Arizona Cardinals Training Camp
THROUGH AUGUST 15
The Cardinals training camp kicked off in July, but there’s still time to see your favorite players as they prepare for the season ahead. In the weeks leading up to a midmonth preseason debut (check for those details further on in our Top 25), stop by State Farm Stadium for free admission and parking whenever the training camp is underway.Admission is free, but tickets are required.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.379.0101, azcardinals.com, various dates and times, free
OPENS AUGUST 6
French writer-director Leos Carax returns with his first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors.” Also Carax’s English-language debut, the musical drama “Annette” stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a stand-up comedian and opera singer, respectively, who find their lives changed after the birth of their daughter, a “mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny,” according to the synopsis. To make matters more interesting, the script was co-written by Ron and Russel Mael of the eccentric art pop duo Sparks, who also came up with the story and penned original music for it (they even make appearances in the film). Rated R for sexual content including some nudity, and for language.
In theaters (August 6) and on Amazon Prime Video (August 20)
“The Suicide Squad”
OPENS AUGUST 6
Director James Gunn takes the helm for the Suicide Squad’s latest outing. Sort of a reboot, but also a standalone sequel that canonizes the previous effort, this latest film sees the return of several actors and characters from the 2016 film — Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney — along with the addition of some new faces, like Idris Elba, John Cena and Pete Davidson (Sylvester Stallone can be heard as King Shark, too). It looks as if Gunn will bring a new approach to the series, but the foundation of the plot remains the same — the government tasks some bad guys to carry out missions, with bombs implanted in their heads as a form of collateral. Rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.
In theaters and on HBO Max
UBU Expo and Europa Games
AUGUST 6 AND AUGUST 7
Don’t miss out on this massive direct-to-consumer trade expo. Open to the general public, there will be more than 300 exhibitors this year, from energy drink, vitamin and supplement sellers to apparel companies, not to mention loads of live events, seminars, contests, a fitness and bodybuilding show, games and, well, there’s too much to cover here. First responders, including military, veterans, hospital staff and those who served on 9/11, get in free the first day, while cosplayers can attend free either day.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.6815, westworldaz.com, ubuexpo.com/cities/phoenix, 1 to 10 p.m. August 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 7, $10-$40, or free for children 5 and younger
Park After Dark
Get back to mixing and mingling with the community Saturday nights as the Downtown Tempe Authority is continuing its weekly Park After Dark celebration through September 11 — and it’s exactly as it sounds. Head to the Sixth Street Park as the sun begins to set and listen to local music while consuming local food and drink from the likes of Pedal Haus Brewery and nearby restaurants. Live entertainment varies, so check out the event’s web page for all the weekly details.
Sixth Street Park, 24 E. Sixth Street, Tempe, 480.355.6060, downtowntempe.com/events/park-after-dark, 7 to 10 p.m., free
At this stage of his career, Marc Maron should need no introduction. From a major role in Netflix’s “GLOW” to his own show “Maron” on IFC, not to mention his massively popular interview podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” or his long history with writing and stand-up comedy, Maron’s career has been manifold. The latter is where this listing comes into play, as Maron will perform a gig at Downtown’s Stand Up Live. This show is for ages 18 and older.
Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, phoenix.standuplive.com, 7 p.m., $35
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Celebrate the start of the football preseason with this matchup, which pits the home team Cardinals against the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to tickets available for in-person viewing at State Farm Stadium, this preseason opener can be viewed on KPNX (Channel 12). See the Cardinals’ website for their full schedule.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.379.0101, azcardinals.com, 7 p.m., $25-$117
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres
AUGUST 13 TO AUGUST 15
The D-backs face off against Fernando Tatis, Manny Machado and rest of the San Diego Padres numerous times in August. This three-day weekend is noteworthy, though, as Friday night will feature a “Star Wars”-themed postgame fireworks show, presented by Gila River Hotels & Casinos. On Saturday and Sunday, partner Cox Communications will give away “Star Wars”-themed Christian Sky-walker bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans. See the D-backs’ website for their full schedule.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, mlb.com/dbacks, 6:40 p.m. August 13, 5:10 p.m. August 14, 1:10 p.m. August 15, $19-$290
OPENS AUGUST 13
Ryan Reynolds is back in this meta sci-fi action/adventure comedy, which sees Reynolds’ bank teller protagonist realize he is simply a background character in an open-world video game. Co-starring Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, this one should fill the comedic film void for August, as audiences continue to flock back to theaters after a long absence. Rated PG-13 for strong fantasy violence throughout, language and crude/suggestive references.
Opens August 13
Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in this biopic, which chronicles the legendary singer’s life and career. “Chain of Fools,” the title song “Respect” and so many more — you know the tunes; now learn Franklin’s story. Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgor and Tate Donovan also add to the stacked cast. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, strong language including racial epithets, violence, suggestive material and smoking.
There’s still time to spend a night out at the Desert Botanical Garden, sipping on drinks while local DJs and musicians set the mood. The vibes are sure to be laidback at this monthly event, which happens once more in September. Miscellaneous arrival times are available, but tickets are limited, so be sure to head to the garden’s website to snag yours before they’re all gone.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $7.95-$14.95
Los Chicos del 512: The Selena Experience
Celebrate the life and music of famed singer Selena, who died much too young, with these performances from Los Chicos del 512, which has been paying tribute to the “queen of Tejano music” for seven years. The night show is already sold out, prompting the addition of a matinee performance that same day.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., $20-$40
Phoenix Rising vs. Orange County
See the Phoenix Rising Football Club take on the Orange County SC at this home game, the first of three in August for Phoenix Rising. The team’s full schedule can be found on its website.
Phoenix Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass, 19593 S. 48th Street, Chandler, 623.594.9606, phxrisingfc.com, 7:30 p.m., $20.63-$41.96
Cypress Hill and Atmosphere w/DJ Z-Trip
Legendary stoner rap group Cypress Hill — behind hip-hop classics such as “Insane in the Brain,” “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “Hits from the Bong” — unites with prolific Rhymesayers duo Atmosphere for this tour. Special guest DJ Z-Trip opens. See related stories in Upfront.
Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, 480.644.2560, mesaamp.com, 6 p.m., $49.50-$250
Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream
The Phoenix Mercury will take on the Atlanta Dream at home during this August 15 break from the Summer Olympic Games. The matchup will be available on CBS Sports Network. See the Mercury’s website for other home games this month.
Footprint Center, formerly known as Phoenix Suns Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.252.9622, mercury.wnba.com, 3 p.m., tickets TBA
Phoenix Mercury vs. Indiana Fever
As part of its second game during a break from the Summer Olympic Games, the Mercury will duke it out against the Indiana Fever on the home court. The game will be available on Facebook, Bally Sports AZ+ and fever.wnba.com. See the Mercury’s website for other home games this month.
Footprint Center, formerly known as Phoenix Suns Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.252.9622, mercury.wnba.com, 7 p.m., tickets TBA
Opens August 18
Directed by Karla Koskinen, this is “a story of friendships as strong as steel,” according to the Phoenix Theatre Company. You may know the famed stage play — or the ’80s classic starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts — but you can re-experience the women of Truvy’s Beauty Salon when it comes to the Hormel Theatre through September 12.
Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, various dates and times, see website for prices
Reception for “Pictures Tell Stories: Children’s Book Illustrations”
This Civic Center Public Gallery open house reception celebrates the new exhibition “Pictures Tell Stories: Children’s Book Illustrations,” which will be on view near the reading area inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library through September 20. At the exhibit, see original children’s book illustrations that retired librarians Cathy Bonnell and Mary J. Wong have collected over the years.
Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.874.4645, scottsdalepublicart.org, 10 a.m. to noon, free
The Flaming Lips
Neopsychedelic band the Flaming Lips has been at it for nearly four decades. In that time, the Wayne Coyne-fronted act has remained prolific, steadily dropping albums, EPs, other collections and collaborations with the likes of Miley Cyrus. See the band behind the infamous plastic bubbles when it returns to the Valley in support of last year’s acclaimed “American Head” album, with support from opening act Greer.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, marqueetheatreaz.com, 8 p.m., $45-$75
AUGUST 26 TO AUGUST 28
Comedian and actor Michael Rapaport is coming to North Phoenix’s High Street for a three-day residency at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, with each show billed as a “special presentation.” Rapaport’s credits are many, having acted in films from Tony Scott’s “True Romance” to Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” to series like Netflix’s “Atypical.” He’s also a podcast host and a well-known hip-hop fan, having directed the documentary “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.” See him on stage and in the flesh this August.
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 E. High Street, Suite 105, Phoenix, 480.420.3553, az.houseofcomedy.net, 7:30 p.m. August 26, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. August 27, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. August 28, $30-$65.40
Opens August 27
This one has been highly anticipated since it was announced several years back, and with the pandemic having delayed its release further, fans are clamoring at a chance to see the latest film in the “Candyman” series, directed and written by Nia DaCosta, with a co-writing/co-production credit for Jordan Peele. This installment, however, is a direct sequel to the original 1992 film of the same name — and as such, it sees actor Tony Todd returning as the titular character created by horror maestro Clive Barker. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo also star. Rated R for bloody horror violence and language including some sexual references.
Beers are on Dierks Bentley at this show — figuratively, that is. Bentley’s “Beers on Me Tour” stops by Ak-Chin Pavilion this summer, with support from Riley Green and Parker McCollum. Going strong for two decades, Bentley has plenty of tunes to draw from at this outdoor country showcase.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, ak-chinpavilion.com, 7 p.m., $41-$434
Arizona Toy Con
Arizona’s premier toy and pop culture collector event returns just before the month ends to rope in tons of vendors. Whether you’re a comic book obsessive or someone who loves playing games, if you simply play cards or line your shelves with toys — it’s all here.
Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, email@example.com, aztoycon.com, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10, or free for kids 10 and younger
Megadeth and Lamb of God
One of the legendary groups in the “big four” of thrash metal — Megadeth ranks alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer — links up with Lamb of God, one of metal’s most notable heavy-hitters of the past two decades, for this tour. Megadeth’s career is vast, with a new album apparently on the way, while Lamb of God dropped its self-titled eighth album last year. To top it off, famed metalcore group Hatebreed — also on the heels of a new record — opens.
Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, arizonafederaltheatre.com, 6 p.m., $99.50-$202.50
Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses may have had a tumultuous career, with no new recorded output since 2008’s long-awaited “Chinese Democracy,” but as a touring act the Axl Rose-fronted metal band is going strong. Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen’s band, opens.
Footprint Center, formerly known as Phoenix Suns Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800, phoenixsunsarena.com, 7 p.m., $34.50-$1,075