7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Game on, D-backs.EXPAND
Game on, D-backs.
Jim Louvau

New Times picks the best events in metro Phoenix from April 25 through 29. For more things to do, see our curated online calendar.

Diamondbacks v. Cardinals
Baseball has many rules, most of them not having anything to do with actual gameplay: Don’t step on the pitcher’s mound. Never mention a no-hitter while it’s in progress. No crying. But perhaps most important, at least for Arizona Diamondbacks fans: It’s a long, long season; don’t give up on it too early. Sure, it’s been a rough start for the home team, what with our pitchers giving away home runs like handshakes — just about the worst since 2001, when the D-backs went 4-8 in their first 12, then went on to win the World Series.

The Diamondbacks take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 6:40 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $13. Call 602-462-6500 or visit www.dbacks.com for more. Zach Fowle

Grady Gammage Jr.
The suburbs are a haven from the grind of city life to some, a soulless mall-laden landscape to others. Either way, they’re here to stay, and Grady Gammage Jr. has been thinking about the future of Phoenix’s ‘burbs.

Find out what the senior sustainability scholar at ASU and former elected official’s book, The Future of the Suburban City, says about sustainability and the issues faced by many suburban cities at his discussion led by Sarah Porter, the director of the Kyl Center of Water Policy. Ponder the future at 7 p.m. on April 26 at Changing Hands, 300 West Camelback Road. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the book and admission for two people. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 602-274-0067 or visit www.changinghands.com. Amy Young

This week's crowning achievement? The greatest queens visiting Phoenix.
This week's crowning achievement? The greatest queens visiting Phoenix.
Miss Missy

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons
RuPaul’s Drag Race may not be a best-friend race (oh Lashauwn Beyond, we hardly knew ye), but seven former and favorite queens have put aside feuds — and put on their faces — for the Battle of the Seasons 2016 Extravaganza Tour, strutting into Phoenix this week.

Performers are subject to change, but chances are good you’ll still see a queen or two you love. The line-up includes Adore Delano, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Miss Fame, Phi Phi O’Hara, and reigning Drag Race queen Violet Chachki. The “Extravaganza” is hosted by series judge Michelle Visage with DJ sets from Pearl.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 on Wednesday, April 27, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. General admission tickets are $37.50 and $303 for VIP, which includes a meet-and-greet and signed swag. For tickets, click www.celebritytheatre.com or call the box office at 602-267-1600, extension 1. Janessa Hilliard

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