5 Things to Do This Weekend | August 27-29

Judy HarperAugust 26, 2021
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Step into “Starry Night” and Other Masterpieces
The legendary works of Vincent Van Gogh come to life in Immersive Van Gogh, Aug. 26-Nov. 28. The digital art installation merges state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling and world-class animation, illuminating the painter’s artistic genius with a curated selection of images from Van Gogh’s 2,000-plus lifetime catalog of masterpieces complemented by classical music. The hour-long, timed-entry, walk-through experience features digitally projected social distancing circles on the gallery floors to ensure appropriate spacing as you wander in, around and through the works of the Dutch post-impressionist artist. Lighthouse Artspace, 4301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, vangoghphx.com.

Meet the Legendary Voices Behind the Cartoons
Animaniacs in Concert, Aug. 28, invites fans to get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they speak for themselves and perform songs from the pop-culture hit cartoon series. The concert features video clips, anecdotes, funny voices and great songs performed by a cast of favorites that includes: Rob Paulsen, who played Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Yakko from Animaniacs and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Maurice LaMarche, best known as the Brain of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, and Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters; and Emmy Award-winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of the show’s most memorable tunes. 7 p.m. $39-$49. Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-664-7777, themadison.org.

Sip, Savor, Shop and Stroll in Tempe
Soak up the energy of downtown Tempe while enjoying small bites and drinks from exclusive menus, plus select savings at retail shops and experiences during the Best of Downtown Tempe Stroll, Aug. 28. Presented by Shop On, the at-your-own-pace stroll includes more than a dozen stops, most of which are locally owned. A $5 pass offers access to each location, an exclusive menu with $8 to $10 food and drink options at each stop, a Downtown Tempe swag bag and free parking. Alter Ego, Caffe Boa, Daily Jam, Fat Tuesday Tempe, Illegal Pete’s, Kung Fu Tea, Lotions & Potions, Pedal Haus Brewery, Snakes & Lattes and Urban Outfitters are among the participants. You can also enjoy a relaxing excursion on an electric cruiser or amp up your cardio on a pedal boat, stand-up paddleboard or kayak at Tempe Town Lake for a cool 25 percent discount. 1-5 p.m., downtowntempe.com/events/foodie-strolls.

Travel Down Memory Lane with Classic Jazz Hits
An evening of jazz standards is on tap as husband-and-wife duo Matravius Avent and Trisha Ditsworth share the music of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and more in Timeless, Aug. 29. Mark 4man will be tickling the ivories and guest artist Cydney Trent also performs in the evening of song and dance. The concert is part of A Series of One Night Stands, which features familiar faces and brand-new acts who appear for one night only. 7 p.m. $35, adults; $18, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 480-837-9661, fhtaz.org.

Laugh and Cry with Southern Belles
Steel Magnolias, through Sept. 12, centers on the lifelong camaraderie of six Southern women, who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times – and are the same friends who cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. The hilarious and touching play is set in the familiar sanctuary of Truvy’s beauty salon – the go-to place for a beauty fix with a hearty side of gossip. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com.

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