This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for the week of August 2 through August 7, 2022.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations.
Real Wild & Woody Beer Festival
The Southwest’s largest indoor beer festival returns with barrel-aged brews and creative cask ales from the state and region’s best craft brewers. Attendees of the event, which is presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, can sample uniquely flavored beers and learn about innovative brewing styles in an air-conditioned space. Call for times and ticket prices. Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Dr., Mesa, Fieldhouse C, 480-353-7058, realwildandwoody.com
Rock music has plenty of concept albums. Country? Not so much. Thomas Rhett changed that last year when he released the first part of his Country Again collection, the aptly subtitled Side A. The idea that ties the 2021 record together is Rhett going back to his classic country roots. Side B might come out later this year, but as for now, Rhett is touring in support of his latest, pop-oriented release, Where We Started. 7:30 p.m., $35.50-$140, Ak-Chin Pavillon, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, livenation.com
Third Eye Blind and Taking Back Sunday
Do you want to feel old? Third Eye Blind, the band behind the hits “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Never Let You Go,” is celebrating 25 years together. They’re marking the occasion with one of the bands they’ve influenced: Taking Back Sunday. 7 p.m., $39.50-$99.50, Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com
The award-winning “Australian Queen of Comedy,” social media star and best-selling author of Challenge Accepted is getting ready to make America laugh with her Fine, Thanks tour. 7 p.m., $54.50-$79.50, Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com
Michelle Emami: Both, Neither and All of the Above
Beginning Aug. 5
The name of the Mexican/Iranian artist’s exhibition refers to the part of standard U.S. documents where one notates racial and ethnic identity. Most forms only allow selection of one box, even if Americans have a variety of cultural backgrounds. The works on display help answer the question: Why are we not making space for all backgrounds on the simplest of platforms? Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, visiongallery.org
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
Your childhood collection of big-wheeled machines comes roaring to life in this family-focused experience. Watch legends such as Bigfoot take on animal-like trucks like Tiger Shark and Mega Wrex. Sa.,12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Su., 2:30 p.m. $28-$45, Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, gilariverarena.com
Immersive Monet and The Impressionists
Through September 18
Renoir, Degas and Monet (of course) are getting the same treatment as Klimt and van Gogh did. Surround yourself with nature’s beauty and ethereal music as these 19th-century pieces of art come alive before your eyes. Lighthouse Artspace, 4301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Visit immersivemonet.com for times and ticket information.
Observing With NASA
Through Aug. 31
Artists have looked to the heavens for inspiration for centuries. Now, visitors can add their creative touches to some of the most beautiful pictures of space ever produced. “Observing With NASA” allows guests to animate and enhance images of the planets and explore the solar system with a robotic telescope. This interactive kiosk is next to the stunning “Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon” exhibition, which features the painter’s work as an official NASA artist during the Apollo 11 mission. Tues.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org
July 27-August 17
Chances are you’ve heard about non-fungible tokens, better known as NFTs. If you’re curious about how artists can break into this new marketplace, local artist Nik Ridley will set you up for success with this four-week course, which begins every Wednesday beginning July 27. 5:30-6:45 p.m., $100, Thunderbird Arts Center, 1106 E. Grovers Ave., Phoenix, 602-293-3267, phoenixcenterforthearts.org
Through August 14
Take a peek behind the scenes of a fictional game show while actually getting the opportunity to win cash and prizes. Check website for dates and times. $40-$62. Arizona Broadway Theatre Mainstage, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org
Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Through August 7
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic novel about four sisters coming of age in the 19th century comes to life on stage. Call for dates and times. $25. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-1664, desertstages.org
- Music fan? Make sure to read our 5 Concerts to Check Out This Week blog.
- Take a Hike! Explore Arizona with our Hike of the Week feature. This week’s hike is the Railroad Grade Trail.
- Save the Date for 2022 Best Fest on August 13 & the Arizona Craft Beer Awards Festival October 22.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Through August 14
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about class, true love and mistaken identity gets a modern update. Check website for dates and times. $25. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-1664, desertstages.org
Through August 27
Don Bluth has directed a number of animated musicals. Now he applies his talents to the stage with a production of this sophisticated Noel Coward play about love, marriage and divorce. Check website for days and times. $25-30. 8989 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com
On Your Feet!
Through August 28
Gloria and Emilio Estefan revolutionized the music industry with The Miami Sound Machine. Their story has been turned into a musical that brings the duo’s songs to life. Call for times and ticket prices. Mainstage Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com
Bring a Flashlight
Through September 3
Bring the family to experience a magical nighttime adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours. It’s a great opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Sa, 7-9 p.m. $14.95 general admission. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-941-1225, dbg.org
The Little Mermaid
Through August 13
The hit Disney musical about a mermaid who makes a deal with an evil sea witch to be with her true love on land takes the stage in this family-friendly play. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com
Always, Patsy Cline…
Through August 7
With a soundtrack by the queen of country music herself, this is the true story of Louise Seger, who was Patsy Cline’s pen pal until her untimely death. Call for times and ticket prices. Hormel Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com
Will the D-backs continue their ascension in the National League? Find out as they take on the Colorado Rockies, Aug. 5-7; Pittsburgh Pirates, Aug. 8-11, St. Louis Cardinals, Aug. 19-21; and Philadelphia Phillies, Aug. 29-31. Call for times and ticket prices. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com
The city’s WNBA team continues to rise in the standings against the New York Liberty, Aug. 6; Minnesota Lynx, Aug. 10; Dallas Wings, Aug. 12; and Chicago Sky, Aug. 14. Call for times and ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, mercury.wnba.com
Phoenix Rising F.C.
Watch our soccer team rise to the challenge against the Las Vegas Lights F.C., Aug. 6; and Rio Grande Valley F.C. Toros, Aug. 31. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Rising Stadium, 19593 S. 48th St., Chandler, 623-594-9606, phxrisingfc.com