The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Louis Farber, Phillip Herrington, and Melody Knudson in Stupid Fucking Bird.EXPAND
Louis Farber, Phillip Herrington, and Melody Knudson in Stupid Fucking Bird.
John Groseclose

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 13.

Stupid Fucking Bird
Stray Cat Theatre has roamed around various Valley venues this season, preparing for residency at Tempe Center for the Arts starting later this year. Just so you don’t get lost looking for Stupid Fucking Bird, opening on Friday and running through Saturday, March 26, we’ll note that performances take place in the Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts, 1333 East Washington Street, Phoenix.

Bird is a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull — not just an update, but a shift from repression to expression. Sweetly, when they’re able to talk about their feelings, the characters remain dysfunctional as ever, not unlike some people we know. The plot’s an inside-out The Big Chill, with people gathered together in enchanted leisure. Everyone’s crushing on someone unavailable, with about 80 percent of the love unrequited.

Showtime on March 11 is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30 at or 480-227-1766. Julie Peterson

Sara Silks' work is among the many photographs exhibited at "Light Sensitive."EXPAND
Sara Silks' work is among the many photographs exhibited at "Light Sensitive."
Sara Silks

"Light Sensitive"
Your VSCO cam game is strong, and we respect that. But, let’s be real, it’s not so impressive compared to the snaps on display at “Light Sensitive,” Art Intersection’s fifth annual juried exhibition of works created using traditional photo-making processes. Juror and acclaimed L.A.-based photog Susan Burnstine chose 75 images from 46 creatives, both national and international. Their works include cyanotype, bichromate, and wet plate collodion tintype prints. Not sure what that means? All the more reason to go check them out in the north and south galleries from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11. They’ll remain on view at 207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 201 in Gilbert, through April 16. Visit or call 480-361-1118. Becky Bartkowski

The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
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Ostrich Festival
Besides maybe the Komodo dragon or the crocodile, the ostrich might be the closest things to dinosaurs that we have today. The massive flightless birds get their day in the sun at Chandler’s Ostrich Festival this weekend. Originally a nod to the East Valley burg’s ostrich farming history, the celebration has grown into a three-day party with music, food trucks, and carnival rides. The time-honored tradition of ostrich racing will be taken up by brave souls in chariots and some riding bareback. Kids of all ages can get close and personal with animalia via a petting zoo, as well as camel and pony rides.

The 28th annual Ostrich Festival kicks off on Friday, March 11, at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 South McQueen Road in Chandler, from 2 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $7 for children and $10 for adults, with VIP packages for $75. Visit for more info. Jose Gonzalez

The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
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Colorado Rockies vs. Cleveland Indians
t’s that wonderful time of the year in the Valley again. You know, when the sun is out but it hasn’t yet morphed into a gleaming death-ray of heat. And when spring springs in the desert, hope spring momentarily. Because for a few glorious weeks, Phoenix blossoms into a baseball lover’s paradise. So if you, like countless others, are planning on taking in a few games during a month when 15 Major League teams call Phoenix home, you might be wise to seek out the matchups that no one is talking about. For instance, parking might not be a nightmare when the Colorado Rockies host the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road, at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, March 11. And that just might offset the overpriced booze. Consider yourself advised, spring training trainee. You’re welcome. Tickets start at $11. For a complete Cactus League schedule, visit cactusleague.comRob Kroehler

The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
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“Finding the Creativity in Madness"
“There is no great genius without some touch of madness,” the Greek philosopher Aristotle is said to have uttered, most likely shortly after he finished watching his DVDs of the collected works of Johnny Depp. We can’t argue with the logic — embodying eccentric characters like Edward Scissorhands, Hunter S. Thompson, Whitey Bulger, and Captain Jack Sparrow requires that you embrace some insanity. In “Finding the Creativity in Madness,” a conversation with ASU Origins project director Lawrence Krauss, Depp will reveal his experience portraying the deranged and how it can broaden our understanding consciousness and intelligence.

Find creativity in madness at Depp and Krauss’ Origins Project dialogue starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets start at $12. Call 480-965-3434 or visit for more. Zach Fowle

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