5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Labor Day Weekend
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Forget being king of the mountain. The new landscape hierarchy lends itself to king of the curb, the skateboarding elite who can ride the rails and ollie to a standing ovation. This summer, Red Bull is teaming up with Cowtown Skateboards in a search to crown the Red Bull Curb Kings. This local talent competition awards cash prizes to the top three finalists who can skateboard through an urban obstacle course of double-sided curbs and customized parking blocks.
Red Bull Curb Kings happens Friday, August 29, at Cityscape, 1 East Washington Street. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m., with the competition running from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating skateboarders must be 18 or older to compete. All skill levels are welcome, but space is limited. Judging will take place in 10-minute format heats. For more information, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com and www.cowtownskateboards.com, or call 602-212-9687. -- Katie Johnson
Courtesy of La Muñeca
Phoenicians with an eye for striking street art know La Muñeca's work well. The artist, whose nom de guerre translates to "the doll," is known for both her mural and wheat paste works that often depict women. Strong, subtle, and intimate, her style is politically and personally motivated.
And that's all the reason you should need to squeeze in a trip to her first-ever gallery show at The Coe House. Titled "Visiones y Niños," the exhibition explores the artist's cultural identity, borderlands background, and her passion for social justice. Muñeca's fine art works are on view at The Coe House Gallery, 365 North Fourth Avenue, through Sunday, August 31. Hours on Friday, August 29, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/thecoehousegallery for more. -- Becky Bartkowski
Are you not entertained? Then perhaps you should check out the Cerberus Cup, where long form comedy takes on a competitive edge. In this event, nine three-person improv teams go head to funny bone with 15 minute sketch performances that take regular improv to the next level. Ultimately, the audience will get the last laugh when their vote decides which team makes it to the finals.
The long haul for long form begins Friday, August 29, and runs through Saturday, August 30, at The Torch Theatre, 4721 North Central Avenue. Qualifying rounds run from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and finals begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday. General admission per show is $10, while a Friday night pass that includes admission to three qualifying rounds is $20, and an all-inclusive Cerberus Pass is $25. Visit www.thetorchtheatre.com or call 602-456-2876. -- Katie Johnson
Summer ends with a splash this Labor Day weekend at downtown Phoenix's Hotel Palomar and Lustre Rooftop Garden bar. The prime staycation spot is hosting two parties on Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31.
Bringing the "100 Days of Summer" three-month-long event to an end, the Last Day's of Summer weekend pool party, conveniently on the hundredth day of summer, features live DJs, carnival games on Saturday, and a luau event on Sunday. Expect snocones, popsicles, and strong drinks to keep the party flowing.
The pool opens at 11 a.m. each day atop Hotel Palomar at Two East Jefferson Street. Live DJs are in the mix from 1 to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight, following a performance from local artist Luna Aura. Catch live Caribbean music Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. This event is open to the public, and tickets are $10 for non-hotel guests. Call 480-478-1765 or visit www.lustrerooftopgarden.com for event information and ticket purchases. -- Janessa Hilliard
There is an urban legend surrounding Judo master and ponytail debonaire Steven Seagal that goes like this: On the set of Out For Justice (great movie), Seagal boasted that as a result of extensive training, he was impervious to shime-waza, or chokes. Skeptical, the stunt coordinator on set called his bluff, choked Seagal out and made him poop his pants. True or not, the story proves that Judo is awesome, which is why you need to attend the Southwest Judo Open Tournament in Mesa on August 31. Hosted by Southwest Judo Academy, this tournament will feature more than 200 judoka fighting for the top spot. Just remember to bring some diapers -- you never know when poop-yourself kind of moment could happen.
The Southwest Judo Open Tournament 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31, at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street in Mesa. Admission is $5. Call 480-253-2701 or visit www.southwestjudo.com for more. -- Zachary Fowle
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