Director Ib Andersen.
Director Ib Andersen.
Rosalie O'Connor for Ballet Arizona

The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Looking to make your Cinco de Mayo a little more interesting? This week you can choose to have your Cinco on the May 6 at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival or choose to spend it with rosé and '90s heart throb Mario Lopez. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

All Balanchine 2018
George Balanchine — who, among many things, was the longtime artistic director and main choreographer at the New York City Ballet — is such a crucial figure in contemporary ballet that only a few directors are authorized through the Balanchine Trust to stage his work. Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, is one of them. At All Balanchine 2018, he presents three works by the Russian-born dance master: “Prodigal Son,” “Symphony in Three Movements,” and “La Sonnambula.” The first is a dramatic piece and was Balanchine’s last work for Ballet Russes; it premiered in 1929.

The award-winning local company pays tribute to the legend at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Tickets are $25 to $159, and performances continue through May 6. Visit the Ballet Arizona website. Amy Young

RuPaul’s Drag Race
We’re now in double-digit seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and no one is complaining. For a place to view the race, visit Kobalt Bar, 3110 North Central Avenue, #125, on Thursday, May 3.

Aside from karaoke and cocktail specials, Kobalt is known for its video lounge — meaning there are numerous speakers and TV screens so you can see Miz Cracker’s flawless makeup and hear everything Eureka has to say (not that you’d have any trouble).

See if someone makes as memorable an exit as Miss Vanjie from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Entry is free. Call 602-264-5307. Lauren Cusimano

WTF (Women, Trans, and Femme) Maker Night
WTF (Women, Trans, and Femme) Maker Night celebrates the power of women — and the things they create, whether it’s a chocolate chip cookie or computer software. Which is why the monthly series brings together artists, scientists, engineers, and designers within the Phoenix community to collaborate in the making of creative and critical work, with materials and tools provided.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at ASU’s Hayden Library, 300 Orange Mall. The monthly series is free to attend. For more info, visit the ASU Event page. Melina Zuñiga

Silence! The Musical!

Stray Cat Theatre is nearly finished with its Sweet 16 series, completing the season with Silence! The Musical! The Silence of the Lambs musical parody sees Dr. Hannibal Lecter singing as a tenor and the story falls in a similar fashion to the source material: Clarice Starling works with cannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill.

Silence! began as a internet musical in 2002 and has since expanded to several productions, including an off-Broadway run at Theatre 80 and Elektra Theatre.

The Stray Cat production is directed by Louis Farber and runs from Friday, May 4, when showtime is 8 p.m., through Saturday, May 19, at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets range from $30 to $40. For more information, visit the Stray Cat Theatre website.? Tanner Stechnij

Ken Jeong
Ask a parent if they’d prefer their kid grow up to be a doctor or a comedian, and they’ll most likely choose the former. One can do both, however. Ken Jeong proved that. He became a medical doctor in the mid-’90s while simultaneously honing his comedic chops. The sharp-witted and sarcastic comic started taking on some TV roles and really got on the world’s radar in the first — and subsequent — Hangover movies. That same year, he started a several-season role on NBC’s Community.

Ultimately, he ditched medicine for humorous performances. And you can expect that his stand-up show will have you in stitches at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street.

Admission to the 21-and-over event is $30, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719-6100 or check out the Standup Live website. Amy Young

This is Happening!
Time to get hella spiritual. On Friday, May 4, from 8:30p.m. to midnight, Walter Productions will host This is Happening!, an event centered on dance, community, and good vibes at 747 West Roosevelt Street.

The soundtrack for the night will be curated by Human Experience and Secret Sessions. Other elements of the event will include sound bowl healing with Natalie Anne Hewitt, a Thai massage workshop with Jeremy W. Troughton, an interactive art installation created by Jonathan Luther, a tea lounge hosted by Shannon Stapleton, and a guided intention-setting ceremony with Kate Swarm.

All you need to bring is a ticket and good vibes. Admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, visit the This is Happening website. Lindsay Roberts

Sampling of street art spotted at Unexpected Art Gallery.
Sampling of street art spotted at Unexpected Art Gallery.
Photo: Lynn Trimble

Phoenix Mural Festival
Phoenix is already home to an impressive array of street art. But you can see about 50 new murals get painted during the Phoenix Mural Festival, a three-day affair that launches on Friday, May 4, at Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 West Polk Street. Several participating artists will be there from 6 to 10 p.m., with work on view and for sale. It’s a rare chance to meet them — and talk with them about their mural plans and larger bodies of work.

The free festival lineup includes new and emerging artists, painting over the weekend in more than a dozen neighborhoods. Participating artists include Isaac Caruso, Eric Cox, Dadsocks, Laura Spalding Best, Maggie Keane, and Ashley Macias.

You can find specific locations on the festival website, or just start exploring in areas where several artists will be working — including the Willo neighborhood, Grand Avenue, and Roosevelt Row. Visit the Phoenix Mural Festival website. Lynn Trimble

Phoenix Rising v. L.A. Galaxy
As some of the Valley’s more stalwart sports franchises regroup after disappointing seasons and set their sites on pivotal offseason decisions, it’s business as usual for the Valley’s youngest franchise. Despite being the new kids in town, Phoenix Rising have already displayed more stability, professionalism, and success than some of their more tenured counterparts. In just a few short years, the Valley’s top soccer squad has been both efficient and aggressive in building a formidable roster, netting a rabid fan base along the way.

Phoenix hosts the L.A. Galaxy II at Tempe’s Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 751 North McClintock Drive, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. Tickets are $17 and up. Visit the Phoenix Rising website or call 623-594-9606 for details. Rob Kroehler

Science with a Twist
Nerd worlds collide on Friday, May 4, when Arizona Science Center hosts Science with a Twist. The monthly grown-up gathering at the museum blends a cash bar with pop culture pursuits, and this month, the hosts are going wide for Star Wars Day. Programming will include Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who references, with a time-warp to “Pompeii: The Exhibition” and a light-speed tour of the galaxy in the planetarium. Naturally, there will be themed cocktails, too. But we wouldn’t encourage experimenting with what happens when you mix your “Make It So” Margarita with a Sonic Screwdriver. We’d rather you live long and prosper.

Jedi cosplay is encouraged, and things get geeky starting at 6 p.m. at 600 East Washington Street. Tickets are $12 for nonmembers and free for members. “Pompeii” costs $11.95 extra for nonmembers, while members pay an extra $9.95. See the Arizona Science Center website or call 602-716-2000. Becky Bartkowski

Derby Day Club
Since the Kentucky Derby began in 1875, every first Saturday in May has brought with it the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” And a taste of the Kentucky Derby, which encompasses a full day of horse races, is making its way back to Turf Paradise for the third annual Derby Day Club. Attendees can expect everything from the bougie hats to sitting out by the racing track. The all-day affair is the only party in Arizona that will host live races, betting terminals, a host bar, and special lounging.

Gates at 1501 West Bell Road open at 7:15 a.m., and races begin at 11:30. General admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door. For pricing and event info, visit the Polo Party website. Melina Zuñiga

Cinco de Mario
Your dream of sipping rosé with an early ’90s heartthrob is about to come true.

TV star, Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author, and veritable hottie Mario Lopez will host a special twist on a Mexican holiday during Cinco de Mario. On Saturday, May 5, attendees can enjoy a farmers market, a Saved by the Bell look-a-like contest, a rosé-tasting tent, and live comedy at Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard.

Admission for the event is $20 online in advance, $30 at the gate. VIP tickets are $100 online in advance and include five drink tickets, as well as access to a private bar. If you want to meet Mario, the price goes up to $250. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Visit the Cinco de Mario website. Lindsay Roberts

Arizona Comic Mini Expo
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event when new pannapictagraphists (a very long word to describe comic book collectors) gather and get familiar with a local store. Adding to this year’s festivities, Samurai Comics is hosting the Arizona Comic Mini Expo. Hobbyists can meet more than a dozen of the creators behind some of the most exciting titles in the medium today. Andrew MacLean, the mind behind Headlopper, will be sketching and signing comics along with Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Andy Kuhn, to name a few.

Turn the page from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at 1120 South Country Club Drive in Mesa. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Arizona Comic Mini Expo website. Jason Keil

Phoenix Flea After Dark
Talk about dynamic duos. CenPho boutique Phoenix General and the folks behind Phoenix Flea are teaming up to host a market that brings together desert-based creatives who make and design must-have items. During Phoenix Flea After Dark, shoppers can browse wares from about 60 vendors, including vintage clothing purveyor Vixen Valley, DIY maven Crafty Chica, ceramicist Tom Budzak, and everyone’s favorite pin-maker Jar of Buttons.

Shop till you drop at The Colony, 5538 North Seventh Street, from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $5 via brownpapertickets.com. See the Facebook event page for details and a complete list of vendors. Becky Bartkowski

CozyCon
Dick Francis may be more appropriate for Derby Day, but if you like your mysteries solved by friendly old ladies and their cats, then snuggle up at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale, for CozyCon. The celebration of “cozy” mysteries runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

The event features eight of the coziest local and international authors, including bestsellers Jenn McKinlay, Kate Carlisle, and Paige Shelton, sharing homespun mysteries about bookstores, restaurants, antiques shops, and the amateur sleuths who run them. (Also? Their beloved pets.) The group will participate in several panel discussions, with a mass signing to follow.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Poisoned Pen website or call 480-947-2974. Michael Senft

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Cinco on the sixth.
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Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
It isn’t a misprint: the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is actually on Sunday, May 6. To celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over the French Empire in 1862, this family-friendly party will have games, vendors, a 125-foot burrito, and lucha libre wrestling. Then, there is the stacked music lineup. Headlining the 25th anniversary of this event is the Grammy-winning group Ozomatli. The Los Angeles-based six-piece has been fusing rock, hip-hop, and Latin for almost as long as this festival has been in Phoenix.

Put on your sugar skull shirt and get down from noon to 10 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 100 West Washington Street. Tickets are $5 to $60. For more information, visit the Cinco Phoenix website. Jason Keil

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers
Okay, it’s hard to hate the Houston Astros too much. They did prevent the dreaded Dodgers from winning the 2017 World Series. Young superstar shortstop Carlos Correa made the nation say “aww” when he proposed to his girlfriend during the celebration after Game Seven. Five-foot-6 second baseman Jose Altuve provided inspiration to short people everywhere by winning the American League MVP over 6-foot-8 Aaron Judge of the Yankees. And model Kate Upton and Houston pitcher Justin Verlander are sickeningly sweet newlyweds who have everything.

But damnit, our Arizona Diamondbacks are off to the best start in their history and want to prove they can beat the world champs in the three-game series that wraps with a 1:10 p.m. face-off on Sunday, May 6, at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street.

So, go D-backs. (And if all that’s not enough, you can bring your dog to the game on Sunday.) Tickets start at $22 via Ticketmaster. Stuart Warner

Letterpress Printing Workshop
Maybe you’ve been to Nancy Hill’s Hazel & Violet Letterpress for First Friday art walks. If so, you’ve likely marveled at her many printing contraptions — including a 1967 Reprex, 1935 Vandercook, and 1925 Potter. Turns out, you can try your hand at using them, during a letterpress printing workshop happening from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at 1301 Northwest Grand Avenue.

During the three-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of letterpress printing and get to make their own coasters, posters, or stationery, using vintage designs. It’s $50 per person and space is limited. Visit the Hazel and Violet website. Lynn Trimble

The Bridges of Madison County
Take note, theater nerds. Composer Jason Robert Brown is coming to town. Brown’s musical score and orchestrations for a Broadway musical called The Bridges of Madison County earned him two 2014 Tony Awards. He’s performing in concert, and doing an audience talk-back, at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria.

The evening also includes performances by the cast of ABT’s production of The Bridges of Madison County, which runs through Sunday, May 13. It’s the tale of two lovers whose affair alters both their lives. Tickets start at $25. Visit the AZ Broadway website. Lynn Trimble

“How to Achieve Anything”
Though we are probably afraid to admit it, fear sometimes gets in the way of our accomplishments. During “How to Achieve Anything,” Catherine Alonzo is going to talk about giving fear the middle finger and turning goals into realities. Alonzo is the CEO at brand and marketing firm Javelina, and she’s going to help make your success game strong, by sharing different strategies and techniques.

Let her lead you down a path to victory from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. Admission is $10. Call 602-274-0067 or visit the Changing Hands website. Amy Young

Airplane! Movie Party
Surely we are serious that an Airplane! Movie Party is coming to Alamo Drafthouse, 4955 South Arizona Avenue in Chandler. Just don’t call us Shirley. Have you ever seen this comedy classic? You can tell us; we’re a doctor. Either way, the East Valley theater will screen the film at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9.

Prepare to laugh your butts off at the late, great, and hilarious Leslie Nielsen, who’s joined by Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and NBA-legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a.k.a. Roger Murdock, co-pilot. Tickets to the 18-and-over film are $11.32. Also, does anybody know how to fly a plane? See details at the Drafthouse website. Dillon Rosenblatt

Wild Women Wednesday
Just because the famous quote, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” has been misattributed to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Eleanor Roosevelt doesn’t make it any less true.

Raise a toast to the rule-breaking, history-making ladies at 5394 South Lakeshore Drive in Tempe during Wild Women Wednesday. Every week at 6 p.m., Pier 54 offers drink specials like $4 cocktails and glasses of wine or Champagne and a chance to win an interior design consulting session, a yoga session, nail and hair services, and a LuLaRoe gift card.

Best part? There’s no cover. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

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