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.
Known for her powerful voice and girl-next-door appeal, the singer/songwriter rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol. Bringing her Meaning of Life tour to Glendale, fans can anticipate rockin’ to chart-topping hits such as “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”
Architects of Air: Albesila
An immersive labyrinth of color, music and light, Albesila is a large-scale work of public art to be installed at Mesa’s Pioneer Park. With a footprint half the size of a football field, the dome-like installation invites visitors to wander, explore, sit or lie down and enjoy the ambiance of the space. Designed by British artist Alan Parkinson, the experience of this giant inflatable sculpture is like walking inside a work of stained glass—breathtakingly beautiful, serene and contemplative.
Celebrity Game Night
Guests enjoy game room favorites and interactive contests as they mingle, play and compete with celebrities and professional athletes. This fundraiser is hosted by Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda. The event honors Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for his accomplishments both on and off the field. Proceeds will benefit Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Firebird and La Sylphide
The past and the future collide in one spectacular evening featuring two ballets. Artistic Director Ib Andersen presents the world premiere of The Firebird. Featuring music by Igor Stravinsky, Andersen has reimagined this classic Russian fairytale by bringing the story into the future. Also on the program is La Sylphide, the most iconic of the romantic ballets that tells a tale of passion and elusive love.
February 21 – March 26
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies play at various locations throughout the Valley. Consult the Cactus League website for specific times and locations.
Virtuosic, stylized and confident, with a diverse repertoire, BODYTRAFFIC has taken its place on the international touring scene of the dance concert world. The troupe was named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, and is recognized for performing commissioned works by many of today’s top choreographers and for an approach reflecting the diverse landscape of its Los Angeles home base — warm, innovative and sexy.
Michelle Obama Book Tour
Celebrating the release of her memoir, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama, the former first lady takes the stage at Comerica Theatre. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the White House, Mrs. Obama will reflect on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her.
It’s official: Kiss is bringing its final tour, End of the Road World, to Gila River Arena. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, the powerhouse band is known for their face paint makeup and stage costumes based on the personae of comic book-style characters and elaborate live performances.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, this annual event has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 of the world’s finest Arabian horses. Attracting top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world, the participants compete for championship titles across a variety of equestrian disciplines. The 2019 event benefits the following charities: Arabian Hosemans Distress Fund, ASU Western Equestrian Team, SCC Equine Sciences Scholarships and March of Dimes.
February 23 – March 3
Sedona International Film Festival
Founded in 1995, The Sedona International Film Festival brings people together to experience the arts in one of its most unifying mediums: film. The nine-day event includes premieres of more than 160 independent films from around the world, Q&A discussions with filmmakers, free workshops, seminars and panel discussions.