10 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Works by El Mac featured in “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted” at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.EXPAND
Works by El Mac featured in “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted” at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
Photo courtesy of Mesa Arts Center

New Times picks the best things to do in the Phoenix area from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. For more events, see our curated online calendar.

Summer Opening Reception
Forget the country-western dance floor. When it comes to line dancing, street art is where it’s at. Consider the characteristic concentric lines used by international street artist El Mac (born Miles MacGregor, and raised on Phoenix), whose new exhibition opens Friday, May 13, at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.

The free opening reception happens that night at 7 p.m. at the museum, located at One East Main Street. One new exhibition features work by Phoenix artists Christopher Jagmin and Patricia Sannit. Another, created as an homage to arts philanthropy, includes works by several local artists including Jesse Armstrong, Carolyn Lavender, and Mark McDowell.

That same night, ticket holders can see FlaMÉXico!, which blends the powerful lines of flamenco dance with mariachi music through performances by nine artists inside Mesa Art Center’s Piper Theater. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25. Visit www.mesaartcenter.com. Lynn Trimble

New Times' Jose Gonzalez brings the laughs to SMoCA Lounge.EXPAND
New Times' Jose Gonzalez brings the laughs to SMoCA Lounge.
Courtesy of Jose Gonzalez

"Lit Up: Improv Performance and Workshop Preview"
There’s a funny bone in every body, and The Torch Theatre’s improv instructor (and New Times contributor) Jose Gonzalez is the man to help you find it.

As host of “Lit Up: Improv Performance and Workshop Preview,” the final installment in Scottsdale Museum of the Contemporary Art’s spring foray into funny, his live-action group of success stories will demonstrate what’s possible when you find your voice. Feeling brave? Sign up for his eight-week workshop to help you laugh with — and at — yourself, culminating in its own final performance this fall.

Laugh along starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in the SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street. This free show is first-come, first-served. There will be a cash bar. For performance details, or to sign up for the workshop, visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4666. Janessa Hilliard

Read on for indie theater, a weekend at Arcosanti, and the return of Tracy Morgan.

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