Bring your best improv ideas to the cast of Emmy-nominated show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on their tour, and you could contribute to the crack-ups. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will perform 90 minutes of gut-busting on-the-spot skits and songs, with the help of audience suggestions. $32-$52. 7:30 p.m. September 11 at Mesa Arts Center. mesaartscenter.com
In most parts of the United States, Labor Day signals the end of summer – a time to cover the patio furniture and wheel in the barbecue. Valley of the Sun residents have a little bit more summer to endure. So why not make the most of it and head out to one of the many local resorts that offer Labor Day weekend specials?
Here’s a great equation: Jazz bassist and bandleader Will Goble’s talented quintet + the impeccable acoustics at the Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater = an amazing night of live music. Goble has performed with Grammy-winning pianist Marcus Roberts and drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, but as we recently observed at an intimate club show, the Valley resident has his own swinging swagger. Presented by MIM and The Nash. $19.50-$23.50. 7 p.m. August 29 at Musical Instrument Museum. mim.org
#2: “Abstract to Absurd” – Carlos Rausch and Cindy Schnackel Art Exhibit at Olney Gallery, September 2
A former PHOENIX magazine Artist of the Month, Cindy Schnackel has a fondness for the absurd, which she colorfully paints on canvases in the form of coffee-drinking chickens and surreal (and sometimes cute) blobby monsters. Argentina-born Carlos Rausch creates large-scale non-representational paintings that combine various shapes and colors into eye-catching but seamless abstract amalgamations. Free. 6 p.m. September 2 at Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral. Exhibit open through September 28. azcathedral.org
The back-to-school barrage has begun. In fact, some schools are already in session. Many organizations have held their back-to-school clothing and supplies drives, but if you would like to donate, here are some places that are still accepting donations.
It’s mid-July and we’re making our way through another sweltering Arizona summer. If you’re looking for a way to make the most of our triple-digit days and nights, slip on your bathing suit, grab your wallet and head out to a weekend pool party at one of the Valley’s hot spots.
Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus will roll into Talking Stick Resort Arena this year on June 23 with shows through June 26. If you’re drawn in by the smell of the greasepaint and the thrill of the crowd, you might want to get your tickets before the circus sells out.
There’s no more avoiding it: The dog days of summer are here. If you’ve lived through an Arizona summer or two (or 30), you know that retreating inside your home gets a little old after a while. If you’re looking to try something new to stay cool, here are five air-conditioned options.
#1: Phoenix Comicon at Phoenix Convention Center, June 2-5
Celebrities attending Phoenix's premier pop culture event this year include Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Alex Kingston and Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”), and Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”). Comic book creators and sci-fi authors also attend in abundance. Full event passes, $60; single-day passes, $15-$40. Hours vary. June 2-5 at Phoenix Convention Center. phoenixcomicon.com
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to formally honor American soldiers who have died in service to their country. There are several Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 30, two of which are listed below, followed by some special events taking place over the long weekend.
#1: Phoenix Rising Afterhours Party at Phoenix Art Museum, May 26
Attendees at this special event will get an afterhours look at the exhibition “Phoenix Rising: The Valley Collects!” – which features artworks from more than 20 private collections around the Valley, including never-before-seen works from the abstract expressionist period by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis – before it closes on May 29. A cash bar and door prizes add to the fun. $5. 5-8 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum. phxart.org
#1: El Mac: “Aerosol Exalted” at Mesa Arts Center, May 13
Artist El Mac grew up in central Phoenix, painting large-scale murals and developing his signature rippled line style. Now based in Los Angeles, El Mac brings his art back home for the exhibit “Aerosol Exalted: From the street to the gallery – the humble and the sublime.” The artist's photorealistic portraits of people include a blend of contemporary styles like graffiti with touches of Chicano culture and classic European art. This exhibit includes a 35-foot tall mural in the courtyard of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, titled “Desert Rose (Nuevas Generaciones).” The exhibit opens May 13 and runs through August 7 at Mesa Arts Center. Free. Visit website for museum hours. mesaartscenter.com
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