By Tuesday Mahrle
Happy Friday eve! Tonight, we have the multi-talented singer, actor, director, drag queen, choreographer, songwriter and Youtuber Todrick Hall. The man is sure to become a legend. Also, we have a brand new monthly event called Birds n’ Beer that links happy hour craft beer and education together. If you’re looking to get out of your neighborhood bar and grill, don’t miss the start of Arizona Restaurant Week. We feature that and more this week on your top ten things to do this weekend.
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Nikon Small World Exhibit
May 17-July 20
Arizona Science Center will feature 20 prize-winning photomicrographs. The 2017 Nikon International Small World Competition recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope and showcases the top photomicrographs. These photomicrographs capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye, and may be of great technical significance as well as sheer beauty to contemplate.
Eroica – An Evening at The Garden
May 17-June 2
Ballet Arizona is home to the world premiere of Ib Andersen’s Eroica. Join other members of the community and experience the beauty of the Arizona desert, Ib Andersen’s Ballet Arizona, and Beethoven’s Third Symphony in a production that speaks directly to the soul.
Eroica promises to be one of Andersen’s 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.
May 17-May 19
Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish standup and sketch comedy routines. You may remember him from Dumb and Dumber, Something about Mary, Half Baked, Rocketman, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope and so many more.
Melrose Third Thursday
Thursday, May 17
The Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix hosts Third Thursday on the 3rd Thursday of every month. The event runs during the day into the evening hours.
Featured attractions include local businesses with extended hours and drastically discounted rates, food trucks, music, guest vendors, crafts and family fun.
Birds n’ Beer: The Amazing Birds of Cuba
Thursday, May 17
Audubon Arizona introduces a free monthly educational happy hour featuring hot topics in conservation and craft beer from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. This month’s topic is The Amazing Birds of Cuba: Biodiversity and Conservation, presented by Audubon Arizona’s Director of Bird Conservation, Tice Supplee, and Dr. David L. Pearson from ASU’s School of Life Sciences.
Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour
Thursday, May 17
Broadway actor, Streamy award winner, singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, costume designer, playwright and director Todrick Hall has announced his new world tour, Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour – featuring a brand new storyline with new songs, costumes and production.
Spring Arizona Restaurant Week 2018
May 18-May 27
This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So prepare your taste buds and dig in.
Vintage and Vino
May 18-May 19
Vintage and Vino is a combination vintage-shopping experience and wine affair featuring a broad range of vendors, fine wines, mimosas and beer from across the state and Southwest. This spring event will offer more than 100 vendors, live music, make and take classes, a kids crafts zone and a wine lounge for adults ages 21 and older! It’s a perfect day date or girls night out all under a beautiful covered arena.
Splash in Movie at Scottsdale Quarter
Friday, May 18
Looking for a little summertime fun? Don’t miss two movie features on the big screen playing at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free to attend, this family-friendly series will show a double feature of The Jungle Book (1967 and 2016). The splash pad will be on during both movie showings for kiddos to splash and play as they’re entertained.
Flower Bomb Festival
Saturday, May 19
The inaugural Flower Bomb Festival will bring thousands of paper flower works from more than 20 local artists to The District at Tempe Marketplace. Tempe Marketplace and the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts (AZBCA) will collaborate to grow a breathtaking new public art installation to adorn the walkways, pathways and skyways of the shopping center.
Get Out of Town
Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
Saturday, May 19
The festival will feature 16 Willcox Arizona Farm Wineries, live music, more than 45 local artists, crafts, and locally grown pistachios, pecans and other local produce and specialty foods.