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Events Around the Valley This Week (May 13-19)

This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for May 13-19.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations. Information for EVENTS should be submitted at least eight weeks before the first of the month it is to be published. Log on to


2024 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week
May 17-26

It’s the tastiest time of the year! Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, Mora Italian and SanTan Brewing Company are among the participants committed to this annual event for Arizona foodies. You can try dishes without the huge check of a three-course prix-fixe menu for only $33, $44 or $55 per person. Check for a complete list of participating restaurants and menus at

The Four Seasons
May 15-June 1

Vivaldi’s famed work will be brought to life by Ballet Arizona with stunning choreography matching the desert landscape’s unparalleled beauty. Tu.-Th., 8 p.m. $60-$100, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-481-1225,

May 17-18
Pure Imagination Festival

The eclectic, eco-friendly festival will return to Prescott with a lineup that includes The Flaming Lips, Tanya Tucker, Ozomatli and Sylvan Esso. Check website for schedule and ticket packages. Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Rd., Prescott,

May 17-19
Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival

This spring festival will feature the finest blends from some of the finest wineries in the state. There will also be great food, stores selling vintage products, and live music. F, 6–9 p.m., Sa-Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $20-$45, Railroad Park, 157 N. Railroad Ave., Wilcox,

May 18
Lunch & Learn Cooking Class

There’s a story behind every dish. Marcellino Verzino will tell the tale of his medaglione de mail while sharing the recipe. 1-3 p.m. Reservations required. $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale; 480-990-9500;


Artistic Vision
Through June 1
Are the answers to the metaphysical questions we continually ask ourselves found in art or nature?  The selections in this exhibition, featuring works by painter Tim Bhajjan and photographer Charlie Gaskill, among others, acknowledge that it might be both. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Desert Artisans Gallery, 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, (520) 722-4412,

Cruising: The Lowrider Art Exhibit
Through June 8
For the drivers behind the wheels of beautifully designed vehicles, it’s more than just a car. It’s an expression of their personality and culture. You can see these airbrushed and pin-striped expressions on display in photos, painted vehicles and graffiti at this celebration of this artistic hobby. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m., Vision Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,

Carolina Aranibar-Fernández: Oleaje
Through August 4
The hidden consequences of exploiting natural resources are depicted in the San Francisco-based artist’s exhibition using intensive processes, including etching, sewing, cutting and printing. The result is colorfully executed artwork featuring beautifully translated cartography and topography. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666,

Sarah Zapata: Beneath the breath of the sun
Through July 24
The Texas-born artist, who wove the works in this exhibition during her residency with CALA Alliance late last year, visualizes the discord between unconventional art and identity and the traditional aspects of design. Call for times. ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, (480) 965-2787, 

Transcendent Geometries
Through May 25

Shapes and patterns can tell a story, much like a photograph or a painting. Ato Ribeiro, Carrie Marill and Andy Burgess are artists working within the limitations of mathematics and their materials to send a powerful message or share a personal truth. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception, March 4, 12-3 p.m. Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 E. Catalina Drive, Phoenix, (480) 990-7342,

Barbie: A Cultural Icon
Through July 7

On the heels of the hit movie, the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition, created by Illusion Projects and Mattel, Inc., gives visitors a real sense of the doll’s place in art, design and pop culture over decades. Visitors can even get their picture taken next to a life-size Barbie Mirror-Pink Corvette. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1880,

Dorothy Fratt: Color Mirage
Now through July 21

The term “underrated” gets needlessly thrown around, but it certainly applies to Valley painter Dorthy Fratt. The artist helped commission the public sculpture “Windows to the West” by Louise Nevelson in Scottsdale while her work blazed its own trail in abstraction. “Color Mirage” is the first U.S. exhibition celebrating her art, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666,


Tim McGraw
June 27

The “Live Like You’re Dying” singer has dubbed his latest tour Standing Room Only, so you had better come early to find your seat. 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,

July 9
Jennifer Lopez

A lot has happened to J-Lo since she released her last album. Catch up with the pop star when she comes to the Valley for her This Is Me…Now tour. 8 p.m., $49.95-$499.95, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,

July 20
WNBA All-Star Game

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will take on the league’s all-stars in a game celebrating the best the sport has to offer. 5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,

August 17
Best Fest

The pages of PHOENIX magazine’s Best of the Valley issue come to life at the annual celebration of all things awesome and local. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Arizona Humane Society. $45-$65, 6-10 p.m., The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,


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