- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 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, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
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.
James Beard Dinner
Chef Kevin Binkley hosts the James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, an exclusive gourmet celebration created and prepared by Binkley and seven visiting chefs – Kevin Nashan, Nobuo Fukuda, Charleen Badman, Matt Carter, Joshua Hebert, James Porter and Christopher Gross. 7 p.m. $240. Binkley’s Restaurant, 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, celebritycheftour.com, 480-437-1072.
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.
Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, this duo’s innovative style is sure to enthrall. On a mission to prove that classical music can be cool, virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip hop, blues, and rhythm and blues. Th, 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$32.50, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000; and F, 7:30 p.m., $18-$28, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
November 15, 20
Jessica Lang Dance
Featuring remarkable sets and costumes, this New York City-based dance company incorporates art media to create innovative, emotional and visually captivating compositions ranging from minimal and simplistic to rich and dense. Sa, 7:30 p.m., $20, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Th, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The pianist tickles the ivories with music by Albéniz, Debussy, Ginastera and Rachmaninoff. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Walking with Dinosaurs
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth as this spectacle 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 measures 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.