An annual celebration of the upcoming season, this fun outdoor festival welcomes five all-new exhibitions inside the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, which all share the theme of The Good, The Bad and The Weird. Catch these exciting new additions while enjoying live music, great food and plenty of family-friendly activities at Mesa Arts Center.
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voice-over industry. From audiobooks to training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you'll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in-demand and record a short script under the direction of your instructor. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix Downtown, this class is a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting.
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that "no job is too big, no pup is too small," and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Bring the whole family and join the adventure at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.
Saturday September 16, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday September 16, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 10:00amSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:00pm
An improv comedy show is spontaneous, entertaining and hilarious -- and it all starts with just a single word. The expert improvisers at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix start every show by asking the audience to shout out suggestions for a word that they can use as a starting point for the show's improvisations. From there, nobody, including the performers on stage, knows what will happen next. No two shows are ever alike -- but you can count on them to be fast-paced, family-friendly and totally unpredictable.
Friday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 7:30pm
Although the temperatures may be blistering, summer always gets a cool send-off with Arizona Summer Ends Margarita and Mojito Festival. In this ultimate celebration at Chandler's Rawhide Western Town, you can escape the heat by treating yourself to samples of a wide selection of handcrafted margaritas, mojitos and Mexican craft beers, while enjoying live music and entertainment. You also don't have to imbibe in the alcohol to take part in all the fun -- throw in some food trucks and outdoor water games, and you've got a festival that's fun for both non-drinkers and kids of all ages. Ticket includes admission and sample tastings, as well as an embossed souvenir glass to take home.
For the seventh year in a row, El Paso rolls out the desert floor for the two-day Sun City Music Fest, featuring the best EDM on either side of the Rio Grande. One of the hottest helmeted DJs on the circuit, headliner Marshmello's summer has already taken him to Vegas, Ibiza, Paris and Spain. Besides his smash single "Alone," he's also charted with remixes of Zedd's "Beautiful Now" and Jack Ü's "Where Are Ü Now." British progressive trance trio Above & Beyond were nominated for a 2016 Best Dance Recording Grammy for their single "We're All We Need," and are known for their popular weekly radio shows. Their latest disc is Acoustic II. Among the 40 other DJs and acts set to perform at Ascarate Park are Sasha and Digweed, one of dance music's most influential duos. Spring for a VIP ticket and score express entry and access to viewing decks, separate restrooms, exclusive areas and more.
When The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals," you know there's something special about Gypsy. This epic musical focuses on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee's mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. This timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing standards like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this Theater Works production on the Main Stage of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 2:00pm
Can a widow find love again ... at the same graveyard where her husband rests? In the bittersweet comedy The Cemetery Club, three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands' graves. One of them is ready to begin a new life, another just wants to have fun, and the third is just plain bitter. When these three ladies meet a butcher named Sam while he's visiting his late wife's grave, their little club may be changed forever. Enjoy this tender, funny tale at the Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
Friday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 3, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pm
One of the brightest Broadway stars of her generation, Idina Menzel (If/Then, Wicked, Rent) became a household name after hitting TV and film screens as the voice of Elsa in Frozen and as mom to Lea Michele's character on Glee, not to mention her starring role in Disney's Enchanted. In all of her roles, Menzel wows audiences with her strong, emotional performances and amazing voice. Her recently released, self-titled album is her most personal and introspective to date, and she recently starred in the Lifetime Television remake of Beaches. Now, you can catch her in person at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, where she'll perform a powerful mix of classic pop and musical theater favorites, backed by a live orchestra. In between numbers, expect some fun, often profanity-laced audience banter from this engaging and talented performer.
Enjoy a complete evening of entertainment with Top Shelf's top-notch R&B and soul tribute show. They'll take you on an interactive musical journey from the early doo-wop days, through the classic sounds of Motown, pop and soul jukebox hits. From Stevie and Michael to Prince and Bruno Mars, from Billie Holiday to Aretha, the narrated concert showcases hard-hitting, faithful renditions of your favorite songs. The first set features a fully staged choreographed production, while the second will have everyone out on the dance floor! Whether you come for the show, the dancing or the optional three-course meal, Top Shelf won't let you down at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dinner at 7:00pm)
If rosé all day is your mantra, then you'll want to attend Scottsdale Rosé Day. This all-day rosé party, taking place at some of Old Town's best bars and restaurants, makes it easy to toast your friends with a glass of this beautiful pink elixir, ending summer on a high note. Your ticket includes three coupons, each of which will get you a glass of rosé for just a penny ($.01), an official Scottsdale Rosé Day glass, access to all participating venues, amazing drink specials and more! Don pink and white and get in the spirit of this eminently indulgent afternoon.
Clinton Fearon, who first gained fame as a member of the legendary roots reggae band The Gladiators, comes to BLK Live in Scottsdale for a night of acoustic grooves by the pool. Known as the lead singer of such Gladiators' hits as "Chatty Chatty Mouth," "Rich Man Poor Man," "Get Ready" and "Let Jah Be Praised," the Jamaican bassist and vocalist has released close to a dozen albums since going solo in the '80s, including two all-acoustic discs. You'll undoubtedly hear cuts from his latest, 2016's This Morning, at this gig, which also features opener Walt Richardson.
Great White, who enjoyed one of the biggest hits of the '80s with "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," celebrates almost four decades of rock at BLK Live in Scottsdale. Making its name on Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip, the band recorded a pair of platinum albums and were nominated for a Grammy in 1989. Still going strong with original lead singer Jack Russell, the band will perform hits from their deep catalog, including "Rock Me," "Save Your Love," "Call It Rock & Roll," "Hooked," "House of Broken Love" and more.
Ten determined Texans have a variety of reasons for trying to keep at least one of their Hands on a Hardbody, since the last one standing wins a new pickup truck, but all are equally desperate to keep hold of the American Dream it represents. Based on an award-winning documentary about a similar endurance competition, this Tony-nominated musical comes fully loaded with romance, comedy and drama, courtesy of a story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and music co-written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Race on over to see Arizona Broadway Theatre's latest and enjoy an included dinner with the show.
Saturday September 2, 2017 / 2:00pm (Lunch at Noon)Saturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Tuesday September 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Wednesday September 6, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Thursday September 7, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Saturday September 9, 2017 / 2:00pm (Lunch at Noon)Tuesday September 12, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)
With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See it when this Almost Famous Theatre production comes to Hardes Theatre at the Phoenix Theatre campus.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
The Southern California hard rock juggernaut Autograph gave the world the ubiquitous hit "Turn Up the Radio," seminal albums such as Sign In Please, That's the Stuff and Loud and Clear as well as unforgettable sold out shows alongside everybody from Mötley Crüe and Ronnie James Dio to Van Halen and Aerosmith. Reunited and fortified by the hard-edged, bluesy voice of singer-guitarist Simon Daniels, they've taken their bombastic live performance to theaters, casinos and festivals throughout America, Canada and the UK. Their single "I Lost My Mind in America" made the Top 10 downloads on iTunes, and now you can witness their epic return at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
Sunday September 17, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Get ready to get the party started when Walshy Fire of the boundary-bursting, Diplo-founded group Major Lazer performs live at The Pressroom in Phoenix. A DJ, producer and rapper, Walshy Fire has been a key contributor in Major Lazer's success, helping to blend hip-hop and R&B with electronic and reggae sounds, serving as what he calls "the master of ceremonies" in the group. As Walshy Fire blasts his back-breaking, futuristic beats, you'll lose your mind while surrounded by breathtaking sound, state-of-the-art lighting and foam light sticks.
An off-Broadway hit adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the book, which sold more than 50 million copies. Fusing theater, stand-up comedy and a dash of sage wisdom, this show delivers a hilarious take on the age-old battle of the sexes. The lighthearted theatrical comedy makes its way to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott to cover everything from dating and marriage to what goes on in the bedroom.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday September 16, 2017 / 6:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 6:30pm
In this sexy French farce, it's 1960 and Parisian womanizer Bernard is enjoying the good life with his three fiancées -- all beautiful airline hostesses with frequent (but never overlapping) layovers in Paris. And thanks to Bernard's faithful housekeeper, who nimbly switches out food and photos in his apartment according to schedule, the women will never find out about each other. Or so it seems, until a new, faster Boeing jet throws the airline schedules out of whack and Bernard finds himself juggling all three women at once. Add Bernard's friend -- who's hilariously bad at keeping all the lies straight -- to the mix, and the whole plan is poised to fall apart. This slapstick comedy from French playwright Marc Camoletti won a Tony on Broadway and was made into a 1965 film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. Now you can laugh along with all the saucy fun at this Stage Left production of Boeing Boeing at Paradise RV Resort Ballroom in Sun City.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pm
See how funny sleep can be when comedy hypnotist Flip Orley takes the stage. A local favorite who's appeared on Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show, Orley combines comedy, hypnotism and audience participation into one sidesplitting show. Since so much of the comedy derives from Orley's friendly interactions with the crowd, no two performances are ever alike, making the fun completely unpredictable. When Orley's on stage, the only thing that's certain is that a good time is in store. Check him out at the Tempe Improv.
Thursday September 14, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 10:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 7:00pm
Walt Disney and Orson Welles may never have been able to get their own big-screen collaboration of this work off of the ground, but this stage production of The Little Prince positively soars, recapturing the unique magic of one of the most beloved children's books of the 20th century. The story follows an aviator who crashes in the Sahara and meets the mysterious Little Prince, who tells the aviator about his magical adventures among the stars and the many fascinating characters he's met. Expand the imaginative horizons of your young ones with this charming show at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts -- and if you have a child younger than three who can sit on your lap for the duration of the show, they can even attend for free.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:30pm
Josh Wolf is a Boston native who tells it like it is. A regular on Chelsea Lately, he has an irascible wit and penchant for putting people in their place. He's a guy's guy, always sporting a five o'clock shadow and a worn trucker hat, but he connects with every audience he encounters, telling homegrown and relatable stories about dating and single parenthood while also poking fun at current events and pop culture trends. When he isn't guest starring on shows like Raising Hope and writing best-selling books, he's headlining national comedy clubs. He's tackled virtually every subject imaginable, so there's no telling exactly what you'll get when he performs at Phoenix's Stand Up Live. Just strap in and prepare to laugh.
Friday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 10:00pm
Chill out under the roof and cheer on your hometown D-backs as they face division rivals the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. This late-season match-up could definitely have playoff implications, so you'll want to be there as Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, David Peralta and the rest of the hard-hitting Arizona gang battle Wil Myers and the Padres' tough lineup. Plus, you can take advantage of the Phoenix ballpark's wide range of concessions, from hot dogs, peanuts, ice cream and other classics, to craft beer, tacos and tamales.
Friday September 8, 2017 / 6:40pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 1:10pm
Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective is the largest interactive murder mystery dinner show in the country -- and now it's coming to the Hilton Tucson East hotel. This tasty whodunit is set in the present day and features performers who blend in with the crowd, so you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Chances are when you think of an art show, you think "stuffy." But The Chocolate and Art Show is out to change that by bringing you some of the hottest up-and-coming artists around today, along with chocolate treats and more. Held at MonOrchid in Phoenix, this event will feature live music from multiple bands, a DJ, body and face painting, delicious street food and, of course, loads of great art. Top it all off by indulging in some chocolate goodies at one of the city's coolest downtown event venues, and you've got a fun night out of an entirely different and unique sort.
James Davis' fresh stand-up style recently landed him a starring role on Comedy Central's new series Hood Adjacent, and the talented performer has also been seen on Real Husbands of Hollywood, @midnight, BET's Hell Date, Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? and more. He's also written for the BET Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, and opened for artists like Drake and Ryan Leslie. Catch this talented stand-up star when he headlines the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 10:00pm
The winner of season two of NBC's hit reality series Last Comic Standing, John Heffron hasn't looked back since, well ... unless you count mining his past for hilarious material as "looking back." In which case he's actually been looking back a lot, and finding some serious gold. With riotously relatable material ranging from accounts of growing up in a pre-internet era to his bar-hopping adventures in his 20s and observations of life as a married man in his 30s, the Detroit funnyman has appeared on The Tonight Show and Chelsea Lately -- now you can escape the worries of everyday life and laugh yourself silly when he headlines at The Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 7:00pm
Rivals hit the diamond once again as the Colorado Rockies pay a visit to Chase Field to square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in an NL West showdown. The Rockies and the D-backs have been battling it out in the standings all season, and this September match-up is most likely to have playoff implications. So come chill out under the roof, buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack, and cheer on Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, David Peralta and all your favorites at the ol' ballgame.
Monday September 11, 2017 / 6:40pmTuesday September 12, 2017 / 6:40pmWednesday September 13, 2017 / 6:40pm
Two of the National League's most explosive offensive teams collide at Chase Field as the Miami Marlins square off in a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day. The Marlins have one of baseball's best sluggers in Giancarlo Stanton, but the D-backs can match the Fish bat for bat, with Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and David Peralta handling the lumber. Don't miss the diamond action as these two NL teams battle it out in a late-season series that's sure to have playoff implications.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 6:40pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 5:10pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:10pm (Fan Appreciation Day)