Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler’s top venue for peforming arts. Info: (480) 782-2680 or

Sept. 24: 12th annual Chandler Mariachi Festival

Oct. 8: Miss Indian Arizona: Eight women share culture through song, dance and stories

Dec. 10-11 and 17-18: 24th annual Spirit of Christmas variety show, hosted by Tom Booth

Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 7, 2012: Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus Since 1842

Feb. 18, 2012: Kathleen Madigan

Feb. 19, 2012: Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, starring Peter Gros

March 11, 2012: Aonua presents Fire of the Pacific

March 30, 2012: Joan Rivers

Mesa Arts Center

Downtown’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or

Oct. 5: The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Oct. 7: Tim Minchin

Oct. 15: The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Nov. 9: National Geographic Live: Photographer Mattias Klum

Nov. 20: Star Trek Live: Star Fleet Academy

Nov. 16-17: Blast!

Nov. 26: Paula Poundstone

Nov. 30: National Geographic Live: Brian Skerry

Feb. 8, 2012: National Geographic Live: Eco-adventurer Roz Savage

March 2-3, 2012: Gazillion Bubble Show

March 9, 2012: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

March 21, 2012: National Geographic Live: Filmmaker Michael Davie

March 30, 2012: Bill Cosby

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

A free-standing, contemporary 777-seat theatre on the campus of Queen Creek High School. Info: (480) 987-7469 or

Feb. 25, 2012: Illusionist Jason Bishop

Tempe Center for the Arts

The gleaming lakeside venue hosts concerts, plays, lectures, dance productions, inimate musical jam sessions and public events. Info: (480) 350-2822 or

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale’s premiere performance arts venue. Info: (480) 994-2787 or

Oct. 26: San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series: The Elixir of Love (film)

Nov. 10: Te Vaka

Jan. 20, 2012: Red, Black & Green: A Blues

Jan. 25, 2012: San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series: Tosca (film)

Feb. 2, 2012: Garrison Keillor

March 1, 2012: Fran Lebowitz

March 16, 2012: Circa

March 24, 2012: Jeffrey Tambor: Performing Your Life

March 28, 2012: San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series: Lucia di Lammermoor (film)

April 6-7, 2012: Chunky Move: Connected

April 14, 2012: Marrugeku: Buru

April 28, 2012: Sarah Vowell

May 18, 2012: 7 Fingers: Psy

June 6, 2012: San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series: La bohème (film)

June 9, 2012: New Catalogue + Judd Greenstein

Comedy around the Valley

ASU Comedy

Created in 1985, this group’s Barren Mind Improv and Farce Side Sketch Comedy troupes perform free shows Thursdays and Fridays on the MU Stage, on the lower level of the Arizona State University Memorial Union in Tempe. Info: or

Jester’Z Improv Comedy

This 10-year-old group formed out of the Valley’s even older Oxymoron’z comedy troup specializes in improv. Shows are every Friday and Saturday at Theater 168 in Scottsdale. They also host beginning-to-advanced comedy workshops, private coaching and teen improv classes at the theater and at Jester’z Performing Arts training center in Mesa. Info: (480) 423-0120 or

National Comedy Theatre

This Best of East Valley award-winning improv troupe performs all-ages comedy shows based on audience suggestions every Friday and Saturday night at its own Mesa theater. Info: (602) 374-5638 or

Stand Up Live Comedy Theater

Phoenix’s newest comedy venue, located at CityScape, features national headliners such as Jay Mohr, Frank Caliendo, Ralphie May and Norm MacDonald. The 600-seat theater features an upscale menu and full bar. Info: (480) 719-6100 or

Tempe Improv

The longtime East Valley comedy club pulls in big-name acts such as Wayne Brady, Paul Rodriguez and Jon Lovitz. You can order food and drink in the theater, or hang out in a lounge before or after the show. Info: (480) 921-9877 or

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