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May 3
Straight Outta Oz

Broadway actor and American Idol finalist Todrick Hall presents this modernized version of The Wizard of Oz, told through powerful musical numbers, dazzling costumes and choreography and a great social message. 7 p.m. $27-$82. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

May 4-7
International Women’s Summit

More than 15 high-profile female visionaries and leaders share keynote lectures and breakout classes at this event, which focuses on women’s empowerment. Among those featured are Melissa Harris-Perry of CNN; Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love; Melissa Harris-Perry, former MSNBC host; and Erin Brockovich, environmental activist. Call for times and ticket prices. Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 480-970-8543.

May 6
Stella Artois Derby DayClub

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. 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at $25. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix,

May 13 (FREE)
Pond Tour

Greater Phoenix Pond Society presents this fun and informative annual tour, which features a variety of koi and goldfish ponds. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Metro Phoenix area,

May 18-28
The Book of Mormon

This religious satire musical follows two young Mormon missionaries who are naive and optimistic when they are sent to a remote village in northern Uganda. Upon their arrival in Africa, they quickly learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe,, 480-965-3434.

May 20
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias

Revered for his abundant charisma, the witty funnyman shares his larger-than-life persona as his Fluffymania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

May 21
Wine to Remember

Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Boomer Band as the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest chapter hosts this annual fundraiser. Silent and live auctions add to the festivities. 1 p.m. $50; two for $80. Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix,, 602-528-0545.

May 22
Brian Wilson

The music legend is joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin for a live performance of the iconic album Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. 7:30 p.m. $56-$126. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix,, 602-267-1600.

May 23-June 10

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. Tu-Sa, 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-381-1096.

May 24
John Legend

Best known for his smash hit “All of Me,” the Grammy Award-winning superstar brings his Darkness and Light Tour to the Valley. Singer/songwriter Gallant opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $62.50-$129. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.