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December 2019

Wild Rising

December 2019 - May 2020
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Penguins pose among the cacti, snails are positioned atop of the garden’s butte and majestic gray wolves are on guard as this exhibit features 13 installations of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. The vibrant art forms are the creations of Cracking Art, a collective of artists who demonstrate that plastic can be reinvented into something eye-catching and thought-provoking. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N.…

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Javelinas de Tubac

December 2019 - March 2020
Tubac Center for the Arts
#9 Plaza Rd
Tubac, AZ
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A herd of 50 javelinas have invaded the streets of Tubac, serving as a canvas for local artists who have transformed the fiberglass creations into one-of-a-kind works of art. The whimsical critters will be sold in silent and live auctions, with proceeds benefiting Tubac Center for the Arts. Visit javelinasdetubac.com for details.

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Elsewhere

December 2019 - March 2020
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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$15 – $24

Visitors interact with and become part of the colorful art as this interactive experience offers 13 immersive, thought-provoking and conversation-starting artworks spread across a 16,000-square-foot exhibition space. Presented by Wonderspaces and featuring everything from glowing lights to a sewing machine orchestra, the show welcomes all ages to explore imaginary worlds where the rules are different. Twelve of the works are new to Arizona, with Submergence by Squidsoup returning by popular demand. Tu-F, noon-10 p.m.; Sa,…

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Million Dollar Quartet

December 2019 - February 2020
The Phoenix Theatre Company
1825 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
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The jukebox musical brings to life an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, and its irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayals and celebrations. The production features a score of timeless hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Hound Dog.” Call for times and ticket prices. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

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Barefoot in the Park

December 2019 - February 2020
Hale Centre Theatre
50 W. Page Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
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This Neil Simon comedy follows the lives of a newlywed couple as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

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Old Jews Telling Jokes

December 2019 - January 2020
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the rich tradition of Jewish humor as five actors make fun of themselves, as well as followers of every other religion, in a gleeful and bawdy evening of one-liners, double-entendres and hysterical routines. W, 7 p.m.; Th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $45-$65. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, playhouseinfo.com,…

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Arizona Coyotes

December 2019 - January 2020
Gila River Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85305
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The action on the ice continues Dec. 29, 6 p.m., vs. Dallas Stars; and Dec. 31, vs. St. Louis Blues. 7 p.m.; Jan. 2, vs. Anaheim Ducks; Jan. 4, 6 p.m., vs. Philadelphia Flyers; Jan. 12, 4 p.m., vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; Jan. 14, vs. San Jose Sharks; and Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., vs. Los Angeles Kings. 7 p.m. faceoff unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, coyotes.nhl.com, 480-563-PUCK.

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Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

December 2019 - January 2020
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
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$3.50

Carol Eckert: The Memory of Birds, through Jan. 5; Roberto Benavidez: Medieval Piñata, through Jan. 12; Flora & Fauna: Botanicals and Animals in Contemporary Art, through Jan. 26; and Mary Meyer: Biophilia, through Jan. 26. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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ZooLights

December 2019 - January 2020
Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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This grand holiday event glows with millions of LED lights and includes a three-story-tall Christmas tree, live reindeer, lakeside music-in-motion shows, 3D light sculptures and a 200-foot-long polar slide. New this year is a wildlife lantern safari collection featuring 60 colorful handcrafted animal sculptures created from metal frames and wrapped in a silk-like fabric that are just as enchanting in daylight as when illuminated from within at night. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix…

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January 2020

Arizona Science Center

January 1 - January 31
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Designed to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages, the center boasts four levels of hands-on exhibits, plus live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium and giant-screen theater. The world’s largest touring Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton stars in Victoria the T. Rex, through May 25. The immersive exhibit explores and builds upon the latest discoveries about the species, from its hunting and mating rituals to its sounds and appearance. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices.…

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