Open Doors: A Few of My Favorite Things

Posted By on August 1, 2019
Chris Isaak

August in the Valley means kids go back to school. We find clever ways to avoid the heat each weekend and the Valley arts scene is ready to welcome us with new exhibits, beautiful performances and unique happenings.

I’ve looked ahead at the Frontdoors Arts & Culture Calendar and several season previews as we prepared this special issue and put together my CAN’T-MISS list for the coming months.

  • Aug. 27: The charming and sultry-voiced Chris Isaak is stopping by Mesa Arts Center. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a wicked girl’s night out!
  • September: I have an email in to my friends at Scottsdale Artists’ School to find a beginner painting class. This has been on my bucket list for a long time and I can’t wait to give it a try.
  • Sept. 8–Oct. 13: Parents and grandparents, take a weekend to read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo to the kiddos and then treat them to Childsplay’s beloved production of the story at the Herberger Theatre.
  • Mid-October: In hopes that the weather blesses us with our first glimpse of cooler temps, a morning visit to the Phoenix Zoo will be in order. A lot of baby animals were born in late spring, so it will be prime time for their debuts.
  • Oct. 31–Nov. 3: The Phoenix Symphony will play the whimsical score from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas as you watch the movie live. This was a sell-out in 2018 so I’m thrilled we get another chance to do this.
  • Nov. 1–April 30: Squidsoup returns to SMoCA with Murmuration, a site-specific artwork that will use a networked data system to connect hundreds of lights and audio sources, creating a responsive data swarm. So cool!
  • Nov. 3–March 15: My teenage son has become quite the car guy so we can’t wait to check out Legends of Speed at the Phoenix Art Museum. This landmark exhibition will include an unprecedented collection of more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and Ford, among others. Vroom!
  • Nov. 13–Dec. 29: I’m so excited for all of the amazing shows being produced for Phoenix Theatre’s 100th season. The Sound of Music will be the perfect family outing over the holidays.
Andrea Tyler Evans

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