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The Peoria Libraries are celebrating their centennial all throughout 2020 with special movies, games, themed book clubs and other family events honoring 100 years.

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Connie McMillin, director of the West Valley Art Museum sits at the registration desk by the entrance to the City Hall gallery so she can greet all who enter. She is, literally, the face of the museum.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Birt’s Bistro announces the return of “All in CASH” for a free “Happy Hour” concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24. The Johnny Cash tribute starring Steve Christiansen and Kenny K. will entertain the crowd with a lineup of hits from the “Man in Black” and other classic country music. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Local artists Barry Smith (avant-garde electric violin) and Shawna McGuire (guitar, vocals) will perform from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 as part of the 2018 Summer Music Series at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Just as in old Bavaria, the traditional tapping of the keg kicks off the 13th annual Old World Oktoberfest and its opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Centennial Plaza Park in Peoria, 9875 N. 85th Ave. The event is open 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, and continues from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre has formed HyRev, a new program for Valley youths ages 13 to 19 who are strong, committed singers and dancers seeking to throw themselves into creating artistic work together. The new program will be headed up by Valley performing arts duo and ABT alums Mark and Lynz…

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Birt’s Bistro restaurant’s free “Happy Hour” concerts continue from 5 to 7 p.m. July 20 as “The John Leo Group” returns to showcase its brand of bawdy blues and rowdy rock ’n’ roll. Birt’s Bistro is on the main Benevilla campus at the Hellen & John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. …

Friday, July 13, 2018
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Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to an after-hours event for a night of Harry Potter fun from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. July 13 at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave. Attendees can break out of the Hogwarts Escape Room, design their own wands, make buttons and enjoy a variety of Harry Potter…

The Peoria Community Center staff invites children ages 8 to 14 to join in on a journey off campus to explore some of Peoria’s best kid-friendly amenities. Pre-registration is required, and transportation to and from events will be provided by the Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson St.

Friday, June 29, 2018

An Arizona regional premiere based on the hit Steven Spielberg film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, “Catch Me If You Can” is a high-flying musical comedy that tells the true story of conman Frank Abagnale Jr., a brazen young man who fools some of the best security in the world. The…

Friday, June 22, 2018

Audience members are invited to take a dip with TheaterWorks July 13 through 22. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a love story for the ages and will capture audience hearts with its irresistible songs, including…

As part of the various special interest classes taking place during the summer, the city of Peoria is hosting Movies by Kids camps. The camps are for children age 6 to 12 and consist of five classes that run 1 to 4 p.m. each day during the specified week. Attendees will learn the art of stop…

Friday, June 15, 2018

Benevilla’s Birt’s Bistro restaurant free “Happy Hour” concerts continue from 5 to 7 p.m. June 15. “Wild & Mild,” starring Shirlene and Albert Rutledge, brings a lineup of wild and mild pop music to the stage. Birt’s Bistro is on the main Benevilla campus at the Hellen & John M. Jaco…

Friday, June 08, 2018

A special summer exhibit curated by the West Valley Art Museum showcases fine art and rare quality collectibles from the private collections of community leaders, as well as members and friends of the museum.

Arizona Broadway Theatre will hold auditions for young performers ages 13 to 19 for the new elite teen performance troupes known as HyRev. Auditions will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. June 25 in the Arizona Broadway Theatre Encore Room, 7701 W. Paradise Lane.

Tony Vicich and take their year-long Peoria Comedy Series to the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive, at 7:30 p.m. June 9. The monthly comedy series promises to bring the best national talent and comedy artists from the local comedy community. Set in …

Friday, May 25, 2018

Birt’s Bistro restaurant “Happy Hour” concerts continue 5 to 7 p.m. May 25 as “John Hodgson” returns for a free concert with his blend of classic acoustic rock and eclectic humor. Birt’s Bistro is on the main Benevilla campus at the Hellen & John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Gr…

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-award winning recording artist, actor and producer Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, announced additional dates for his upcoming North American tour with special guest Vince Staples. Produced by Live Nation in partnership with Wolf + Rothstein, the outing will cross the U.S. and Canada this September and October. New shows include a second Madison Square Garden date in New York along with a stop in Glendale Oct. 5 at Gila River Arena.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s 100th Mainstage Production, Disney’s “Practically Perfect” blockbuster Broadway hit, “Mary Poppins,” flies in for the month June 1 through 30.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Peoria Sports Complex opens its gates at 5 p.m. May 12 for its second movie night of the season. Guests can enjoy an array of food trucks and kid-friendly fun throughout the stadium and field before the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Showing on the new scoreboard and sound system will be 20th…

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Arizona Watercolor Association’s spring show, featuring 60 paintings from its members, runs April 16 to May 24 at Peoria City Hall Art Gallery, 8401 W. Monroe St. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

Birt’s Bistro restaurant “Happy Hour” concerts continue from 5 to 7 p.m. April 13 as the 19-piece big band All Star Big Band returns with its lineup of ’40s through ’80s classics. The cover charge is $5. Birt’s Bistro is on the main Benevilla campus at the Hellen & John M. Jacobs Indepen…

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Youths ages 10 to 14 can learn or improve their cooking skills with Chef Leala. Parents will be treated to a lunch created by their children on the last class. The six-session class is $10 and takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays starting April 7 at the Peoria Community Center, 8335 W…

The Celebration of Artists exhibit is open through April 12 at the West Valley Art Museum in the Peoria City Hall Art Gallery, 8401 W. Monroe St. The juried show features two-dimensional photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media. For more information call 623-972-0635 or visit

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will hold a conversation talk-back and concert at 6 p.m. May 7 in the newly remodeled 6,000-square-foot Encore Room at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane. Brown’s appearance will mark the inaugural event in the new space an…

Once again, JAY-Z and Beyoncé are joining forces, this time for the newly announced OTR II stadium tour. Kicking off in Cardiff, U.K., the international outing will stop in 15 cities across the U.K. and Europe and 21 cities in North America. The tour, presented by Live Nation Global Touring in association with Parkwood Entertainment and Roc Nation, will stop Sept. 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The Disney Pixar movie “Coco” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) April 14 at Scotland Yard Park, 9251 W. Scotland Ave. in Peoria. The Movie in the Park event will feature bounce houses and face painters; and hot dogs, chips, soda and kettle corn while supplies last. Attendees …

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre will host "You'll Be In My Heart" - a cabaret concert 10:30 p.m. March 23 in memory of the 17 lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month ago, and for all those lost in gun-related mass-shootings across America. This is a one-night-only event in the lobby …

Friday, March 16, 2018

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