• Marshall Trimble: Hucksters, Con Men and Bamboozlers

    In the vast Arizona Territory, P.T. Barnum’s axiom, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” was never more true. In this presentation, Marshall Trimble discusses the colorful and creative flimflam artists and their cons, which included non-existent gold and silver mines, “doctors” who sold cure-alls that cured none, and one elaborate plan that fooled not only […]

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  • The American West in Film and Television: The Sidekicks

    They may not have been the lead characters, but no true western was complete without a trusty sidekick. Sidekicks were loyal friends who provided emotional connections to the audience, conveyed plot information and were often the comic relief in films. George “Gabby” Hayes was the most famous among them, but many others found fame in […]

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 7, Aerial America: Nevada

    Nevada is known as a Wild West state that’s still a little wild, but there’s much more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada’s vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of […]

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  • Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West Featuring Mia Larocque

    Rodeo photographer Mia Larocque shoots the action at the Tucson, Scottsdale, Payson (Gary Hardt Memorial) and Prescott PRCA rodeos, as well as the Arizona Cowpuncher’s Reunion Rodeo in Williams. Her fine art photography includes ranch and horse portraitures, and travel, scenic and cultural images. Mia reveals what it’s like to capture not only the emotion […]

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  • Members’ Exhibition Preview and Reception for “The Taos Society of Artists”

    This major exhibition, sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction, highlights the important artwork and careers of the Taos Society of Artists. It features a selection of these iconic artists’ finest works of art, on loan from institutions across the country, as well as private collections. The members’ preview and reception will take place 5-7 p.m., Monday, […]

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  • Exhibition Opening – The Taos Society of Artists

    This major exhibition, presented by Scottsdale Art Auction, focuses extensively on the careers and artwork of the Taos Society of Artists’ 12 members and seven associate members. It features a selection of these iconic artists’ finest works of art, on loan from institutions across the country, as well as private collections.

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  • SOLD OUT – “Mrs. Wyatt Earp”

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT This historically based bio-drama, set in 1938, examines the nearly 50-year relationship between Josephine “Sadie” Marcus – an aspiring actress, dancer and daring adventurer – and her husband, lawman and gunfighter Wyatt Earp. Written and performed by playwright, producer and actress Terry Tafoya Earp, whose historically based plays have entertained […]

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  • Trick Rider Candy Coverdale Rodewald

    Female trick riders have played an important role in Wild West shows, races, rodeos and fairs since the 1800s. In this fascinating program, Candy Coverdale Rodewald shares her stories, photos and adventures from her trick riding career, which began with her first appearance at the age of 15 at a Scottsdale rodeo in 1964. In […]

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  • The American West in Film and Television: Real Women Become Reel Women

    When famous (and infamous) ladies of the West were portrayed in film and television their stories often took on mythic proportions. Legendary markswoman Annie Oakley, star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, was portrayed by actresses Gail Davis, Betty Hutton, and Barbara Stanwyck. In addition, “Little Sure Shot” was immortalized by the Irving Berlin musical […]

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  • Modern Mountain Man, Artist & Buffalo Whisperer

    Storyteller extraordinaire Dan Deuter is a rancher, mountain man, artist, historian, trapper, hunter and buffalo whisperer. Closely mirroring the traditions of the frontiersmen before him, this modern-day mountain man rides trails from Canada to Colorado, traps beaver, rebuilds historic cabins, creates his own buckskin clothing and hunts buffalo. In this program, Deuter shares his rich […]

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