- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Aug 2014
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.
Brazil’s rich culture, past and present, is in the spotlight as this festival showcases musicians, singers, dancers, DJs and capoeiristas, including interactive demonstrations of Brazilian dance, musical instruments and martial arts. Brazilian-inspired food and beverage also are available for purchase. Noon-6 p.m. $12, adults; $5, children 10 and younger. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
This heartwarming and inspirational musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a feisty female impersonator in need of some sturdy stilettos. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Ballet Under the Stars
Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opening tradition with this series of intimate outdoor performances. 7 p.m. Free. Sept. 18, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; Sept. 19, Beardsley Park, 12775 W. Beardsley Rd., Sun City West; Sept. 20, Paul Mason Sports Complex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande; Sept. 25, Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; Sept. 26, Estrella Mountain Ranch Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear; and Sept. 27, Steele Indian School Park, 301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-0184.
Tito Muñoz makes his debut as music director of The Phoenix Symphony, leading the orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and Phoenix Boys Choir in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The program also includes Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The Best of Jethro Tull
Legendary progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson performs Jethro Tull classics and songs off his latest album, Homo Erraticus. Anderson is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. 8 p.m. $45-$95. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The country singer shares all the hits, including “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Crazy Town,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and “My Kinda Party” as his Burn it Down Tour 2014 makes a stop in the Valley. Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $29.75-$59.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The singer prances and dances on stage in celebration of her latest pop spectacle, The Prismatic World Tour. The set list is sure to include favorites such as “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls” and “The One That Got Away.” 7 p.m. $29.50-$105.95. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
It’s In the Bag
Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council, a support organization for Phoenix Art Museum, hosts this annual fundraiser. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live entertainment are included, as well as silent and live auctions offering everything from designer bags by Gucci, Kate Spade and Coach, to utility bags full of goodies – think evening bag with theater tickets, gym bag with gift certificate for personal training sessions, or diaper bag filled with baby must-haves. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-942-7520.
ASU Gammage marks its golden anniversary with an open-house celebration featuring birthday cake and refreshments, children’s activities, building and backstage tours, and samples served by more than 20 Tempe restaurants. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.