1. The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical at Dream City Church – July 13-16
Having a fish tail and spending her days under the sea won’t stop Ariel from chasing her dreams. Her curiosity regarding the human world leads her to adventure and love that will get laughs and cries from the whole family. $10-$32.50. Th 7:30 p.m.; F 7:30 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; Su 2:30 p.m. 13613 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix,

1. All-American Festival at Peoria Sports Complex – July 4
Before you sit down to enjoy the fireworks show, take the family to this festival for an evening full of entertainment. There will be a Water Zone, Kids Zone, food eating contests, cornhole tournament, bounce houses and food concessions. $10; free, kids under 12. 5-10 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,

1. Book of Souls Tour with Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena – June 28
Whether you were a metal-loving teen in the ‘80s or discovered the genre in the 21st century, Iron Maiden has surely blasted forth from your speakers at some point. They have transcended the decades and continue to rock in 2017. This year’s tour is coming off their 2016 tour that reached six continents and 35 countries. They’ll be joined by the band Ghost while they travel in the states. $65+. 11 p.m. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,

1. Build It!: Frank Lloyd Wright at Chandler Public Library – June 21
Set the Legos aside for a day and discover what it would be like to be architect Frank Lloyd Wright with activities inspired by his career like city planning and structure building. There will also be an exhibit that showcases Wright’s time in Chandler and how he contributed to the community. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler,

1. Off the Page with Wil Williams at Wasted Ink Zine Distro – June 13
Explore what you’re passionate about and how to translate that feeling into words on paper. Wil Williams, a local writer and Northern Arizona University alum, will be covering “persona pieces” and other introspective ways of composing. The workshop will be followed by an open mic available to anyone who would like to present their work. $5-10. Workshop, 7-8 p.m.; Open Mic, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wasted Ink Zine Distro, 2222 N. 16th St., Phoenix,

1. Beatmaking Workshop at Paradise Valley Community College – June 5
Do you have a beat stuck in your head, and aren’t sure how to get it out of there? Attend one of PVCC’s four beatmaking workshops this month, where instructors will coach you on how to create beats using apps, iPads and control surfaces. Whether you know your way around a soundboard or you occasionally clap along to a rhythm, all skill sets are welcomed. Free. Every Monday in June, 6:30-8:30 p.m. PVCC Fine Arts – CPA 115 Music Room, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix,

1. First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum – June 2
The first Friday of every month is dedicated to the arts in the Valley, so it’s no surprise that the Phoenix Art Museum joins in the fun. The museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission. There will be live music all night while guests explore the Samurai, Yeohlee, Photography of the American Road and other exhibits. Free. 6 – 10 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

1. Phoenix Comicon – May 25-28
Calling all sci-fi fans, comic enthusiasts and bookworms – Phoenix Comicon is back. Spend the weekend browsing the tables set up in the exhibitor hall and meet actors and writers like Karen Gillan, Dick Van Dyke, Anthony Michael Hall and Bonnie Wright. Full event $75; T $20; F and Su $30; Sa $45. T, F, Sa 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix,

1. Practical Art Random Craft Night: Let’s Color! – May 17
This is the launch event for the weekly Practical Art Random Craft Night. Each week will feature different artistic mediums from paper crafts to jewelry making. To kick things off: coloring, natch. Some supplies are provided and all are welcome. Free. 6-8 p.m. Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

Your mom deserves the world, of course, but who’s got the budget for such a purchase? It’s definitely not on sale at Costco. In lieu of the entire world or even a private island, we’ve come up with a list of local goodies to pamper Phoenix moms on Mother’s Day on any budget, from free to platinum.

1. Firestorm Film Festival – May 2
Arizona Christian University Communication majors will show an original screenplay during this third annual festival. This is a chance to financially support their talents as well as celebrate their achievements as each student has written and directed their own short film. Free. 7-10 p.m. The Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,

1. On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves at the Valley of the Sun – April 26
David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and founder of the Schorr Collection of Old Master and 19th Century European paintings, and Hannah Lewis, Holocaust survivor and Schorr Collection co-founder, will speak about their personal experiences restoring objects of art looted by the Nazis during WWII.

1. Gallery Talk: Longer Ways to Go at Phoenix Art Museum – April 19
This exhibition dives into photos taken on America’s tangled web of roads and how they influenced the evolution of an American identity. The photos explore rural life, nature, westward expansion and personal freedom. Free. 7-8 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

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