While a workout video, the Rocky theme song, and a few raw eggs for breakfast may work well for the more self-disciplined individuals out there, the rest of us need more hands-on assistance. For those who need serious structure to sustain their workout goals but lack the funds for a high-end personal trainer, Bootcamp Monday may be just the solution.
This weekly workout class lets you toughen up while slimming down. It's just one part of the free community workout series, Fitness at the Flour Mill, which also features yoga, Zumba, and hula hoop exercises.
Bootcamp meets every Monday at The Green at Hayden Flour Mill, 119 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. All classes start at 5:30 p.m., and admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, visit www.millavenue.com or call 480-355-6074. -- Katie Johnson
Amy Schumer is a woman who knows how to keep it classy, with tales of cutting, masturbation, uncircumcised one-night-stands, and HPV. The comedian, actress, and writer, who made her presence known with her debut comedy album, Cutting, and debut stand-up special special, Mostly Sex Stuff, is now the creator of her own Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. Combine this with her numerous appearances on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan, and it's no wonder she was labeled one of the "13 Faces to Watch in 2013" by the Los Angeles Times.
Amy Schumer's Back Door Tour comes to Phoenix Tuesday, March 25, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Club doors open at 6 p.m., theater doors open at 7, and the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $38.50 to $46. Visit www.celebritytheatre.com or call 602-267-1600. -- Katie Johnson
Somewhere over the rainbow, we'd 100 percent steal those sparkly ruby slippers right off of Dorothy's dumb feet. We like to think we'd wear them better. But, honestly, the sequined red pumps would probably look silly sans blue gingham dress and braided pigtails.
Such is the power of movies: to create a fixed pop culture image that our brains just can't shake. To explore the iconic costumes of films ranging from Morocco to Moulin Rouge!, head to the Phoenix Art Museum's latest exhibition, "Hollywood Costume." Touchstones like Marilyn Monroe's white dress from The Seven Year Itch and Christopher Reeve's bodysuit, capem, and tights from Superman: The Movie are on view among the 100-some costumes.
Also on view will be a reproduction of the slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz. But hands off; not only because we'll have our eye on 'em, but also because Phoenix Art Museum has, you know, alarms and guards and stuff.
See "Hollywood Costume" at 1625 North Central Avenue. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, July 6. Adult admission to this specially ticketed event is $20 and includes an estimated one- to two-hour viewing time. Hours Wednesday, March 26, are noon to 8:30 p.m. Visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1222. -- Becky Bartkowski
Great cities have great centrally located parks where music and cultural celebrations and people seeking to commune with nature get equal play. A new vision for the much overlooked Margaret T. Hance Park will roll out at enHANCE, the Hance Park Master Plan Community Celebration on Thursday, March 27.
While Hance Park covers more than 32 acres on the northern edge of downtown from Fifth Avenue to Third Street, the average Phoenician is likely to have no idea where it is. The new master plan promises more opportunities for engaging programming, purposefully distinct areas, and more prominent access points to the park, after nine months of work between community organizations and a multi-agency design team. Tilting toward the festive future they're envisioning, there'll be Phoenix Street Food Coalition food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and live music.
The community event will be held at Hance Park, 1134 North Central Avenue, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the unveiling of the master plan at 6:45. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.hanceparkconservancy.org.
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It's easy to be a cynic these days. It's as if the unrelenting assault of negativity that characterizes television news has thrust its way into every imaginable medium so that not even the craftiest curmudgeon can elude its reach. If only there were an elixir, a fix for the soul. Well if there's any truth to the idea that beholding something splendorous can awaken the most jaded of hearts, then Bella Gaia might just be that elixir. A stunning work of multimedia entertainment, Bella Gaia combines breathtaking satellite images of Earth, dance, and a live musical score to provide audiences with an awe-inspiring journey around our planet. The performance is not only exceedingly beautiful, it also serves as a poignant reminder of our planet's finiteness and the pressing need for its citizens to be good stewards of its resources.
Bella Gaia comes to the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28. Tickets start at $32. Visit www.chandlercenter.org or call 480-782-2683 for details. -- Rob Kroehler