Best Things to Do This Weekend: Fiesta de Frida, Riot Jam, Catch Me if You Can
Join the artsy party.
No plans? No sweat, Phoenix. This week you can celebrate Frida Kahlo, pay tribute to Adam West, or find your center during full moon yoga. There's no wrong answer. For more things to do visit, our curated calendar.
Revolver Records First Friday
It’s been a long time since First Friday meant leisurely strolling to galleries to check out some art. That event morphed into
Revolver Records gets in the mix on July 7, with an artsy party hosted by creative Leyla Havok, who works under the moniker, I Am Havok. She will show and sell prints, paintings, and some fashion items. Join the creative chaos from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at 918 North Second Street. Admission is free. Visit the Facebook event page. Amy Young
Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday with the Phoenix Fridas at Heard Museum.
Courtesy of Heard Museum
Fiesta de Frida
Before there was Beyoncé or Madonna, there was Frida. Just a single name is all it takes to conjure images of the Mexican artist famous for self-portraits channeling a life marked by physical and emotional pain. Like her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo is one of the best-known painters of the 20th century. And for her fans, celebrating the artist’s birthday each year is a must.
The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, is commemorating the 110th anniversary of her birth with Fiesta de Frida. The free event, happening from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 7, includes music, poetry, and artwork by members of the Phoenix Fridas art collective. There’s also an 8 p.m. Marcha de las
Museum admission is free, and there’s special $7 pricing for the “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” exhibition that night. Visit the Heard website. Lynn Trimble
Reminisce on all things Adam West.
Adam West Tribute
Small-screen legend Adam West died on June 9 at the age of 88 after a battle with leukemia. For many viewers, his campy portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his famed alter-ego on the hit 1960s television show Batman is considered the best.
West’s tongue-in-cheek take on the Caped Crusader is perfect territory for Dan Stone, the mind behind “The Unfathomable Film Freakout.” Stone has curated a tribute to the beloved actor, combining footage from all the weird and unusual movies, television shows, and variety specials the actor appeared in.
Enjoy the kitschy side of Bob Kane’s creation and zip on over to the Adam West tribute at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona. Visit the Film Bar website for more information. Jason Keil
All comedians go to heaven.
Laurel and Hardy Go to Heaven
Classic Hollywood comedy duo Laurel and Hardy played off their physical appearances — one big guy, one little guy — and their personality differences — one oafish, one haughty — to get laughs. In writer Paul Auster’s interpretation, their ridiculousness goes next level, to stone cold absurdity.
In this production of Laurel and Hardy Go to Heaven, Ernesto Moncada directs Dennis Frederick and Ashley Naftule, as the duo gets metaphysical. Set in the afterlife, these two enter heaven and engage in conversation as they complete their assigned task of building a wall. Hear what they have to ramble on about at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street. Admission is $10. The show runs through Saturday, July 15. Visit the Space 55 website. Amy Young
ArizonaDrag.com Diamond Crystal Awards
Movies have the Oscars. Television has the Emmys. Music has the Grammys. And the Grand Canyon State’s drag community has the ArizonaDrag.com Diamond Crystal Awards, of course.
Are you down to downward dog?
Courtesy of Urban Yoga
LUNARology: Full Moon Yoga, a Sacred Ceremony
At LUNARology: Full Moon Yoga, a Sacred Ceremony, yoga practitioners of all levels will flow through the moon salutations, designed to sync with the
Tap into some lunar power from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Urban Yoga, 3225 North Central Avenue. Admission is $15 in
Jake Bonar and Brandon Wyatt star in Catch Me If You Can.
Catch Me If You Can
At first glance, Frank Abagnale Jr. seems to have gotten off easy — the globe-trotting, self-employed con man swindled his way into $2.5 million (in the ’60s!), had Bond-style adventures, and spent less than 10 years in prison, with only about six months of it in a really shitty cell in France. But he earned that punishment with a spree of impersonation and flight that endured only five astonishing years, from age 16 to 21.
Abagnale’s partially reliable autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, became a popular film and then a musical that continues at Desert Stages Theatre through Sunday, July 30. Showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at 4720 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20 at the Desert Stages website or 480-483-1664. Julie Peterson
Arizona Roller Derby
All good things are rewarded with multiple seasons, and that’s why the Arizona Roller Derby is in its 14th season. Up next? Game Four.
The home match features the Bad News Beaters versus the Whiskey Row-
Tickets are $10 in advance at azrd.brownpapertickets.com
Calling all hilarious ladies.
Riot Jam: All Female Improv Jam
Calling all hilarious ladies who can deliver off-the-cuff humor and are on the hunt for a little mic time. There’s a Central Phoenix stage with your name on it.
Riot Jam: All Female Improv Jam is the regular event hosted by the Torch Theatre, where Arizona’s improvisers show off their skills. Torch education director Jacque Arend says their group sees the event as a great way to showcase and celebrate the wealth of female talent that exists in our local improv community. Participants show up, drop their name in a bucket, and then names are drawn to form the teams. The performances start immediately. Watch this impromptu hour of fun from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at 4721 North Central Avenue. Admission and participation are free. Visit the Torch Theatre website. Amy Young
Constance McBride, Balasana, 2016. Ceramic, under glaze, stains, wax, wire. Courtesy of the artist.
“2016 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Winners”
Maybe you’ve seen everything from Michelangelo to Kehinde Wiley at Phoenix Art Museum. That’s great, but it’s hard to top the thrill of seeing pieces by Arizona artists exhibited at the CenPho institution. And now’s the time to do it.
Contemporary Forum, one of the museum’s many support groups, gives grants to several Arizona artists annually. The following year, it presents a group exhibition of their artwork. See “2016 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Winners” from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. It includes work by David
Museum admission is free that day. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, September 17. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble
Chat with the author of Down a Dark Road.
Courtesy of Linda Castillo
What happens when
Or at least that’s what he does in Down a Dark Road, by Linda Castillo. The best-selling author’s new novel keeps the excitement on high, as escaped convict Joseph King grabs five children as hostages and lures a detective into an ambush. As the cop gets closer to King, she discovers there’s more to the story. From 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, Castillo will discuss and sign the book at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and a copy of the book costs $26. Call 480-947- 2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen website. Amy Young
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