Muscle cars and band geeks don't typically mesh -- unless the former is running over the latter. But the Cruisin' to the Tunes Car Show at Deer Valley High School, 18424 North 51st Avenue in Glendale, turns the odd pairing into the perfect duo for a day. The fourth annual car show on Saturday, March 12, will display classic and custom cars, from the '68 bitchin' Camaro to the '05 Ford, to raise money for the high school's Skyhawk band, which will play throughout the show. So, why not a bake sale with saxophone-shaped cookies instead? "Car people are very supportive of youth," says Bob Coudret, the man in charge and the father of a Deer Valley High junior who plays the drums. Clearly. Last year's show brought in $10,000, and this year's lineup of cars is five times as long, Coudret says. Wanna show off your ride? Registration starts at 8 a.m.; entry fee is $20. Judging begins at 11 a.m. with awards at 3 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. See www.skyhawkband.org. -- Ashlea Deahl
Can't We All Just Get Along
Get ecumenical at Celebrate Peace concert
Seems like we've spent centuries at war over religion, playing the "My heavenly father can beat up your heavenly father" game. It's about time somebody celebrated the interfaith community, which is exactly what singer Snatam Kaur plans on doing when she brings her Celebrate Peace concert to Vision Quest Metaphysical Bookstore, 2225 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, on Saturday, March 12. Kaur blends Gurmukhi verses, Kundalini Yoga mantras and English verse to create her own divine sound. She'll be joined by leaders from various local ministries, in a candlelit ceremony that celebrates all faiths. The show starts at 7:15 p.m., and tickets cost $15 to $20. Call 480-949-1888. -- Niki D'Andrea
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Budget Big Top
All the thrills, none of the foof
James Judkins, creator of Circus Chimera, thinks most of the circuses in America suck. He should know, since he worked in the business for 20 years before forming Circus Chimera in 1997. "You have an act, then somebody selling something," Judkins says of stateside circuses. "In the rest of the world, the circus is an art form. We wanted to bring back the art of the circus, design it as a show, and do it at a reasonable price."
Circus Chimera's big-top shebang includes contortionists, quick-change artists, flying trapeze artists, speed-juggling, wire-walking, clowns, and things like "the Wheel of Destiny" and "the Motorcycle Globe of Death." The show has been likened to Cirque du Soleil, minus the price tag.
The tent goes up at Litchfield and McDowell roads in Goodyear on Friday, March 11, with shows at various times through Sunday, March 13. Tickets cost $10 to $16. Call 888-663-7464. -- Niki D'Andrea