By Tuesday Mahrle

Featured event: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – Film Concert Series

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition on a giant screen, while the Phoenix Symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

For tickets, visit The Phoenix Symphony website.

Looking for other fun this weekend? Check out our other favorites.

See How They Run

January 4-February 10

In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, an American actor, an escaped convict, and two extremely punctual vicars find themselves dressed as clergymen dashing about the vicarage. With the arrival of the stately Bishop, one expects the shenanigans to cease – however, the confusion only mounts until the situation finally snowballs into an absolute laugh riot! Gossip, danger and mishap abound in one of the funniest wartime farces of the London stage.

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Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus

January 4-January 7

The Zoppè Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500-seat tent on the lawn at the Chandler Center for the Arts for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old World Italian tradition.

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Booker T. Jones

January 4-January 5

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits such as “Green Onions,” “Hang ’Em High,” “Time Is Tight” and “Melting Pot,” Jones pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. He has been honored by being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame; he also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and four Grammy Awards.

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The 46th Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show

January 5-January 7

The area’s largest gem and mineral show features free activities and samples for children and more than 120 vendors selling gems, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry and lapidary supplies.

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Billy Gardell

January 5-January 7

Emmy nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred in the CBS Hit television series Mike & Molly as Officer Mike Biggs from 2010 to 2016. Mile & Molly continues to air in syndication to this day.

His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences.

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Night of the Three Kings

Saturday, January 6

Celebrate Noche de Reyes Magos! This Latino holiday commemorates the day when the Three Wise Men followed the star to Bethlehem and arrived bearing their treasured gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Baby Jesus.

Enjoy a night of live mariachi music, specialty Mexican food, games, activities and a chance to meet the Three Kings!

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2018 Chinese New Year Show

Saturday, January 6

The Chinese New Year show will combine cultural performances, stunning dance pieces, great vocal and orchestra and professional acrobat performances. This year, professional acrobat performers from China join the show.

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Red Skelton Salute – Red Sails into the Sunset

Saturday, January 6

The entire show is staged as a fictional 1980s TV variety program, “One More Time” based on the premise of a legendary performer reprising his or her act. Chuck Carson is featured as the show’s host and Lynn Roberts portrays Red Skelton. Many of Red’s characters will be fully costumed. The lineup includes, Gertrude and Heathcliff (Seagulls)  Sheriff Deadeye, Junior – the mean liddle kid, Clem Kadiddlehopper, San Fernando Red, Willie Lump Lump and Freddie the Freeloader.

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Melrose Swap Meet

Sunday, January 7

What new treasures await you? The Melrose Swap Meet is a free admission event in the heart of the Melrose Arts District. There will be vintage, mid-century and rare oddities. Look through mid-century furniture, vintage Schwinn bikes and vintage Boho.

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