January’s live performances for Arizona families
Alley Cats: Doo-Wop Drive-In (Sat Jan 14). The group serves up a perfect blend of 1950s and ’60s hits, with a side of comedy, served in four-part harmony. 7:30pm. $26-$42. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194 or higleycenter.org.
“Annie” (Fri-Sat Jan 13-14). Mesa Arts Center brings the beloved musical to stage with a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original. Times vary. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
Arizona Bach Festival (Jan 14-15, 22, 29). This festival celebrates the works of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Top Arizona artists showcase this rich music in four individual concerts held over three weekends. Concert times and locations vary. arizonabachfestival.org.
Beyond the Bricks (Thursdays through May). Enjoy live music, food, beer and wine in downtown Tempe. Thursday Night Live is presented by State Farm. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Hayden Square Amphitheater, 154 W. Fifth St., Tempe. downtowntempe.com.
“Cinderella” (Wed-Sun Dec 27-Jan 22). The classic story of true love and a glass slipper, performed with elegant hand puppets. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 for ages 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org.
Cinderella’s Ball (Sun Jan 22). A special event for princesses and princes. After the Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s “Cinderella” performance (see listing above), stay for games, snacks, activities, prizes and a special guest. 2-4pm. $10-$15. Call for reservations. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham. St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org.
Concerts at the MIM (Jan 5-29). Extreme Acoustic Guitar (Jan 5), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Jan 16-17), Steve Tyrell (Jan 19-20) and the Arizona Musicfest Young Musician Winter Concert (Jan 29). Prices and times vary. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000 or mim.org.
“Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment” (Thur-Sun Jan 19-22). Ice-skating spectacle featuring favorite Disney characters from animated films. 7pm Thur, 10:30am and 7pm Fri, 11am, 3 and 6:30pm Sat, noon and 4pm Sun. $22.50 and up. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 800-745-3000 or disneyonice.com/treasure-trove.
“Doc Holliday by Wyatt Earp” (Sat Jan 7). Meet the man, not the myth, in this story of the West’s most infamous dentist performed by Wyatt Earp, great-grandnephew of legendary gunman Wyatt Earp. 7:30pm. $25. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194 or higleycenter.org.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” (Saturdays and Sundays, Jan 14-Feb 19). With The Cat in The Hat, fun is never done! Join Sally and her brother as their rainy day is transformed by the Cat’s mischief. 1 and 4pm Sat, 1pm Sun. $12-$26. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. 480-921-5700 or childsplayaz.org.
“Forever Plaid” (Thur-Sun Jan 13-Feb 12). Follow four friends who share a love for close-harmony music from the ’50s. 7:30pm Thur-Fri, 2pm Sun. $22-28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-483-1664 or desertstages.org.
“Old MacDonald” (Wed-Sun Jan 25-29). That famous farmer and his animal friends are making noises and having fun. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org.
“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” (Sun Jan 15). Desert Dance Theatre presents the beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. 7pm. $25; $20 seniors, $15 students. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.
Star Wars: The Music (Fri Jan 13). As “Rogue One” debuts in movie theaters, put on your best Star Wars costumes and celebrate John Williams’ acclaimed music. 7:30pm. $29-$83. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. 602-495-1999 or phoenixsymphony.org.
Sunday A’Fair (Sundays, Jan 15-April 2). Free concerts in the park featuring the Valley’s top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market, fun activities for children and free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Noon-4pm. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 480-499-TKTS (8587) or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
“The Lion King, Jr.” (Fri-Sun Jan 6-15). The African savannah comes to life onstage with Simba and the other unforgettable characters from Disney’s “The Lion King.” Presented by Christian Youth Theater of Phoenix. 7pm Fri, 1 and 4pm Sat, 2pm Sun. $15. Mesa Arts Center (in the Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse), 1 E. Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
“The Little Mermaid, Jr.” (Fridays and Saturdays, Jan 27-Feb 11). An enchanting look at an undersea kingdom, a young mermaid and the sacrifices we make for love. 7pm. Fri-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $12-$15. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W. Whispering Wind Drive, Phoenix. starlightcommunitytheater.com.
Voices of Valor (Thur Jan 19). The Phoenix Boys Choir celebrates our heroes and gives thanks through song. This concert series (which continues Feb 9 and Mar 16) offers a selection of patriotic and popular songs. 6pm. Free. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-264-5328 or boyschoir.org.
Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus (Tues-Sun through Jan 8). Old-world Italian traditional circus performed in one ring. Call for times. $15-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.