BEST Things To Do In Phoenix
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Carnival of IllusionArizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is "Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La."
Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More TalesPueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Hear the stories pottery sherds have to tell archaeologists when theses pieces of the past are rediscovered and studied. Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, is a temporary exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum that explores researchers use sherds to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.
Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O'Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam. The exhibition also features sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance. Visitors can listen to local Native perspectives on archaeology and cultural preservation while experiencing traditional O’odham songs that tell of the mountains surrounding Pueblo Grande and their deep connections to past, present, and future O’odham generations.
Electric Desert at Desert Botanical GardenDesert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
You're invited you to see desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music.
Electric Desert includes six site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Garden.
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River GiantsOdySea Aquarium
9500 East Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Guests are invited to dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in the new exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants.
Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition will include five extraordinary, life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities for audiences of all ages.
Monster Fish takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them. Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems. In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans and fish.
The SceneThe Scene
330 E University Dr. Suite 102
Tempe, AZ 85281
The Scene is a pop-up art experience with 11 rooms and 23 colorful scenes designed to inspire your creativity and ignite your imagination.
Photography is encouraged for your next best Instagram photo. The art is both for photos and for interacting with. Open doors, share a goal, dance it out and much more!
Mexican Photographers, Mexican ViewsPhoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views features more than 60 photographs created solely by Mexican artists that offer an intimate view into 20th-century Mexico and the country’s shifting national identity.
The exhibition, with works drawn exclusively from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, showcases a range of photographic techniques used in 20th-century Mexican photography and includes pastoral landscapes, portraits of indigenous peoples, and images of everyday rural life. Featured photographers include Hugo Brehme (1882–1954), Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002), among others.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ShowHerberger Theater Center
222 East Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Eric Carle’s iconic stories and illustrations come to life on stage! From A Very Hungry Caterpillar who undergoes a magical tranformation to The Very Lonely Firefly who learns to shine his light by finding friend, you won’t want to miss this fantastical puppet experience.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, Based on Eric Carle’s Book
Recommended for Ages 3+
Clarice and Sergio AssadMusical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat,” Assad is a vibrant, highly prolific, and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted, colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.
As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs, world music, and jazz standards. She has performed at venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and Doha, Qatar, the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz Center, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Casino de Paris in Paris, France, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a dazzling soloist,” Assad sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.
Sisters in LawPhoenix Theatre
1825 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Based on the 2015 best-selling book of the same name by Linda Hirshman, this new world premiere play features the relationship between two U.S. Supreme Court justices who are polar opposites and also modern-day legends: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor.