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Top 25 Calendar

February 2017

Phoenix Waste Management Open
The Phoenix Waste Management calls itself “The Greatest Show on Grass.” Considering the names, crowds and business it draws, the nickname might just be accurate. Whether you’re rooting for a golfer or trying to enjoy some February air, you can follow defending tournament champion Hideki Matsuyama and other pros as they “putt it out.”
TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.585.4334,, times vary, free on Monday and Tuesday/visit website for ticketing packages.

Coors Light Birds Nest
Coors Light Birds Nest at the Phoenix Waste Management Open brings a huge flow of entertainment to Arizona, including country music stars Toby Keith and Jake Owen, and EDM artists Kaskade and Steve Aoki. Chase Rice, The Band Perry, Flo Rida and Blink-182 round out the bills.
TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.585.4334,, 6:30 p.m., see website for ticket prices. Toby Keith is sold out.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has made a name for herself in pop music with songs like “Problem,” “One Last Time” and “The Way.” She is opening her “Dangerous Woman” tour in Phoenix, with a night of dance, attitude and high ponytails. Brit pop stars Little Mix and Victoria Monet open the show.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800,, 7:30 p.m., $25.20-$195.20. Tickets for the original date of February 2 will be honored.

David Spade
Comedian David Spade is no stranger to Arizona. He attended Saguaro High School and ASU before hitting it big in with “Saturday Night Live,” “Joe Dirt” and “Tommy Boy.” He steps under the lights to showcase his stand-up at Talking Stick Resort, fresh off Netflix movie, “The Do-Over” with Adam Sandler.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777,, 8 p.m., $40-$150.

Music in the Garden: Guitarras Latinas
The Desert Botanical Garden reprises its spring concert series with Guitarras Latinas. The Latin percussion and acoustic guitar group plays songs new and old from Barcelona, Old Havana, Rio and Mexico. Guests can choose to eat the concert special: grilled mahi mahi tacos or opt to dine at the venue’s restaurant.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225,, 7 p.m., $25 members and $30 guests.

Monster Jam
Monster Jam celebrates 25 years of family-friendly entertainment and wheels spinning. Watch world-class drivers compete in monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Participating vehicles include the goofily recognizable Grave Digger, Max-D and El Toro Loco.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101,, 7 p.m., $25-$135.

Matilda: The Musical
Matilda, heroine of Roald Dahl’s novel with the same name, comes to life in this Tony Award-winning musical. Racking up 50 international awards, the musical follows Matilda, a girl with magical powers, and her school vendetta against Miss Trunchbull.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434,, times vary, $20-$175.

Broken Hearts Ball with Lindsey Stirling
Gilbert’s hometown girl is back with her “Brave Enough” show for the Broken Hearts Ball. Stirling’s electronic violin music and dance performances gained her a YouTube following, a place on “America’s Got Talent” as well as sold-out tours. She will be joined by Calum Scott and Broods.
Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.970.6980,, 7 p.m., $35.

City Lights Movie Nights: “Home”
Viewers are invited to grab their picnic blankets and chairs to watch “Home” under the city lights and outer space. The movie follows Oh, an overly confident alien, played by Jim Parsons, who partners with Tip, voiced by Rihanna. The unlikely pair partners up to save Earth from intergalactic takeover.
CityScape Phoenix, 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.772.3900,, 6:30 p.m., free.

Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Street Eats Food Truck Festival gathers all of Phoenix’s famed food trucks for an afternoon of sampling, drinking and music. The festival features over 30 food trucks, ranging in flavor from barbecue to grilled cheese to pie and pretzels. Festival goers are given tickets to redeem at different trucks for samples, allowing maximum tasting before filling up.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.270.5000,, 11 a.m., $12-$50.

Dancing with the Stars
Laurie Hernandez, Rio Olympics gold medalist and last season’s mirror ball trophy winner on “Dancing with the Stars,” joins the show’s longtime running dance tour. The jaunt features all new dance numbers, ranging in style from ballroom to modern with the likes of Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800,, 8 p.m., $30-$65.

Parada del Sol
The 64th annual event has grown to become one of the world’s longest horse-drawn parades. Following the march, is the Trail’s End Festival in Old Town. This block includes music, food, shopping opportunities and a kids’ area with games and pony rides.
Downtown Scottsdale, 602.432.7941,, 10 a.m., free.

Crushbrew Craft Beverage Festival
Cocktails, spirits, craft beer and wine take over Scottsdale for two days. Winemakers from boutique wineries from Arizona, California and Oregon as well as top craft brewers from across the West bring their best wares. Attendees can also brush up on their own bartending skills with craft cocktail and distillery demos.
Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 602.284.1989,, times vary, $45-$2,200.

Crush Arizona
Crush is back for its eighth annual dance music festival. Featuring artists like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo and DVBBS, couples and singles alike can dance together to some of EDM’s biggest names.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600,, 5:30 p.m., $63-$109.

Loud Mouth Comedy Roadshow
Cheech Marin hosts a collection of rising Latino comedians for a night of laughs. Nick Guerra, Erik Rivera and Marcella Arguello will all take the stage and Paul Rodriguez will make an appearance. Coming from a variety of entertainment and comedy backgrounds, they come together for one loud show.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434,, 7:30 p.m., $20-$120.

’90s Bar Crawl
The bar crawl craze comes to downtown Phoenix…and brings AOL Instant Messenger, the Ninja Turtles and Rugrats with it. The bar crawl takes partiers through downtown Phoenix haunts like The Duce, Sky Lounge and Chambers, where they can get drink specials, a signature bar crawl cup and a ’90s soundtrack. Might want to leave the Furbies at home, though.
Bliss/ReBAR, 905 N. Fourth Street, Phoenix, 602.796.1792,, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., $18-$40.

Twenty One Pilots: Emotional Roadshow Tour
If you’ve turned a radio on at all this year, you probably heard a Twenty One Pilots song, like “Heathens,” “Ride” or “Stressed Out.” Tyler Joseph, Josh Dun, Chris Salih and Nick Thomas are back to Arizona after several sell-outs in the past year. They bring Jon Bellion and Judah & the Lion along for the ride.
Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson, 520.837.4766,, 7 p.m., $37.50-$47.50.

Secondhand Serenade
Secondhand Serenade celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour of familiar faces to the alternative music scene. Their Tempe stop will also feature a Hawthorne Heights acoustic set, Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Kenny Holland. In words of one of their fan-favorite songs, “Tonight might be night that you will fall for them.”
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607,, 7 p.m., $20.

Wine for Woofs and Beer for Barks
Facings of America’s annual “Wine for Woofs & Beers for Barks” charity event is back for a night of local beer, wine and cuisine. The event will also feature live music and a silent auction. Mingle with celebrity judges such as Johnjay Van Es, of KISS FM’s Johnjay and Rich Show at this benefit for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
Facings of America, 16421 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, 602.955.9217,, 5 p.m., $45-$60.

Disney in Concert
Hear Broadway vocalists sing with the Phoenix Symphony to scenes and songs from Disney movies, projected on a screen above. Make sure to brush up on your “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and, of course, “Frozen” tunes.
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.262.6225,, times vary, $45-$109.

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals
This annual duel in the desert continues in its traditional spot as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ second event. Come out and see racers top speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. This top competition series includes the classes of Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler,, 877.840.0457, 9:30 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, $34-$61.

Jeff Dunham
Comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour back to Phoenix. The show features new characters as well as established favorites like Walter, Achmed and Bubba J. His show set a world record for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour.”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800,, 5 p.m., $33.50-$46.50.

Phoenix Vegan Food Festival
The second annual Phoenix Vegan Food Festival returns with vegan-friendly food, products and experts. Featuring vegan vendor favorites like Hummus Xpress and Bird’s Nest Baking Company, the festival will also feature live chef demonstrations, live music and samples. VIP tickets get you early entrance, drink coupons and reserved seating for the demos.
Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.300.1475,, 11 a.m., $25-$50.

Dance Yourself Clean
For those suffering EDM withdrawals, Dance Yourself Clean brings an indie-pop dance party to Crescent Ballroom. Music throughout the night while be spun and inspired by artists like Capital Cities, Chairlift, Sleigh Bells and Icona Pop. Sweat out to your favorite indie vibes at the dance party sponsored by Lights & Music Collective.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222,, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12.

Chris Rock
His show was “Everybody Hates Chris,” but his large following suggests the opposite. Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout Tour to Phoenix, his first tour in nine years. He brings brand new material to the stage following his stint hosting the Academy Awards last year and his numerous films.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800,, 7 p.m., $49.50-$125.

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