Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

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Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20.

Event details are subject to change.

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Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill Blagg – Mesa Arts Center. Critics and audiences alike rave about The Magic of Bill Blagg. His interactive magic and jaw–dropping illusions will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg’s show combines his mind–blowing magical talents along with his trademark off–the-cuff personality. Witness objects floating in mid-air, vanishing in the blink of an eye and so much more. $43-80. 7 p.m. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/the-magic-of-bill-blagg

Nov. 14-Dec. 1 - PHOENIX: Silent Sky – Herberger Theatre Center. A celebration of discovery, originality, and curiosity. Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, astonishing discoveries await as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place. 520-622-2823   arizonatheatre.org 

Nov. 15 - PHOENIX: Young Thug & Machine Gun Kelly – Comerica Theatre. livenation.com

Nov. 15 - PHOENIX: Music in the Garden: Rose’s Pawnshop – Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at Music in the Garden’s fall concert series. Situated at the base of the butte, Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop for audiences to enjoy the sounds of beloved favorites and discover new talent. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concerts 7 - 9 p.m. Members: $25 General Public: $30. Attendees must be 21 or older. 480-481-8188 or dbg.org

Nov. 15-16 - PHOENIX: Champions of Magic – Orpheum Theatre. The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. They present incredible illusions with supercars, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=544

Nov. 15-16 - SCOTTSDALE: Kierland Pop - The two-day festival will include a series of interactive, pop-up experiences – featuring wine from Arizona winemakers, art in unexpected places, live music and entertainment, a vintage market, a night run, and more. kierlandpop.com

Nov. 15-17 - MESA: 4th Annual Mesa Music Fest – Downtown Mesa. Arizona’s premier emerging artist event. Hundreds of bands from across the county and beyond descend upon downtown Mesa to learn from some of the best. From music publishers to record label executives, bands get to meet one-on-one and attend workshops led by professionals who can help give them a head start in the business. Bands perform at several venues in downtown where industry professionals, friends, family and fans can see them in action. Free. 480-890-2613 or mesamusicfest.com

Nov. 16 - PHOENIX: The Black Keys – Let’s Rock Tour – Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Shannon and the Clams. livenation.com

Nov. 16 - PHOENIX: Christian Nodal – Ahora – Comerica Theatre. livenation.com

Nov. 16 - PHOENIX: 5th Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival - Margaret T. Hance Park. Brings together great pizza makers and local businesses for a day of cheesy awesomeness. Live bands, lawn games, craft beer and wine stations, dessert stations, as well as a kid’s craft zone. $10. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 480-442-9176 or phoenix.pizza

Nov. 16 - QUEEN CREEK: We Make History Presents 17th Annual American Heritage Festival – Schnepf Farms. Celebrates our American Heritage from the Colonial era through the American Revolution, mountain men, pioneers, the Civil War, Westward Expansion and more, craftsmen, musicians, actors, battle reenactments, living history demonstrations, food, shopping. $20. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. wemakehistory.com/american-heritage-festival

Nov. 16 - TEMPE:  Blue Note 80th Anniversary Celebration: The State of Jazz 2019 – Tempe Center for the Arts. Blue Note Records, considered the world’s most-respected and longest-running jazz label, brings its 80th Anniversary Celebration Tour: The State of Jazz 2019 tour to TCA. Featuring three of the hottest modern jazz artists today - Vocalist Kandace Springs, Pianist James Francies, and Saxophonist James Carter and his Organ Trio - the show is a spectacular celebration of the “Current State of Jazz.” $17-44. 7:30 p.m. 480-350-2822 or tempecenterforthearts.com/

Nov. 16-17 - MESA: Art Attack AZ Art Show – Dana Park Mall. Showcasing a variety of artists and crafters. Most are from Tucson or other parts of the state. Unusual one-of-a-kind treasures created by local artists – jewelry, framed art, photography, metal art, flagstone signs, yard art and more. artattackaz.com

Nov. 16-17 - SCOTTSDALE: 24th Annual Arizona Asian Festival – Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. A culinary taste of Asia, Asian marketplace, more than 20 Asian food vendors, cultural performances, dance and poetry contests, Avenue of Cultures, arts & crafts, children’s wonderland and classic culture exhibits. Free. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 310-500-7256 or aaaa-az.org

Nov. 16-17 - SCOTTSDALE: 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest AZ – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Guests will enjoy one comfort-food-filled day tasting the Valley's Best Mac & Cheese from Top Chef's competing to win the "Golden Noodle" trophy. Craft beer and perfectly paired libations will be available to taste and sample as you work your way through more than 30 Mac & Cheese taste sensations. $15. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 480-666-5545 or macandcheesefestaz.com

Nov. 17 - CHANDLER: Dynasty: A Martial Arts & Dance Epic – Chandler Center for the Arts. A Kung Fu and Dance Epic. Journey through the history of one of the world’s greatest civilizations in this epic theatrical performance of Kung Fu and Dance. World-class performers. Dazzling costumes. Breathtaking stories. Experience ancient China like you have never before by traveling back in time to meet its heroes and villains. $20-45. 7:30 p.m. 480-822-9339 or chandlercenter.org/events/dynasty-martial-arts-dance-epic

Nov. 17 - PHOENIX: Downtown Donut Festival – Margaret T. Hance Park. Approximately 20 local donut makers will serve $1 donuts, samples of donuts, donut holes, and all manner of donut creations. Also mimosa bars, craft beer and wine tasting stations, fun lawn games, and live bands. $8-10. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. downtowndonutfest.com

Nov. 19 - MESA:  Lynn Harrell, Cello – Mesa Arts Center. Lynn Harrell is a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher whose work throughout the world has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. Lynn Harrell’s discography of more than 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites and two Grammy wins. $38-46. 7:30 p.m. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/lynn-harrell-cello       

Nov. 19-24 - MESA: An Evening with C.S. Lewis – Mesa Arts Center. C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home. They are about to experience a captivating evening with his engaging conversation and spontaneous humor. He recalls the people and events that inspired his thinking and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien; why he nearly abandoned The Chronicles of Narnia; and the American woman who turned his life upside down. $55. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/an-evening-with-cs-lewis

Nov. 20 - MESA: Nat Geo Live: Building the Photo Ark - Mesa Arts Center. Photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving. $30-44. 7:30 p.m. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/national-geographic-live-building-the-photo-ark

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