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1. Wynonna – August 26
The flame-haired country legend will perform with her band, The Big Noise, including her new single "Something You Can't Live Without." Call for ticket prices. 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-8587.

2. Ed Sheeran – August 31
His single "Sing" has been blowing up the airwaves and earned him Best Male Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs. The Brit singer-songwriter brings his soulful, folksy pop tunes for a stop on his first headlining arena tour. 8 p.m. $50. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

3. Marc Anthony – August 30
The pioneer of the Latin-pop explosion of the 1990s brings his hip-shaking Cambio de Piel tour to the Valley. Look forward to salsa rhythms interspersed with his pop hits like "You Sang to Me" and "I Need You." 8 p.m. $70-$175. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

4. Jason Mraz – August 31
The Grammy Award-winning singer of "The Remedy," "I'm Yours," and "Lucky" showcases his sunny, nimble vocals – and dapper duds and trademark hats – at his Phoenix tour stop. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

5. Phoenix Cooks! – August 30
This interactive gourmet food and kitchen show celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with chef duels, demonstrations and gastronomic delights galore. More than 50 of the city's best chefs and restaurants will showcase their talents and wares, with opportunities for guests to learn as they nibble, sip and shop. Wine, beer and mixology sampling booths round out the tasty offerings. Proceeds benefit Banner Children's. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $65, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, phoenixcooks.com, 602-374-6135.

6. Red Rocks Music Festival – August 28-31
Escape the Valley heat with a trip up north or find a local venue for this annual festival. Listen to a mix of musical genres – classical, blues, rock, tango, improvisational – performed by musicians at the top of their game. Call for times, ticket prices and venues in Phoenix and Sedona, redrocksmusicfestival.com, 877-733-7257.

7. Nocturnal Insect Hunt – August 29
Nighttime fun abounds at Desert Botanical Garden. Insect fiends can tour the garden with a black light and insect experts from Arizona State University, hunting (visually) for moths, beetles, lacewings and praying mantids. Questions are welcome, and a brief lecture about the ecology of insects and the desert accompanies the program. This is also the last week to take advantage of the garden's Bring a Flashlight tours, which lets guests experience the desert garden at night. Nocturnal Insect Hunt: 7:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. $15. Bring a Flashlight Tours: Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

8. Sweat Your Asana Off – through September 2
It's the last week to experience this outdoor yoga extravaganza, held weekly throughout the summer on the pool deck at the Hotel Palomar. Tu, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. $10 (includes $5 food and beverage credit to Lustre Rooftop Garden). Hotel Palomar Phoenix, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633. Space is limited; reserve a spot at eventbrite.com (Lustre Yoga).

9. Labor Day of Play at the Wigwam – August 29-September 1
Locals and guests are welcome at the Wigwam's splashy day of fun. An unlimited Play Kids Zone features a wrecking ball, Spider Mountain slide and the Big Kahuna water slide. Feast on barbecue and drink specials while a live deejay keeps the music popping on the Front Lawn. Resort guests can take advantage of Extend Your Stay rates as low as $109.65 per night (two-night minimum required), so make a staycation of it and enjoy all weekend. Unlimited play wristbands are $10 per person. 5-9 p.m. August 30. 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, wigwamarizona.com, 623-935-3811.

10. Ghost Towns of Arizona at Pueblo Grande Museum – through September 30
Peer into Arizona's ghoulish past with Ghost Towns of Arizona: Photographer of Kurt Wenner. The exhibit features more than 40 images of Arizona ghost towns, taken in a decade-span between 1996 and 2006. It's your last chance to see this exhibit, so glide on over before it's too late. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900.

 

 

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August 9
Ancient Ales, Modern Science
This summer party draws Valley beer connoisseurs for a celebration of Egyptian art, culture and science, including the history of beer and how Egyptian culture shaped the modern processes used today. Presentations from craft brewing experts, artists and those knowledgeable about Egyptian culture are included, as well as access to the exhibition, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $50. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Through August 30
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

 

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SPORTS

August 1-31
Arizona Diamondbacks
Aug. 1, vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 2, 5:10 p.m., vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 3, 1:10 p.m., vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Aug. 5-7, vs. Kansas City Royals; Aug. 8, vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 9, 5:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 10, 1:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 22, vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 23, 5:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 24, 1:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; Aug. 26-27, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; Aug. 29, vs. Colorado Rockies; Aug. 30, 5:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies; and Aug. 31, 1:10 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies. First pitch, 6:40 p.m. unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com, 602-514-8400.

 

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KIDSTUFF

Through August 6
Westgate Wednesdays
This family-friendly weekly series draws children and parents for dancing, frolicking in the splash pad, sing-alongs, prize giveaways, activities and crafts. Each week features different crafts, games and themes, including a Princess and Pirate Party, Aug. 6. W, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, westgateaz.com, 623-385-7502.

 

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MUSEUMS

Through August 10
Mesa Contemporary Arts
Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art; Fold, Paper, Scissors; In/Visible; Turning the Page: Sculpture by Marilyn da Silva; and Metal and Beyond: Betsy Douglas, all through Aug. 10. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

 

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

August 1-15
Landscape / Garden Lectures
Mission Not-So-Impossible: Sustainable Desert Landscaping & Gardening is the theme of this brown-bag lecture series. Topics include Garden Design: Combining Contemporary and Traditional Gardening, Aug. 1; Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening, Aug. 8; and Sustainable Landscape Management for Homeowners, Aug. 15. F, noon-1 p.m. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.

 

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MUSIC & DANCE

August 1
Los Tigres del Norte
The Latin Grammy Award-winning norteña band is known for its accordion-based polka music, indigenous to dusty northern Mexico cantinas. 8 p.m. $69-$199. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

 

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THEATER & DRAMA

Through August 3
Jersey Boys
Telling the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history, this Broadway hit offers a musical biography of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, introducing the audience to four blue-collar kids working their way from obscurity to the heights of stardom. The smash-hit includes unforgettable songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

 

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LOOK AHEAD

September 5
Blake Shelton
The country artist – known for hits such as “God Gave Me You,” “Doin’ What She Likes,” “Mine Would Be You” and “Sure Be Cool if You Did” – headlines the Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014. The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy also take the stage. 7 p.m. $29.25-$59. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

 

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