Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Don't you wish you had a pet wolf who could do weird photo shoots with you? Just us?
Don't you wish you had a pet wolf who could do weird photo shoots with you? Just us?
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Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and about.

Black Mass: The Brothers Grimm @ Sanctum It may seem redundant to call something a "goth night," since one sort of requires the other to be effective. (Example: In the light of day Marilyn Manson looks weird, but not menacing. If he melted in sunlight, that would be scary. But, we're pretty sure he doesn't.) Whatever. That's how we're gonna describe Black Mass.

This month the dance party's theme is the already-creepy Brothers Grimm and all their twisted fairy terrors. With DJs Apollynon and Aeternum filling the mix with industrial, goth, and synthpop, attendees will vie for best Grimm-inspired costume. Expect to see lots of Red Riding Hoods, Rapunzels, and some Hansel and Gretels at Sanctum on Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover is $5. 

The Rynaga Explorer's Map: Don't leave home without it.
The Rynaga Explorer's Map: Don't leave home without it.; By Eric Torres

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Iconica Game Night @ Samurai Comics Designer and illustrator Eric Torres has created a beautiful, far-off world all his own. Don't worry, though. You're totally invited to Rynaga.


It's pronounced rin-ah-gah. Let's break this down: The World of Rynaga is a land created (and mapped) by Torres à la Tolkien's Middle-earth. The interactive strategy game Iconica takes place in Rynaga, where players take on the roles of characters such as hunter and bow maiden, and move through a narrative.

Whether you're one of Rynaga's regular visitors or you've yet to explore it, you can get your gamer on during Samurai Comics' Iconica Game Night on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Sharks & Minnows @ Phoenix Place Hotel Jen Deveroux and the Faux Show crew are at it again. They'll host another edition of their Sharks & Minnows pool bash, which features a volleyball court, pool for splashing/noodles/canoodling, plenty of PBR, and entertainment from DJs Jared Alan, Tricky T, Goldsmith, and more.

Take a bite out of the nightlife scene from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Phoenix Place Hotel. Cover to the 21-plus event is $5.  

Fingers are crossed for a DJ Sparky set.
Fingers are crossed for a DJ Sparky set.

Freshmen Takeover @ ASU Memorial Union Regardless of how long they've been attending (ahem, hi, sixth-year seniors) all ASU students are invited to invade the Memorial Union on Saturday. The brain trust behind the annual Undie Run, Endless Entertainment, will host what its dubbed THE New.Fresh.Swag DANCE PARTY.

Dance into the fall semester with club bangers and music videos from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the second floor's Arizona Ballroom. Bring your student ID; admission is free. 

Swimsuited bike fun at the Summer Solstice Ride in Tempe.
Swimsuited bike fun at the Summer Solstice Ride in Tempe.
Andrew Pielage

Bikinis & Bicycles Pub Crawl @ Salty Señorita How to elevate your day drinking habits: Get a bunch of your friends together; Put on swimsuits; Ride your beach cruisers to a bar; Go to a bunch of other bars. Got it? Cool. Instead of going to the trouble of organizing all that, you can participate in the Bikinis & Bicycles Pub Crawl. Stops on the barhopping brew-ha-ha include Rockbar, The Lodge, and more.

Roll over to Old Town's Salty Señorita at noon on Sunday to embark on a two-wheeled imbibing adventure. There's no entry fee, but you'll have to buy yer booze -- unless your bikini is really, really teeny.

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Phoenix, AZ 85014


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301 E. Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281


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