9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Alyssa Chiarello and Chanel Bragg in In the Heights.
Alyssa Chiarello and Chanel Bragg in In the Heights.
Reg Madison Photography

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, September 23, through Sunday, September 25. For more, see our curated calendar of events

In the Heights
Now that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rock musical Hamilton has captured our hearts — doing for American history what Pokémon Go has done for walking around outside — Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights, is often marketed as an early work by a breakthrough genius. But it was popular enough on its own back in the day (2008), winning multiple Tonys, Drama Desks, and a Grammy for the cast album.

In the Heights sounds like a modest story about a Dominican-American shopkeeper, Usnavi, and the world around him in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. But the young adults in the community seesaw between disappointment and hope, the older folks struggle with change, and the script, music, and choreography suck you in and raise the stakes.

The show continues through Sunday, October 2, at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. Showtime on Friday, September 23, is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 at 602-254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com. Julie Peterson

Coffee Classics
While the Phoenix Symphony dives into its new season, the group is still offering plenty of the classics at ticket prices that will have you moving allegretto to snag your seats. The Coffee Classics series serves up hour-long performances from the symphony’s classics program. At 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, guest conductor Matthias Bamert will lead the symphony and chorus in a presentation of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 — a dramatic and heart-wrenching work and the last of Brahms’ symphonies. The Coffee Classics series will also include works from Leonard Bernstein, Mozart’s Requiem, and more at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street, during this season. Tickets range in price from $18 to $39. To get yours and find out more, visit www.phoenixsymphony.org. Heather Hoch

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (from Silueta Series in Mexico), 1973-77/1991 © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and the Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle.EXPAND
Ana Mendieta, Untitled (from Silueta Series in Mexico), 1973-77/1991 © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and the Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle.
The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection/ASU Art Museum

Fall Opening Reception
Visual arts and performance make a great couple, especially in works by Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-born American artist whose influence has reverberated through contemporary art well beyond her 1985 death. Be the first to explore the new “Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta” exhibition during this season’s free opening reception on Friday, September 23, at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe.

See works by Mendieta presented with major installations by five contemporary women artists whose art practices are rooted in Mendieta’s innovations involving body art, land art, performance, and film. Then, get a charge out of performances that include the recreation of Mendieta’s 1976 Ñáñigo Burial, in which she created symbolic forms such as the outline of her own body using ephemera including melting wax and blood. It’s a chance to meet several featured artists, and witness their unique performances. The reception happens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu. Lynn Trimble

Sanctum of Horror: Breach
You may not touch cast members, and they may not touch you. In that single extremely specific way, the annual Sanctum of Horror haunted house is like a strip club, but much better enforced. Having provided our East Valley with more than seven years of world-class ook, the Sanctum folk return this fall with the Breach attraction, a lovely immersive environment featuring a long-abandoned military research facility that’s probably sprinkled with obscure South American super-leeches and their unfortunate victims.

Rustle up your squad and get professionally frightened at the opening night of Breach from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 23, at 6555 East Southern Avenue in Mesa. Expect screams. The terror continues through Monday, October 31. Tickets start at $22. Visit www.sanctumofhorror.com or call 480-200-8163. Julie Peterson

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