Scars on Ice

One thing's for sure about the ongoing NHL lockout: Neither the owners nor the players at the heart of this ridiculous impasse will ever be mistaken for Mensa members. And while the sporting public at large has responded to the impasse with a collective yawn, that whimpering in the corner is the sound of diehard hockey fans in need of a hard-core fix. Fear not, puckheads, for if the pros won't do it, the amateurs will at the 18th annual Arizona Hockey Classic, Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, at the Alltel Ice Den, 9375 East Bell in Scottsdale. Seventeen divisions of teams -- including four for the supposedly kinder, gentler sex -- from Arizona and beyond hit the ice for four days of hard-hitting action that just might make you forget the NHL. Admission is free, teeth are optional, and mullets are highly recommended. Call 480-585-RINK or visit -- Craig Wallach

Night Moves
A city on the glow

FRI 5/27
The night time is the Wright time -- Frank Lloyd Wright, that is -- on Friday, May 27, at Taliesin West, 12621 North FLW Boulevard in Scottsdale, where "Night Lights on the Desert" tours are offered at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. See the buildings, lighted from within, as sculptures for $22.50. Call 480-860-8810. -- Joe Watson

Soles on Fire
Running on early

SAT 5/28
Show your stealth and toast your health at the ass-crack of dawn on Saturday, May 28, as the Arizona Road Racers jog through Papago Park, Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street, for a 6:30 a.m. 5K run. Registration costs $8 to $10. Visit to register, or call 602-256-3220. -- Niki D'Andrea

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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Craig Wallach
Joe Watson