Mondays don't have to suck. Same goes for Tuesdays. In fact, here's something to do each day this week that'll keep you busy, entertained, and cultured.
I Hate Football Mondays @ Bungalow Bar and Grill While ladies might love their men, it doesn't always mean they love accompanying them to the bar to watch a rousing NFL matchup. Four hours of screaming fans, cheap beer, and deep-fried eats aren't necessarily the makings of the pleasant night out.
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Thankfully, Bungalow Bar and Grill in Scottsdale knows they feel. And that's why they're turning Monday nights into a lady- and football-friendly event. On "I Hate Football Mondays" the restaurant offers a rotating selection of drink and food specials that appeal to many fans' better halves. Choices like $4 glasses of wine, $5 Appletinis and Cosmopolitans, and a lineup of fresh salads make this a destination to please both sexes. Other options include fried calamari and a Filet Steak Salad.
Practice the art of compromise at Bungalow Bar and Grill, 4360 North Scottsdale Road, on Monday nights during NFL football season. For more information call 480-994-1888 or visit www.bungalowbarandgrill.com/news. -- Lauren Saria
Pumpkin Days & Fall Maze @ Tolmachoff Farms We love Halloween. So much so that we do our best to drag that holiday out as long as possible, starting with the pumpkin. Rather than toss some mediocre store bought gourd into our grocery cart, we prefer to make a day of it.
At Tolmachoff Farms not only will pumpkin hunters have their pick of potential jack-o-lanterns, they also have their fair share of family friendly activities, including a six-acre themed corn maze, mini corn maze, petting zoo, train rides, hay pyramids, farm-themed activities, and more. The Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze will run daily through the fall season at Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 North 75th Avenue, Glendale. October hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $9, and sales end an hour before closing. For more information, including November hours, visit www.tolmachoff-farms.com. -- Katie Johnson
M Is for Marriage @ Herberger Theater Center Herberger Lunch Time Theater's 2013-14 opener is M Is for Marriage, a lively collection of courtship and coupling scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare. It's part of a series called Alphabet Shakespeare, which has included Q Is for Queen and, if we're lucky, will eventually bring us D Is for Dirty Jokes We No Longer Get, C Is for Codpieces, and R Is for Regicide. (A person can dream.)
Alphabet Shakespeare's the creation of Pandanda Players, a troupe that might be named for a discontinued multiplayer online game. And that's totally okay -- local theater needs more happy pandas. Round out your relationship skills at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 (or Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday through October 10), in the Kax Stage on the Van Buren Street side of 222 East Monroe Street. Admission is $6. For details, including advance tickets and lunch information, visit www.herbergertheater.org/lunch_time_theater or call 602-252-8497. -- Julie Peterson
Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 @ Talking Stick Resort It's that time of year when we've been jonesing for fall so long that we've already stocked our wardrobes with all this season's on-trend items. Now what's a Phoenix fashionable to do? Naturally, we'll look to Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 for spring style inspiration. This year's deluge of designers takes to the outdoor runway at Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort from Thursday, October 3, through Saturday, October 5. Each evening, four established and four emerging designers will present their latest work. On the established roster are Project Runway contestant Bradon McDonald and Dubai-based Filipino designer Rocky Gathercole. Emerging designers include locals Medium Apparel and Doux Belle.
Shows begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. at 9800 East Indian Bend Road. Tickets are $30 to $150 per evening and available via www.phxfw2013.eventbrite.com. Visit www.phoenixfashionweek.com for more. -- Becky Bartkowski
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First Friday Zombie Walk @ Revolver Records Zombies get a bad wrap. Sure they're undead, but they do have some redeeming qualities. After all, they only want you for your brains, unlike tvampires, who are all about looks. Sure, there isn't exactly a storied history of zombie heroes, but that's the fun of it. Bruce Campbell and his fistful of boomstick can't slow down the annual Zombie Walk, which takes over downtown Phoenix in search of brains, blood, and guts. In spite of the mayhem, this is a family-friendly event that features live rockabilly music, a costume contest, face painting, and more.
Join the walking dead on Friday, October 4. The walk begins at 5 p.m. outside of Revolver Records, 918 North Second Street. This all-ages event is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations for St. Mary's Food Bank. Call 602-348-7179 or visit www.azzombiewalk.com. -- Melissa Fossum