By Michelle Talsma Everson, February 2020 issue.
you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day, or anything in
between, it’s time to have some fun. You can only get dinner and see a movie so
help, we’ve rounded up some of these unique date ideas — perfect for a romantic
night out or a get together with your BFF. We hope you find something that
makes you want to swipe right!
doesn’t love to get messy and color outside the lines? Phoenix is home to
Pinspiration, the world’s first DIY, Pinterest-inspired art studio and
wine bar and designated Splatter Room. Couples can take part of a Bachelor-esque
date night by donning goggles and protective clothing and go wild with
splatter paint in the splatter room. The Splatter Night Date package includes
one large or two small canvases, a glow in-the-dark upgrade, chocolates, and
champagne for $99. For more information, visit pinspiration.com or
Cocktails at From The Rooftop
Phoenix's newest rooftop bar is celebrating Pisces in a big way. From The
Rooftop at Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix is hosting an evening of guided
stargazing, tarot card readings, Pisces-inspired cocktails and music from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 26. Bring your favorite Pisces and enjoy
360-degree views of Phoenix at FTR's second Cosmic Cocktail event of the year.
Visit cambriahotelphoenix.com to learn more.
in the Museum
season the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) unleashes another
Mystery in the Museum. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with curious
puzzles, brainteasers and riddles. Will you be able to crack the code? Cash bar
throughout the evening and light bites to follow. Visit smoca.org to learn
more, including specific dates and times.
your Inner ANIMAL
Dance Theatre brings ANIMAL back to Phoenix audiences. An original show
created by Scorpius’ Director, Lisa Starry, it is inspired by her love of
animals and passion for their well-being. ANIMAL explores the relationship we
have with animals, as well as their social interactions, physicality and
movement. Overall, a lighthearted and entertaining show, Starry is also
taking the opportunity to provide awareness and support for animals
in our community and globally. A portion of ticket sales will benefit local animal
charity, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. ANIMAL is being presented at
the Madison Center for the Arts on February 7 and 8. Learn more at
the greatest rock and roll jam session in history now through February 16 at
The Phoenix Theatre Company. “Million Dollar Quartet” follows the
story of Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis when they
cross paths for a night of musical magic. Audiences get a behind-the-scenes
look when the rock and roll legends produced an impromptu record that changed
music forever. The Phoenix Theatre Company offers more than just a show with
cocktails at the ArtBar + Bistro. Enjoy a Real Wild Child, a blend of
Jack Daniels, Mas Mole bitters and ginger beer or The Million Dollar
Margarita. Visit phoenixtheatre.com to learn more.
by Davisson Entertainment, the PHX Vegan Food Festival returns for its fifth
anniversary. New this year, the festival will be offered from day until night!
The PHX Vegan Food Festival will showcase more than 100 of the state’s most
beloved vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, as
well as some out of town favorites. Restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and food
and beverage artisans will be selling their delicious creations. In addition,
product vendors will be showcasing and selling their vegan-friendly
offerings. There will also be a Zen Zone featuring yoga classes and three
stages featuring a full day of live and local music, presented by The Listening
Room Phoenix. The event is held at Margaret T. Hance Park on February 29. Visit
www.phxveganfest.com to learn more.
is underrated when it comes to its beauty and history and Spirit of Arizona
Tours will show you why. The new company launched last year with 10 different
tours across the state, from historic day trips to Jerome and Tombstone to the
eerie Murders and Mysteries tour in Phoenix. You hop on a 14 passenger bus and
experience a private tour - and it’s BYOB. The owner, Jarrod Riddle, is a Mesa
native and has been a historian and tour guide for nearly a decade - previously
working for Arizona's most well-known tour companies. For more information,
on the Wild Side
place through May 31, this art exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo will feature three
different artists: Lucy Dickens, Anne Peyton and Joye DeGoede. Through this
rotating exhibit, guests can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the
natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art is available for
purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery. Visit
phoenixzoo.org to learn more.
Farm at South Mountain is hosting the perfect pre-Valentine’s activity to share
with your plant enthusiast lover or friend. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor class on
Sunday, February 9 from noon until 2 p.m. and get your hands dirty while
learning the secrets of an ancient art form of bonsai. This beginner’s plant
workshop will focus on utilizing succulents to create a living piece of art and
includes all materials needed to create two kokedamas to take away. Expert
plant care and maintenance will also be covered. Visit
www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com to learn more.
to have fun while sweating and learning valuable safety skills? At EVKM Self
Defense & Fitness, located in Tempe, you and your date can learn how to
punch and kick while practicing how to handle yourself in potentially scary
situations. EVKM teaches the art of Krav Maga, which was developed by the
Israeli military, and is a popular activity for couples to learn together. No
need to be intimidated to jump right in, there are beginner-only classes that
are perfect for an action packed date night together that might one day save
your life. Visit evkmselfdefense.com for more info.
The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the
legend of the Titanic. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature
real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, 120 of which have never been
seen in Arizona, along with reconstructions of the ship’s interior and personal
stories of the passengers and crew. Learn the real story of how one of
the greatest engineering marvels became the most famous maritime disaster of
the 20th century. Find out more at TitanicAZ.com.
comedian Anwar Newton hosts an evening of movie, TV and music references that
will test everyone’s pop culture IQ at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary
Art (SMoCA). Drop some knowledge on the SMoCA team to win prizes and become
trivia champions. Attendees’ first drink is on the museum. Visit smoca.org to
learn more, including specific dates and times.