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Milestones & Landmarks

As Where celebrates its 75th anniversary in the travel-publications business, Where Phoenix+Scottsdale adapts the number 75 to some only-in-Arizona attractions and experiences.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s (1867-1959) experimental Scottsdale home and school of architecture, Taliesin West, is toured daily by enthusiasts and attended annually by architecture students. If your time’s tight, go for the hour-long Panorama tour and check out the bookstore. They’ll give you plenty to think about. (www.franklloydwright.org. Cactus Rd. & FLW Blvd., 480.860.2700)

If you’re lucky enough to have three days to fill with fun in the Valley of the Sun, consider these high points:
DAY ONE | Hike to the summit of
Camelback Mountain; meander through Desert Botanical Garden; slip on some programmed headphones and groove through the halls of the globally inclusive Musical Instrument Museum.
DAY TWO | You don’t have to be in college to enjoy Arizona State University’s social artery,
Mill Avenue—peruse the funky shops and bars; admire Tempe Town Lake, a marvel of human engineering; have a beefy dinner at Monti’s La Casa Vieja.
DAY THREE | Examine American Indian tools and art at the
Heard Museum; ride the glass elevators inside Burton Barr Central Library; see a Phoenix Suns game at US Airways Center.

There’s a lot to love about funky old Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. The main entrance is through an underground cocktail lounge. There’s a round stage that slowly rotates for some performances. And none of the 2,650 seats is farther than 75 feet from the action. This month, Jan. 14: Comedy Slam; Jan. 15: psychic medium John Edward. (www.celebrity theatre.com. 440 N. 32nd St., 602.267.1600)

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
’s chief product is a full night’s entertainment—a multi-course dinner packaged with a rollicking live performance—but 75 seats are reserved for folks who want to skip dinner and go straight to the show. Featured through Feb. 12: “Chicago.” (www.broadwaypalmwest.com. 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, 480.325.6700)

Two months from now, in March, the average high temperature around here is 75 F—perfect weather for Major League Baseball to bring 15 teams to town for spring training. C’mon back and catch a few Cactus League games! (www.cactusleague.com)