9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, May 23, to Thursday, May 26. For more events, see our curated online calendar.
Swipe Right for Awesomeness
Gone are the days of choosing a date under the harsh light of last call. Instead, we spend endless seconds swiping right or left and crafting our own appealing profiles.
Which is why you may want to update your Tinder account before Swipe Right For Awesomeness, a stand-up roast where the comics aren't the only ones being laughed at. Brave attendees will be judged by the strength of their pictures and potential matches during this panel-style dating show, hosted by comedian Erick Biez with performances from Anthony Desamito, Leslie Barton, and Josiah Osego.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the venue. Details and tickets at www.therebellounge.com. Janessa Hilliard
Courtesy of MXD Arts
Without sounding like a Kimmy Schmidt joke, we’d like to inform you there’s an event involving pancakes and a discussion on urban photography.
Hosted by MXD Arts, the free Post-Pancakes Salon Series is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Tuesday, May 24, at Mod, 2828 North Central Avenue.
The question for this particular edition is: "What does society's propensity for urban photo shoots mean for Phoenix?" — i.e. “What does the popularity of a neighborhood say about its cultural value as a creative place?” Throw out your piping-hot takes along with curator/consultant Kim Larkin. The best part? Pancakes will be provided. The other best part? Beer and wine will be for sale.
Get in touch with nature — sorta.
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Yoga in the Rainforest
Yoga’s meditative component allows you to transcend your environment, which is certainly helpful when you’re in a functional but visually blah gym. Yoga in the Rainforest offers a chance to practice in a scenic and serene setting. Connect breathing and movement through a series of postures while surrounded by lush greenery and fluttery, colorful butterflies. Led by a registered yoga teacher and certified Yoga Nidra facilitator, attendees can find peace and balance through breathing and meditation techniques. All skill levels are welcome; adjustments can be made to the yoga poses as needed. Find inner peace from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. Admission is $20. Class size is limited; call 480-800-3000, extension 207, to register or visit www.butterflywonderland.com. Amy Young
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman won a Pulitzer Prize. Those don’t come easy. Later, the novel became an ’80s movie starring William Hurt (Jesus God, what wasn’t?) that snagged several Oscar nominations — also a significant high point. In 1993, the stage musical premièred on Broadway, generating a bunch of Tony awards. Yawn.
Still, the score is by Kander and Ebb. And Scottsdale Musical Theater Company does it up right with a live orchestra, a phenomenon so rare nowadays that it’s illegal to serve in a restaurant.
The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Performances continue through Sunday, May 29. For tickets, $23 to $34, visit www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com or call 602-909-4215. Julie Peterson
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