Sam Fox is on his next mission with a new hotel - He sold his restaurant empire to Cheesecake and is now partnering with RED Development to build out the Grove at 44th st and Camelback.

The Idiotarod is on for 2022 - A charitable shopping cart race in which teams of five “idiots” modify shopping carts and race around the city, looks glorious. Anyone need a teammate?

Copper State Beer Festival is on Saturday - 12pm-5pm out in Mesa at Riverview Park and don’t forget about Arizona Strong Beer Festival next month.

The Phoenix Rock Lottery is next month - Two dozen local musicians show up and names get randomly drawn to form completely new bands, then they have 12 hours to write and rehearse, and then they cap the day with a performance.

MLK Celebration March and Festival is on Monday - From Pilgrim Rest Church to Hance Park with a mini festival at the park.

The Chandler International Film Festival is next week - Didn’t know Chandler had one, pretty nifty. Showcasing around 120 films from 35 countries, the 6th annual.

The 11th annual Arizona Balloon Classic is at the end of the month - The 3 day event is out in Goodyear, a bunch of stuff going on and if you reserve a spot early enough you can reserve a ride.

The Vig Uptown is closing - Genuine Concepts is going to put in their new flagship namesake in the same location, their office is in the back of the building so this should give them some great feedback on the new concept.

ZapCon 2022 is on - Not until April but a gloriously nerdy classic arcade and pinball party.

And…. Postino started a wine club, Crescent Ballroom started a new songwriter showcase on the upstairs patio, Fire & Fury brewery is now open at 32nd st and Thunderbird.

Curated by Nick Hammond