Friday 27th, 2012
American Idol! Live
This was a pretty good year for "American Idol," if you like your "Idol" with actual talent. Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez were the most impressive vocalists, while Phillip Phillips charmed his way to victory with a good voice and a better smile. They're joined by Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Heejun Han. Hopefully, Heejun offers some comic relief.
With his ethnic-based humor, the trailblazing comedian helped pave the way for the likes of George Lopez and Carlos Mencia. Rodriguez created the successful Latin Kings of Comedy tour (which, coincidentally, featured Lopez in its initial go-round) and is highly respected for his philanthropic work. Perhaps most importantly, he's just plain funny, with standup skills he's been honing since the late 1970s.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, July 27. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $35-$85. 480-850-7734, ticketmaster.com.
Saturday 28th, 2012
Snowflake Pioneer Days Celebration
One of Arizona's historical towns will celebrate the past with an art fair, parade, barbecue, rodeo, dance, kid's entertainment, theatrical performance, run, softball tournament, swimming, fireworks and a car show.
Details: Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. Various locations in Snowflake and nearby Taylor. Free. $1-$12 admission for some events. 928-536-4331, snowflaketaylorchamber.org.
The Shootout on Whiskey Row
Arizona's largest Western re-enactment competition includes faux gunfights and cash prizes for the most authentic weaponry and costumes. Sponsored by the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies, the event raises money for charities. Arizona's official historian, Marshall Trimble, will speak at 5 p.m. Saturday. The event is free.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Montezuma Street along Courthouse Square, downtown Prescott. Free. 928-499-0699, prescottregulators.org.
Sunday 29th, 2012
Peach Mania Festival
Pick tree-ripened peaches and apples and enjoy an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, peach ice cream and peach pie at this southern Arizona farm setting.
Details: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19. Apple Annie's Orchard, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox. Free. 520-384-2084, appleannies.com.