Top 10 Valley Events in May and June

Jason KeilMay 5, 2022
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May 6-29

Ghost: The Musical

Kilns will spin and spirits will come to life in the stage version of the Oscar-winning movie about how love can conquer death. And yes, the Righteous Brothers’ hit song “Unchained Melody” is on the setlist. $59.99-$89.99, check website for times, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org

photo courtesy Arizona Restaurant Association
photo courtesy Arizona Restaurant Association

May 20-29

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week  

If you think you know the menu of your favorite restaurant, you might want to check out what it’s offering for this popular culinary event. Valley chefs are providing an exclusive three-course prix fixe menu, many of which expand beyond their typical offerings. $33-$55, check website for times and locations, 602-307-9134, arizonarestaurantweek.com

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May 12

Coldplay

Coldplay released the first single from Music of the Spheres from the International Space Station. And if that wasn’t ambitious enough, the album features a collaboration with South Korean boy band BTS, and their shows will be powered entirely by renewable energy. But bandleader Chris Martin says that after 2025, the band plans to go “back to basics,” so you better catch the quartet before they tone things down. $93-$425, State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, statefarmstadium.com

May 4

Randy Rainbow

The viral YouTube satirist is leaping from the Twitter timeline to the stage with his hilarious parodies and political spoofs. There’s singing, dancing and, most importantly, laughter. 8 p.m., $39.50-$59.50, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center,1 E. Main St., Mesa,\480-644.6500, mesaartscenter.com

May 9

David Sedaris

Chances are you’ve heard the hilarious essayist on NPR but seeing and hearing him share his work in a live setting is a wildly different (and uproarious) experience. $29-$69, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org

May 27-29

Phoenix Fan Fusion

Geeks, nerds and Trekkies unite! Comic book artists, voice performers and actors from\Doctor Who\and Hellboy\will be available for meet and greets and autographs. There will also be gaming sessions, after-dark parties, and, of course, cosplay fashion parties. If you’re looking for a tribe, you’re going to find it here. Guests slated to appear include Felicia Day and Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston. $40-$90, check website for schedule, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, phoenixfanfusion.com

Through May 30

Immersive Klimt

The creators of Immersive Van Gogh are shifting their focus to the premier artist of the Viennese artistic revolution. You’ll be surrounded by “Tree of Life” and Klimt’s most famous and storied work, “The Kiss,” and other works by the artist’s contemporaries. Lighthouse Artspace, 4301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Visit immersiveklimt.com for times and ticket information.

June 24

Rod Stewart

Rod the Mod has held a Vegas residency for more than a decade now, so the “Forever Young” singer must be eager to leave the comfort of Caesars Palace and hit the road to perform “You Wear It Well,” “Hot Legs,” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” 7:30 p.m., $44.50-$495, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com

photo courtesy Rose+ Allyn PR
photo courtesy Rose+ Allyn PR

May 7

The 5th Annual Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub

If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, head to north Phoenix for the next best thing. Put on your Derby best, lay some money down on the big race, then kick back and sip a mint julep and enjoy some of the best food trucks in the Valley. Doors open at 10:45 a.m., $35-$1,250, Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 480-423-1414, thepoloparty.com/derby

photo courtesy Tim Trumble
photo courtesy Tim Trumble

Through May 21

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!  

There might not be Saturday morning cartoons anymore, but Schoolhouse Rock hasn’t gone anywhere. All your favorite songs will come to life in this stage production about a teacher searching for the confidence to teach grammar, math, civics, social studies and science. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $13-$35. Herberger Theater Center Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 480-921-5700, childsplayaz.org