“Schoolhouse Rock! Live”
TO MAY 22
The pop culture phenomenon is bringing classics like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” and “Three is a Magic Number” back to the stage. The program is approximately 60 minutes with a 10-minute actor talkback and is recommended for ages 6 and older. There will be backstage tours after the 4 p.m. performances on Saturdays May 7 and May 21.
Herberger Theater Center’s Stage West, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 602.252.8497, herbergertheater.org, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays, $15-$35
The Summer Cornhole Series
SUNDAYS IN MAY AND JUNE
It’s “the ultimate cornhole tournament!” This two-month series from The Hot Chick and Timeless returns each week, allowing teams to face off in the beloved lawn game phenomenon. Buy-ins are $20 per team, winners take all. Winners will also get free Timeless samples and merch.
The Hot Chick, 4363 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale, 480.550.7507, thehotchickaz.com, 1 p.m., $20 per team
MAY 5 TO MAY 8
With choreography by Ib Andersen and costume design by Carla Fernández, Ballet Arizona will celebrate the legacy of famed Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel by dancing to a recorded production of his performance at Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.381.1096, balletaz.org, various dates and times, $35-$169
Cinco de Mayo Festival
MAY 5 TO MAY 7
Chef Joey Maggiore’s The Mexicano is gearing up for three days of Cinco de Mayo festivities in the parking lot, featuring lucha libre wrestling, yard and carnival games, DJ and live musical entertainment, elevated street-style food, and beer and margarita gardens. The $35 general admission tickets will only be available at the door, and include five food and drink tickets. Packages and VIP seating opportunities will also be available. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to child abuse and neglect support organization Childhelp. The Mexicano will also be open for normal dining hours.
The Mexicano, 4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, themexicano.com, 3 to 11 p.m. each day, $20-$5,000, or free for kids ages 12 and younger
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
OPENS MAY 6
The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is described as “a thrilling ride through the multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.” Notably, it’s the first MCU film from director Sam Raimi, beloved for his original “Evil Dead” trilogy and the 2000s “Spider-Man” films, among other works. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez. Rated PG-13 for some violence, bloody images, and language.
In theaters, marvel.com
“State of Mind” First Friday Reception
As part of First Fridays, which fills Downtown with things to see and do on the first Friday of every month, Olney Gallery is hosting this special reception for “State of Mind” from Carlos Cordova, Sandra Luehrsen and Ellen Nemetz, three artists who utilize various mediums. The exhibit is also on display during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, through May 25.
Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 623.826.9912, trinitycathedral.com/olney-gallery, 6 to 9 p.m., free admission
Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces
Usher in the summer WNBA season on Fry’s Food Stores Opening Night, when the Phoenix Mercury will face off against the Las Vegas Aces. The game will also be broadcast on NBA TV.
Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.252.WNBA (9622), mercury.wnba.com, 7 p.m., $22-$76
Clean Culture Arizona Stadium Showcase
As part of its 2022 schedule, Clean Culture is coming to Surprise for its Arizona season opener. Check out the car show, browse the vendors, listen to some good music, grab a bite to eat, and try your hand in the contests.
Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise, cleancultureevents.com, 5 to 10 p.m., $25
Pamper Your Mom Festival
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to pamper your mom? The day before, check out this festival at Singh Meadows for a cafe, boutiques, a farmers market, face painting, balloon twisting, craft activities, massages, photos and raffles. Surprise gift baskets can be preordered for $30. Parking is free.
Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber Drive, Tempe, https://bit.ly/3KNARDO, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10, or free for kids under 12 months
Phoenix Rising vs. San Antonio
The soccer season continues with this game pitting Phoenix Rising FC against San Antonio FC, which is the former’s first home game of the month.
Phoenix Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass, 19593 S. 48th Street, Chandler, 623.594.9606, phxrisingfc.com, 7:30 p.m., see website for tickets
UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje
It’s been a while, but the UFC is coming back to Phoenix for the first time in three years. UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas looks for a second chance with No. 2-ranked Carla Esparza. Also, No. 5 contender Michael Chandler will face off against No. 7 Tony Ferguson. But the main show comes in the form of lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who will defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender Justin Gaethje. Pay-per-view and simulcast info is available online.
Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7800, footprintcenter.com, 4 p.m., $300-$9,500
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is putting its “Gourmet Eats Spotlight” on award-winning chef, writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, who will visit the Virginia G. Piper Theater for a 50- to 60-minute conversation with Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ’s “The Show.” Then, the audience will have 20 to 30 minutes to ask its own questions.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second Street, Phoenix, 480.499.TKTS (8587), scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/yotam-ottolenghi, 7:30 p.m., $29-$49
Arizona Rattlers vs. Massachusetts Pirates
Arizona’s own IFL team is looking to set the record straight with the Massachusetts Pirates at this matchup, the Rattlers’ first home game of the month. The team is on a two-game losing streak against the Pirates, so here’s hoping they can turn things around this time.
Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.514.8383, azrattlers.com, 6:05 p.m., $11-$95
East Valley Women’s Day Out Expo
Now in its 22nd year, the Women’s Day Out Expo is back with door prizes, free seminars and more. A touring show with locations around the state and beyond, the expo is a meeting place for all-things fashion, health and wellness, home remodeling, wine tasting, travel and vacation planning, cosmetics and skin care, and shopping.
Mesa Convention Center – Building B, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, 602.625.3000, womensdayoutexpo.com, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission
Great Arizona Puppet Theater Open House
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater wants families to swing by for an open house to see all the great things happening at the venue. It’s the perfect place for kids to check out fun, family-friendly stories told by puppets. And on this Saturday, the theater is offering several hourlong slots that can be booked online or by phone. Tax-deductible donations are accepted, too.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, 602.262.2050, azpuppets.org, hourlong slots available for reservation, free admission
Music in the Desert
Desert Sky Mall wants to be a hub for the community to come shop, eat and simply get together. That’s why the Phoenix shopping center has been bringing out local entertainment as part of the monthly Music in the Desert series. May’s talent has yet to be announced, but you can catch them from the Center Court Stage.
Desert Sky Mall, 7611 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, 623.245.1400, desertskymall.com, 2 to 4 p.m., free admission
It seems like Olivia Rodrigo became an overnight sensation with the release of her debut album, “Sour”; the hit singles that preceded it; and the recent “driving home 2 u” road trip film streaming on Disney+. So, it’s no surprise that the former Disney Channel star’s first show in the Valley, not to mention the rest of the tour it’s part of, is already sold out. Singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone will open the show.
Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, arizonafederaltheatre.com, 8 p.m., sold out
OPENS MAY 20
After a foray into television with 2020’s “Devs,” Alex Garland, the filmmaker behind “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation,” is back with this “feverish, shape-shifting new horror film,” according to distributor A24. The film stars Jessie Buckley as Harper, a woman who goes to the English countryside alone to heal after a personal tragedy, only to find someone or something in the woods stalking her. Its synopsis describes its evolution from “simmering dread” to a “fully formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears.” Rated R for disturbing and violent content, graphic nudity, grisly images, and language.
In theaters, a24films.com
Phoenix Cannabis Awards Music Festival
This West Valley festival features live entertainment across three stages. Lil Xan, Mike Jones, Luniz, E.N Young, Kurupt, Loomis, SmokeDeville, Chopah, OG Rome & the Rowdoggs, and Irie Nationz are just some of the acts set to perform, providing a combination of hip-hop and roots reggae for Valley fans. There will also be drinks and giveaways. This event is for ages 21 and older.
Legends Event Center, 4240 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, https://bit.ly/3KLVLU0, 4 p.m. to midnight, $42-$250
Stars on Ice
Starring Nathan Chen and Olympic medal contenders, Stars on Ice is a showcase of the best the U.S. Figure Skating team has to offer. Alysa Liu, Vincent Zhou, Karen Chen, Mariah Bell, Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue, Madison Chock, Evan Bates, Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier and Mirai Nagasu are the other medalists and champions in the star-studded cast.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, starsonice.com, 7:30 p.m., $25-$140
Premier Boxing Champions: David Benavidez vs. David Lemieux
Why stay home to watch pro boxers David Benavidez and David Lemieux face off on Showtime when you can see the fight in person? Premier Boxing Champions is bringing the two right here to Glendale.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 4 p.m., $75-$300
Phoenix Fan Fusion
MAY 27 TO MAY 29
Don a costume of your favorite character, head to Downtown Phoenix, peruse the vendor hall, check out some programming, meet with celebrity guests, and stay for the after-parties. Phoenix Fan Fusion is back, representing all the best in comic, superhero, anime and more fandoms across three days and a multitude of possible directions you can take your weekend.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, phoenixfanfusion.com, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $15-$295, or free for kids ages 0-2
Tears for Fears
One of the most revered new wave acts of the ’80s and ’90s is back with its first new album in 18 years, “The Tipping Point.” Come to see founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith perform an array of new songs and classics alike, with cuts like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Sowing the Seeds of Love” and “Mad World” all possibilities for the set list. Garbage will open the show.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, livenation.com, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$435
“Top Gun: Maverick”
OPENS MAY 27
Maverick is back, and so is Iceman. More than 35 years after Tony Scott’s original “Top Gun,” fans can rejoice at seeing Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer back on screen together in this Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel. In addition to the two returning leads, “Top Gun: Maverick” features newcomers like Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris. The cast also includes Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis — and don’t forget the planes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some strong language.
In theaters, topgunmovie.com
Four years after his experimental rock album “Boarding House Reach,” Jack White — known not just as a solo act but for the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather — is back with not one but two new projects. The first, “Fear of the Dawn,” released last month, with “Entering Heaven Alive” set for a July release. Catch him at Arizona Federal Theatre in between as part of The Supply Chain Issues Tour.
Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, arizonafederaltheatre.com, 8 p.m., $65-$399.50