11 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

The Borrower Bird by Mesa artist Corinne Geertsen.EXPAND
The Borrower Bird by Mesa artist Corinne Geertsen.
Corinne Geertsen/Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11. For more events, see our curated online calendar.

2016 Season Kick-Off
Maybe you’ve got fond memories of preschool story time, when magical tales seemed to fly off the page. Imagine what a talented crop of artists might do with some of those stories now, and then get to Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, to find out. The Center kicks off its 2016-17 season from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 9, with a free celebration of contemporary art inspired by literature. It’s your first chance to see five new exhibitions at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, featuring works by local and international artists working in diverse media from paper cutting to sculpture.

While you’re there, see seven Experimental Art Night pieces presented by [nueBOX], and watch Vessel Project’s atmospheric performance inspired by renowned literary characters. Friday’s lineup also includes artist demonstrations, music, spit poetry, and a community art project. Fingers crossed there’s no Hansel-and-Gretel-inspired food truck. Visit mesaartscenter.com. Lynn Trimble

Female-focused entertainment? Check.
Female-focused entertainment? Check.
Celesteal Photography

If you’ve ever car-sang “Independent Women, Part I” by Destiny’s Child, or you simply enjoy art and live music in general, then you may like Femi9 — billed as “a female-focused night of entertainment.”

Attendees can expect works by female artists, and music by Adara Rae & The Homewreckers, Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers, Lady K.O., and Sadie Jane — all hosted by AZ Sauce Boss, AzMusic.org, and TempeArt.org. Figure out how to pronounce “femininity” by Friday, September 9, when the event runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Pho Cao, 7436 East McDowell Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1617721828550021. Lauren Cusimano

Dancer-choreographer Liz Ann Hewett shares her latest work.
Dancer-choreographer Liz Ann Hewett shares her latest work.
Ron Brewer

Liz Ann Hewett knew this wouldn’t be easy. “The pressure is intense,” she told New Times while finishing up the choreographed work she’ll debut on September 9 and 10. It’s called Memoriam, and the contemporary dance show pays tribute to the victims of 9/11 some 15 years later, focusing on the events in New York City and telling stories both “heartbreaking and heroic” through movement that’s centered on what people experienced that day. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Friday, when the work opens for a two-performance run at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Additional matinee performances for high school students will be closed to the public. Tickets to the show are $20 to $30 and available through tca.ticketforce.com/memoriam. Becky Bartkowski

Examine the little things in the works of Martin Fan Cheng.
Examine the little things in the works of Martin Fan Cheng.
Martin Fan Cheng, Chinese Tea Eggs, 1985-1986. Watercolor on paperboard. Lent by Martin Fan Cheng.

"Ducks, Eggs, and Fish"
For Chinese American painter Martin Fan Cheng, the story is in the details. The contemporary artist works with a goal of “painting the real work as we see it,” which comes across beautifully in “Ducks, Eggs and Fish,” from shadows on an egg to the sheen on scales. The collection, both an homage to a favorite hobby (fishing) and a quiet commentary on the cultural obsession with food, hangs in the Art of Asia Gallery within the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 North Central Avenue, and will remain on view through Sunday, November 6. See Cheng’s work during regular museum hours: Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults. Visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880 for details. Janessa Hilliard

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One More Time with Feeling
Since the 1970s, gothic crooner Nick Cave has delivered an array of intense music, from hard-driving post-punk numbers to lush and sinister ballads that weave their way under your skin. Cave and his band the Bad Seeds’ latest release, Skeleton Tree, is their first since Cave’s family lost their teenage son last summer to a fatal fall off an England cliff. Director Andrew Dominik’s film, One More Time with Feeling gives fans an opportunity to see performances of this new material, along with interviews and footage that explore the tragic circumstances that surround the record’s creation. Explore Cave’s world at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. The film runs through September 15. Call 602-595-9187 or visit www.thefilmbarphx.com. Amy Young

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