Arts in Our Backyard

Scottsdale’s wide variety of culture


Move over New York City and Los Angeles, (well, at least edge over a little). Here at home, Scottsdale is quickly becoming a city with its own entertainment district, where spectators can attend world-class comedy, concerts and other cultural events.

Stand Up Scottsdale is a unique theater designed specifically for comedy. Forget the gym — these shows will have you laughing your way to six-pack abs in no time. “We are locally owned, we are affordable, and we only show original and relevant comedy,” owner Howard Hughes proudly states. Shows run Wednesday through Sunday nights, and prices usually begin at around $12. Grab a bite to eat before or during the show at Sugar Rae’s BBQ Kitchen.

LiveWire in Old Town is Scottsdale’s newest and nicest live entertainment venue, hosting a variety of shows from comedy to local and touring bands. The venue has multiple event spaces, including a VIP room, lounge and bar. The stage does not just look great, it sounds great, too. “It’s a state-of-the-art venue that has a sound system that has garnered national attention and has impressed all the artists that have come to perform here,” said spokesperson Jamie Killin.

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating a milestone this year, 40 years of connecting artists with the people. For the upcoming season the center is welcoming current and future stars. “All are worthwhile in their own right!” exclaims spokesperson Beth Renfro. Margaret Cho, Martin Short and Alan Cumming are just a few of the spectacular talent sure to entertain and inspire this year.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
(480) 499-8587


7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
(480) 970-6980

Stand Up Scottsdale

6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730

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