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The Commemorative Air Force–Airbase Arizona Museum, located at Falcon Field in East Mesa, is home to almost 50 aircraft from before WWI to the Vietnam War, including six WWII airplanes that have been restored to flying status. Learn the history of the planes, but more importantly, the history of the brave men and women who flew and worked with these aircraft on a daily basis. The museum is currently open and flights are available for ticket purchase.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, September 18 | 10am - 2pm
Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine and museums and cultural institutions across the country. Join the Arizona Historical Society’s museums in Tempe and Tucson for a day of Arizona history exploration and discovery.
Enjoy free admission when you sign up for tickets online.
Join us for Arizona Opera’s 2020/21 Season and a truly magical journey, featuring visits to truly unforgettable destinations filled with glorious music, passionate drama, colorful characters, gorgeous scenery, and everything you love about the unparalleled art form that is opera.
Ballet Arizona presents The Four Seasons at Desert Botanical Garden May 18 – June 5
A dramatic score from Antonio Vivaldi, never before seen choreography from Ib Andersen, innovative new costumes and multimedia sets — all come together under the setting sun and embrace the breathtaking desert landscape for an unforgettable evening of visual delight. Ballet Arizona’s immersive performances at Desert Botanical Garden draw sellout crowds and The Four Seasons promises the same. Experience Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert and explore with our dancers a journey in movement through winter, spring, summer and fall.
The Black Theatre Troupe’s 2020-2021 season, Telling Our Stories, will mark the 50th year the company has been a leader in the Valley’s arts community, while performing works which celebrating the Black experien
As the civil unrest of late ’60s and early ’70s was in force, Helen K. Mason founded the Black Theatre Troupe to give a critically needed platform to voices in the community. Productions for this milestone 50th anniversary season will be virtual, then going live when guidelines allow.
The Gallery at the CCA (250 N. Arizona Avenue, Downtown Chandler)
CUSD 2021 (April 14 – May 6, 2021)
Chandler Unified School District’s most gifted artists put their work on display for the community to experience in this annual showcase. The burgeoning artists from Basha, Hamilton, Perry, Erie, Casteel and Chandler high schools display their talents and viewpoints through paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, and photographs. With over 100 works on display, there is always something for everyone in this exhibition.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th through October 15th. Museum programs and events will bring a taste of Hispanic and Latino culture to the Museum for visitors to enjoy, including an art exhibition by international and local artist, Gennaro Garcia, live performances by Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company and Mariachi Pasion during First Friday Night, Oct 1st, and hands-on activities in the Museum’s Art Studio.
NEW Fall classes at Childsplay Theatre Academy!
Don’t let the fun end with summer! Join Childsplay with Saturday and after-school classes starting August 21st. Space is limited.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West
At Taliesin West, they invite you to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved desert home as never before with their new happy hour event series, Sunset & Sips. Tickets come with a complimentary drink and the opportunity to linger at select spaces on the property—not to mention the chance to see one of the best sunset views in the Valley.
GAPT is Arizona’s only theater offering year-round puppet shows and has been operating since 1983. They provide entertaining and educational shows for students and have been named “Best Entertainment for Kids” and “Best Children’s Theater” by the Phoenix New Times. They had to close their doors due to COVID-19 and instead have pivoted into offering live, drive-in puppet shows in their parking lot.
They are establishing a regular schedule of puppet shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.
Heard Museum Announces Reopening with Exhibition Extensions
Popular Heard Museum original exhibitions David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry, Grand Procession, and Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Toward the Sun are extended.
The Heard Museum is pleased to announce its reopening with new policies and procedures in place based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona State Department of Health.
The Japanese garden is truly a form of art in the way the plants are trimmed, the layout of the paths, the placement of the rocks, and the relationship with water and koi fish. The Garden is open and is a very safe outdoor art activity. They also offer classes such as inspirational ikebana (flower arranging) and wabi sabi pottery.
The Madison Center for the Arts hosts Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you. Enjoy this smash Broadway hit in its first-ever Arizona performance!
Mark your calendar for Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff Festival: Wonderland on Friday, September 13! This free all-ages will feature, live music, art demonstrations, food offerings from local vendors, unique public art installations and projection art, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, new art exhibitions, education animals friends from the Phoenix Zoo and Liberty Wildlife, free yoga and more! Admission to the event is FREE.
Join Katie Palmer, MIM’s curator of education, for a 30-minute class exploring music through song, dance, and play with your little ones. Music making aids in young children’s development and helps foster a sense of well-being—all while having fun! Classes run Wednesdays through November.
The Nash continues its outdoor live concerts for its series, Nash Under the Stars at Venue 122, the outdoor garden located at 122 E. Culver St. in downtown Phoenix (Arizona Jewish Historical Society).
Concerts in May include songs from the Great American Songbook performed by Ralna English and the reunion of The Charles Lewis Quintet Plus One, who last performed together over 40 years ago in 1974.
There is socially distanced seating at the venue as well as live-stream simulcast tickets for those who wish to enjoy concerts from home.
Follow us on Facebook to see what our animals are up to, including almost daily LIVE broadcasts from inside the Aquarium where you can meet our all-star animals and ask our animal care team questions. We’re also posting fun and cute videos and photos on Instagram and YouTube every day.
Plus, on our website we are sharing all kinds of educational content and activities for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning, keeping you updated on what our animals are doing, and sharing many ways that you can help support the 7,000 animals that call OdySea home.
Orpheus Mini Concert on AZTV (Channel 7)
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix will appear on AZTV (Channel 7) Sunday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m. “The Orpheus Update and Mini Virtual Concert” will be hosted by Orpheus singers Kolby Kelly and Sean McComb and will include updates about Orpheus for their upcoming 93rd season and songs from their virtual concert that premiered May 9. Concert selections will include Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with strings accompaniment from students at SOUNDS Academy, plus “Hard Times Come Again No More,” written by Stephen Foster, known as the “father of American music” during the 1800s.
Great Art on Screen: Frida – Viva La Vida
TICKETS: $18 for the public | $15 for Museum Members
Narrated by Asia Argento, Frida - Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo, at once a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and a human being tormented by physical agony and love. Experience interviews, access to historical documents, and Kahlo’s own outstanding paintings. Presented by By Experience and made possible in part by the generosity of the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts. Face masks are strongly encouraged.
Fall semester classes have just begun
In-studio, Outdoor, and Online fall art classes are available at both the Downtown and North Phoenix Thunderbird locations. Ceramics, metals and jewelry, painting, mosaic, photography, youth art and more. Afternoon and evening classes are available for both beginner and advanced students.
The singers of Phoenix Chorale have been connecting with the community during the quarantine by creating videos as part of the their annual spring fundraising campaign. Singers have created videos featuring a parody of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time,” Scottish bagpipes made from a Costco trash bag, and “Climb Every Mountain” filmed on hiking locations around Arizona.
The Phoenix Symphony’s Mind Over Music™ program is one of the only initiatives in the nation that directly integrates music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classroom lesson plans. In this video, learn how cellist Laurie Stearns Selby, instructs teachers on how to incorporate music into their curriculum. "The best part of playing in a professional symphony orchestra is not only enjoying the privilege of performing great music, but touching lives in a manner that only music can."
The Phoenix Zoo is Bringing the Zoo To You! Go on digital safaris, field trips and much more!
Camp Zoo To You allows “campers” the opportunity to experience animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, guided visits to Zoo exhibits, craft and learning activities, and scientific investigations from the comfort of home. Camp Zoo to You is pre-recorded virtual content designed for grades 3–6. Three topics will be offered each weekly session: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Birds! Sessions are $15 each, or $40 for all three.
ProMusica Arizona’s singers and instrumentalists are excited to be back and performing their first concert which is a celebration of all the joys that music brings to our lives. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, musicians and audiences alike recognize how much they’ve missed live music presentations!
Pueblo Grande is a traditional cultural place and ancient village site sacred to the O’Odham and other affiliated tribes. Although their site is currently closed, they have a new virtual programming webpage. They offer free and fee-based programs that can be accessed online, as well as hands-on craft kits you can purchase and pick up. On Pueblo Grande Museum’s YouTube Channel, you can access their free programming videos!
Tickets for the 2020–21 season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale!
Preview the season and get your tickets at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
Art in the Garden
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This fun, mid-morning and afternoon event will feature a colorful display of garden-themed artist tents, showcasing the latest in florals, botanicals, ceramics, wood and wearable art, as well as live music and a garden art raffle!
This innovative free program is a remarkable opportunity to experience theatre with “Dream Teams” of award-winning Shakespearean actors such as Brian Vaughn, Debra Ann Byrd, Mugavero, and Mattfeld.
The magic of Valley Youth Theatre extends beyond the stage—it begins the moment a child walks through their doors. They believe engaging young people in the performing arts is a powerful way to develop meaningful life skills, grow as critical thinkers, build self-esteem, and foster creativity.
Whether your child has been doing theatre for years or just wants to try something new, VYT has a wide variety of performing arts classes for kids and teens of all experience levels. VYT’s education programs are fun, engaging and will foster a passion for acting, voice, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, and more.
If you know a child who is a little magic in the making, their Fall Classes start September 25. Sign up now here. Class size is limited and classes are selling out quickly!