10 Best Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Matching mugs: Toby Yatso channels Rod in Avenue Q.
Matching mugs: Toby Yatso channels Rod in Avenue Q.
Phoenix Theatre

New Times picks the best things to do in the Valley from Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12. For more events, see our curated online calendar.

Avenue Q
It’s Q time again! Avenue Q has become Phoenix Theatre’s equivalent of A Christmas Carol. The musical’s a wonderful twofer of giving audiences what they want and, thereby, selling tickets. And it’s a marvelous production — you might as well see it when it comes around every two or three years, because you’ll want to be delighted that frequently.

A sort of grownups-only musical parody of Sesame Street (but existing in a world of its own), the show focuses on a group of diverse young adults who work, play, drink, angst, and hook up in their NYC neighborhood. Most of the characters are played by puppets, and the operators are also acting. Very cool.
Much of the knockout cast from 2011 and 2014 is still on board for this year’s engagement, which runs through Sunday, July 10, at 100 East McDowell Road. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Tickets start at $30 at 602-254-2151 or www.phoenixtheatre.com. Julie Peterson

An entire convention dedicated to Supernatural? Real.
An entire convention dedicated to Supernatural? Real.

Supernatural Convention
If you aren’t down with concrud or are looking for more Supernatural signatures after meeting Timothy Omundson and Mark Pelligrino at Phoenix Comicon, take solace in the fact that another dozen stars of the long-running show will be in town as Creation Entertainment’s Supernatural Convention returns to the Valley.

Enjoy candid spotlight panels from Sam and Dean themselves (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), a karaoke party featuring Rob Benedict, and a concert from Benedict’s band, Louden Swain, which will feature other cast members, including Mark Sheppard. Cosplayers will have a chance to show off their talents at the costume contest.

The convention runs from Friday through Sunday, June 10 through 12, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel, 9495 West Coyotes Boulevard. Daily tickets range from $40 to $120, with weekend packages costing up to $1400. Autographs and photo ops are not included with daily admission. Visit
creationent.com/cal/supernatural_az.htm for more information. Michael Senft

Book it to Taste of Tops for new snaps from Femme Fotale.EXPAND
Book it to Taste of Tops for new snaps from Femme Fotale.
Courtesy of Femme Fotale

Femme Fotale Release Party
When a group of women noticed a lack of female representation in the photography scene, they developed a project called Femme Fotale. Now, they’re releasing the Femme Fotale Volume II photo book. The theme? Relationships.

The 60-page book is a collection of work by 26 photographers from across the U.S., and it’s published by the four Femme Fotale creators (forefemmes?). The objective is to explore “relationships from emotional and abstract perspectives.”

The free Femme Fotale Volume II Release is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Taste of Tops – that cozy beer and wine joint at 403 West University Drive in Tempe. Sit and sip, or just admire the work. See details at www.femmefotale.com, or visit www.facebook.com/events/1330252003658796. Lauren Cusimano

Xico Arte y Cultura, where “Crafty Chica” Kathy Cano-Murillo will be mixing wine with paint.
Xico Arte y Cultura, where “Crafty Chica” Kathy Cano-Murillo will be mixing wine with paint.
Xico Arte y Cultura

Arte y Vino
If you can paint a red line with one hand, and hold a glass of red wine in the other, you’re good to go for Arte y Vino with artist Kathy Cano-Murillo, better known to her massive online following as the Crafty Chica.

She’ll be helping people paint their own masterpieces at Xico Arte y Cultura, 1008 East Buckeye Road, Suite 220, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Leave your closed-up paint tubes and open wine bottles at home, because all supplies are included with your $60 workshop fee. If you’re a sloppy drunk, feel free to bring an extra apron. No painting or drinking experience is required, but make sure you register online before showing up. Visit xicoinc.org. Lynn Trimble

Arrrrgh you ready for this? (Not sorry.)
Arrrrgh you ready for this? (Not sorry.)
Salt River Tubing & Recreation, Inc

Salt River Pirates
Though there are a few more months before "International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” those who prefer to swashbuckle through life needn’t worry. Skip the “shiver me timbers” routine and act like one instead.
Stock up on (plastic) swords, eye patches, and everything you need for a proper pirate’s life, and take to the waters of the Salt River with Salt River Tubing during their annual Salt River Pirates adventure on Saturday, June 11.

Grab some mateys and the kids. The family-friendly affair sets sail as early as 8:30 a.m. from the terminal building, 9200 North Bush Highway in Mesa. (Last tube rental is 2:30 p.m.; last bus pickup is 6:30 p.m.) The $17 fee admits one person or tube and includes rental cost, shuttle transport, and parking. Children must be at least 8 years old and 4 feet tall to participate. For details and future events, call 480-984-3305 or click www.saltrivertubing.com. Janessa Hilliard

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