Seven things to do in Phoenix this weekend



Start off on the right foot by packing your weekend full of fun. Over the next few days, you can catch an award-winning musical in Tempe, see monster-themed artwork at Alwun House, or listen to a performance by the Chandler Symphony.

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This year’s Arizona State Fair awaits.

Melissa Fossum

2021 Arizona State Fair opening day

The Arizona State Fair has seen more twists and turns than a Tilt-A-Whirl ride in the past year. First, the pandemic caused its 2020 edition to be canceled, with the exception of a drive-thru food fair event held in its place. Then, the fair’s organizers announced that the event was moving to Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, only to reverse their decision and bring it back to its long-time home at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road. And last month, they announced that the popular free concert series inside the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum was not taking place due to budget issues. So what can the public expect when they show up on opening day on Friday, October 1? Most of the usual highlights are what, including a halfway filled with games and rides, plenty of farm animals, and an abundance of fried food. There will also be monster rallies and rodeos in the grandstand area and all the usual vendors and exhibits. The fair takes place from Wednesday to Sunday until October 30. Hours vary. Admission is $ 12 for adults, $ 10 for seniors and children 5 to 13, and free for children under 4. Benjamin leatherman

Click to enlarge Werewolf Tales are coming to Taliesin West.  - STACEY WALSTON

Werewolf Tales are coming to Taliesin West.

Stacey Walston

Legends of werewolves

Theater geeks were stunned last week when they got to watch four hours of coverage for the Tony Awards and the return of live-action Broadway theater in New York City. Shakespeare got a cry, sort of. Mainly because it is becoming evident to more and more people that the drama’s canon needs to extend far beyond the Bard. Still, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with the Southwest Shakespeare Company, which gets into the spirit of a spooky season with a play by Beau Heckman called Legends of the werewolf. We’re told he’ll answer many of your burning questions regarding werewolves, including where they came from and if they’re still with us. Directed by Mary Way, it is presented at the Pavilion Theater in Taliesin West, 12345 North Taliesin West, Scottsdale. The opening night performance of this world premiere production will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 1. The play will run until October 15. General admission is $ 35 and premium seats are $ 45. Take mental notes while you’re at it, in case you find inspiration for a new twist on a classic Halloween costume. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge Empyrean and Child by Jimmy Fike.  - ALWUN HOUSE

Empyrean and child by Jimmy Fike.

Alwun House

“Menagerie of monsters”

Strange and strange things are brewing at Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street, as evidenced by the huge and frightening long-legged daddy spider perched on its lawn. Inside the historic art venue are the eerie, disturbing and provocative works of more than two dozen local artists who make up this year’s “Monsters Menagerie” show. The creations of painters Jimmy Fike and Henry Hermetet, photographer Holly Shoemaker and others are featured in the annual exhibit (which has previously been described as showcasing “blood-curdling creations, profane dark fantasies, and more. supernatural arts ”). Offerings run the gamut from mixed media to taxidermy by Echoes of Natura and weirdly reused figurines by Thrift Creeper. An artists reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 1. Free entry. The show runs until October 30. Benjamin leatherman

Click to enlarge Mariachi music and folk dancing are coming to Chandler.  - CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Mariachi music and folk dancing are coming to Chandler.

Chandler Center for the Arts

Mariachi festival

If you’re more likely to attend a rock concert or hit a jazz club than indulge in a little mariachi music, you’ve been missing out on talented Arizona artists. Fortunately, there is an easy solution. The 22nd Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival arrives at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 2. This is the opportunity to immerse yourself in Mexican music and dance while supporting the creators of Arizona who will take the stage. The evening will also feature art vendors in the lobby and an exhibit in the gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $ 35 and VIP tickets are $ 75. Featured artists include Tucson’s Mariachi Tesoro and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. It never hurts to expand your musical horizons, and you might leave feeling inspired to add a lot more mariachi to your life. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge The Irish cultural center is getting a temporary makeover at Hogwarts indoors.  - LYNN TRIMBLE

The Irish cultural center is getting a temporary makeover at Hogwarts indoors.

Lynn trimble

Magical extravagance

We’re not letting JK Rowling get away with it here, recalling his epic failure when it comes to transgender rights. But some people find it possible to embrace the Harry Potter character without supporting the writer who gave him life. Therefore, popular culture is always filled with references to the fictional world of Hogwarts, where Potter and his friends learned all the intricacies of witchcraft. The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue, is turning its McClelland Library into a unique take on Hogwarts for its Wizarding Extravaganza from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. Costumes are of course encouraged, and you must bring a blanket to sit on if you want to stay for the evening outdoor screening Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone. The festivities will include themed treats and cocktails, as well as photo ops and other Hogwarts-inspired activities. Non-member tickets cost $ 40 (or $ 20 for children under 12). Naturally, the Sorting Hat will be on hand for those who can’t seem to find their inner Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge So ready for the return of live classical music.  - ORCHESTRA SYMPHONIQUE CHANDLER

So ready for the return of live classical music.

Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Chandler Symphony

Just when you think you’ll be able to shake off the annoying jingle of some advertisement with a group of kids pretending to play musical instruments while they sing about donating cars to charity, the earworm again dives into your brain cells. The anger is heightened if you actually play an instrument like the violin, because you know that even young musicians learn not to hold the bow like a hacksaw. Fortunately, you can erase all that frustration with just a little time listening to live classical music from the pros, including the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. They give a free concert at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 3; and the event will also be broadcast live. Vanja Gjumar Nikolovski will conduct works by composers Emmanuel Chabrier, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert and Richard Wagner. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and organizers are asking live and virtual participants to confirm their attendance online. Fair warning: Once you see the smoothness of professional inclination, you’ll feel even more anxious about advertisements that fail to get it right. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge Can you spell musical theater?  - USS

Can you spell musical theater?


Buzz broadway

Have you ever wondered about the inner psyche of children competing in spelling or geography? Get a little insight with a musical titled The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Contest, which brings out all the little quirks of six college spellings and their three adult judges. The show opened on Broadway in 2005 and received two Tony Awards, including one for Best Book (it’s the part of a musical that is spoken, not sung). This is now part of the 2021-22 season for ASU Music Theater and Opera, which will perform the musical at the Evelyn Smith Musical Theater, 50 East Gammage Parkway, Tempe. The final performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 3. Tickets cost $ 22. It’s a chance to relive your awkward teenage years, even as you embrace your own quirky and eccentric characteristics (past and present). Wear tennis shoes to the show if you must, but remember to tie the laces. Lynn trimble



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