Experience Van Gogh in the Valley of the Sun

Had he ever seen it, Vincent Van Gogh might well have loved the light that bathes the Valley of the Sun – stark, and penetrating. Phoenix’s Arizona Science Center is the setting through June 17 for an extraordinary show: Van Gogh Alive, The Experience. Instantly, you’re immersed in the light, sound, movement and color of the moment. You’ll never see The Starry Night quite the same way after you see this.

There are other Valley of the Sun pursuits going on too. Among them:

The Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival. It runs April 14 through 15, and serves up more than cool jazz and beautiful blues. Artists sell their wares, and foodies their culinary creations. There’s a wine tasting by Kokopelli Winery.

The annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival is set for Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15. More than music, this is a venue where you can take the kids and make a day of it. There’s a marketplace, drum circle, acoustic stage and—importantly—a Kid’s Zone.

The Heard Museum. Here, shed your preconceptions and prepare to ditch some stereotypes when you see Beyond Geronimo: The Apace Experience. Peer behind the media curtain and explore authentic Apache culture.

Phoenix is one of the most accessible cities in the country, made more so by the powerful presence of Southwest Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. PHX is also a prime hub for well-connected US Airways.

Story by Jerry Chandler

(Image: Arizona Science Center)