Cooks + Corks
T. Cook’s, Fat Ox, Deseo, Proof, Jewel’s Bakery, Talavera — need we say more? Chefs from Arizona’s most acclaimed restaurants come together to cook up culinary creations that are partnered with picks from world-class winemakers. This annual benefit under the stars supports the Scottsdale League for the Arts in assisting local arts and arts education programs.
Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.945.7193, cooksandcorks.org, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., $125-$175.
Whose Live Anyway?
Your favorites from the classic TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, are live and in person with a completely improvised 90-minute performance. Featuring games and gags from the show, join cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray for a foray into hysterics.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 8 p.m., $34-$54.
NOVEMBER 2 TO NOVEMBER 18
It might not be the best weather to fly a kite, but you can pretend with this special engagement of the Broadway musical. Mary Poppins is a nanny like no other; see her unique brand of magic — with a spoonful of sugar — in a completely different way with theatrical effects and costumes just in time for the Disney sequel, in theaters this December.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, times vary, $28-$34.
Dinner at Five
Senior citizen swingers— yep, you heard us right! This original new comedy centers around a dinner conversation between two married couples who consider the outrageous idea of switching partners. The show stars classic TV legends Kathy Garver, Larry Thomas, Caryn Richman and John Moschitta.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempecenterforthearts.com, 7:30 p.m., $35-$45.
Lea Michele and Darren Criss
It may not be a new season of Glee, but this concert between two Broadway powerhouses might be the next best thing. Touching on the radio cover hits that made them famous, as well as slowing down for the occasional duet, fans will not be disappointed with this expansive journey through the duo’s respective catalogues.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, 7:30 p.m., $40-$125.
The Forever Hip-Hop Festival
Your classic hip-hop favorites aren’t going anywhere and this day-long festival proves it. Taking over Rawhide with festival fare and vendors galore, the lineup features acts like Ja Rule and Ashanti, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Fat Joe and Dogg Pound. Don’t be late because these acts are “Always on Time!”
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, rawhide.com, 3 p.m., $30-$1,700.
This New Jersey-born rapper tours his latest album, Zoo, a follow-up to his platinum-charting Columbia debut. He returns after wowing the Valley this spring at Pot of Gold, bringing fans a collection of new tracks like “Missin’ You Crazy” and “The Flute Song,” in addition to hits like “Losin’ Control.”
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 9 p.m., $34.75-$49.75.
Mesa Music Festival
NOVEMBER 8 TO NOVEMBER 10
The main attraction at Mesa’s extensive free, three-day music festival is the focus on artists on the rise. The Mesa Music Festival gets bigger each year, with this incarnation featuring near 300 acts from across the country. Performers span genres and even include local groups like Teammate Markus and Sunday At Noon. Keynote speaker is Henry Rollins.
Downtown Mesa, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 732.203.7787, mesamusicfestival.com, times vary, free.
Known for her role as the raunchy “Big Boo” on Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria is just as loveably risqué as her character— and with even more charm. She presents her adults-only comedy/music show, featuring jazz, jokes and unbridled honesty, at the intimate Chandler Center for the Arts.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7:30 p.m., $48-$58.
This is Modern Art
NOVEMBER 9 TO NOVEMBER 18
ASU’s theater department presents this controversial piece about graffiti crews who risk anything to display their art and make their voices heard. When one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, they find themselves at a forefront of a public controversy and the greater question of, “Where does art belong?”
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th Street, Tempe, 480.965.6447, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, times vary, $8-$16.
NOVEMBER 9 AND NOVEMBER 10
Pinterest addicts unite to find the perfect “pin-spiration” for new projects at this weekend full of classes, presentations and retail shopping. In its third year, the Pinners Conference features more than 300 local and national brands, connecting crafters with DIY demos, décor galore and an abundance of creative exuberance.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 801.822.1333, az.pinnersconference.com, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, $8-$129.
Handlebar, goatee, chinstrap, drawn in Sharpie on your finger — despite its name, this bar crawl does not discriminate. Join your friends for a descent down to some of Old Town Scottsdale’s hottest spots in the name of facial hair. Admission includes drink vouchers and a complimentary fake ‘stache!
Old Town Gringos Restaurant and Bar, 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480.423.3800, bit.ly/2IS21KC, 1 to 7 p.m., $10-$20.
Mystery Puppet Slam
This 18-and-up puppet slam takes skits and your favorite felt-covered friends to a whole new level. The theme is so wild the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is keeping it a secret. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s adult engagements are a risible, R-rated ride you have to see to believe.
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, 602.262.2050, azpuppets.org, 8 p.m., $12-$15.
The Color Run
Whether you’re a marathon runner, a 5K fanatic or prefer the escalator, you should never deny yourself the opportunity to dirty a perfectly white outfit in a sea of rainbow. For all fitness levels, The Color Run is a celebration of community, fun and color, taking runners through blasts of neon powder.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, thecolorrun.com, 9 a.m. to noon, $29.99-$54.99.
Mystery in the Museum: The Counterspy Code
Move over, Clue and get lost, escape rooms! The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has a mystery experience of its own, recruiting visitors for a top-secret mission to crack codes, follow clues and puzzle their way into become top agents in the field. Wear your best “espionage black” and bring “an undisclosed amount of cash” for a bar and light bites.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.874.4666, smoca.org, 6 p.m., $15 per person and $25 per couple.
Family Fun Harvest Festival
This free festival is all about the autumn ambiance. With a live band, pumpkin decorating, face painting, bounce houses and special guest appearances, it’s a full family affair. Adults can venture on a late round of “trick-or-treat” with local vendors like Eludesions Escape Rooms, Gold Canyon Candles and Perfectly Posh.
OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.362.3466, bit.ly/2EiWPkz, 2 to 6 p.m., free.
Following the success of last year’s Total Package Tour, this Grammy Award-winning performer is headlining her first solo tour in more than 25 years. A beloved singer, dancer and choreographer, Abdul is expected to take concertgoers through her biggest hits like “Straight Up” and “Forever Your Girl.”
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, 1.800.946.4452, wingilariver.com, 8 p.m., $59-$109.
On the second Tuesday of each month, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts Community Day, inviting Arizonans for a free afternoon of badlands beauty. Enjoy how the garden’s collection of flowers, trees and plants develop with a taste of fall air with its signature activities and dining experiences.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.
This Californian pop-rapper was named “one of the 10 artists you need to know” by Rolling Stone. He released his debut album Light of Mine earlier this year and now he’s taking his show—and the hits “iSpy” and “Playinwithme”—on the road with a night at the intimate Club Red.
Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa, 480.200.7529, clubredrocks.com, 8 p.m., $28-$32.
Mac and Cheese Fest
NOVEMBER 17 TO NOVEMBER 18
Ditch the boxed macaroni and cheese, this festival is devoted to the innovative styles of the comfort food. It features a Coachella-worthy lineup of food from local restaurants. Catch options from Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, Whiskey Row, Cici’s, The Duce, Backyards and High and Rye and top it off with craft beer, a festival atmosphere and a little bit of bacon. We’re sold!
Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.270.5000, macandcheesefestaz.com, 11 a.m., $10-$75.
Spark! After Dark
Enjoy an artistic night out on the town with Mesa Arts Center’s free monthly party. Spark! After Dark stars a new artist monthly and is curated around a different theme, inspiring its enticing selection of live art, music, tasty eats and menu of delectable drinks.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 8 p.m., free.
NOVEMBER 22 TO DECEMBER 23
Get a head start on your seasonal activities with opening weekend at Rawhide’s signature Christmas takeover. Enjoy a nightly snowfall down Main Street, family photos, thousands of lights and a special drop off for letters to the North Pole. You can even catch Santa for a nightly tree lighting ceremony on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, rawhide.com, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays to Sundays, free.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, angelic voices and seasonal carols— what more can you ask for in the theater? This spectacular event for the whole family is filled with holiday cheer, awe and wonder, taking audience members through music, comedy and Christmas tradition.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7:30 p.m., $30-$55.
Dear Evan Hansen
NOVEMBER 27 TO NOVEMBER 30
This Tony Award-winning musical hits the road for the first time since its Broadway debut, telling the story of Evan Hansen, a high schooler with social anxiety who ends up in the limelight for the first time after a terrible incident. Featuring music by La La Land’s Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, grab tickets to this heart-wrencher while you can!
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, times vary, sold out.
Tempe Festival of Arts
NOVEMBER 30 TO DECEMBER 2
It’s the 50th anniversary of the beloved community festival that showcases art from every medium, handcrafted by over 350 artists from around the country. From cottage arts— seasonings, soaps, candles— to live music, a kids’ block and wine tasting, there’s a craft for every taste and every age.
Downtown Tempe, 310 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.355.6060, tempefestivalofthearts.com, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., free.