Red Rocks Music Festival

This four-day festival of classical chamber and operatic music starts with two concerts Thursday and Friday in Phoenix before heading to Sedona for the weekend. Thursday’s show features a quartet playing the works of Gabriel Fauré and César Franck and Friday’s performance, “The Magnificent Blend of Voice & Strings,” will include the vocal talents of soprano Ariana Wyatt and baritone Adam Margulies.

DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29. Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $28 for each show or $48 for both. (877) 733-7257 or

English Country Dancing

This traditional style of folk dance has been around for hundreds of years and underwent a revival in the U.S. and Great Britain in the 20th century. Steps are not difficult to learn, partners are not necessary for the classes and dress is informal.

DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $7 per person. (602) 258-0109 or

The Tommy Ash Band

Tommy Ash has shared the stage with country artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Tracy Lawrence and John Michael Montgomery, and now she is taking the spotlight with her own band that combines new and traditional country genres.

DETAILS>> 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Casino Arizona, 101 E. McKellips Road, Scottsdale. Free. (480) 850-7777 or

Asleep at the Wheel

Since their formation in 1970, the country group — winners of nine Grammy Awards — has turned out numerous chart-topping hits including, “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read,” “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and “House of Blue Lights.” Concertgoers must be 21 or older.

DETAILS>> 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $20-$55. (480) 850-7734 or

Jamie Kennedy

The comedian, known for his roles in the “Scream” movies and “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” brings his standup routine for a three-day stop in Tempe.

DETAILS>> Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31. Showtimes vary. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe. $22. (480) 921-9877 or

The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise

Get your punk on and “Come Out and Play” at the Summer Nationals Tour featuring this trio of punk rock giants, who are among the top-selling punk acts of all time.

DETAILS>> 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, Mesa Amphitheatre, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. $42. (480) 644-2560 or


This is not Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” but rather the more operetta-like version created by Tony Award-winners Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston that was shelved for years when Lloyd Webber’s musical rose to stardom. The show opens Friday.

DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29; 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; runs Thursdays-Saturdays until Oct. 11. Hale Centre Theatre, 45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. $16-$26. (480) 497-1181 or

10th annual Phoenix Cooks!

Food enthusiasts can sample fare from more than 50 of the best local chefs and restaurants. The event also features cooking classes, stage demonstrations and a raffle benefitting Banner Children’s.

DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, $60-$85. (602) 374-6000 or

In Solitude, Where We Are Least Alone

Inspired by the essays of American transcendentalists Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, this exhibition explores the value of seclusion and self-reflection. The works, which range in date and medium, consider both the pain and pleasure of isolation, ultimately posing the question: At what point does solitude cease to be a refuge from society?

DETAILS>> 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays through Nov. 8, ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe. Free. (480) 965-2787 or

Roddin’ & Racin’ Rendezvous

Gearheads can spend part of the Labor Day weekend admiring hot rods, low riders and classic cars firing up their engines for a cruise on the drag strip at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, formerly known as Firebird International Raceway. A burnout contest, drag racing exhibition and a charity raffle benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona will also be part of the festivities.

DETAILS>> 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler. $10, free for kids 12 and younger. (480) 963-9880 or

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