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PHM0415CAL12XMay 2
Wig Out
Slip on a wild wig and celebrate Vegas Baby at this fundraising dinner with silent auction, raffle, casino games and entertainment. All guests must wear a wig – the more outlandish, the better. The event is presented by 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. 5:45 p.m.-10 p.m. $100. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, checkforalump.com, 602-317-2914.

May 2
Arizona BBQ Festival
Fans of smoked meat are in hog heaven as more than 25 top pit masters offer pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and all the fixins. Guests can put their hick talents to the test in an assortment of hilarious contests in the Redneck Games Arena, from bobbing for pigs’ feet, to toilet seat horseshoes and a Daisy Dukes beauty pageant. Two music stages, mechanical bull riding showdowns and festive party bars are included. Noon-10 p.m. $12; free, children 12 and younger; $60-$75 VIP. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbbqfestival.com, 480-270-5000.

May 12
New Kids on the Block
The pop phenoms team up with TLC and Nelly for The Main Event summer concert tour, which is sure to include hits such as “Step by Step,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “I’ll Be Loving You Forever.” 7 p.m. $23-$83. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 623-772-3800.

May 15
Super Diamond
Fans of the “Solitary Man” enjoy hits such as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Cherry Cherry” and “I Am… I Said” as The Phoenix Symphony and lead singer “Surreal Neil” share songs made famous by the “Sweet Caroline” master himself. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

May 22-23
U2
Playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade, the Irish rockers bring their Innocence + Experience tour to Phoenix. The set list is sure to include hits like “With or Without You,” “Beautiful Day,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” 7:30 p.m. $65-$275. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

May 24
Bette Midler
The Divine Miss M shares material from her iconic career, plus songs from her new album, It’s the Girls. The album offers a tribute to girl groups through the ages, from the swinging sounds of World War II-era Andrews Sisters, to ’60s super-groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles, to ’90s hit makers TLC. 8 p.m. $46.75-$211.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

May 26
Train
The band performs tracks from its new album, including “Angel in Blue Jeans” and Bulletproof Picasso,” along with signature hits such as “Hey Soul Sister,” “Calling all Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia” and “Marry Me.” The Fray and Matt Nathanson are special guests. 7 p.m. $25-$59.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

May 27-June 7
Phantom of the Opera
This timeless story of seduction and despair tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

 

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