10 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Beth Stelling of Jimmy Kimmel Live fame will perform a stand-up set on Saturday night.EXPAND
Beth Stelling of Jimmy Kimmel Live fame will perform a stand-up set on Saturday night.
Courtesy Bird City Comedy Festival

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from April 8 to 10.

Bird City Comedy Festival
Phoenix has humor, people — and the Bird City Comedy Festival is here to prove it.

The three-day fête à funny brings nationally known comedians and homegrown stand-ups together for 33 shows across six venues. The weekend’s headliners include Emily Heller, host of the Baby Geniuses podcast and guest on Conan, Beth Stelling of @midnight and Jimmy Kimmel Live fame, and former Simpsons writer-producer Dana Gould.

Starting Friday, April 8, catch All the Turquoise: A Stand-Up Show at 6 p.m., followed by an improv showcase featuring Trew Plus Two, The Neighborhood, and Judd at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street. The Little Bird Showcase open mic takes flight at 6:30 p.m. at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 North Fifth Street. The Renaissance Phoenix, 50 East Adams Street, hosts back-to-back desert-themed sets: the Haves and the Javelinas at 7:30 p.m. and Gila Monster’s Ball at 10:30 p.m.

Three-day entrance is $50; Friday-only passes are $15. Individual show covers vary. See www.birdcitycomedyfestival.com for the complete schedule. Janessa Hilliard

Head west for Front Porch Pickins.
Head west for Front Porch Pickins.

Front Porch Pickins
Get those hamstrings ready for pickin’ season in the West Valley. Billed as “Arizona’s Largest Vintage Market,” the Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market features 400 vendors from throughout the Southwest. That’s four-goose egg-goose egg. The indoor market offers not only antique and locally made gifts, but tons of artsy, repurposed, and unique household items. We’re talking everything from hand painted end tables to suitcases used as home décor to just about all the repurposed mason jars you can handle.

Join fellow vintage and arts and crafts fans on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive in Glendale. Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for early entry (it’s that good), $5 for general admission, and available at the stadium box office or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.frontporchpickins.com or call 623-298-5002. Lauren Cusimano

The movie is the first feature film to have been shot in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The movie is the first feature film to have been shot in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Courtesy of Cotton Tree Productions

Where the Road Runs Out
In Where the Road Runs Out, we meet our hero George, a habit-bound scientist and academic in Rotterdam. After the sudden death of an old friend sends him deep into the African jungle, George winds up staying to operate his friend’s dilapidated field research station. New challenges and new relationships (from noxious mosquitoes to an alluring orphanage director) help him rediscover his guiding star.

The movie is the first feature film to have been shot in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and was named Best Film of the 2014 San Diego Film Festival. It screens at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8. Tickets are $7 at www.tickets.scottsdalearts.org or 480-499-8587. Showings continue through Sunday, April 10. Julie Peterson

Southwestern foliageEXPAND
Southwestern foliage
Desert Botanical Garden

Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
This weekend, there’s an extra reason to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, and it’s not just the beautiful weather. The DBG is hosting the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society’s annual show and sale at Dorrance Hall and the Boppart Courtyard. There will be potted desert plants from around the world, with a sale featuring plants and pots from Southwestern growers and artists.

The Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale runs from Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, at 1201 North Galvin Parkway. This event will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Membership or paid Garden admission is required and ranges from $10 to $22. For more information, visit dbg.org or call 480-941-1225. Katrina Montgomery

Art and Architecture Tour
Who is Eddie Jones and why do you want to spend a Saturday with him?

He’s a prominent local architect who opened his namesake studio in Arizona back in 1979 with his brother, Neal. The Art and Architecture Tour gives you a chance to visit three different sites to view and understand architecture through his eyes. It is also a fundraiser for the ASU Art Museum, so while you’re learning about these residential and commercial structures, you’re also helping benefit the educational institution. Get inside Eddie’s head from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the ASU Karsten Golf Course Clubhouse, 1125 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Tickets are $125 and include lunch, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Call 480-965-5299 or visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu. Amy Young

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