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‘Into the Woods,’ Aerosmith and more to do this weekend

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Indie rock group Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is playing the Crescent Ballroom this Tuesday as part of their 10th Anniversary Tour. The band has self-released, marketed, and distributed all four of their albums, including 2014’s Only Run. In addition to a tour, the band has reissued its self-titled first album, which will include a set of 12 solo acoustic performances by lead singer and songwriter Alec Ounsworth. Indie pop band Teen Men will open the show.
The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, June 9, 8:00pm, $15-$18, 21 and over.

“Into the Woods
If you liked the Oscar-nominated film, you can’t miss the Broadway musical it was based on. Catch the Valley Youth Theatre’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical “Into The Woods” starting this week at the Herberger Theater. The musical cleverly blends together some of your favorite fairytale characters into one interconnected story. Follow a childless baker and his wife, Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and more as they pursue their desires and learn along the way to be careful what they wish for. Opt for a dinner package and enjoy a meal at one of downtown Phoenix’s great restaurants before the show. $5 from each dinner package sold goes to benefit the theater’s Arts Education and Outreach Programs for youth.
The Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, June 12-28, $20-$39.

Aerosmith at Gila River Arena
Legendary rock band Aerosmith kicks off their Blue Army Tour this week at Gila River Arena. Led by iconic and eccentric frontman Steven Tyler, Aerosmith will play their top hits, as well as some lesser-known favorites. This will be the band’s first time back in the valley in 6 years; they last played in Phoenix with ZZ Top on the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Tour. The band is on tour supporting their latest album, Music From Another Dimension!
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland, Glendale, June 13, 8:00pm, $35-$150.

Bloomin’ Beerfest at the Irish Cultural Center
The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation presents the 9th annual Bloomin’ Beerfest this Saturday in celebration of Bloomsday. The day commemorates the events that take place on June 16th, 1904 in James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses,” in which the main character, Leopold Bloom, visits many of Dublin’s pubs and meets a fascinating group of characters. Events include Irish music by Seanachie, SHEELA-na-Gig and the Irish Cultural Center Academy Band, plus live readings of Ulysses and free entry into McClelland Library. There will be food and a full bar, which will include beers from Arizona and Ireland. The $25 entry fee includes 16 token tickets, which can be exchanged for beer or food. Teetotalers pay only $10 and get 2 tickets for free soda or bottled water.
The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, June 13, 7:00-11:00pm, $10-25.

Burgers and Beer: Father’s Day Cooking Class
Get ready for Father’s Day by enjoying dad’s old standard: burgers and beer. Enjoy a cold one while Chef James Monaci teaches you how to make gourmet burgers from scratch at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace. Bring dad along for an early celebration or learn how to cook him a delicious meal for Father’s Day. While you’re there, check out the marketplace, which is full of healthy ingredients you can use to make great burgers and more at home.
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, 1590 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, June 14, 6:30-8:30pm, $39.99.

"Napoli." Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev

5 things to do this weekend: Feb. 9-16, 2015

1. “Napoli” premieres in US

Ballet Arizona will be the first American ballet company to present “Napoli.” This performance tells the love story of the poor fisherman Gennaro and his beloved Teresina. Teresina is swept away in a great storm. Sea nymphs rescue her, but Gennaro is nowhere to be found. Their love must overcome obstacles in a dark vs. light story. This classic Danish ballet is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, February 12-15, $45+

2. Cooking at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to learn how to cook a meal just for the special day of romance. Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins, Lead instructor of the LeCordon Bleau College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, leads the cooking demonstration. He will teach a variety of dishes that you can cook at home for that special someone. The cooking lesson begins at 6:30.

Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, February 11, Free

3. VNSA Book Sale

The 59thAnnual Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) Book Sale happens this weekend.  The annual book sale benefits VNSA charities. All books are marked at discounted prices. The book sale offers books for all tastes―children’s, biography, textbooks, classics, and many more. On Sunday, all books, except for rare and unusual books, are half off. Admission to the event is free, but the fairgrounds charge parking. Shoppers should bring their own bags or small wheel around carts as VNSA is going green and will not have bags.

Exhibit Hall at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, February 14-15, Free

Phoenix Comicon Brings In Over 23,000 Attendees, Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

4. Amazing Arizona ComicCon

Over 150 exhibitors are expected to be present at this year’s Amazing Arizona ComicCon. Friday will feature special Friday the 13thprogramming. There will be a costume contest on Saturday. The event will also feature special guests such as Kevin Eastman, the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and artists from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, February 13-15, $25-$35, $60 for a weekend pass

5. Coyotes, Sharks, and Rangers, oh my!

The Arizona Coyotes will face off against the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers this weekend. The Sharks were last here in January and managed to take a 3-2 win over the Coyotes. As for the Rangers, the Coyotes’ have yet to face off against the New York team. The puck drops at 7 p.m.  both nights at the arena.

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, February 13-14, $35+


Nataliia Kelsheva

Nataliia Kelsheva

BONUS: Do you still need to find a place to take that special someone to dinner this weekend? Check out our two-part series on Valentine’s Day Deals in Arizona.

Part 1

Part 2

Peacock from ZooLights 2013, photo from phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

ZooLights is back + more to do this week

11/24-1/11: ZooLights
The annual ZooLights event is opening this week at the Phoenix Zoo. Opening on Nov. 24 and closing on Jan. 11, ZooLights features almost 4 million LED lights spread throughout the zoo and formed into the shapes of many of its popular animals. By day, the zoo’s animals will be out and wandering about as usual, but at night the zoo will transform into a lit-up, animal-themed wonderland for the holiday season.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. daily, $8-$18

11/28-29: Glendale Glitters
The lighting tradition in the city of Glendale is kicking off this weekend when the display of 1.5 million lights in historic downtown will be lit for the first time this holiday season. The award-winning largest free light event in Arizona has been going on for 21 years and will remain lit through Jan. 10.
Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Avenues, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, 5 to 10 p.m. both evenings, free

11/29: Jay Leno
After retiring from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno is hitting the road and getting back to his comedic roots with a stand-up comedy tour.  As a famous late night host, his audience is used to seeing him interviewing celebrities and commentating on current events. Leno used to do stand-up when he first began his career, and now is getting back too it after leaving The Tonight Show in February.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $35-$225

11/30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The famous group is heading out on their Winter Tour 2014, performing “The Christmas Attic”, performing rock versions of popular Christmas songs. The performance not only brings out the Christmas spirit, but a show full of lights, lasers, and special effects as well.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32-$67

11/30: “The Polar Express”
The Phoenix Symphony is putting on the music from The Polar Express with assistance from the Phoenix Girls Choir on Sunday. The special includes a narration of the holiday classic and sing-along versions of popular holiday songs. The Instrument Petting Zoo will be there for those who arrive early.
Symphony Hall, 1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m., $11+

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Drake, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry + more to do this week

9/24: James Joyce’s Dubliners: Still Engaging Readers and Writers 100 Years After Publication

The Irish Cultural Center’s McClelland Irish Library is hosting a series of events from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s novel “Dubliners.” The celebration of the groundbreaking collection of short stories and its long-lasting success will be talked about by Irish-born poet Adrienne Leavy.

Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $5 for nonmembers, free for members


Drake-vs-lil-wayne-trailer9/25: Drake vs. Lil Wayne

Drake and Lil Wayne are bringing their “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour to Phoenix. Both rappers have topped the Billboard charts with their singles in past years and now are bring their individual hits and a rap battle to their co-headlining tour. Who’s ready for a similie-off?

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $35-$125.50


9/25: Katy Perry

Known for her catchy outfits and pop songs, Katy Perry has topped the charts to become one of the best-selling artists in history. Her latest album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the hit single “Roar.”

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $41.25 to $121.50


9/26-28: Damon Wayans

The comedian and actor, best known for his role on the sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” is bringing his stand-up to Tempe Improv. Wayans has been touring and doing stand-up since 1982.

Tempe Improv, 930 University Dr., Tempe, Friday Sept. 26, 7 & 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., $35


9/26-27: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest

The family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration features German music, food, contests and, of course, plenty of beer. The celebration is held in Fountain Park, and visitors are encouraged to come in German costumes and features events such as a beer stein holding competition.

Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, 5 to 10 p.m., $5, kids 12 & under free



Glendale arena may change to Gila River Arena

Arizona Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes and Arizona-based Gila River Casinos have agreed to terms on a nine-year partnership agreement that includes the naming rights for Glendale Arena. The agreement is pending approval from Glendale City Council on September 9. If approved, the new name of the venue will be Gila River Arena. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization and Ice Arizona, we are thrilled to partner with Gila River Casinos and the Gila River Indian Community,” said LeBlanc. “Like the Coyotes, the Gila River Indian Community prides themselves on their commitment to business excellence and to their community. Pending Glendale City Council approval, we are looking forward to having Gila River’s prestigious and reputable name associated with our great hockey team and our state-of-the-art arena. This will be a great fit for both the Coyotes and Gila River Casinos.”

“As a long term partner of the Arizona Coyotes, Gila River Casinos and the Gila River Indian Community are delighted to partner with the Arizona Coyotes as a naming partner. On behalf of Gila River Casinos, I would like to thank the Arizona Coyotes and Rosette Law for working so diligently to complete the naming rights agreement. We extend our sincerest gratitude to both organizations for their continued support and partnership,” said Deborah Griffin, President of the Board of Directors for Gila River Casinos. “Gila River Casinos places a great deal of importance on being a good partner in the communities we work and live in, and this partnership provides the perfect opportunity to support long term economic growth and development to the city of Glendale and the state of Arizona.”

This will be the first naming rights deal for Gila River Casinos and the first federally recognized Tribal naming rights deal with a sports venue that houses one of four major professional sports leagues in the country. Under the terms of the agreement, Gila River Casinos will receive the naming rights and associated premier signage on the facility. In a separate transaction, the Coyotes and Gila River will enhance their long time sponsorship relationship with a variety of additional advertising, marketing and merchandising opportunities at the arena.

Owned by the City of Glendale, Gila River Arena is home to the National Hockey League‚s Arizona Coyotes and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually. The arena opened on December 26, 2003 (Arizona Sting lacrosse game) and the following night, December 27, the Coyotes hosted the Nashville Predators in front of a standing-room only crowd of 19,052 for the inaugural NHL game at the venue.

Since 2003, the venue has also hosted major acts such as U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Britney Spears, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and many more. Upcoming concerts include Marc Anthony (August 30), Ed Sheeran (August 31) and Katy Perry (September 25).