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Posted: Friday, December 4, 2009 12:00 am

Friday, Dec. 4

41st Annual Fall Tempe Fall Festival of Arts, today to Sunday, Mill Avenue District. Features original fine art and crafts, the Arizona Wine Festival, Kids Innovation Station Presented by APS and other activities and entertainment. www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.

 

Blood Wedding: 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday,

Mesa Community College Theatre Outback, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, south side of campus, building TH 29. Produced by Mesa Community College Theatre Arts & Film Department. (480) 461-7170.

 

The Phoenix Symphony Holiday Pops Concerts: 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Resident Conductor Lawrence Golan leads the concerts featuring the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Phoenix Boys Chorus and popular holiday tunes. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

American Pastorela: The Saga of Sheriff Joe: today to Dec. 13, Third Street Theatre, 1202 N. Third St. Presented by New Carpa Theater Co., written and directed by James E. Garcia. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12; 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 12, and 13. All ages show. A limited number of discounted tickets available at showup.com. Tickets at the door are $16 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $8 for children 12 and under. info@newcarpa.org or (623) 25-CARPA, (623) 252-2772.

 

Three Sistahs: today to Dec. 13, Playhouse on the Park, Viad Center, Central Avenue and Palm Lane. Presented by the Black Theatre Troupe. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 2 p.m. Dec 9. $23.50 to $29.50. The Family Matinee Series is at 2 p.m. Dec 12 with specially priced $12 tickets for families. (602) 254-2151, www.blacktheatretroupe.org or www.phxtheatre.com.

 

The Nutcracker: today to Dec. 20, Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. Holiday festival immediately follows with games, gingerbread and sugar cookies, hot chocolate, spiced cider and a special visit from Santa Claus. $15 for adults, $12 for ages 17 and under, $4 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more. (480) 837-9661, www.fhct.org or play@fhct.org.

 

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail: today to Dec. 23, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. The musical, a VYT holiday tradition, features Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods in a celebration of friendship, caring and sharing. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Sundays. $20. (602) 253-8188, ext. 2 or www.vyt.com.

 

Unexpected Wegman: through Jan. 24, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Forty-five William Wegman works feature photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs and reveal an array of many other whimsically portrayed subjects in a diverse range of media and forms. www.smoca.org.

 

Robots: The Interactive Exhibition: through Feb. 14, Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. The educational exhibition immerses children and their families in scientific adventures exploring the “reel and real” science behind robotics. Based on the 20th Century Fox animated feature of the same name. (602) 716-2000 or www.azscience.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 5

Indie Chic @ 10th Street: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arizona State University Art Museum, Mill Avenue at 10th Street, Tempe. Alternative craft fair featuring handmade items. http://asuartmuseum.wordpress.com.

 

Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert: 2 and 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church, 1954 N. 24th St. (at McDowell). Holiday event for the entire family. Concert tickets: $10, $17.50 and $20. A silent auction will take place noon to 8 p.m. (concert ticket not required to attend auction). (602) 534-3788.

 

Cookies, Cocoa and Santa: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Historic Heritage Square, Fifth Street and Monroe. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, music, crafts, story time for children and pictures with Santa. Tickets: (602) 262-5070.

 

Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert: 2 and 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church, 1954 N. 24th St. $10 to $20. Silent auction noon to 8 p.m. (concert ticket not required to attend auction). (602) 534-3788.

 

China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats: 2 and 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. $38. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

The Phoenix Symphony Family Holiday Pops Concert: 2:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. The concert is preceded by lobby activities including a special holiday craft, a meet and greet with conductor Lawrence Golan and a photo booth with Santa Claus. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen: today to Dec. 20, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Presented by Center Dance Ensemble. Show times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. The Valley’s holiday favorite for the entire family, the magical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets: $21 for adults, $17 for seniors, $9 for students. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development Holiday Cultural Fest: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. Features pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dancing, Native American dancers, Japanese Taiko drumming, Polynesian Hula and Fire dancing, Hip-Hop, Latin, food vendors and photos with Santa. $15 for adults, $5 for K to 12 students, free for children four and under. Proceeds benefit Tumbleweed’s Safe Place program, which provides access to immediate help and support resources for young people in crisis. www.TumbleweedEvents.com.

 

City of Phoenix Fiesta of Light: Electric Light Parade: 7 p.m., Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to Seventh Street, south to Indian School. Spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands and performance groups. (602) 262-6862 or www.phoenix.gov/parks.

 

Leahy Family Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The Celtic Canadian powerhouse of eight siblings are each a triple-threat of fiddle-driven music, dance and vocals. From sacred hymns, slow airs and luscious Christmas carols to a toe tapping mix of fiery reels and jigs, Leahy Family Christmas covers the full spectrum of the holiday. $30. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Sunday, Dec. 6

Welk Stars “Christmas Reunion” Concert: 1 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Longtime musical family members of “The Lawrence Welk Show” reunite. Travel back in time as these ‘wunnerful’ performers sing, dance and celebrate the yuletide just as they did on television’s longest-running weekly series. $36. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Chandler Symphony Orchestra holiday concert: 3 and 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road in Sun Lakes. Under the sponsorship of the Sun Lakes Interfaith Council, a $10 donation will benefit Neighbors Who Care and the Symphony. www.chandlersymphony.org.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 3 and 8 p.m., Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. The rock extravaganza incorporates elaborate staging, metal mixed with Christmas carols and dazzling visuals. With its timeless message, the sound offers something for everyone. Tickets, $30.25 to $59.50, available at www.livenation.com, the Jobing.com box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-(800)-745-3000.

 

“Music, Music, Music” Holiday Follies Variety Show: 3 to 5 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church Social Hall, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Sponsored by the Cameo Foundation and the Ms. Senior Arizona Organization. $12. All proceeds go to benefit Eve’s Place Safehouse for Domestic Violence. (602) 788-9556 or www.safetyatevesplace.org.

 

Fab Four ultimate tribute band: 7 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. www.celebritytheatre.com or (602) 267-1600, ext. 1. Upcoming: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 101.5’s Jingle Jam starring rapper Fabolous. 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Collin Raye Christmas.

 

The Phoenix Symphony’s annual Messiah Sing-Along: 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Music Director Michael Christie will lead community musicians, members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the entire audience in highlights from Handel’s Messiah. Copies of the score will be available for purchase one hour prior to the event. Community instrumental musicians (strings, oboe, bassoon or trumpet) interested in playing this concert must call the Education & Community Engagement Office at (602) 495-1117, ext. 470. Tickets: (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Little House On The Prairie: today to Dec. 13, 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.

 

Off-Broadway’s Hilarious Dixie’s Tupperware Party: today to Dec. 13, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $37. (480) 644-6500, www.mesaartscenter.com or www.dixiestupperwareparty.com.

 

The Elves & The Shoemaker: through Dec. 24, Great American Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St. 10 a.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Santa’s elves come to help a poor shoemaker and his wife in this musical holiday favorite. Appropriate for ages kindergarten and up. Reservations: (602) 262-2050.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 9

The Sustainable Symphony presents Russian Masters: 7:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The valley’s newest orchestra will present a concert of Russian music, including the Koussevitzky Bass Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. $10. (480) 544-2264 or brianviliunas@gmail.com.

 

Sara Evans in concert: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $31 to $51. (480) 644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com.

 

Sustainable Symphony presents Russian Masters: 7:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The Valley’s newest orchestra will present a concert of Russian music, including the Koussevitzky Bass Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. $10. (480) 544-2264 or brianviliunas@gmail.com

 

The Phoenix Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah: today to Dec. 20, various locations. Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie will lead the Baroque Ensemble in Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus will join the ensemble for highlights from Messiah. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

The Snow Queen: through Dec. 20, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Tickets are $12 in advance or $12 day of show for children and $15 for adults. Reservations recommended. (480) 483-1664 or www.DesertStages.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

John Cleese: 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. This is the rescheduled performance from the original Nov. 20 and 21 performance dates. (480) 994-ARTS (2787)  or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

 

iTheatre’s Holiday Cabaret with Jeff Kennedy: today to Dec. 21, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. An intimate evening of holiday music featuring an array of songs that celebrate the season. Show times vary. Tickets: $16 in advance, $20 at the door. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5 to 9 p.m. various days today to Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. Experience this unique Southwest holiday tradition as the magic of thousands of hand-lit luminarias cast a soft glow on the Garden’s renowned plant collection. Follow the sounds of Valley musicians throughout the Garden trails, and plan to dine in Dorrance Hall with family and friends. New this year, explore the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest and admire the sculptures of Native American artist Allan Houser. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.

 

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold: through Dec. 27, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Assisted by a local choir and her “students” (the audience!), Sister directs an unforgettable living nativity and employs her own CSI-inspired tools to find the culprit. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, the show is a sinfully funny alternative to traditional holiday fare. $38. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

Friday, Dec. 11

Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: today to Dec. 20, 5051 E. Elliot Road. Show times: 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20. This version is based on the Muppets A Christmas Carol and includes original songs by ACT Executive Director, Michele Rubino. Suitable for all kids and their families. $15. (480) 705-9319 or www.azact.org.

 

Cantemus Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m., Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. The choral group Cantemus will be joined by area musicians on the harp, strings, flute and organ to present Vivaldi’s glorious Magnificat  paired with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students. Tickets are on sale one hour prior to curtain and in advance by e-mailing Cantemusaz@cox.net. www.cantemusaz.org.

 

Spirit Journeys: Mystics & Musings: 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback Road; 4 p.m. Sunday, Church of the Epiphany, 2222 S. Price Road, Tempe. Arizona Women in Tune will honor and celebrate the winter holidays of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice. www.azwit.com or (602) 487-1940.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

Holiday Art and Music Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Festival features original works of art for sale by several local and national artists; live entertainment; artist demonstrations in glass blowing, metals and ceramics; children’s activities; and a variety of beverages and food from local restaurants. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

33rd Annual Indian Market: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, South Mountain Park/Preserve Activity Complex (Central Avenue entrance, south of Dobbins Road). Offered by Pueblo Grande Museum and its volunteer Auxiliary. Features the works of over 250 Native American artists, music and dance performances, artist demonstrations, a children’s craft area and traditional Native American foods. Join a guided petroglyph discovery hike on the nearly South Mountain Park trails. $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for children 12 and under. www.pgindianmarket.com or (602) 495-0901.

 

Phoenix Tequila Fest: noon to 5 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow,  US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Features continuous live entertainment as well as tastings of the distinctive flavors, trends and exotic recipes from numerous unique tequila distilleries. Must be 21 or older to attend. $35, general admission/standing room only (discounted tickets available when purchased for both Tequila Fest and Christmas Mariachi Festival tonight). www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 or www.phoenixtequilafest.com.

 

Arizona Big Train Operators annual Christmas Train Open House Tours: 4 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Dec. 19 and 20, various locations. Most layouts will be well lit in Christmas themes. Families and enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Donations will be accepted at tour sites to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. ABTO is a non-profit club for anyone interested in garden-scale trains Information, maps: www.azbigtrains.org.

 

18th Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival: 7 p.m., US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Features the world’s greatest mariachis, colorful dancers and a special appearance by international recording star and multi Grammy winner Vikki Carr. www.ticketmaster.com.

 

A Christmas Carol, presented by Actors Theatre: today to Dec. 24, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Celebrate the “spirits” of the holidays with the entire family. Sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages. Show times vary. $25 to $67. www.herbergertheater.org, (602) 252-8497 or www.AChristmasCarolPhoenix.com.

 

Chandler Children’s Choir performs “Holiday Blessings:” 7:30 p.m. tonight, Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2222 S. Price Road, Tempe, and 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes.  www.ChandlerChildrensChoir.com or Cindy, (480) 961-4355.

 

American Stars in Concert for the Holidays, featuring former American Idol Finalists: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Features four of the top ten finalists from seasons one through seven. $28 to $48. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Sonoran Desert Chorale presents “Singing Together – A Holiday Tradition:” 7:30 p.m. tonight, First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; 3 p.m. tomorrow, Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. $15 for adults and $12 for seniors 62 and up, children, students and groups of 10 or more. (480) 305-4538. Student Rush tickets are available 10 minutes prior to curtain. (480) 305-4538 or www.sonorandesertchorale.org.

 

Kenny Barron Trio: 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Barron is one of today’s premier jazz pianists. $39. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

Monday, Dec. 14

“Spirit of the Season” - A Holiday Music Concert with Jeffrey Hattrick and Nicole Pesce: 7 p.m.,  Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. A joyful musical event from Jazz to Classical, celebrating friends, family and the holidays. $15 to $33. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Broadway Based on 8 ... “The Holidays:” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today to Friday, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Celebrate musical moments from Mame, Annie, I Love My Wife, A Christmas Carol and many more. A SCAN original $6. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Movie Mondays: 1:30 p.m. today and Dec. 21, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Today features Christmas in the Clouds, and Dec. 21 features Christmas at Wapos Bay. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

TCA Friends present “Performance with a View:” 9:30 a.m. coffee service, 10 a.m. program, Tempe Center for the Arts, Lakeside, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Features SaXmaS - holiday favorites with the Arizona State University Saxophone Choir. Optional gallery and facility tours follow. Free. www.tempe.gov/tca/Calendar1.htm.

 

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 7th Annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza: 7:30 p.m., Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671. Upcoming: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding; Dec. 22, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Joel McHale, host of E!’s “The Soup.”

 

Childsplay presents Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! through Dec. 27, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Recommended for ages 5 and above and their families. $25 for adults, $20 for children, students and seniors. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

RiffTrax LIVE: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza! live at 6 p.m. tonight, pre-recorded encore at 6 p.m. tomorrow, AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road. The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) return to movie theaters across America with special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic as they take on the bizarre animated “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and other classic Christmas shorts and commercials. $12.50. www.FathomEvents.com.

 

“You’re All I Want for Christmas” concert: 7 p.m. tonight and Friday, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. World-renowned pianist Marvin Goldstein, actor and songwriter Kirby Heyborne and classical vocalist Sarah Morgann star in the family-friendly holiday performance that combines musical sketches, improv and audience interaction. $25 and $35. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

The Spirit of Christmas: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Presented by the Christian Dance Company from Tempe Dance Academy. A cast of more than 100 local dancers ages 3 through 25 will present holiday dances in jazz, tap, ballroom, pointe and musical theatre. Tickets - $22 to $30 - available at both box offices or Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Child Crisis Center in Mesa. Information: Wanda, (480) 820-0795.

 

Friday, Dec. 18

PacSun 2009 PacTour, featuring Saosin, Innerpartysystem, P.O.S. and Eye Alaska: 6:30 p.m., Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $15. Innerpartysystem will give a free performance at 3:30 p.m. at the PacSun store at Chandler Fashion Center, 3499 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler. http://pactour.pacsun.com/tour.php.

 

Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet: 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, Desert Vista High School Fine Arts Theater, 16440 S. 32nd St. Santa Claus will make a special visit following the 2 p.m. Saturday performance. The audience will also be invited on stage to take photographs on Clara’s Throne in the Land of Sweets and to meet and get autographs from the cast. Tickets: Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8, (480) 706-6040 or ahwatukeenutcracker@yahoo.com. Information: http://afnutcracker.com.

 

Southwest Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Internationally renowned Yen-Li Chen plays the Sugar Plum Fairy. (480) 786-1155 or www.southwestyouthballettheatre.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Dennis Rowland Holiday Jazz: 8 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The former Count Basie vocalist brings his rich and deep vocals back to TCA for an evening of jazz. www.tempe.gov/tca/Calendar1.htm.

 

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice: Night Sky Essays: 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Features four chart-topping artists in one superb concert: world musician Samite, pianist Liz Story, multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness. $39. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

Sunday, Dec. 20

TobyMac’s Winter Wonder Slam ‘09 Tour: 6 p.m. (doors open 4:30 p.m.), US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Toby Mac and Relient K top the bill for this wildly popular Christmas extravaganza. Joining them are special guests Stephanie Smith and B Reith. Tickets - $29.75 to $79.75 - available at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. With David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer with smooth jazz renditions of Christmas favorites. $52 and $80. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m., Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Tickets - $28 to $85 for adults and $23 to $80 for children 12 and under - are available at www.livenation.com, the Dodge Theatre box office, by calling 1-(877)-598-6671 or at participating Blockbuster stores. A special four-pack of reserved tickets is available for $60. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 26

Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus: today to Jan. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, West Lawn, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. In Old-World Italian tradition, the circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus. This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. A special New Year’s Eve performance will include party favors. $15 to $35. Show times vary. www.chandlercenter.org.

 

Holidays at the Heard: today to Dec. 31, Jan. 2 and 3, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Dance and music performances, film, fry bread and 10 exhibit galleries. Performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artist demonstrations include sculptors and watercolor artists and take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Annie: today to Jan. 3, 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.

 

Thursday, Dec. 31

The Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Concert: 7 p.m., Symphony Hall, 74 N. Second St. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with The Phoenix Symphony. Ring in the New Year with musical good cheer and dancing melodies. And of course, the New Year’s tradition, Auld Lang Syne! $26 to $76 (includes a complimentary glass of champagne). (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

The Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala: 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600. (602) 452-0425.

 

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers New Year’s Show: 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. $40 to $50. (602) 267-1600, www.celebritytheatre.com or www.azpeacemakers.com.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 5

August: Osage County: today to Jan. 10, 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, Jan. 15

Maricopa County Home & Garden Show: today to Sunday, Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road. Features Designed to Sell Live with Emmy award winning host Shane Tallant, 3TV’s Dave the Garden Guy, Professional Landscape Competition, Golf Expo, Interior Design Room Vignettes, “How To” Home Improvement Seminars, Garden Pavilion, Women’s Expo, University of Arizona Master Gardeners Seminars, Metro Phoenix Rose Society Seminars & Rose Sale, NASA Driven to Explore Mobile Tour and more. www.MaricopaCountyHomeShows.com.

 

Saturday, Jan. 16

2010 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St. FIM World Championship. www.SupercrossOnline.com.

 

Sunday, Jan. 24

Peter and the Wolf: 4 p.m. preview, runs Jan. 30 to March 14, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age three and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

Thursday, Jan. 28

Healing Expressions exhibition: today to April 22, young @ art gallery, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale. 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, Jan. 31

Ansel Adams: Discoveries: today to June 6, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.

 

Sunday, Feb. 7

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.

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

Mary Poppins: today to Feb. 28, 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.

 

Tuesday, March 9

Avenue Q: today to March 14, 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, March 19

Joe Bonamassa: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. The one-night-only show is in support of his upcoming album Black Rock, to be released on Bonamassa’s J&R Adventures label in early 2010. www.livenation.com.

 

Sunday, March 21

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.

 

Monday, March 29

World Wrestling Entertainment presents Monday Night Raw: 5:30 p.m., US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Tickets - $15 to $60 - available at the box office, www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

 

Saturday, April 10

Tomato Plant Girl: 1 p.m. preview, runs through April 18, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for ages 5 and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

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.

 

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, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for ages 5 and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

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.

 

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.

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