“Rising” by Phoenix Ballet: Phoenix Ballet presents “Rising,” a collection of works by internationally sought-after choreographers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. Enjoy Phoenix Ballet’s diverse, award-winning dancers as they bring passion, beauty and pure expression to the stage. Tickets for this show range in price, and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500. This production includes the world premiere of Albert Cattafi’s “String of Thoughts,” the U.S. premiere of Slawomir Wozniak’s “Only Love” and Francisco Gella’s modern, “Solstice.” This event is for ballet lovers and people new to the art form alike. It combines classical ballet with new, modern steps. Just weeks after this premiere, the company and this production will make its international debut in Poland.
“Sesame Street Live”: The Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa, will be featuring “Sesame Street Live – Let’s Dance” May 17. Tickets are $17-$55. Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie Monster teaches all to dance, Abby leads a rhyming game and Ernie shares the fun of dance. For tickets to the Sesame Street dance party visit www.mesaartscenter.com.
Spay/neuter clinic, mobile: Altered Tails, a spay/neuter clinic at 7246 E. Main St. in Mesa, will unveil its Wheels For Animals Getting Spayed mobile at the Mesa business 9-11 a.m. May 17. The first 200 pet owners who make a donation from Altered Tails’ wish list that day will receive a certificate for a free surgery. Any dog or cat food or litter will be given to Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry. The 501(c)3 organization’s mobile unit will offer pet owners who don’t have transportation the opportunity to have their pet picked up and dropped back off at home free of charge after getting spayed or neutered at Altered Tails Mesa Clinic. The mobile service will be available in a 30-minute driving radius. For more information, call 480-807-1200.
Superhero Pizza Party: Queen’s Pizzeria, 127 W. Main St. in Mesa, encourages kids to dress like their favorite superhero for the superhero pizza party including firefighters and a fire truck. The party will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department will pull up to Queen’s in a fire truck and talk to kids about water safety. Afterwards, they can check out the fire truck and see what it is like to be inside the truck. The fire truck will be at Queen’s from 10-11 a.m. Queen’s Pizzeria will have kids’ meals on special, which includes a slice of pizza and a drink. Keep in mind these are real heroes and may be called to duty. For more information check out Kidtastic on Facebook, and http://www.downtownmesa.com/kidtastic.
Guinness World Records blood pressure check: In observance of National High Blood Pressure Education Month, in May, Carrington College’s 18 campuses are attempting to earn the Guinness World Records title for the most blood pressure tests given in an eight-hour period. On Thursday, May 21, Carrington College’s Mesa campus, 1001 W. Southern Ave., will be participating by offering complimentary blood tests from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments needed. To break the current Guinness World Records record, Carrington students will have to take more than 8,767 blood pressures nationwide in an eight-hour period.
2 Chainz Challenge: On Saturday, May 23, artists are invited to compete for a chance to open for 2 Chainz at the Celebrity Theatre on May 29. The competition will be at the Arizona Event Center, 1300 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa. 18 and older only. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information visit http://www.celebritytheatre.com or call 602-267-1600.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Directors Academy: Are you new to conducting jazz band? Are you a veteran band director looking for new ways to work with your big band? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Directors Academy offers insight into the teaching of Jazz and emphasizes hands-on learning and techniques. A three-day session will be held May 28-30 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., in Mesa. For information, including cost for Arizona educators, go to http://academy.jazz.org/band-director-academy, call 212-258-9810 or send an e-mail to ail email@example.com.
Home Cooking School: The Taste of Home Cooking School, attended by nearly five million people over the last 20 years, is coming to the Mesa Arts Center on June 18. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. With cooking demonstrations by the Taste of Home team, attendees will learn seasonal recipes that are perfect for every holiday, occasion and skill level. The recipes can all be made with readily available ingredients to create memorable meal moments. Tickets for this show range in price and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500. Visit TasteofHome.com for more information.
2015 Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen Pageant: Presented by The Miss Arizona Organization, watch 54 young women compete for the titles as part of the historic Miss America Pageant tradition. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 25-26 and 6:30 p.m. June 27 at the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets for this show range in price, and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500.
Toddlerz Ball: After 200 million views online, viral YouTuber Todrick Hall is taking his new tour on the road, including at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at the Piper Repertory Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. See Toddy and his wacky cast of characters sing, laugh and twerk the night away. The show is approximately an hour and a half long and includes appearances from favorite Internet personalities. All ages welcome. Tickets for this show range in price and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show: The group has sold more than four million tickets in 35 countries. It performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. Tickets for this show range in price and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500.
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