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Making Spirits Bright: A Merriment of Seasonal Spectacles

Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Ballet are also presenting their own productions of “The Nutcracker” throughout December. Meanwhile, Center Dance Ensemble is performing Frances Ford Cohen’s “Snow Queen” at Herberger Theater Center through Dec. 16 and the Christian Dance Company will present the 31st anniversary of its holiday show “The Spirit of Christmas” Dec. 8–16 at Chandler Center for the Arts.

Eggnog Breakfast Strata

A perfect family breakfast for Christmas morning, or any morning! Make ahead of time, and then pop in the oven on the morning of the big day. Feel free to substitute any kind of leftover bread that you have. I just love the way the croissants look and taste!

Arizona History Restored at Castle Hot Springs

An hour north of Phoenix in the rugged Bradshaw Mountains, Castle Hot Springs, one of Arizona’s first luxury resorts, was destroyed in a fire 42 years ago. Much to the delight of guests, it will be reopening its doors, and with its opening will come historical charm, modern amenities, fresh culinary options and relaxing activities in a peaceful setting.

The Innovation of Pesavento

From a hidden room in their Vicenza, Italy workshop, the two have not only created beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, but they’ve developed an innovative—and highly secret—formula that makes their sterling silver and gold jewelry easy to identify as Pesavento originals.

Capture the Night Sky

Our beautiful land is known for its desert landscapes and radiant sunsets, but those of us who call Arizona home know that, when the sun settles in for its evening rest, the darkness holds some of the most truly magical moments.

New Beginnings

The American West has always been a beacon for adventurers, entrepreneurs, trend-setters and, of course, artists. “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West,” is an exhibition of 100 works by 70 well-known artists from the celebrated Tia Collection that makes its debut at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

Wild & Free

When Cave Creek’s Ciolim Gallery hosts a weekend-long fundraising event Nov. 17 and 18, the true beneficiaries will be the historic Salt River herd of wild horses who once numbered over one million strong. Now it is believed that fewer than 600 remain in Arizona.

Dorris Opera House: The Cultural Core of Phoenix History

The Dorris Opera House may sound like a mere myth to some thanks to the limited remaining evidence of its existence and the tall tales of its heyday that involve a “massacre.” However, it is in fact one of Phoenix’s most significant pieces of history, contributing culture to the city thereby putting it on the map and stimulating its growth.

Playing With Fire

Artist Newt Grover’s career has always centered around the use of fire. His burning desire to create has evolved throughout the years and has taken him from one art form to another. He has now found his artistic groove in glass blowing, and from private collectors to large public exhibits, the beauty of what he creates, and how his art in enjoyed by others continuously humbles him.

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