Dragons, glowing pagodas and iridescent flowers are coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. It's all part of China Lights, a Chinese Lantern Festival that has been bringing stunning illuminated sculptures to select venues around the world. Now it floats into North Las Vegas for an after-sundown celebration of Asian life and culture, transforming the park into a magical paradise of enchanting illuminated displays. Enjoy a backstage tour of the lanterns and participate in the nightly parade. Or, simply enjoy wandering through the thrilling spectacle, which includes live performances of music, juggling and other arts, as well as the chance to purchase food and merchandise at the marketplace. Admission includes a link to the official festival tour mobile guide, which will provide fascinating insight about the wonders all around you as you stroll.
Any Date Tuesday-Sunday From January 19 - February 25, 2018 (5:30pm - 10pm)
The Amazing Acro-cats are a troupe of real performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for 205 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation's stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! They'll be pouncing on the stage at Phoenix's Playhouse on the Park. The show features cats riding skateboards and jumping through hoops, plus you'll see rising star Alley, a Guinness Book of World Records-holder for the longest cat jump. The finale is the only all-cat band in the entire world: Tuna and the Rock Cats. The current band lineup features Annie on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard and brand new members Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet and Oz on Saxophone. There's even a chicken -- Cluck Norris -- rockin' the tambourine. Featured on national TV shows like the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, their most recent appearance was the 2017 Puppy Bowl broadcast on Animal Planet.
Gear up for another exciting season by taking a sneak peek at your Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training action at the beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. The D-backs made it to the playoffs last season and look like contenders to return in 2018, so here's your chance to see all the team's veterans, newcomers and hot prospects as they work their way back into regular season form. In addition, spring training is a great way to get close to some of your favorite players, as autographs and interactions are easier to come by during this relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Colorado Rockies)Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Colorado Rockies)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Milwaukee Brewers)Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Chicago White Sox)
Alice Wetterlund has performed her non-yelling brand of comedy nationally at colleges, clubs and festivals such as Just for Laughs, Moon Tower, Women in Comedy, SF Sketchfest, RIOT LA and more. She was a New Face for the 2013 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and was on the official line up for FOX's 2013 Night of Comedy. Her credits include appearances on New Girl, Girl Code, as the recurring character "Carla" on Silicon Valley and on TBS' People of Earth. Now she headlines a weekend full of stand-up sets at Tempe Improv.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 10:00pm
The Arizona Rattlers kick off their 26th season of fast and furious gridiron action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. One of the premier teams in the new Indoor Football League and winners of six world championships -- including 2017's United Bowl -- the Rattlers' home games are always packed with high-scoring excitement and a loud party atmosphere. Led by head coach Kevin Guy, the team lives up to its name with plenty of quick and deadly strikes to the end zone. Come out and catch all the 2018 action with your whole crew.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 3:05pm (vs. Sioux Falls Storm)Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 3:05pm (vs. Green Bay Blizzard)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 6:05pm (vs. Cedar Rapids Titans)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:05pm (vs. Green Bay Blizzard)Sunday, May. 20, 2018 / 3:05pm (vs. Iowa Barnstormers)
When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It's been exactly 60 years since Brown Versus the Board of Education. Lines in the Dust questions how far we've come and, more importantly, where we go from here. Catch this important drama courtesy of Phoenix's Black Theatre Troupe.
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko is at the peak of his career and has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his new assistant, Ken, in his huge studio on the Bowery. He painstakingly trains and admonishes the young art student in his philosophy of painting and art. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko finally visits the completed restaurant, and he faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his ultimate betrayal and undoing. RED erupts with power, passion and intellect, embracing a fierce love for the meaning and purpose of art. It demands that we think and feel, aspiring to something beyond ourselves and beyond now -- that tiny bit of hope, that "red" that makes us human. See John Logan's volcano of a play at the Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pm
The Festival Orchestra Week finale pairs Beethoven's iconic Symphony No. 5 -- one of music's best known works -- with a tribute to one of America's best known composer-conductors at La Casa de Cristo in Scottsdale. Musicfest honors the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with his exciting and powerful Chichester Psalms. The concert's second half further celebrates Bernstein's compositional legacy with performances of other beloved works. The composer's daughter, Jamie Bernstein, joins Maestro Moody and the musicians to provide personal insight into her father's extraordinary career and compositions.
Four women deal with dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, sex over the age of 40 and other body image issues with humor and pizzazz in WaistWatchers: The Musical. This clever and catchy show at Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center is packed with original music inspired by beloved pop songs and show tunes for the themes at hand. Song titles include "Botox Queen," "Viagra" and "I Hope I Lose It." You might not shed any belly fat, but you'll have plenty of belly laughs, which are delicious and calorie-free. It's nonstop action, music and laughs!
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, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pm
It's been described as "mommy porn." It outsold Harry Potter in the UK. A Hollywood adaptation is steaming up screens around the world. With so much hype around it, Fifty Shades of Grey is ripe for parody -- a puppet show parody! The All Puppet Players' Fifty Shades of Felt embodies the raunchiness of Avenue Q and captures all the kinky eroticism of the pop culture phenomenon, bringing it to life on stage at Phoenix's Playhouse on the Park. Leave the kids at home for this one. You might want to leave your inhibitions at home too, because there's bound to be a little audience participation as these adorable puppets do not-so-adorable things to each other.
Full of humor and emotional depth, this adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is "goofy, joyous and deeply moving" (New York Daily News). Sisters Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood's lives are turned upside down when their father dies, leaving them penniless and with their reputations at stake. Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money and the purse strings are always held by men. Southwest Shakespeare Company brings the story to the stage of Farnsworth Studio Theater at Mesa Arts Center.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pm
"I don't hate you," Rosemary says to Anthony. "I just don't like you." In the Tony-nominated Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), these two introverted neighbors have lived in rural Ireland and known each other for years, but their lives intersect sharply when a parent dies and property rights come into question. Ultimately a tenderhearted romantic comedy, Shanley's play proves that love, whether early or late, always shows up right on time. Come see why the Arizona Daily Star said "it's impossible to see this play and not feel buoyed by it, touched by it, and seduced by it," when it comes to the stage of the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.
The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snowball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative musical play about the joys of childhood and the challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Jack Keats' treasured characters come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy and The Snowy Day at the Tempe Center for the Arts' Studio Theatre.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 4:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 1:00pm (ASL Performance)Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 4:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 1:00pm
Verdict is completely unlike the other works by the British murder mystery writer. Whereas her stories often weave a tangled web as we look for the killer, Verdict examines the web of psychology, relationships and morality. Fleeing persecution, professor Karl Hendryk and his invalid wife, Anya, make a home in London. Anya's cousin and caretaker, Lisa, suppresses romantic feelings for Karl, a forbidden relationship which bubbles to the surface when Karl takes on private lessons with a spoiled student. As passions rise, one has to ask, is it possible to love a person with such idealism that it becomes destructive? Witness Agatha Christie's unique drama at Desert Stages Theatre 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.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Portland Trail Blazers)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Golden State Warriors)Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Detroit Pistons)
This ain't your grandma's improv show -- unless your grandma has a dirty mouth. Improv Uncensored is an unscripted comedy show featuring skits and sketches made up on the spot, featuring some of Phoenix's funniest improvisers at their "uncensored" best. And unlike competitive comedy shows at National Comedy Theatre, Improv Uncensored has no rules, no ref and no "brown bag foul" -- and no one under 18 is allowed! Every game and skit is based on audience suggestions and completely improvised, so you get a different, unrehearsed show every time.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 9:45pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 9:45pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 9:45pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 9:45pm
Known for his quick wit, stand-up comic Ben Bailey made his name behind the wheel of the hit Discovery Channel series Cash Cab, for which he won a number of Daytime Emmy Awards. Before he got behind the wheel, though, he was a stand-up comic, and he's been on the road with his hilarious outlook on life for several years. He's been seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, and he's got a new show in the works for A&E. Get ready to laugh as Bailey rolls into the Tempe Improv.
A jury holds a young man's life in its hands. Stuck in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 of the 12 are ready to convict the 19-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his father, but one holdout is far less certain. What starts as an open-and-shut case soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama. Brilliant and thought-provoking, Twelve Angry Jurors comes to Ghostlight Theatre.
To be the drummer of a heavy metal band, you gotta rock. To be the drummer for three big-name metal bands, you gotta really rock. You gotta be the kind of drummer that earns the nickname "Wild." You gotta be Mick Brown. His thundering drums first set pulses pounding on the Sunset Strip in the early '80s as a founding member of Dokken. The group went on to be one of the reigning kings of '80s metal with hits like "Alone Again," "In My Dreams" and "Burning Like a Flame." After Dokken's split, Brown brought the thunder for Lynch Mob before going on to tour as part of Ted Nugent's band. Today, when he's not playing with the reunited Dokken, "Wild" Mick fronts his own band of hard rockers. Go wild and bang your head at this concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Walt, the king of the Magic Kingdom, has written a movie about his death and he wants to read it to you with the help of his daughter and his brother, Roy. This is a funny, no-holds barred look into the dark side of the creator of Mickey Mouse. Don't miss this public reading of an unproduced screenplay about the death of Walt Disney at Herberger Theater Center-Kax Stage in Phoenix.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
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.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pm
Frank Hannon -- lead guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the multi-platinum metal band Tesla -- has taken a solo detour in recent years with a series of acoustic-electric releases, digging deep into roots rock. In fact, his latest release, 2018's From One Place to Another, Vol. 1, covers classic songs like "I Hear You Knocking," "Joy to the World" and the Allman Brothers' "Blue Sky," with plenty of sweet guitar solos. Set to open this show at BLK Live in Scottsdale is Scare Card.
San Fernando Valley-base alt rockers She Wants Revenge is taking it to the stage to give fans what they want. The duo's 2006 self-titled debut album featured the hits "These Things" and "Tear You Apart," the latter of which was featured on the hit TV show American Horror Story. They've since released two additional albums and continue to tour. Now you can see them at BLK Live in Scottsdale, with the Cosmonauts launching this evening of rock that's headed straight for the stratosphere.
The music of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience. December '63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli, including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the most popular singles from the Broadway blockbuster musical The Jersey Boys. This re-creation of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons concert will have you reaching for the high notes as our cast and band take you on a musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys! Head back in time to December '63 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
Space 55 is proud to present the Phoenix premiere of Luna Gale, by award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman. This searingly controversial 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award Winning play tells about the fight to decide the future of baby Luna. Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie's mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past -- and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale, at Space 55, is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.
In Murder at Miss Mary's, the wealthy Mrs. Mary Astor-Turf has been receiving messages from the great beyond. Her long-deceased grandfather has been trying to send messages to her from the afterlife, and she enlists the help of a renowned and eccentric psychic medium to help channel his communication to her in any way she can come up with. But alas, everyone Mary knows thinks she is crazy, and wants to put her fortune to good use; especially their own, especially her unfaithful husband Teddy and his deceitful mistress. Heck, even her own brother wants a cut of the dough. Come watch the hilarious Murder at Miss Mary's unfold as you determine the guilty party over a delicious three-course meal.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pm Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pm
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to The Embassy Suites in Tempe 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.
Experience the clear blue light of a Scandinavian sky as the Chorale journeys north, to Phoenix's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. In a program inspired by Nordic folklore, kings, castles, and unicorns all make appearances along with the breathtaking beauty of the aurora borealis. Experience charming settings from the master composers of Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and, of course, Norway's Ola Gjeilo. Guest conductor Joshua Habermann joins for Nordic Songs. Joshua Habermann is in his ninth season as Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus since 2011. Since joining the Desert Chorale, he has raised the ensemble's artistic profile and broadened its programming to include choral-orchestral masterworks as well as cutting-edge a cappella programs.
Art often imitates life, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater melds the two seamlessly and serves it up along with a delicious three-course meal. Their latest lighthearted mystery show, Murder on the Movie Set, casts you and your fellow audience members as extras on a 1940s movie set. During rehearsal for the restaurant scene, things go horribly wrong, and we're talking more than just a fly in the soup -- There's been a murder! As possible witnesses, you have to help solve the whodunnit. Was it the frazzled director, the hunky leading man, the ditzy starlet, the aging diva, or her flamboyant, sharp-tongued wardrobe master? One thing is for sure: Hollywood will never be the same again!
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Experience the clear blue light of a Scandinavian sky as the Phoenix Chorale journeys north. In a program inspired by Nordic folklore, kings, castles, and unicorns all make appearances along with the breathtaking beauty of the aurora borealis. Join us as we perform charming settings from master composers of Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and, of course, Norway's Ola Gjeilo. Enjoy Nordic Songs, led by guest conductor Joshua Habermann, at American Lutheran Church in Sun City.