The knights, rogues, royals and craftsmen of yore are back. The 23rd annual Arizona Renaissance Festival opens Saturday for an eight-weekend run. Set amid a 30-acre European-style village filled with 200 shops, 12 stages, a jousting arena, pubs, and people-powered games and rides, it features a cast of more than 2,000 costumed characters and, of course, giant turkey legs you can wash down with a gulp of honey mead.
Married East Valley actors Jeannie Shubitz and Jason Fleck are barely seeing each other these days.
You can fold an origami crane to help the Arizona Museum for Youth reach its goal of sending 1,000 paper cranes to be displayed at the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan, where folding 1,000 paper cranes is said to make a person’s wish come true. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through July 4. Inside ArtZone at the Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson St., Mesa. $7 per person age 1 and older; includes museum admission. (480) 644-2467 or www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.
Creative Stages Youth Theatre will produce two different Brothers Grimm plays. “After the success of the ‘World of the Brothers Grimm’ play last year, we wanted to expand on the fun,” said director and writer Jim Gradillas.
It's the time of year we all look forward to here in Chandler. The start of February brings the best temperatures, the prospect of more outdoor activities and the excitement of spring training approaching on the horizon. To help get you in the spring mood and keep you active or learning new skills, the City of Chandler Recreation Division's spring Break Time magazine is now available at many City facilities or online at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. It features a variety of all-ages classes for March, April and May, including spring intersession youth camps from March 14-25. Class registration starts this Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. (Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. for non-residents). Call 480-782-2727 or 480-782-2900 for more information.
It's probably blasphemy to even think this, much less say it out loud, but here goes: The remake of "The Mechanic" starring Jason Statham is better than the 1972 original starring Charles Bronson - and Statham is better in the lead role than Bronson was.
If you’ve been around Mesa for any length of time, you’ve likely heard of the annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, an art show put on by Mesa Contemporary Arts for 32 years now.
Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair (the all-girl musicfest she founded) boycotted its scheduled Phoenix date last summer in protest of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, but the artist will be in the Valley Friday in support of "Laws of Illusion," her first album in seven years. And word has it McLachlan will be taking questions from the audience. Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland also perform.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Joe Saunders, Sam Demel and Jarrod Parker, as well as catcher Konrad Schmidt, will sign autographs Friday in Chandler. Fans of all ages are invited to bring one item to be signed by each player and pick up a free autographed player photo.
He's garnered Grammy Awards, appeared on programs from "The Tonight Show" to "Sesame Street" and been heard on the soundtracks of the movies "For Colored Girls" and "Defiance." He's Joshua Bell, and he's one talented violinist. Named 2010's Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, Bell is known for his daring, original musical choices.
Since he started recording in the 1940s, B.B. King has released more than 50 albums and firmly established his reign as the veritable king of the blues. Time only seems to have made the legend even more popular and more cherished; King, 85, performs this weekend with his Gibson guitar, Lucille.
In Chandler artist Sue Cullumber’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, it’s easy to imagine the Big Bad Wolf might take one look at Little Red and hop right out of Grandmother’s jammies and straight through her plate-glass window.
Workers from the traveling production company Dancing on Ice began Friday transforming the main stage at Chandler Center for the Arts into a temporary ice rink. An aluminum platform supports about 1,200 gallons of water, which freezes into a layer of ice 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches thick thanks to recirculated coolant passing through the aluminum. The roughly 40-foot-by-60-foot surface takes about 18 hours to freeze and serves as a stage for the Dancing on Ice show, where skaters will perform three acts of choreographed dance numbers.
Part biopic, part concert film and all crowd pleaser, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is a big, glossy celebration of the musical phenom that knows exactly what it needs to do to send its target audience of 'tween girls into a tizzy of giddy screams.