This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, August 21
Thursday, August 21 is the last trial round of competition in the Climbmax Bouldering Comps Hot House Classic before the championship, scheduled for September 16. With divisions geared to different age groups as well as all skill levels, it's a chance for the whole family to rock out. Following the competition, award winners get prizes from local sponsors. A percentage of the trial scores are factored into the championship tally, so you'd better get a grip. Check-in starts at 4:45 p.m. for competition between 5 and 10 p.m. at Climbmax Climbing Center, 128 South Siesta Lane in Tempe. The cost is $15; call 480-902-0718 to register.

Bring a sandwich and take a long lunch break on Thursday, August 21, for one of the funniest movies ever made: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Part of the Paper Heart Gallery's free Lunchtime Cinema series, the classic comedy screening starts at 11 a.m. The Paper Heart is located at 222 North Fifth Avenue. Call 602-262-2020 or visit www.thepaperheart.com for more information.

Friday, August 22
A whole lotta shakin' goin' on at Sinbad Restaurant puts the fun into fund raiser, with live belly dancing to raise money for the Child Crisis Center of Mesa on Friday, August 22. Alimah, a modern tribal fusion belly dancing troupe, provides the rousing but family-friendly performance at 7:30 p.m. Since the dancers are gyrating for your generosity, tip them well -- all tips as well as a portion of the dinner cost get donated. The all-you-can-eat Middle Eastern buffet is $14.95; call 480-491-5588 for reservations. Sinbad is located at 5004 South Price, in the Tempe Plaza at Price and Baseline in Tempe.

Saturday, August 23
Not every city is graced with a football team in the Women's Professional Football League, but Phoenix (amazingly) has two -- a built-in local rivalry makes for delightfully aggressive action on the field. Head to the Sunnyslope High School football field on Saturday, August 23, to see "home" team the Arizona Knighthawks take on the Arizona Caliente at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for police, military personnel or firefighters, and $6 for students. Admission is free for kids under 10 accompanied by a paying adult. The field is located at 35 West Dunlap. To find out more, visit www.womensprofootball.com.

Sunday, August 24
To accompany the rare garments on display in the new exhibition "Sculpture in Silk: Costumes From Japan's Noh Theater," Phoenix Art Museum presents a rare afternoon of Noh theater in performance on Sunday, August 24. For The History and Practice of Noh, Seattle-based Noh experts David Crandall and Yukie Iitomi discuss the traditional stage setup of the refined Japanese art form and a synopsis of the plays, then perform two excerpts. If you've ever been curious about seeing the gorgeous, ornate costumes create architectural shapes on the body, this is your chance to witness beauty in action. The presentation is free with general museum admission at Whiteman Hall, inside Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. performance, and the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1222.

Monday, August 25
You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can, to a certain extent, learn a lot about a person by his or her choice of reading material. On the last Monday of every month, Changing Hands Bookstore's latest discussion series, Community Talking About Books, gives the public a chance to understand local leaders better through discussions of their favorite books. Susan Krane, director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, is the featured guest on Monday, August 25, and she offers her insights on Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, which teaches how to really look at art exhibits. The dialogue starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free at Changing Hands, 6428 South McClintock in Tempe. Call 480-730-0205 for further details.

Tuesday, August 26
Clustered in an unassuming stretch of Stetson Drive are three of the Valley's hippest foodie destinations: Cowboy Ciao, Sea Saw and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Each draws a devoted crowd -- sometimes too devoted. For patrons who've been curious to try out the other places but somehow always end up at their favorite, the restaurants team up for the six-course Tuesday Dine-Around on August 26. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the "dinner cruise" starts at Sea Saw, where diners enjoy champagne and sake paired with two "tapanese" dishes prepared by Chef Nobu Fukuda, who was recently chosen by Food and Wineas one of the country's top 10 new chefs. The following two courses, accompanied by wines, are modern American cuisine created by Chef Bernie Kantak at Cowboy Ciao. Rounding out the eating excursion are two servings of "global small foods," also prepared by Kantak, at Kazimierz. The evening starts at 7133 East Stetson in Scottsdale. For reservations, call 480-WINE-111 (946-3111). Visit www.cowboyciao.com for more information.

Wednesday, August 27
Is there some kind of mystical force behind the Chinese practice of feng shui, or is it simply the result of thousands of years of good design sense? Either way, it's hard to knock something that somehow works to make our lives better. On Wednesday, August 27, feng shui consultant Gina Crystal presents "The Dynamic World of Feng Shui -- Making It Work for You" at 7 p.m. at the Paradise Valley Whole Foods Market. Among the topics Crystal discusses are basic feng shui principles, how to create harmony and balance at home or in the office, "space clearing" and more. Participation is $10, and preregistration is required. Call 602-405-9915 for details. Whole Foods is located at 10810 North Tatum.

 
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