Entertainment Magazine: Arizona: Phoenix: Events: 2011: April

Phoenix, Arizona Events April 2011 Calendar

This calendar of events for Phoenix, Arizona and nearby communities in April 2011 has been produced to assist with travel and local activity happenings.

April events in this section cover the Phoenix metropolitan area including the communitues of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe.

This Phoenix metro event calendar is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates and events occasionally change, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Phoenix, AZ events are made at www.ArizonaGuide.com.

April 2011 Phoenix Area Events


ATC: Through April 10, 2011

Phoenix: LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon. Directed by Samantha K. Wyer, presented by Arizona Theatre Company through April 10, 2011. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

April 2-September 5, 2011

PHOENIX: The Art of Ceremony – American Indian Painting of the 20th Century - Heard Museum, artists from many different regions have attempted to convey the power and beauty of ceremonies that are central to their lives, offers insight into the artists’ visions, www.heard.org

Arizona Country Music Thunder Festival 2011

April 7–10, 2011 in Florence, Arizona

Country Thunder adds eight more acts that join talents including Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, Eric Church, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Taking place April 7 -10, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the price of only $120, today is the final day for this special . Starting Saturday January 15th, 2011, 4-day general admission passes can be purchased for the price of $140. VIP and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including hospitality tent access, preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

The announced line-up includes: Thursday, April 7th Kick-off Party. Music begins at 6:30 pm with Jason Jones, Steel Magnolia and Sawyer Brown.

Friday, April 8th Music begins at 2:00 pm with JaneDear Girls, Brantley Gilbert, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Eric Church and Jason Aldean.

Saturday, April 9th music begins at 1:00 pm with Walker Hayes, Neal McCoy, The Bellamy Brothers, Rodney Atkins and Martina McBride.

Sunday, April 10th music begins at 1:00 pm with Troy Olsen, Gloriana, Clay Walker and Toby Keith.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, tent and campsites are available at Canyon Moon Ranch. There are several types of camping available —from prmmitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities. Crown Camping is also now available. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Resource tickets and additional information online: www.countrythunder.com.




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ATC's "Lost in Yonkers"

LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon. Directed by Samantha K. Wyer is presented by ATC in Phoenix through April 10, 2011. Meet the Kurnitz family. Grandma is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and as comical as it is poignant, Lost in Yonkers is the masterwork of Neil Simon's career and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens that all U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card. Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html

For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:

The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Arizona Chamber of
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Friday, April 1, 2011

FLAGSTAFF: First Friday Art Walk presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners – Historic Downtown Flagstaff, live music and refreshment, meet local artists, shop for original artwork, free, 6-9 pm, 928-773-2300 or www.FlagstaffArtWalk.com

PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Domingo DeGrazia, Flamenco, Spanish guitar, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

FLAGSTAFF: Opening Day at The Arboretum at Flagstaff – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, (4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, 86001), free, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-1442 or www.thearb.org

PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or www.artlinkphoenix.com

PHOENIX: Arizona Chamber Orchestra: Selections from George and Ira Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), selections from one of America’s most beloved operas with special guests, $30, 7 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

SCOTTSDALE: Ramsey Lewis Trio - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, one of the jazz world’s most popular and endearing artists, infusing his pop-laced jazz with gospel, blues and classical music, $49-59, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 2, 2011

CHANDLER: Steve Wariner - Chandler Center for the Arts, four time Grammy Award winner and the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental, $34-46, 8 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

CHANDLER: Street Beat - Chandler Center for the Arts, a high energy explosion of urban rhythm, hip hop moves, astonishing break dance acrobatics and a full evening of original entertainment for all ages, $22-36, 8 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

GILBERT: Pancake Run – Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, 5K and 10K, 8 am, 602-803-7596 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

GLENDALE: 24th Annual Rose Society of Glendale Rose Show – more than 1,000 blooms on exhibit of every kind of rose, free, 1-4 pm, http://roseglenaz.com

GLENDALE: 2nd Annual Anthony Holly “Run for the Kids” 5K Run/Walk – Paseo Park, 8 am, 602-803-7596 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

PHOENIX: 10th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace – Heard Museum, more than 100 Hopi katsina doll carvers will gather to show and sell their unique creations, offers a wide range of styles, designs, techniques and prices, interact with the artists to learn more about the art form, there will also be select performances and book signings, free, 10 am – 4 pm, www.heard.org

PHOENIX: KlezFest Lecture: "American Yiddish Radio Hour" presented by Maestro Aaron Kula - MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), feature vintage recordings and examine many of the original bands and singers from the 1920s-1950s who helped establish Jewish musicians as an important musical force in America, $10, 2:30 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

PHOENIX: KlezFest Concert: Klezmer Company Orchestra Presents "Beyond the Tribes" - MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO) performs world Jewish music from its award-winning CD. Influenced by Latin, Mediterranean, and American sounds, $35, 7 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

PHOENIX: Annual Children’s Day & Kite Festival – Japanese Friendship Garden, kite making and kite flying are primary activities of the day, but a stage of entertainment, Japanese food, and other cultural activities for children and families are also featured, Valley of the Sun Koi Club, 10 am – 3 pm, www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org

PHOENIX: 10th Annual Arizona Epilepsy Walk – Steele Indian School Park, features a fun run, 3K & 5K walk, food and family fun, benefit, 602-406-3581 or www.azepilepsywalk.org

April 3, 2011

PHOENIX: Family program: Klez4Kidz—Mendel’s Accordion- MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), multimedia presentation of the award?winning children’s book Mendel’s Accordion, by Heidi Smith Hyde, features the Klezmer Company Orchestra, a dramatic reading, live music, and projected illustrations from the book, $10, 7 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A'Fair - Center for the Arts, features the Valley's top entertainers, this week is, a diverse selection of arts & crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon - 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

April 5, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Bubbles and Bliss – W Scottsdale Hotel, champagne tasting accompanied by hors d’oeuvre’s by Sushi Roku $40, cocktail attire, 7-10 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

April 6, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Chef Tribute Dinner – J&G Steakhouse – The Phoenician, mix and mingle with some of the valley’s top chefs, a four-course wine paired menu crafted by renowned chef Jacques Qualin, cocktail attire, $150, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

SCOTTSDALE: Wine & Chocolate Experience – Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort, enjoy chocolates and desserts from some of the valley’s best pastry chefs as you sample great wines from around the world, $40, 7-10 pm, http:// www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

April 7, 2011

PHOENIX: 8th Annual Forks & Corks - Camelback Esplanade, (2425 E. Camelback Rd.) enjoy unlimited samplings prepared by more than 25 top chefs from many of Arizona's finest restaurants and resort kitchens, tastings from boutique wineries and microbrews, live entertainment, silent auction, benefits the Arizona Hotel & Restaurant Foundations, $65-75, 5:30 pm, 602-604-0729 or www.forksandcorks.org

PHOENIX: Arizona Biltmore’s Winemaker Dinner – featuring Georges Duboeuf Winery, France (with a special guest chef), $95, 7 pm, 800-950-0086 or www.arizonabiltmore.com

PHOENIX: Phoenix Boys Choir Mini-Concert – Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, (300 E. Indian School Rd., 85012), the world-renowned Tour Choir will perform new works, sneak peeks at special repertoire and audience favorites,  $10, 5:30 pm, 264-5328 or www.phoenixboyschoir.org

SCOTTSDALE: Friends of James Beard Dinner – The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, seven James Beard Award winning chefs each prepare a unique course paired with wine, Italian themed, cocktail attire, $200, 6 pm, www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

SCOTTSDALE: On the Rocks – relax in a tropical paradise on the rooftop, drinks and fun island entertainment with sampling the best in Polynesian fare from Trader Vic’s, casual cocktail attire, $40, 6:30-9:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

April 8, 2011

PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Leila Lopez, Americana, folk, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

SCOTTSDALE: Eat, Drink & Be Pretty Party – Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts, fashion-forward food and wine tasting, kickoff soiree features live entertainment by Hip Pocket and George Hamilton, dancing, music and a runway show presented by Dillards, casual cocktail attire, $70, 7-11 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

TEMPE: Black Tie – Tempe Center for the Arts, (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 85281), Performed by the innovative German theatre group, Rimini-Protokoll, Black Tie is a story about adoption, DNA testing, and the origin of human identity, 7 pm, 480-965-0070 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/events

April 9, 2011

TEMPE: 6th Annual Tempe Town Lake Outrigger Canoe Association Regatta – canoe racing, outrigger canoe competition, music & entertainment, bring lawn chairs and blankets, free, 8 am – 5 pm, www.tempeoutrigger.net/

TEMPE: 27th Annual My Nana’s Salsa Challenge – Tempe Beach Park, (80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy), fund-raiser for Hemophilia Assn, 90+ competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category, salsas, featuring restaurants, businesses and individuals, sampling contest, enjoy margaritas, live bands, food court, vote for your favorite salsa chef, $8-10, 12 and under are free, 11 am - 6 pm, 602-955-1962 or www.salsachallenge.com 

TEMPE: The Planets – ASU Gammage, (1200 S. Forest Ave, 85287), the ASU Symphony Orchestra and Women’s Chorus perform Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets, with unforgettable images from NASAS and narration by renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss, 8 pm, 480-965-0070 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/events 

TEMPE: Cave of Forgotten Dreams – Tempe Center for the Arts, (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 85281), Werner Herzog captures in 3-D the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in his remarkable new documentary film, 2:30 pm, 480-965-0070 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/events 

April 10, 2011

GLENDALE: Run for Literacy – Westgate City Center, 7:30 am, 623-362-8438 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

GOODYEAR: 17th Annual Phoenix Symphony Pops Concert – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheatre, (110300 S. Estrella Parkway, 85338), pack a picnic, bring a blanket for an evening of classical and popular music, $10-15, 7 pm, 623-935-6384 or www.wvfac.org

PHOENIX: Young Sounds of Arizona- MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), the future of jazz, $10, 7 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

SCOTTSDALE: Wine Country Brunch – Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, highlights eight wineries, meet winemakers & experience award-winning food & wine combinations, also a silent auction, cocktail attire, $65, 11 am - 2 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

SCOTTSDALE: Best of the Fest - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, featuring  prominent Valley chefs each creating a five-course dinner for their two tables of ten, each course is paired with quality wines, cocktail attire, $175, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

TEMPE: Marquee Triathlon presented by Iron Gear Sports - Tempe Center for the Arts, kicks off southwest triathlon season with Half Iron, Olympic and Sprint distance events, swim in Tempe Town Lake, bike course, goes through Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, 2 loops for Half, 1 loop for Olympic and 1/2 loop for Sprint, run course loops around Tempe Town Lake, 2 loops for Half, 1 loop for Olympic and a modified short for Sprint, http://www.redrockco.com

TEMPE: 3 Mile Fun Run/Walk to Benefit Lung Cancer Research – Tempe Arts Park, 9 am, 646-290-5154 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

SCOTTSDALE: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel – Paris – 1911: A Centennial Celebration - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a personal tour of Paris during the watershed year of 1911 when the ink was fresh on the musical page of Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Debussy’s Preludes and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, $39, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 15, 2011

CHANDLER: Downtown Chandler Art Walk – Historic Downtown Chandler, 5-9 pm, http://www.visitchandler.com/ or http://www.chandleraz.gov/

April 16, 2011

CHANDLER: Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert Musical Humor - Chandler Center for the Arts, families can discover exquisite music of exceptional quality, free, 2 pm, www.chandlersymphony.org

CHANDLER: Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles - Chandler Center for the Arts, the music of the Eagles is timeless and appealing to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of every generation, $20-32, 8 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

PHOENIX: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), directed by David Baker and featuring Kim Nazarian, $40-45, 6 & 8 pm, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

PHOENIX: 25th Annual Dinner on the Desert - Desert Botanical Garden, an elegant yet casual event along the Garden trails, dinner, silent auction & dancing, $500, 6 pm, 480-481-8182 or www.dbg.org

TEMPE: 12th Annual Rotary River Rally - Tempe Town Lake, featuring the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta with teams of up to 8 people paddling a 200-yard race course in home-made boats of cardboard, teams compete for best dressed, most spirited, best design, most sought-after, and Titanic award for the most spectacular sinking, benefits the Rotary Clubs of Tempe, free, Fri. preview 4-8 pm, Sat. 9 am - 3 pm, 480-905-5944 or www.rotaryriverrally.com

April 21, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Nobuyuki Tsujii - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the first Japanese and the first blind pianist to win the coveted Van Cliburn International Piano Competition award, Tsujii is a phenomenon on the classical music scene, $25, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 22, 2011

PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Dennis Rowland, jazz, R&B, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

TEMPE: David Sedaris – ASU Gammage, one of America’s pre-eminent satirists, with sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris gathers odd, shiny facts and foibles, from working as a Macy’s Santaland elf to moving to Japan to quit smoking $29-59, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 23, 2011

CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek Trail Run – Cave Creek by Spur Cross Conservation Ranch, 2K kids, 10K and 5K, 7:30 am, 415-606-1946 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

GLENDALE: “Run for Character” 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash – Thunderbird Paseo Park, 8 am, 602-803-7596 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

PEORIA: Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts – Peoria Sports Complex, candy hunts, carnival games, rides, visits with the Easter Bunny, free, 8:20 am, 623-773-7564 or www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents

TEMPE: 15th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival - Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, celebrates the artistic & creative endeavors of individuals with different visions & levels of experience, bring lawn chair or blanket, free, 8 pm, 480-965-2787 or http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/filmfest

April 27, 2011

PHOENIX: ASU-MIM Wednesday Morning Interludes Series – Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 85050), featuring Lynn Aspnes, harpist, and Elizabeth Buck, flutist, presenting “World Music for Flute and Harp,” featuring music of Debussy, Mozetich, and Takemitsu, 10:30 am, 480-478-6000 or www.theMIM.org

April 29, 2011

PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Dry River Yacht Club, Gypsy Fusion, Indie orchestra, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

SCOTTSDALE: Jesse Cook - Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, Juno Award-winning musician, his exotic rumba flamenco is a fusion of sounds from cultures as diverse as Spain, Africa, Cuba, Egypt, France and Brazil, $38, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 30, 2011

CAVE CREEK: 12th Annual Celebration of Dance – Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, dancers from around the valley perform in a mix of dance styles celebrating our diverse dance culture in the Southwest, includes Hip Hop, ballet, jazz, modern, tap Flamenco, contemporary, belly dance, salsa, E. Indian, Celtic and others, $16-25, 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-254-2151 or www.goldenlionproductions.com

CHANDLER: 13th Annual Napa Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals - Firebird International Raceway, one of Arizona’s largest fields of Monster Trucks competing side-by-side in an all-out freestyle competition, also some of the world’s fastest jet cars reach speeds approaching 300 mph, 602-268-0200 or www.firebirdraceway.com

CHANDLER: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - Chandler Center for the Arts, $28-36, 8 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

MARICOPA: 7th Annual Salsa Festival - Pacana Park, salsa, guacamole and bean dip competition, live music, a beer and margarita garden, free tortilla chips, kids zone, junior salsa bar and salsa lessons for everyone, $1,000 for the best overall salsa, also an artist’s alley, free, 5-9 pm, 520-568-9098 or520-568-9573 or  www.maricopasalsafestival.com

MESA: Crossing Paths – First United Methodist Church, the Sonoran Chorale offers music inspired by the great European crossroads of Vienna and Budapest, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org

PHOENIX: Ken Waldman: Alaska’s Fiddling Poet - MIM Music Theater, (4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 85050), Ken Waldman draws on his twenty-three years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a family-friendly performance uniquely his own, $25, 10:30 am, 480-478-6000 or http://www.theMIM.org

SCOTTSDALE: 11th Annual Wine, Women & Jazz FUNrasier – Arizona Culinary Institute, (10585 N. 116th St) hors d’oeuvres, desserts, fine wine and great jazz, benefits Arizona Women’s Partnership, $55-65, 4-6:30 pm, 602-863-9744 or www.azwp.org

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Through April Events


Through April 2, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: 9th Season of Native Trails presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation - series of free festivals celebrating Native American culture, highlighting tribes from across Arizona including Fort McDowell Yavapai, Hopi, Dine' and Apache nations, Native American music and dance, traditional flutes and drums, arts, crafts and jewelry also available, guest performers, free, most Thursdays & Saturdays, noon - 1:30 pm, 480-421-1004 or www.CultureQuestScottsdale.com

SCOTTSDALE: 7th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd., (26540 N. Scottsdale Rd.),  100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in studio environment, hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, a café, weekends feature musical entertainment, $8, 10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.com

Through April 3, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: 7th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd., (26540 N. Scottsdale Rd.),  100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in studio environment, hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, a café, weekends feature musical entertainment, $8, 10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.co

April 1-2, 2011

CHANDLER: 12th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival – Historic Downtown, more than 120 musicians, all performances are free, Fri 5-9:30 pm, Sat noon-9:30 pm, www.chandleraz.gov/jazz

GILBERT: Highland Jazz Festival – Highland High School Auditorium, (4301 E. Guadalupe, 85234), featuring Jeff Coffin from Bella Fleck and the Flecktones and the Dave Matthews Band with his Mu'tet (April 1), Bobby Shew, world renowned Trumpeter (4/2), $30, 7:30 pm, http://www.highlandhighband.org2011 Outdoor Expo http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/showcase.shtml

April 1-3, 2011

PHOENIX: Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale - Desert Botanical Garden, Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants competing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite, also outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale, 480-941-1225 or www.dbg.org

April 1-6, 2011

TEMPE: 7th Annual International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival – Madcap Theaters, (730 S. Mill Ave), the finest in independent Horror and Sci-fi feature and shorts will be screened, competition films, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame, the legendary Saturday Night Costume Party featuring a cash prize costume contest, Gore Girl Competition, indie & retro titles scattered throughout, 602-955-6444 or www.horrorscifi.com

April 1-10, 2011

PHOENIX: 4th Annual Phoenix Fringe Festival – alternative theatre, showcases a wide variety of performers from the local, national and international alternative theatre communities, 37 shows in six different venues, also special events and workshops, $5-15, www.phxfringe.org

April 1-17, 2011

PHOENIX: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Valley Youth Theatre, a musical adaptation of Judith Viorst’s tale of one of America’s feistiest characters, Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, 602-253-8188 or  www.vyt.com

April 2-5, 2011

PHOENIX: 21st Annual Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale – art work by more than 1000 young Native American artists from around the country and Canada, proceeds benefit the students, $4-10, 10 am – 4 pm, 602-252-8840 or www.heard.org 

April 2-September 5, 2011

PHOENIX: The Art of Ceremony – American Indian Painting of the 20th Century - Heard Museum, artists from many different regions have attempted to convey the power and beauty of ceremonies that are central to their lives, offers insight into the artists’ visions, www.heard.org

April 5-6, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, with his own music ensemble, Mark Morris’ dancers will perform Sangfroid (music by Chopin), Candleflowerdance (music by Stravinsky), Excursions (music by Samuel Barber) and Grand Duo, a tribal group piece inspired by Lou Harrison’s score, $49-59, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 5-10, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: 2011 Culinary Festival - Center for the Arts, demonstrations, Great AZ picnic, Le Tour Culinaire, Southwest Festival of Beers, Wine Country Brunch, Best of the Fest, tastings & Epicurean events, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

April 7-10, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Paint Horse Spring Fling – WestWorld, 480-241-5705 or www.azpaints.org or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp

April 7-17, 2011

PHOENIX: Rumors – Paradise Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), a comedy by Neil Simon, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

April 9-10, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Great Arizona Picnic - Center for the Arts, (7380 E. 2nd St. 85251), food sampling from 50+ of the finest restaurants in the Valley, continuous musical entertainment, $10 entry, & $1 tasting coupons, Sat noon - 10 pm, Sun noon - 9 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

SCOTTSDALE: Cooks & Corks - Center for the Arts, cooking demos from some of the nation’s hottest chefs, including Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network stars, casual attire, $75, noon – 4:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

TEMPE: 21st Annual Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 - Tempe Diablo Stadium, more than 70 of the finest vintage motor cars leave Phoenix Art Museum and drive 1000 miles of popular Arizona terrain, celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before Jan. 1, 1973, fundraiser for the Art Museum, 602-307-2007 or www.copperstate1000.com

April 9-17, 2011

TEMPE: The Imaginators – Tempe Center for the Arts, (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 85281), when neighborhood newcomers, Tim and his sister Anne, meet their wildly imaginative neighbor Nina, their garage is transformed into a place of mystery and high adventure, they must use their imaginations and join forces to defeat the Mooklecratz, a make-believe child-eating monster, $12-25, 4 & 1 pm, 480-350-2822 or http://childsplayaz.org

April 13-17, 2011

PHOENIX: 36th Annual Maricopa County Fair – We Grow Fun - State Fairgrounds, an annual occasion to celebrate & pursue the traditional values of educational opportunity, agricultural prosperity & love of family, midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture & youth exhibits, motorized events, horse show, art walk of chalk art, $4-8, 602-252-0717 or www.maricopacountyfair.org 

April 13-23, 2011

MESA: Jesus the Christ Easter Pageant – Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds, drama, dance & musical story about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ presented in Spanish some nights and English some nights, free, 8 pm, 480-964-7164 or www.easterpageant.org 

April 13-May 8, 2011

PHOENIX: Nine – Phoenix Theatre, based on Fellini’s classic film 8 ?, Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued and haunted by hordes of beautiful women from his past who won’t leave his mind, spectacular and sexy musical, http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/

April 14-16, 2011

PHOENIX: Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 – Symphony Hall, featuring the Phoenix Symphony, and Christian Lindberg conductor and trombone soloist, 7:30 & 8 pm & 11 am, www.phoenixsymphony.org

April 14-May 14, 2011

MESA: Smoke on the Mountain – Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, (5247 E. Brown, 85205), a toe-tapping, rollicking musical with hilarious stories and uplifting gospel tunes set in 1938, Reverend Oglethorpe of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church invites the Sanders Family Singers to share their individual stories and more than two dozen beloved vintage hymns including Amazing Grace, Rock of Ages and I’ll Fly Away, 480-325-6700 or www.BroadwayPalmWest.com

April 15-17, 2011

PHOENIX: 10th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival – Herberger Theatre Center, comedy teams from around the country, as well as local improvisational comedy troupes, $10-15, 602-252-8497 or 480-251-3697or www.phoeniximprovfestival.com 

SALOME: Arizona Outback Spring Fiddlefest - Lion's Club, fiddling, bluegrass and country music, free, 928-859-3466 or www.azoutback.com or www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org

SCOTTSDALE: 8th Annual Desert Ice Bonspiel – Alltel Ice Den, 24 curling teams from Canada and the U.S. will participate in the tournament, www.coyotescurling.com

April 16-17, 2011

PHOENIX: 17th Annual Arizona Asian Festival – features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries, include Japanese Taiko drums and a fashion show with traditional Asian costumes, Children’s Wonderland, crafts for kids, free, Sat 9 am – 7, Sun 9 am - 6 pm, 602-712-8889 or www.aaaa-az.org

PHOENIX: Phoenix Pride Festival – Indian School Park, www.phoenixpride.org

April 19-24, 2011

PHOENIX: Favorites – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe St.), Center Dance Ensemble joins the annual celebration of National Poetry Month with new choreography to the words of America’s great poets, 602-252-8497 or www.herbergertheater.org

April 20-23, 2011

PHOENIX: American Voices – Herberger Theater, Center Dance Ensemble joins the annual celebration of National Poetry Month with new choreography to the words of America’s great poets, $6.50-11.50, 602-252-8497 or www.centerdance.com

April 21-23, 2011

PHOENIX: Symphonic Voyages – Symphony Hall, take a symphonic voyage with talented composers as your tour guides, featuring the Phoenix Symphony, conductor Joel Revzen (director of the Arizona Opera who is making his conducting debut), and Philip Addis, baritone, 7:30 & 8 pm, www.phoenixsymphony.org

April 22-May 8, 2011

PHOENIX: Circle Mirror Transformation – Herberger Theater, Actors Theatre brings you the Arizona premiere of this inventive and absorbing comedy, about Marty Kriesberg’s community center acting class, four lost individuals plunge into Marty’s class, each with their own set of expectations, http://www.atphx.org

April 22-May 15, 2011

PEORIA: The Full Monty – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Ln, 85382), based on the hit film, this grin and bare-it-all musical comedy tells of a disheartened group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY in desperate need of a new source of income, 623-776-8400 or http://www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

April 27-May 8, 2011

TEMPE: Billy Elliot The Musical – ASU Gammage, Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community, http://asugammage.com

April 29-30, 2011

PHOENIX: The Elvis Tribute – Symphony Hall, with the Phoenix Symphony and conductor Bryan English and vocalist Kraig Parker, in a dazzling tribute to the King, with the looks, voice, moves and style of the great Elvis Presley, part of the APS Pops Series, $18 and up, 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

PHOENIX : Spring Dance Collection – Paradise Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

April 29-May 1, 2011

PHOENIX: 28th Annual Answer to the Challenge - 3-day bike ride to Strawberry via Payson, Camp Verde to Jerome & Mingus Mountain to Prescott, http://www.pmbcaz.org/theanswer.html

TEMPE: A Taste of Greece – Tempe Beach Park, Greek dancing, music, food & fun, performances by costumed Greek dancers, Greek wine tasting, carnival rides, $2, Fri. &  Sat. 11 am - 11 pm, Sun. 11 am - 7 pm, 480-899-3330 or http://atasteofgreeceaz.webs.com

May 5-22, 2011

ATC: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam. Directed by David Ira Goldstein. Tucson: April 9 – 30, 2011. Phoenix:May 5 – 22, 2011. Audiences laughed until they couldn't breathe when we produced this virtuoso quick-change horror story a dozen years ago. You asked for it—so we're bringing it all back to endanger your funny bone again! Two lightning-fast actors portray all the residents of the Mandacrest estate—as well as a host of vampires, werewolves, mummys and things that go bump in the night—who travel from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again. With Gothic plot turns thrown out like thumbtacks in the road, along with a stage full of outrageous sets and costumes, Irma Vep will keep you in stitches right up until the final twist. "The play will keep you laughing… and laughing hard." —The Arizona Republic. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.