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10 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19. For more events, see our curated calendar

"Land Tracings"
A trio of 55-gallon drum lids hang on a gallery wall, each featuring tintype photographs by David Emitt Adams, one of five Arizona artists with works in the free “Land Tracings” exhibition presented by Arizona Commission on the Arts. More photographs, made on rusted tin cans, sit nearby.

Explore works by Adams, Alex! Jimenez, Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, and P. Nosa from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Chartreuse, 1301 Grand Avenue.

Through typography, videography, and other media, these artists address contemporary issues including energy consumption, wildlife extinction, and the intersection of geography with culture.

Show up after 7 p.m. to see Nosa using his solar-powered sewing machine to make patches inspired by gallery-goer input. Visit Lynn Trimble

The Scenario
Here we go, yo. Here we go, yo. So here’s, so here’s, so here’s The Scenario: Each month, this DJ-driven showcase of 1990s hip-hop powers into The Grid, Mesa’s best and only video-game lounge slash live-music venue slash craft-beer bar. Zubaz pants are encouraged but not required. The only thing you’ll need to bring is a deep love for the sweet sounds of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Warren G., and a certain tribe that goes by the name of Quest. Oh, and quarters for the arcade games.

Kick it at The Scenario starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at The Grid, 525 South Gilbert Road in Mesa. The event is 21-and-up but totes free. Call 480-621-8088 or visit for more. Zach Fowle

After Hours at Rosie's Pub
Theater people can be fun socially, but it’s a crap shoot. You’ll frequently find them reciting Shakespeare in a hot tub or warbling unaccompanied show tunes in your living room. For fucking hours. We prefer the characters (and the actors, if Brelby Theatre Company’s blog is accurate) in After Hours at Rosie’s Pub, a new play the ensemble created collaboratively.

Our squad includes Maya Angelou, Monica Lewinsky, the goddess Hera, Frida Kahlo, Sally Ride, Billie Jean King, and the bar’s proprietress, Rosie the Riveter. When the ordinary folks have gone home, this spirited group convenes for adult beverages and a wild-ass open mic.

The production continues through June 25 at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale. (The company’s moving down the block and around the corner to Catlin Court after this one.) Tickets are $12 at or 623-282-2781. Showtime on Friday, June 17, is 7:30 p.m. Julie Peterson

Cheesy Tie Weekend: Father's Day Comedy Shows
There are things Dad does not need more of. Chief among them are shaving kits, barbecue accoutrements, and, really, anything expressly classifed as a “Father’s Day” gift. What could Pops use? A laugh — and we don’t mean at one of his terrible jokes. Instead, take him out for an evening of comedy performed by the improv pros at National Comedy Theatre, 1111 South Longmore Street in Mesa.

At 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, NCT hosts Cheesy Tie Weekend, when fathers get in for $5 and and those who sport hideous neckwear get $2 off the cover. Ah yes, and speaking of ridiculous ascots, bolos, cravats, and assorted what-have-yous: At each show, whoever arrives wearing the absolute tackiest tie wins a prize pack. Even if dear old Dad doesn’t win, he still gets to spend time with you, which is the cheesiest, best gift of all. Right? Find tickets, details, and discount codes at Becky Bartkowski

Arizona Rattlers vs. Philadelphia Soul
By the time you read this, the finals of both the NBA and NHL will likely be over and we’ll be stuck in the fattest portion of what we at New Times refer to as “The Phantom Zone,” that terrible time of year when the major sports go dormant and the only plays being shown on SportsCenter’s nightly top 10 are — shudder — baseball highlights. You’ll need at least a little football to sustain you until the September 8 NFL season opener, so drop in on the Arizona Rattlers (undefeated at home as of this writing) for an arena football matchup against the Philadelphia Soul. Do it and you just may escape the Phantom Zone with your sanity intact.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $10. Call 602-514-8383 or visit for more. Zach Fowle

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Zach Fowle
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Katrina Montgomery
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
Contact: Lynn Trimble