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Waste Management Phoenix Open at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale
It's hard to imagine that home-field advantage could possibly be a thing in golf, but Phil Mickelson's performances at the Waste Management Phoenix Open certainly make the case for its existence. The former ASU Sun Devil has won the tournament three times -- including a dominant wire-to-wire win in last year's Open -- and figures to be the favorite again this year.
Mickelson will face a tough field that includes Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Angel Cabrera, Martin Kaymer, and Vijay Singh. The weeklong event at TPC of Scottsdale, 17020 North Hayden Road, always has the most unique (read: rowdy) atmosphere of any tournament on the PGA tour. Practice rounds for the pros and the Kyocera Pro-Am kick off the weeklong event at 7 and 9:30 a.m. respectively on Monday, January 27. The tournament proper starts on Thursday, January 30, and wraps up on Sunday. Sunday's decisive round will tee off at 9 a.m. Tickets for the event start at $30 and are available via www.tickemaster.com. -- Ed Kummerer
Courtesy of Mark Morris Dance
Mark Morris Dance at Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center
Since it was founded in 1980, Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance has become one of the most well-known dance companies in not only dance circles, but also by mainstream audiences. Choreographer Mark Morris is celebrated primarily for his one-of-a-kind musicality and has worked with artists and companies including the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Royal Opera, and visual artist Isaac Mizrahi.
The Mark Morris Dance Group spent three years in Brussels as the national dance company of Belgium but returned to the States to tour and perform in 1991. Now performing in dozens of cities around the country each year, the company is known for its commitment to live music, which has been a feature at every performance since 1996.
Mark Morris Dance will perform at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, on Tuesday, January 28. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 or $60. For more information, call 480-644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.
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