The largest light and lantern festival in the U.S. brightens the downtown Phoenix skies at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. With over 11 exhibits and 75 stunning displays, Lights of the World combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lanterns with cutting-edge technology and lights. Be wowed by displays that extend from 18 to 60 feet, and showcase features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe. You can also enjoy carnival rides, games, a daily performance showcasing acrobatics, dance, music concerts and 19 authentic food vendors from Chengdu, China and other American treats available in the Food Court.
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Make someone's holiday this year by giving them the gift of Cirque du Soleil. One of the most popular entertainment events in the world, Cirque du Soleil always provides a magical experience, no matter the theme of the show. Whether they're turning the Beatles' hits into a psychedelic circus or bringing to life a steampunk world of clockwork curiosities, Cirque du Soleil brings unrivaled visual imagination and jaw-dropping acrobatics to their productions. The Cirque du Soleil gift card allows the recipient to choose any Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas or any of the touring shows across the U.S. and Canada. The card balance never expires, is good for any available date and it's super easy to use -- just go to the Cirque du Soleil website and follow the instructions to pick your show. You can even use it for merchandise, food and beverage purchases at Big Top shows and merchandise at Las Vegas resident shows. Gift cards cannot be used on Goldstar.
Whether you shot milk out your nose when he sang about his red-hooded sweatshirt on SNL, watched The Wedding Singer on repeat until you wore out the VHS tape or were one of the millions of viewers who made The Ridiculous Six Netflix's most-streamed movie, Adam Sandler has probably cracked you up at some point in your life. But have you ever been in the same room with him while he did it? Adam Sandler's multi-show residency at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas takes this worldwide comedy superstar and puts him back where he started: on the stage in front of a crowd with a microphone in his hand. Prepare to laugh until you pee your pants -- and remember, "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants."
Adelitas Way return to Arizona on the tail of their latest album Notorious. The hard rocking Vegas four-piece had their break in 2009 when "Invincible" was featured on WWE Superstars. The band has since several albums and shared the stage with Guns N' Roses, Deftones and Godsmack. Check out their new songs at BLK Live in Scottsdale. Canadian rockers Deadset Society and rapper Manafest open the show.
First making waves as a songwriter with classic tunes like "Crazy" and "Hello Walls," Willie Nelson went on to become one of the founders of outlaw country, blowing the walls off the Nashville sound with fellow iconoclasts Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. During the '70s, Nelson recorded a string of chart-topping, critically acclaimed albums, including Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages, with hit originals like "On the Road Again" and "Bloody Mary Morning," and classic interpretations of favorites like "Pancho and Lefty." With fans spanning generations, the "Red Headed Stranger" is as strong as ever, recently releasing God's Problem Child, his record-extending 50th Top 10 album. The critically acclaimed release features everything from a poignant tribute to Merle Haggard to a wry ode to internet rumors announcing Nelson's own death. Don't miss Willie Nelson and Family in concert when they play The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Jefferson Airplane was one of the biggest rock groups of the 1960s. The psych-rock legends performed at Woodstock, Monterey and at Altamont with the Rolling Stones. They also regularly shared a bill with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. The band became known as Jefferson Starship in 1974 and they've gone on to play more than 2,000 concerts. Songs like "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and "We Built This City" still resonate to this day, and now you can see Jefferson Starship in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Here come the Suns, back for their 50th anniversary season in the NBA, with interim head coach Jay Triano set for the year and guard Devin Booker setting all kinds of franchise records (70-point game, anyone?) before the ripe ol' age of 21. And Booker continues to go bananas, leading the team in points per game and assists. With top rebounder Tyson Chandler and three-point threat Mike James on the court, Phoenix has a chance to bring the heat as they take on division rivals like the L.A. Clippers, Portland and Oklahoma City. There's not a bad seat to be found at Talking Stick Resort Arena, so come out and join the fun with the Suns' famous gorilla mascot and a fired-up crowd.
It's not every fictional character who's so iconic his name becomes an adjective, but that's one quest in which the lovably insane self-styled knight Don Quixote triumphed. No doubt you've heard the tales of his daring, his brave battles with giants (actually windmills) for the hand of his beautiful lady (actually a prostitute who wants nothing to do with him). And while you've probably always meant to read it, this 400-year-old Spanish novel runs about 1,000 pages and you've got Game of Thrones to binge-watch. Luckily, there's a classic Broadway musical version -- Man of La Mancha -- that brings this timeless character to life with some of the greatest show tunes ever written, which pulse with the spirit of flamenco in this vibrant new production from Arizona Theatre Company. Come dream "The Impossible Dream" when Don Quixote rides into Herberger Theater Center in España (actually Phoenix).
With his dynamic dancing and smooth, gutsy vocals, Morris Day, as a founding member of Prince's band The Time, played an essential role in the development of the Minneapolis dance club sound of the 1980s. After a couple of band breakups in the '80s and early-'90s, several members of the group reunited in 1995 and continued to tour with Prince up to the time of his untimely death. Now, Morris Day & The Time pays tribute to Prince as well as all the Morris Day hits that have been produced over many decades with this concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
One of the biggest bands on the '80s Sunset Strip glam-rock scene, the L.A. Guns are taking aim again with both barrels, reuniting lead singer Phil Lewis and lead guitarist and band founder Tracii Guns after a 15-year hiatus. The songwriting duo produced a bunch of the group's signature smashes, including "Sex Action," "Never Enough," "Electric Gypsy," "Hellraisers Ball" and many more, and now they'll bring those hair-metal hits to BLK Live in Scottsdale as part of a tour that's taken them to the UK and to the legendary Whisky a Go Go in L.A., where it all began.
Winger combines two '90s-heavy genres into one thrash-heavy spectacular at Scottsdale's BLK Live. Fusing prog rock and glam metal, the group still rocks the long locks of hair, self proclaimed as "the hair band version of Dream Theater" by frontman Kip Winger. They reunited in 2001 to play with Poison, and have since released Better Days Comin' to change up their tour material. Check them out at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
Get ready to get the party started when Walshy Fire of the boundary-bursting, Diplo-founded group Major Lazer performs live in Scottsdale. 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. See Walshy blast his back-breaking, futuristic beats at BLK Live.
Everyone loves this timeless story of true friendship, in which a miraculous spider saves the life of one terrific pig. For more than 45 years this classic tale has captured the imaginations and hearts of parents and children alike. This stage version from Desert Foothills Theater brings the beloved E.B. White story to life complete with all the characters we adored as children. Performed by an amazing young cast between the ages of 8-14, your whole family will love Charlotte's Web at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), It's Only a Play thrusts you into the middle of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway play. It's the opening night of hilariously harried playwright Peter Austin's new play, and everyone has gathered at the daffy producer's townhouse to await the reviews. Joining Peter are his television producer best friend, a hilariously washed-up Hollywood diva, a lethal drama critic and more. Don't miss this tornado of sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater, replete with impromptu selfies and celebrity take-downs galore, at the Phoenix Theatre's Mainstage Theatre.
Former member of The Babys John Waite hit it big as a solo artist when his single "Missing You" with Alison Krauss climbed to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and as a top ten on the UK Singles Chart. Since then, he's been successfully writing, recording and performing for more than 35 years, producing countless popular tracks like "Change," "If Anybody Had a Heart" and "Back on my Feet Again." Check out his well-oiled blend of rock, blues and country at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
One of rock's most distinctive voices, Eric Martin has fronted Mr. Big since the group formed in 1988. While the band is still going strong, having released Defying Gravity in 2017, Martin is hitting the road for a solo showcase that features his own work and classic hits from the vault. He'll be joined at BLK Live in Scottsdale by Steve Brown and P.J. Farley from the group Trixter.
Performing as part of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts' Music Series, Helios: A Modern Renaissance and the Mill Ave Chamber Players are joining together for an innovative performance of music from the nexus of Renaissance music -- the Republic of Venice. The florid melodies will inspire a sense of floating down one of the many Venetian canals. Monteverdi, Willaert, Andrea Gabrieli and his nephew Giovanni Gabrieli are among the featured composers in this concert at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater thinks it's better served alongside a delicious three-course meal. Their latest lighthearted mystery show, How to Murder a Millionaire, combines cold-blooded killing with the hilarious antics of reality TV. All eligible bachelor Dirk Dagwell wants is a bride to share his life, so he signs up to become the latest schmuck on cheesy dating show How to Marry a Millionaire. Here to win the heart (and bank account) of the handsome millionaire are sex kitten Tanya, sweetheart Darma and lady-with-a-past Carleen. Who will Dirk choose to be his bride? And will it be the last choice he ever makes? Help put together the pieces and uncover the murderer -- and maybe even become a part of the show -- as you laugh and dine at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club.
Frankie Valli has been reducing females to joyful tears since 1962 with his powerful falsetto renderings of songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Who Loves You" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." He and his group The Four Seasons are still going strong today, thanks in part to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Valli and his legendary group. With 71 chart hits (including 40 in the Top 40 and eight reaching No. 1), they're one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. See them live when they come to the stage of the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
The "Godfathers of Glam," The Sweet (aka Sweet) scored a string of humongous hits in the '70s, including "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run," "Love Is Like Oxygen," "Little Willy," "Blockbuster," "Hellraiser" and "Action," selling more than 40 million records. During that decade of excess, The Sweet led the way with their high-energy live shows and innovative fusion of hard rock and melodic vocal harmonies. They've been covered by everyone from Motley Crue to Tia Carrere in the film Wayne's World, and were even sampled in the Beastie Boys hit "Hey Ladies." Now you can rock out with this influential group in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Amidst a time of political chaos, you gotta admit -- The news can be overwhelming. With so much to read, listen to and see at once, comedian Kristina Wong breaks it down and tells it like it is via The Wong Street Journal at ASU Gammage in Tempe. She'll throw out some hashtags, present a slideshow and use some uneasy-to-read charts to explain the complicated web that weaves economic theory and global poverty. Wong also intertwines her own narrative and her rise to hip-hop stardom in Northern Uganda. Intrigued by this culture clash? We are too.
San Diego's Jarabe Mexicano traverses a vast Latin repertoire that includes traditional boleros, huapangos, sones and rancheras plus contemporary cumbia, reggae, doo wop and American standards. At once nostalgic and modern, the songs are an intoxicating mix of music that appeals to audiences young and old. Catch them live at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
Headed up by frontman Wes Scantlin, who's celebrated for having one of the strongest voices in alt-rock, Puddle of Mudd made their initial splash with a series of huge Billboard-topping hits like "Blurry," "She Hates Me" and "Psycho" that helped defined the post-grunge sound. In fact, the band has grown only more distinct as it's progressed from its triple-platinum major label debut, 2001's Come Clean, to its widely praised collection of classic rock covers, 2011's Re:(disc)overed. See for yourself how far their sound has come when Puddle of Mudd takes the stage of Scottsdale's BLK Live.
Start with a traditional chamber-music group, sprinkle in some audience participation, and you've got the recipe for the world's first all-request classical ensemble, known as Shuffle Concert. Created by pianist Eliran Avni and inspired by the eclectic nature of his own playlist, this talented group of musicians was built to handle whatever you can throw at them. They've got a list of more than 30 works to choose from, in 15 different styles, with arrangements ranging from solos to sextets in classical, baroque, romantic, jazz, pop and Broadway genres. They've played prestigious venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, toured throughout the country and in Israel, and now they'll take the stage at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center.
Lenny is a great guy: a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband. So when his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking lothario who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must decide what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. How far is too far to get back to happily-ever-after?
Love, faith, courage and giving -- the play adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis' children's classic, is a tale of good triumphing over evil. Set in the land of Narnia, the play faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. Chases, duels and escapes abound as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is an exhilarating story that the whole family will enjoy when it comes to the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage.
A crush can make anyone feel young again -- even Ralph, a widower. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk -- one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. The Last Romance is a heartwarming tale coming to Stage Left Productions in Sun City.
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.