11 Best Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Spencer Tunick

New Times picks the best arts and culture events and things to do from January 29 to 31.

Spring 2016 Season's Opening Reception
Spring semester at Arizona State University means a new season for its on-campus art museum, and with it comes the Spring 2016 Season’s Opening Reception.

The commencement offers a look inside its recent and soon-to-debut exhibitions, like “Participant: Photography by Spencer Tunick from the Stéphane Janssen Collection,” which features staged images of nude figures in public throughout recognizable urban and average rural setting. Tony Labat’s “Love Me Two Times” installations address issues of labor, migration, and displacement, while “Watertight: Sandra Ramos” depicts the storied relationship between Cuba and the U.S. through a collection of video animations.

“Paul J. Smith Portraits: A Photographic Journal of the Ceramic Community,” which has been open since mid-December, is on view off-campus, at ASU Art Museum Brickyard, off Mill Avenue and Seventh Street.

The free public reception runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 29, at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. For more information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu or call 480-727-8170. Janessa Hilliard

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Heather Butcher

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thoroughly Modern Millie was a wild 1967 film musical, based on a wild 1950s British stage musical. In 2002, it became a wild new musical that won several Tonys and Drama Desk awards. It’s the perky, weird-ass story of a naive Midwestern girl who becomes a New York flapper and accidentally is imperiled by a white-slavery ring. Well, obviously no one does that on purpose, but still. And “white slavery” is an obsolete term, so just tell yourself the play’s about human trafficking, in an upbeat way.

Through Sunday, February 7, bring your freshly bobbed hair to Desert Stages Theater’s production at 4720 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $22 to $25 at www.DesertStages.org or 480-483-1664. Friday, January 29’s show is at 7:30 p.m. Julie Peterson

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Marianne M. Kim

Breaking Ground 2016
Festivals are the potluck buffet of artsy culture — sampling many things in one place, getting a bit of a rush, and liking at least some of what you consume. CONDER/dance serves up Breaking Ground 2016, the ninth annual iteration of a contemporary dance festival that is also a (dance-related, digital) film festival.

Events drop on both Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. The festival features, as CONDER/dance founder Carley Conder puts it, “45 dancers, 25 choreographers, three tiny stages, two unique nights.” One of the tiny stages, in the Center’s gallery, is 4-by-4 feet, which is barely big enough for 1-by-1 dancer’s feet.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $28 at the TCA box office, 480-350-2822. Or visit www.conderdance.com for lots more information, as well as a ticket purchase link. Julie Peterson

Tips on faking your own death:
• Maybe have a better reason than “I’m broke.”
• Related: Winning the lottery immediately afterward might not be the best reason to try to come back. Also, logistics.
• If you leave a super-cute fiancée behind, don’t be surprised if your best friend might just as soon hope you stay “dead.” We’re just sayin’.

Trent, a character in Brian Maticic’s Windfall, disregards all that hypothetical advice, and that’s just so Trent. He’s both a charmer and a chronic underachiever.

Brelby Theatre Company presents the play’s world première through Sunday, January 31, in its space at 6835 North 58th Avenue in historic Glendale. Visit www.brelby.com for tickets, $12 to $20, or call 623-282-2781. Showtime Friday, January 29, is 7:30 p.m. Julie Peterson

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