Monday, September 22, 2014

TOP TEN

Group Free

September 5
Blake Shelton
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.

September 14, 28
Summer Cocktail Camp
Join emcee Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine, for the final two Summer Cocktail Camp classes, which showcase master mixologists Jason Asher of Young’s Market, Sept. 14; and Micah Olsen, Bar Crudo, Sept. 28. 1 p.m. $30. The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, thegladly.com, 602-759-8132. A six-course finale dinner follows Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., $75, featuring a camp cocktail paired with each course.

September 16
One Direction
The British pop group – which was put together on The X Factor in 2010 and has since become one of the biggest acts to come out of the show – brings its Where We Are tour to Phoenix. The group is known for hits such as “Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life” and “What Makes You Beautiful.” 7 p.m. $39.50-$99.50. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 16-21
Kinky Boots
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.

September 17
Last Comic Standing
Some of the funniest up-and-coming comics from the hit TV show perform hilarious sketch, improv and stand-up comedy. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 18-27
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.

September 19-20
Opening Night
Tito Muñoz makes his debut as music director of The Phoenix Symphony, leading the orchestra, 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.

September 20
Jason Aldean
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.

September 25
Katy Perry
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.

September 27
Chile Pepper Festival
Roosevelt Row ignites the fall season with this third annual festival, which includes on-site chile roasting, chef spotlights, live music, beer and margarita gardens, children’s arts and crafts, and a talent show. Local restaurants also compete in the Chile Pepper Challenge, a showdown for the title of the most delicious chile pepper cuisine, including a new “sweet and spicy” category for chile pepper desserts. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, chilepepperfest.com, 602-885-6267.

 

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