5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks will return to Crafeteria this year.
Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks will return to Crafeteria this year.
Melissa Fossum

Crafeteria

Like watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and eating an embarrassing quantity of cookies, there are some holiday traditions that we simply can't skip. Among our favorites is Crafeteria.

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Each year CenPho boutique Frances hosts this free-to-attend marketplace of Arizona makers just in time to tackle that gift list (and snag a few things on your wish list). More than 40 vendors will set up temporary shop at Medlock Plaza, 10 West Camelback Road, where you'll also find live music and food trucks from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 5. We recommend bringing a scarf and hot chocolate. For details, see www.francesvintage.com or call 602-279-5467. Becky Bartkowski

 

Have yourself an ugly little Christmas.
Have yourself an ugly little Christmas.

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Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Somewhere out there, we imagine, is the ugliest sweater ever created. Its heinous, misshapen form was lovingly brought to life by wrinkly arthritic hands that knitted each clash-colored thread, jingly bell, and strobe-light reindeer nose just so. The back causes car accidents; the front scares children.

That's the sweater you'll need for Practical Art's Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Not only will you revel in others' revulsion at your sweater as you enjoy Christmas music and sweet holiday-themed treats, but you also could win a $50 gift card, awarded by the handcrafted goods store to the person with the gnarliest threads.

Practical Art decks their halls for the free Ugly Sweater Christmas Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 5, at 5070 North Central Avenue. Call 602-264-1414 or visit www.practical-art.com for more. Zachary Fowle

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Bob Newhart

Of the standup comics who started in the early 1960s, struck stardom in the late '60s and '70s, and had a hit sitcom in the '80s, we always knew that we could count on mild-mannered Bob Newhart to not be an awful creep. The 85-year-old accountant-turned-comic still hits the road playing straight man to the world's absurdities.

Bob Newhart performs at the Ovations Showroom of Wild Horse Pass, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard in Chandler, on Friday, December 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets range from $45 to $99. For more info, visit www.wingilariver.com. Jose Gonzalez

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Images in Motion is onstage for two nights only.
Images in Motion is onstage for two nights only.
Jenny Gerena

Images in Motion

If you aren't sick and tired of Clara and her legume-crunching toy by now, we're going to assume you've been snoozing through The Nutcracker for the past few years. Opt for the unfamiliar this season by attending Images in Motion. Featuring Scottsdale Community College's three resident dance troupes, the show promises athleticism, original pieces by faculty, and most certainly a few moves you won't find in yet another "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy."

See a sampling of jazz and contemporary dance beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, at Scottsdale Community College's Performing Arts Center, 9000 East Chaparral Road. Admission is free. Visit www.scottsdalecc.edu or call 480-423-6000. Becky Bartkowski

 

Katie McFadzen, Austin Kiehle, and Ron May in Year of the Rooster.
Katie McFadzen, Austin Kiehle, and Ron May in Year of the Rooster.
John Groseclose

Year of the Rooster

We understand that Eric Dufault's Year of the Rooster is a play about chicken. Sign us up! We'll chase it with a slow-roasted bird: garlic stuffed under the skin, a cut lemon inside, and . . . what's that? It's a play about a chicken? A gamecock. Oh. Well, that's another thing altogether.

Let's whet a different appetite by introducing Oedipus Rex, who's not a tragic Greek king this time around. He's a big nasty fighting rooster, and his human, Gil, risks everything on the fight in Oedipus. Both tragic and funny, Stray Cat Theatre's production runs through Saturday, December 20, at 132 East Sixth Street in Tempe. Saturday, December 6's performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $25 at www.straycattheatre.org or 480-227-1766. Julie Peterson

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Medlock Plaza

W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

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Ovations Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

800-946-4452

www.wingilariver.com

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Tempe Performing Arts Center

132 E. Sixth St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-350-8388

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Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-264-1414

www.practical-art.com


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