Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Trio Gala at Symphony Hall As cool as some athletes from the Suns, D-backs, and Cardinals are, it'd be a rare occasion that we'd see them engage in some cross-discipline collaboration. The Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, and the Phoenix Symphony, on the other hand, are coming together on one stage for one night for the Trio Gala on Saturday, February 22.

Subtitled "Noche de Amor," the second annual Trio Gala will see three of the state's top cultural institutions perform with a Latin twist. Each collection of artists will perform selections from their respective repertoires, and the night will culminate with all three organization sharing the stage for a sense-delighting finale. Prepare to be generous with your "bravos."

Trio Gala 2014 will take place at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Admission to the gala, which includes dinner at 6 p.m., starts at $500. Performance-only tickets for the 7 p.m. show start at $25. Visit or call 602-495-1999 for more details. -- Jose Gonzalez

30th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan at Historic Heritage Square Do you think you're turning Japanese? Do you think you're turning Japanese? Do you really think so?

Well then grab your kimonos and katanas and bring them to Heritage Square on Saturday, February 22, for Arizona Matsuri. This 30th annual festival -- matsuri is actually Japanese for "festival" -- is a celebration of everything the land of the rising sun has given us, from sushi to sake, karate to karaoke, Bonsai trees and sumo to mahjong and George Takei. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Matsuri Parade -- in which anyone wearing Japanese attire can participate -- and continues throughout the day with showcases of Japanese food and drink, art displays, live music, and martial arts demonstrations.

Say konnichiwa to Matsuri 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, at Heritage and Science Park, 115 North Sixth Street. Admission is free. Visit for more. -- Zachary Fowle

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