"Anything Goes" at Gallery 100 Whether a video game's for fun or medical rehab, whether a film is The Hangover or Shoah, such projects require artists. If they're Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students working toward Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Intermedia at ASU's School of Art, they apply technique to road-less-traveled media such as time and data to produce visual, sound, installation, and performance work ranging from whimsical to socially fraught.
Spring 2014's six candidates show off in "Anything Goes," an exhibition opening Monday, February 24, from noon to 5 p.m. and continuing through Friday, February 28, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 25. The group's earlier projects include everything from documentaries to cool manga-style characters, plus impressive extracurricular achievements. See the results at Gallery 100 in Tempe Center, at the northwest corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue. Admission's free; call 480-965-8521 or visit www.asuevents.asu.edu/anything-goes for details. -- Julie Peterson
Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at US Airways Center The Minnesota Timberwolves are wasting the prime years of Kevin Love's career. Love is, arguably, the best power forward in the NBA, and yet the Timberwolves have failed to make the playoffs in his first six seasons. This is why you're hearing trade rumors linking Love to the Phoenix Suns (along with half a dozen other teams). Love's superior rebounding and reliable offensive game make him a solid fit for the Suns' system, which is why those rumors may just be credible.
You can see Love and the Timberwolves on Tuesday, February 25, when they take on the Suns at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street. The game figures to be high-scoring; Phoenix and Minnesota are both in the top five in points scored per game and neither is known for playing great defense.
The game will tip off at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18 and are available by calling 602-379-7867 or online through www.ticketmaster.com. -- Ed Kummerer
Jackalope Ranch Presents Bingo with National Comedy Theatre at Crescent Ballroom The bingo's back in town -- specifically, the Jackalope Ranch variety. The New Times' arts and culture blog presents another one-off evening of B-I-N-G-O in the ballroom of Crescent, 308 North Second Avenue.
On the mic this go-round are a few of National Comedy Theatre's finest and funniest: Dorian Lenz, Marcus Smith, Ellen Lopercio, and Andrew Melnick. On the prize table will be gift certificates to local businesses and boutiques, pairs of concert tix, and a few freebies from the NCT crew, too.
Of course, in the mix of the boozy game-play will be shots of mystery booze, lots of yelling, and quite possibly an impromptu dance party or two. As with those mystery shots, with Jackalope Ranch bingo, you never know what you're gonna get.
Games begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 in 45-minute stints of play followed by 15-minute breaks. Admission to this 21-and-over event is free, as is playing. Visit www.crescentphx.com or call 602-716-2222. -- Becky Bartkowski
Almost Famous Film Festival Screening at AMC Arizona Center Lights. Camera. Action. Founded in 2005, the Almost Famous Film Festival is an annual event that challenges writers, actors, filmmakers, and their crews to create an original short film in just 48 hours. From February 14 through February 16, 61 teams from Arizona, California, and other parts of the Southwest wrote, acted, edited, and produced their signature shorts for a shot at the big screen. Film requirements included the theme of temptation, a button prop, and a line of dialogue saying, "This should be interesting."
Only 49 teams made the deadline, and now festival officials have narrowed it down to 20 for a final, public screening. Here, a panel of festival judges will decide which movie deserves to be (almost) famous.
The Almost Famous Film Festival will hold its public screening Thursday, February 27, at AMC Arizona Center 24, 565 North Third Street. Tickets are $10 and include free Almost Famous Film Festival memorabilia. Will call opens at 5 p.m. Screenings start at 7. For more information, visit www.thea3f.net. -- Katie Johnson
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Lewis Black at Orpheum Theatre It's no secret that Lewis Black has an anger problem. The 64-year-old comedian and Daily Show segment staple ("Back in Black") is known for his politically charged rants, so full of frustration and biting wit that sometimes it's difficult to tell which is louder: his yelling or the laughter.
The veteran comic and master complainer takes to the stage with "The Rant is Due," featuring two shows at the Orpheum Theater on Friday and Saturday night. Expect Black to tackle some of his favorite topics, ranging from the current political climate to technology and anti-Apple complaints to the Super Bowl. And sit a couple rows back to avoid any flying spittle.
The ranting and raving begins at 8 p.m. February 28, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street. Tickets start at $94 for balcony, $115 for orchestra. Visit orpheum-theater.com or call the box office at 602-534-5600. -- Janessa Hilliard