A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature
Through Aug. 30, Arizona Science Center
Mathematics and mirrors collide in this fun and fantastical maze of dead ends, twists and turns. Delight in the discovery of secret rooms, bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts that tie together the mystery of math in the natural world. Guests of all ages will love the opportunity to explore the patterns all around us, including the nested spirals of sunflower seeds and the symmetry of blood vessels in our very own eyes. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $8.95 for non-members (adults and children) and $6.95 for members (adults and children). www.azscience.org.
Experience the Caribbean
Aug. 4-5, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Be transported into the blue seas with this experiential treat from the minds of the MIM. Experience the Caribbean firsthand, including the costumes, characters and musical traditions of this magical land. It’s a fun celebration of islands in the like of Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and more. Visitors will enjoy culture talks, crafts and other fun, hands-on activities. Included with price of museum admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.mim.org.
Sip & Shop Sundays
Aug. 5, DeSoto Central Market
This event makes a triumphant return starting the first Sunday in August. This classic open market truly puts a new meaning to Sunday funday. Stop on by for some sips, tastes and shopping. The event will feature $3 mimosas, $11.95 bottles of champagne and dozens of unique stalls filled with fantastic crafts. This is the must-be spot in Phoenix to wind down your weekend. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.desotocentralmarket.com.
Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts
Aug. 7, Comerica Theatre
Who says being nerdy isn’t funny? The biggest tour ever undertaken by YouTube stars, Dan and Phil are the ultimate internet dwelling, insecure nerds but are not above trolling the perfect audience. It’s an epic experience of interactive roasts, rants and surprises that are slightly cringe-worthy, but oh so hilarious. It’s an event like no other but only if you are 18 and older. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com.
CityScape’s Urban H2Oasis
Aug. 11, CityScape
Beat the heat as Central Avenue and Patriot’s Park are transformed into one big water park. The Valley will continue to stay warm but you’ll be ready for the cool down with a splash pad, slides and plenty of shade. Learn about water safety with the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA or strap some booties on your pup for a fun stroll through the waterworks. Come prepared with towels, sunscreen and the expectation of a family-friendly, fun-filled good time. 10 a.m- 3 p.m. $5 donation. www.cityscapephoenix.com.
Convergence Ballet Company Presents Iluminar!
Aug. 11, Madison Center for the Arts
Local nonprofit ballet troop Convergence Ballet truly shines in this summer’s performance of Iluminar! Each summer, they put on a one-of-a-kind performance that gives back to the community by raising funds for charities that need it the most. With an artful blend of classical ballet, swing and contemporary pieces, the show will also feature three new world premiere works. The performance also will include a diverse array of classical and contemporary productions showcasing incredible artists. $30. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. www.convergenceballet.org.
The Harlem Globetrotters
Aug. 11, Talking Stick Resort Arena
This tradition that has spanned 91 years, yet the Harlem Globetrotters continue to amaze in their 2018 “Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour”. The iconic team hits the court at Talking Stick Resort Arena to showcase their high-flying, fun and memory-making game play. This year’s Globetrotters team features the world’s largest collection of elite dunkers, including six players who have competed in the annual College Slam Dunk Championship, held during Final Four weekend, a Guinness World Record holder for slam dunks, and the 2016 winner of the popular TV show The Dunk King. Starting at $18. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday
Aug. 12, Comerica Theatre
Former rock trio Shabutie sheds a member and takes the stage as fusion rock duo, Coheed and Cambria. This is the second installment of the epic saga about the doomed marriage of two characters, Coheed and Cambria. The emo-core and highly conceptual beats play out the narrative of their children who may or may not be infected with a serum whose power can destroy the universe. The Armory Wars, a detailed graphic novel series written by Sanchez himself, further explains the band’s science fiction narratives. 6:30 p.m. $49.50. www.comericatheatre.com.
Weezer and Pixies
Aug. 12, Ak-Chin Pavilion
This seven-week, North American tour features musical headliners Weezer and the Pixies. Although the two touring bands have shared a stage before, this is the first ever full tour together, making it highly anticipated. Occuring at the heels of the Weezer’s acclaimed eleventh album Pacific Daydream, concert goers will see both bands play a mix of new songs and classics from their equally revered catalogue of hit tunes from two of the world’s greatest bands. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $25. www.livenation.com.
Aug. 16, Orpheum Theatre
Emmy Award-winning actor and Grammy Award nominee David Cross lands will regale you with hilarious stories of his time in Hollywood. Best known for his character Tobias Funk from Arrested Development, Cross is also a notable writer, performer and producer. With a unique brand of hilarity, you can expect a night of good old-fashioned laughs. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.
Panic! at the Disco Pray for the Wicked Tour
Aug. 17, Gila River Arena
Panic! At the Disco scored its first ever No. 1 Billboard Chart song just as the band got ready to hit the stage of Gila River Arena. Influenced by the rock groups of the early ’60s, this American rock band from Las Vegas is well known for its unique blend of synth rock and pop punk. You’ll delight in hearing their newest chart-topper Say Amen as well as a blend of classic hits from the last two albums. 7 p.m. Starting at $26. www.gilariverarena.com.
Opera and Gelato Film Festival: La bohème
July 22, Arizona Opera Center
A continuation of this crowd-pleasing event, the Arizona Opera proudly presents La bohème at this month’s installment of the Opera and Gelato Film Festival. Set in the romance and intrigue of Paris, enjoy the story of friends that are guided through the experiences of love, life and death. FROST Gelato will be onsite keeping your sugar tooth happy and other refreshments will be available for purchase. 2 p.m. Free with advance registration required. www.azopera.org.
J. Cole, KOD Tour
Aug. 21, Talking Resort Arena
The North Carolina rapper tours for his latest album, KOD as he makes a stop in Phoenix. The five-time chart-topping hip-hop recording artist takes the stage to perform some of his fan’s favorites, from his critically acclaimed and much anticipated album. Renowned for his musical talent, this tour will be a can’t-miss outing for fans of the highly praised and increasingly popular hip hop artist. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $57. www.talkingstickarena.com.
Aug. 22, Comerica Theatre
Launching his American and European tour, Jack White kicks off his almost already sold out tour in none other than the Valley of the Sun. After the release of his third studio album, Boarding House Reach, White is ready to hit the stage with his fast strumming fingers and unique take on garage rock revival sounds. Named one of the greatest guitarists of all time, this event will be one to thrill rock lovers and blues rock followers, alike. 7:30 p.m. $20. www.comericatheatre.com.
Aug. 24-26, Arizona Broadway Theatre
It’s a show sure to save your soul… or at least your funny bone. A sharp-witted parody of a Christian boy band from Ohio, this comedy show is packed with singing, dancing and hilarious songs like Something About You and The Calling (Jesus called me on my cell phone). Get ready to have your sides tickled as bandmates Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham take your hand in this hilarious riff on boy bands. 5:30 p.m. Starting at $98. www.azbroadway.org.
Artisan Fest at Odysea in the Desert
Aug. 26, Odysea in the Desert
Odysea in the Desert presents the ultimate outdoor artisan festival, an event that is fun for all ages. The day features family yoga, live music, a craft marketplace and more. The event occures every fourth Sunday of each month, and you can expect a different theme each event. Noon-4 p.m. Free. www.odyseainthedesert.com.
Shakira El Dorado World Tour
Aug. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena
The latina pop sensation comes to Phoenix to get you moving and grooving with a stunning array of latin pop hits. The El Dorado World Tour is the sixth world tour by Colombian singer Shakira, in support of her eleventh studio album, El Dorado. Tickets are rumored to sell out quickly so get them while you still can. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Jack Johnson All the Light Above It Too Tour
Aug 28, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Hawaiian heartthrob and soulful crooner Jack Johnson is joined on stage by special guest the Bahamas. Both performers are known for their laid-back, tropical sounds, as they bring a taste of the island life to Phoenix. Not only will you enjoy this amazing duo of shows, but you will feel good about it too. All proceeds from the concert will go to Jack Johnson’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.livenation.com.
Lost 80’s Live
Aug. 30, Comerica Theatre
Feeling a little lost? Maybe, you’re in the wrong decade. Travel back in time to the ’80s with this star-studded performance by musical legends including A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Missing Persons, Animotion, Men Without Hats and When In Rome. Radio station 94.5 KOOL-FM will bring together some of the most recognizable acts from that great decade. This event will be one for the record and history books. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $38. www.comericatheatre.com.