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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

Who’s looking to unwind this weekend? From dancing “All Night Long” to five-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie, dressing up like your favorite comic book character, participating in the recording of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ podcast show, or celebrating Philippine’s independence from Spain, there are plenty of opportunities to let loose this weekend!

Lionel Richie w/Cee-Lo Green

Grab your “Endless Love” and relive some of Lionel Richie’s greatest hits. The five-time grammy winner is performing with Cee-Lo Green as part of his All the Hits All Night Long tour. Richie plans to release a new album in 2015, so you may even hear a new song!
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8. $25-$135

Phoenix Comicon
photo-boothReady to experience pop culture in the flesh and let out your inner geek? Phoenix Comicon and its many visiting exhibitors and cosplaying patrons is taking over Phoenix. From meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite actor or comic book artist to cutting a rug at the geek prom, this event has fun for the whole family — and the adults. You don’t have to dress up, but we guarantee it’s more fun if you do!
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com, June 5 to 8, Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $15 to $85 per day; free for ages 12 or younger with a paying adult

Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves Beach Night
baseballLooking for the beach in Phoenix? Chase Field may just be the next best thing. The baseball field is hosting a beach themed party to cheer on the D-backs as they take on the Braves. After the game, there will be a fireworks show featuring classic surf tunes. Each Beach Night ticket package includes a reversible D-back bucket hat.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Friday, June 6. 6:30 p.m., $15 to $160

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

Jay and Silent Bob are joining forces for the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old tour. The comedic duo of the 1994 cult-classic, Clerks plan to record each show then release the audio as a free podcast. The show illustrates the life of two individuals growing up in the Hollywood limelight.
Stand Up Live, 50 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m., $40, 21+

Philippine Independence Day Celebration
96624108Celebrate Philippine heritage and history! The Annual Philippine Independence Day celebrates the date when Filipino’s gained independence after three decades of Spanish rule. The event will include a business expo, poster making contest for kids, a culture show and the Little Ms. Philippine AZ beauty pageant.
ASU West Campus, , 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, pidcaz.com, Saturday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, free

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

Phoenix Comicon 2011 Brings In Over 23,000 Attendees

Call the fire marshal; Phoenix Comicon 2011 was too hot to handle.

While the size of the convention exploded at last year’s 2010 convention when it was moved to the downtown Phoenix area, this year’s convention on the exhibition floor surpassed its maximum capacity of 10,000 people on Saturday — therefore causing the fire marshal and police department to get involved.

The four day event, which took place at the Phoenix Convention Center, brought in 23,001 people, not including children under 12 who got in for free.

Jillian Squires, marketing manager for Phoenix Comicon, says the attendance was a great success for the convention, as it was a giant leap from last year’s 14,000 attendees. While the overcapacity was an obstacle for the convention committee to overcome, they were thrilled this was the only hindrance.

According to Squires, Matt Solberg, convention director, handled the situation rapidly and gracefully. Although the floor regulation lasted about four hours, attendees waited no more than 20 minutes to enter the exhibition floor, and around 6 p.m., attendees were able to freely enter the area once again.

Solberg posted a formal notice about the situation on the Phoenix Comicon’s homepage, informing the public of what happened and apologizing for any inconvenience.

Squires says that the committee’s largest goal is to strive for honesty with their attendees, and this is what sets them apart from other conventions.

As for the reason for this year’s success and high attendance, Squires says its due to the event’s all-star guest list and four new marketing techniques.

Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, Chuck star Adam Baldwin, and the man who made comics what they are today, Stan Lee, among other guests, transcended different cultures and genres, attracting a wider audience range than ever before, Squires says.

Nimoy proved to be the event’s most popular attraction; his panel “Spotlight on Leonard Nimoy” filled the 5,000 ballroom to its maximum capacity. The other aforementioned guests’ panels attracted crowds almost as large, with popular web series The Guild and Paul Cornell, writer for Doctor Who yielding some of the largest turn outs as well.

“There was not a single panel with no turn out,” Squires says. “There was something there for everyone.”

From science fiction authors to Anime to zombie musicals at the PC Film Festival, the event provided a wide range of events to expand its demographic and attendance.

Through Squires’ efforts, the committee increased attendance further through effective and thorough use of social media, commercials, billboards, a 20-page brochure with College Times — as well as with the support and advertising through local companies in the Valley.

Although it hasn’t reached the capacity of the San Diego Comic-Con, Phoenix demonstrates equal success for its unique goals.

“[San Diego Comic-Con has] a different vision than we do, and theirs is great, but we just have different goals and purposes for our convention,” Squires says.

Squires says Phoenix Comicon aims to be a family event and to ensure accessibility, entertainment and comfort to all those who attend. Phoenix Comicon also intends to keep the prices affordable at $40 for a four-day pass.

Squires hopes to get even “hotter” next year with at least 30,000 attendees.

Want to secure your spot for next year’s conference? Memberships are already for sale online.