17 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Frida Kahlo, Sunflowers, 1943. Copyright 2016 Bana de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and the INBA.
Phoenix, now's your chance to get creative. Whether you're looking to take up collage art, contribute to a community arts conversation, or come up with a costume to wear to Bike Prom, you'll have more than a few chances to show off your DIY side. (And for more things to do, see our curated calendar of events.)
Board Game Night
Board games aren’t just for kids, especially when carefully-thought-out strategic maneuvers are involved. Camaraderie with fellow gamers, the chance to learn new games and share your own, and an extensive library of store games make the Unnamed Association of Gamers’ weekly game night a fun respite on a busy Monday. On any given week, you can play different tabletop games, including trick-taking, deck-building, and worker placement games.
The game night also caters to more casual gamers with party and miniature games. Held at the Imperial Outpost, 4920 West Thunderbird Road, #121, the weekly event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no cost to take part in game nights or become a member of the group. See details on Facebook. Laura Latzko
"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera"
Talk about a power couple. Married Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are widely regarded as two of the most significant artists of the 20th century. And now their artwork is enjoying a world tour, with just one North American stop: the Heard Museum.
See “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on opening day, Tuesday, April 11. It includes 33 artworks, plus more than 50 photographs — some taken by Kahlo’s own father. The show also includes clothing and jewelry that reflects Kahlo’s own iconic style, from the region where she lived.
Tickets to “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” cost $7, on top of general admission, which is $18 for adults. The exhibition continues through Thursday, August 20. Visit the Heard Museum website. Lynn Trimble
Jurassic Park Movie Party
Jurassic Park’s relevance remains 24 years after its release because it doesn’t matter how high the wall or fence, nature will find a way around it. Director Steven Spielberg imagines what happens when a Tyrannosaurus rex with bad eyesight and a couple of clever velociraptors escape their enclosures and eventually destroy one rich man’s dream of making an overpriced amusement park out of bad science.
Alamo Drafthouse makes the war between carnivorous dinosaurs and their less bite-y contemporaries a party by giving audience members miniature versions of the on-screen lizards. Attendees will also receive a flashlight to lead that T-rex away from helpless children and smell-along cards to so they can more fully immerse themselves in the triceratops’ stool sample.
The Jurassic Park Movie Party takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at Alamo Drafthouse Chandler, 4955 South Arizona Avenue. Admission is $14. Visit the Alamo Drafthouse Phoenix website for more. Jason Keil
There’s no undo at Cut + Paste PHX Collage Night.
Courtesy of Airi Katsuta
Cut + Paste PHX
Reasons Cut + Paste PHX Collage Night is awesome:
• no drawing or painting anxiety for self-defined non-artists
• automatic therapeutic channeling of passion and message
• fulfillment of “get out of the house and see people” goal
To make it entirely clear, you will be creating a collage, which is a delightful activity. Cut + Paste has hosted monthly events at a series of fun locations for a couple of years now (which means you can also get acquainted with some fun locations you don’t already know about). This month, the free snip-athon will take place at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Ages 21 and older for this one. You may bring your own materials, but it’s not required. Visit Facebook for details. Julie Peterson
See work by Kathy Taylor and Sarah Kriehn at Herberger Theater Center.
"Dreaming a New World"
Although artists are playing with the dream theme for a free exhibition at the Herberger Art Gallery, there’s no need to pinch yourself. Instead, you can see works by Sarah Kriehn and Kathy Taylor in “Dreaming a New World” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.
They’ll be showing monotypes, collagraphs, and mixed-media paintings that “explore pathways for the mind to discover new and hidden worlds.”
The show continues through Sunday, April 30, and is accessible through the Herberger Theater Center box office. Visit Herberger Theater Center's website for details. Lynn Trimble
"New Prez, Who Dis?"
How in the hell are artists supposed to cope with a presidential administration that only values creativity by way of alternative facts? Great question. It’s one of many topics on the docket for Emerging Arts Leaders’ event “New Prez, Who Dis? Prep for the Worst, Advocate for the Best.” Phoenix’s creative community will sit down for an “open space” format chat, which means you can talk about whatever’s on your mind that pertains to the topic, whoever shows up is who shows up, and whatever happens happens. Bring to the McKinley Club, 800 North First Avenue, your opinions on the possible defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts, how to be a good arts advocate, and what the future might hold.
The community talk runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. Complimentary beer, food, and wine will be provided. See details at Facebook. Becky Bartkowski
Give your feedback during Latino Cultural Center town halls.
Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix
Latino Cultural Center Town Hall Meeting
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is planning a new Latino Cultural Center, and they want your input on everything from what the center should provide to where it should be located.
The first of three free town halls on the topic happens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, inside Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. It’s being moderated by Evonne Gallardo, a consultant working with Phoenix to explore ways to move the center from concept to completion.
The town hall is your chance to learn more about Latino Cultural Center efforts to date and have a say in the Center’s future. Visit Facebook for more. Lynn Trimble
Read on for more of this week's best events, including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Bike Prom, and Party Hard Wrestling.
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