North Valley Arts Academy Presents Retelling of THE ODYSSEY, April 25–27


The North Valley Arts Academy theatre program (NVAA) and Shadow Mountain High School Drama Club will present their spring production, Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka. Anon(ymus), Iizuka’s entrancing contemporary adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey, retells the classic story through the eyes of a young refugee. Separated from family and in a strange place far from a […]

Second Annual Carefree Community Block Party to be Held April 6


Area residents are invited to an afternoon of food, music, friendship and fun as the Town of Carefree hosts the Second Annual Community Block Party Saturday, April 6, 2–7pm, in Downtown Carefree along Easy Street and in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. “Everyone loved the Block Party last year and we have received many requests to […]

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Phoenix with New Big Top Show


Cirque du Soleil’s new critically acclaimed production, Amaluna, opened in Phoenix March 15 for an engagement of 38 performances under the iconic Yellow-and-Blue Grand Chapiteau at State Farm Stadium. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, and Cirque du Soleil ’s 33rd production, Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to […]

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire to be Held March 16


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire committee is gearing up for its annual event, to be held Saturday, March 16. The event has become a staple in the Phoenix community, and committee members say this year’s festivities are a can’t miss. “This is the 36th year of the event and we feel like […]

Explore Phoenix Arts & Culture at Art Detour March 14–18


Photos: 2018 Art Detour, courtesy of Artlink Inc. Phoenix’s original art walk, and the longest running arts festival in Downtown Phoenix, will return for its 31st year March 14-18. Produced by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Artlink Inc., Art Detour was launched by Phoenix artists in 1989. This year’s event will feature a five-day, multi-faceted exploration of […]

Arizona Artists Create Awards to Honor Outstanding Contributions to Arts and Culture


In a true celebration of the arts, nine Arizona artists created the awards that will be presented to honorees at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organization, businesses, educators and individuals for their substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide. This year, 21 Governor’s Arts Awards finalists in […]

AMERICAN MARIACHI — Soundtrack of Life, Love & Remembrance


By Marcos Nájera There are many wild and colorful stories chronicling the true origins of mariachi music. Some stories credit the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortés with bringing theatre orchestra musicians with him from overseas when he landed in what is now modern-day Mexico. Meanwhile, others speculate that the word ‘mariachi’ comes from a now-extinct indigenous […]

George Clinton & P-Funk Announce Final Tour — Tickets on Sale for Aug. 17 Celebrity Theatre Performance


Legendary Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George Clinton has officially announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour. Each stop will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership. Phoenix’s lineup will feature Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf to be played out […]

Sedona International Film Festival Celebrates Twenty-Five Years


More than 165 films — from Oscar-nominated documentaries to narrative features, narrative short films, documentary short films and animated shorts — will highlight the 25th anniversary Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 23 – March 3. “Just saying the words, ‘25th anniversary,’ stops us in our tracks,” said executive director Pat Schweiss. “Looking back, it’s been […]

Desert Ridge to Host Free eSports Showcase March 2


Desert Ridge Marketplace is hosting an eSports competition and bringing favorite childhood games to a massive LED display. They have teamed up with Bravous Youth Sports League, Arizona’s first youth eSports association, to host the ultimate free eSports Showcase Saturday, March 2, from 11am to 1pm at the District Stage. Gamers will be able to […]