The Datebook Picks highlight ten of the many events, performances and exhibitions going on in the Valley next month. Before making plans, please confirm detailed information by connecting with the appropriate website.

January 5 – 27

The Music Man


The irresistible musical tribute to the power of make-believe marches onto the ATC stage with trumpets blaring! Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award®-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957, regaling them with the story of Harold Hill – the double-shuffle, two-bit, thimble-rigger con artist who rolls into River City station one hot Iowa summer. Hill is intent on swindling the small-town simpletons by turning them against the new pool table at the local billiard hall – a problem that can, of course, only be solved by forming a boys’ band with a wagon full of horns supplied by the swindling salesman himself. 

January 12 – 20

Barrett-Jackson Auction


For the last 47 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience.

January 19

Audra McDonald


The powerhouse performer shares the stage with pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage, McDonald has won six Tony Awards, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. 

January 25 – 27

La Traviata


Violetta is a courtesan who throws the best parties in Paris, but one night, while guests enjoy her glittering salon, she is confronted with the love of the young Alfredo Germont. She is forced to make a difficult decision: will she sacrifice everything she has accomplished for love? Violetta follows her heart, escaping Paris with Alfredo. When the realities of family, love, life and death catch up with the young lovers, Violetta is again confronted by difficult truths and heartbreaking choices. Filled with glorious melodies and complex characters, La Traviata will take hold of your heart and never let go.

January 28 – February 3

Waste Management Phoenix Open


Gary Woodland defends his title during the “Greatest Show on Grass.” Arrive early for the golf clinics, pro-am tournaments and to follow your favorite players. Stay late for the Birds Nest entertainment featuring musical artists and groups such as Old Dominion, Midland and Brandon Lay, The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg.

January 11 – 13

Grand Canyon Suite in High-Definition


Matthew Kasper conducts The Phoenix Symphony in this multi-media event featuring Westwater Arts’ high-definition images of the Grand Canyon projected above the orchestra. The program includes Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra and the unique compositional style of Charles Ives with his Symphony No. 2.Friday through Saturday, the performances will be held at Symphony Hall.The Sunday performance will be held at Yavapai College in Prescott.

January 13

Darci Lynne and Friends


Darci Lynne won the hearts of America with her undeniable talent and America’s Got Talent win. The multitalented thirteen-year-old and her friends Petunia, the divaesque rabbit, Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse and Edna, the brash old woman, sold out their first headlining show in just six minutes. Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw dropping and when she sings, her voice leaves her audiences breathless.

January 20

Rock & Roll Marathon


The Humana Rock & Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon features a distance for everyone including 5K, 10K and kids’ races. The course travels through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Along the way live bands and cheer teams encourage the participants and keep spirits uplifted. A post-race party featuring the Plain White T’s will be held at Tempe Beach Park.

January 26

Elton John


One of pop culture’s most enduring performers, the legendary artist takes fans on a musical and visual journey spanning a 50-year career as his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour makes a final stop in the Valley. If previous shows are an example, attendees can anticipate John on stage for almost three hours, performing two-dozen songs.

January 26 – May 26

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place


Showcasing over 100 works of art from around the world, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place spans a millennium and includes calligraphy, textiles, jewelry, paintings, clothing and musical instruments. The exhibition is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam rather than geography, time period or material. Objects on view range from religious to recreational items. Along with traditional examples of Islamic art, the exhibition also features contemporary works to illustrate the living legacy of Islamic art.