The night winds are calm, until a cool breeze blows in from the north. The mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, feel something rustling about in the town of Mesa, where more than 50 magical creatures known as "storytellers" will gather to share their wit and wisdom for a grand event called the Mesa Storytelling Festival, on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, on the greens around Centennial Hall, 201 North Center Street. The previous gathering drew more than 3,500 of the townsfolk, and of course, the event's organizers foresee even a larger mass this year, as Donald Davis, Liz Warren, Antonio Rocha, Preston Westmoreland, and Carmen Deedy are just some of the nationally and regionally known storytellers on the bill. Three tents will be set up for the event, and nourishment will be provided. Friday's opening day festivities last from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday's events last from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person for the evening-ending concerts, $15 to $25 for daytime events, and full-event tickets are $20 to $75. Call 480-834-4436 or see www.mesastorytelling.org. And they all live happily ever after. The End.
The law of probability finally caught up with David Cook. For 18 years, he operated the aptly-named 11 East Ashland Gallery, never leasing the 1900 farmhouse, just renting month-to-month. Then the landlord decided to sell. So Cook is shutting down. Bid adieu to the gallery on Friday, October 22, when Cook hosts one final show to "celebrate the memories of over 188 exhibitions." Cook's vast permanent collection has yielded one final opportunity for gallery patrons and collectors to take home a piece of history through a minimum bid process. The Rhythm Dragons and Eddie Detroit provide music to say goodbye with. The show runs from 7 p.m. until midnight, with free admission. Post your favorite memories of the gallery at 11easland.com.
If home is truly where the heart is, we need a transplant -- to Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. On Sunday, October 24, wishful thinkers like us head out to the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for the Tour for Life, a Body Positive benefit that gives us the chance to peek inside some of the most exquisite homes in the Valley from noon to 5 p.m. From patio homes to estates ranging in size from 3,000 to 10,000 square feet, "insiders" get to tour classic ranch houses, stunning contemporaries and the last Valley home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright -- and catch one of the best views of the city. Ticket books, $75, which must be purchased in advance, include maps, photos and directions toeachhouse. Call 602-307-5330orsee www.phoenixbodypositive.org.
Why wait for a phat Tuesday, when Monday, October 25, gives us Papa Mali and the Instagators at 9 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road. The Austin-based band -- which plays "a mix of southern fried soul, blunted Delta blues, New Orleans funk, and tribal hoodoo rhythms" -- is out promoting its latest CD, Thunder Chicken, which has Papa Mali frontman Malcolm Welbourne reportedly more excited about the band's prospects than when he released his first album with the now-defunct Killer Bees 19 years ago. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 602-265-4842 or see www.rhythmroom.com.
Hope springs eternal, especially during the basketball preseason, when the hoop dreams of the Valley conjure up fantasies of the Phoenix Suns taking home the NBA crown next June. Look at it this way: Until tip off, the Suns are technically tied for first place in the Pacific Division. The first stop on the road to either the NBA Finals or the draft lottery goes down Tuesday, October 26, as the purple and orange gang takes on the Seattle Supersonics in the final home preseason game at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Led by new faces Steven Hunter, rebounding guard Quentin Richardson, and the prodigal Sun himself, point guard Steve Nash. For tickets, $10 to $600, call 480-784-4444 or see www.nba.com/suns.
Since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, it seems like everyone is doing their thang early, not wanting to risk a hangover when they report to work bright and surly Monday morning. For instance, the dawgs down at Bobby McGee's, 8501 North 27th Avenue, stage their seventh annual Pimp 'N Hooker Costume Ball, on Wednesday, October 27, two days before All Hallow's Eve. This funky fete offers a costume contest where the flyest couple gets a c-note -- which will probably come in handy when Sheriff Joe's posse busts them on the ridehomefor pandering/solicitation. Drink specials include $2 u-call-its all night long. The hook-up runs from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. We're sure this joint's gonna fill up fast, so get there early, Ôcause pimpin' ain'teasy. Call 602-995-5382 for table reservationsorsee www.bobbymcgees.com for more info, ho.