The agave plant is commonly referred to as the century plant because of the staggering amount of time it takes to flower and subsequently die. Despite being one of the planet's most versatile plants, it's most often associated with tequila, which, in turn, tends to make its partying partakers blossom rather rapidly, and wish that they were dead the following morning.
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Tequila's famed role in margaritas (cocktails as refined as they are historically revered) is often debased by tawdry glassware, and binging coeds looking for a fiesta. An affront to such spring break-worthy imagery is Desert Botanical Garden's tenth annual Agave on the Rocks. A celebration of all things agave -- mainly top shelf margs -- this year's festivities ought to be particularly spicy, thanks to the indie mambo flavorings of the outstanding rock outfit Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra.
Fri., March 30, 6 p.m., 2012