The Bucking Stops Here

12/19-12/20
This weekend marks your last chance to take home the bull-riding jackpot at Mr. Lucky's. Winners earn the age-old claim, "I busted my butt to buy you that." Buck up and ride this Friday, December 19, and Saturday, December 20, and see how cowgirls cheer -- God bless 'em -- when you stay on for a full eight seconds. Oh, and leave the Sansabelts at home -- Lucky's nerd-free policy says no boots, no jeans, no bull. Though the rodeo stock may moooove to other pastures, you still can get Lucky Wednesday through Saturday nights at 3660 Grand Avenue. Get 16-ounce beers for a quarter from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and no-cover Wednesdays; on Thursdays, practice your country swing with free dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. Every night, two-step out to the tunes of J. David Sloan and Western Bred as they play your country and western favorites in the style they've perfected over 30 years. For more information, call the info line at 602-246-0686 or see www.mrluckys.com.

Group Chug

Beer and cheese tasting in Scottsdale

Thu 12/18
There's no taste like foam for the holidays. Scottsdale's Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 8668 East Shea, taps into some tasty seasonal spirit this Thursday, December 18. A 6 p.m. Beer and Cheese Tasting matches all kinds of queso with the most suitable suds. Call 480-998-7777 for reservations, $15 per person. - Jill Koch

Word of Art

New exhibit at SMoCA

12/20-5/2
What's LOVE got to do with it? Find out at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where "Robert Indiana: The Story of LOVE" explores the origins and impact of the iconic sculpture. The exhibition runs Saturday, December 20, through May 2 at the museum, 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. See www.scottsdalearts.org.- Jill Koch

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