5 Things to Do This Weekend | July 23-25

Judy HarperJuly 22, 2021
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Enjoy a Musical Slice of the South
Get ready for some Southern charm, song and dance with Pump Boys and Dinettes, July 21-Aug. 22. The celebrated jukebox musical tells the tale of four redneck gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp diner next door who trade jokes and songs as they go about their simple lives off Highway 57. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com.

Tour Taliesin at Twilight
Happy hour meets golden hour as guests sip on a beverage surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture and the distinctive landscape of the Sonoran Desert prior to a 60-minute guided tour of Wright’s home and laboratory. The Wine & Wright Tours begin at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 27; bar hours, 4-6 p.m. $50, includes tour and one beverage. Reservations are required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-860-2700, franklloydwright.org.

Cool Down with a Free Concert
Chandler Center for the Arts opens its doors for the first time in 15 months with its Summer Concert Series. First up is Notes from Neptune, July 23. The band reimagines classic rock, Motown and modern-day pop hits, playing everything from Pink Floyd to John Mayer – all with a signature blues twist. Concerts continue most Fridays through Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; doors open one hour prior to showtime. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.

Let the Kids Color on the Wall
Children of all ages are invited to fill in the blanks of an interactive mural created by Kyllan Maney at Desert Ridge Marketplace. The local artist completed one panel filled with intricate geometric designs and eye-popping color but left the second panel partially white, inviting kiddos to fill in the space with chalk. The artsy mural is cleaned daily, creating a blank slate for creativity each day. Desert Ridge Marketplace, next to the Children’s Play Area, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480-513-7586, shopdesertridge.com.

Witness a Heartwarming Tale of Transformation
A mother and daughter find there is nothing like walking a mile (or more) in someone else’s body to break down barriers and build up empathy in Freaky Friday. The hilarious musical is based on the celebrated novel and hit Disney film. Through Aug. 14. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com.