This is the best time of year to get outdoors and enjoy Phoenix, before it gets cold enough to require extra clothing and while it’s still hot enough to enjoy more activities and events. There are a lot of exciting events lined up for this weekend, so make plans for one last summer fling, or gear up for a bountiful fall calendar.
Actors Theatre Presents: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs – September 21 – 23. Mike Daisey had long been known in reviewers’ circles for channeling his obsessions into electric, fiery monologues. An Apple junkie by his own admission, Daisey traveled to Foxconn, the factory in Shenzhen, China where most of the world’s electronic gadgets are produced. Barred from entering, he stood outside and waited to speak to any employees he could. His first-person retelling foreshadowed a wave of stories of worker suicides, pre-teen employees, and draconian workdays that have tainted the reputation of Foxconn and its high-profile tech clients — Apple most of all — in recent months. A harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, Daisey illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions have shaped our lives, while following the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. Herberger Theatre Center, times vary. Tickets are $31 to $47. 602-254-7399, atphx.org.
Stand Up Live Presents: The Wayans Brothers – September 21 – 23. The Wayans family is filled with talented members, so there is no surprise that the two youngest brothers, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, have followed in their family’s footsteps as Hollywood icons. These two comedic prodigies have accomplished a lot in their relatively short careers so far. Both Shawn and Marlon Wayans made their acting debut in 1989 in their brother Keenen Ivory Wayans feature film “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.” Immediately following their feature film debut, they joined the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series, “In Living Color”, “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which Shawn and Marlon created and starred in, was the first WB show to be sold into syndication after heading up the WB network lineup for five years. The brothers have also co-written and starred in numerous blockbusters including: “Scary Movie”, “Scary Movie 2”, “White Chicks” and many others. These are two brothers you will not want to miss seeing. Show times vary. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $45 VIP tickets include reserved seating and meet and greet with the brothers after the show. Two drink minimum required. 480-719-6100, standuplive.com.
The Art of Recovery Expo – September 22. The Art of Recovery Expo 2012 is open to the public and offers education, resources and solutions for addictions and behavioral health. The emphasis of this event is on adolescent, young adult and family recovery. Phoenix Convention Center- South Bldg. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Artofrecoveryexpo.com.
Classics 1: Sarah Hicks Conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto – September 22. Celebrate the triumphant opening of the 2012/13 Concert Season with guest conductor Sarah Hicks at Phoenix Symphony Hall. Sarah kicks off a concert season filled with the brightest and most exciting guest conductors to come to Phoenix in years. Join Maestro Hicks as she brings her versatile and vibrant musicianship to The Phoenix Symphony. Leading Symphony Magazine’s “Emerging Artist to Watch,” violinist Elena Urioste performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, the most difficult yet most magnificent concerto in the composers repertoire. Kick off the new season with two powerhouse women representing the next generation of the Symphonic world. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $18. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.
Toto – September 23. Talking Stick Resort hosts everybody’s favorite and enduring 80’s band, Toto. Originally formed in 1977, Toto has continued to create the synergistic sounds that made them superstars, with monster hits like “Roseanna,” “Africa,” and “I Won’t Hold You Back” in 1982. After nearly three decades, Toto still electrifies, offering a great performance at this up-close and personal venue. Sunday 8:00 pm. Tickets $45 to $95. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend road Scottsdale. talkingstickresort.com