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Phoenix Comicon returns + more to do this week

“The Phantom of the Opera”

“The Phantom of the Opera,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical, comes to the Valley this week as part of a North American tour produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Over the course of 12 days at ASU Gammage, the 52-person cast and orchestra will perform 16 shows. A blend of opera and horror, “The Phantom of the Opera” features well-loved musical numbers such as “All I Ask Of You,” “Masquerade” and “Music of the Night.” The organ-filled overture will be in your head for days to come, and the iconic opera house chandelier can’t be missed. Catch the show this week or any time through June 7.

ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, May 27-June 7, $15-$200.

Phoenix Comicon

Let your geek flag fly at the biggest pop culture event in the valley. From anime and steampunk to fantasy and superheroes, every fandom is represented as fans and creators gather together to celebrate all things geek. Rub elbows with stars like Alyson Hannigan, Jason Isaacs, Christopher Lloyd and Edward James Olmos in autograph sessions, photo opportunities and spotlight events. Meet the comic book illustrators, sci-fi novelists and screenplay writers that brought your favorite characters to life. Browse the massive exhibitor hall and find the perfect souvenirs. And, of course, check out the fans that came decked out in costume as their favorite characters! This four-day event is packed with things to do, so pick your favorite day or buy a full event pass.

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, May 28-31, $15-$399 (prices go up beginning May 28).

Arizona’s Funniest Person with a Day Job competition

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy is looking for Arizona’s funniest undiscovered comedian. The brave contestants will be given five minutes on stage to perform their best material for the audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The top comics will go on to the final round, and the winner of that round will win $1,000 and two booking opportunities at the House of Comedy locations in Phoenix and Minnesota.

If you aren’t cut out for the spotlight, you can enjoy this event from the audience and cheer on your favorite contestants. Tickets are $7, and  a percentage of the ticket price goes to benefit local charities. Catch the show this week and every Tuesday until June 30, when the semifinalists will perform 10-minute routines and the winner will be crowned.

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 E. High Street, Suite 105, Phoenix, May 26, 7:30pm, $7

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Just because you can’t see the original band in concert doesn’t mean you can’t experience the very best of Led Zeppelin. Jason Bonham, son of the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, has been touring with the Led Zeppelin Experience, an homage to his late father’s band, since 2011. Rock out to the band’s greatest hits, like “Kashmir,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.” This is a show that can’t be missed.

Ovations at Wild Horse Pass, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, May 29, $33-68, 21+

Night Golf at Palo Verde Golf Course

It’s starting to heat up, so why sweat it out on the golf course in the hot sun? The City of Phoenix is kicking off its summer night golf program this Saturday. Stay cool while you golf in the dark at the city’s nine-hole golf course. The course is lined with glow lights, and players get a glow stick necklace and a glow-in-the-dark golf ball so they can see the ball even when it flies into the bunker. This city offers night golf on various nights until October.

Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, May 30, $25 per person

Top 5 Arizona Theatres (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Theatres (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Theatres — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

5247 E. Brown Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85205
The theatre opened in October 2001 and is soon to be entering its 11th Season. The theatre seats 500 and is known as “Mesa’s Most Entertaining Destination.” Centrally located, the theatre is just minutes away from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe. All the music for the Broadway-type shows is performed live. The orchestra ranges in size from 8 to 20 pieces, depending on the production.

Phoenix Symphony

One North 1st St., #200,
AZ 85004
The Phoenix Symphony offers an extraordinary array of musical experiences, from pop concerts to exhilarating selections of classical masterpieces that give the full symphonic treatment to music you love.

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually.

ASU Gammage

1200 S. Forest Ave.,
Tempe, AZ 85281
You don’t have to be in New York to enjoy great performances. ASU Gammage, considered by many to be the crowning jewel of ASU’s Tempe campus, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last designs.

Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

480-499-TKTS (8587)
7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Presenting dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Tempe Marketplace

Food, Entertainment & Shopping: Tempe Marketplace

I headed up to Tempe Marketplace to check out the shops and restaurants that keep college students returning throughout the school year. Being a student from Arizona State University, many of the people within the city of Tempe and college students gather here to pass the time. Whether you want to go to the movies, try new restaurants, or even shop for new outfits or dorm supplies, Tempe Marketplace has what you’re looking for.

Starving by the time my boyfriend and I arrived, we were tasked with the choice of which restaurant to choose. Some of the restaurants available are California Pizza Kitchen, Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbeque, Kabuki, Red Robin, Chipotle and the Thirsty Lion.

We decided on Chipotle, a Mexican grill offering burritos, bowls, tacos, and even kids meals. The variety allows you to make to the right choice, such as vegetarian style, chicken, steak, and barbacoa beef. As we emerged from Chipotle, full, we were quickly tempted by the smell of popcorn in the air (thanks to the nearby Harkins Theatre) as well as the ice cream and frozen yogurt eaten by passersby (from Cold Stone Creamery and Mojo Yogurt, respectively).

Escaping temptation, we made a quick stop into Claire’s, greeted with Justin Bieber hats, flip-flops, purses and other colorful treasures for teens and young girls alike. If you know what you’re looking for, there are numerous earrings and jewelry that are perfect for even a college student’s wardrobe.

In search of pop culture attire more our age group, we ventured into Hot Topic. From Mario to Disney, you can’t help but pick out a variety of things you simply can’t live without.

With so many stores within a few steps of one another, we quickly visited 20 shops, including Tilly’s, Journey’s, Pac Sun, Lids, Oakley, Target, Ross and World Market.

Tempe Marketplace is also the perfect place to stay updated with upcoming shows at ASU Gammage. The previous season was posted, but other upcoming events that Tempe Marketplace sponsored are listed along the paths between the various stores.

Near Barnes & Noble, there is a kid-splash fountain for little ones to play in. Many happy moms were taking advantage of this amenity and watched their little ones play as they sat in the shade. The area, called The District”, has free Wi-Fi, and Tempe Marketplace is pet friendly.

I look forward to another visit to Tempe Marketplace to explore the stores as well as try more food from the variety of restaurants.

For more information about Tempe Marketplace, visit tempemarketplace.com.

Tempe Marketplace
2030 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-9338

ASU Gammage, Tempe, Ariz.

ASU Gammage Broadway Season 2011-2012

ASU Gammage Broadway Season 2011-2012 Starting in September, Tempe’s ASU Gammage will be back in full swing to provide some of the best Broadway shows and musicals to the community. With 10 to choose from, one is bound to catch your attention and pull you into a theater seat.

West Side Story

Sept. 27 – Oct. 2
Set in New York City, West Side Story is about the rivalry between two teenage street gangs with different ethnic backgrounds, the Jets and the Sharks. Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Shark’s leader. The musical explores social problems during the 1950s, and includes entertaining dance scenes and sophisticated musical lyrics by Stephen Soundheim, including “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Tonight.”

Blue Man GroupBlue Man Group, Photo: cliff1066, flickr

Nov. 1-6
With no spoken language during the show, the Blue Man Group is a popular theatrical performance that combines technology, comedy and music to give the audience a unique form of entertainment.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Dec. 6-11
Complete with laughter, dancing and great songs, this musical tells the story of two friends at a Vermont Inn putting on a show and trying to find their perfect mates in the process. Berlin hits include “How Deep is the Ocean?” and “Blue Skies.”


Dec. 28-31
Stomp is an eight-member troupe that uses everything from wooden poles, garbage cans, brooms, and hubcaps to give fantastic rhythms for the audience to enjoy.

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South PacificSouth Pacific, Photo: moniquewingard, Flickr

Jan. 10-15, 2012
South Pacific tells the romantic and enchanting story of two couples on a tropical island during World War II and how their happiness is put at risk by their own prejudices and the realities of war. The well-known score includes “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”

Wicked, Photo: yumiang, FlickrWicked

Feb. 15, 2012 – March 11, 2012
Before Dorothy ever dropped into Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One is born with green skin and misunderstood. The other is beautiful and popular. Wicked takes the audience on a journey of how the two girls grow up to be Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Green Day’s American Idiot

April 24-29, 2012
With popular songs from Green Day, such as “21 Guns,” Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Holiday,” the musical tells the story of three friends who have to choose between the safety of suburbia and their dreams.

Rain a Tribute to the Beatles

May 11-12, 2012
Rain is a Beatles cover band that performs and dresses up as the Fab Four. The band takes audiences through all stages of the Beatles career, from their early beginnings to their hippie days. With historical footage and commercials displayed on video screens, the audience will not be disappointed with how closely the group sounds and looks like the originally British band.

La Cage Aux La Cage Aux Folles, Photo: AndyRob, FlickrFolles

May 15-20, 2012
La Cage tells the story of Georges, the owner of a popular nightclub in Saint-Tropez, whose son brings home his fiance’s parents to meet the flashy pair. As feather boas fly, the show is about one family’s struggle to stay together.

Million Dollar Quartet

June 5-10, 2012
Set in 1956 on a day when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis are gathered by Sam Phillips to hold one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Songs include “Hound Dog,” “I Walk the Line”, “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Who Do You Love?”

For more information about the ASU Gammage broadway season, visit www.asugammage.com.