Thinker Toys

"Gadgets and Gizmos" has the high-tech lowdown

 6/7-8/31
Angus MacGyver himself couldn't have curated a craftier exhibition. Opening Saturday, June 7, at the ASU Art Museum, "Gadgets and Gizmos" showcases works that employ technology -- whether extensive or elementary -- providing techies young and old with an inside look at what makes things tick. The museum's fourth annual summer family exhibition spans the 20th century, with works ranging from straightforward (the hand-carved, wind-operated Windmill Whirligig) to stunning (Hans Kooi's levitating sculpture). And hands-on activities fusing technology and creativity allow kids to sidestep the "look, don't touch" confines of most museums. In conjunction with "Gadgets and Gizmos," continuing through August 31, the museum hosts its fourth annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and family day activities are free. The museum is located in the Nelson Fine Arts Center at 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. For more information, call 480-965-2787 or see asuartmuseum.asu.edu. - Jill Koch

Sax and the City

Making sweet music in Glendale

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Fast & furious: A showcase of all the toys a man could ever want
Fast & furious: A showcase of all the toys a man could ever want

6/5-7/24
Jump on the, ahem, bandwagon this Thursday, June 5, as the Glendale Summer Band kicks off its 36th annual concert series at the Glendale Amphitheater, 58th Avenue and Glendale. One hundred-some musicians of all ages pipe up at the free concerts, 8 p.m. Thursdays through July 24. Also of note: The Phoenix Youth Orchestra shares the bill at a bonus gig, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. - Jill Koch

Male Call

Size matters at Big Boys bonanza

6/6-6/8
Roused by the smell of diesel fuel and testosterone, men from throughout the Southwest will make their way this weekend to the Phoenix Civic Plaza, where the Men's Luxury Big Boys & Their Toys Expo touts all things fast, large and loud. From Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8, 200 exhibitors peddle autos and accessories, electronics and exercise equipment, furniture and fashions... you name it. After witnessing the unveiling of the Coyote -- a Jeep-Hummer hybrid that hits the market this fall for around 15 grand -- attendees can climb the walls, hit the batting cages, debate foreign policy with Cardinals cheerleaders, and salivate on luxury cars. Whether the best toys come in boxes mini (watches) or massive (aircraft), each man must decide for himself. Admission is $10 at the door, 111 North Third Street; see www.azbigboystoys.com. - Jill Koch

Seeing Wed

Expo lures Valley brides

Sun 6/8
After Cinderella's wedding, the fairy godmother took her talents on the road and organized the Bridal Fashion Debut and Wedding Services Expo. To this very day, brides who dream of perfect weddings stampede this one-stop bridal extravaganza, customizing their own fairy-tale endings. Have a ball at the Valley's biggest bridal blowout this Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Phoenix Civic Plaza. Round up your mom and your maid of honor, and spend the day in a riot of wedding excess. Ogle gowns, sample cake and try out wedding singers, for starters. Meet the music people, the flower people and the fashion people who can help make your day unforgettable. Phoenix Civic Plaza is located at Third Street and Jefferson. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 480-451-9718 or visit www.bridalfashiondebut.com. You'll be happy -- ever after -- that you did. - Kim Toms

 
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