This calendar of events for Phoenix, Arizona and nearby communities in May 2011 has been produced to assist with travel and local activity happenings.
April events in this section cover the Phoenix metropolitan area including the communitues of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe.
This Phoenix metro event calendar is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates and events occasionally change, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Phoenix, AZ events are made at www.ArizonaGuide.com.
May 2011 Phoenix Area Events
Through September 5, 2011
PHOENIX: The Art of Ceremony American Indian Painting of the 20th Century - Heard Museum, artists from many different regions have attempted to convey the power and beauty of ceremonies that are central to their lives, offers insight into the artists’ visions, www.heard.org
Sunday, May 1, 2011
CHANDLER: Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber - Chandler Center for the Arts, families can discover exquisite music of exceptional quality, free, 8 pm, www.chandlersymphony.org
PARADISE VALLEY: Crossing Paths Valley Presbyterian Church, the Sonoran Chorale offers music inspired by the great European crossroads of Vienna and Budapest, $12-15, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org
PHOENIX: 28th Annual Answer to the Challenge - 3-day bike ride to Strawberry via Payson, Camp Verde to Jerome & Mingus Mountain to Prescott, http://www.pmbcaz.org/theanswer.html
TEMPE: A Taste of Greece Tempe Beach Park, Greek dancing, music, food & fun, performances by costumed Greek dancers, Greek wine tasting, carnival rides, $2, Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 11 pm, Sun. 11 am - 7 pm, 480-899-3330 or http://atasteofgreeceaz.webs.com
Friday, May 6, 2011
PHOENIX: The Great American Songbook at Xavier College Preparatory Performing Arts Center, (4710 N. 5th St.), the Phoenix Boys Choir presents a salute to great American songwriters, those who words and music helped define the decades, America’s most popular songs encompassing jazz, blues, and the early musicals of Broadway and Hollywood, some of the most memorable songs of the last 80 years, $20-25, 7:30pm, 602-264-5328 or www.phoenixboyschoir.org
PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series at the Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Big Nick & the Gila Monsters, blues, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org
Saturday, May 7, 2011
TEMPE: Golfin’ in the Desert Karsten Golf Course, benefits Volunteers in the Garden, includes golf, cart fees and lunch, $100, shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., www.dbg.org/
Phoenix, Arizona Weather Report
ATC's "Lost in Yonker"
LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon. Directed by Samantha K. Wyer is presented by ATC in Phoenix through April 10, 2011. Meet the Kurnitz family. Grandma is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and as comical as it is poignant, Lost in Yonkers is the masterwork of Neil Simon's career and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.
Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement
PHOENIX Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens that all U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card. Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html
For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:
The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Sunday, May 8, 2011
PHOENIX: Annual Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch Desert Botanical Garden, featuring the Great Ladies of Jazz, $85, 11 am 1 pm, or 4-6 pm, 480-941-1225 or www.dbg.org
Friday, May 13, 2011
PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Cosmos, Mediterranean, world beat, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org
Saturday, May 14, 2011
SCOTTSDALE: Dan Zanes & Friends - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, filled with irresistible grooves drawn from a wealth of musical traditions, Zanes, his musicians and his surprising and eclectic special guests create a rollicking ‘Woodstock for Kids,’ including traditional American songs, dance classics and smart, inventive originals, $24, 3 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or www.sundustaz.com or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
GLENDALE: Yanni Jobing.com Arena, Yanni and his world class musicians perform his greatest instrumental hits and some music from his new album, $45-69, doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm, 800-745-3000 or http:www.ticketmaster.com
TEMPE: Tempe International Triathlon Tempe Town Lake, Olympic Distance: swim 1500 meters, bike 40 km, run 10 km, USAT sanctioned, www.trifind.net.
Friday, May 20, 2011
CHANDLER: Downtown Chandler Art Walk Historic Downtown Chandler, 5-9 pm, http://www.visitchandler.com/ or http://www.chandleraz.gov/
PEORIA: Annual Astronomy Night at Vistancia Sunset Park, (29701 N. Sunrise Point), a guided walk on the Discovery Trail to the Soar garden where local astronomer, Tony LaConte gives a presentation on the constellations, Native American folklore and Greek mythology, identify various planets, stars and constellations, free, 7:05 pm, 623-215-8646.
PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Bad Cactus Brass Band, New Orleans jazz, funk, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
TEMPE: 4th Annual Phoenix FearCon Film Festival MadCap Theatres, (730 S. Mill Ave. 85281), showcasing the best horror cinema from around the world, presented by Trash City Entertainment, featuring the world premiere of several feature length and short films, cast and crew of many of the films will be available for Q&A and panel discussions, $10-20, noon midnight, 602-953-2728 or http://www.phxfearfilmfestival.com.
WILLIAMS: 12th Annual Northern Arizona Poker Run Cruisers Café (239 W. Route 66), benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, takes riders through scenic Northern Arizona, 928-289-9551 ext. 4400 or http://www.williamschamber.com.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
PHOENIX: Tour Concert Preview Steel Indian School Park Memorial Hall (300 E. Indian School Rd.), the Phoenix Boys Choir gives audiences a preview of the unique repertoire that will be sung on tour, cocktail reception help prior to the concert at 4 pm, $12-50, 602-264-5328 or www.phoenixboyschoir.org
Thursday, May 26, 2011
PHOENIX: 20th Annual Flavors of Phoenix 2011 The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, (6902 E. Greenway Parkway, 85254), featuring 30 of the top chefs from across the state of Arizona, $, 6 pm, benefits the American Liver Foundation, 602-953-1800 or http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/arizona/events/730/
Friday, May 27, 2011
PHOENIX: Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series Desert Botanical Garden, desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Adam Clark Trio featuring Nicole Pesce, jazz, lounge, reservations recommended, $15-21, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org
Sunday, May 29, 2011
SCOTTSDALE: Ponies of the Americas Horse Show WestWorld, www.poac.org or http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp
Through April Events
May 2-July 4, 2011
SCOTTSDALE: Summer Concerts in the Park at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, live performances, variety of local bands, train & carousel, free, Sundays, 7:30-9 pm, 480-312-2312 or www.therailroadpark.com
May 5-22, 2011
ATC: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam. Directed by David Ira Goldstein. Tucson: April 9 30, 2011. Phoenix:May 5 22, 2011. Audiences laughed until they couldn't breathe when we produced this virtuoso quick-change horror story a dozen years ago. You asked for itso we're bringing it all back to endanger your funny bone again! Two lightning-fast actors portray all the residents of the Mandacrest estateas well as a host of vampires, werewolves, mummys and things that go bump in the nightwho travel from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again. With Gothic plot turns thrown out like thumbtacks in the road, along with a stage full of outrageous sets and costumes, Irma Vep will keep you in stitches right up until the final twist. "The play will keep you laughing… and laughing hard." The Arizona Republic. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.
May 6-22, 2011
PEORIA: Winnie the Pooh at Theater Works, ( 8355 W. Peoria Ave, 85345), A.A. Milne’s wit and special understanding of young people make this one of the most endearing children’s tales of all time runs through May 22, 623-815-7930 or www.theaterworks.org
Through May 8, 2011
PHOENIX: Nine Phoenix Theatre, based on Fellini’s classic film 8, Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued and haunted by hordes of beautiful women from his past who won’t leave his mind, spectacular and sexy musical, http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/
PHOENIX: Circle Mirror Transformation Herberger Theater, Actors Theatre brings you the Arizona premiere of this inventive and absorbing comedy, about Marty Kriesberg’s community center acting class, four lost individuals plunge into Marty’s class, each with their own set of expectations, http://www.atphx.org
TEMPE: Billy Elliot The Musical ASU Gammage, Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community, http://asugammage.com
May 12-15, 2011
SCOTTSDALE: AZ Reining Horse Show - WestWorld, Affiliate Show #3 & #4, reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of ten approved patterns in an arena, patterns include large and small circles of various speeds, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins in place, roll backs, and sliding stops, judging is based on degree of difficulty and the ease and finesse with which each maneuver is completed, 480-312-6802 or http://www.azrha.com/
May 13-15, 2011
CHANDLER: Sleeping Beauty - Chandler Center for the Arts, by Ballet Etudes, $10-15, 7 & 2 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/
May 13-27, 2011
TEMPE: Getting Sara Married Tempe Little Theatre, (700 W. Rio Salado Parkway), an unmarried lawyer in her mid-thirties is much too busy to get involved in any romance, her aunt has decided to take matters into her own hands and find her a husband, unfortunately her method amounts to having the prospective groom bopped over the head, kidnapped and delivered to her niece’s doorstep, 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/TCA
Through May 14, 2011
MESA: Smoke on the Mountain Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, (5247 E. Brown, 85205), a toe-tapping, rollicking musical with hilarious stories and uplifting gospel tunes set in 1938, Reverend Oglethorpe of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church invites the Sanders Family Singers to share their individual stories and more than two dozen beloved vintage hymns including Amazing Grace, Rock of Ages and I’ll Fly Away, 480-325-6700 or www.BroadwayPalmWest.com
May 14-15, 2011
QUEEN CREEK: 19th Annual “Life is Peachy” Peach Festival Schnepf Farms, orchards will be open for picking, Peach foods sampling tent, peach pie eating contest, peach pit toss, arts & crafts, carousel rides, petting barn, honeybee rides, chef demonstrations, live entertainment, free, 7:30 am 4 pm, 480-987-3100 or www.schnepffarms.com
Through May 15, 2011
PEORIA: The Full Monty Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Ln, 85382), based on the hit film, this grin and bare-it-all musical comedy tells of a disheartened group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY in desperate need of a new source of income, 623-776-8400 or http://www.azbroadwaytheatre.com
May 17-22, 2011
TEMPE: Mamma Mia! ASU Gammage, smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, http://asugammage.com
May 19-21, 2011
PHOENIX: The Red Violin Symphony Hall, contemporary classic with projected images from the film, featuring the Phoenix Symphony, conductor Michael Christie and Steven Moeckel, violin, 7:30 & 8 pm & 11 am, www.phoenixsymphony.org.
May 21-22, 2011
QUEEN CREEK: 19th Annual “Life is Peachy” Peach Festival Schnepf Farms, peach games, peach pit spit and pie eating contest, 1 pm each day, U-pick, celebrity chef demonstration 10 am daily, train rides, peachy sampling tent, family fun, free, 7:30 am 4 pm, 480-987-3100 or www.schnepffarms.com.
May 26-29, 2011
PHOENIX: Phoenix Comicon Phoenix Convention Center, the signature pop culture event in the southwest, focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film, comic book creators, anime voice actors, movie & TV actors will be in attendance, guests will meet with fans, panels and workshops, art auction, Zombie Beauty pageant, Japanese fashion show, masquerade, live music, $15-25, www.phoenixcomicon.com
May 27-28, 2011
PHOENIX: Boogie Woogie Pops Symphony Hall, with the Phoenix Symphony and conductor Loras John Schissel, a celebration of America and Americana reminiscent of the U.S.O. shows of yesteryear, the inspirational works of American wartime songwriters and composers, a tribute and remembrance of the men and women of our Armed Forces, part of the APS Pops Series, $18 and up, 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org
May 27-29, 2011
CHANDLER: Lucas Oil Mayfest Drag Boats - Firebird International Raceway, the lightning-quick liquid quarter mile plays host to the first of two visits from the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, 800-929-0077 or 602-268-0200 or www.firebirdraceway.com