9 Best Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix
New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16. For more events, see our curated calendar.
Drink and Draw
Move over dorks and dorkesses, there’s a new D&D in town. The First Draft Book Bar is hosting its first ever life-drawing event, dubbed Drink and Draw, which pretty succinctly sums up what it’s about. Ideal for all skill levels, the session features a local model ready for a three-hour sitting, as well as wine, craft beer, coffee, and more at the bar. Just be sure to bring your own art supplies.
Drink and draw your Monday night away from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 13 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. Cost is $8 per person – um, future artist. Those planning to attend can register in person at the bookstore or by calling 602-274-0067. For more information, visit www.changinghands.com. Lauren Cusimano
Taylor Swift might agree: Bad blood tends to linger.
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers
A longstanding feud between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers might have been overshadowed in recent months by an ugly one between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, but — as Taylor Swift might argue — bad blood tends to linger. Especially among division rivals. So with the Dodgers and the snakes underperforming thus far, it’s a safe assumption that both teams will be ratcheting up the intensity in their upcoming series at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. The three-game series kicks off at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, June 13. And with the San Francisco Giants running away with the division, it’s a must-win situation for both teams — and a must-watch for fans of either. Tickets are $14 and up. Visit www.dbacks.com or call 602-5140-8400 for details. Rob Kroehler
Neveah McKenzie serves as hostess at Crescent this Tuesday.
Arizona Drag Stars
The magic’s in the makeup as a handful of beautiful boys transform into fierce females for the debut of Arizona Drag Stars, a salty show of slapstick, stand-up, and singing and lip syncing alike.
Charlie’s regulars will recognize hostess Neveah McKenzie from High Heels & Halos at the Seventh Avenue staple. During Drag Stars, she shares the spotlight with other notable names, including Mya McKenzie (Miss Gay AZ United States 2015 and 15-year veteran of the tuck-and-twirl scene); Sasha Bratz (part of a new ensemble show, The Showgirl Follies, on Sundays at BS West); Luna Love St. James (who’s performed celebrity impersonations at Tempe Improv); and Dee Jae Galaxy (former Mister Phoenix Pride).
Sass starts at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Advance tickets ($10) to the 18-and-over show can be purchased online at www.crescentphx.com or at 602-716-2222. Admission is $15 at the door. Janessa Hilliard
You’ve probably wondered what 17-year-old Christian Bale was doing in 1991. Well, he was wrapping the Disney film Newsies, a full-on musical about the newsboys’ strike of 1899. Newsboys? They were like if teenagers walked the streets competing to sell you Wi-Fi access. (Oh, and if you’re from Arizona, you might not know what a strike is, either.)
The poorly attended movie became a video-rental dynamo, and a 2011 stage musical followed. Newsies probably always belonged on stage, where it’s easier to believe that working-class urchins have time to sing and dance. The show also commemorates the “brawling in the streets” aspect of the American labor movement. Brooklyn in the house!
The Valley stop of Disney’s North American tour opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and continues through Sunday, June 19, at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets are $20 to $150 at www.ticketmaster.com or 480-965-3434. Julie Peterson
Contemporary Forum explores fakery this summer.
F For Fake
For summer ’16, Contemporary Forum is bringing a slate of films to Phoenix Art Museum that were chosen to explore the world of forgery in the arts. The free and monthly screening series begins on Wednesday, June 15, with the 6:30 p.m. showing of Orson Welles’ 1973 documentary, F for Fake, which follows famed art schemer Elmyr de Hory and his biographer. Next in the series is the scripted caper How to Steal a Million, which stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, on July 20. Art and Craft completes the trifecta on August 17 with the story of Mark Landis, who donated his faux masterpieces to museums. See if you can spot the difference at 1625 North Central Avenue. For more details, see www.phxart.org or call 602-247-1880. Becky Bartkowski
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