Friday, April 9
Big Band Broadcast featuring Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500. Upcoming: 7:30 p.m. April 10, Arlo Guthrie – Guthrie Family Rides Again, featuring Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee and Johnny; 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 15 to 18, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy.
Elvis Costello Solo: 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. $58. (480) 994-2787, ext. 2 or www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.
The Ballet Hispanico Company: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
The Sound of Music: today to April 18, Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre, 5051 E. Elliot Road. Show times: 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. April 16, 2 and 7 p.m. April 17 and 2 p.m. April 18. The show is suitable for kids and families. $15. (480) 705-9319 or www.azact.org.
The Who’s Tommy: today to May 2, Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. (480) 483-1664 or www.desertstages.com.
Saturday, April 10
Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Tuesday, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65+), $5 for students with ID, $4 for children 6 to 12; children under 6, members of the Heard Museum and American Indians with proof of
tribal enrollment are free. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
16th Annual Asian Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Heritage Square Park, 115 N. Sixth St. www.aaaa-azorg.
Tomato Plant Girl: 10 a.m. Target Storybook preview, 2 p.m. opening, runs through April 18, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age five and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.
Arizona State University Art Museum Street Party: 4 to 10 p.m., Hoskin-Ryan Building and Grounds, 201 W. Indian School Road. Features live music, refreshments, kids’ zone, Indie Chic craft fair and art exhibitions. Proceeds support ASU Art Museum exhibitions. Susan, (480) 965-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CleanComedyClub shows: 8 p.m., Sandstone Cafe, 4959 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Upcoming show: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Mad Chef Restaurant, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd. (at 40th Street) in Ahwatukee Foothills.
www.cleancomedyclub.com, (480) 759-5120 or (602) 369-8906.
Tuesday, April 13
Lunch Time Theater presents The Beauty of Numbers: 12:10 p.m. today to Thursday, Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Performance Outreach Theater (enter under purple canopy on Van Buren). Laugh, ponder and enjoy original music in a new show about life’s ups and downs, perspective and growth. $6. (602) 254-7399, ext. 104 or www.herbergertheater.org. Lunch is available to enjoy while you watch the show. To order, call Coffea Café, (602) 373-6570, before 9 a.m. show day.
Hopi Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving: through Sept. 5, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org/katsinadolls.
Friday, April 16
Tequilazona: 4 to 9 p.m., Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park – Brick Courtyard, 1300 N. College Ave, Tempe.Tickets are $20 for the Tasting Expo, $40 for VIPs (includes Expo, Happy Hour and Dinner - seating limited). Reserve tickets at www.shop.fpraz.org or call (480) 774-8450. www.fpraz.org.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m., along the streets of downtown Chandler. Also free art activities for children. To exhibit or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.
Comic Hypnotist Flip Orley: 8 and 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 8 p.m. Sunday, Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. $17. (480) 921-9877 or www.tempeimprov.com.
Saturday, April 17
Cantemus Chamber Chorale presents a concert of Mozart masterpieces: 7:30 p.m., Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students in advance by e-mailing Cantemusaz@cox.net; $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students at the door. www.cantemusaz.org.
Pat Metheny, The Orchestration Tour: 8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
Ansel Adams: Discoveries: through June 6, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
Healing Expressions exhibition: through April 22, young @ art gallery, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The exhibit explores how art therapy works miracles for Valley children who have been victims of abuse or have suffered trauma in their lives. A free opening reception will run 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. www.smoca.org.
Patsy’s Bridal Shower: through May 9, Broadway Palm Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. www.broadwaypalmwest.com or (480) 325-6700.
Sunday, April 18
Mark Knopfler: 7:30 p.m., Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671.
Tuesday, April 20
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps: today to April 25, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.
Lunch Time Theater presents Causes for Celebration: 12:10 p.m. today to Thursday and April 27 to 29, Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Performance Outreach Theater (enter under purple canopy on Van Buren). Commemorate and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the 10th anniversary of Improbable Theatre Company through a multi-media performance. The show features artists telling their stories with an emphasis on how their lives have changed with the ADA. $6. (602) 254-7399, ext. 104 or www.herbergertheater.org. Lunch is available to enjoy while you watch the show. To order, call Coffea Café, (602) 373-6570, before 9 a.m. show day.
Wednesday, April 21
Thursday, April 22
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer: 7:30 p.m., Ovations LIVE! Showroom, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets start at $48 and are available at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling 1-877-840-0457 or at the gift shop. Upcoming: The Temptations: 8 p.m. April 23.
Black Theatre Troupe presents One Mo’ Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 2, Playhouse in the Park in The Viad Tower at Central Avenue and Palm Lane. An additional matinee is at 2 p.m. April 28, and the Family Matinee Series is at 2 p.m. May 1 with specially priced $12 tickets for families. Ticket prices for all other shows are $26 to $30. (602) 254-2151, ext. 4, www.blacktheatretroupe.org or www.phxtheatre.com.
Friday, April 23
Pass My Imperfections Lightly By: 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Sovereign Grace Church, 1280 N. Cooper Road, Gilbert. The extraordinary life of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln unfolds in this docudrama presented by Command Performers Theatre. Recommended for ages 13 and older. $8 general admission, $6 each for groups of four or more. www.commandperformersaz.com or Kenny, (480) 926-1773 or email@example.com.
Saturday, April 24
NAPA Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals: gates open at 11 a.m. today and tomorrow, Firebird International Raceway, 20,000 Maricopa Road, Gila River Indian Community. Features Jet Dragsters, Truck Show N’ Shine, Manufacturer’s Midway and a Kids’ Zone. Tickets start at $22; kids 12 and under receive free general admission seating with a paying adult. (602) 268-0200 or www.firebirdraceway.com.
Sunday, April 25
The Big Friendly Giant: 4 p.m. preview, runs May 1 to 23, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age five and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.
Thursday, April 29
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday: today to Sunday, Mesa Community College, Theatre Outback, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. $15 for adults; $12 for faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for students and seniors. (480) 461-7170.
Rock band Warrant: doors open 7 p.m. Warrant expected to go on at 11 p.m., Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, 1065 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. $10 to $12. (480) 844-8629.
Friday, April 30
Phoenix Boys Choir presents “Hooray for Hollywood:” 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Advance tickets: $25 preferred, $20 general admission, $18 for seniors (60+), $10 for ages 12 and under. $25 at the door. www.phoenixboyschoir.org or (602) 264-5328, ext. 21.
Saturday, May 1
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood’s Third Annual Farwell Tour: 8 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. www.celebritytheatre.com or (602) 267-1600, ext. 1. Upcoming: 8 p.m. May 8, Heart.
Sunday, May 2
Chandler Symphony Orchestra concert: 3 p.m., Desert Vista High School auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St. This orchestra is made up of East Valley musicians who play without pay, for the love of music. Likewise, the audience may attend the concerts free of charge, with donations being gladly accepted in the lobby. www.chandlersymphony.org.
Sugarland, with performances by Julianne Hough and Vonda Shepard: Cricket Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. www.livenation.com.
Friday, May 7
Phoenix Symphony presents “The Beatles and Friends:” today to Sunday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. $26 to $76. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Willy Wonka (& the Chocolate Factory): today to May 23, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. (602) 253-8188, ext. 4 or www.VYT.com.
Wednesday, May 19
Friday, June 11
“Passionate Journeys, Passionate Kisses” Concert: 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback Road. Arizona Women In Tune will present a traditional concert about love and relationships. www.azwit.com or (602) 487-1940.
Tuesday, June 15
In The Heights: today to June 20, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.
Friday, June 18
Julio Iglesias: 8 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets start at $60 and may be purchased online at www.WinGilaRiver.com, by calling Ticketforce at 1-877-840-0457 or by visiting the gift shop. A $10 discount is available for attendees with a free Player’s Club card.