nov. 8 from 7 to 9 pm in six participating galleries.

ArtWalkers can purchase a souvenir ArtWalk wine glass that benefits two great nonprofits, the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the Scottsdale Artists’ School, in their ongoing efforts to further public art and art education. Tastes will then be given throughout the evening to bearers of the souvenir ArtWalk glass at participating galleries in the Arts District, a different varietal of Rex Goliath wine at each of those galleries. Following ArtWalk at 9pm, wine tasters are invited to The Brathaus nearby, where additional samples will be served and a mural unveiling will add to the merriment.

The evening’s tasters will be guided by a “Taste of Wine” passport that is provided to them with each donation. Details and souvenir wine glasses can be found at the northwest corner of Main Street and Marshall Way.

More info at

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FreshPaintQuick Draw

“Quick Draw” featured at Scottsdale Fall for the Arts

Scottsdale galleries are planning a “paint out” for Saturday, Nov. 10 as their part in Scottsdale’s multi-event “Fall for the Arts,” which is running Nov. 8-10. In the style of an old-fashioned shootout, Main Street will be closed for its 10am “Quick Draw” with 30 artists using paints & brushes instead of guns & bullets. Artists will paint or sculpt intensely for two hours and then watch as their original works get auctioned off at High Noon – while the paint’s still wet! – right smack dab in the center of Main Street in Downtown Scottsdale, between Scottsdale Road and Marshall Way. Simultaneously, 30 major art shows are planned in nearby galleries and there will be live music along the ArtWalk route. It’s all free to the public!

More information and a complete list of participating artists:

Stage lineups announced for Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will feature jazz, grassroots and world musics when it returns to the Mill Avenue District this Fall, and an outstanding lineup will appear each day on the Festival Stage. Here’s what’s on tap: Eric Rasmussen

Friday, Nov. 30
11am - Mary Petrich Trio - Popular saxophonist plays jazz standards and originals
2pm - Eric Rasmussen Quartet - Cool contemporary group led by soprano sax innovator
3:30pm - Delphine Cortez with Joel Robin - Jazz vocals and keyboards featured with these two stalwarts

Saturday, Dec. 1
11am - Hans Olson - Legendary bluesman on guitar, harmonica and vocals
12:30 pm - The Blue Goats - A touch of bluegrass on rock classics and new tunes
2 pm - Joe Bethancourt - Arizona’s wizard of stringed instruments playing solo
3:30pm - Sugar Thieves Duo - Two cups of the Sugar Thieves’ great blues and roots

Sunday, Dec. 2
11am - Tera Crisalida Group - Smooth samba sounds and rhythms from Brazil
2pm - The Freddie Duran Tres - A bit of spice w/ Freddie Duran, Carole Pellatt & Joe Garcia
3:30pm - Blaine Long - Outstanding singer-songwriter with rootsy, jazzy feel

Music fans can find the Festival Stage in front of MadCap Theatre and adjacent to the Arizona Wine Festival area (a great place to sip regional varietals while soaking up the nearby sounds). Now in its 44th year as one of the West’s premier outdoor events, the weekend festival boasts more than 400 artists, original musicians and craftspeople. Watch for more details coming soon!

More info:
Image: Musician Eric Rasmussen


November brings live music to Scottsdale street corners

John CalvertThe Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds music series are starting up again in Scottsdale with some fine and varied performers presented free of charge on the streets amid dozens of colorful art galleries. Thursday night music spotlights some of the Valley’s best pop, rock and jazz musicians as part of the ArtWalk in downtown Scottsdale’s Arts District from 7 to 9 pm. You can also hear great music and check out dozens of art galleries from 1-3 pm every Saturday. Both series are part of the Scottsdale Street Performer program and are presented in conjunction with the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale.

Coming up on Saturdays in November
John Calvert – Folk, jazz and classical from this superb guitarist
Blaine Long – All-original singer-songwriter on the upswing

Featured on Thursday nights
Jeordie – Folk-rock dynamo with an infectious, rootsy sound
Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original pianist defies categorization

Plus more! The latest details at
Image: Musician John Calvert


Western ArtWalk entertainment announced

Denny KullerWestern ArtWalk will be busy Nov. 8 with artist appearances and gallery shows, but will also feature some great live music and art activities. Listen for downhome sounds on the street from country classic Denny Kuller, songstress Mary Hoffman, and “cowgirl jazz” singer LeeLee Robert – sponsored in part by True West magazine. Scottsdale’s singing cowboy, Gary Sprague, will also appear on horseback with his trusty steed Dusty. For those who would like to try their hand at painting, there will also be a live art demonstration courtesy of Studio 1307 where passersby will be invited to see how “quick they are on the draw” (at an easel), too! There’s plenty of nearby free parking, and easy access to famed Scottsdale eateries that are on the ArtWalk Recommended Restaurants list.

Western ArtWalk

Details at

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Image: Musician Denny Kuller


“At night the stars put on a show for free.
And darling you can share it all with me.
I keep telling you…
Right smack dab in the middle of town
I found a paradise that’s trouble proof.
And if this world starts getting you down,
there’s room enough for two up on the roof.”

– by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, first made into a hit by The Drifters, but everyone should hear the way Laura Nyro did it backed by Patti Labelle and the Bluebells.

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Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Thursday Tunes, 7-9pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Every Saturday

Saturday Sounds, 1-3pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Thursday, November 8

Western ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Part of Fall for the Arts in Scottsdale
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Saturday, November 10

Main Street Quick Draw, 10am-1pm, FREE                       
Part of “Fall for the Arts” in Scottsdale
Hosted by Main Street Galleries

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 10

Tempe Festival of the Arts, 10am-5pm, FREE
Mill Avenue District

Thursday, December 6

Holiday ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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