A Look Ahead


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November 3
Jay Z
Known to some as Mr. Beyoncé, the hip-hop superstar and recent inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame brings his 4:44 Tour to Phoenix. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

November 3-17
Arizona Musicfest
Featuring the nation’s top artists of classical, Broadway, chamber, jazz, pops and country, this annual festival begins with a six-concert Fall Fest. A Neil Diamond tribute band and performances by Dennis Rowland and Mary Chapin Carpenter are among the highlights. Call for times, ticket prices and Phoenix and Scottsdale venues, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457. Additional programming takes place Jan. 26-March 16.

November 4
Festival of the Arts (FREE)
This annual event features theater and dance performances by local arts groups, as well as visual art, live music, wine and craft beer tastings, food vendors, pet adoptions and children’s activities. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

November 4
Sebastian Maniscalco
The stand-up comic’s Italian machismo fits him like a glove as he instantly captivates audiences with quick-witted riffs about life’s minor irritations combined with hyper-exaggerated body language and hilarious facial expressions. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $43.75-$63.75. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

November 5
Arizona Hemophilia Walk
Family, friends and community and corporate teams walk in honor and memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders at this 5K noncompetitive walk. Registration includes all-day zoo admittance. 8-10 a.m. $25, minimum donation, adults; $5 minimum, students 13-17; free, children 12 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, arizonahemophilia.org, 602-955-3947.

November 5
Bruno Mars
Combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics, the artist is known for smash hits that dominate the radio airwaves, including “That’s What I Like,” “24K Magic,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Marry You” and “Uptown Funk.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

November 10-11
Chuck Wagon Cook-off (FREE)
Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of authentic 1880s chuck wagons as teams from across the West compete using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. Live music, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities add to the fun. F, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 for five-course meal. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon, 480-782-2717. 

November 11
Promise Ball Gala
Don’t Stop Believing is the theme of this black-tie fundraiser, which includes live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the JDRF Arizona chapter and its efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. 6 p.m. $600. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org, 602-224-1800.

November 12
Home Tour
Phoenix Home & Garden presents its premier luxury home tour. The self-guided event features four homes, plus a VIP experience that includes brunch and an additional exclusive residence. Tickets must be purchased online, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Arizona Humane Society. Noon-4:30 p.m. (VIP begins at 10 a.m.) $75-$160. Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, phgmag.com/hometour, 480-664-3960.

November 12
Live & Local
Celebrate the best in Arizona food, music and spirits with an extensive culinary and entertainment lineup, including local restaurant and beverage partners, celebrity mixologists, entertainers and more. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. 6-9 p.m. $65-$150. The District at Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, bgcs.org, 480-860-5520.

November 12
Slider Throwdown
Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders as they compete for the title of Best Slider. Entertainment by Rock Lobster is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $30, includes samples of all sliders. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, affcf.org, 602-252-9445.

November 12
So You Think You Can Dance
Top 10 finalists from the 14th season of this summer dance program take the stage – Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver – along with all-stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

November 17
1964 – The Tribute
Fans of the Fab Four celebrate The Beatles invasion of 1964, with such hits as “We Can Work It Out,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Yesterday.” 8 p.m. $26-$36. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

November 17-26
Hidden in the Hills (FREE)
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases 174 artists who exhibit and sell their work at dozens of studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale, hiddeninthehills.org, 480-575-6624.

November 18
Walkers and those in wheelchairs enjoy a day of exercise, food and entertainment as they raise funds and support children and adults affected by spina bifida. The route follows an easy path around the park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Donations; advance registration encouraged. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, sbaazwalknroll.org, 602-274-3323.

November 22-January 14
This grand holiday lighting event glows with millions of LED lights, including a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and other critters, as well as a new Utah raptor dinosaur to complement the Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

November 25-December 30
Luminaria Festival
Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting an elegant glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection as Las Noches de las Luminarias gets underway. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-30. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-1225.

November 28-December 3
The Bodyguard
Based on the hit film, this award-winning romantic thriller tells the story of a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, who is hired to protect a pop superstar from an unknown stalker. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.