A Woman's Right to Bruise

Sat 9/13
The name you're given at birth can go a long way toward charting your course in life. Take the case of "Grapple Girl," a young woman whose handle instantly ruled out any career involving ladylike comportment. Who needs manners, however, when the trilogy of martial arts, a fenced-in ring, and a bloodthirsty fan base come calling? Put them all together, and you've got a career girl with a confrontational moniker and a dream she can hang her hat on. Breathe in some good old-fashioned sanctioned violence at Rage in the Cage 53, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Three title fights -- including the aforementioned Grapple Girl's title defense against kickboxing specialist and four-time world champion Dallas Campbell -- headline the evening's festivities. For details call 602-267-1600 or visit -Craig Wallach

On The Down-Glow

Golfers take to a night course

Fri 9/12
Break out your night clubs. The Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club hosts its 14th Annual Nite Flite, 6 p.m. Friday, September 12, at the TPC of Scottsdale. Swingers get in on glow-in-the-dark golf, plus food, drinks, and music by Wonderboogie, Mojo Lewis, and the Phunk Junkeez. Call 480-424-2030 for tickets, $20 and $75; proceeds benefit children's charities. - Jill Koch

Snap Shots

Tempe takes a look at its past

Putting yard lines on a timeline, the Tempe Historical Museum welcomes football season with "Buffalos, Bulldogs and Bowl Games: A Hundred Years of Football in Tempe." Through photographs and memorabilia, the exhibition explores the history of high school, ASU and pro football in Tempe, dating back to the first Territorial Normal team, formed in 1896. Kicking off Friday, September 12, the exhibition runs through March 15 at the museum, 809 East Southern in Tempe. Call 480-350-5100 for details. - Jill Koch

Tackling Hunger

The Arizona Knighthawks host charity blitz

Wed 9/17
Hunger is an issue countless Arizonans deal with on a daily basis. Now one of the state's best-kept sporting secrets, the Arizona Knighthawks of the Women's Professional Football League, is tackling the issue head-on. It's all about eradicating hunger when the ladies and a host of local celebrities square off at the Arizona Knighthawks Charity Flag Football Game, Wednesday, September 17, at Fountain Hills High School, 16100 East Palisades in Scottsdale. Game time is 7 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Saint Dominic's Food Bank. For details call Jennifer at 480-986-6454 or visit - Craig Wallach

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Jill Koch
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