SCIENCE WITH A TWIST: SUPER VILLAINS
Who says the Arizona Science Center is just for kids? Take science to a whole new level for a night of supervillain-inspired cocktails, DNA mutation demonstrations, costumes and screenings of some of nature’s darker documentaries, including Great White Shark 3D.
Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 6 p.m., Friday, May 19, $12 and free for members.
For any EDM fan looking for an excuse to get down, the eighth annual Dirty Disco returns to Rawhide promising one dirty vibe, stage and night. This year’s lineup features a variety of up-and-comers, including Berg, Code Black, Matt Dunn and Sam Groove.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, ticketfly.com/event/1441601, 6 p.m., Saturday, May 20, $35-$60.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
This may be more of a musical for fans of South Park than for fans of Grease. However, it’s proved itself a hit on Broadway and across the country. Returning to Tempe after a sold-out engagement in 2015, the show tells the story of two mismatched missionaries who travel to a foreign country. Two acts of comedy, religion and dancing ensue!
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, times vary, Thursday, May 18, to Sunday, May 28, $50-$330.
Dick Van Dyke, Ryan Hurst, Jenna Coleman, Bonnie Wright. Whether you’re all about comics and sci-fi, you dig Harry Potter or you prefer to throw it back to Mary Poppins, there’s someone for you to be excited about at Phoenix Comicon. In addition to the large celebrity guest list, this year’s convention will feature exhibitors, vendors, panels and parties.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com, times vary, Thursday, May 25 to Sunday, May 28, $30-$299.
This quirky alternative band sells out every time it visits the Valley. With a show just as strange and engaging as the lyrics, the group has built a solid fan base of hipsters and diehard fans with songs like “Missed the Boat,” and “Float On.”
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, $40-$43.
STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND
Fleetwood Mac or Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers? We know, we know, it’s an impossible question to answer, but six cover bands have vowed to duke it out till the decision is made. In a night of tribute, local bands like Black Bottom Lighters, Vintage Wednesday and Jane N’ the Jungle will exclusively perform covers from the two iconic bands.
Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, lastexitlive.com, 7 p.m., Friday, June 2, $12-$15.
AUTHORITY ZERO CD RELEASE
Local band Authority Zero is dropping its newest album, Broadcasting to the Nations, and celebrating in style at Tempe’s Marquee. The guys behind ska hits like “Over Seasons” and “One More Minute” are also bringing Guttermouth and a few other local bands, including Torn at the Seam.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 6 p.m., Saturday, June 3, $20-$35.
PAINTING IN THE PARK
If you’ve ever been taking in a baseball game and felt the sudden urge to express your creative side, this D-Backs experience is for you. Before the team takes on the San Diego Padres, enjoy the weather from the PetSmart Patio with a paint experience as well as wine and all-you-can-eat ballpark food. You get to take your masterpiece home, but you have to leave the buffet hot dogs behind.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, m.mlb.com/dbacks/tickets/group/paint, 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, $45.
AC2: ANDERSON COOPER AND ANDY COHEN
It’s not often that America finds an “A” and “C” that work well together, but in Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, they’ve found two. The journalist and talk show host, both known for their big personalities, unite for an unscripted and uncensored night of conversation, focusing on deep talks and shallow tales.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 8 p.m., Friday, June 9, $58.50-$353.50
JULIANNE AND DEREK HOUGH
They’ve danced with the stars, they’ve sung their hearts out…one of them dated Ryan Seacrest. The Hough sibling duo embarks on their third tour after two sold-out trips around the country. Expect intense choreography, multimedia and an inspired stage show based around the elements.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, $38.50-$282.50.