10 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Dancers present a season-ending "best of."EXPAND
Dancers present a season-ending "best of."
Courtesy ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theatre

New Times picks the best events in metro Phoenix from Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17. For more things to do, see our curated calendar of events

Dance: Inventions & Conventions
Most students can already feel the fear — and freedom — of finals right around the corner. And for those studying the arts at Arizona State University, finals look more like gallery shows, concerts, and recitals.

One of the latter, Dance: Inventions & Conventions, is features highlights from the 2015-16 season alongside a collection of newer work, designed for performances onstage and at outdoor locations. A collaboration between students, visiting artists, and faculty, this high energy show is the perfect summer send-off: Think of it as a dance version of a “best of” record, with a few previously unreleased tracks.

The weekend-long production begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe on the ASU Campus. Tickets are $16, with discounts for staff and former students. ASU student admission is $8. Contact the box office at 480-965-6447 or visit filmdancetheatre.asu.edu. Janessa Hilliard

Get inspired by steampunk.
Get inspired by steampunk.
Ryan Wolf

Art After Work
Does your work day often consist of squirming in your seat, cursing Excel spreadsheets, and counting down the minutes until you can fly your creative flag?

The Art After Work class series lets you wind down and congregate with other creative folks, making a painting to take home when you leave. April’s subject is steampunk hats. Participants make a piece of art that references the steampunk movement, which combines elements of the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Paint the day’s stressors away from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Admission is $35 and includes a canvas, art supplies, instruction, and a drink voucher for the lobby bar. Call 480-350-2829 or visit www.tempe.gov/tca. Amy Young

It's a family affair at Theater Works.
It's a family affair at Theater Works.
Moran Imaging

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Some of the best plays ever are those that feature fierce sibling rivalry. While the resentful stew of obligation and competition might not constitute our preferred situation to be in the middle of, watching other people go through it is fascinating, hilarious, chilling, or all three. Christopher Durang has already shown off his grasp of the milieu in scripts such as The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Throw in Anton Chekhov, author of a whole series of “you’re a famous writer/actor and I have to basically live in a swamp and take care of it for you” scenarios, and you have Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a 2013 Tony-winning comedy about a contemporary American family. It continues through Sunday, April 24, at Theater Works, 8355 West Peoria Avenue in Peoria.

For tickets, $14 to $35, call 623-815-7930 or visit www.tickets.theaterworks.org. Showtime on Friday, April 15, is 7:30 p.m. Julie Peterson

The [SIC] Sense returns with Scott Gesser.
The [SIC] Sense returns with Scott Gesser.
Barry Johnson

The Highly Inappropriate Two-for-One
You have hundreds of Facebook friends you don’t know or like so you can track the cool stuff they’re doing. You want to catch your favorite performers, however erratic their itineraries. As the front of The New Yorker says, “Musicians and nightclub proprietors lead complicated lives.”

Sketch comedians do, also, and particularly The [SIC] Sense, a troupe that never stopped loving you but has been hard to find lately. Scott Gesser, who’s received what we’ll assume is a promotion from “guy who sings amazing and funny songs” to “comedian who sings amazing songs,” joins The Sickies at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street, for The Highly Inappropriate Two-for-One. For tickets, $10 in advance, visit www.twoforone.brownpapertickets.com. Julie Peterson

Game on.
Game on.
Benjamin Leatherman

ZapCon 2016
We are freaking wizards at the Simpsons Pinball Party. The trick to the machine, you see, is to shoot for the garage, which kicks open and allows you to send the ball into the upper-level “living room,” where… never mind. We don’t want to reveal our secrets before ZapCon, the two-day convention featuring more than 300 classic arcade and pinball games. While all the consoles will be set to “free play” for casual gamers, tournaments and competitions will also be held throughout the day. Good luck beating our high score, nerds.

Drop a quarter into the slot and push start on ZapCon 2016 beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street. Saturday passes are $30, Sunday passes are $20, and passes for both days are $40. Visit zapcon.com for more. Zach Fowle

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