Week of: 7/28-8/4
1) Jersey Boys – through August 3
The movie's great, but there's no substitution for the drama, impact and immediacy of the theater. Catch the rags-to-riches musical biography of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons before it leaves Gammage this week. You'll be tempted to tap your foot and sing along with the New Jersey quartet as they croon “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” and “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.” Swoon. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
2) Lady Gaga – July 30
The high priestess of pop will be wowing the Valley with her fantastical costumes and set pieces at the Phoenix stop of her ARTPOP Ball Tour. Get a pool going with your friends about what absurd material her costume changes for “Poker Face,” “Edge of Glory,” “Applause,” and “Born This Way” will be precariously constructed from. Meat? Bubble wrap? An egg? Make your predictions now. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
3) Kidz Bop Kids Tour – August 3
The wee ones might be a bit young for Gaga, but even kids want to just dance. Tote the tots to the Dream Big, Sing Loud! tour, featuring kid-friendly versions of Top 40 hits. No earmuffs required. 5 p.m. $25-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
4) Arizona Diamondbacks – July 31
Watch the D-Backs face the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch, 6:40 p.m. unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com, 602-514-8400.
5) Biloxi Blues – through August 10
Watch the story before all the stories with playwright Neil Simon's autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, set during his time as an Army recruit at boot camp in Biloxi, Miss. Harsh lessons in life and love are tempered by hijinks and a wink. Call for times. $22-$25. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
6) New Edition – July 30
Before the One Direction blokes were even born, New Edition was making the boy-band formula work, with smooth vocals and increasingly mature themes. All six original members have reunited for this tour, which will include hits from “Candy Girl” to “Cool It Now” to “Mr. Telephone Man.” 8:30 p.m. $66-$86. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
7) Summer exhibits at Mesa Contemporary Arts – through August 10
Catch these incredible exhibits before they're gone! 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.
8) Urban Sprawl in Phoenix – July 31
Why Phoenix? Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix aims to answer why people choose to live, work and love in Phoenix. The publication's authors, architect/artist Matthew Salenger and ASU art professors John Risseeuw and Dan Meyer discuss this question and their five-year collaboration on the project. 7 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
9) Filmstock Presents: “A Night of Noir” – July 31
Sip a glass of wine and revel in Film Noir with this block of short films, including Jump Ship Productions' “Who is the Mannequin?” and Running Wild Films' “Detective's Lover.” 21 and over. 7:30 p.m. $6.50-$7.50. 815 N. Second St., Phoenix, thefilmbarphx.com, 602-595-9187.
10) Michael Johns – July 31
Have a hypnotically hilarious time at Michael Johns' Twisted Comedy show. The comedian, hypnotist and corporate entertainer mixes hypnosis and jokes for a mind-bending good time. 21 and over. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $l0. 6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, standupscottsdale.com, 480-882-0730.
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.
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.
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.
Through August 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through August 3
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.
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.