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Q&A with Actress/Comedian Wanda Sykes

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Whether she’s playing an elderly sloth in “Ice Age” or pulling from her own life experiences in stand-up, the well-loved actress and comedian Wanda Sykes continues to make us laugh. AFM was lucky enough to speak with Sykes, who proved that no matter what age you are (she recently turned 50), peeing your pants from laughter is always a good thing. Sykes will be coming to Phoenix Celebrity Theatre on Friday, Oct. 17 for her comedy tour.

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Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix

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Phoenicians all across the Valley may be a little tired of the uncertainty of the weather. Well, we can't guarantee sunshine but we can sure say that this Top Ten list will have you begging the rain gods for more weekends like this one! From early Halloween hauntings to Arizona Restaurant Week, you may find that there's just too much fun and too little time. Check out our picks for Sep. 18-Sep. 21.  


10 Things to Do This Weekend in Phoenix: Family Edition

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For those musical families who like singing together in the car, now is your chance to attend musical renditions of classic storybook tales and connect with beautiful sound. Educate yourself on the Constitution and safety issues, or spend your days off at Apple Annie’s Orchard. Whatever you decide to do, your family definitely won’t be bored this weekend!


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Music Together Class

Help your baby connect with music at the Music Together class, a music program at Kids.Play.Music that brings together families through touch, sound and dance. On Friday at 11:30 a.m., there will be a free 45-minute demonstration of the “Babies Class,”where parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their baby to learn what music can do for an infant during their developmental stage. For more information, go to http://www.musictogetherinphx.com.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Join a group of overachieving kids as they tell their hilarious yet heartwarming journey through a competitive spelling bee. With the help of music, and some volunteers from the audience, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is sure to make the family jump out of their seats. This will be the musical’s last showing at Tempe Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. General admission is $20. For more information, go to www.tempe.gov/TCA

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Peter Pan and Wendy

Everyone knows the classic tale of Peter Pan and Wendy, a story filled with pirate ships, crocodiles and evil villains. With the help of a little fairy dust, Fountain Hills Theater Inc. is taking you with them to Neverland this Friday. The show starts at 7 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $15 for adults and $12 for youth. For more information, go to http://www.fhtaz.org.


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Constitution Fair

Celebrate Constitution Week with an exciting fair this Saturday, featuring patriotic storytellers, famous colonial characters, games, food and more. End the night with fireworks and musical performances on the Gilbert Town Square Civic Center lawn. The event will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with a charge of $15 per family or $5 per person. Go to http://constitutionweekusa.com for more information.

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Kids Day Maricopa

Keep your kids educated on crime prevention, safety and environmental awareness by attending Kids Day Maricopa at Maricopa Wells Middle School. The day will also feature free activities such as fingerprinting, special appearances by Smokey Bear and Crime Dog, and Arizona Rattlers autographs. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a fire truck and police car sure to brighten your kids’day. For more information on the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., go to http://www.copamonitor.com/calendar/event_ff2f0c0a-21bd-11e4-b2d2-279059fef337.html


Suessical, Jr.

No matter what age we are, Dr. Seuss will always hold a special place in our hearts. The Actor’s Youth Theatre will be performing a special musical event that mixes together your favorite characters —from Horton the Elephant to Cat in the Hat —into one fantastic performance. Suessical, Jr. is at 7 p.m. for a starting price of $12. Check http://www.actorsyouththeatre.org for more info.


Hawaiian Luau

The Phoenix Zoo is bringing tropical Hawaii to desert Arizona with a Hawaiian Luau on Saturday. The day will include a pig roast dinner, delicious Hawaiian desserts and eclectic performances that will make you feel like you’re on an island. All proceeds from the event will benefit Halau Ho'okahi I Ka Hula. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is about $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-11. Check hulainarizona.com for more information. 




Into the Woods Musical

A nod to your favorite storybook characters, such as Little Red and Cinderella, Into the Woods is a must-see musical for the whole family. Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale will be presenting the character-filled show, which starts at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $12-$17. Go to http://greasepaint.org for more info.


Rugrats: A Live Adventure

When it comes to the troublesome Rugrats, there is never a dull moment. Join the Nickelodeon characters for a live musical adventure at Spotlight Youth Theatre this Sunday. The show begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are $14. For more information, check spotlightyouththeatre.org


My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend and Country Craft Fair 

Treat your family to a scrumptious apple-themed day at Apple Annie’s Orchard, starting with a delicious pancake breakfast and ending with free samples of apple pies and ice cream. Even more fun than the food is the Country Craft Fair, where you can purchase beautifully handmade holiday gifts. The apple celebration starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Prices vary. For more info, go to www.AppleAnnies.com.


10 Must-Attend Phoenix Concerts This Fall

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From pop princess Katy Perry to an American favorite The Eagles, everyone has a chance to rock out to their favorite bands through December. Here’s our concert roundup that will have you singing through the end of the year.




Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr

Dress in your best western wear for a country concert with third time’s the charm. Platinum recording artist Aldean will sing favorites like 2008’s “Big Green Tractor” and 2010’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” Country rock fans will get their fix with FGL’s feel good songs like “Cruise” and “This is How We Roll.” And the show wouldn’t be complete without Farr’s contemporary country from his 2013 album “Redneck Crazy.” The show will be at Ak-Chin Pavillion on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more info.


Katy Perry

Get ready to sing and dance to your favorite girl power anthems at “The Prismatic World Tour” with “Closer” musical guests Tegan and Sara. Join the girls at Jobing.com Arena on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Click here for more info.


Drake Vs. Lil Wayne

Hear a unique spin on battle of the bands with the “Forever” and “Lollipop” rappers at Ak-Chin Pavillion on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Visit Live Nation for tickets.




The Eagles

More than four decades ago, the rock band brought us timeless hits “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Jobing.com Arena. To get tickets, click here.


Neon Trees

With chart toppers including “Sleeping with a Friend” and “Everybody Talks,” you’ll want to mark your calendars for this alternative band’s vibrant show. The Rolling Stone-approved group is bringing its “First Things First” tour to the Orpheum Theatre on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.


Charlie XCX

The British singer hit a high note this summer in Iggy Azaela’s summer song, “Fancy,” and summer flick, “The Fault in Our Stars,” anthem, “Boom Clap.” If you’re in the mood for spunky, alternative rock, make sure to get your tickets for the show on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at The Crescent Ballroom. Click here for tickets.




The Black Keys

The “Turn Blue World Tour” of this overnight success band will have you turn any other shade than the title suggests. The rock duo comprised of singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney will deliver a psychedelic array of music. The concert will be at US Airways Center on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Visit usairways.com for more info.


5 Seconds of Summer

After touring with One Direction’s “Where We Are Tour”, the Australian heartthrobs are back in Phoenix for their “Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour.” The show kicks off at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Visit Big Stub for tickets.




Phillip Phillips

Don’t fret, the “Gone, Gone Gone” American idol is returning to The Valley for his “Behind The Light” tour on Dec. 7 at Celebrity Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit Big Stub for tickets.


Fleetwood Mac

For the first time in 16 years, all five Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks will come together for the “On With The Show Tour.” The tour comes to US Airways Center on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. For more info, visit usairways.com.



Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix

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It's finally September and the fall season will soon be upon us! So get in the groove this weekend by attending some of the Valley's best events. From season kick-offs to European delights, you're bound to find what fits your season's cravings. Check out our picks for Sep. 11-Sep. 14. 


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