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, October 29: Lunar Flow Rooftop Yoga Class @ The Clarendon Although Monday's full moon won't illuminate all the werewolves and whatnots roaming the spooky streets on Halloween, the orb of night will reveal new sides of those who participate in Sutra Midtown's Lunar Flow Rooftop Yoga class.
Wendy Neville leads the all-levels workshop of flowing, breath-synchronized sequences of Vinyasa poses at The Clarendon, 401 West Clarendon Avenue, on October 29 from 8 to 9 p.m. Class participation costs $5; members and hotel guests get in free. Attendees should bring a mat, water, and a towel.
Tuesday, October 30: "Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs" @ Arizona Science Center There are some out there convinced that life as we know it was created a mere 9000 years ago (if not sooner) by the Almighty. A sea was parted and our animal friends were preserved two at a time during a massive flood. Those must have been some magical times.
If you would like to pursue that same sense of wonder, but on a realistic scale, you may want to head to the Arizona Science Center's showcase of "Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs" that weren't quite Arc worthy.
The largest touring collection of dinosaur skeletons and robotics has made its way to Phoenix in spectacular fashion. Spot exotic and enormous findings from all over the world, while learning of growth and evolution through sight, sound, and smell. Elements of the exhibit will show in detail how these monstrosities lived -- from eating habits to reproduction. Admission is $14 for adults and $11 for children between 3 and 17-- Craig Smith
Wednesday, October 31: The Dr. Diabolic Show Presents John Carpenter's Halloween Halloween, 1978. In the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a man named Michael Myers goes fruit-ninja with a butcher knife on three babysitters. And a dog. And a boyfriend. And a truck driver. A half-dozen gruesome murders later, the precursor to the modern slasher movie is born.
While we've come a long way since then, the terror caused by the original Halloween is still impossible to replicate -- but you can relive it in all the digitized and remastered glory of today's technology when Dr. Diabolic, Phoenix's go-to horror host, leads a screening of Halloween in the Phoenix Art Museum's Whiteman Hall on Wednesday, October 31. Prior to the screening, there will be a Halloween costume contest with a cash prize. Tickets are $12. -- Zachary Fowle
Wednesday, October 31: Scorpius Dance Theatre: Vampire Tale @ Phoenix Theater Hating on vampires officially has become more annoying than the Twilight-loving teeny-boppers themselves. People make a point to subtly say, "I'm so not one of them," with a scoff at sparkly skin and a roll of the eyes at vampire vegetarianism. So much so that vampires have gotten a bad rap during the past few Halloweens. You just can't dress up as a vampire and not expect a fellow partygoer to ask if you're really, seriously on Team Edward.
Scorpius Dance Theatre does the sexy vamp act right in A Vampire Tale. They nix the unnecessary human-undead relations in favor of aerial stunts to please the most animalistic of senses to the eyes. The show explores the sexuality and terror that come with sucking blood, all while sprinkling comedy into the mix. However, the show proves that vampires are nothing to laugh about. -- Christina Caldwell
Thursday, November 1: Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks @ The Gallery @ City Hall Phoenix's status as a tear-down city has made headlines of late, thanks to the narrowly escaped demo threats a Frank Lloyd Wright home faced from a dollar-hungry developer and the destruction of a pair of historic hotels for Phoenix Suns parking spaces. History loses to convenience and newness more than we care to admit.
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Thankfully, the smash-up spirit hasn't succeeded in reducing to rubble all of this city's history. See the evidence in "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks," a photography exhibition that includes shots of such notable structures as W.A. Sarmiento's Financial Center, Lescher and Mahoney's Orpheum Theatre and Hanny's, and Tovrea Castle. -- Becky Bartkowski
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