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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Featured Music & Events Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara Illich May 20, 2010

Got an urge to color outside the lines? If so, here are some offbeat ideas for your inner nonconformist, bottled up in business clothes all week.
QueensrycheBQueensryche Cabaret
Billed as the first adults-only rock show, this flashy production comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, May 20th at 7 pm. How flashy? Expect go-go and burlesque dancers, jugglers, a trapeze artist and a contortionist on stage, performing alongside the band Queensryche, who conceived the show. You’ll hear some of the band’s hits as well as new selections.
Phoenix Comicon
As a writer, comic books were among my first loves. I grew up reading my brother’s Marvel Comics collection and often snuck into his room to swipe the latest issues of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.
comiconWhether you’d like to meet old-school giants like Marvel’s Stan Lee or modern masters like Todd McFarlane, check out this year’s Phoenix Comicon. Now one of the top-ranked events in the field, Comicon will attract thousands to the Phoenix Convention Center & Hyatt Regency over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-May 30.
Emerging Artist Series at the Hard Rock Café
New and upcoming bands will appear live this Friday, May 21st, at the downtown Hard Rock Café. The concert starts at 8 pm, and the ticket price is a $10 donation at the door, which goes directly to Ear Candy Productions. The good folks at Ear Candy, a nonprofit organization, are working to keep music programs in schools, one of the best ideas I’ve heard (no pun intended).
Arizona Highways Travel Show
“Off the beaten path” takes on a whole different meaning at this event. Now in its second year, the Arizona Highways Travel Show gives you the goods on road trips along Route 66, hiking trails through state parks and visits to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Sedona. The show takes place from 10 am to 5 pm, this Saturday and Sunday, at the Phoenix Convention Center. General admission is $5 per person. Kids 10 and under get in free.