There’s nothing objectively wrong with showing off your love of the Grand Canyon state by getting its outline inked in your skin, but it isn’t a terribly original idea.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital is on a mission to stop Childhood Cancer during its September-long Step Up. Stop In. Stop Cancer. campaign to raise $1 million for the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD.)
Already feeling bored this summer? As residents of a hellish Arizonan heat, most of our summer-boredom-busting ideas deal with avoiding the sun at all costs: museum-hopping, water park visits and road trips. But, these ideas can grow old. Luckily, all over Phoenix, various organizations are holding summer donation drives for members of our community in need. Why not spend some time this summer looking through drawers, towers of garage boxes, stuffed-beyond-capacity closets and hidden sheds, or even to visit the store to find something to donate? Get to rummaging and check out these philanthropic opportunities around the Valley.
Mamma Mia! – September 12–October 15
A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Cleverly told through the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! follows Sophie and her journey to find her father, while her mother comes face to face with three men from her romantic past. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $35.00–$85.00. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, tickets.phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-215.
After Labor Day it’s official: Summer 2017 is over. As Game of Thrones fans would say, winter is coming. (Also in Phoenix, just as in GOT, winter may be coming but it will feel like summer continues to last for approximately six years.)
But before you break out the pumpkin spice, check out these events and discounts happening over Labor Day weekend while Phoenix continues broiling in 105+ degree heat:
1. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo + Toto at Comerica Theatre – August 29
Love is a battlefield as ‘80s rocker Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo bring their “We Live for Love Tour” to the Valley. They share the stage with Toto, of “Africa” and “Rosanna” fame. $191 - $392. 7:30 PM. 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, 602-379-2800, concerts1.livenation.com
1. Deep Purple & Alice Cooper with The Edgar Winter Band at Ak-Chin Pavilion – August 15
Deep Purple continues their Long Goodbye Tour in support of their latest album, “Infinite.” Alice Cooper will join them as he plays all his hits like “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” $15+. 6:30-11 p.m. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, concerts1.livenation.com.
1. Kabarett at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – August 11
This isn’t a normal theatrical performance that you may find around the Valley. Kabarett will feature a selection of French and German theater songs, classic film scores, off-beat pop and original music. $12-$19. 8-9:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, tickets.scottsdalearts.org.
1. John Mayer at Talking Stick Resort Arena – August 1
The Connecticut-native singer-songwriter is bringing his silky guitar strums and vocals to the Valley. Sing along to classics like “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and new songs like “Love on the Weekend.” $50+. 7 p.m. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, johnmayer.com.
1. Vinyl Voices at The Coronado – July 25
Storytelling and record playing collide at Vinyl Voices. Speakers include Jeff Cardello, Michelle Edwards, Kim Porter and more. Hosts Jose Gonzalez and Leslie Barton will engage with the speakers to help them open up about their lives and how music guided their self-discovery. Free. 8-10 p.m. 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, facebook.com/events.
1. Le Painted Grape at El Panzon y Frida – July 19
In an hour and a half, you’ll transform a plain-looking wine glass into a colorful and functional piece of art. July’s design is a bright and inviting sunflower that will bring a bit of happy to any kitchen. The art supplies and glass are provided. $30. 6-7:30 p.m. 7323 E. Shoeman Ln., Scottsdale, facebook.com/events.