Luminous chandeliers float like paper lanterns above the lobby of Chandler Center for the Arts, welcoming guests entering through the towering glass facade. Inside, they find three halls—one larger auditorium, and two more intimate performance spaces—hosting a variety of musical and theatrical performances. Each theater is designed for optimal acoustics, ensuring audiences can hear every tuneful note, stage-whispered line, and breaking of the fourth wall. And the center showcases non-performing arts as well—the Exhibition Hall displays regularly rotating collections of sculptures and paintings. Some events, including the Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus, are also held on the expansive West Lawn.
At a Knockerballs party, everyone stays in their own little bubble—although there's nothing antisocial about it. Clad in massive, transparent, inflatable spheres that sit over the shoulders, players bounce off each other gleefully without risking grass stains or bruises. Korvers4U supplies globes to groups planning a knock-out soccer game, trying out previously impossible acrobatic tricks, or just playing a round of person bowling.
The first thing people notice about Circus Vargas is its big-top tent. Hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of cerulean-blue and sunshine-yellow fabric, the canopy, along with spotlights and saw-dust-covered floors, completed the illusion of an elegant lost era when used in the 2011 film Water for Elephants. The last thing people notice is the absence of animals. They're too busy gaping at a man balancing a 12-step ladder with his mouth.
Keeping its marvels strictly human, Circus Vargas builds on a 40-year history by blending classic feats of fearlessness with surprising new tricks. The show features magic tricks along with a skilled hand balancer, a speed juggler, and the wheel of destiny.
Size: 20 different productions currently active worldwide, featuring more than 1,300 performers of 50 different nationalities
Mission: Stir the imagination, invoke the senses, and provoke the emotions using theatrical production values, character-driven story lines, and no performing animals.
Audience: more than 160 million spectators (and counting) since its founding
When Rachel Stegman opened Circus School of Arizona in 2007, she had a passion for aerial arts and a few interested students. In a few short years, word of her alternative fitness and performance classes spread swiftly, and interest boomed—today, her school boasts hundreds of graduates.
Inside the studio, vibrant silks hang from the high ceilings, holding students of all experience levels who twirl and spin above the ground. On the springy mats, others stretch, practice with their hula hoops, or refine their stage presence. Aside from its classes and camps, the school is also known for the gravity-defying magic it lends to local events. Fundraising galas, magazine launches, music festivals, and corporate events have all gotten a boost from the school's skilled performers.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has a full schedule of shows at their theater in Scottsdale.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this club, it's no different.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this club.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' beautiful outdoor seating area.
Feel the beat on the club dance floor and groove to live music.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts provides easy access to an adjacent lot.