Through April 30, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
The Taos Society of Artists exhibit – which includes more than 80 of the most highly valued Taos Society paintings ever exhibited together – concludes its Scottsdale viewing at the end of the month. The exhibit pays tribute to the Taos Society of Artists, one of the most influential schools of American painting in U.S. history, through a display featuring 19 artists. If you visit on April 11, catch a documentary screening of Awakening in Taos from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. as the final element of the museum’s “Taos Tuesdays” programming. Hours vary; closed Monday. Exhibit and screening are free with paid museum admission. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
April 1 - 29, The Promenade Scottsdale
Is there anything better than movies on a spring night? Back for the third year, The Promenade will feature these family-friendly movies: The Secret Life of Pets (April 1), Moana (April 8), The BFG (April 15), SING (April 22) and Finding Dory (April 29). 7:30 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalepromenade.com.
Through May 14, Desert Botanical Garden
Butterflies are back at the Desert Botanical Garden with its new 3,200-square-foot Butterfly Exhibit located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The exhibit will feature hundreds of live fluttering butterflies as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with garden admission. www.dbg.org.
April 5, 12 and 26, W Hotel
Torch calories in style at the W Scottsdale’s new fitness series – Sculpt Sessions – with celebrity trainer Lucas James. Held poolside, the heart-pounding workout series will take place three Wednesdays this month: April 5 will focus on total-body toning, April 12 will provide a cardio and core blast, and April 26 is a HIIT class. Check-in, 5:30 p.m.; class, 6 p.m. $10 (hotel guests are free). www.wscottsdaletickets.com.
April 6, the SHOPS Gainey Village
The Sips and Sounds concert series returns to the SHOPS Gainey Village with a live concert by Marmalade Skies performing hits from The Beatles. Relax under the stars and listen to music while enjoying food for purchase from many of the shopping center’s restaurants including Drexyl Modern American, ALMA WxSW Cuisine, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana and The Living Room. 6-8 p.m. Free. www.theshopsgaineyvillage.com.
April 6-13, Harkins Scottsdale 101
Find your new favorite movie and support local artists at the Phoenix Film Festival. The festival, which was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, is back for its 17th year. It will screen more than 150 films, hold exciting parties and provide filmmaking seminars. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.
April 8, Turf Paradise
Join Child Crisis Arizona for their first-ever Suds, Studs & Stogies event – an occasion for the men that mimics the annual Wine, Women & Horses luncheon (which is sold out). Tickets include admission to the exclusive Director’s Suite, a barbecue buffet and two libations. Registration, 11 a.m.; event, noon-4 p.m. $95. www.childcrisisaz.org.
April 9, The Camby Hotel
Think of your favorite fairy tale or movie … and make it a table at an event! The Happily Ever After League (HEAL) will host a Fairytale Tea where guests will enjoy a whimsical day as they help raise funds to help moms during cancer treatment. Grab some friends, and deck out your table for this annual tea party. 12:30 p.m. Individual tickets, $75; table of 10, $750. www.happilyeverafterleague.org.
April 18, Arizona Biltmore
Join Susan G. Komen Arizona for a morning of inspiration as they share the impact of Komen Arizona’s work in the community, speak to Komen’s new Bold Goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years, and their local priorities in the coming years. Limited seating available and RSVP required. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free to attend; cash contribtions welcome. www.komen.org.
April 18-23, ASU Gammage
This musical is the new Tony Award-winning show about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Heading to ASU Gammage on its first nationwide tour, Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Times vary. $20-$156+. www.asugammage.com.
April 20, Mesa Arts Center
Strike a pose with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. A modest Manhattan performance marked the beginning of the company’s nearly 60 years of unrivaled creativity. Taylor has become a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. www.mesaartscenter.com.
April 21, Scottsdale Hangar One
The annual notMYkid fundraiser will include cocktails, dinner, and a silent and live auction, plus the special musical guest will be Sal Valentinetti, an America’s Got Talent finalist. Proceeds from this year’s event will go directly toward funding notMYkid’s programs. 6-11 p.m. Individual tickets, $250. www.notmykid.org.
April 21, Grayhawk Golf Club
Break out your golf clubs for UMOM’s annual Spring into Summer Golf Tournament. Hosted at Grayhawk Golf Club, join UMOM for an afternoon on the course followed by an evening with cocktails, auctions and dancing – all in the name of ending homelessness, one family at a time. Registration, 12 p.m.; tee time, 1:15 p.m.; cocktail reception, 5:30 p.m. $1,400 for a foursome. www.umom.org.
April 22, Desert Botanical Garden
The desert at dusk welcomes you to Dinner on the Desert with event chair Rebecca Ailes-Fine. Be inspired while you sip cocktails and watch the sunset over the desert garden, where the night sky becomes the backdrop to savor fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine. An auction will include distinctive plants, pots, garden art and unique experiences. After dinner, attendees can enjoy music and dancing under the stars. 6 p.m. $600. www.dbg.org.
April 22, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Back for the seventh annual Celebrity Softball Game, hometown hero Larry Fitzgerald will bring out many of your favorite athletes and celebrities to show off their skills and knock it out of the park for the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund. Fans can see Fitzgerald and a roster of his celebrity friends in action as they go head-to-head in the highly-anticipated softball game followed by an after-party at the W Hotel. Gates, 5:30 p.m.; homerun derby, 6 p.m.; game, 7 p.m.; after-party, 9 p.m. $20. www.saltriverfields.com.
April 24, McCormick Ranch Golf Club Pavilion
This fourth annual event hosted by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale will recognize individuals and/or groups for outstanding community service and volunteerism. The 2017 Service Above Self awardees are: Rotarian/Valley leader Jim Bruner, Rotarian Ken Brown, NFL legend Nick Lowery, and Detour Theatre Company. The keynote speaker will be NFL legend Michael Bankston, the award presenter is the Honorable Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, and the event chair is Dr. Honora Norton. 5-8:30 p.m. $50. www.scottsdalerotary.org.
April 25, Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Join Valley business and government leaders, Phoenix City Council members, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to hear Mayor Greg Stanton’s priorities for 2017. Mayor Stanton’s focus is on growing Phoenix’s economy, increasing exports and promoting innovation. During his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Stanton will share the city’s progress and how he will continue moving Phoenix forward. 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $95. www.phoenixchamber.com.
April 29, Allstate Appliances
The Beer for Brains Foundation’s food, craft beer and wine-pairing event has a new twist. Street food chefs will create a new dish for a gourmet pairing competition. The evening begins with a VIP face-off between two street food celebrity chefs. The main event follows with a sampling of food, craft beer and wine from 12 street food chefs, breweries and vineyards. 7:30-10 p.m. (VIP begins at 6:30 p.m.). General admission, $95; VIP, $150. www.thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org.
April 29, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Kick off Ak-Chin Pavilion’s summer concert series with the iconic band Kings of Leon. Supporting their seventh studio album, WALLS, the band is taking their love of music to the stage with their nationwide tour. 7 p.m. $22-$318+. www.livenation.com.
April 30, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
The 36th annual Duet Cabaret will feature dining, dancing, cocktails, auction items, and entertainment by The Swingtips. As one of Duet’s largest fundraisers, proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s mission of promoting health and well-being through services to older and homebound adults who need one-on-one support. 1:30-5 p.m. Individual, $125; table of 10, $1,000. www.duetaz.org.
April 30, various locations
Plated & Staged gives attendees the opportunity to dine at top Valley restaurants to benefit the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs. To add a little theater drama – and an element of surprise – guests won’t find out where they are dining until the night of the event. The evening will begin at the Herberger Theater for a cocktail reception, silent auction and entertainment with dinner to follow. Cocktail reception, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. Cocktail reception only, $50; individual tickets, $225; table of eight, $1,800. www.herbergertheater.org.
May 6, Turf Paradise
Head to the Stella Artois Derby DayClub to watch live racing and place your bets on-site for the Kentucky Derby, which will be broadcast live at 3:24 p.m. A new addition this is year is the Hefeweizen Beer Garden, where you can sample craft beers. You can reserve seating and tables in the Stella Artois Derby DayClub Tent or the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge. Opens at 10:30 a.m. with live racing at 11:30 a.m. DayClub Tent admission, $25; Lincoln VIP Lounge admission, $100; reserved seating and tables vary in price. www.thepoloparty.com/derby.
May 6, Thirsty Lion at Scottsdale Fashion Square
At ACTIVESTARS’ Kentucky Derby party, all profits will go directly toward helping children participate in extracurricular fitness programs. The party will include many fun and exciting activities, such as coverage of the Kentucky Derby, contests, photos, caricatures, silent auctions, and much more. The party will be open to the public with several VIP guests. Advance tickets, $75; at the door, $90. www.az.activstars.com.