There’s nothing like the wind-in-your-hair feeling of the open road. Interestingly, our state boasts the longest contiguous stretches of one of the most storied highways in America — Route 66, also known as The Mother Road. The route — which opened in 1926 and originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif. — was a key thoroughfare for families migrating west during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. It soon came to symbolize freedom and opportunity and still remains one of the most recognizable symbols of Americana around the world.
This is the last weekend for families to see Valley Youth Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan,” based on the children’s novel by J.M. Barrie about a little boy who never grows up. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you go.
The definition of family is a hot-button topic these days. Google the word, and you’ll get more thoughts on the subject than ants at a picnic, with people debating what family is, whether it still matters, and whether anyone really cares.
You can’t go shopping these days without seeing at least one little girl, tootling along behind her mother, humming songs from Disney’s “Frozen.” You could let it go, or you could tell her about Celtic Woman’s Emerald Tour, coming April 8 to ASU Gammage, where she’ll experience a singing, clogging, twirling performance of Irish world music that’ll send her dancing out the door.
Remember the training scene in “Rocky” where Sylvester Stallone chin-ups and chest-presses his way through the powerful horn lines of “Gonna Fly Now”? If so, then you’re familiar with the work of Bill Conti — Hollywood conductor and composer extraordinaire.
Concert-going can be a pricey hobby, but the Hits Deep Tour coming to Grand Canyon University Arena on Feb. 28 gives you more bang for your buck. Hosted by the multi-Grammy-winning hip-hop artist TobyMac, the concert features a hit-parade of contemporary Christian music from stars like Mandisa, Matthew West, Brandon Heath and Matt Maher.
As Raychel Diane Weiner twirls across the stage in Ballet Arizona’s elaborate production of “La Bayadère”, she’ll be dancing her good-byes to Arizona audiences. The ballerina from Southern California, who has been with the company for two years, is heading to New York City, where she starts filming this spring for the Starz Network ballet drama “Flesh and Bone.”
Vintage markets are spreading like wildfire — think Phoenix’s Sweet Salvage or WestWorld’s Junk in the Trunk — but until recently, the East Valley didn’t have a permanent presence on Arizona’s shabby chic shopping circuit. That changes with today’s opening of the Old Brick House Vintage Market in downtown Mesa.
You may not recognize the name Megan Hilty, but if you’ve ever watched NBC’s “Smash,” you’ll discover a familiar face. Hilty starred as Ivy Lynn in the musical sitcom, singing the hit song “Let Me Be Your Star,” but her career actually started on Broadway with starring roles in “9 to 5: The Musical” and “Wicked.”
Over the years there have been countless interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” including the 1939 Oscar-winning film starring Judy Garland. The latest stage adaptation, featuring original music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, plays Feb. 4-9 at ASU Gammage and includes all the beloved characters along with a few new songs and some high-tech theater magic.
Third Day, the Grammy-winning Christian rock band tabbed by Billboard magazine as “one of the best rock bands, period,” performs at U.S. Airways Center this week as part of the sixth annual Roadshow Tour, along with an impressive line-up of Christian bands and singers. Third Day bassist Tai Anderson chatted with GetOut about working with rock producer Brendan O’Brian, why they re-recorded a Cat Stevens song, and why they’re looking forward to coming to the Valley.
Michael W. Smith, who casually refers to himself as “Smitty,” is considered a superstar in the world of Christian music. Throughout his career, the singer-songwriter has won three Grammy Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards. GetOut chatted with him this week ahead of his Jan. 11 stop at Celebrity Theatre.
It doesn’t take rocket science to make the case for happiness, but a law degree from Yale sure doesn’t hurt — at least, it didn’t in the case of Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” and a guest columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine. In contrast to other self-help writers, Rubin addresses the ephemeral idea of happiness systematically, arguing that life’s felicities are concrete and often intuitive.
With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
Not all costumes are created equal, and there aren’t many as elaborate or amazing as those on display in “The Lion King,” on stage at ASU Gammage through Nov. 17. The magnificent costumes depict a variety of life in the African jungle — the sleek leopard, the leaping antelope, the lumbering elephant and the roaring lion — and each one is more fantastic than the last, especially when they parade down the aisles in the opening sequence of “The Circle of Life.”
Floating untethered in space like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” is no one’s idea of a good time, but going to the Earth and Space Exploration Day at ASU just might be. This annual fall event offers a diverse line-up of activities and experiences for the would-be astronaut or budding scientist, including 3-D astronomy shows, panning for gold, hands-on meteorite displays, a replica of the Curiosity rover and a field trip to Tempe Butte.
Popping, whacking and breaking are all part of a day’s work for 5th generation Arizonan Sarah “Saza” Dimmick, who, along with the coach of the Phoenix Suns’ hip hop squad, Luis “Weezy” Egurrola, leads EPIK Dance Company. We chatted with “Saza” about her troupe and the original dance theatre work (“Common Ground”) they’re performing Oct. 18 and 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts.
Black curtain. Carpeted floor. Nameless people filing in and out. Sounds creepy, but it’s actually just a blind audition for the Arizona Opera Orchestra; an audition that Highland High School graduate Michael Marks won earlier this year to become the youngest member in ensemble history. He is 19 years old.
Animals take center stage this summer at Tempe Center for the Arts’ “Animal Crackers” exhibit. Featuring works from national and local artists, the Gallery exhibit explores animal-related themes ranging from weighty to whimsical.
Finding air-conditioned summer entertainment can be tricky in the Valley of the Sun. It got a bit easier when Arizona’s newest cultural attraction — Butterfly Wonderland — opened last month in Scottsdale.
If you TiVo “So Think You Can Dance” and consider “Dancing with the Stars” a weekly excuse for a party, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Friday, June 7. That’s when Shaping Sound — a contemporary dance company formed by STYCD choreographers and DWTS stars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson — bursts into Chandler.
Love it or hate it, everyone goes grocery shopping. That’s why Emily Stamey, the new curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, felt that grocery shopping had all the ingredients of an interesting exhibit — one that offered a lighthearted look at an everyday task while also providing touch points for deeper social and economic issues.
It’s not often art lovers get to see a work in progress let alone contribute to it, but Arizona Opera gives fans the opportunity to do just that this weekend when they present the first reading of “Riders of the Purple Sage” — an original opera based on Zane Grey’s western novel, set on the Arizona-Utah border.
Hard rocker Tom Keifer would be among the first to say that life doesn’t go as planned. The long-time musician, best known for his lead role in the band Cinderella, released his first solo album – ”The Way Life Goes” – April 30 after a 10-year process and a long struggle with partial vocal chord paralysis — the ruination of many music careers.
On Sunday, the popular PBS restaurant review show, “Check, Please! Arizona,” hosts its first food festival at CityScape in Phoenix. While attendees enjoy a plethora of food and wine samples and live demonstrations from award-winning chefs like Robert McGrath and Chris Bianco, one humble festival booth — Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs — takes the next step in its Cinderella story.
Most people know what it’s like to pull up a chair at a family reunion or holiday meal, but not many have tucked their toes under the table at a community harvest feast. Several local art and community organizations are hoping to change that with Saturday’s “Feast on the Street” in downtown Phoenix.
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