1) Dierks Bentley – July 26
Country crooner and Valley native Bentley returns to his old stomping grounds for his Riser tour, playing hits from "Drunk on a Plane" to "Come a Little Closer." Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi are special guests. 7 p.m. $29.25-$54. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The 2012 American Idol winner headlines this Independence Day Music Festival, which concludes with a patriotic fireworks display. The artist is known for hits such as “Home,” “Raging Fire” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Gates open at 5 p.m. $25-$40. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com, 800-745-3000.
Through July 5
A Star-Spangled Sundown
Dancers twirl on the balconies, and bricks seem to crumble off the wall as this 3-D lightshow transforms the walls of the resort’s 11-story main building into a living canvas bursting with patriotic colors, imagery and music. Founded by an award-winning computer animator, the art of “PaintScaping” merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-D digital mapping onto buildings that act as the backdrop for characters, colors and objects as living and moving parts of the façade. Daily, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. every 30 minutes (F-Sa, includes live music, and food and drink specials). Free. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, kierlandresort.com, 480-624-1000.
July 2, vs. Chicago Sky; July 9, 12:30 p.m., vs. Seattle Storm; July 13, 3 p.m., vs. San Antonio Stars; July 15, vs. Washington Mystics; July 17, vs. Connecticut Sun; July 26, vs. New York Liberty; and July 29, vs. Los Angeles Sparks. 7 p.m. tip-off unless noted. Call for ticket prices. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, phoenixmercury.com, 602-252-WNBA.
Through July 13
The Monkey and the Pirate
A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure add up to uproarious fun in this original show. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Explore Space with Dr. Sky
Steven Kates, a NASA solar system educator also known as Dr. Sky, brings outer space inside the library, showing guests how to use telescopes and binoculars, and find great locations to observe the sky. Beginner’s tips on star charts and telescopes are included, as well as how to identify the major planets, stars and satellites. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, tempe.gov/library, 480-350-5500.
Through July 24
Glendale Summer Band
This weekly concert series celebrates its 48th season as Glendale Community Band shares renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes. The all-volunteer band of approximately 100 musicians includes members who span several generations. Th, 8 p.m. Free. Murphy Park Amphitheater, 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive, Glendale, glendaleaz.com/events, 623-930-2299.
Through July 5
The Miracle Worker
The deaf, blind and mute Helen Keller overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities with the help of a gifted tutor. The production tells a dramatic true story of victory over unbelievable odds – accomplished through conviction, perseverance and love. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.