Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
Courtesy of Charlie Murphy
This week a study revealed that people who smoke weed are skinnier. But that doesn't mean you should hole up and embark on the soon-to-be invented chronic diet. There's a lot to do this weekend in Phoenix, and here are our top picks.
Charlie Murphy @ Stand Up Live Early last decade, a man stepped into an explosive role as the creator of the most recognizable exclamation in recent comedy history. Anyone and everyone who tuned in to Comedy Central in the early 2000s can attest that they witnessed the all-time greatest sketch ever seen on television. Just the smallest reminder will force a joyful shout of homage to Chappelle's Show in the form of "I'm Rick James, bitch!!"
Of course, that line wouldn't be nearly as hilarious if it weren't for Charlie Murphy. His first-person storytelling serves as the sketch's backbone and as plenty of proof that the comic can stand on his own when it comes to stand-up comedy. With tons of reflective content in music, film, and television, he's developed a style of yarn-spinning and comedy that transcends preconception. His live act showcases his natural ability to capture an audience's attention and then release them into laughter with seasoned delivery.
See "Darkness" with special guest Freez Luv at Stand Up Live at 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 17, and through Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $25. -- Craig Smith
Photos by Becky Bartkowski
Official Grand Opening Party @ Annie Boomer Vintage Retro retailer Annie Boomer Vintage isn't new to the Roosevelt Row neighborhood. Owner and operator Andrea Engelsberg ran her clothing shop online and out of the back of Nostra Style House (another Row boutique) long before finding a well-suited space in the former home of Butter Toast Boutique.
A month since the move, Engelsberg is finally feeling settled into her new digs, which can only mean one thing -- it's time to party. Stop by Annie Boomer Vintage for its Official Grand Opening, when you can shop throwback threads to the live tunes of Truckers on Speed and Dustin Hoffman (no, not that Dustin Hoffman).
Beer, wine, along with light snacks and desserts by Slade Grove will be on hand to help fuel the fashion frenzy. And if drinking and dresses weren't enough to get your retro rear-end over to this event, how does a 20 percent discount sound? That's what we thought. The party takes place Friday, May 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. There's no cover. -- Katie Johnson
Third Annual RockaBella Show 'n' Shine @ Fear Farm If you guys are anything like us, then you're kind of over the culture of the present. We don't blame you - hipsters have ruined pretty much everything.
The Rockabella Auto Show is the way back to better, less-ironic times. Hosted by AZ Rockabilly at Fear Farm, the event is more than a vintage car and bike show. It's a celebration of retro and hot rod culture, complete with drive-in movies, Hot Wheels races, a swap meet, and the Miss Rockabella pinup contest. It all goes down at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, starting at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted for St. Mary's Food Bank. -- Zachary Fowle
Wait Wait -- Don't Tell Me! Screening @ Phoenix Art Museum If you beat your friends to the punchline of the day's pop culture headlines or can recap the latest breaking news before it reaches the dinner table, you'll want to check out Wait Wait -- Don't Tell Me! The public radio show is a weekly news quiz hosted by Peter Sagal along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell. But this month, the two will make a silver screen appearance around the country.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Phoenix Art Museum presents an episode of Wait Wait that was recorded live on May 2. News geeks, get pumped. The show, featuring panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett, promises a killer lineup of limericks, stupid questions, and faces made for radio. Steve Martin, too! -- Claire Lawton
Trivia Night @ Crescent Ballroom If you're the type of person who routinely forgets where you put your car keys but can immediately recall the name of Don Knotts' zany character on Three's Company, or if you moped your way through adolescence hoping to be summoned by your peers for something other than the answers to last night's math homework, then you probably know stuff -- lots of stuff. But nowadays, you quietly lament the tragic fact that the treasure trove of fascinating (albeit useless) information that sits atop your shoulders slowly wastes away as you fantasize about an ultra-hip locale where the scattered, erudite few can congregate for a trivia showdown.
Well, lament no more, smartypants. On Sunday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., Crescent Ballroom continues its Trivia Night. The free weekly event features food and drink specials as well as ticket and gift card giveaways. Go get' em, Ralph Furley. -- Rob Kroehler
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