Top 10 events this week in metro Phoenix: Beer Fest

The top 10 events this week happening in the Valley include KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, the Manchester Orchestra, and comics Kathy Griffin, Dave Coulier, Mario Cantone and Jon Lovitz.

5/6: Paul Stanley

The Kiss guitarist, singer and Starchild arrives to sign “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” an autobiography that looks at his rock-and-rock lifestyle, both on and off the stage.

Details: 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Ticket required, free with purchase of book. 480-730-0205,

5/7: Manchester Orchestra

“I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” was a brilliant first move, a cathartic explosion of raw emotion with ragged production values adding to the sense that you were hearing something real. And by the time they hit the Marquee Theatre, they’ll have released a fourth album called “Cope,” which singer Andy Hull has promised will be “just brutal and pounding you over the head every track.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $22; $18 in advance. 480-829-0607,

5/7: Old 97’s

Among the more spirited acts to emerge from the ’90s alternative-country boom, Dallas’ Old 97’s are fronted by the great Rhett Miller, whose aching vocal style was custom-made for heartbreak even if it is more likely to be wrapped around a line as playful as “I saw her sitting at the bar/You know how some girls are/Always making eyes, well she wasn’t making eyes.” And they’re still criminally underrated after all these years.

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $28; $25 in advance. 602-716-2222,

5/9: Kathy Griffin

This ginger comic has won a pair of Emmys, a Grammy and wrote a New York Times best-seller. Not bad for someone on the “D” List. A longtime champion of gay rights and critic of celebrity culture, Griffin has also earned the enmity of Sarah Palin with her jokes about the half-term Alaska governor and her children.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation. $65-$125. 800-946-4452,

5/9: Grown and Sexy with Ashanti and Ginuwine

Released in 2002, Ashanti’s triple-platinum self-titled debut sold more than 500,000 in its first week while sending “Foolish” to the top of the Hot 100. Ginuwine topped Billboard’s RB charts twice, with 1996’s “Pony” and 2001’s “Differences,” while going double-platinum with his first two albums.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $15-$38. 602-267-1600,

5/9-11: Dave Coulier

Best known as “Joey” from the television series “Full House,” actor and comedian Dave Coulier also appeared on VH1’s “The Surreal Life” and ABC’s “America’s Funniest People.” Coulier performs a cleaner style of comedy and is popular for his voice-overs of multiple cartoon characters from shows such as “Scooby Doo,” “The Jetsons” and “The Muppet Babies.”

Details: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9-11. Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, 930 E. University Drive. $20. 480-921-9877,

5/9-11: Jon Lovitz

Come and see the best stand-up comic ever, yeah, that’s the ticket. After getting his start with the famous Improv group “The Groundlings,” Lovitz became a household name thanks his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Known for such characters as Tommy Flanagan the pathological liar and the Devil, in recent years Lovitz has turned his comic energy to stand-up while still maintaining a film career.

Details: May 9-11. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Stand Up Live, 50 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $30. 480-719-6100,

5/10: Mario Cantone

The actor, comedian and writer best known for his character as wedding planner Anthony Marentino on HBO’s “Sex and the City” visits the Valley. Cantone has also appeared on “Chappelle’s Show” and Comedy Central roasts of Joan Rivers and Denis Leary. His stand-up routines feature impressions of celebrities such as Judy Garland, Bruce Springsteen and Jim Morrison.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $39-$69. 480-499-8587,

5/10: Spring Demolition Derby

The city of Buckeye and the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce present this evening of smashin’, crashin’ fun. In addition to the semi-annual demolition derby, families can enjoy other motorized entertainment like “Senior NASCAR,” aka lawn-mower races.

7 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Helzapoppin’ Event Arena, Miller and Baseline Roads, Buckeye. $10, $5 children 6-12. 623-349-6000,

5/10: Dennis DeYoung

The former lead singer of Styx offers a show devoted to the band’s greatest hits, including such FM staples as “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “Lady.” Always a theatrical sort, DeYoung has released a collection of Broadway tunes and written a musical based on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Details: 8 p.m. Wild Horse Pass Hotel Casino, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation. $36-$69. 800-946-4452,

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