A SMILING FIRST FRIDAY
You’ve probably heard about First Friday but you might not have heard that Roosevelt Row fave Lawn Gnome Publishing is soon closing its doors. Head on over to see the store in full swing before it closes up shop. On an outside stage set up for First Friday, catch a lineup of local bands including The Smiling Faces, The Doyenne and Ancient Egypt.
Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, lawngnomepublishing.com, 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, free.
THE WHOLE STORY: PART II
The Phoenix Art Museum presents round two of its storytelling series, which focuses on broadening global perspectives with personal stories that honor the black experience. Five storytellers will take the stage, including director Rachel Eseoghene Egboro.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, phxart.org, 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5, $5 museum members, $10 general public.
BIANCA DEL RIO
Not today, Satan! Bianca Del Rio stole America’s hearts on TV’s campy favorite Ru Paul’s Drag Race, but the hilarious, loudmouthed queen is bringing her larger-than-life act to the Marquee. Nothing is off limits for the season six winner, who describes Bianca’s style as “erotic clown.”
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, thebiancadelrio.com, 8 p.m., Friday, May 5, $93-$130.
Put “food” in the title and you’ve got us interested. Peoria’s Foodstock is the largest food truck event in the West Valley. More than 60 local food trucks will serve their food inside the ballpark and on the field. The trucks will feature $2 to $4 samples to allow maximum tasting, so even if you’re feeling a mix of waffles, lobster and barbecue, they’ve got you covered.
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. Eighty Third Avenue, Peoria, bit.ly/2pHgN04, 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, $5.
The Everybody Hates Chris writer is hitting Arizona up after having to reschedule his stop on The Total Blackout Tour a few months back. The comedian can be caught in Top Five, Grown Ups and Madagascar but this time he’s back to the stage for some classic stand up.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 10 p.m., Saturday, May 6, $49.50-$69.50.
CINCO PHOENIX FESTIVAL
The 24th annual Cinco Phoenix Festival celebrates Mexico’s historic victory over the French Army in 1862. Between two skyscrapers in downtown Phoenix, the celebration will feature live music from platinum artists, Lucha Libre, Ballet Folklorico and traditional food and drinks.
Outside CityScape Phoenix, 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, cincophx.com, 12 p.m., Sunday, May 7, $5-$35.
The guys behind “Selfie” and “Paris” must love Arizona. Not only do they name-drop Tucson in their hit song with Halsey, but they’ve also visited the state three times in the past year. Check out their headlining tour, featuring up and coming openers Kiiara and Kyle.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, thechainsmokers.com, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, $42-$278.
CULT CLASSICS PRESENTS THE THING
If you’re thirsting for a scary movie and Netflix can’t satisfy your craving, check out horror cult classic The Thing on its 35th anniversary. When you have a shape-shifting alien who can take over bodies, you know it’s gonna get bad. Don’t forget to snag some exclusive prints and shirts to commemorate the horror.
Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, cultclassicsaz.com, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, $11-$40.
AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH
Kevin Smith is the writer, comedian and director responsible for Clerks and its spin off Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Recently the funny and outspoken director has taken up podcasting and writing, most recently releasing a book called Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. Expect to get up close and personal as he tells the stories behind it all.
Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, phoenix.standuplive.com, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, $37.
PAINT NIGHT WITH CATS
If you’ve ever been stuck at a party wishing you were hanging out with cats, now’s your night! La Gattara Cat Cafe is providing a night of painting, snacks and cats. For the price of your ticket, you will receive all the supplies and paint needed to decorate a happy, smiling cat with the class while surrounded by cats. Sounds totally “pawsome.”
La Gattara Cat Cafe, 1301 E. University Drive, Suite 136, Tempe, lagattaracatcafe.com, 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 14, $30.