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July 2020

Comic Relief

July 15 - August 2

The laughs will be flowing as Jack Jr. takes the stage July 15-19; followed by Shoot Your Shot, an interactive dating game show featuring three single comedians, July 22; Craig Conant, July 23-26; Are You Ready or Not?, with each comic given 10 minutes to win over the audience, July 29; and Jamie Lissow, July 30-Aug. 2. Call for times and ticket prices. Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 E. High St., Phoenix, houseofcomedy.net, 480-420-3553.

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One Night in Memphis

July 15 @ 7:00 pm
AZ

This high-energy production takes you back to December 4, 1956, the night when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash gathered for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. This tribute to that memorable night features nationally acclaimed cast members who have an uncanny sound, look and feel of the original legends. The program is presented by Higley Center Television, an online streaming platform. 7 p.m. Higley Center…

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Contra-Tiempo

July 16 @ 6:00 pm

With roots in salsa and Afro-Cuban, the company draws from hip-hop, urban and contemporary dance theater. Part of the ASU Gammage Digital Connections series, this program features a 30-minute digital excerpt of the company’s JoyUSJustUS, a piece that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Viewers will experience three moments of live performance in different locations as well as recently filmed videos that bring to life original pieces from JoyUSJustUS. A Q&A is…

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Ken Koshio

July 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Japanese taiko drumming practitioner and multi-instrumentalist shares his talents with an energetic set of music featuring taiko, guitar and Japanese instruments. Since 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the artist also shares thoughts on peace, Hiroshima and some history of Japan and the U.S. Presented by Kerr Cultural, Center, the program is part of Beams, a live online music series. 7 p.m. Free. Visit asukerr.com to RSVP and find…

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Blake Shelton Drive-In Concert Experience

July 25 @ 7:30 pm
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ
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Fans will be singing along to such hits as “I’ll Name the Dogs,” “Neon Light,” “Hell Right,” “Nobody But You” and “God Gave Me You” as the country superstar performs live on 300 select drive-in screens across the USA and Canada. Gwen Stefani and Ttace Adkins are special guests. Gates open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. $114.99 per carload. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets and additional…

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Moana Jr.

July 30 - August 1
Musical Theatre of Anthem
42201 N 41st Dr
Anthem, AZ 85088
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With an empowering message of bravery and selflessness, this heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Call for times. $13-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.

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Pop-Up Events

July 31 - August 1
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ
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Cozy up in your car and enjoy the show on a 32-by-16-foot LED video screen. This week’s films include Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, July 31, 6:30 p.m.; and Shrek, Aug. 1, 7:45 p.m. $15-$30. Food, beverage and snack options are available from M Culintary Concepts. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, popupevents.us.

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August 2020

A Kids Play About Racism

August 1 - August 2

Childsplay partners with TYA USA and 36 theaters around the country to present the premiere theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s “A Kids Book About Racism.” The groundbreaking online performance for families explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it. The program can be enjoyed free on the streaming platform Broadway on Demand. Visit akidsplayabout.org for details.

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Jazzy Ash and The Leaping Lizards

August 1 @ 7:00 pm

A celebrated vocalist, writer and arts educator, Ashli St. Armant, or Jazzy Ash, is a professionally trained singer and actor, with a degree in child development. She is the founder of Leaping Lizards Music, a music and theater education program for students, preschool through 12th grade, and tours the U.S. with her band, performing jazz for young audiences. The virtual concert is part of Chandler Center for the Arts’ CCA Anywhere Series. 7 p.m. Visit chandlercenter.org for a…

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Lee Rocker

August 2 @ 7:00 pm

Higley Center Television, an online streaming platform presents a recorded performance of Lee Rocker at Daryl's House in Pawling, N.Y. (a listening room venue owned by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates). Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member of The Stray Cats. The program includes stories about Rocker’s days on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years. For details, visit highleyarts.org.

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