Arizona Restaurant Week
Experience Arizona’s finest restaurants with special prix-fixe 3-course meals at over 100 restaurants statewide. The event, which spans 10 days, celebrates local restaurants and world-renowned chefs by giving diners the opportunity to try the state’s best restaurants at a special price. Diners’ options range from exotic Ethiopian and Brazilian food to modern American and classic Italian dining. The participating restaurants will continue to serve their normal menus, but the prix-fixe menus are specially selected to give diners an opportunity to try the restaurant’s best offerings at a fixed rate. Reservations are recommended, as the event’s popularity means that the participating restaurants are busy during Arizona Restaurant Week. Many restaurants offer vegetarian and gluten-free options for their prix-fixe menus.
Various locations, through May 25, $33-$44 plus tax and tip.
Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Tour
Irish musical group Celtic Woman comes to ASU Gammage auditorium this week on its 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour. The all-female Irish group’s current lineup features four women—three vocalists and a violinist—backed by a full band, a choir, bagpipers, and Irish dancers. The group will perform traditional Irish songs as well as more modern pop hits. The group will release their celebratory 10th anniversary album, Solo, on June 1st. This is sure to be an entertaining evening full of music and culture.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, May 19, 7:00pm, $40-$100.
U2 at U.S. Airways Center
Irish rock band U2 returns to the Valley this week for the first time since 2009 to play two shows on the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. The tour supports the band’s 13th studio album, Songs of Innocence, which was released in conjunction with Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement last year as a free download to over 500 million iTunes users. This is the band’s first indoor arena tour in over a decade, providing an intimate setting for the shows. The tour, which kicked off last week in Vancouver, will visit 20 cities worldwide and play two shows in each location. Want to share your experience on social media? Use #U2ieTOUR
U.S. Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, May 22-23, $34.75-$279.75.
Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden kicks off its annual summer Garden Flashlight Tours this week. The event gives visitors the chance to explore the desert landscapes at night in a sensory environment using sight, touch, and sound. On a self-paced walk through the gardens, visitors will encounter discovery stations that give a hands-on approach to the desert. Some stations let visitors touch desert-dwelling animals like snakes, lizards, and even a desert tortoise, while others spotlight common desert plants. This is a great experience for people of all ages, and children are welcome. Starting this week, flashlight tours take place every Thursday and Saturday from 7:00-9:00pm. Bring a flashlight from home or buy one in the gift shop
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, May 23-September 5, free with garden admission ($22 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under) or garden membership.
Carnival of Illusion
Carnival of Illusion is a vaudeville-inspired traveling show that incorporates magic, mystery, comedy and a theme of travel to create an unforgettable evening. The show’s setting is an intimate boutique theater in the glamorous Arizona Biltmore Resort, a Frank-Lloyd Wright inspired hotel that provides a historic setting for the show. The theater is dressed up as a vaudeville parlour, and the show is “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” Carnival of Illusion has prepaid the Biltmore’s valet fee for its guests. This is a clean show for adults; at matinee shows, children ages 8 and up are welcome, while evening shows are open to ages 13 and up. If you can’t make it to this week’s shows, catch the Carnival at the Mesa Arts Center on June 6th.
Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, May 23, 5:30 and 9:00pm, $45-60.