Ocean of Light: Submergence
TO SEPTEMBER 24
The U.K.-based artist collective Squidsoup is known for creating spaces using sound and light to build digitally mediated experiences. Ocean of Light: Submergence is an LED structure that envelops viewers in light and allows them to interact. The live data ecosystem demonstrates how placement of artworks next to each other influences viewers’ perceptions of them, helping to build a narrative for the exhibition. Squidsoup is Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Liam Birtles, Chris Bennewith and Ollie Bown.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.874.4666, smoca.org, email@example.com, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, $10 adults, $7 students, free for members and children younger than 15, on Thursdays and after 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
SOS: Summer of Sharks
To celebrate Shark Week, OdySea Aquarium is offering a variety of special programs, activities and educational opportunities. Throughout the aquarium, patrons can see an array of sharks, from the exotic-looking scalloped hammerheads to the 300-pound lemon sharks. The 10-minute film Underwater Giants, features one of the largest species of sharks, the whale shark.
OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.291.8000, odyseaaquarium.com, various times, $34.95 for adults, $24.95 children.
All Time Low
The guys behind All Time Low have hit anything but low after touring the world and topping the alternative rock charts. While you might recognize their emo haircuts and songs like “Weightless” and “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” they are touring to promote their new album, Last Young Renegade.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829,0607, luckymanonline.com, 5:30 p.m., $29.50-$49.50.
WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown Live!
JULY 3 AND JULY 4
Nothing says freedom like watching WWE Superstars live in action. No big name is spared in these events that feature the likes of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. According to the WWE, you’ll be able to see John Cena after an extended break!
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 4:30 p.m. July 3, 4:45 p.m. July 4, $35-$105.
Sutra Yoga Series
WEDNESDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 30
Lustre Rooftop Bar and Sutra Studios are teaming up for a free yoga series. As part of the “100 Days of Summer” events at Lustre, a DJ will deep house in July and “music through the decades” in August. Guests are encouraged to bring a mat, towel and water.
Lustre Rooftop Bar, Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.478.1765, lustrerooftopbar.com, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., free.
Bikes, Balcony and Beers
Slippery Pig Bike Shop teams up with Crescent Ballroom every Thursday for this community bike ride around Phoenix. The ride, open to all levels of bicyclists, runs about one hour and drops back off at Crescent for discount brews and burritos.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m., free.
Game of Thrones Night
Taijuan Walker is reportedly a fan of Game of Thrones and now he’ll be immortalized as a GOT bobblehead! Buy a special package and receive a Taijuan Walker Night King Bobblehead and a baseline reserve game ticket. Use the offer code: GOT. On this night, the D-backs will take on the Cincinnati Reds.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com, 6:40 p.m., $19-$275.
Fiesta de Frida
The Heard Museum is celebrating the 110th birthday of Frida Kahlo with the aptly named Fiesta de Frida. First Friday goers will enjoy music by Rose Wax Vinyl Club, a poetry presentation by Divin Valentin about Kahlo’s spirit and more. Guests will also have the chance to participate in La Marcha de las Fridas at 8 p.m., with a birthday celebration complete with cake to follow. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
The Heard Museum Campus, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.252.8840, heard.org, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., free.
Beauty and the Beast
JULY 7 TO JULY 16
If you still can’t get “Be Our Guest” out of your head after seeing it in movie theaters, you’re probably ready to revisit this “tale as old as time.” The story of Belle, a young woman from a provincial town, falling for the Beast is magical when it comes to life on the stage, presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre.
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 602.254.7399, herbergertheater.org, times vary, $37.50-$77.50.
With seven Grammy Awards on his mantle, Kendrick Lamar is still as real and down to earth as his most recent single “Humble” suggests. The 29-year-old rapper is known for his beats and as much as his socially aware lyrics. He visits town with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $87-$671.
The Little Mermaid
JULY 13 TO JULY 16
Everyone’s got a little bit of Ariel in them, just try not to sing out loud when “Part of Your World” comes on. Dream City Church, known for its large musical productions, brings this charming Disney production to the stage as its summer show. Catch the mermaids while you can at their matinee or evening shows.
Dream City Church, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, 888.224.2122, summermusical.org, times vary, $10-$32.50.
Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show
JULY 14 TO JULY 16
The largest home show in the Southwest is here to fuel your summer DIY list. From the decor marketplace, make your own bath bomb class and DIY seminars to the free consultations and dog demonstrations, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.485.1691, mchomeshows.com, 10 a.m., $8 adults and $3 kids.
Shawn Mendes started on Vine and is only 18, but he’s proven he’s a force to be reckoned with. The Canuck has scored hits with “Stitches,” “Treat You Better” and “Mercy,” and he brings those tracks to Glendale with Charlie Puth. They’re sure to elicit screams from the teen crowd.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $14.75-$62.75.
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears
Singer Daryl Hall says Tears for Fears’ music shares the same kind of timeless quality that his songs with John Oates. The two throwback bands unite for an evening of hits like “Maneater,” “You Make My Dreams” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7 p.m., $30.25-$399.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul
Country’s cutest couple took a break to focus on their family, but the two are back with another tour celebrating their impressive careers. Hill and McGraw will share the mic on duets like “I Need You” and “It’s Your Love” but also touch upon their solo hits like “This Kiss” and “I Like It, I Love It.”
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $64.75-$449.
Cheech & Chong
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong are in their 70s but their counterculture, drug-related comedy routine has barely changed. The Grammy award-winning duo are still as real as ever and bring their larger than life hysterics to Talking Stick Resort for one night only.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $45-$90.
I Love the ’90s Tour
Get your ’90s fix with one quick serving! Favorite throwback artists like TLC, Biz Markie, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and Naughty by Nature provide the fun for this show. Audiences can expect to hear hits like “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs” and “Just a Friend” during this nightlong dance party.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800, ilovethe90stour.com, 7 p.m., $45-$326.
The illusionist has made a name for himself across the globe. He was buried alive in New York for a week and spent 44 days inside a transparent box in London—with nothing but water. His one-man show mixes his stunts and magic with the element of surprise as Blaine promises no two shows will be the same.
Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street, Tucson, 520.547.3040, foxtucsontheatre.com, 8 p.m., $49.50-$344.
Dry Heat All-Star Comedy Review
Elayne Boosler headlines the 20th and final Dry Heat All-Star Comedy Review, hosted by comedians Michael Finney and Mark Cordes. Proceeds benefit Hope for the Warriors. Cited by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 50 Comics of All Time, Boosler is known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor, along with her love of baseball and animals. She will share the stage with the likes of Bruce Baum, Jackie Flynn, Denny Johnston, Scott Land, Scott Record and Ritch Shydner.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 5:30 p.m., $20 and $30.
He’s already gone platinum with his first single, “Location,” but there’s a lot more to come from 19-year-old Khalid. The up-and-coming Texas singer’s album, American Teen, is full of good vibes and R&B with lyrics reflective of heartbreak and longing.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 8 p.m., $30-$53.
Whether you’re a fan of Michelle Branch’s country, pop or alternative music, you must admit the Sedona-born songwriter can write a good lyric. With a pocketful of tunes like “Everywhere,” “Are You Happy Now” and “Leave the Pieces,” Branch is sure to get your emotions—and your heart—running
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentballroom.com, 8 p.m., $30-$125.
Moana Dive ’n’ Movies
Cool down as the sun sets with special family movie screenings presented by Wet ’n’ Wild. Some attractions close for the night, but the lights on the screen come up Fridays in July. The films include Finding Dory on July 7, The Secret Life of Pets on July 14, The Jungle Book on July 21, and everyone’s favorite new Disney singalong, Moana, on the July 28.
Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 623.201.2000, wetnwildphoenix.com, 8 p.m., $31.99-$39.99.
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
JULY 28 TO JULY 30
While you may not be able to catch a hummingbird, you can catch this festival celebrating everything there is to know about the special creatures. With birdwatching trips, presentations, garden tours, food and exhibits, this festival proves Sedona is the most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds.
Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, 800.529.3699, hummingbirdsociety.org/hummingbird-festival, times vary, $35-$90.
You might recognize comedian Demetri Martin from his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin, as well as Taking Woodstock and House of Lies. This funny guy has a history of comedy and a wide portfolio behind him, including his recent movie Dean. He was a staff writer for Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart. His stand-up show promises to be funny and awkward.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $20-$85.
Super Hero Day at Salt River Tubing
If you really want to cool down, get to business and head over to the Salt River. For $17, you get a tube rental and shuttle to the river. Don’t forget the sunscreen, brews and your cape! July 29 marks the river’s Super Hero Showdown costume day and the perfect time to debut your favorite Batman or Spider-Man swag.
Salt River Tubing, 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa, 480.984.3305, saltrivertubing.com, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., $17.