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"Earth Explorers"

Arizona Science Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until November 26; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily from November 28 until December 24

No matter how you slice it, our culture simply does not care about exploration the way it used to. In the past, great explorers were celebrated heroes who earned a guaranteed place in elementary school history textbooks. Today, however, we struggle to name a single modern explorer, partly... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events

"The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor"

Irish Cultural Center : 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 31

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is a Southwestern original, from her early ranch life to bucking partisan expectations in the highest court of the land. The generations-spanning exhibition “The Cowgirl Who Became A Justice” opens Tuesday, September 2.Young... More >>

Central Phoenix Women's Events, Museum Exhibits and Events, Library, History, Cultural Events

“Still Moving: Imagining the Circus in a New Way”

Mesa Contemporary Arts : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. until December 7; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 7; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu. until December 7

P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He used this ideology to his advantage, building the circus concept out of sideshow hucksters, strongmen, and bearded ladies. High-wire artists, clowns, contortionists, and fire breathers are staples of circus life.... More >>

Mesa Free Events, Arts, Visual Art, Art - Museums

Wait Until Dark

Herberger Theater Center : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 29; 1:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 30; 4:00 p.m. November 29; 7:00 p.m. November 30

English playwright Frederick Knott has received a special award from us: Guy Who Wrote the Most Familiar-Sounding Plays We’ve Never Actually Seen. One of them, Dial M for Murder, became a Hitchcock film and, based on Wikipedia’s plot description, is hella complicated -- if anyone... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Tempe Center for the Arts : 1:00 p.m. every Sat. until December 28; 1:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 28

Wowie-wow-wow! Time for Childsplay’s recurring holiday presentation of Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! If you are or were a kid (or close friends with one), you’ve probably read some of Barbara Park’s books about Junie. The stage version of JBBS delights both... More >>

Tempe Theater, Performing Arts, Holiday, Family Events, Call for Entries

Arizona International Auto Show

Phoenix Convention Center : 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. November 27; November 28; November 29

For some, Thanksgiving means family, a huge meal, and reflection on what really matters. For us, it also means V8 engines, the latest models, and showroom after showroom filled with that new car smell. That’s because the Arizona International Auto Show is returning to the Phoenix... More >>

Central Phoenix Thanksgiving, Expos, Auto

"Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East"

ASU Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 29

Don’t let the seeming simplicity of desert landscapes fool you. They’re more than harsh sun and blowing dust. The artists featured in “Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East” know this all too well. On view at Tempe’s ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Free Events, Arts

A Christmas Carol

Playhouse on the Park : 2:00 p.m. every Sat. from November 29 until December 20; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until December 14; 7:30 p.m. every Thu. from December 4 until December 18

As the holidays roll around there are two types of attitudes: joy unto others, or bah humbug. Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol offers up a little of both in the timeless stifling of one man’s uncaring greed — namely Ebenezer Scrooge — for a happy turnabout... More >>

Central Phoenix Holiday, Theater - Dinner, Performing Arts

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Orpheum Theatre : 8:00 p.m. November 28; 8:00 p.m. November 29; 7:00 p.m. November 30

Some tales are as old as time. Other tales have clocks, candelabras, and teapots singing about them. From November 28 through 30, you have the chance to see both as Theater League presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This Broadway classic will light up downtown Phoenix when curtain... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts

Tommy J & Sally

Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from November 28 until December 13; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until December 14; 2:00 p.m. December 4; 2:00 p.m. December 5; 2:00 p.m. December 13

If Black Theatre Troupe has shown us anything over the years, it’s that there are infinite ways of being black (or any other race) and that any black-white interaction is about race, even when the parties involved desperately wish that it weren’t. In the troupe’s current... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

The Little Red Hen

Great Arizona Puppet Theater : 10:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 7; 10:00 a.m. every Sat. until December 7; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 7

Some folk tales have odd morals, like “don’t make a fairy angry.” Sound advice, to be sure, but not always applicable to everyday life. Other bedtime stories teach solid lessons about character and behavior, cloaking the serious platitudes in the adventures of cute little... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater

"Fortoul Brothers Solo Exhibition"

40Owls Pop-Up Gallery : 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 12

Between appearances in magazines around the globe, art auctions abroad, and exhibitions across the country, including the upcoming Art Basel in Miami, Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul are finding themselves more and more in the cultural spotlight. Hard to believe that it was only 2002 when these two... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

"The Tempe Sound"

Tempe History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 4; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 4

Is Tempe slighted by the fact that much of the Valley music is said to be “from Phoenix?” If so, “The Tempe Sound” exhibit should right any wrongs. Tempe was, and still is, an important music breeding ground. This exhibit explains Tempe’s music history. Over the... More >>

Tempe Museum Exhibits and Events, History, Free Events

Plain & Simple Lunch

Zinburger : 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 30

Are you sick of soggy sandwiches and cold leftovers for lunch? Or maybe you're just looking for a good excuse to get up from your desk and out of the office during your lunch break. Well, for a limited time Zinburger at the Scottsdale Quarter is doing its best to draw you to their restaurant... More >>

East Phoenix Food and Drink

Washington Wednesdays

Co.+HOOTS : 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Wed.

There’s nothing quite as depressing as spending lunch hunched over a tuna sandwich in the same cubicle you’ve been sitting at all day. Thankfully, the newest trend in lunchtime dining gives a solid excuse to get out of the office. We’re talking food trucks -- and... More >>

Central Phoenix Food and Drink, Community Events

ZooLights

Phoenix Zoo : 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily until January 11

You could drive your kids around your neighborhood this holiday season, oohing and aahing at the lame little lawn displays Jimbo from up the street put together. Or you could take your children to ZooLights, which features nearly 4 million LED bulbs shaped into luminous versions of monkeys,... More >>

East Phoenix Zoo and Animals, Holiday - Lights, Holiday, Family Events

Dungeons and Dragons

Pop Culture Paradise : 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

There was time, friends, when those among us who played Dungeons and Dragons were ostracized, our 12-sided die like scarlet letters indicating nerd status and sure virginity. But no longer! Wizards, goblins, magic, and games for the throne are more popular than ever. It’s time to rise... More >>

Tempe Games

Live Bull Riding

Buffalo Chip Saloon : 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

The charm of watching drunken bargoers take their turn on a mechanical bull wears off quickly. On their first spin they usually fall off easily because they've exchanged upper body strength for hands-in-hair sex appeal. It’s all about practicality the second time as they cling to the grip... More >>

Cave Creek Nightlife

"Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns”

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Sun. until January 11; 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 1

With the NSA peeking around every corner, Google analyzing every single thing ever searched, and Facebook showing you infant clothing ads just because you searched for baby panda photos that one time, it seems like nothing is really private nowadays. Thirteen national and international... More >>

Central Scottsdale Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Mixology 101

Jade Bar : 1:00 p.m. every Sat.

Mixology 101 at Jade Bar covers booze history and cocktail creation. The weekly 10-person class shakes it up with different spirits every Saturday. Learn to make distinctive drinks and classics. Reach beyond the typical Tanqueray and tonic with concoctions like Jade Bar’s own signature... More >>

Paradise Valley Libations, Food and Drink, Classes and Seminars

Flamenco Por La Vida

Crescent Ballroom : 6:00 p.m. every Sat.

Indie music fans regularly flock to Cresent Ballroom to catch shows from skinny jean-wearing musicians, but once a week music fans can experience art of a different variety with performances from dance troupe Flamenco por la Vida.With the flash of a colorful skirt, Flamenco po la Vida's... More >>

Central Phoenix Performing Arts, Dance

"Modern Spirit"

Heard Museum : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 11; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 11

Naturally, you're a total expert when it comes to modern art – but is George Morrison on your radar? If yes, cool! If no, that's okay, too. Because either way you can become well-acquainted through “Modern Spirit,” the first-ever comprehensive retrospective that looks back on... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

“Sideshow”

Mesa Arts Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. until January 25; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 25; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu. until January 25

Come one, come all! Feast your eyes on that which has to be seen to be believed. Brooklyn-via-Phoenix artist Luster Kaboom is bringing the hairiest man on earth to the Valley. The illustrator and muralist who made his mark on the Valley has come back with a new creation and a new... More >>

Mesa Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Body Depot Workshops

Arizona Science Center : 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun.

Learning about the human body is a lot like learning to fix a car: there’s no better way to see how it works than by taking it apart and trying to put all the pieces back in their rightful place. The Arizona Science Center’s Body Depot Workshops give curious folks a chance to play... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events, Education

"Fashioned in America"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until March 15; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until March 15; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed. until March 15; 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month until March 15

Unless you are of exceptional means and/or very particular taste, chances are the label inside your shirt doesn't read “Made in the USA.” But more and more, American designers are contemplating a return to and celebrating stateside manufacturing. And thanks to advancing technology,... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Fashion and Style
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