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May 2018 Calendar SW

Author: Judy Harper
Issue: May, 2018, Page 138
“Les Misérables”—May 15-20
May’s Top Five
1. “Les Misérables”—May 15-20
The epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption is set against a nation in the throes of a revolution. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe,, (480) 965-3434.

2. Peach Festival—May 11-13
This annual festival includes a peach pancake breakfast, peachy treats and games, arts and crafts, amusement rides, entertainment, hayrides to the orchards and plenty of peaches ready for picking. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, (480) 987-3100.

3. James Taylor—May 29
The legendary singer/songwriter is recognized for his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing in such hits as “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Shower the People” and “Country Road.” Bonnie Raitt is special guest. 7:30 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, (800) 745-3000.

4. “Stars on Ice”—May 11
Relive Winter Olympic memories as this theatrical show features a cast of elite skaters who perform together in ensemble as well as solo numbers. Brother and sister Maia and Alex Shibutani, Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen (pictured), Meryl Davis and Charlie White are among the athletes to be featured. 7:30 p.m., Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, (800) 745-3000.

5. Pond Tour—May 12
Waterfalls, ponds, fish, turtles and lilies are in the spotlight as the Greater Phoenix Pond Society presents this informative annual tour featuring a dozen backyards throughout the Valley. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., metro Phoenix area,

Special Events
Fundraising Brunch—May 3, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., El Chorro, 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley,, (480) 320-9466. A champagne brunch, shopping and auction highlight this fundraiser for Mother’s Grace, a nonprofit that supports mothers and children who have endured life tragedies.

“Roars & Pours”—May 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, (602) 286-3800. Guests 21 and older stroll select zoo trails while enjoying craft brews, wine and food, along with animal encounters, yard games, live music and entertainment.

GenU Fun Fest—May 5, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Margaret T. Hance Park (east side), 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix,, (602) 631-4800. Teams of community members play human foosball, buddy ball, Frisbee hero, cornhole, balloon ball and more. Proceeds benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way’s goal of fighting poverty in Arizona.

Stella Artois Derby DayClub—May 5, 10:30 a.m., Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Grab a mint julep and place your bets for the Kentucky Derby and other live races from a trackside air-conditioned tent or VIP lounge.

Kentucky Derby Lawn Party—May 5, 1-4:30 p.m., Bourbon Steak, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, (480) 585-2694. Guests enjoy frosty mint juleps, bourbon tastings, fashion contests and lawn games while celebrating the 144th “Run for the Roses.” A brunch menu filled with Southern favorites, “selfie” photos with a thoroughbred racehorse, and complete Derby coverage indoors and out add to the festivities.

Eroica—May 15-June 2
Ballet Arizona continues its series in the garden with this presentation of movement, sound and multimedia on a stage that embraces the desert as a stunning backdrop for the enchanting choreography of Ib Andersen and the music of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, (602) 381-1096.
D-backs Fiesta—May 5, 2-5 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, The Arizona Diamondbacks host this celebration with live music, a beer garden, food and family entertainment, plus a salsa showdown featuring top contestants from the Arizona Hemophilia Association’s My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge.

The Big Event—May 5, 6 p.m., Camelback Esplanade, 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, (602) 954-8182. Guests enjoy an evening under the city lights at this fundraiser, which includes food, beverages, local entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

Wanderlust 108—May 6, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Described as a mindful triathlon, this event includes a 5K run or walk, large-scale outdoor yoga class and guided meditation. Music, workshops and craft vendors add to the festivities.

Desert Night Cinema—May 10, 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at 7:30 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, (480) 481-8188. Bring a blanket or low chair and enjoy a movie under the night sky as this monthly event continues with a “Summer Dreamin’” theme. Live entertainment with JesterZ Improv Comedy, movie-related activities and food trucks add to the festivities before the film begins. The event is sponsored by PHOENIX magazine.

Staycay 5K—May 12, 5:30 a.m. registration with race at 7 a.m., JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, (username and password: cmnfunrun). Winding through the Faldo course at Wildfire Golf Club, this 5K fun run/walk kicks off staycation season and includes a complimentary post-race pancake breakfast. A portion of proceeds benefits Children’s Miracle Network.

Bacon and Beer Classic—May 12, noon-10 p.m., with VIP options beginning at 11 a.m., Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, Guests explore the springtime home of the San Francisco Giants while indulging in samples of 100-plus craft beers from local and regional breweries, more than 30 bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, a bacon-eating contest, blind beer taste test, lawn games and live music.
Casino Night Fundraiser—May 12, 4:30-11 p.m., Harley Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,, (480) 305-8607. Try your luck at Texas hold ’em poker, blackjack, craps, slots and roulette as former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan hosts the fourth annual Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night. Live music, dancing, a VIP lounge and silent and live auctions are included. Proceeds benefit the Care Fund, a local nonprofit that assists families while they care for their seriously ill or injured child.

“Wig Out”—May 12, 6-10 p.m., Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, (602) 688-5232. “I Want Candy” is the theme of this fundraising dinner to benefit Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! which provides free wigs to breast cancer patients and free mammograms to women in the community. A silent auction, dancing and live entertainment are included. All guests must wear a wig.

Apocalyptica—May 13
Hear Metallica played like never before—on cello! —as this string-driven Finnish metal band shares head-banging renditions of such hits as “Nothing Else Matters,” “Seek and Destroy,” “Battery” and “Enter Sandman.” 7 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, (480) 782-2680.
“We Are United”—May 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix,, (602) 631-4800. Vanessa Williams, an accomplished singer, actress and New York Times bestselling author, is keynote speaker at this luncheon, a Valley of the Sun United Way fundraiser to help fight hunger in the classroom.
?Royal Wedding Viewing Party—May 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., Carefree,, (480) 488-4812. Guests celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a formal afternoon tea, royal wedding cake, photos on the red carpet with life-size cutouts of royal family members and wedding coverage on big-screen TVs.

“The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer”—May 19, 2-4:30 p.m. (VIP entry at 1 p.m.), Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 499-TKTS. Guests enjoy tastings of more than 40 wines, all personally selected by AJ’s Fine Foods’ cellar masters. Gourmet specialties, live music and a silent auction are included, with proceeds benefiting Scottsdale Arts programs.

Jerome Home & Building Tour—May 19-20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jerome, (928) 634-2900. Explore the back streets of this historic town as this tour takes a look at a variety of historic and significant homes. Ticket sales take place at the original J.C. Penney Co. on Hull Avenue, with vans transporting guests to most locations. Tour is not handicap accessible.

Impact Awards—May 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, (602) 495-2182. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosts this luncheon, which recognizes local businesses and the positive influences they have made on the community.

Western Art Show & Sale—May 26-28, Courthouse Plaza, 1205 S. Cortez St., Prescott,, (928) 778-1385. This 44th annual event features works by established and up-and-coming Western artists from across the country. A quick-draw competition and artist receptions add to the fun.

Workshops & Seminars
Cooking Class—May 1, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 240-6767. Vincent Guerithault presents a menu that includes a spring salad of arugula and radicchio with a honey-citrus vinaigrette; salmon and lemon sole “checkerboard” with lemon basil pesto and a ginger potato pancake; and peach soufflé.

“Mimosas & Monet”—May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, (602) 955-7878. Carrie Curran guides guests as they enjoy mimosas and pastries while creating their own masterpiece in acrylic on canvas. Designed for enthusiastic beginners to emerging professionals, this month’s class focuses on a blue window adorned with flowers.

For the Kids
“Flora & Ulysses”—through May 20, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 921-5700. The squirrel never saw it coming—the vacuum cleaner, that is—in this engaging Childsplay tale about 10-year-old “natural-born cynic” Flora and her friend, Ulysses, a now-hairless squirrel who suddenly acquires superpowers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry.

“The Three Little Pigs”—May 2-27, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix,, (602) 262-2050. There’s a whole lot of huffing and puffing going on in this classic story about the dangers of shoddy home construction.

“Beauty and the Beast”—May 3-12, Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, (623) 336-6001. The classic story of transformation and tolerance features beloved songs from the popular Disney movie.

Cinco de Mario—May 5
TV star Mario Lopez puts his own twist on this Cinco de Mayo fiesta, which includes authentic Mexican street foods, icy margaritas and Mexican beers, a “Saved By the Bell” look-alike contest, VIP meet-and-greet, children’s activities, live entertainment and an authentic Mercado featuring a handmade tortilla station, ceviche bar and salsa section, as well as arts and crafts. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,
“Madagascar”—May 4-13, Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 330-5918. Get ready to “move it, move it” as Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this tale.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”—May 4-20, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, (623) 815-7930. The Theater Works’ YouthWorks musical focuses on the young dreamer, Joseph.

“Shrek the Musical”—May 11-20, Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, Scottsdale, (480) 488-1981. An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by Desert Foothills Theater, the fairytale adventure proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

Movies in the Desert—May 12, 6:30 p.m., OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, (480) 235-2225. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of “The Little Mermaid.” Games, music and prizes begin at 5 p.m.

Disney Junior Dance Party—May 17, 6 p.m., Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. Keep an eye out for Phoenix native Miah Blake in this interactive concert featuring Disney Junior’s greatest hits, including songs from “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Sofia the First,” “Puppy Dog Pals,” “Elena of Avalor,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Vampirina,” “The Lion Guard” and more.

“Aladdin Jr.”—May 18-June 17, Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, (480) 483-1664. This stage adaptation of the Disney hit features an award-winning score, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar”—May 25-June 10, Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, (602) 843-8318. The final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth are chronicled through the eyes of his disciple—and ultimate betrayer—Judas Iscariot, in this compelling rock opera, which is loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

“The Monkey and the Pirate”—May 30-June 24, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Phoenix, (602) 262-2050. A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure add up to hilarious fun in this original show.

Arizona Diamondbacks—May 1-30, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, (602) 514-8400. The 20th anniversary season-long celebration continues with bats in action May 1-3, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; May 4-6, vs. Houston Astros; May 10-13, vs. Washington Nationals; May 14-16, vs. Milwaukee Brewers; and May 28-30, vs. Cincinnati Reds.

Phoenix Mercury—May 12-30, Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (602) 252-WNBA. The three-time WNBA champs take on the Seattle Storm in preseason action May 12; followed by regular season games May 18, vs. Dallas Wings; May 23, vs. Seattle Storm; and May 30, vs. Washington Mystics. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Arizona Rattlers—May 20 and 27, 3:05 p.m. kickoff, Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The regular season comes to a close as the team takes on the West Michigan Ironmen, May 20; and Nebraska Danger, May 27.

Music & Dance
Concert Series—through July 1 (Sundays), 7:30-9 p.m. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 312-2312. Bring a blanket or chair, relax and enjoy as a variety of popular local bands perform, including Rubicon, May 6; Rock Lobster, May 13; Learning to Fly, May 20; and The Real Thing, May 27.

“From No Hands to Four”—May 1, 7:30 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; and May 6, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley,, (602) 271-9396. The first half of this Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix program covers a variety of songs performed a cappella, while the second portion features musical selections for four-hand piano accompaniment.
?JUstin Timberlake—May 2, 7:30 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The former *NSYNC singer brings his “Man of the Woods Tour” to the Valley, performing such hits as “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Filthy” and “Rock Your Body.”

Gordon Lightfoot—May 3, 7 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 499-TKTS. The artist shares such chart-toppers as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway” and “Rainy Day People,” as well as some deep album cuts for die-hard fans.

Patrick Sheridan—May 6
One of the most celebrated tuba soloists in his instrument’s history, Sheridan has performed in more than 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl. He joins Scottsdale Concert Band for “Windows of the World.” 3:30 p.m., Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale,, (602) 327-3168.
“All Balanchine—May 3-6, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix,, (602) 381-1096. Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona, brings together three works by choreographer George Balanchine.

Concerts at MIM—May 3-31, Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, (480) 478-6000. Los Lobos performs May 3; Terence Blanchard with E-Collective, May 4; The Phoenix Symphony, May 5-6; Alam Khan, May 6; Adrian Legg and David Lindley, May 9; Meshell Ndegeocello, May 10; Sonny Landreth, May 11; Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians, May 12; John Popper, May 17; Tracy Nelson and the Bel Airs, May 18; Mother Road Trio, May 23; Janiva Magness, May 24; Madeleine Peyroux,  May 25; Chano Dominguez: “Flamingo  Sketches,” May 26; The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, May 27; and Greg Laswell, May 31.

Pacifico Dance Co.—May 4, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, (480) 782-2680. The ensemble takes audiences on a journey through ancient history, myth, legend and folklore.

Maks, Val & Peta—May 4, 8 p.m., Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd of “Dancing With the Stars” celebrate dancing, love and life.

Music in the Garden—May 4-25 (Fridays), 7-9 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, (480) 481-8188. This outdoor concert series continues with Cinco de Moio, May 4; A Touch of Class, May 11; Dmitri Matheny Group, May 18; and Sahnas Brothers, May 25.

“Long Road to Freedom”—May 5, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and May 6, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale., (480) 305-4538. Sonoran Desert Chorale closes its season with a story of survival—a journey in song of African people in bondage, from slavery to emancipation.

Maluma—May 6, 7 p.m., Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The Colombian heartthrob brings his “F.A.M.E. USA Tour” to Phoenix.

Taylor Swift—May 8, 7 p.m., University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, (800) 745-3000. The record-breaking pop-country idol brings her “Reputation” tour to the Valley, performing such hits as “Fifteen,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Shake it Off,” “Red,” “Ready for It?” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic—May 8, 8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. Known for his parodies and original songs, the Grammy Award-winning artist performs his deep cuts and obscure tracks in an intimate setting.

“Brahms and Schubert”—May 11-12, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, (602) 495-1999. Tito Muñoz leads The Phoenix Symphony in a program featuring Brahms’ masterpiece “German Requiem,” which he labored over for a dozen years, alongside Schubert’s immortal “Unfinished Symphony.”

Mega Funk Fest—May 12, 7 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, (602) 267-1600. Fans will be singing along to such old-school favorites as “Word Up,” “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Car Wash” and “Fantastic Voyage” as Cameo, Zapp Band, Rose Royce and Lakeside share the stage.

Steven Wilson—May 14, 7:30 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, (602) 267-1600. The British progressive rocker is currently basking in the success of his latest album “To the Bone.”

Celtic Woman—May 16, 7 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. The ensemble shares timeless Irish songs.

Fantastic Planet—May 4-13
Viewable from afar and illuminated from the inside at night, six gigantic, inflatable humanoid figures by Australian artist Amanda Parer make their U.S. premiere with an invasion of downtown Mesa. Strategically placed on buildings and the ground, the dramatic creations give the impression that they have just landed and are quietly and gently exploring the city. The “Fantastic Planet” installation is inspired by the 1973 Czech/French film of the same name. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, (480) 644-6500. A kickoff celebration takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4.
Todrick Hall—May 17, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. The Broadway actor and “American Idol” finalist brings his “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour” to the Valley, with a fresh storyline featuring new songs, costumes and production elements.

Lynyrd Skynyrd—May 18, 6 p.m., Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The Southern rock band shares such iconic hits as “Free Bird,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Gimme Three Steps” as the “Last of the Survivors Farewell Tour” makes a stop in Phoenix. Bad Company, The Outlaws and Jamey Johnson open the show.

“Live From Broadway”—May 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; and May 20, 2 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, (602) 495-1999. Star vocalists join The Phoenix Symphony for hits from Broadway, including showstoppers from “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “Kinky Boots,” “Miss Saigon,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Cats.”

Scottsdale Philharmonic—May 20, 4-6 p.m., Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, (480) 951-6077. The nonprofit orchestra performs music by Strauss, Puccini, Wagner and Rossini.

“Bon Voyage”—May 20, 5 p.m., Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, (602) 264-5328. Phoenix Boys Choir’s Tour Choir performs selections from its on-the-road repertoire before departing for a summer tour to Spain.

“Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space”—May 24, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, (602) 495-1999. Guest conductor Richard Kaufman and The Phoenix Symphony present acclaimed and unforgettable music from your favorite films.

“Music of John Williams”—May 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; and May 27, 2 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, (602) 495-1999. Highlights from more than 60 years of John Williams scores are on tap, including “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones,” “Schindler’s List” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” as guest conductor Richard Kaufman and The Phoenix Symphony perform

Todd Rundgren—May 27, 7 p.m., Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist reunites with mid-’70s members of Utopia.

Brian Culbertson—May 29, 7:30 p.m.,Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. The award-winning songwriter and producer plays several instruments and is known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk.

Mountain Trails Gallery—May 4-29
Artists who surprise and delight with works that are often immersed in humor are showcased in “Painting & Sculpting With Humor.” Opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4, the exhibit includes works by Jason Napier who captures the essence of animal nature in his festive, colorful and amusing wildlife sculpture. Pictured is “Training Day,” bronze, 11"H x 33"W x 6"D. 336 S.R. 179, Sedona,, (928) 282-3225.
Ian Anderson—May 30, 8 p.m., Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The founder, frontman and flutist celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull with a nostalgic evening of music from the band’s diverse catalog of work encompassing folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings.

Sugarland—May 31, 7 p.m., Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, (800) 745-3000. Fans will be singing along to such favorites as “Settlin’,” “Life in a Northern Town,” “Want to” and “Baby Girl” as the country duo brings its “Still the Same” tour to the Valley. Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen open the show.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”—through May 6, Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 483-1664. The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life.

“We Will Rock You”—through May 6, Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, (480) 837-9661. Based on the songs of British rock band Queen, the musical tells the story of a distant future where musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music is all but unknown.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”—through May 12, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, (480) 497-1181. Two gentlemen court two ladies who have a fondness for the name Ernest.

“The Bridges of Madison County”—through May 13, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, (623) 776-8400. The romantic musical tells the unforgettable story of a National Geographic photographer and his life-changing, four-day love affair with an Iowa farm wife.

“I Never Sang for My Father”—through May 13, Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, (602) 765-0120. Family dynamics unravel as this American classic exposes the painful truths of the relationship between a dutiful son, an alienated daughter and their harsh, detached father.

“Godspell”—through May 20, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, (602) 254-2151. Biblical parables come to life in this musical, which is set in modern-day New York.

“Plaza Suite”—through June 3, Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, (480) 483-1664. This Neil Simon comedy includes glimpses at a marriage on the rocks, a possible rekindled romance and a couple dealing with their reluctant daughter on her wedding day.

“Church & State”—May 4-19, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, (602) 252-8497. iTheatre Collaborative presents this timely play about a political candidate who impulsively tells the truth about his views on God and guns and has to deal with the consequences.

“Silence! The Musical”—May 4-19, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, (480) 227-1766. Sharp dialogue and shocking songs define this off-Broadway musical parody of “The Silence of the Lambs” as a rookie FBI agent matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch a serial killer. The play is presented by Stray Cat Theatre.

Thunder From Down Under—May 10-11, 8 p.m.; and May 12, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, (480) 850-7734. This troupe of hard-bodied blokes from Australia makes women swoon with dynamic dance routines and barely there costumes, paired with infectious energy and sly humor.

“Some Like It Hot”—May 10-June 30, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, (480) 314-0841. After witnessing a mob hit, two struggling jazz musicians masquerade as members of an all-girl band, leading to a number of romantic complications.

“Country Jukebox”—May 11-27, Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, (480) 837-9661. Audience members choose their favorite country tunes from a giant jukebox and each night the cast creates a new musical revue based on their selections.

“Little Shop of Horrors”—May 16-June 10, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, (602) 254-2151. The lively musical focuses on a nerdy floral assistant who discovers his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that feeds on human blood.

Prescott Historic Home Tour—May 5
Twelve historic buildings and homes representing a variety of architectural styles are open to guests, including the Smoki Museum, First Congregational Church, Washington School, Prescott Armory and Citizens Cemetery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., North Prescott Townsite Historic District, Prescott,, (928) 443-8503. Tickets can be purchased beginning at 9:30 a.m. the day of the tour at Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave.
“The Diary of Anne Frank”—May 17-June 3, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, (602) 256-6995. Presented by Arizona Theatre Co., this powerful tale captures the catastrophic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam.

“Big Fish”—May 17-June 30, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, (480) 497-1181. This heartwarming musical revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman and his adult son, who looks for the truth behind his father’s tall tales.

Arizona Restaurant Week—May 18-27, statewide, Diners enjoy signature dishes by some of Arizona’s top chefs at a special price as this event showcases dozens of the state’s best restaurants. The Capital Grille, Carlsbad Tavern, Fleming’s, Beckett’s Table, The Gladly, Bourbon and Bones, Famous 48 and Blue Coyote Cantina are among the participants.

“Rock of Ages”—May 18-June 3, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. Told through the heart-pounding hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Poison and other well-known rock, glam and metal acts from the 1980s, this love story is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre.

Lakeshore Music—May 19, 7:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, (480) 350-2822. Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski join forces for a concert of Brazilian music and jazz.

David Blaine—May 27, 8 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. The death-defying magician is known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work.

“The Humans”—May 29-June 3, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, (480) 965-3434. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic, which takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving.

Galleries & Museums
Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (480) 946-3217. Cyndy Carstens shares oil paintings that express the color of light in Southwestern skies in “Color-Coded,” May 3-26. An opening reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 3.

Cave Creek Museum—6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, (480) 488-2764. “The Photography of Edward Curtis” continues through May 31.

Colonial Frontiers—244 S. Park Ave., Tucson, (520) 622-7400. “Entrance to Opulence: 19th Century Teakwood Palace Gates From the Royal Homes and Forts of the States of Rajasthan and Gujarat, India,” through June 30.

Desert Artisans’ Gallery—6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, (520) 722-4412. “Sonoran Scenery,” May 8-Aug. 5, features works  by Sharon Bertrand, Nancy Cressler, Judith Probst, David Thekan, Dikki Van Helsland, and Alexandria Winslow.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum—21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, (928) 684-2272. “Cowgirl Up! Art From the Other Half of the West,” through May 13; and “One Trader’s Legacy: Steve Getzwiller Collects the West,” through June 3.

Gallery Andrea—7019 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 481-2530. Paintings by Andrea de Kerpely-Zak and Rusty Wallace are on exhibit through May 31.

Goldenstein Gallery—150 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 204-1765. “The Women’s Show,” May 4-31, celebrates the feminine perspective of art with works by Liz Wolf, Tiffany Miller, Lynette Jennings, Jourdan Dern, Patricia Griffin, Marilyn Bos, Mary Fisher, Sherab Khandro, SJ Shaffer, and Adele Seronde.

Heard Museum—2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, (602) 252-8848. “Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith,” through July 1; “Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez,” through Aug. 5; and “Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin,” May 4-Sept. 3.

King Galleries—4168 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, (480) 481-0187. Three generations of Santa Clara potters present their works in “Generations: Margaret Tafoya, LuAnn Tafoya, and Daryl Whitegeese,” May 5-24.

Lanning Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-6865. Famed for such iconic film posters as “Hair,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Labyrinth,” Ted CoConis unveils new paintings in “Ted CoConis: Masterpiece,” May 4-31. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4.

Lisa Sette Gallery—210 E. Catalina Dr., Phoenix, (480) 990-7342. “Circle/Squared,” May 5-Aug. 25, features works that revel in concentricity, bending the straight line toward experimentation and aesthetic gyration.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum—1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500. “Rachel Bess: Adventure and Control,” “Patti Warashina: Transitory Conversations” and “Marilyn Szabo: Life & Death Portraits,” through Aug. 5; and “It Is Important to Be a Nobody” and “We the People: Contemporary American Figurative Art,” May 6-Aug. 5.

Musical Instrument Museum—4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, (480) 478-6000. “Ancient Musical Treasures From Central China: Harmony of the Ancients From the Henan Museum,” through May 6.

Phippen Museum—4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, (928) 778-1385. “Cool, Cool Water,” through July 22; “15th Annual Miniature Masterpiece Show & Sale,” May 1-28; and “PAWS (Phippen Award Winners): Small Works to Go Show & Sale,” May 5-June 3.

Phoenix Art Museum—1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1222. “Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest,” through May 9; “Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and American Regionalism,” through June 3; “Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now,” through July 15;  “Warriors in World War I,” through Dec. 2; and “To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider,” May 4-Oct. 14.

Pueblo Grande Museum—4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 495-0901. “Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales,” through Aug. 31.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art—7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, (480) 874-4666. “Today’s Norms Are Tomorrow’s Luxuries: Luis Alfonso Villalobos,” through May 13; “southwestNET: Claudio Dicochea—Acid Baroque,” through May 20; and “Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait,” through May 27.

Shemer Art Center—5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 262-4727. “Spring Into Color,” through May 24, is an exhibit of works by members of the Phoenix chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Tilt Gallery—7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale,, (602) 716-5667. “Copius,” May 1-June 30, features photography by Betsy Schneider. Guests can meet the artist at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery—Hozho Center, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262. “Tony Abeyta: Neo-Expressionist,” May 4-31, showcases the Navajo artist’s newest paintings, including landscapes, abstractions and works of dramatically montaged representational imagery. A reception for Abeyta takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4, with an artist talk at 6 p.m.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West—3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 686-9539. “The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History,” through Sept. 30; “The Art of Joe Beeler,” through Oct. 28.

Wilde Meyer Annex—7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 947-1489. The gallery hosts a group show for Doug Weigel, Patricia Hunter, and Charles Davison, May 1-31. A reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. May. 3.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, (480) 945-2323. New works by Sherri Belassen, Rudie van Brussel, and Monika Rossa are on exhibit May 1-31, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. May 3.

Wilde Meyer Gallery—2870 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, (520) 615-5222. Abstracts, figurative works and landscapes by Doug Weigel, Jim Nelson, and Trevor Mikula are featured May 1-31, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. May 3.

Xanadu Gallery—7039 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 368-9929. Bronze sculpture by Guilloume and Gary Lee Price are on display May 1-31. Guilloume is known for his contemporary minimalist figures with themes of love, friendship and families, while Price’s sculptures of children engaged in various games and activities epitomize the joy of youth.

Save the Date
Charity Golf Tourney—June 1, 6:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 8 a.m., Gainey Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale,, (602) 274-3323. The Spina Bifida Association of Arizona hosts its annual charity golf tourney.

The Monkees—June 1, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, (480) 782-2680. Backed by a full band, Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz touch on every era of their 50-year career, including such classics as “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and “Good Times.”

“Mary Poppins”—June 1-30, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, (623) 776-8400. An English nanny leads the Banks children on zany adventures with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an assortment of astonishing characters.

Bite Nite—June 2, 6-10 p.m., Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, (602) 297-3800. Top chefs from across the Valley serve signature tastes at this culinary bout, which benefits the Arizona chapter of the ALS Association and its fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Flagstaff Blues & Brews—June 9, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Continental Driving Range, 5200 E. Old Walnut Canyon Rd., Flagstaff, (928) 606-5601. Robert Randolph and the Family Band headlines this festival, which features local and regional microbrews, food trucks and arts and craft vendors complementing a lineup of world-class blues artists. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors.

“School of Rock”—June 19-24, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, (480) 965-3434. A wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turns a class of straight-A students into a Grade-A rock band.

Kenny Chesney—June 23, gates open at 3 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (800) 745-3000. The country superstar turns the ballpark into an island getaway with such spirited songs as “Beer in Mexico,” “Pirate Flag,” “Setting the World on Fire” and “No, Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem.”

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