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Downtown Mesa introduces monthly festival

A new event is coming Sept. 19 to downtown Mesa in the form of Flash Park Friday, with the businesses lining Main Street offering “parks” on the sidewalk next to their storefront that are related to a monthly theme — the first being splash parks. Attendees of all ages will enjoy cooling off on a large water slide and playing in a pop-up splash park free of charge. Other activities ranging from a scavenger hunt to fishing for concert tickets and free giveaways add to the festivities. The event is also pet-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring Fido along for the fun.

Alice Cooper lets young musicians prove themselves

Rock musician Alice Cooper’s annual youth music competition showcases his passion for furthering education by giving young musicians a shot on stage.

Quick look: New this week at the movies

>> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.

Football Friday Night Out

There’ll be no such thing as a boring game this week on the high school football circuit, and you’ll need plenty of good eats to keep up with the action. Here are five options to find a tasty bite. Go team!

On the rim with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

Legendary progressive pioneers Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson hits The Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, to perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs off Anderson’s latest album “Homo Erraticus.”

Dawn Fest raises money, awareness for ALS

If you want to go beyond the social media craze and commit your time and money to a local individual, check out Dawn Fest Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tempe Marketplace Concert Amphitheater, held in honor of Valley resident Dawn Perre, a current ALS patient and spokeswoman.

Neeson shines in 'Walk Among the Tombstones'

Painted along the edges of “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is the urgent reminder the end of the world is nigh. That was life in 1999 in the months leading toward the current millennium – a period loaded with paranoia about how humanity will end because of the Y2K virus once Dec. 31, 1999 became Jan. 1, 2000.

Striptease distracts at AriZoni Awards

Applause was prompt and spirits were high Monday, Sept. 15, at Tempe Center for the Arts, where members and fans of the Arizona theater community honored nominees and recipients of the 24th annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.

To Purgatory and back with author Jeb Rosebrook

Author Jeb Rosebrook is one of Arizona’s biggest literary advocates and his new book, the first in nearly a half a century, finds him right where he left off — in fine form.

Chandler Center For The Arts celebrates 25 years with free weekend events

Three days of free events kick off the Chandler Center for the Arts’ 25th season. Plugged In, a concert featuring nine of the best youth bands in the Valley, starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. On Saturday, the center hosts an open house during the day with face painting, balloon artists and live music on three stages followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne playing the Motown hits of the 1960s. On Sunday at 3 p.m., ¡FlaMEXico! celebrates the musical confluences of Spain’s flamenco and Mexico’s mariachi styles.