Saturday, July 26, 2014


Group Free

August 3
Kidz Bop Kids Tour
The high-energy and interactive Dream Big, Sing Loud! tour makes a stop in the Valley, featuring kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. 5 p.m. $25-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

August 5-14
…and the Chihuahua II
Hysterical, touching and totally apropos to modern-day living, this Lunch Time Theater sequel brings Karen Burns and Debra Rich together again as delightful contentious business partners asking the big questions about life, love and the unceasing pursuit of truth. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-254-7399.

August 9
ASID Design Excellence Awards
The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, salutes top interior designers at the 2014 Design Excellence Awards dinner, with categories that include residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, sustainability and product design. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors of the celebration, which has a Film Noir theme. 5 p.m. $125. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-569-8916.

August 9
Bullhead City River Regatta
Dozens of teams on inner tubes and creative, outlandish floating vessels assemble to drift the river in the world’s largest river float. The three- to four-hour, nine-mile journey concludes at Rotary Park. 7 a.m.-noon departure from Davis Camp and Bullhead Community Park, Bullhead City,, 855-YA-GOTTA. Call for fees and pre- and post-float activities.

August 9
Justin Timberlake
The singer got his start on The New Mickey Mouse Club and became a teen heartthrob with the pop group ’N Sync before developing into a solo singer and budding actor. 8 p.m. $49.50-$175. Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

August 9, 24
Arizona Cardinals
Preseason action gets under way with games against the Houston Texans, Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m.; and Cincinnati Bengals, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, 602-379-0102.

August 12
Paul McCartney
The Beatles legend brings his Out There tour to Phoenix, performing songs that span his career – as a solo artist, a member of Wings and, of course, as a Beatle. The set list also includes material from McCartney’s recent studio album, New. 8 p.m. $24.75-$250. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

August 12
The iconic band performs two of its albums live in their entirety – Fragile from 1971; and Close to the Edge, 1972 – followed by an encore of the rockers’ greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. $55-$250. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 800-745-3000.

August 13
American Idol Live!
Top 10 finalists from this season’s American Idol perform, including winner Caleb Johnson, C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

August 15
Rascal Flatts
The country trio is known for its pleasing harmony and string of hits, such as “My Wish,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “Life is a Highway” and “Prayin’ for Daylight.” Sheryl Crow and Gloriana are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $28.75-$71.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

August 30
Phoenix Cooks!
This 10th-annual interactive gourmet food and kitchen show offers opportunities aplenty to learn, cook, share, taste, sip, shop and experience the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from more than 50 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by more than 30 wine, beer and mixology sampling booths. 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,, 602-374-6135.