5 Things to Do This Weekend | July 30-Aug. 1

Judy HarperJuly 29, 2021
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Storm Large | Photo by Laura Domela


Listen to a Powerhouse Vocalist
Storm Large shares her story of hope, love and loss during the pandemic in Make It Home, a documentary concert film recorded at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Part road movie, part intimate concert experience, the online performance is presented by Chandler Center for the Arts and includes a live post-concert Q&A. The musician, actor and author tours with Pink Martini as well as her own band, and wowed the judges as a contestant on this season’s America’s Got Talent. July 31, 7 p.m. $25. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.

Enjoy a Campy Comedy
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, Reefer Madness takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to the evils of marijuana, sending them on a crash course to rock bottom. Scottsdale Community Players gets the joint jumping with the raucous musical comedy. July 30-31, 7 p.m.; and Aug. 1, 2 p.m. $22. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-949-7529, greasepaint.org.

Go Loco for Coco
Beat the heat and watch Coco on the giant videoboard during the free Coyotes Summer Movie Day, July 31. Steeped in Mexican culture and folklore, the 3D computer-animated musical fantasy follows the story of a young boy who dreams of playing guitar on a global stage but comes from a household that has banished music. The film strums the heartstrings with its story about the importance of family and the dangers of forgetting one’s history. 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets must be claimed by noon July 30. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, am.ticketmaster.com/coyotes/summermovieday.

Experience an Outdoor Concert in Royal Style
Grab a chair and let The Sugar Thieves entertain you as the Sunset Summer Concert Series continues, July 30. Headed by husband-and-wife duo, Mikel Lander and Meredith Moore, the award-winning Phoenix band creates a sound that is all their own, moving between blues, country, folk, gospel, rock ’n’ roll and elements of jazz. The group has shared a bill with such greats as Taj Mahal, B.B. King, the Blues Brothers, Willie Nelson and The Flaming Lips. Tickets include live music and tapas for the evening. 7:30-10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with seating first come, first served. Tickets are $40 per person, available at the door. Vernadero Lawn at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, royalpalmshotel.com.

Celebrate the Unsung Heroes of Musical Theater
A demanding director puts his singers and dancers through a grueling audition process as they bare their souls and put it all on the line for a chance at a Broadway show. A Chorus Line, July 30-Aug. 8, provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and choreographer as they describe the events that shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-1664, desertstages.org.

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