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Top 5 Arts Events: August 28 - September 3

Written by Ariana Cervantes Category: Lists Issue: August 2017
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1. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo + Toto at Comerica Theatre – August 29
Love is a battlefield as ‘80s rocker Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo bring their “We Live for Love Tour” to the Valley. They share the stage with Toto, of “Africa” and “Rosanna” fame. $191 - $392. 7:30 PM. 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, 602-379-2800,

2. Saboten Con 2017 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix – September 1-4
Saboten Con, an anime/manga convention from Monkey Paw Entertainment, gets its name from the Japanese name for cactus: "saboten." Meet local comic book illustrators, shop the vendor hall, enroll in anime/manga/cosplay workshops and party the night away at themed raves. $50 for full event membership; $15 to 25 daily membership. Pre-registration is Thursday, Aug. 31 from 7-10 p.m. Registration starts Friday at 10 a.m. Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 623-232-0580,

3. Phoenix Cooks at the Westin Kierland Resort – September 2
Ignite your appetite at the 13th Annual Phoenix Cooks foodie festival, benefiting Special Olympics Arizona. Feast on unlimited samples of food, wine, beer and spirits from a slew of local restaurants and celeb chefs, including Justin Beckett and Christopher Gross. $85 presale for full access to food, wine, beer and spirits; $100 full access at the door; $60 for designated driver tickets without alcoholic beverages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale,

4. Get Animated! At Arizona Science Center – Through September 4
The Get Animated! exhibit allows you to experience every step in the animation process and brings to life the evolution of animation from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop–motion and CGI. Participants will create their own storyboard and stop–motion animated movie, go behind the scenes with artists and animators, and enjoy the world’s largest touring 3D zoetrope. $7.95; children 2 and under are free. Price does not include general museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, 602-716-2000,

5. 34th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival at Shrine of the Ages Auditorium – Through September 9
Musicians from around the country gather at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with evening concerts that emphasize the diversity of chamber music – from jazz to classical. $8-15. 7:30 pm. 928-638-9215 or 800-997-8285,