7 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Hey Francophiles, you'll want to swing by FilmBar this week.EXPAND
Hey Francophiles, you'll want to swing by FilmBar this week.
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New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from March 21 through 24. 

Les Visiteurs
Calling all people who shudder at the blasphemy of “freedom fries,” do a reasonable Amelie impression, and can’t help but click on the latest list of how to look as effortlessly stylish as apparently every woman born in France is preternaturally inclined: Downtown’s resident indie theater FilmBar totally gets it. And that’s why it’s hosting Francophone film week (not a celebration of James Franco) with four movies that’ll make you feel closer to la République. Monday, March 21’s offering is Les Visiteurs, which features a knight, a wizard, and time travel. So, like, allez! Tickets are $9 for the 7:30 p.m. showing. (Don’t fret, Franco-phonies, there will be English subtitles.) Minors will be admitted with a parent or guardian. See thefilmbarphx.com for more. Becky Bartkowski

Ready or not, spring training is here.
Ready or not, spring training is here.

Diamondbacks vs. Brewers
Sure, it’s just the preseason and a lot of the roster has changed. But the Diamondbacks haven’t forgotten that their last trip to the postseason — way back in 2011 — was thwarted by the Milwaukee Brewers. And on the shoulders of then-National League MVP Ryan Braun (who later acknowledged using banned substances during that season) no less. For Diamondbacks fans and players alike, the wounds still linger. But it’s 2016, and by all accounts the D-backs have the makings of a playoff team, while the Brewers, well, don’t. So you can bet that the Diamondbacks will have a little extra venom in their bite when they host the Brewers at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, March 21, at Salt River Fields, 7555 East Pima Road. Tickets are $11 and up. Visit www.cactusleague.com or call 480-270-5000 for details. Rob Kroehler

They're making it up as they go along. ('Cause it's improv, duh.)
They're making it up as they go along. ('Cause it's improv, duh.)
courtesy of Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff
You have to respect a group of comedians who like to “make people laugh so hard that milk comes out of their noses, even if they’re not drinking milk.” The Off the Cuff Comedy Troupe is a nonprofit organization committed to showing you a good time. As an audience member, you get to help determine the subject matter, as their improvisational performance is filled with scenarios created on-the-spot, based on audience suggestions. The funny words start flying at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. Admission is free. Call 480-730-0205 or visit www.changinghands.com. Amy Young

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