Just when it seems The Weeknd couldn’t get bigger, the Canadian singer/Selena Gomez’s boyfriend dropped Starboy and became a starboy himself. His third collection has spawned three singles: the title track, “I Feel It Coming” and “Party Monster.” Expect an energetic night with The Weeknd and openers Rae Sremmurd, Belly and 6lack.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., sold out.
Todrick Hall is known for his inclusion in American Idol, MTV shows or Broadway’s Kinky Boots. The 32-year-old singer, actor and dancer brings his visual Straight Outta Oz tour to Mesa, inspired by a combination of his rise to fame and The Wizard of Oz.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7 p.m., $27-$82.
The Whole Story Part II
The Phoenix Art Museum continues its series dedicated to broadening perspectives with personal stories that honor the black experience. The show is directed by Rachel Egboro and will feature tales from various storytellers. The museum plans to continue the series throughout the year.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.257.1880, phxart.org, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10.
MAY 6 TO MAY 7
The Trunk Space turns 13 years old and, after a move across downtown Phoenix, the local music haunt resumes its Indie 500 program. That’s when indie bands perform 500 songs. The concert begins at 8 a.m. sharp and continues until the 500th song is played.
The Trunk Space, 1124 N. Third Street, Phoenix, thetrunkspace.com, 8 a.m., $10.
Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan Comedy Show
Bianca Del Rio “slayed” the competition on the sixth season of TV’s favorite campy show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Otherwise known as Roy Haylock, Del Rio brings sass, wit and a foul mouth in this zany stand-up comedy show. Hailed as “the Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by The New York Times, nothing’s off limits and the Satan doesn’t stand a chance!
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 7 p.m., $39.50-$201.
The ’70s are long gone, but if you feel you can’t fight your feelings for REO Speedwagon, check it out on its 50th anniversary tour. With a bundle of songs, including “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on The Run,” you might even want to break out a lighter for this one.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 8 p.m., $50-$195.
Kentucky Derby Party
Celebrate in style with Arizona’s only Kentucky Derby party during which guests can watch, wager and win with live local horses. Don’t forget the hats, glasses and a flair for over-the-top fashion. Bring your appetites because buffets will provide the eats.
Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602.942.1101, turfparadise.com, 7:15 a.m., $5-$180.
Cinco De Mayo at Enchanted Island Amusement Park
The local family amusement park parties for this Hispanic holiday with an authentic celebration of costumes, music, Ballet Folklorica and free candy-filled piñatas for kids. The park’s rides, geared for children ages 2 to 10, will be open as well, including the train, carousel, bumper boats and parachute tower.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix, 602.254.1200, enchantedisland.com, 11 a.m., $10.
The “108” in the title stands for unity, wholeness and infinite love. The day-long celebration features a triathlon with a 5K run, then an outdoor yoga class and, finally, guided meditation. Still not done? Tackle hooping or acroyoga afterward. Music, organic food and craft and several “Om”s are sure to fill the air.
Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.270.5000, wanderlust.com, 7:30 a.m., $21-$49.08.
National Public Gardens Day
Everyone must visit the Desert Botanical Garden at least once, and May 12 is the perfect opportunity. National Public Gardens Day, which celebrates acreage worldwide for their work in preserving garden life, offers discounts to guests. Make sure to catch the spring butterfly exhibit through May 14.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 7 a.m., $12.95-$24.95.
Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Actor Rob Lowe is testing a one-man show based on his book Stories I Only Tell My Friends at the Mesa Arts Center on May 12. The actor known for The Outsiders, West Wing and Parks and Rec brings his theories of life and his penchant for connecting with fans in a funny, insightful and engaging way.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 8 p.m., $30-$165.
Music of John Williams
MAY 12 TO MAY 14
One of the most popular American composers, John Williams has scored classic films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Jaws. The Phoenix Symphony tackles some of these iconic tunes.
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, 602.262.6225, phoenixsymphony.org, times vary, $45-$90.
AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest
This festival gives anyone 21 and older the chance to celebrate canned craft beer. Featuring more than 250 canned craft beers from around the country, the festival has a beer science garden, Olympic games and a canned craft beer competition.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix, 602.534.2407, bit.ly/2oxSGzJ, noon, $20-$35.
An Evening with Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith is part writer, comedian, podcast and director, with many films under his belt including Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. He recently released his third book and now gives fans the chance to get up close and personal with him.
Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, phoenix.standuplive.com, 9:30 p.m., $37.
Everyone is watching Chris Brown to see how he bounces back with his The Party Tour in preparation of his eighth studio album. Rest assured that while Brown will play new hits like “Party,” which features Usher and Gucci Mane, he will touch on older tracks like “With You” and “Kiss Kiss.”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $25.20-$420.25.
Train with Natasha Bedingfield and O.A.R.
Pick a Train song, any Train song! Are you going to go for “Hey Soul Sister” or “Pay That Song” or “Drops of Jupiter?”—or even a Zeppelin cover. What about a cut from its new album Play That Song? The band has a stable of hits from which to choose. The fun will start with the openers, the bubbly Natasha Bedingfield and rockers O.A.R.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, livenation.com, 7 p.m., $18.75-$179.
The Book of Mormon
MAY 18 TO MAY 28
Back by popular demand is the hit Broadway musical created in part by writers from South Park. This musical follows a pair of mismatched, raunchy missionaries sent halfway across the world.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, times vary, $30-$315.
Chris Stapleton has written more than 150 songs for artists like Adele, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. Over the years, he’s stepped out of the songwriting sessions to present his own music, including the hit album Traveller and songs like “Nobody to Blame.” The singer-songwriter plays through it all, but expect an emphasis on songs from From a Room: Vol. 1, due out May 5.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, livenation.com, 7 p.m., $30.75-$207.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous
He was The Comeback Kid in his last Netflix special, but with this tour, he’s gorgeous. The Saturday Night Live writer has multiple specials on Netflix and Comedy Central as well as an impressive number of Emmy noms and wins for his confident, detail-oriented comedy.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $129-$283.
An Evening with J.K. Simmons
Simmons’ face has been all over since Whiplash, Juno and last year’s La La Land—and you can’t forget the Law and Order franchise. He downsizes his venue a bit to have an informal conversation with his brother, Desert Foothills Theatre’s production manager, and fans. Simmons will share fun stories and memories.
FCF Holland Cabaret Theatre, 34250 N. 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale, 480.488.1981, dftheater.org, 4:30 p.m., $17-$22.
Topia Ballet at Desert Botanical Garden
MAY 23 TO JUNE 10
Ballet and dance create a new emotive experience in front of the Papago Mountains, completely immersed in the desert night. Topia Ballet fuses Ballet Arizona and the Desert Botanical Garden for a relaxing recital.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.381.1096, balletaz.org, various times, $36-$80.
John Legend stole everyone’s hearts with “All of Me.” Since its release, he’s appeared everywhere—the small screen, the silver screen with the award-winning La La Land and wife Chrissy Teigen’s Twitter posts. Catch the man with 10 Grammys doing what he does best: crooning behind a piano at the intimate Comerica Theatre.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., $52.50-$377.
MAY 25 TO MAY 28
Nerds rejoice! Phoenix Comicon infiltrates the Phoenix Convention Center for the best in panels and exhibitions. This year brings an impressive lineup of celebrity guests including Jenna Coleman, Bonnie Wright from Harry Potter, Joan Cusack and Danny Trejo from Machete.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 602.262.6225, phoenixcomicon.com, times vary, $20-$299.
The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men
Some of the biggest boy bands in pop music, NKOTB and Boyz II Men, unite with resident diva and former American Idol judge, Paula Abdul. Whether you’re a sucker for Donnie or love Nathan from Boyz II Men, you’ll relive the days of cassette tapes and CDs for one night.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $51.60-$131.60.
Cheech & Chong
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong may be in their 70s, but their penchant for counterculture, drug-related comedy has barely changed. The Grammy award-winning duo brings its larger-than-life hysterics to Talking Stick Resort.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $45-$90.