Fun Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale This Month
Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, before making plans we recommend that you confirm information by contacting the event organizer.
Gin, Guns and All That Jazz
Through Oct. 30
On the dark and sultry streets of the Windy City, jazz reigns supreme, murder is a way of life and a little razzle-dazzle makes everything just fine. Based on the true story of two sensational murders in 1924, the sultry musical includes such show-stopping numbers as “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Nowadays” and “Class.” Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, (623) 776-8400.
On the Road Again
Willie Nelson & Family
The creative genius behind such classics as “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Good Hearted Woman,” the iconic Texan brings the Outlaw Music Festival to the Valley. The Avett Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Lucinda Williams and Ida Mae are special guests. 4:25 p.m. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, (800) 653-8000.
Take One, Leaf One
Green-thumb enthusiasts are invited to bring at least one live and healthy plant, seedling, cutting or pup for trading with another plant or clipping of equal size at this community event. Planting stations and soil are available for use for $3-$10, depending upon the size of the plant. Bring your own pot or peruse the selection of unique pots and glassware at Hawk Salvage, which features a curated selection of vintage, industrial, reclaimed, antique, one-of-a-kind finds and oddities, as well as an extensive selection of rare and unique houseplants. Live music, food trucks and artist demonstrations add to the fun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hawk Salvage, 1109 Grand Ave., Phoenix, hawksalvage.com, (602) 790-8365.
Edward S. Curtis Spotlight
More than 25 historically significant photogravures by Edward S. Curtis are in the spotlight at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Raised on a farm near Whitewater, Wis., Curtis left school in the sixth grade and soon built his own camera. He went on to take more than 40,000 photographic images of Native Americans representing 80-plus tribes. His work recorded tribal lore and history as he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies and funeral customs. Among the works featured is “Tesuque Buffalo Dancers,” an original photogravure (pictured, 25″H x 22″W framed). Reservations are recommended. 7044 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, buffalocollection.com, (480) 946-3903.
The Perils of Popularity
Based on Tina Fey’s popular teen movie of the same name, the coming-of-age musical comedy tells the story of a naïve newbie infiltrating the reigning high school clique. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, (480) 965-3434.
Be Our Guest
PH&G Home Tour
Phoenix Home & Garden presents its premier luxury home tour, which offers a glimpse inside six of the Valley’s finest homes, as well as a VIP experience that includes brunch, plus access to an exclusive residence. Tickets must be purchased online for the self-guided event. A portion of proceeds benefits the Phoenix Women’s Board of Steele
Children’s Research Center, affectionately known as PANDA. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Scottsdale, Carefree, Paradise Valley and Phoenix area, phgmag.com/hometour.
Full Speed Ahead
Scottsdale Polo Championships
Horses and horsepower are in the spotlight at this high-energy polo party and car extravaganza, which features several polo matches, live entertainment, a catwalk fashion show, canine couture event, wine tastings and previews of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Gates open at 10 a.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, thepoloparty.com, (480) 423-1414.
Artists in Action
Hidden in the Hills
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases 192 artists who exhibit and sell their work at 45 private studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale, hiddeninthehills.org, (480) 575-6624.