Romeo and Juliet
If you don’t buy the ending in the Taylor Swift song, where the two star-crossed lovers get married and live happily ever after, you’d be right. The Southwest Shakespeare Company, an Arizona award-winning classic theatre group, brings this William Shakespeare classic to life with “new time and measure but a familiar refrain.” Sounds juicy – plus, the fight scenes were choreographed by an ASU student.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, southwestshakespeare.org, times vary, Friday, January 19 to Saturday, January 27, $25-$47.
JAZZmeetsPOETRY: Civil Rights Continuum
Part theatre, part concert, this performance series at Downtown Phoenix’s resident jazz club partners poets and jazz musicians to make layered art. This month’s show highlights jazz’s role in shaping the continuum of the Civil Rights movement with original poetry, spoken word and musical accompaniment.
The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, thenash.org, 7 p.m., Friday, January 19, $10-$20.
Expecto Bar Crawl
Grab your red and gold Gryffindor garb – or some passable Sun Devil maroon and gold – and fly through Mill Avenue for a Harry Potter-themed bar crawl. Participating witches and wizards will be sorted into houses by their Sorting Lanyard and receive a unique wand and beer stein souvenir cup. The crawl, which stops at places like Fat Tuesday, El Hefe and Rula Bula Irish Pub, will also feature magic-themed drink specials.
Mill Avenue, 401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, bit.ly/2qTvLld, 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 20, $23.
Phoenix Balloon Festival
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a Superman-themed hot air balloon! This two-day balloon festival features morning races, as well as night glow events, where tethered hot air balloons glow alongside fireworks in time to music. Visitors can get up close and personal to hot air balloons and even catch a ride in one. If you’re better suited for transportation on land, check out the festival’s Saturday-only car show.
Fear Farm Festival Grounds, 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, bit.ly/2FtwwnY, times vary, Friday, January 26, to Sunday, January 28, $15.
Tyler, the Creator
Known for being the leader and co-founder of Odd Future, as well as a successful rapper, record producer and music video director, Tyler, the Creator has made a name for himself in the music industry since 2009. With a stable of popular hits and collaborations on the side, his tour highlights his newest project, Flower Boy, which is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammys.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 7 p.m., Saturday, February 3, $37-$150.
Desperado Film Festival
Hosted by a Paradise Valley Community College student organization, this LGBT film and arts festival celebrates its ninth year of showcasing quality films, artwork and photographs related to the experiences of the LGBT community. The festival starts its selection of shorts, feature-length films and select free programming with a screening of Heart, Baby starring Shawn-Caulin Young from Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, desperadofilmfestival.com, times vary, Friday, February 9, to Sunday, February 11, $8-$10 per film.
Heathers: The Musical
This witty, razor-sharp musical is based on the 1989 cult classic about a high school ruled by a group of vicious, shoulder-padded popular girls named Heather. When misfit Veronica Sawyer befriends a dark new student named J.D., it becomes clear to her that it’s time for their clique to fall – six feet under.
Brelby Theatre Company, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, brelby.com, 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 9 to Saturday, March 3, $20.
The Great Inflatable Race
Embrace your inner kid with a bounce house like you’ve never seen before. This fun run blasts participants through jumps, dives and slides on custom-designed inflatables. All racers will receive a T-shirt, wristband, temporary tattoo and race medal.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler, thegreatinflatablerace.com, 9 a.m., Saturday, February 10, $29.99-$44.99.
Lana Del Rey
The mysterious and sultry Lana Del Rey, famous for her aesthetics as well as her lyrics and sound, brings Old Hollywood vibes to the desert. With the LA to the Moon Tour, she is sure to touch upon viral hits like “Video Games” and “Born to Die,” as well as new cuts from her recent release Lust for Life. Colombian-born pop musician Kali Uchis will open.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, lanadelrey.com, 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, $34.75-$94.75.