West of Westboro
Some of the Valley’s most ardent Fed-fearing, LGBT-demonizing citizens find a mouthpiece in a headline-grabbing East Valley preacher. Could Steven Anderson just be getting started? ...
Health & Fitness
Who decides who is a Top Doctor?
PHOENIX magazine published its first list of the Valley’s best doctors in 1995. Twenty years and 2,457 peer-selected physicians later, Top Docs is our most popular annual issue – a trusted and venerable resource for local medical care. Fi...
2015 Summer Getaways
It’s a snap to have fun on a summertime trip. What’s not so easy: having fun and discovering a new, lifelong hobby. Or improving your health. Or rekindling your love affair with our great state. Dive into our annual roundup of superb summ...
An Army of Juan
Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez seized the international spotlight during the Jodi Arias trial. Is he destined for greater things, or will his controversial methods prove his undoing? ...
Neighborhoods We Love
Whether you’re relocating or just recreating, the Valley’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods offer a host of haunts to explore. From family friendly enclaves to hidden historic ’hoods, plus meccas for outdoorsy types, foodies an...
Through July 3
This classic French farce revolves around a Casanova living in Paris who juggles relationships with three flight attendants – each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until the airlines decide to change their schedules. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
Through July 5
Based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy, the play follows Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced Fronk-en-steen) as he attempts to bring a corpse to life. Together with a kooky cast of characters, he succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and often hilarious complications. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through July 26
Neil Simon’s comedic play follows a group of New York socialites attending a formal dinner party as they hilariously try to conceal a scandal from the police and the media. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
July 10-August 8
The lovable Peanuts characters come to life on stage in the lighthearted musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, which follows the adventures of Charlie Brown on a typical challenging day. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
July 10-August 9
The make-love-not-war mantra of the turbulent ’60s is revisited in this graphic, award-winning rock musical, which follows a group of charismatic, free-spirited young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $22-$25. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
July 10-August 9
An ambitious blonde crosses the country on a mission to find love at Harvard Law School in this colorful, girl-power musical. Through trials, both literal and figurative, and hilarious songs including “Whipped Into Shape” and “Take it Like a Man,” this pretty-in-pink sorority sister shows the world she is no dumb blonde. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Lunch Time Theater
Be prepared to laugh, cry and pay tribute to the Americans with Disabilities Act as Improbable Theatre Company presents To BOLDLY Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
Hunger is No Joke
The laughs will be flowing as Pauly Shore from Encino Man, Bio-Dome and Son-in-Law entertains. The first 75 guests who donate five nonperishable food items receive free admission as this second annual summer comedy series benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, tempeimprov.com, 480-921-9877.
The entertainer brings his Listen to My Face tour to the Valley, providing comedic perspective on the state of Latinos in the U.S., marriage, parenting, generational gaps and the woes of aging. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $48-$95. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
July 24-August 9
The Ballad of Buzzard Basin
When the town drunk Skragg Mudd dies, the fun begins in the Old West town of Buzzard Basin. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let’s do the time warp – with Broadway Bound and Gagged, a Rocky Horror shadow cast. 10:30 p.m. $10. AMC Deer Valley 30, 3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, broadwayboundandgagged.com.
July 28-August 6
C Is for Clown
Old-fashioned laughs, witty banter and maybe a pratfall or two are on tap as Pandanda Players teaches the audience the difference between a clown and a fool while sharing highlights from some of Shakespeare’s funniest characters. The production is staged as part of the Lunch Time Theater series. Tu-Th, 12:10 p.m. $6. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
Known as “the voice of the Heartland,” the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer brings his Plain Spoken tour to Phoenix. Fans will recognize such hits as “R.O.C.K. in the USA,” “I Need a Lover,” “Jack & Diane,” “Hurts so Good” and “Small Town.” 7:30 p.m. $42.50-$119.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.