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Top 5 Arts Events: May 29-June 4, 2017

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lists Issue: May 2017
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1. First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum – June 2
The first Friday of every month is dedicated to the arts in the Valley, so it’s no surprise that the Phoenix Art Museum joins in the fun. The museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission. There will be live music all night while guests explore the Samurai, Yeohlee, Photography of the American Road and other exhibits. Free. 6 – 10 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org.

2. The Music of Paul McCartney at The Phoenix Symphony – June 2-3
Sing along to the “Silly Love Songs” and other hits from the musical works of Paul McCartney, from his days as a Beatle to his latest songs with Wings. Tony Kishman will lead a four-piece band alongside the Symphony. $25+. F 7:30 p.m.; Sa 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org.

3. Showcase at Bonus Round – June 3
This is the first of a monthly art-centric night, happening every first Saturday at Bonus Round. The showcase will feature local artists and musicians. This month will include music from Owning November and art from Arthur Owsley. Score a discount on food and drinks if you show your light rail pass. Free admission. 8-11 p.m. Bonus Round, 24 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, facebook.com/events.

Jazz & Wine in the Garden. Photo courtesy Facebook.4. Jazz & Wine in the Garden at Japanese Friendship Garden – June 4
Stroll along Phoenix’s Japanese Garden will sampling wine and enjoying live jazz, lantern display and happy hour. Hiro Sake will be offering sake samplings throughout the garden as well. Beth Lederman will be performing on jazz piano with Blaise Lantana of KJZZ on vocals. Adults $5; seniors, military and students $4. 5-8 p.m. Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, japanesefriendshipgarden.org/jazz.

5. Jazz Workshops: Jazz Session Etiquette at The Nash – June 4
The Nash is offering a variety of summer workshops from week-long sessions to one-time lessons that focus on a single topic. Jazz Etiquette is the only free session being offered this summer. Attendees will be able to sit in on a jazz jam session to get a feel for how things work. After getting some background information on the history of jazz, bring your instrument and voice to join a full three-hour jam session.
Free. 5-6 p.m. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org.