We know, the beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...
Monday, September 10: Monday Night Mass @ Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge Mondays have always been the black sheep of the seven-day calendar week. Nobody wants to hang out with Monday, and usually everyone is pretty happy when he leaves. But that may change now that Scottsdale's Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge has resurrected Monday Night Mass.
Turn your boring Monday into a sacred experience with drink specials all night long, discounted bottle service for industry folks, and skimpily dressed angels rockin' out to divine beats from the Valley's most devout DJs. -- Shannon Armour
Tuesday, September 11: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers The Arizona Diamondbacks, by the numbers: 64 wins, 65 losses, 4-6 in the last ten games. They have 576 runs scored (good!), but 546 runs allowed (bad!). They're 7.5 games behind the National League West-leading Padres, and five games behind the LA Dodgers. All that equals a 6.8 percent chance of making the playoffs -- and one big opportunity to turn everything around.
On Tuesday, September 11, the D-Backs will kick off a two-game home battle against their just-ahead neighbors in hopes of dislodging LA's second place standing in the NL West. The numbers may be bleak, but the National League West is still the most open of all the conferences, and you can count on the D-Backs to tally some major runs. -- Zachary Fowle
Wednesday, September 12: "The Vogue Online Archive & the September Issue" This year's September issue of Vogue weighs in at a whopping 4 pounds 10 ounces thanks to its 916 pages of fall fashion -- 658 of which are ads. But it wasn't always such a massive endeavor.
The proof? That's in the Phoenix Art Museum's Vogue archives, available in the Lemon Art Research Library. For a how-to on how to access and use the archives, fashion fiends can attend the presentation "The Vogue Online Archive & the September Issue," from fashion blogger Hannah Hayes, ASU MFA candidate Andrea Severson, and librarian Lindsey Powers. "After, they will view changes Vogue has taken through the eyes of September issues throughout its history (and how it has become "The September Issue," Hayes says. Talk included with museum admission ($15 for adults); optional luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $25 to $30 -- Becky Bartkowski
Thursday, September 13: Glam Thursdays @ Mabel's on Main Their jobs may seem glitzy and glamorous, but beauty industry insiders have it tough. Between setting the hair of demanding old ladies and filing down the rough, calloused heels of chronic flip-flop wearers, those licensed beauty professionals can start to feel a little haggard themselves.
But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So dust the stray hairs off your slacks and head down to Old Town Scottsdale, where Mabel's on Main has the back of every esthetician, makeup artist, nail tech, and hair stylist in town during Glam Thursdays. It's hard work keeping a town of tanned, toned, and perfectly coifed socialites looking their best, and Mabel's recognizes that fact. Licensed beauty professionals get half off their entire food and drink bill, bringing the cost of Mabel's signature martinis and cocktails down to next to nothing. Hey, maybe you can even drink away the memories of that last Brazilian wax. -- Christina Caldwell
Thursday, September 13: Les Misérables @ Gammage Auditorium Yes, we've avoided some plays just because they're crazy popular, or massive, spectacular musicals, or both. But it turns out that Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's Les Misérables is a gritty, visceral, and appropriate setting of Victor Hugo's populist novel of pre-Revolutionary France. As emotionally manipulative as E.T., as action-packed as The Fugitive, and as romantic as Wuthering freakin' Heights, it's played more than 10,000 performances in London, won multiple awards, briefly made a star of Susan Boyle -- well, it's awesome, and it's back at Tempe's Gammage Auditorium, in an acclaimed remounting from original überproducer Cameron Mackintosh, for eight shows only, through Sunday, September 16.
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Apparently, a film version's in development, so if you're not already entangled in an epic flame war about who should play Éponine or something, it's your last chance to enjoy Lay Miz before pop culture utterly destroys it. -- Julie Peterson
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