#1: Flight of the Conchords at Comerica Theatre, July 3
New Zealand's self-described “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” sings songs from their titular – and hugely popular – HBO sitcom. $39.50-$55. 8 p.m. July 3 at Comerica Theatre. comericatheatre.com
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.
On Thursday, June 23, sultry singer Jane Monheit takes the stage. Monheit is equally at ease crooning Brazilian music and pop as she is standards from the American Songbook. She's collaborated with everybody from Michael Bublé to John Pizzarelli, and has been nominated for a Grammy twice. Her new album, “The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald” (Emerald City Records, 2016), is an homage to the legendary Fitzgerald. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45.50-$50.50.
#1: Circus Xtreme at Talking Stick Resort Arena, June 23-26
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey goes to new extremes with this high-energy show featuring traditional elements of the circus combined with fast-paced performances and hilarious moments. Tigers, camels, dogs, acrobats, strongmen, bungee skydivers, BMX freestyle riders and clowns are among the stars. (text by Judy Harper) Tickets start at $20. Call for times. June 23-26 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. ringling.com/shows/circus-xtreme
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.
It’s June and there’s no escaping the summer heat. And with that heat comes a parade of shorts, bathing suits, tank tops and sundresses. If you’ve gone through the exercise of putting on your summer duds and they’re feeling a little snug, you’re probably discouraged right about now.
She goes by the name “Glass Chi” professionally. These words – glass and Chi – combine specifically to represent both her and her art. Chibuzor Isiogu describes herself as glass-like: fragile, yet strong; the sum of the parts greater than the pieces.
#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
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