Here's What You Should Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

Trek the stars (and to Tucson).
Trek the stars (and to Tucson).

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from March 28 to 31.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
It was never just the allure of traveling through space, fist-fighting ugly aliens, and having sex with green women. It wasn’t just Kirk or Picard or Worf or even Seven-of-Nine. All those things drew us to Star Trek, sure, but it was the music of the series that underscored galactic journeys through a dozen movies and more than 700 episodes.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage features some of the greatest scores written for the franchise — from The Wrath of Khan to The Voyage Home, from the original series to Voyager — performed by a live symphony orchestra and acclaimed soloists as some of the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

Boldly go to Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Centennial Hall, 1020 East University Boulevard in Tucson. Tickets start at $25. Visit for more. Zach Fowle

Natalie Goldberg shares her latest in Tempe.EXPAND
Natalie Goldberg shares her latest in Tempe.
Mitsue Nagese

Natalie Goldberg
Interested in sharpening your writing skills? Catch Natalie Goldberg when she visits the Valley to discuss her latest, The Great Spring: Writing Zen, and This Zigzag Life. It offers peaceful and practical approaches to creating interesting copy. She’ll also discuss her popular guide for writers, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer from Within. Break your literary chains at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at Changing Hands, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. Book purchase is required for admission at $22.95 for her book The Great Spring and two seats, or $14.99 for Writing Down the Bones and two seats. Call 480-730-0205 or visit Amy Young

Step up to the mic at Rebel Lounge.
Step up to the mic at Rebel Lounge.
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Chris Chapman's Open Mic Night
It’s less talk, more rock during this open mic night. Well, acoustic, one-man-jam rock, that is. The Valley’s venue darling of the moment, The Rebel Lounge, is home to the ongoing series Chris Chapman’s Open Mic Night, which returns this week. Hosted by Brian Jennings (no, not that one), the evening encourages musicians of all talent and comfort levels to come, get onstage, and strike up a chord.

Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. Sets start shortly thereafter. It’s free to perform or attend. Drink specials are on tap for performers all night, while shot specials are available for all in attendance. (This is a 21-and-over shindig.) Call 602-296-7013 or visit for more information. Janessa Hilliard

Get an inside look at one of Phoenix's iconic spaces.EXPAND
Get an inside look at one of Phoenix's iconic spaces.
Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Convention Center & Venues

Orpheum Tour
If you’ve been fortunate enough to attend concerts throughout the United States, you’ll know that scattered across our nation there are countless old theater halls, many of which are breathtakingly ornate and delightfully creepy. You also might have noticed that Arizona seems to be disproportionately unpopulated with them. If you want a rickety-floor, vaulted-ceiling concert experience in Chicago or San Francisco, take your pick. If you want a similar experience in Phoenix, you have one choice: the Orpheum Theatre.

If you haven’t yet paid a visit to downtown’s most notable old theater at 203 West Adams Street, do it for free. The theater’s very decent docents are offering free tours at noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. All ages are welcome. Visit or call 800-282-4842 for details. Rob Kroehler

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