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Mesa Arts Center

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1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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May 2018

“Rock of Ages”

May 18, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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Told through the heart-pounding hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Poison and other well-known rock, glam and metal acts from the 1980s, this love story is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre.

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David Blaine

May 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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The death-defying magician is known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work.

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Brian Culbertson

May 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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The award-winning songwriter and producer plays several instruments and is known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk.

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April 2019

Mesa Prototyping Project

April 1, 2019 - April 15, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Visitors embark on a playful journey of discovery with several “play stops” installed throughout the downtown area. Three playable pianos, an innovative drum circle made with repurposed car parts and a one-of-a-kind rotating table where guests can create spiral designs in a bed of sand…

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The Toxic Avenger

April 5, 2019 - April 21, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Taking place in a polluted town off the New Jersey Turnpike, this cheeky rock musical tells the tale of an incurable nerd who gets tossed into a vat of radioactive waste – only to emerge as a green mutant with superhero strength and a heart…

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American Girl Live

April 16, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Tales of bravery and friendship come to life as American Girl characters follow their hearts and share their dreams in this new musical. Call for times. $35-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Postmodern Jukebox

April 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$42.50 – $108

Crossing all musical boundaries and generations, the vintage pop sensation reimagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s. Designed to prepare the world for a new decade, its Twenties 2.0 Tour ushers in the upcoming 2020s with…

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You Are Not Alone

April 19, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$21 – $45

CaZo Dance Company brings awareness to the suicide crisis with this new full-length dance production focusing on the struggles of being a teenager in the age of social media. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Christian McBride Big Band

April 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$36 – $56

The iconic musician brings his 17-piece, 21st-century big band to the Valley, simultaneously showing off his compositional talent and unmatched ability to drive a band from behind the bass.

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On the Shoulders of Giants

April 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $25

From classical to jazz and from Herbert L. Clarke to Miles Davis, Salt River Brass pays tribute to the great American brass heroes whose legacy has provided the foundation for countless brass giants of today.

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International Jazz Day (FREE)

April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
free

Celebrate jazz and the role it plays in uniting people around the world at this festival, which features Nicholas Payton, Bernard Wright, NOLAZ Band, Nayo, Sandra Bassett, Jesse McGuire, Dowell Davis and more.

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May 2019

Jake Shimabukuro

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$39

Renowned for his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary techniques, the ukulele virtuoso has a diverse repertoire ranging from traditional Hawaiian tunes and Schubert’s “Ave Maria” to covers of such popular hits as George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 7:30 p.m. $39.…

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Apocalyptica

May 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$25 – $55

Hear Metallica played like never before – on cello! – as this string-driven Finnish metal band shares head-banging renditions of such hits as “Nothing Else Matters,” “Seek and Destroy,” “Battery” and “Enter Sandman.” 8p.m. $25-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Symphonic Prince Celebration

May 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Experience the soulful music of the industry legend as 4U: The Music of Prince with Symphonypresents beloved Prince cuts. Redefining the iconic music of “The Purple One” with a classical experience, the Prince Estate-approved concert features a full symphony orchestra paired with a live band featuring world-class musicians…

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In the Heights

May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

A lively depiction of life in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, this Tony Award-winning play explores the need for family and the question of “what is home?” within a framework of Latin music, rap and traditional musical theater ballads. The play is staged by…

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June 2019

David Gray

June 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$48.50 – $68.50

The British singer/songwriter is known for his soulful smooth ballads, unforced vocals and honest lyrics in such hits as “Babylon” and “Sail Away.” 8 p.m. $48.50-$68.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

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July 2019

Billy Cobham

July 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40

The jazz fusion virtuoso performs with trumpeter Randy Brecker and Cobham’s Crosswinds Project Band, which includes Fareed Haque on guitar; Tim Landers, bass; Scott Tibbs, keyboards; and Paul Hanson, bassoon and saxophone. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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August 2019

Steve Earle & The Dukes

August 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$35 – $55

With raw vocals, a passion for storytelling and a unique country/rock blend, Earle has released such timeless hits as “Copperhead Road,” “The Galway Girl” and “Guitar Town.” The singer-songwriter also is known for his full-length albums covering songs of his mentors, including his newest album Guyin…

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Hot Spanish Nights

August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$38

Celino and Lito Romero, the third generation of “The Royal Family of Guitars,” are joined by guitarist Eric Symons for an evening of Spanish sounds. 7:30 p.m. $38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Chris Isaak

August 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$55 – $85

Fans are in for a night of Isaak’s smooth, dusky baritone and effortless brand of stylish retro-cool as the rockabilly crooner performs such standout hits as “Wicked Games,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” “San Francisco Days” and “Somebody’s Crying.” 7:30 p.m. $55-$85. Mesa Arts…

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September 2019

Into the Woods

September 6, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Fractured fairy tales intersect through unexpected new plot twists in this witty and irreverent production, which reveals what happens when fairy-tale characters live beyond the page. The play is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E.…

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Season Kickoff Festival (FREE)

September 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
free

Guests enjoy live music and entertainment, opening receptions for five art exhibits, winged visitors from Liberty Wildlife, and food and activities provided by Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. 6-10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Kansas

September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$43 – $128

The iconic progressive rock band celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Point of Know Returnalbum, performing it in its entirety in a two-hour concert that includes such hits as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” as well as deep cuts from the…

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A Date with Oscar

September 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $25

Salt River Brass opens its 32nd season with a salute to music written for film, including songs from Ben-Hur, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roofand Star Wars. 3 p.m. $18-$25, adults; $16-$23, students and seniors. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main…

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October 2019

Get the Led Out 

October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$35 – $55

This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of professional musicians who were fans first, and passionate about their love of Led Zeppelin music and bringing “the mighty Zep” to life on stage. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com,…

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Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$43 – $68

The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour features remastered audio and hologram performances from the two rock icons alongside a live band and backup singers. 8 p.m. $43-$68. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Samin Nosrat

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40

The cookbook author and culinary star explains her simple, universal philosophy of salt, fat, acid and heat and how these four elements are common in all good cooking. The program includes a moderated conversation, audience Q&A and book signing. 8 p.m. $40 ($100 for pre-show…

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Chick Corea Trilogy

October 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$35 – $63

The legendary jazz pianist shares the stage with bass powerhouse Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade. 7:30 p.m. $35-$63. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Anka Sings Sinatra

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$85 – $125

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka salutes Frank Sinatra with His Songs, My Songs, My Way! 7:30 p.m. $85-$125. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Dennis DeYoung

October 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$43 – $60

A founding member of Styx, the legendary singer/songwriter performs The Grand Illusion album in its entirety, plus such classic hits as “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Best of Times.” 8 p.m. $43-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main…

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Tower of Power

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$29.50 – $59.50

Well-known in the ’70s for the tunes, “What Is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” the funk icons share their horn-driven style of soul music. 7 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Experience Hendrix

October 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$46 – $91

An ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the show brings together a diverse group of musical greats. 7 p.m. $46-$91. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Trio on Tour

October 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40

World-class masters of the banjo, tabla and double bass, respectively, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussein and Edgar Meyer move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and North Indian music, creating a fusion that is uniquely their own. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts Center, 1…

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Baby Shark Live!

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark joins his friend Pinkfong for an adventure into the sea filled with new and classic songs. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Double Dare Live

October 19, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$43 – $80

The classic Nickelodeon game show is now a live tour, with audience members competing for prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course. Marc Summers is host. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $43-$80. Mesa Arts Center, 1…

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Lila Downs: Calavera

October 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $56

Guests are encouraged to dress in imaginative Día de los Muertos costumes and makeup to celebrate the remembrance of loved ones as the Latin Grammy Award winner blends Mexican rhythms and native dialects with American folk, blues and rock. Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and…

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Akashinga: The Brave Ones

October 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $44

Special operations sniper and Royal Australian Navy clearance diver Damien Mander traveled to Africa to create solutions in the fight against poachers. This National Geographic Live presentation focuses on the all-female ranger unit that he formed in Zimbabwe, altering stereotypes, saving elephants and establishing a…

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Dream Theater

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$39 – $100

The progressive metal pioneers perform their landmark album Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their widely acclaimed catalog and selections from their latest release Distance Over Time. 7:30 p.m. $39-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main…

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Bloody Mary

October 25, 2019 - October 26, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$18 – $43

Three unfortunate souls find themselves fighting for their lives as they navigate their way through the underworld to find the mirrors they were abducted from in this epic adventure staged by CaZo Dance. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $18-$43. Mesa Arts…

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Macbeth

October 25, 2019 - November 9, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The performance follows the bloody rise and fall of one of the most tragic couples in all of Shakespeare – neither of whom will stop at anything to gain the throne. The production is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company. Call for times and ticket prices.…

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All-Ensembles Concert

October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Symphonette Orchestra, Prelude Strings, Chamber Winds and Phoenix Youth Symphony share the stage. 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, phoenixyouthsymphony.org, 602-777-7013.

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Frank Turner

October 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The British troubadour is on tour in support of his new album No Man’s Land, which features songs about women from history, often with connections to music. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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November 2019

The Pirates of Penzance

November 1, 2019 - November 17, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Hilarity abounds as Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comic operetta sets sail on a magical voyage with sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted youth, wide-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major General, all morally bound to the ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. The play is staged by…

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The March King

November 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $24

Salt River Brass pays tribute to the men and women in the armed forces with patriotic music, military songs and marches by John Philip Sousa, including “The Washington Post” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” 3 p.m. $16-$24. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.,…

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The Magic of Bill Blagg

November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40

The interactive show combines the illusionist’s mind-blowing magical talents with his trademark off-the-cuff personality. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Carlene Carter Trio

November 16, 2019 - November 17, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $40

The singer-songwriter – and daughter of June Carter Cash – brings the legacy of country music’s foremost families alive with her distinctive blend of country and rock. Sa, 7:30 p.m., $40, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500; and Su, 7:30 p.m.,…

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis

November 19, 2019 - November 24, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$55

The famous author, whose collected works made him a literary giant of the 20th century, talks about his relationship with key individuals in his life: his wife, brother, God and his Oxford colleague, J.R.R. Tolkien. Tu-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su,…

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Lynn Harrell

November 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$38 – $46

The Grammy Award-winning classical cellist performs. 7:30 p.m. $38-$46. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Building the Photo Ark

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $44

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore talks about his mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear, including comical mishaps, endearing encounters and personal stories. 7:30 p.m. $30-$44. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Sheléa

November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$43 – $50

The up-and-coming rhythm and blues singer has collaborated and toured with such musical greats as Dave Koz and Stevie Wonder. 7:30 p.m. $43-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Carnival of Illusion

November 30, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$42 – $60

Enjoy an evening of old-world magic as this program blends an international theme with the charm of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $42-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

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Choir! Choir! Choir!

November 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Be part of the choir as creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman present this international singing phenomenon. The duo takes a nontraditional approach – with no auditions – as audience members learn an original arrangement to a well-loved song. 7:30 p.m. $40. Mesa Arts…

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December 2019

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

December 5, 2019 - December 15, 2019
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$15

Based on the belief and faith that anything is possible, this heartwarming musical focuses on the 1897 true story of an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” The show is staged by…

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Straight Up with Stassi

December 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$25 – $55

New York Times best-selling author, TV personality and podcast host Stassi Schroeder talks pop culture, reality TV, celeb gossip, relationships and more. Doing what she does best – judge – the Vanderpump Rules star is joined by special guests Beau Clark and Taylor Strecker. 7:30 p.m. $25-$55.…

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Racing Extinction (FREE)

December 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
free

A team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. The film provides an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. 6:30 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.,…

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Holiday Pops!

December 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $24

Salt River Brass decks the concert hall with a joyful and soulful blend of holiday favorites. 3 p.m. $16-$24. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, saltriverbrass.org, 480-644-6500.

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Dave Koz & Friends

December 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The saxophonist continues his annual holiday tradition with a concert of Christmas classics featuring Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester and Michael Lington. 7:30 p.m. $63-$93. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Na Leo Concert

December 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Comprised of Lehua Kalima, Angela Morales and Nalani Jenkins, the Hawaiian trio shares contemporary pop ballads, traditional Hawaiian music and holiday classics. 7:30 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Dreams of Winter

December 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16

Tempe Community Chorus, Mill Avenue Singers and other featured performers sing holiday and popular tunes ranging from “Carol of the Bells” and a medley of “Little Drummer Boy” and “Peace on Earth” to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.” 4 p.m. $16, adults; free, children 11…

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Mannheim Steamroller

December 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Known for its signature mix of Renaissance instruments with rock ’n’ roll beats, the band shares modern recordings of Christmas classics. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $36-$81. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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January 2020

She Kills Monsters

January 10 - January 26
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

To rediscover the younger sister she lost to a tragic car accident, Agnes must embark on a quest into the deepest, darkest geekdom in this action-packed ’90s-themed romp through the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons. The play is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call…

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Mandy Patinkin: Diaries

January 15 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The singer and actor takes guests on a musical journey that marries the artist’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recordings. 7:30 p.m. $45-$85. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Stanley Clarke Power Trio

January 17 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$50

The Grammy Award-winning musician has attained “living legend” status during his more than 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. 7:30 p.m. $50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Ballet Folclórico

January 19 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$25 – $45

With an artistic career spanning more than 56 years, Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano reflects the work of Mexico’s leading practitioners of folklore, dance, music and costumes. 3 p.m. $25-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Catalyst Quartet

January 23 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$38 – $46

The ensemble combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. 7:30 p.m. $38-$46. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Lisa Lampanelli’s Losin’ It

January 24 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

The “queen of mean” with the saucy personality – who has lost and gained more than 372 pounds over the course of her life – has curated her own show featuring professional actors, storytellers and special guests who have all dealt with the problem of…

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

January 29 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$37.50 – $78

Experience the TV comedy series live as the original host and creator Joel Hodgson is back in the red jumpsuit as Joel Robinson alongside new MST3K host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) and the Bots, bringing new movies and all new riffs and sketches to the…

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February 2020

All That Jazz

February 9 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $24

Toes will be tapping and hands clapping as Salt River Brass steps into the big-band era. 3 p.m. $16-$24. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, saltriverbrass.org, 480-644-6500.

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Space Mission #5379: Saving Rachel, Nevada

February 13 - February 23
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$15

East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this play, which focuses on the lack of alien sightings in a tiny town that lives or dies by tourism. When a new family moves in, they are enlisted by the town kids to help stage an alien sighting to…

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The Bachelor Live on Stage

February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40 – $150

Members of the audience have the opportunity to find love with one eligible hometown bachelor as the show brings the flirting, gossip, drama and romance of the TV production to Mesa. Fan-favorite alums Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins are co-hosts. 7:30 p.m. $40-$150. Mesa Arts…

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Renée Fleming

February 14 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$55 – $100

The star soprano is the only classical artist ever to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. She is accompanied by pianist Gerald Martin Moore. 8 p.m. $55-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Designed by Nature

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $44

Bioengineer and research diver Kakani Katija – whose work led to energy-efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics – takes guests deep into the midwaters of the ocean in this National Geographic Live! presentation, sharing how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design. 7:30 p.m. $30-$44. Mesa…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

February 21 - March 2
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$13 – $48

Mischief meets merriment in this fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy. The magical production is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company. Call for times. $38-$48, adults; $13, students. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, swshakespeare.org, 480-435-6868.

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Simply Three

February 21 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $38

The electrifying classical crossover trio performs a range of genres that span Adele, Gershwin, Ed Sheeran and more. 8 p.m. $30-$38. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Travis Tritt

February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$36 – $66

The award-winning country artist performs such hits as “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive,” “Anymore,” “Country Club” and “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” in a solo acoustic setting where his powerful voice and guitar are in the spotlight. The up-close and personal…

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Shrek the Musical

February 28 - March 15
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Curses are reversed in this hilarious tale staged by Mesa Encore Theatre – monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,…

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Itzhak Perlman

February 29 @ 8:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Beloved worldwide for his remarkable skill and artistry, the reigning virtuoso of the violin shares stories of his life, family and career in a multimedia 75th birthday celebration. Rohan De Silva is featured on piano. 8 p.m. $55-$110. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.,…

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March 2020

Il Volo: The Best of 10 Years

March 1 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$65 – $95

The trio of Italian tenors performs in celebration of its new album Il Volo – The Best of, which features the best of the group’s repertoire, from “Ol Sole Mi” to “My Way” to “Grande Amore.” 7:30 p.m. $65-$95. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main…

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Shen Yun

March 3 @ 8:00 am - March 15 @ 5:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

Discover the wisdom and beauty of a lost civilization as diverse ethnic and folk traditions of China are conveyed through innovative dance, music and artistry. March 3-8, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix; and March 12-15, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa.…

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A Bowie Celebration

March 4 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$27 – $52

Key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s band play Diamond Dogs and Ziggy Stardust albums in their entirety. 7:30 p.m. $27-$52. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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The Finest Hour

March 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$37

Davina and the Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown perform a range of music – from Billie Holiday, Gene Autry and Lester Young to Doris Day and Bing Crosby – in a celebration of the fleeting, platinum age in American music following World War II,…

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5 Soldiers

March 11 - March 14
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$35

This dramatic dance piece by choreographer Rosie Kay offers a thrilling and humane portrait of Army life, telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line. 7:30 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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Carnival of Illusion

March 13 - March 21
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$40 – $60

Enjoy an evening of old-world magic as this program blends an international theme with the charm of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. March 13, 8 p.m.; March 14, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and March 21,…

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Musical Comedy

March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$18

When the bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The production features an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs and feathers. 7 p.m. $18. Mesa Arts…

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The Book of Moron

March 17 - March 22
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$55

Brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, comedian Robert Dubac takes fans on a hilarious and thought-provoking joyride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy. Tu-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and…

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From Summit to Sea

March 18 @ 7:30 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$30 – $44

From his early days as a rock climber to his current passion documenting the critically endangered oceanic whitetip shark, filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann’s stunning images tell the story of our rapidly changing planet. This National Geographic Live! presentation shows how Mann uses his work…

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Bandemonium

March 22 @ 3:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
$16 – $25

Salt River Brass performs audience and band favorites, from old warhorses to fresh new songs. 3 p.m. $16-$25. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, saltriverbrass.org, 480-644-6500.

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