Friday, Sept. 11
Mesa Arts Center Fall Season Kick-Off Spectacular: 6 to 10 p.m., 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Festivities will include free live performances by Mesa Arts Center affiliate organizations in all four theaters, a Sister Cities Concert, outdoor entertainment and live music, a Taxco Silver Trunk Show, and Art Studio activities and demonstrations. Free. www.mesaartscenter.com.
Peter Pan: today to Sept. 27, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Presented by Valley Youth Theatre. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $17 to $33, are available by calling (602) 252-8497. Information: www.vyt.com.
Dazz Band, The Bar-Kays, Con Funk Shun, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players and Slave: 8 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. www.celebritytheatre.com or (602) 267-1600, ext. 1. Upcoming: 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Richard Cheese plays with his band Lounge Against The Machine. 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Foreigner. Rossmore (made up of The Hangover executive producer and other film, finance and music industry execs) will open. Sept. 18, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reunion Tour.
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.
Saturday, Sept. 12
Laveen Art League Miniatures Show: noon to 5 p.m. today, artist reception noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Ceasar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Laveen. The open medium show will feature a vast array of local contemporary and fine arts that are six inches or less in size. www.laveenartleague.org.
Ricardo Arjona: Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671. Upcoming:
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White: 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. www.livenation.com. Upcoming: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Writer, comedian and actor David Cross. 8 p.m. Oct. 9, Stephen Lynch. 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Gordon Lightfoot.
Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures: through Nov. 28, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, 10th Street and Mill Avenue, Tempe. http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/eventOne.php?ID=1644 or (480) 965-2787.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Uncompromising Courage art exhibit: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Arizona State University Memorial Union, 220 Turquoise, Tempe. The works, created by artists with significant achievements in their respective areas, show that when justice, freedom, respect, and human rights are challenged, ordinary people can become extraordinary. www.falunart.org.
Joan C. Thompson Range of Motion exhibit: through Sept. 27, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe. The exhibit by the former gallery’s curator focuses on the physical possibilities and range of configuration in recording humans and their activity. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 254-7399.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Meat Puppets and Dead Confederate with Kirkwood-Dellinger: 6:30 p.m., Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. www.luckymanonline.com.
Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement: through Sept. 21, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Features 120 works in a large variety of media. The Locals Only exhibit, showcasing the work of 12 Chicano and Latino artists currently living and working in Phoenix and organized against the backdrop of Phantom, runs through Oct. 25. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
The Fantasticks: through Oct. 11, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The musical is suitable for all ages. $20 to $25. (480) 483-1664 or www.desertstages.com.
Friday, Sept. 18
Fall Frenzy: 4 p.m. to midnight today, 1 p.m. to midnight tomorrow, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W Rio Salado Parkway. Features some of today’s hottest recording artists, water slides, Ferris Wheel, arts and crafts booths, gaming center, food vendors, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and much more. All ages. www.luckymanonline.com, www.arizonafallfrenzy.com or (480) 829-1300.
Zimbabwean choreograher/dancer previews new work: 7 p.m., Arizona State University Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus. Nora Chipaumire invites residents to see her new work in progress “lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi.” The piece is a collaboration with world-renowned musician and the “Father of Zimbabwean Music” Thomas Mapfumo. Free. (480) 965-3434 or www.asugammage.com.
Rebel Without a Cause: today to Oct. 4, Central Community Theatre, 1875 N. Central Ave. $15 to $20. www.cctstage.org or (602) 357-3247.
The Ugly Duckling: through Sept. 20, Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $12 in advance; $12 for children and $15 adults day of show. (480) 483-1664.
Leading Ladies: through Sept. 20, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre’s community theater. Ahwatukee Foothills resident David Edmunds is a cast member. Tickets - $25 for adults and $20 for teachers, students and seniors – are available by calling (480) 644-6500 or online at https://boxoffice.mesaartscenter.com.
Nick Cave’s Meet Me at the Center of the Earth: through Nov. 29, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Experience Cave’s visionary “Soundsuits” – multi-layered mixed-media, wearable sculptures named for the sounds made when worn that explore themes of costuming, masquerading and identity-altering power. www.smoca.org.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Childsplay presents Honus and Me: 4 p.m. preview today and tomorrow, runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 11, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Show times: 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays. Recommended for ages six and above and their families. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org.
Mayweather vs. Marquez Fight Live: 5:30 p.m., AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road. See the 12-round welterweight fight between six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather and five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez. Tickets, $15, available at www.FathomEvents.com or the box office.
Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture: today to Jan. 10, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Features evocative portraits by some of the greatest photographic image-makers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. In conjunction with the exhibition, a special evening with photographer and author, Nick Kelsh, will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Kelsh is the author of the popular “how to” series including How to Photograph Your Baby and How to Photograph Your Family. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Monday, Sept. 21
The Age of Stupid LIVE from New York: 8 p.m., AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road. This unique, one-night, live green carpet event will be simulcast from a solar tent in New York to more than 440 movie theaters. The documentary utilizes dramatization to forecast decades into the future detailing a life where the warnings of climate change were not heeded. A live panel discussion follows. $12.50. www.FathomEvents.com.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Alondra de la Parra debuts with The Phoenix Symphony: 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., and 2 p.m. Sunday, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets for “Opening Night: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” range from $22 to $72 at Symphony Hall and $22 to $52 at Mesa Arts Center. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical: through Sept. 26, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Tickets – $45 to $54 (dinner and show), $22 (kids 12 and under), $28 (show only) – available at the box office, by calling (480) 325-6700 or online at www.broadwaypalmwest.com.
Tony Foster: Searching for a Bigger Subject: through Oct. 18, Phoenix Art Museum, Orme Lewis Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave. The exhibition, featuring the works of English watercolor artist Tony Foster, focuses on two of the world’s most powerful subjects – Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Mount Everest in the Himalayas. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
Friday, Sept. 25
Tap Dogs: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Art Walk: Costco Home, 1345 W. Elliot Road, Tempe. Sponsored by Costco Home and Arts Alive. Artists will be available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (480) 753-2400.
The Comedy Bail-Out: 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. This comedy/magic benefit show will feature national comedians Sam Tripoli, Dave Hanson, Erik Miller and tons of surprises. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research. The charity was selected because of Ahwatukee Foothills friends and breast cancer survivors, the “Tukee Tata’s.” Tickets available at Ticketmaster locations, www.Phxcomedy.com or by calling (602) 262-7272.
Thursday, Oct. 1
AC/DC Black Ice World Tour: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Reserved tickets, $93.75, available at www.livenation.com, US Airways Center Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.
Brad Paisley with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne: Cricket Wireless Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. www.livenation.com.
Friday, Oct. 2
Space, All That Remains exhibit: today to Jan. 3, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. The work of 13 Arizona artists features sculpture focusing on the process of movement and growth. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 254-7399.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Little Bunny’s Halloween: today to Nov. 1, 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. The cute show is not scary and meant to be enjoyed by kids ages preschool to third grade. Reservations: (602) 262-2050.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Little Feat: 8 p.m., Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. $39. www.livenation.com.
Friday, Oct. 16
44th Annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale & Exhibition: sale 6 to 9 p.m. today, exhibition Oct. 18 to Nov. 15, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. This convergence of renowned artists will showcase art that evokes the sights, sounds, smell, lifestyle and untamable experience of the West. A portion of the Sale proceeds benefits Phoenix Art Museum and its Western Art Endowment Fund. www.mensartscouncil.com.
Saturday, Oct. 17
2009 Harvest Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Heritage and Science Park under the Lath House Pavilion, 115 N. Sixth St. Kick off the entrance of cooler weather with a variety of artists, vendors and entertainment. Features a pumpkin patch, children’s crafts, face painting and a photo opportunity with the scarecrow. Free. (602) 262-5070 or www.rossonhousemuseum.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Grease: today to Sunday, Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 to 22, 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The Tony Award nominated musical stars platinum-selling recording artist and 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. $44 to $79. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Brand New: 6:15 p.m., Mesa Amphitheater, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. The tour is in support of the band’s highly anticipated new full length album Daisy, set to release Sept. 22. Special guests Manchester Orchestra open the show. $24. www.livenation.com or (480) 644-2560.
Pioneer guitarist, composer, vocalist and electronic artist Adrian Belew in concert: 7:30 p.m., Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road. Must be 21 or older to attend. $28. www.livenation.com.
Friday, Oct. 30
The Screwtape Letters: 4 and 8 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. The show is a funny, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel that explores the theme of spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. $29 to $49. (602) 254-7399 or www.herbergertheater.org.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Phoenix Symphony Family Concert - Trick or Treat Halloween: 2:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Spooky goblins, scary ghosts and a mysterious conductor creep into the hall for a weird and wonderful Halloween concert. Wear your costume - pre-concert activities, including a costume contest, begin at 1:30 p.m. $10 to $18. (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Friday, Nov. 6
Phoenix Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen: today and Sunday, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Upcoming: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Feb. 12 and 14. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (602) 262-7272.
Saturday, Nov. 7
Navajo Weavers Marketplace: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Features over 50 Navajo weavers showing and selling their textiles, special lectures, book signings, demonstrations, films and a raffle. Meet the weavers and discover the traditions, processes and inspirations behind their work. www.heard.org or (602) 252-8848.
Pianist, composer and performer William Joseph: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Opening for acts like Josh Groban and Clay Aiken and a featured performer on the PBS special, David Foster and Friends, this Phoenix native brings home his unique sound of “classic pop,” an eclectic mix of genres, including rock and classical music. He also used to teach piano lessons in Ahwatukee Foothills. www.mesaartscenter.com.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Playing For Change: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The band features musicians from around the globe, many of whom appeared in the “Stand By Me” video (viewed online than 30 million times) www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
Saturday, Nov. 14
8th Annual Heard Museum Spanish Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Strolling musicians and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico highlight this festive, casual and friendly annual marketplace, featuring art in every price range. www.heard.org or (602) 252-8848.
Sunday, Nov. 15
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! 4 p.m. Target Storybook Preview ($12 discounted tickets), Opens 4 p.m. Nov. 21, runs to Dec. 26, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. That lovable imp Junie B. Jones takes center stage just in time for the holidays. Show times vary. www.childsplayaz.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
‘Santa Baby’: A Judy Roberts Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottadale Road, Scottsdale. Expect an uplifting performance to kick off the holidays when this popular jazz pianist/vocalist turns her musicianship and wit loose on songs of the season. Look for some guest artists to join the festivities. $20 and $25. (480) 596-2660 or www.ticketmaster.com.
The Elves & The Shoemaker: today to 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.
Friday, Dec. 4
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.
Saturday, Dec. 5
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.
Leahy Family Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 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.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 10
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.
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.
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 or (602) 252-8497.
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 10 finalists from seasons one through seven. $28 to $48. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.
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.
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.
Friday, Dec. 18
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. (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.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 31
The Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Ball, “Phantom of the Opera:” 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Welcome in the New Year with vocalists Dennis Roland, “The World’s Longest Running ‘Phantom’” Franc D’Ambrosio, the winner of the Call for Christine competition and The Phoenix Symphony. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600 per person, table sponsorships begin at $6,000. (602) 452-0424.
Saturday, Jan. 16
2010 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St. FIM World Championship. www.SupercrossOnline.com.