7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Game on, Valley Bar.EXPAND
Game on, Valley Bar.
Melissa Fossum

New Times picks the best events in the Phoenix area from Monday, May 16, through Thursday, May 19. For more things to do, see our curated online calendar.

Game Night
Suppose some smartypants decided to conduct a study aimed at determining the hierarchy of the days of the week, best to worst. Does anyone have to wonder where Monday would fall on that list? Easily the most reviled day of the week, Monday is defined as “fun’s over, back to work.” Fortunately, Phoenix’s hippest haunt, Valley Bar, is doing its part to give Monday a makeover with some Friday-style flair. The basement hangout has turned the most mundane day of the week into Free Game Night. Free pool, skee ball, darts, and shuffle board plus dollar-off drafts equals no excuses. The event is 21 and over. Visit www.valleybarphx.com for details. Rob Kroehler

Fingers crossed that things are looking up for the D-backs.EXPAND
Fingers crossed that things are looking up for the D-backs.
Jim Louvau

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
There’s an old saying we’re trying to recall as we look back on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ performance last month ... something about April showers? It’ll come to us. But what brought it up is the dismal showing the boys in red and black had in the month following opening day, going 12-14 against some pretty mediocre squads, mostly because they’ve been pitching as if they were in a 40-and-over softball league. Luckily the May 16 game kicks off a three-game home series against the Yankees, bottom-dwellers of the AL East, so all those April showers should lead to something nice.

See the Diamondbacks’ May flowers bloom 6:40 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $20. Visit dbacks.com for more. Zach Fowle

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