Usery Mountain Regional Park offers Progressive Fitness Hikes through the desert on the outskirts of Mesa and Apache Junction. Beginning Jan. 17, the series will feature a new hike every Saturday through Feb. 21. Each trek increases in length and difficulty in order to prepare for the grand finale hike — a 7.5-mile loop around Pass Mountain.
Most Westerners know the Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style homes from visiting places in California such as Pasadena, but not many people know one of the most unique homes of this design can be found much closer to home, in Flagstaff.
The comedian widely known for his spot-on impressions of President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Kanye West, as well as recurring character, school principal Daniel Frye, performs live.
You might call us quirky, you might call us strange; here in Arizona, we do Christmas our own special way. The Grinch and his minions jumping off buildings and shootin’ it up in an Old West gunfight — check!
While learning to play an instrument fosters the arts, it also teaches children valuable lessons about hard work and the importance of practice. But children everywhere are losing access to basic music classes in school.
If you’re an early riser who prefers sunrises to sunsets, you’re in luck; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a chance Dec. 19 to witness the dawning of day in the James Turrell Knight Rise Skyspace.
Finishing up a 10-week tour across the country, King Washington landed at Rogue Bar in Scottsdale on Dec. 9. The Los Angeles-based band has been hard at work garnishing fans, press, and turning out a sound that stands out against the rest.
Every Wednesday, the Tempe for Center for the Arts sets aside five hours for local performers to get on stage. Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night is open to high school students and adults looking for an opportunity to perform music or spoken word on stage. Admission is free and artists simply sign up to perform at no cost.
Families looking to start a new holiday tradition or simply feel the spirit of the season will find an abundance of options in downtown Mesa this year. From visiting the Mesa Temple Garden Lights to enjoying a holiday concert at Mesa Arts Center (MAC) and everything in between, there are plenty of possibilities for celebrating the holidays practically every day of the week.
“Magical, hilarious, and heart-warming” are three words ensemble cast member, Marie Lemon, used to describe "Elf the Musical," a traveling Broadway production presented by WestCoast Entertainment, on stage Dec. 2-3 at Mesa Arts Center.
Monti’s La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue in Tempe closed on Nov. 17 after nearly 60 years in business — and now dozens of items and memorabilia from within the historic home-turned-restaurant will be sold in a live auction on Thursday, Dec. 4. The auction will be held at Monti’s starting at 7 p.m. A preview of the memorabilia begins at 5 p.m.
‘Dance is my first and best language,” Jessica Lang tells me, with a smile I can hear through the phone. Lang is a tour de force in the dance world; after being a freelance choreographer for 15 years she founded her own dance company in 2011 and has been devoting herself to the development of Jessica Lang Dance. “I was producing a lot as a freelance choreographer, but I didn’t feel like I was living up to my potential. Now I feel like I am building something that is very important and valued.”
Few artists in the annals of popular music define a generation. Even fewer enjoy adoration decades following the recording of their signature songs. Felix Cavaliere is in the rare position of being one of those lucky few.
KC and the Sunshine Band first danced into the spotlight years ago and remain popular today. Harry Wayne Casey — KC for short — developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk percussive songs, offering a string of hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake Your Booty,” “That’s The Way I Like It” and “I’m Your Boogie Man.”
Taya Smith is like a lot of girls: she loves to skate, volunteers in her community and hates to travel without a stash of Clif Bars. She’s also one of the leading ladies of Christian music and member of the Australian band Hillsong United, who perform Friday, Nov. 7, in the Valley as part of the Winter Jam West Coast tour, which also features Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Trip Lee and Jeremy Camp.
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album alternative rock band Linkin Park took time out of their busy schedule between tour stops in Brazil and Switzerland to make a stopover in Phoenix on Oct. 25 to benefit something very close to lead singer Chester Bennington’s heart: kids in need from his hometown.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is bringing her multimedia one-woman show, “One Drop of Love,” to Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 1. The show, which is produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, incorporates film, photographs, animation and DiGiovanni’s storytelling to examine race in America and how it influences our lives. With a wide range of characters, audiences will be enthralled as Fanshen takes them on a journey from the 1600s to today. In a recent interview, Fanshen shared the inspiration behind the show, her journey of self-discovery and the positive impact of open communication.
Looking for thrills that are out of this world? How about tickets to see Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated space thriller "Interstellar," starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, at Arizona Mills IMAX Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.? Rumor has it that the visuals are impressive and the quantum physics references abundant.
“The Book of Life” has most of the same pros and cons as “The Boxtrolls” from a couple of weeks ago. Both films are absolute joys to watch for their delightful characters, unique worlds and dazzling animation. As creative as they are in terms of presentation, neither film is all that original when it comes to storytelling. “The Book of Life” isn’t just a familiar story like “The Boxtrolls,” though. It’s also a very overstuffed and awkwardly paced one too.
‘Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future’ is the first anthology from Arizona State University’s Project Hieroglyph, which aims to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for the future through the power of storytelling.
Daniel Lawrence Whitney, commonly known as Larry The Cable Guy, is making audiences across the country laugh on his latest comedy tour, which makes a stop in Chandler on Oct. 18 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.