Meeting of the Muses: Lunchtime Theatre
June 5-7, Herberger Theatre Center
There is a complexity to the world of music and dance. What if for just one minute you could pull back the curtain and see the music written or the choreography being created? Jump into the world of musical artist Annie Moscow and tap artist Dustin Loehr of Transformative Arts Productions (T.A.P.). The duo will guide the audience through the steps of artist and muse as they create before your very eyes. You’ll be in awe at the mysterious tug and pull of the sensational world that binds art and music. 12:10 p.m. $7. www.herbergertheatre.org.
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore
June 6, Ak-Chin Pavilion
This highly anticipated tour, featuring pop superstar Kesha and rapper and songwriter Macklemore, is kicking off here in the Valley. The co-headlined tour was formed in support of Kesha’s hit third studio album, Rainbow, and Macklemore’s second solo studio album, Gemini, which were both released in 2017. Fans will be inspired by the collaboration of musical talent and raucous melodies all in the beautiful outdoors. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.ak-chinpavilion.com.
Man & Woman of the Year
Jun 9, Talking Stick Resort
Twenty-one candidates from across the Valley are in the midst of their campaigns to raise awareness and funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The 10-week contest culminates in a Grand Finale where the man and woman who have raised the most money for cancer research will be crowned Greater Phoenix Man and Woman of the Year. All proceeds will go to support blood cancer research. $250. 5:30 p.m. www.mwoy.org.
June 1-30, Comerica Theatre
When Eddie B. burst onto the scene, he was called a breath of fresh air. The Houston native became an up-and-coming star after his first debut solo comedy performance, at his beloved A&M, where he played to a packed arena. Now quickly becoming a household name, this genius in the world of comedy spins yarns about growing up and being the “funny bad boy.” Eddie B. is a regular at improv theaters, and can be seen on tour with Nephew Tommy (of the Steve Harvey Morning Show) at popular comedy clubs all over the country. 8 p.m. Starting at $40. www.comericatheatre.com.
On Cinema Live! Featuring Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington and Special Guests
June 9, Crescent Ballroom
For the first time, the Adultswim.com series On Cinema at the Cinema takes the stage. This highly acclaimed multimedia stage show is jam packed with movie expertise and colorful disagreements that the show’s audience has come to expect from the likes of hosts Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington (along with some guest appearances from cast members from the On Cinema and Decker universe). A funny and artistic way to view the world of modern cinema on stage, you’ll laugh, you’ll boo and you’ll cheer your way through some of the zaniest movie reviews on stage today. 8 p.m. $30. www.crescentphoenix.com.
Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo: Superheroes Unite
June 9, The Phoenix Zoo
Calling all superheroes from Gotham to Metropolis! The Phoenix Zoo presents Superheroes Unite, a one-day-only superhero extravaganza for the young and young at heart. Superhero Prowl and Play features fantastic waterslides and other water features, character meet-and-greets, a kid’s DJ dance party, Boom! Bam! Pow! Agility training, animal discoveries and more can be found here. Set in the scenic courtyards of the zoo, this event is great for the whole family. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Event is free with the price of zoo admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Arizona Bridal Show
June 10, Phoenix Convention Center
The Phoenix Bridal Show was created to offer a fun, relaxed atmosphere for couples to plan their wedding and make connections with wedding professionals in a casual setting without that typical rushed feeling. In addition to browsing booths and chatting with the pros, attendees will be entered to win thousands in giveaways, be treated to a champagne tastings and be able to sample delicious bites. Two-for-one pair of tickets start at $12. 9 a.m. www.phoenixbridalshow.com.
Desert Night Cinema Featuring Grease
June 14, Desert Botanical Garden
It’s a night for summer lovin’, as the patrons of the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden roll out their picnic blankets and enjoy Grease on the giant silver screen. Before the movie starts, enjoy live comedic entertainment from JesterZ and participate in fun movie-related activities. Purchase a bite to eat from popular food trucks like Short Leash Hot Dogs, Hummus Express Mediterranean, and Cactus Corn Kettle Corn or just sip on a yummy drink while you sit back and hear your favorite tunes in an unbeatable outdoor garden setting. www.dbg.org.
John Butler Trio
June 14, The Van Buren
The Australian roots/rock band lands in Phoenix for this one-night-only summer concert. Led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler, an APRA and ARIA-award-winning musician, the John Butler Trio is known for its intriguing blend of blues rock, reggae and funk ballads. This performance has been called a true representation of the John Butler Trio’s signature sound and a celebration of the band’s sixth studio album, Flesh and Blood, which was released in February 2014. 7:30 p.m. $47. www.thevanburenphx.com.
Juneteenth Valley of the Sun Celebration
June 16, Eastlake Park and Community Center
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States and offers a time to come together and celebrate the rich cultural history of our country’s African American population. The festival includes several guest speakers against the backdrop of music and dance, sports activities, film screenings, workshops and live entertainment. 4-9 p.m. Free. www.azifoundation.wixsite.com/phxjuneteenth.
Melrose Third Thursday
June 21, Melrose District
Every third Thursday of the month, merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix invite patrons to come celebrate what local Phoenix has to offer as the Melrose District comes alive. Fun featured attractions include food trucks posted along 7th Avenue, local businesses offering deep discounts, music, local vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun. Noon-8 p.m. Free. www.melrose3rdthursday.com.
Absolut Elyx presents Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque
June 22, Comerica Theatre
Vanity Fair has called Dita Von Teese the ultimate “Burlesque Superheroine” and this show is sure to titillate. The Art of the Teese is an assorted exploration of seduction, breaking down the barriers of gender, size, age, and what it truly means to entice. The show-stopping all-star cast will be joined by special guests and performing acts directed by Von Teese herself, alongside her sexy crew of males, which is popularly called her “Vontourage.” Get ready for some fun! 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com.
William Shatner Live Plus a Screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
June 23, Orpheum Theatre
Beam me up Scotty! Directly to the Orpheum Theatre where TV and movie icon William Shatner will dish on his fascinating life portraying Captain James T. Kirkin in the Star Trek television series and movies, as well as his career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, producer, director and writer. In this fun and hilarious evening, you’ll also enjoy a screening of the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the big screen. Die-hard fans will even get the chance to ask Shatner detailed questions about his life during the audience-led Q&A. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.phoenix.ticketforce.com.
3rd Annual Autism Awareness Fashion Show
June 24, MiVid
Everyone deserves to feel beautiful. In this awe-inspiring charity fashion show, emerging designers and individuals with autism will collaborate in for an event that will raise funds and awareness. Orchestrated by the Autism Heroes Foundation, this year’s ticket sale proceeds will directly benefit elementary schools’ autism programs. 6 p.m. Runway seating, $25; VIP, $45.. www.facebook.com/autismheroesfoundation.
Vans Warped Tour Presented by Journeys
June 28, Ak-Chin Pavilion
The Vans Warped Tour Presented by Journeys is the largest traveling music festival and extreme sports festival in the United States. It’s also the longest running touring music festival in North America. This year, which is the final full cross-country tour, includes smash hit artists The Used, Simple Plan, Doll Skin, and Reel Big Fish, among many others. Certain to be a rager, this year’s event is also incorporating nonprofits and educational seminars focused on informing the public about opioid addiction. 11 a.m. Ticket prices vary. www.vanswarpedtour.com.
The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show 2018: Brit Floyd
June 30, Comerica Theatre
Brit Floyd, often referred to as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute band, is returning to the stage for a very special re-enactment of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The show has become a true phenomenon with an enticing light show, lasers, blow ups and moving lights. Expect the heart-pounding melodies of The Dark Side of the Moon alongside gems from Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell, plus many more. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com.
Bianco Del Rio
July 1, Orpheum Theatre
Season six winner and artful comedian Roy Haylock of RuPaul’s Drag Race, isn’t afraid to throw on some heels and tell a few raunchy jokes. This hilarious comic is known for her foul mouth and unapologetic humor, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting while they laugh uproariously and are moved on to the next joke. Quick to point out that she’s the biggest joke of them all, The New York Times called her “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World.” 8 p.m. $37.50. www.orpheumtheatre.com.
Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible Tour
Jul 1, Talking Stick Arena
Kevin Hart leaps off the big screen onto the stage in this comedy show with fresh material that promises a whole lot of laughs. Known for his hilarious TV and movie roles as well as stand-up, Hart announced the tour via video with some of his signature characters including the author, the athlete and the mogul. Expect the goofy and profane from this mega superstar. 8 p.m. Starting at $48. www.talkingstickarena.com.