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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


Things to do this weekend

This weekend, there is something for everyone to do all day and all night. You can rock out at a music festival or pool party and keep the party going all night at the grand opening of a new club. If you want to spend your evenings doing something a little more low key visit the botanical garden’s flashlight tour or hit the links for a special night of golf.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a six-week long tour featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium, will be making a stop in Phoenix this Friday. This year, for the first time, the festival will feature four stages of metal with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage. The festival also features a freestyle motocross and motorsports exhibition area and other surprise attractions.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix, Friday July 11, tickets

The Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers an opportunity for patrons to spend their evening do something a little out of the ordinary and see some of the Valley’s animals and creepy crawlers that only come out at night.  Valley residents can check out discovery stations that show them what the goes on in the dark.  A flashlight tour is offered Saturday, July 12, between 7 and 9 p.m. Admission varies from $10 to $22.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, www.dbg.org, Saturday July 12 7-9 p.m.  

Wild House Pass Casino and Hotel will be debuting their Chrome Nightclub in grand form this weekend. As the sun sets in the Valley this weekend Chrome Nightclub will be just getting started with performances by the world renowned video DJ artist and three-time winner of Las Vegas’ Club World Best VJ, DJ Roonie G. Roonie G’s has developed a local fan following from his popular shows at The Bird’s Nest, the nighttime party venue adjacent to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His show will be projected onto an expanded Chrome dance floor and video displays will be pulsating throughout the club.  Chromes grand opening will be two special high-energy nights of partying.
Chrome Nightclub at Wild Horse Casino and Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, July 11 and 12, 11 p.m.

When the sun goes down this Saturday golfers can tee up. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering golfers a unique way to golf in summer and escape the with a night golf at the city’s Palo Verde 9-hole course.  The course will be lined with glow lights and players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball.  Each foursome will receive a flashlight to wave up the next foursome. The event will be run in a tournament format as a four-person scramble and include fun prizes and a goodie bag for each player. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-249-9930 or by visiting the Palo Verde Golf Course.
Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave Phoenix , Saturday July 12, 7 p.m., $100/foursome, tickets

Pool party season is in full swing and Sway’s third annual Summer Pool Party, featuring a full day of music from DJ CrashAttack and DJ Cullen Daniel, is one party you do not want to miss. So lather up your sunscreen and relax poolside at the beautiful OH Pool, visit various pop-up shops, and enjoy free samples from the event’s cocktail sponsors.
The Hotel Valley Ho Pool, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale , Sunday, July 13, noon-6 p.m., tickets


First Tee of Phoenix adds 5 affiliates

The First Tee of Phoenix Executive Director, Hugh Smith, announced that the organization will open new programming sites at all five City of Phoenix golf courses in 2013 including Cave Creek Golf Club, Encanto Golf Course, Palo Verde Golf Course, Maryvale Golf Course and Aguila Golf Course. Expansion will begin at Cave Creek Golf Club in January of 2013 and will continue with the remaining four courses throughout the year. These five new City of Phoenix courses will join the existing facilities located at Lone Tree, South Mountain, Desert Mirage, Papago, Longbow and Falcon Dunes.

“This is an amazing time for us,” said Smith. “The number of Valley youth interested in golf is constantly growing and in order to accommodate that demand we need to expand. By this time next year, The First Tee of Phoenix will have 11 affiliate locations here in the Valley.”

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 5th at Cave Creek Golf Club from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will include: special guest appearances; a trick shot show from Peter Longo the “King of Clubs”; a junior clinic; free lunch and giveaways for all who attend.  Multi-level programming will begin shortly thereafter and will be available year-round, both during the week and on weekends with registration beginning on December 4th. The First Tee of Phoenix—created and supported by The Thunderbirds—is open to all youth ages 7-17 at a modest cost of $60 per year.

“This is a great opportunity for youth in our city to learn valuable life skills as well as golf, especially for those who might not have the opportunity otherwise,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “The future of our city depends on our youth and we need to do everything we can to make sure they have positive experiences and become civic leaders of the next generation.”

The programming sites at each of the City of Phoenix courses are community driven with volunteer assistance coming from the Men’s and Women’s Clubs at each course as well as the surrounding community. Those interested in volunteering can attend one of The First Tee of Phoenix Volunteer Training Session scheduled throughout the year. The training is free of charge and includes details of The First Tee program and The First Tee coaching philosophy. For more details about volunteer opportunities or to RSVP for one of the training sessions, call 602.305.7655.

“As a junior golfer, I was fortunate to play many rounds at Cave Creek Golf Course,” Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates said.  “Not only did my game improve as a result of playing golf on City of Phoenix courses, but I also learned many life lessons that I carry with me today. Thanks to this partnership between The First Tee and the City of Phoenix, many more young people in our community will have the opportunity to play golf and experience the countless benefits that the game delivers.”

The First Tee of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created and funded by The Thunderbirds for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play.  The organization offers classes, special monthly family events and tournaments throughout the year.  With 11 locations in the Valley – South Mountain, Desert Mirage, Papago, Longbow, Falcon Dunes, Lone Tree and now all City of Phoenix courses – The First Tee of Phoenix programming sites serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.  For more information on The First Tee of Phoenix, call (602) 305-7655, or log on to their website at www.thefirstteephoenix.org.

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.  Consisting of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members, The Thunderbirds host the Waste Management Phoenix Open; the best-attended golf tournament in the world, which to date has raised nearly $80 million for Valley charities, including the First Tee of Phoenix. With its unmatched fan participation and rich history dating back more than 78 years, The Waste Management Phoenix Open has gained legendary status for being a unique stop on the PGA TOUR. For more information on The Thunderbirds or the Waste Management Phoenix Open, call 602.870.0163 or visit www.WasteManagementPhoenixOpen.com.