The Rialto Theatre saturates its spacious 90-year-old confines with film, comedy shows, and music performances. Groupon holders can roll into the all-ages nonprofit venue and redeem the $20 gift card for any event on the schedule. The Flor de Muertos film screening on July 22–24 explores attitudes about death in Mexico and the United States, interspersed with concert footage from Calexico ($6–$15). Laughter enthusiasts can inject humor into their veins at Doug Benson's Saturday, September 10 show ($21 in advance; $26 day of show), soaking in absurd comedy and the answers to every Magic Eye ever. Peruse the theater's photo gallery online, which displays high-profile past performances and the tasteful decorations of the Rialto.
A graduate of the renowned Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne of Paris, New Red Sky master chef Steve Schultz artfully fuses Californian, Italian, French, and Southwest flavors into one mouthwateringly diverse menu. Starting with fresh organic ingredients, Schultz prepares a delectable line-up of salads, soups, and appetizers such as the blue crab tower, with avocado, mango, and spicy lemon tomato remoulade ($12, dinner menu only). Pastas such as the fettuccini bolognese, with chopped beef, veal, and an aromatic Barbera wine sauce make perfect palate pleasers during lunch or dinner hours ($12.95–$15), while dusk ushers in such elegant rarities as the sweet corn risotto, whose sweetness is complimented by warm goat cheese, buttery chardonnay, and wild, but well-meaning mushrooms ($15).
Recognized by Billboard as one of the top 25 touring artists of the 2000s, Trans-Siberian Orchestra explodes onto the stage with a juggernaut of progressive rock and metal infused with symphonic instrumentation and themes. Surrounded by a spectacle of lasers and pyrotechnics, the band's 2012 tour covers the entirety of their millennial concept album Beethoven's Last Night, a rock opera set on the eve of the composer's death as he battles wits with the devil for control of his soul, his Tenth Symphony, and his collection of vintage ear trumpets. The show opens with the methodical triplets of Moonlight Sonata played on a lonesome piano, swelling and slowing before the thunderous arrival of drums and electric guitar. Plumes of flames blast from the stage as the group careens into the evening's centerpiece, "Requiem," a hard-rock interpretation of the Fifth Symphony, grounded by light-bending ax solos and tumbling violins punctuated by a heavenly backing choir.
As the sun sinks below the Santa Rita Mountains, towering shade trees and adobe haciendas cast long shadows across Agua Linda Farm’s 63 acres. Over the years, this idyllic farm has nabbed attention from the press as well as visits from celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne, who may have played hide-and-seek amid the rows of organic vegetables and flowers. In addition to a focus on sustainable agriculture, the farm strives to serve as a community hub. Farmsteaders Stewart and Laurel Loew host dinners, weddings, and scarecrow support groups in the adobe hacienda, and spark the imaginations of young horticulturists with family-centric spring and fall harvest festivals.
Clic A Pic's booths help to liven up and whimsically document bridal showers, holiday parties, and corporate events. Each stand-up booth fits several guests comfortably in its 3’x5.5’x6.5’ dimensions, where guests use a touchscreen to notify the device when they’re ready. Within 12 seconds, the dye-sub printer churns out images in color, black and white, or sepia on a customizable photo strip.
With an exhilarating display of riding, racing, and roping prowess in a host of riveting spectator events, the Roots N' Boots Queen Creek Pro Rodeo celebrates the town's ranching roots in its first-ever rodeo exhibition. World-class horse handlers will lock horns in a series of professional rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and bull riding. Team roping events pit a lariat-clasping combo against the heft and guile of a full-size steer—the same foe featured in the all-ropes-barred spectacle known as steer wrestling.