A Look Ahead

A LOOK AHEAD

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September 2
Phoenix Cooks!  
It’s a foodie paradise as this interactive gourmet food and kitchen show celebrates the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by dozens of wine, beer and cocktail sampling booths. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Arizona. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $60, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, phxcooks.com.

September 3
Idina Menzel
The Tony Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress rose to prominence as the star of musicals Wicked and Rent and TV’s Glee, followed by the voice of Queen Elsa on Frozen, in which she belted out the hit “Let It Go.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000. 

September 5-10
Fun Home
Based on the graphic novel by Allison Bechdel, this riveting musical focuses on the real-life out-and-proud cartoonist’s discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

September 6-October 15
Mamma Mia!
The ultimate feel-good show combines ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Take a Chance on Me” – with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

September 8-10
Marvel Universe Live!
Iconic superheroes Spider-Man and the Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil in Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects add to the action-packed adventure. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Su, noon and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 10
Florida Georgia Line 
The country duo performs such feel-good party songs as “Anything Goes,” “Cruise,” “This Is How We Roll,” “Dirt,” “Get Your Shine On” and “God, Your Mama and Me.” Nelly and Chris Lane are special guests. 7 p.m. Call for ticket pricces. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000. 

September 15
George Benson and Kenny G
The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour features classic album cuts and greatest hits by the legendary artists, as well as songs they perform together. 8 p.m. $55-$130. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 15-17
Pickin’ in the Pines
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents this bluegrass and acoustic music festival. Educational workshops, children’s activities and a band contest are included. Call for times and ticket prices. Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, pickininthepines.org, 866-977-6849.

September 17
The Beach Boys
Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continue the legacy of this iconic American band, which brought us such generational anthems as “Good Vibrations,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls” and “Help Me Rhonda.” 8 p.m. $55-$130. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 19
U2
The band celebrates the 30th anniversary of its classic fifth album with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Beck is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 21
Janet Jackson
The global music icon and influential entertainer brings her State of the World tour to Phoenix, performing fan favorites, smash hits and soon-to-be-released new works. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 26
Imagine Dragons
“Radioactive,” “Demons,” “Ready Aim Fire,” “Believer” and “On Top of the World” are sure to be on the program as the Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band brings its Evolve tour to Phoenix. Grouplove and K.Flay are special guests. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.