5 Best Things to Do in Phoenix and Tempe This Week

Hit Crescent Ballroom for Spillers.EXPAND
Hit Crescent Ballroom for Spillers.
Melissa Fossum

Spillers
Storytelling nights seem to be sweeping the city these days — with New Times’ monthly Bar Flies among them — and this week a new series starts.

Spillers: Short Fiction and Tall Drinks features six storytellers performing edgy, and often funny, short fiction in 10-minute sets. Speakers include creator Robert Hoekman Jr.’s “Paint, Sandpaper, Futility,” about facing mortality in a Home Depot, Penelope Padmore, Kevin Troy Darling, and Taylor Laura Jablonowski with a piece about how “sex is gross and boys are weird.” No sci-fi, no how-tos, no dictionaries. Just good old-fashioned storytelling with adult content.

The spill-your-guts-style storytelling starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, August 24, in the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission to the 21-and-over event is free. See details at www.spillers.net. Janessa Hilliard

Head to Palomar's rooftop for a fitness class above the rest.
Head to Palomar's rooftop for a fitness class above the rest.
Evie Carpenter

Rooftop Fitness
It’s a fact: attending a fitness class will immediately result in you looking down on other people.

If you don’t want to wait until class is over to get that feeling, look down on the entire city with Lustre Rooftop Garden’s Fitness Class, hosted by Orangetheory Fitness. Hotel Palomar, 2 East Jefferson Street, allows its third floor lounge to be taken over by workout warriors every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Admission will cost you $10 if you are not a hotel guest or Orangetheory Fitness member, but Lustre will then give you a $10 F&B credit at the bar. Score.

Call 480-478-1765 or go to www.lustrerooftopgarden.com for more information. Melissa Campana

Wicked flies through Gammage starting this week.EXPAND
Wicked flies through Gammage starting this week.
Joan Marcus

Wicked
As far as prequels go, The Godfather Part II and Wolverine generally get all the hype.

Well, dear reader, there is another important origin story to be told in Phoenix this week. Lesser known, it takes the form of a teeny-tiny musical stage show called Wicked. Very indie; you’ve probably never even heard of it.

We kid, of course; if you haven’t heard of Wicked, you may want to check your surroundings because there is a good chance you’ve been in a coma for the past few years.

On Wednesday, August 26, the hit Broadway show begins its nearly six-week run at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe.
Showtimes and prices vary, so go to www.asugammage.com or call 480-965-3434 for more information. Wicked runs through October 4. Melissa Campana

5 Best Things to Do in Phoenix and Tempe This Week
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Tangerine
Shot on location in West Hollywood (largely at Donut Time), Tangerine is a visually hedonistic, narratively gritty, and, thankfully, funny movie about two prostitutes, Alexandra and Sin-Dee, chasing down Sin-Dee’s cheating pimp boyfriend, Chester, and his side piece, Dinah, on Christmas Eve after Sin-Dee’s been released from 28 days in jail. Intriguing as that may sound, we haven’t even gotten to the most talked-about aspects of the latest indie film from Sean Baker (Greg the Bunny): It stars transwomen playing transwomen and was shot on the iPhone 5s, sometimes from a swooping bicycle.

Ride the cutting edge at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9, with folks under 21 admitted with a parent or legal guardian. See www.thefilmbarphx.com. Julie Peterson

Say hey to Friday in Tempe.
Say hey to Friday in Tempe.
Diane Wallace/Litrof Pictures

Hello Friday
In a popularity contest between the days of the week, it’s no secret that Friday would take glowing, sparkly first place. Consider its prominence in pop culture. Rebecca Black and Katy Perry have penned songs about the day’s allure. A restaurant chain and TV programming block of 1990s children’s shows praise the heavens for its existence. It’s been freaky, home to SmackDown, and, more recently, a great reason for post-work drinks at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Head to the Town Lake adjacent cultural center for Hello Friday, featuring specialty drinks, snacks, music, and games every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. There’s no cover, and August 21 features a performance from Jenny Jarnagin. For more information, see www.tempe.gov/arts or call 480-350-2822. Becky Bartkowski

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Gammage Auditorium

1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85287

480-965-3434

www.asugammage.com

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Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-716-2222

www.crescentphx.com

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Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-350-2822

www.tempe.gov/index

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FilmBar

815 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-595-9187

www.thefilmbarphx.com

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Lustre Rooftop Garden

2 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

480-478-1765

www.lustrerooftopgarden.com


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