PAOA Juried Art Exhibit & Sale Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. Friday, May 5
University Club of Phx
39 E. Monte Vista Road
Enjoy a free opening reception for the Portrait Artists of Arizona’s 7th Annual Member Juried Fine Art Exhibition. The 51 featured pictures are rendered in various media, including watercolor, oil, charcoal, pencil, and pastel. All pieces are available for purchase. The exhibit can be viewed Monday -Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 2 to 4 p.m., through Aug. 30. The University Club is closed July 1-17.

‘Timeless Tunes & Composers’
Orpheus Male Chorus
3 p.m. Sunday, May 7
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
A showcase of great composers, such as Beethoven, Mozart and Handel, and a number of popular songs that have stood the test of time, including “New York, New York,” “Danny Boy” and “Over the Rainbow.” There also will be an audience sing-along. Tickets are $20 plus fees. Visit

‘Holmes and Watson’
Arzizona Theatre Company
May 11-28
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
Even after his supposed “death” at Reichenbach Falls, the great detective kept his hold on the world through the frauds, fakes and charlatans claiming to be him, forcing the loyal Dr. Watson to find the truth. Dr. Watson travels to a remote mental asylum where three recently admitted men claim to be the late detective. Each matches Holmes’s physical description and knows secrets only the real Holmes could possibly know. Watson confronts the three, convinced that one of them must be the real Holmes. Tickets are $25-$64 plus fees. Visit

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays & Musicals
May 12-13
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
The festival provides opportunities for playwrights, composers and lyricists to showcase original works in various stages of development. This year’s festival includes “The Lemonade Stand,” a reading of a dramatic comedy about a man just fired from the only job he ever had who decides to open a lemonade stand; and “Something for Sondra,” a reading about Janey Tubben, her underachieving best friend Brian, and her sassy mother Sondra. Show times for both are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $10 plus fees. Both shows contain adult situations and language. Visit

Scorpius Dance Theatre
May 18-20
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
The show explores the relationship we have with animals, as well as their social interactions, physicality and movement. Overall a lighthearted and entertaining show, it offers awareness and support for animals in our community and globally. A portion of ticket sales will benefit local animal charity, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. Tickets start at $25 (plus fees). Visit

Topia: Ballet Arizona at DBG
8 p.m. May 23-June 10
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Ballet Arizona returns to the Desert Botanical Garden for an enchanting evening that embraces the desert as a stunning backdrop for the choreography of Ballet Arizona’s Ib Andersen. Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues to evolve, take chances, and challenge our emotional boundaries. In 2017, expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona continues its series in the Garden to present a sensory experience unlike any other. Tickets for all performances are $15-$164, with discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. Visit

Phoenix Comicon
May 25-28
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St.
The signature pop culture event in the southwest focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film. Visit in person with comic book creators, anime voice actors, and movie & TV actors including Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager, and 80s film stars Anthony Michael Hall (“The Breakfast Club,” “16 Candles”) and Joan Cusack (“Say Anything,” “Working Girl”). Attendees also will enjoy panels and workshops, an art auction, Zombie Beauty pageant, Japanese fashion show, masquerade ball, live music and more. Purchase day passes or an all-event pass; sidekick passes, for children ages 3-12 accompanied by an adult, are just $10 and good for all four days. Visit


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