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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.
Build Your Own: Día de los Muertos Nicho
Saturday, October 16 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park
Celebrate Día de los Muertos by creating your own nicho! Nichos are small, decorative boxes that commemorate the lives of our ancestors. We make them for Día de Los Muertos to show our ancestors we still remember and honor them. Join us online or at the museum to build your own! Spots for in-person crafting at the Arizona Heritage Center are limited! Kits are $5 per participant and do not include museum admission. Families are welcome to join. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.
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.
After a year and a half away, Ballet Arizona returns to Symphony Hall in grand fashion with this holiday classic. Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is masterfully performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether this is your first Nutcracker or your 101st, this heartwarming tradition never fails to enchant and draw smiles from all!
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 celebrate the Black experience.
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’s newest exhibit – The Workshop – opens November 20th! This NEW makerspace exhibit offers a hands-on, creative space where children are invited to invent, build, and create using an array of building tools, including hammers, screwdrivers, saws, nails, measuring tapes, wrenches, and more! Young inventors will gain confidence and stretch their imagination in a safe environment for risk-taking and prototyping. The Workshop is a space that will empower children to create through inspiration. November 20 through March 20.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Make your holiday season brighter with this musical adaptation of the beloved TV special! Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters and songs, now LIVE on stage! Join Childsplay at the Herberger Theater Center, November 7 - December 24.
Step into the world of Frank Lloyd Wright, right here in Arizona. By becoming a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, you can tour Wright’s Taliesin West time and time again and receive discounts.
Additional benefits (such as discounts on merchandise and a subscription to the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly) are offered to members to show the significant impact you have in preserving the life, legacy, and work of this American icon.
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.
ABT Studio Company dancers will be performing masterworks of the classical and neoclassical canons, alongside contemporary and newly created works, at The Madison Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 14th.
The group commissions a wide variety of choreographers to create new, custom pieces on the dancers each season. As part of the ABT Women’s Movement, the Studio Company commissions at least one new work by an emerging female choreographer each year.
SIMPLY THREE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 16, 2021
Classically trained. Pop influenced. String driven. Simply Three returns to Mesa Arts Center for a Holiday Celebration on December 16! The band pushes limits by adding their flair to popular arrangements and new compositions.
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.
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.
The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix and the award-winning Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC) continue their Legacy Concert Series for a program featuring individual performances from both ensembles. The concert will be Sunday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Camelback Bible Church.
Selections from Orpheus during the concert will include “Man of La Mancha” from the 1965 musical and “How Can I Keep From Singing?” written by Robert Lowry in the 19th century. Selections from PCC’s Bravo and Encore choirs include “Choirs Won’t Be Silenced” and “Thoughts of Home,” both commissioned and world premiered in May.
NOW ON VIEW: Landscapes of Extraction
Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West explores the modern evolution of mining imagery through more than 65 paintings, prints, and more that span the 1910s to the present. The exhibition begins with works from the early- to mid-20th century, when artists portrayed regional themes and industries in their work, inspired, in part, by New Deal programs, while contemporary works demonstrate how artists have, over time, become more attuned to the monumental impact that humans, technology, mining, and other industries have on the natural world. See this exhibition and more, now at Phoenix Art Museum.
The Grammy-award winning Phoenix Boys Choir provides choral music training and learning experiences that instill excellent musicianship and critical values in young people. Their program develops responsible, creative youth and future leaders with a passion for arts and community.
A Phoenix tradition for 75 years, the choir presents its annual holiday concert December 3–19. Led by Artistic Director Herbert Washington, the angelic voices of the Boys Choir bring special joy to the holidays.
City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Phoenix Center for the Arts are excited to announce the Ninth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards will return to Hance Park Urban Plaza on November 18, 2021. An evening dedicated to recognizing Phoenix’s outstanding arts leaders, this fundraising event benefits Phoenix Center for the Arts in support of their mission to provide arts and culture opportunities to all. Tickets include dinner, cocktails, performances, and access to amazing auction items.
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.
Downtown Tempe Authority presents the Tempe Festival of Arts, December 3–5, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This well loved community event showcases art, live entertainment, performances, food, and beverages. More than 300 artist booths will fill the streets of Downtown Tempe over the course of a three-day weekend. Hundreds of artists from across North America will present unique, hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.
Whether your child has been doing theatre for years or just wants to try something new, Valley Youth Theatre has a wide variety of performing arts classes for kids and teens of all experience levels. VYT’s education programs are fun and engaging and will foster a passion for acting, voice, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, and more. They are delighted to welcome many classes back to the theatre in person with COVID safety protocols in place, and are also offering their virtual Playwriting class this session.
If you know a child who is a little magic in the making, their Winter Classes start January 10. Class size is limited and classes will sell out quickly!
Westside Blues & Jazz is an all-new night club located at the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road, offering live blues and jazz every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday featuring Arizona’s best blues and jazz artists in a cozy, speakeasy setting. Recipient of the 2021 Best Of Phoenix Award for Best Blues Night Club.