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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Though the big news in sports this week was the end of the NFL lockout, there's another football event making headlines in Phoenix this weekend: The AZ Rattlers' playoff opener against Spokane, which could seal the deal for the arena ball team.

If you're not cheering the snakes on from your stadium seat or donning aviator goggles and roleplaying at Con-Fabulation's steampunk-themed murder mystery dinner, here are some other ways to get your game on this weekend:   

Critical Mass @ Steele Indian School Park
While most local cyclists hang up their helmets for the summer season, Phoenix's Critical Mass bike ride keeps plowing on. The organizers of this monthly after-dark ride don't discriminate, either: Everyone is welcome, whether you're sporting a beat-up hot pink Huffy circa 1985, a vintage Schwinn, or a limited edition Paul Frank "Skurvy" cruiser that'll make everyone jealous. 

 The only caveat to the all-inclusive trek is that you'll have to keep up with the jammin' 12 mph crew, or speed to the front of the pack and help pave the way. The two-wheeled trek starts at 7 p.m. and usually wraps up with optional drinks or food at a nearby restaurant. Participation is free.


 

Tempe Art a Gogh-Gogh! @ The Sail Inn
If you thought the store bought ice cream cake and handful of close friends you had at your last birthday bash made for a pretty sweet night, just wait until you get a load of the designers, performers and musicians that plan to cheer

Arizona's Got Dance! Showcase @ Tempe Center for the Arts
It seems everyone's jumping on the "National Fill-in-the-blank Day" bandwagon these days, whether the result is National Multiple Personality Day (March 5), World UFO Day (July 2) or National Chicken Wing Day (this Friday). Last year, So You Think You Can Dance judge and producer Nigel Lythgoe christened July 30 National Dance Day, and this year, Arizona's getting involved. Following a weekend of dance workshops celebrating the "holiday," local troupes including Dulce, EPIK, Scorpius, and Desert Dance Theatre will shake a leg on Sunday at a dance showcase from 5-7 p.m. that will prove So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 winner and Arizona native Lauren Froderman isn't the only Phoenician who can move. Tickets are $10-15.


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