A'Fair is fairest of them all
Filled with flowers, fountains and frolicking puppy dogs, the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall represents all that is good and beautiful. It'd be enough to make one sick – if the place weren't so damn delightful. On Sunday afternoons through April, this spot in the sun gets even sweeter, as the Sunday A'Fair event series fills the mall with music, art and food. Fairgoers can bring blankets and picnic baskets or buy burgers and beer from the Arts Cafe in the Park. Folks wander the booths where Arizona artists sell their wares, and creative kids construct crafts of their own.
This Sunday, March 2, the free festival features Chinese music and dance from the Phoenix Chinese Art Ensemble, followed by Traveler, a Valley group whose "world fusion music" rises from flamenco guitars, Gypsy and Celtic violins, Greek bouzouki, Arabic oud, and Thai and English dulcimers.
It all happens from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale; call 480-994-ARTS for details. -- Jill Koch
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There's certainly no shortage of Indian art in these parts, but sometimes the word "art" is used rather loosely. However, there's one annual event that's guaranteed to bring together the crème de la crème of Native American arts and crafts: the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. This sprawling celebration of indigenous Southwestern culture, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, is expected to draw more than 18,000 visitors in search of original pottery, basketry, jewelry, carvings, paintings and sculptures from hundreds of artisans, some of whom will be demonstrating their techniques throughout the event. An entertainment showcase headlined by Grammy-nominated flutist R. Carlos Nakai also includes performances by traditional dance groups, Mexico's America Indigena, and World Champion Hoop Dancers. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for kids under 4. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 North Central. Call 602-252-8848 for more information.-– Michele Laudig