Friday, April 16
The Sound of Music: 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre, 5051 E. Elliot Road. Suitable for kids and families. $15. (480) 705-9319 or www.azact.org.
Saturday, April 17
Pat Metheny, The Orchestration Tour: 8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
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.
Sunday, April 18
2010 Concerts in the Park series: 7:30 p.m. today, April 25 and May 2, Desert Foothills Park, 1010 Marketplace SW. The free concerts will feature a variety of music played by some of the Valley’s favorite bands. www.thefitchgroupaz.com.
Mark Knopfler: 7:30 p.m., Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671. Upcoming: April 24, Cheech & Chong. 7:30 p.m. April 25, Norah Jones. April 30, Conan O’Brien. 8 p.m. May 15, Glee. May 21, Styx, with Kansas and Foreigner. May 29, Crosby, Stills and Nash. June 15, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers. 7:30 p.m. July 20, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. Aug. 27 (rescheduled from Jan. 23), Slayer, Megadeth’s “American Carnage.” Aug. 29, Charlie Daniels Band. Oct. 14, Kenny Rogers. Nov. 27, Jim Gaffigan.
Patsy’s Bridal Shower: through May 9, Broadway Palm Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. www.broadwaypalmwest.com or (480) 325-6700.
Ansel Adams: Discoveries: through June 6, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
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.
Baaba Maal: 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Upcoming: April 24 and 25, The Alexander String Quartet and Guests; 8 p.m. April 30, Marcus Roberts Trio; 8 p.m. May 1, David Sedaris.
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.
Avett Brothers: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
Hopi Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving: through Sept. 5, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org/katsinadolls.
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
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. $58. (480) 994-2787, ext. 2 or www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org. Upcoming: 7:30 p.m. May 8, Solas & Bearfoot.
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; 8 p.m. July 17, LeAnn Rimes.
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. Upcoming: May 21, Brooks & Dunn, along with Jason Aldean and Tyler Dickerson. Noon June 2, The Bamboozle Roadshow - all-day event with two stages of rotating artists (http://www.thebamboozleroadshow.com). June 3, Tim McGraw with special guest Lady Antebellum. June 17, Iron Maiden. July 10, Kings of Leon. Aug. 30, Green Day.
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, May 21
Downtown Chandler Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m. third Fridays along the streets of downtown Chandler. Also free art activities for children. To exhibit or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.
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.