- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
1. U2 – May 22-23
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.
2. Bette Midler – May 24
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.
3. Butterfly Wonderland Party – May 23-25
The facility celebrates its second anniversary with live Native American music, food trucks, children's games, a bounce house, face painting and storytelling. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.
4. Bring a Flashlight – May 23-September 5
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
5. Gems, Jewelry and Minerals – May 23-24
6. Woodchuck Hard Cider Presents Gumption – May 19
To celebrate the launch of Gumption sweet apple cider on draught, Woodchuck is hosting an exclusive launch party at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix. To help kick off the celebrations, Woodchuck's Terry Hopper will be in attendance to share the vision behind Gumption. 6-9 p.m. The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., rhythmroom.com, 602-265-4842.
7. Flights and Bites – May 21, 28
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards partners with Food Truck Caravan for a series of wine tastings and food truck feasts. Food truck chefs pair four bites with four wine tastes, with a different chef and menu each week. This week: United Steaks of Cheese's Chef Adam (5/21). Final chef: Triple Dot's Chef Josephine (5/28). Open service 5:30-8 p.m. $25 plus tax. Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery & Store. 6951 E. First St., lawrencedunhamvineyards.com, 480-664-4822.
8. Mahler's Symphony No. 1 – May 21-23
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in this musical journey of triumph over death. Giora Schmidt is featured on violin. Th, 7:30 p.m.; Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sa, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
9. Del Frisco's Grille Pre-Memorial Day Patio Party – May 24
Kickoff summer al fresco-style with a tasty pre-Memorial Day Patio Party at Del Frisco's Grille. Guests will be tempted with hearty food specials such as a DFG's signature prime cheeseburger and beer for $14 or a brat and beer for only $10. They will also be able to enjoy live music all day long, as well as be automatically entered to win raffle prizes. 3-7 p.m. Del Frisco's Grille at the Camelback Esplanade, 2425 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, delfriscosgrille.com, 602-466-2890.
10. Four Chambers Presents Welcome Home – May 19
Four Chambers – an independent community literary magazine and small press based in Phoenix – is looking for work about and inspired by Welcome Diner, Welcome Chicken + Donuts, and the sense of community and belonging they bring to Downtown Phoenix for a chapbook titled Welcome Home. To celebrate the launch of the project, Four Chambers will be hosting a panel discussion about the history and meaning of Welcome Hospitality with Sloane McFarland, Jenn Robinson and Michael Babcock. 5-7. Welcome Diner, 924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-495-1111, fourchamberspress.com