- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Sep 2014
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.
Eight's Great Grillfest
The focus is on grilling as guests enjoy food, wine and beer sampling, as well as cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, including Julia Collin Davison, Bridget Lancaster, Anthony Dias Blue, Robert McGrath and Barbara Pool Fenzl. Noon-3 p.m. $40; VIP entrance at 11 a.m., $50. Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, 12575 W. Golf Club Dr., Peoria, azpbs.org/grillfest, 866-977-6849.
Grand Tour of Homes
Phoenix Home & Garden presents this premier luxury home tour, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Limited ticket availability and extraordinary homes ensure that each guest enjoys access to some of the most talented architects, builders and interior designers in town. Dream and Extreme packages are available, for a total of six spectacular homes. Noon-4:30 p.m. $75-$150. Scottsdale/Paradise Valley/Phoenix area, phgmag.com/hometour, 480-664-3960.
Signature Chefs Auction
More than a dozen of the Valley's top chefs offer samplings of signature dishes while raising funds and increasing awareness of March of Dimes' mission to give all babies the healthiest start to life. The fundraiser includes a live auction and interactive "Big Board" auction of exclusive items. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $250. Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, marchofdimes.org/arizona, 602-287-9925.
The Sound of Speed
Race fans and music aficionados shift into a new gear as The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the 50th anniversary of Phoenix International Raceway. Guests enjoy a "Pit Road" street fair featuring classic race cars courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, as well as a chance to mingle with NASCAR personalities and local celebrities while enjoying specialty cocktails and food. Racing legend Rusty Wallace, conductor Larry Blank and special guest Tom Wopat, star of The Dukes of Hazard, pump up the volume as the orchestra takes the stage. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The "Okie from Muskogee" performs all the hits, including "Sing Me Back Home," "Mama Tried" and "Workin' Man Blues." 8 p.m. $43-$125. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
The Black Keys
Childhood friends who grew up just houses away from each other in Akron, Ohio, the rock duo with the raw blues sound completed an improbable journey from basement recording project to top arena-rock act. Jake Bugg is special guest. 8 p.m. $40.25-$60.25. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Greater Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts its 30th annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards dinner to recognize and celebrate Arizona's finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations and media who serve the community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $150. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, afpgreateraz.afpnet.org, 480-947-3459.
Phoenix Undy Run/Walk
Participants are encouraged to throw on their most outrageous boxers and tasteful undies as the Colon Cancer Alliance hosts its seventh-annual "brief" 5K run/walk. The fundraiser is designed to raise awareness about colon cancer and the importance of getting screened. Proceeds from the family-oriented and dog-friendly event benefit patient support, early screening and education efforts both nationally and here in Arizona. A 1-mile fun run is included. 9 a.m. $20-$40. Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, undy5000.org, 202-628-0123, ext. 104.
Walking with Dinosaurs
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth as this theatrical event brings 20 life-size dinosaurs to the stage. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain; and the Brachiosaurus, which stands 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. Many of the dinosaurs have "evolved" since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of the massive creatures. W-Th, 7 p.m.; F, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $32. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Hidden in the Hills
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases more than 180 artists who exhibit and sell their work at nearly 50 studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-575-6624.
Beauty and the Beast
A gentle maiden's gradual love for a beast breaks the curse he is under – eventually turning him back into a prince – as this classic tale shows that inner beauty is what matters, and love can be found. The classic musical love story is presented by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.