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February 2
Ariana Grande
The chart-topping music sensation rose from teenage Broadway baby to a star on Nickelodeon’s Victorious before becoming pop music’s biggest breakout artist of the year with hits that include “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang.” 7:30 p.m. $45.20-$195.20. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

February 3-5 (FREE)
Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Celebrate the sweet life at this festival of chocolate and romance, which includes tours of Cerreta’s candy factory, children’s activities, entertainment, romance writing workshops and an abundance of that sinfully delicious confection. F, 5-10 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale,, 623-930-2299.

February 7-12
Matilda The Musical
Despite being hampered by unscrupulous parents and a cruel headmistress, an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and sharp mind dares to take a stand against these oppressive forces and takes her destiny into her own hands. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe,, 480-965-3434.

February 9-12
Romeo and Juliet
Tragedy and romance collide in Shakespeare’s passionate tale of star-crossed lovers. Staged by Ballet Arizona, the timeless story explores the perils of young love, the bonds of family and a community torn apart by violence. Call for times and ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix,, 602-381-1096.

February 10-12
Dirty Dancing
Set in a Catskills resort in the summer of 1963, this nostalgic musical focuses on Baby, an awkward-yet-brave 17-year-old, and Johnny, the macho-yet-tender hotel dance instructor who is as experienced as Baby is naïve. The play features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” The production is staged by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $45.25-$82.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix,, 602-262-7272.

February 11
Dancing with the Stars
This dance spectacular features a cast of favorites from the TV show, including Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Hayley Erbert, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater. Group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the tour are included. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $30-$65. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

February 11
Parada del Sol
The historic parade marks its 64th year with a mile-long route beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a Trail’s End block party until 5 p.m. in downtown Scottsdale. Rodeo action follows, March 9-12, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-990-3179.

February 11-April 2
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Raucous revelry is on tap as this event celebrates its 28th season of medieval merriment. Guests are transported back to the 16th century with a 30-acre festival village filled with castles, cottages and pubs; 2,000 costumed characters; a variety of feasting opportunities; and 13 stages of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy and jousting knights. Sa-Su (plus Feb. 20), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. East of Apache Junction on Highway 60,, 520-463-2700.

February 16-26
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
This annual show, which has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 of the world’s finest Arabian horses, attracts top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world as they compete for championship titles across a variety of equestrian disciplines. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-515-1500.