Guitar demigod Eric Clapton takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 25, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, who has played with everybody from the Beatles to Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder to Robert Cray, is touring in support of his serene, low-key Reprise CD Pilgrim. Tickets range from $32 to $75. 379-7800 (AWA), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Instructors from Canyons and Coastlines Kayaking School present the series "Kayaking Workshops," Tuesdays through June 9, at Bookman's Used Books, Music and Software. On Tuesday, May 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., the instructor is the appropriately named Nancy Kanu, and the topic is "Planning Paddling Adventures." Admission is free. 1056 South Country Club Drive in Mesa. 835-0505.
Named by U.S. News and World Report as one of two "educational powerhouses," the Arizona School for the Arts presents its annual Spring Showcase in which the kids from ASA show their stuff in such disciplines as dance (the third act of Copelia as well as some modern-dance works), music (recitals of Vivaldi and Benjamin Britten by the school's symphony and vocal ensembles) and acting (a performance of "Image Theatre" by ASA's drama department). Tickets for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams, are $10; a silent auction for the benefit of ASA will start in the Symphony Hall lobby at 6 p.m. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The Valley group once known as the Suicide Kings has changed its name to The Revenants--not in fear of being associated with the recent Christopher Walken crime film, but rather because of a California band that shared its old moniker. In any case, this solid alt-country act, featuring Bruce Connole and former Gin Blossom Richard Taylor, shares the bill with Vic Masters (a.k.a. Serene Dominic). Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The cover is $3. 967-9531.