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10 Things to Do This July and August in the Valley

Jaclyn Jermyn | June 25, 2019 | Lifestyle

Through 9/8
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist
Get a rare look at the paintings of this German-born abstract artist. The exhibit marks the first exhibition of her work in nearly a quarter of a century, and her atmospheric takes on desert life and astrological events truly captivate. Museum admission $23, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix,

Marpi’s AI-driven, interactive installation “Aquarium” is now on display at SMoCA.

Through 10/6
Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology
Explore the digital footprint of art and ourselves as viewers. This new exhibit from Curator of Programming Julie Ganas offers cutting-edge takes on the intersection of tech and artistic integrity from artists, including
Ernest Edmonds, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Marpi, Aakash Nihalani, Mimi Onuoha, Purring Tiger (Aaron Sherwood and Kiori Kawai), Daniel Rozin and Tiffany Trenda. Tickets $10, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art,

Flagstaff Festival in the Pines
Take refuge from the heat in the trees of Coconino National Forest during this 24th annual festival. This three-daylong art fair boasts wares from more than 100 fine artists, hands-on activities and plenty of local music. 10am-5pm, tickets $10, Coconino County Fairgrounds, Flagstaff,

Get a good look at these vintage aircrafts during this year’s Freedom Fest air show.

Freedom Fest
Keep your eyes on the sky during this weekendlong Fourth of July celebration. Between elaborate nightly fireworks displays and an airshow featuring antique airplanes, guests will have plenty to enjoy. Times vary, free to resort guests or nonguests spending more than $75 at property restaurants, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess,

The Addams Family
Revisit the darkly hilarious shenanigans of the iconic Addams Family with this Drama Desk Award-winning musical comedy. Wednesday Addams is all grown up. When she decides to bring her boyfriend—a perfectly normal young man—home for family dinner, who knows how her relatives will react. Times vary, tickets $44-$73, Herberger Theater,

7/12 & 8/16
Dueling Pianos
What do two pianos plus two talented vocalists plus one unforgettable location have in common? Dueling Pianos at the Desert Botanical Gardens! Experience an evening of performance unlike any other from the plant-filled Dorrance Hall. 6:30pm, tickets $25-$30,

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.
Oh, what a beautiful evening! Hugh Jackman’s world tour comes to the Gila River Arena, and with it comes plenty of stories and the songs you know and love from Broadway, and films like Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman. 7pm, VIP packages from $375, Glendale,


Frog’s Leap Winemaker Dinner Series
Join the team from Napa Valley’s Frog’s Leap Winery as they expertly pair vintages with a four-course menu created by the chefs at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. Come for the views of the McDowell Mountains, but stick around for the unparalleled experience of being guided through the winery’s offerings. 6:30pm, tickets $95,

Enjoy vineyard tours by wagon and plenty of wine tastings, and even help stomp some grapes at this year’s iteration of the Sonoita wine festival. VIPs get the added perks of private bar access, an exclusive after-hours party and a winery tour. 10am-4pm, tickets $25, VIP $85, Sonoita Vineyards, sonoitavineyards.‌com

The Book of Mormon
Have faith in this nine-time Tony Award-winning musical. Follow two young Mormon missionaries as they travel to Africa to teach locals about their religion and learn a whole lot about themselves in the process. Times vary, tickets $40-$160, ASU Gammage, Tempe,


Photography by: Marpi, “Aquarium” (2018) Image courtesy of marpi | frog’s leap photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch | freedom fest photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess