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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:15 am

Here: Race Across the Sky features heart-stopping stories

NCM Fathom, Citizen Pictures and Life Time Fitness take audiences for an all-new death-defying journey alongside some of the world's greatest cyclists and runners for Race Across the Sky 2010, a special in-theater Fathom event to be shown exclusively in more than 550 select movie theaters. The event will begin locally at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.

Race Across the Sky 2010 features behind-the-scenes stories from the Aug. 14 mountain bike race in Leadville, Colo., where world-class and amateur athletes tested their strength, faith and endurance as they competed, along with those aspiring ‘Leadmen' and ‘Leadwomen' who go beyond this one-day cycling event, to conquer merciless running races during their ambitious five-race endeavor.

Race Across the Sky 2010 will include the all new documentary of tales and tears from cycling and foot races this summer and will also feature a live discussion with famous blind adventurer Eric Weihenmayer who rode in this year's Leadville Trail 100 on a tandem, Olympian cyclists Levi Leipheimer and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelsk, Solo World Female Champion Rebecca Rusch and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and six-time Leadville Trail 100 champion Dave Wiens, among others.

Tickets to both the live and encore Fathom events are available at the box office and online at

Near: La Gran Fiesta celebrates Hispanic and Latin culture

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present La Gran Fiesta, a four-day celebration of Hispanic and Latin culture from Nov. 4 to 7 at 7380 E. Second St.

La Gran Fiesta opens with a performance by the precision flamenco dancers of Havana's Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba on Thursday, Nov. 4, followed by an outdoor concert and dancing with the New York salsa band Spanish Harlem Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 5, and an intimate evening of classic songs with Broadway legend Chita Rivera on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The event also features a free two-day outdoor festival on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with live Latin music and dancing, foods and beverages, an arts-and-crafts mercado, fun activities for children and families and much more. Among the festival's many highlights are guest appearances by the Crafty Chica and Mantastic Crafter and free concerts by Powerdrive, The Samba Project, Quetzal Guerrero and The Warriors, and Arizona Opera performing selections from Carmen.

Tickets to Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba ($34 and $44), Spanish Harlem Orchestra ($25) and Chita Rivera ($39 and $49) are available by calling (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2, or online at Admission to La Gran Fiesta's outdoor festival is free.

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