Through May 13

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

www.phxart.org

This exhibition surveys 15 collections of the dynamic, innovative work of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne among others.

May 2

Justin Timberlake

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Fresh from receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with his former ‘NSync band members, chart-topping Timberlake brings his outdoors-inspired Man of the Woods Tour to the Valley, performing such hits as “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Filthy,” “Say Something” and “Rock Your Body.” General seating is limited with some VIP packages still available.

May 4-13

Fantastic Planet

www.mesaartscenter.com

Illuminated from the inside, six gigantic inflatable humanoid figures invade downtown Mesa. Australian artist Amanda Parer’s installation is inspired by the 1973 Czech/French film of the same name. Strategically placed on buildings and the ground, the dramatic creations give the impression that they have just landed and are quietly exploring the city. On May 4, a kickoff celebration is scheduled.

 

 

May 5

Kentucky Derby Lawn Party

www.scottsdaleprincess.com

Guests enjoy frosty mint juleps, bourbon tastings, fashion contests, horseshoes and other lawn games while celebrating the 144th “Run for the Roses.” A brunch menu filled with Southern favorites, “selfie” photos with a thoroughbred racehorse and complete Derby coverage indoors and out add to the festivities. From 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., with estimated race time at 3:34 p.m.

May 5

Cinco de Mario

www.cincodemario.com

TV star Mario Lopez puts his own twist on this Cinco de Mayo fiesta which includes authentic Mexican street foods, icy margaritas and Mexican beers, a Saved By the Bell look-alike contest, entertainment, children’s activities, and an authentic Mercado featuring a tortilla station, ceviche bar, salsa section and arts & crafts. From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

May 11-13

Peach Festival

www.schnepffarms.com

Celebrating all things peach, this annual festival at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek includes a peach pancake breakfast, peachy treats and games, arts and crafts, amusement rides, live entertainment, hayrides to the orchards and plenty of peaches ready for picking. Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.

May 15 – June 2

Eroica

www.balletaz.org

Ballet Arizona Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, has created Eroica which promises to be one of his most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human in this day and age. Embracing the stunning landscape as its backdrop, the company will perform at Desert Botanical Garden.

May 17 – June 3

The Diary of Anne Frank

www.arizonatheatre.org

Finding hope in the darkest corners, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Anne’s daily existence – her fears and  hopes, her laughter and grief and her family’s desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world – drive this transcendently powerful true-life tale.

May 29

James Taylor

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The legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist is recognized for his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing in such hits as “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Shower the People” and “Country Road.” A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Sheryl Crow is his special guest.