Photo by Matthew Murphy
Drop Your Anchor in Margaritaville
Featuring the island tunes of hit-maker Jimmy Buffet, Escape to Margaritaville, Sept. 16-19, serves up a slice of paradise with original songs and such beloved classics as “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” The tequila-infused jukebox musical is set in the Caribbean – on island time, of course – and tells the story of a singer-bartender who falls for a career-driven tourist. Thursday-Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. $125-$135 (PHOENIX magazine fans can enter code TENOFF for a 10 percent discount). Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-664-7777, themadison.org.
Rock Your Most Creative Face Mask
Puppets, music and dance are in the spotlight as Cultural Coalition presents its annual Mask Alive Festival, Sept. 19. The free event highlights the cultural diversity of the Southwest and the power of storytelling. Giant puppets, masked performers, Taiko drums, folklorico dance troupes, local food trucks and family arts and crafts activities are included, along with a raffle for a one-of-a-kind hand-carved and painted mask by Zarco Guerrero. 2-5 p.m. Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St. Mesa, culturalcoalition.com.
Get the Scoop on a Free Summer Treat
Stop by Creamistry in Peoria from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 for a free small ice cream as the company celebrates the grand opening of its West Valley location. Science and dessert collide at the ice cream shop, where the staff creates custom frozen desserts before guests’ eyes. The sweet shop was founded in California in 2013 and expanded to Arizona in 2016 with locations in Gilbert and North Scottsdale. Ice cream treats are flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen and more than 60 flavors and toppings ranging from Cookie Butter and Green Tea to Reese’s Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Caramel. Park West, 1235 N. 98th Ave., Peoria, 623-600-8002, creamistry.com.
Honk if You Love Car Shows
Dozens of custom cars and trucks from across the Valley fill a Fountain Hills parking lot for the Summer Nights Car Show, Sept. 17, with live music, door prizes and raffles adding to the fun. Proceeds benefit local charities. The free event is sponsored by Breton’s Automotive and Racing 101. 6-8:30 p.m. Phil’s Filling Station Grill, 16852 E. Parkview Ave., Fountain Hills, 480-421-9048.
Celebrate Female Empowerment with Sweet and Sassy Sistas
Told through Top-40 music, Sistas! The Musical follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. As they clean Grandma’s attic, the women discuss their family history and the history of African-American women, and find love and old memories packed away as well as hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the ’60s to the empowerment of the ’90s. The play is staged by Black Theatre Troupe. Through Sept. 26: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $44. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-258-8129, blacktheatretroupe.org.