Phoenix Bucket List

Phoenix Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die: The Introduction

A funny thing happened in 2013. Both of us -- two curmudgeonly writers who between us have lived in Arizona way closer to 100 years than either would like to admit -- came to a shared conclusion.

We like Phoenix.

That's funny because for years we've loved to hate this place -- even as we wrote dozens of entries for Best of Phoenix, reviewed plays, covered the art scene, and investigated politicians. (True, Amy's always maintained there's nothing more fun than picking the low-hanging fruit at the Arizona Legislature.) But last year, there was a lot of talk about leaving the Valley, and somewhere in the midst of the conversation we each decided that we actually don't dislike Phoenix anymore. The city has grown up; or we have. Or both.

That's why we both jumped at the chance to write up our bucket list for Phoenix -- 100 things to do in this metropolis before you die. Most we've actually done ourselves. A few are still on the "to do" list.

Funny, we had no trouble getting to 100. The challenge was cutting it back. Enjoy our list. This week we start things off with Robrt Pela's first 10 items. Check back next week (and the week after that, and so on) till we get to 100 in March. And please, share the items on your own bucket list in the comments section. We're not going anywhere -- we need some more stuff to do around here.

Visit James Turrell's Knight Rise at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell has created dozens of his skyspaces since 1975, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's sculpture garden is home to one of only 14 of them that are open to the public. Knight Rise frames the sky and captures the desert sky's changing light, allowing us to see both sunrise and sunset in a most refined way. It's all about the perception of light and color, according to Turrell, "at the bottom of the ocean of air." It's also cool as heck, and worth a trip to one of the Valley's best museums.

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Robrt Pela and Amy Silverman