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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Deal Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Sports Fara Illich August 17, 2011

Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with friends, a date idea, or activities to experience with the kids, Downtown Phoenix is the Valley’s hub for nightlife, dining, music, cultural attractions, sports, and general awesomeness. Check out this sampling of events happening this week:
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Grand Opening
Head Over to the Kilt’s new CityScape location Wednesday-Saturday for special events and deals, including bagpipers, DJ Manifesto, and appearances by the Miller Lite Guards and the Kilt’s very own MMA fight team.
Team Trivia at The Rose & Crown
Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. you can assemble a team of great minds to take on all challengers during the Rose & Crown’s interactive trivia game.
HS0110 Abbey imageValley Youth Theatre Presents: Hairspray
August 12-28 VYT performs its take on the Broadway classic based on the John Waters’ film. The musical won eight Tony Awards and 2007 brought a remake of the film starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nikki Blonsky, and Amanda Bynes. Showtimes vary and tickets can be purchased at yyt.com or by calling (602) 256-6995.
Josh Groban at US Airways Center
The crooner’s “Straight To You” tour comes to Downtown Phoenix on Friday at 8 p.m. For tickets go to ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.
Global Awareness Day at Arizona Science Center
Learn how your actions affect the world around you and discover how to support global sustainability through a number of fun activities, displays and presentations by Valley organizations. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bruce Bruce at StandUp Live
Atlanta-based Bruce Bruce has performed on Comedy Central and BET and Friday-Sunday he brings his comedy stylings to CityScape’s StandUp Live comedy club. For tickets visit standuplive.com or call (480) 719-6100.
The Apollo TheaterChris Tucker at Comerica Theatre
“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”
Chris Tucker starred in the Friday and Rush Hour movie franchises and now returns to his comedy roots for a 8 p.m. show on Saturday. For tickets visit livenation.com or call (877) 598-6671
Summer Chef Series at Phoenix Public Market
This week from 2-4 p.m. learn some culinary tricks from Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals. For more information call (602) 493-5231.

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