New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31. For more events, see our curated online calendar.
Untidy Secrets Storytelling
When it comes to the next installment of Untidy Secrets Storytelling, think less Mulder and Scully and more out-of-this-world real life. “The Truth Is Out There, But So Am I” features performers Marnee Burrus, Dustin Cocco, Ashley Naftule, and William T. Terrabley, among others, each with unconventional tales or reflections of life out in left field.
BYOB — and chair — to Ash Avenue Comics & Books, 806 South Ash Avenue in Tempe, on Final Friday, July 29. The show runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The set is free, but those interested in expanding their zine collection should either bring copies to swap or cash to drop. To participate in upcoming storytelling nights, or for details about what’s in store this month, contact the group via www.facebook.com/untidysecrets. Janessa Hilliard
You might have seen Valley comedian Scott Gesser rolling deep with local sketch comedy crews The [SIC] Sense and The Cosmonauts, but he’ll go it alone when he unleashes his one-meshugganah-man offering, Hebrew Rhetoric. With the comic’s background in stand-up, puppetry, improv, and sketch comedy, the show should be a cornucopia of hilarity. The multi-talented entertainer also will drop songs from his new album, Medium Pimpin'. Hebrew Rhetoric: An Evening of Music, Comedy and a Third Thing takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at The [SIC] Sense Theatre, 1902 East McDowell Road. Tickets are $7 online or $10 in at the door. Visit www.scottgesser.com for more details. Jose Gonzalez
Arizona Dance Classic
Put on your red shoes, or actually some broken-in shoes, for the 2016 Arizona Dance Classic from Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31. Full days of dance are scheduled at Wekopa Resort & Conference Center, 10438 North Fort McDowell Road in Fort McDowell, and feature competitions, workshops, social dancing, spectating, and a Saturday night dinner and show.
Arizona Dance Classic events include American and international-style ballroom competitions, the Arizona Two-Step State Championship, United Country Western Dance Council-sanctioned country dance competitions, and West Coast Swing Jack & Jills – members of the World Swing Dance Council – square offs.
Tickets and access passes range from $15 to $190 at www.arizonadanceclassic.com, and include weekend and workshop packages and spectator passes. For more information, call 480-491-2393 or visit www.arizonadanceclassic.com. Let them know you’re coming at www.facebook.com/events/869047603224658. Lauren Cusimano
PHX Tribal Nights
Chances are, you belong to a tribe of sorts. While your close-knit circle of friends doesn’t technically qualify, there are 21 Native American tribes in Arizona, and the state’s name itself is of Uto-Aztecan origin. So there’s no denying that you’re surrounded by rich tribal history. PHX Tribal Nights, a monthly community event that takes place at Live on Central, 702 North Central Avenue, invites you to get in touch with that history — but with a present-tense twist. The event features a variety of activities aimed at bringing participants into a spirit of “presence and oneness” while strengthening community bonds. That means group yoga, meditation, ecstatic dance, and drum circles all designed to create synchronicity and social cohesion. Join in at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Admission is $10 and up. Visit www.phxtribalnights.com for details. Rob Kroehler
The points may not have mattered, but Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? gave its comedic talent something even better: careers.
And while things may have slowed for Carey himself, fan-favorite and award-winning comedian and musician Wayne Brady is doing just fine.
Known for his variety show-style improv and impressive pipes, Brady turned his talent into his own series, The Wayne Brady Show, before transitioning to game show host for Don’t Forget the Lyrics and the reincarnation of Let’s Make a Deal.
Don’t expect Brady’s usual song-and-dance — or even cash prizes — but there will definitely be stand-up when he takes the stage at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. (The 7 p.m. show has sold out.) General admission is $30 for this 21-and-over event, and a two-drink minimum is required. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-921-9877 or visit www.tempeimprov.com. Janessa Hilliard
In the midst of a summer dominated by seemingly endless headlines of violence both at home and abroad, the Valley’s LGBTQ communities of color, including members of One Arizona, Puente Human Rights Movement, and Trans-Queer Pueblo, are coming together to remember the victims of last month’s devastating Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people lost their lives.
One Pulse blends music, performances, art, and dance with the hopes of reclaiming the queer nightclub scene as a safe space where all love is celebrated and where LGBTQ people are encouraged to be themselves.
Rise together, dance together from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at Club Palazzo, 710 North Central Avenue. A $5 to $10 donation for Orlando is suggested at the door. Food and drink will be available. For information about One Pulse and associated LGBTQ organizations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/events/1711501805771042. Janessa Hilliard
Candle Making Workshop
Moleskine calendars around the Valley are packed with interactive workshops in local art spaces, and you can add Candle Making with Standard Wax to yours for Saturday, July 30.
Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue, is hosting the event with Standard Wax from 2 to 4 p.m., during which participants mix and pour their own wax into provided ceramic vessels – also decorated by them with in-house supplies. Candle babies can be picked up 24 hours later once the wax has set.
Cost is $30 for all the fixings. For more information, call 602-264-1414 or visit www.standardwax.com or www.practical-art.com. Lauren Cusimano
Girls Rock! Phoenix Showcase
Local girls are taking cues from Patti Smith, Joan Jett, and Kim Gordon this weekend at The Nash, 110 East Roosevelt Street, during the first ever Girls Rock! Phoenix showcase. After a four-day summer camp intended to foster musical instincts and build self-confidence, groups of 8- to 17-year-old girls will debut brand new music. Past camps have resulted in bands that play all kinds of music, and this month’s campers are encouraged to incorporate influence from all musical genres.
Support these burgeoning rock stars at the Girls Rock! Phoenix summer camp band showcase on Saturday, July 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $5, and the event is appropriate for all ages. For more information visit girlsrockphx.org. Katrina Montgomery
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party
Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express, and make your way to one of Changing Hands Bookstore’s locations (300 West Camelback or 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe) for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party.
Both stores are hosting BYOW (bring your own wand) parties from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Expect crafts, activities, and treats – plus plenty of fellow muggles, wizards, and witches who share your passion for all things Harry Potter. Naturally, costumes are encouraged.
But take note, muggles. You’ll need to get a ticket before you catch your train at Platform 9 3/4. Pre-order the book (for $29.99 plus tax) at Changing Hands to get a coveted commemorative Hogwarts Express ticket, which also gets a family of four in the door. Tempe revelers can buy Butter Beers and Felix Felicis next door at Wildflower Bread that day. For more information, visit www.changinghands.com. Lynn Trimble
Is there any sound in this world more satisfying than the doink of a hard rubber ball as it bounces off your opponent’s dumb face? We submit that there is not. Get your fill of that lovely noise at Phoenix Dodgeball’s competitive league, whose season begins July 31. Over the course of 10 weeks, players will have endless opportunities to bean opposing players, with even more to come during the championship tournament on October 15. Doink.
The Phoenix Dodgeball competitive league begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 South All American Way in Tempe. Registration is $30 per player and $200 per team for the women’s division, $45 per player and $300 per team for the coed and open divisions. Spectators get in free. Visit phoenixdodgeball.com for more. Zach Fowle
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