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What's Happening: Calendar

 by Stephanie Berger
 published on Thursday, March 23, 2006


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-Event-

The Southwest Salsa Challenge
Saturday, March 25


Is there anyone in Arizona who doesn't like salsa? Sure, maybe if you've only lived in Tempe for awhile you can only handle the mild variety, but by the time you graduate from ASU, chances are you'll have worked your way up to a taste bud tolerance for extra-spicy. If you're one of those people who douses everything you eat in this condiment, stop by the Salsa Challenge at the Tempe Beach Park (Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to sample more than 70 salsas from contestants in the individual, restaurant and business categories. Also, as college students, we were particularly interested in the Sauza Margarita Mix-Off, where from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. bartenders from around the Valley will compete to see who can make the tastiest drink. Tickets are $8.00 on www.salsachallenge.com, and $10 at the event. All proceeds benefit The Hemophilia Association of Arizona. Call (602) 955-3947 for more information.

-Music-

Take Action Tour
Sunday, March 26


We love music that has a message, that resonates with us long after we hear it and makes us want to take action to solve a problem or remedy some of the injustice and sadness that's so rampant in our society. So when we heard there's a whole musical tour devoted to the idea of making life better, we were intrigued. Even if you aren't a big fan of punk and hardcore bands Matchbook Romance, Silverstein, The Early November, Amber Pacific, and I Am Ghost, you have to respect any groups that tour to help raise money for the National Hopeline Network, a suicide prevention organization. Go listen to some tunes and donate some cash to a good cause at 6:00 p.m. at the Marquee Theatre (730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe). Tickets are $17. Call the box office at (480) 829-1300 for more information.

-Art-

Art Detour
Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26


We just can't stop relentlessly promoting the downtown Phoenix art scene, because it just kills us to hear people say that nothing cultural happens in Arizona. Like a big culmination of all the year's First Fridays, the Artlink Art Detour 18 has been called one of the largest, most attended art events in the country. With more than 90 open galleries, from some that aren't open on most First Fridays to favorite spaces like The Paper Heart, Perihelion Arts, The Trunk Space and Eye Lounge, Art Detour has something for everyone. And best of all, the event is free. Start your self-guided tour at the Burton Barr Central Library (1211 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) and go where your artistic instincts lead you. Call (602) 262-4636 for more information.

-Film-

Phoenix Film Festival
Thursday, March 23 - Thursday, March 30


Phoenix's film festival may not be the next Sundance, but it does give you a great opportunity to see a variety of cinematic works, from animated and live-action shorts to full-length films competing for awards. Special activities occur at the festival every day, with an opening night gala on Thursday, March 23 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatres (7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix), and a closing night party on Thursday, March 30. Films are shown all day at theaters throughout the Valley and on each day of the festival, with the schedule available online at www.phxfilmfestival.com. Tickets range from $120 for a student pass to all festival events, to $30 to attend the opening night. Individual screenings are $10 each. For more information, call (602) 955-6444.



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