Saturday, March 28, 2015


Group Free

April 6
Ariana Grande
The chart-topping music sensation rose from teenage Broadway baby to a star on Nickelodeon’s Victorious before becoming pop music’s biggest breakout artist of the year with hits that include “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang.” 7:30 p.m. $24.75-$64.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

April 7-12
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Guests enjoy a nibble of this and a nosh of that as Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this culinary extravaganza, which pairs high-profile celebrity chefs with homegrown local talent. Highlights include a wine country brunch, chef wine dinners, James Beard Dinner, Southwest Festival of Beers, Bubbles & Bliss, Epicurean Expo, Burger Battle, Chocolate & Wine Experience and the Great Arizona Picnic. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. Call for times, prices and Scottsdale locations,, 480-945-7193.

April 9-12
Country Thunder
Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, Dallas Smith, John Michael Montgomery, and Love and Theft headline this outdoor music festival. Call for times and ticket prices. Country Thunder West, 20585 E. Price (Station) Rd., Florence,, 866-802-6418.

April 10-11
Alvin Ailey Dance
The incomparable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre shares its inspiring technique, athleticism, spirit, hope and passion. 8 p.m. $42-$62. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

April 12
Grand Tour of Gardens
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 17th-annual self-guided tour featuring a variety of residential properties in the Paradise Valley area designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. A portion of the proceeds benefits Desert Botanical Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45, advance purchase only,, 480-664-3960.

April 21-26
Motown the Musical
Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this jukebox musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe,, 480-965-3434.

April 29
Kenny Chesney
Fans can expect to hear hits such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “Come Over,” “There Goes My Life,” “She’s Got It All,” “Beer in Mexico” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” as the country superstar brings his Big Revival Tour to Glendale. Jake Owen and Chase Rice are special guests. 7 p.m. $32.50-$75. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 623-772-3800.