1. Kabarett at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – August 11
This isn’t a normal theatrical performance that you may find around the Valley. Kabarett will feature a selection of French and German theater songs, classic film scores, off-beat pop and original music. $12-$19. 8-9:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, tickets.scottsdalearts.org.
2. A New World: Infinite Music from Final Fantasy at Mesa Arts Center – August 12
The 30-year history of the Final Fantasy video game universe will be celebrated with an intimate classical music experience. The New World Players chamber ensemble will be joined by conductor Eric Roth and award-winning pianist Benyamin Nuss. $42-$65. 8-10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com.
3. Infant Messy Creations: Fun with Food at IDEA Museum – August 12
Babies 6 to 24-months (accompanied by an adult, duh) are welcome to get messy and play with their food. The little ones will be exploring the colors and textures of their food while making unique art. $13 non-members, $5 members. 10-10:30 a.m. Idea Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, apm.activecommunities.com.
4. Paint Your Pet at Gogh Paint – August 13
Can’t draw? No problem. Send a photo of your fluffy friend to Gogh Paint and someone will sketch it before class. Once you arrive, guides will be available to offer suggestions on different paint techniques as color in your pet. $50. 1-4 p.m. Gogh Paint, 20165 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, goghpaint.com.
5. Steve Martin & Martin Short at Comerica Theatre – August 13
Prepare to laugh as comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” which includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and more. The two will be joined by the Grammy-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. $125. 8-11 p.m. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, concerts1.livenation.com.
Be sure to check out the art events once you move into your new home and neighborhood. Keeping up with social and cultural life is always a good touch in getting familiar with the area.