Southwest USA Events

    GRAMMY Awards, California

  Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA           
The 49th Annual Grammy Awards honored the best in music of the recording year of 2006. The 2006 recording year started on October 1, 2005 and ended on September 30, 2006. The awards were handed out on Sunday February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. As in most years since 2003, the ceremony did not have a host.
The only people who are allowed to vote for the Grammy Awards are those who are members of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Members must have worked on six albums (in terms of production, engineering, mixing, or being the recording artist). NARAS members are peers of all who submit their work to the recording Academy. NARAS members are to vote based upon the quality of the work that has been submitted. It is highly stressed to voting NARAS members not to look at sales or charts when voting. Artists, producers, engineers/mixers or record companies are allowed to make submissions to the Recording Academy. The deadline for all submissions for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards is September 1, 2006. Nominating ballots are sent to NARAS members by October 1, 2006 which is after the 2006 recording year ends. On the ballot they are allowed to nominate any of the work submitted. They can only vote in eight fields other than the general field, and can vote to nominate up to five works for an award. Source
    Scottsdale International Film Festival, Arizona
   - Scottsdale, AZ           
October - Current foreign fare from around the entire globe is featured in this weeklong event with films from many countries. All films are previously unreleased in the market and may not otherwise be seen in the Phoenix area. ( www.festivals.com)
    Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hawaii
   - Kailua-Kona,            
March - The mission of the annual Kona Chocolate Festival is to entertain both visitors to and residents of the Big Island; showcase the creative talents of fine Big Island chefs, chocolatiers, ice cream and candy makers; provide a means to highlight cacao farming and support the chocolate industry in Hawai'i; and raise funds to support the unique education each child receives at Kona Pacific Waldorf School in Kealakekua.
    Oktoberfest by the Bay, California
   - San Francisco, CA            
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich's famed Oktoberfest, the festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. The world renowned Chico Bavarian Band will headline our stage!
FAQ - Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday? Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we'll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.
    Telluride Film Festival, Colorado
   - Telluride, CO           
September - “The most exclusive film festival of all is Telluride. Why? Because it is the most difficult to get to, it doesn’t announce its program in advance, it charges the press for a pass and it has as its guests some of the best filmmakers in the world. It’s one of the friendliest and most democratic, as if the least important attendees were just as consequential as the most distinguished.” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian (London)
    Toofy Film Fest, Colorado
   - Boulder, CO            
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Toofy was born the only son of a Hippie artist and small woodland creature after a drunken tryst near Eldorado Springs. Ashamed of his pretentious Hippie heritage he fled. On his exodus from pretentious art, he discovered the beauty of the undiscovered artisans. Years later he emerged with the ambition to start a film festival that would liberate his newfound friends, exposing their raw talent to a wide audience and lend a contribution to the independent world of cinema, fashion, fine art and music... so there's your Toofy.
    ESPY Awards, California
   - Los Angeles, CA             
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ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is presented by the American cable television network ESPN.
    Nevada Day, Nevada
   - Carson City, NV           
October - Nevada became a state (admitted to the Union) October 31, 1864, so Nevada Day is October 31st.of each year. However, with the passage of AB396 by the 1997 Nevada State Legislature, Nevada voters, on November 3, 1998 advised the 1999 legislature they wanted to celebrate Nevada Day on the "last" Friday in October beginning in 2000. The legislature, after much heated debate, complied.
Nevada Day is presently a state holiday recognized on the last Friday in October with the parade on the Saturday following.
    LA Shorts Fest, California
   - Los Angeles, CA           
September - LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Festival winners in the primary categories are eligible for Academy nomination. The festival boasts an outstanding past record of 23 Academy Award-nominated films, including the last 7 Oscar winners.
The Festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent as well as brand name sponsors looking to connect with the trendsetters in Hollywood.
    Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival, Arizona
   - Carefree, AZ           
November - Travel the world over and you would be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular gathering of artists than at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. These nationally acclaimed, juried fine art festivals attract artists and art collectors from throughout the United States and abroad, all sharing in their love and appreciation for magnificent fine art.
    Gem Faire, Arizona
   - Scottsdale, AZ           
Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices in today’s market. Over the years, Gem Faire has produced over 40 shows a year, making it the largest Gem and Jewelry show circuit on the West Coast.
    Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, Arizona
   - Chandler, AZ           
The Mission of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society is to perpetuate, promote and present the American art form known as jazz during the period in which the music was created and celebrated through such styles as Dixieland (Trad Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, New Orleans Jazz) and Swing. Through the presentation of live performances, we support the artists and seek to inform, educate, entertain both listeners and dancers and involve persons of all ages, with a special emphasis on youth.
    Moab Folk Music Festival, Utah
  PO Box 1082 - Moab, UT           
Folk music festival in spectacular Moab, Utah.
    Maui Film Festival, Hawaii
   - Maui, HW             
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"The Maui Film Festival Serves Up Feasts, Stars and Enlightenment. It's is where the seaside rules and studio execs retreat and where there's enough A-list presence on and off screen to make it an island celebration deserving of its industry recognition. Maui may be an island in the middle of the Pacific, but it's a festival full of relevance-and lots of class." - Harriette Yahr, IndieWire
    Taos Mountain Film Festival, New Mexico
   - Taos, NM           
Taos Mountain Film Festival features films of adventure, culture and wildlife of the world's remote regions. Mountain Film also examines threats to the environment and human rights.
The Festival presents mountaineering films and personalities, as well as symposia, photography exhibits, and readings from mountaineering literature.
Through still and moving images, Taos Mountain Film Festival is committed to conveying the inspiration to be found in wild places.
    SEMA Show, Nevada
   - Las Vegas, NV            
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2007 Show dates: Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007.
The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, marine and RV markets. SEMA Show 2005 drew over 50,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits.
    Sundance Film Festival, Utah
   - Park City, UT           
The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States.
It is the largest independent cinema festival in the U.S. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah, as well as the Sundance Resort, the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, and a group of non-competitive showcase sections, including the Sundance Online Film Festival. Source
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
   - Albuquerque, NM             
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October - Today, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known worldwide as an event that emphasizes fun flying and camaraderie over serious competition. It’s ironic that the Fiesta got its start, in large measure, as an arena for that most serious of competitions, the World Championships. Albuquerque got the nod as the host city for the world championships when Don Kersten, at the time the President of the Balloon Federation of America (BFA), asked the organizers of the 1972 “first Fiesta” if the city might be willing to bid for the World Championships. Sid Cutter and Tom Rutherford came up with a proposal, which they duly submitted to Kersten. Today, Cutter notes with a chuckle that Kersten carefully didn’t tell him that Albuquerque was the only city he’d approached!
    Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival, Nevada
   - Lake Taho & Reno, NV           
August - We are headquartered in a $6.7 million facility funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and operated by The Parasol Community Foundation. T-RIFF is one of eleven non-profit organizations chosen to be housed in this model collaborative project, the first of its kind in the nation. Operating since 1999, T-RIFF has produced approximately 150 educational events in the literary and multimedia arts. T-RIFF holds ongoing film screenings, short film productions, TV production workshops, screenwriting courses, script/film competitions, and owns and operates Lake Tahoe Public Television.
    Tahiti F&ecirc;te of Hilo - Tahiti F&ecirc;te.com, Hawaii
   - Hilo,            
October - Tahitian Dance companies from Hawaii, Japan, and Mainland USA, will compete in this one-day event showcasing the finest in Tahitian Dance and Music. Hawaiian and Samoan Dance and Music exhibitions will also be featured.