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Earthlings

Binary Theatre Company : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 26; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from April 20 until April 27

Soothsayers have been predicting the end of the world since the dawn of time and we’re still here. It’s an entirely different matter, though, when the government sounds the alarm and tells us that even duck-and-covering can’t save us as in Binary Theatre Company’s latest... More >>

Tempe Theater, Performing Arts

Wingstock 2014

Mesa Amphitheatre : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 19

In preparation for Wingstock, Mesa’s yearly celebration of the noble and delicious chicken, we’ve gathered some fun facts about chicken wings from our friends at the National Chicken Council (a real thing!). Here’s one: 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first... More >>

Mesa Food and Drink, Competitions

Arizona Rattlers vs. Pittsburg Power

US Airways Center : 6:00 p.m. April 19

Here's how the Arena Football League works. It’s pretty much a passing league. There are only a handful of top-flight quarterbacks. So there are only a handful of contenders. The Arizona Rattlers have been entrenched as the team to beat largely because they have the best QB in the league... More >>

Central Phoenix Sports - Spectator, Football

Chromeo

Marquee Theatre : 8:00 p.m. April 19

Electrofunk duo Chromeo's Business Casual album of last year sent our little minds to some nasty, sexy nirvana, but then they threw in all these real sincere ballads and shit, too, and it didn't sound like a load of tripe. Montreal jokers P-Thugg on talk-box vocals and Dave 1 on squinky synth... More >>

Tempe Music

Nancy Whang

Crescent Ballroom : 9:00 p.m. April 19

Indie diehards cried into their PBRs when Nancy Whang and the other members of LCD Soundsystem went their separate ways in 2011, bringing one of the most lauded and influential dance-punk acts of the Aughts to an unfortunate end. Thing is, Whang probably didn't return the favor and shed any... More >>

Central Phoenix Music

Future Islands

Crescent Ballroom : 7:30 p.m. April 20

Heartbroken synth-pop heroes Future Islands' fourth album, Singles, is a document worthy of their high-drama live presence. Single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" shall lead the emotionally raw and unflinching collection into the hearts of America this year. Frontman Samuel T. Herring's outsized... More >>

Central Phoenix Music

Bastille

Marquee Theatre : 8:00 p.m. April 20

Bastille, like fun., is a band that banks on the enthusiasm of a crowd to propel them through the high point of their performance. Their most lauded singles are sugary, uplifting anthems with nary a minor chord between them that consist of more vowel-heavy utterances than actual words of... More >>

Tempe Music

Tinariwen

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater : 7:00 p.m. April 21

The nomadic Tuareg tribesmen, who sport robes and headscarves onstage, recorded their forthcoming album in the California desert town of Joshua Tree rather than in the politically imploding Sahara. Part trance and part provocation, the band's bluesy sound evokes its West African desert homeland... More >>

North Phoenix Music

Chvrches

Marquee Theatre : 8:00 p.m. April 21

Chvrches' ascent to theater-headlining status on distant continents has been giddying. The Scottish trio released its debut single but a year back and only in September did an album, The Bones of What You Believe, appear. The mystery of this career curve is actually pretty straightforward:... More >>

Tempe Music

An Evening with Alberto Ríos

Burton Barr Central Library : 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. April 22

As part of its celebration of National Poetry Month, the Phoenix Public Library is inviting Valley residents to spend an evening with Arizona’s first poet laureate, Alberto Ríos. Ríos, who has won such accolades as the Walt Whitman Award, Beyond Margins Award, and the... More >>

Central Phoenix Literary Events, Library, Free Events, Arts, Poetry

“When and How the Oscars Became Big Business”

Phoenix Art Museum : 7:00 p.m. April 23

All in all, award shows are fairly predictable. Winners cry, losers, clap, and hosts drag the audience on through it. The fun part is the pre-show, when the stars walk the red carpet dressed to impress and rattle off the designers responsible.Of course, while we talk trash about too much... More >>

Central Phoenix Talks, Museum Exhibits and Events, Lectures

Christopher Moore

Crescent Ballroom : 7:00 p.m. April 24

He’s been called one of the “sickest, naughtiest, and cleverest” authors alive. For Christopher Moore that’s not an insult, but a great honor. His newest work, The Serpent of Venice (a sequel to 2009’s Fool) captures the writer’s signature style in a tale of... More >>

Central Phoenix Literary Events

Arizona’s Funniest Comedian Finals

Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre : 8:00 p.m. April 24

Arizona may not be the comedic breeding ground that is Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, but plenty of stand-up acts have started in the Valley and ended up in the spotlight, including Steve Allen, Sandra Bernhard, Pablo Francisco, Greg Proops, Robert Schimmel, Gary Shandling, and David Spade.... More >>

Tempe Competitions, Comedy, Theater

Trivia Night

Crescent Ballroom : 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Sun.

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... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife

"American Indian Fashion: From New to Now"

Heard Museum North Scottsdale : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 6; 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 5

Contrary to what the Victoria's Secret fashion show may have led you to believe, Native American fashion has quite little to do with four-inch heels, blinged-out bras, and garish headdresses. For an idea of what native fashion is and means, we're happy to direct you toward Heard Museum North... More >>

North Scottsdale Cultural Events, Art - Ongoing, Art - Museums

"M8k Marks"

Mesa Arts Center : 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until April 27; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until April 27; 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Sun. until April 27

The nice thing about art, as compared to, say, some music, is that one can travel back in time and typically find modern relevance in older works. That is especially true if the works are tied to a particular venue, such as the Mesa Arts Center. “M8k Marks” showcases drawings,... More >>

Mesa Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

"Moctezuma’s Revenge"

ASU Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 26; 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until April 26

Don’t even think that an art exhibit named “Moctezuma’s Revenge” has anything to do with a digestive order. Instead, the first comprehensive solo exhibition of works by Mexican-American artist Eduardo Sarabia relates to the duality faced wjen exposing... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until May 11

In the song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” Elton John sings, “Butterflies are free to fly, fly away/fly away, bye bye.” The insects at Desert Botanical Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit won’t be so lucky, but visitors can enjoy their winged captivity... More >>

East Phoenix Outdoors, Nature, Museum Exhibits and Events

“Rhythm and History: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Collection”

ASU Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 9; 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until August 9

There’s an art oasis in the desert, and you can find it on view now at the ASU Art Museum. With one of the most pervasive collections of contemporary Cuban art anywhere outside the country, ASU first showed its impressive stockpile of Cuban works in 1998, and now it has much of the art... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

602'sfeat. Djentrification

Bikini Lounge : 9:00 p.m. every Tue.

As glass towers and luxury lofts continue rising in downtown Phoenix, there’s been a shindig for the past half-decade that’s truly remained underground. More than five years ago, Bradford and Andy McPants started a modest music night at Bikini Lounge. Today, it’s morphed into... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife

Sip & Slide

Jade Bar : 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon. until May 31

Jade bar, the newly revamped swanky mixology lounge inside of the Sanctuary resort, is offering up plenty of deals this spring, but one of the tastiest offerings happens every Monday night during Sip & Slide.While Jade’s craft cocktails, courtesy of master mixologist Ryan Margarian,... More >>

Paradise Valley Happy Hour, Food and Drink

"Birds, Blooms & Bugs”

Phoenix Airport Museum : 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily until May 28

The wide-open, flat, dead desert regions that surround Phoenix are no sight for sore eyes. The landscape looks like a brush fire waiting to happen more than anything. A lot of the state is quite gorgeous though, and areas such as Sedona, Bisbee, and the Grand Canyon have breathtaking beauty.... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

Chalk Art Festival: Tempe

Tempe Marketplace : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until April 30

3D chalk art is pretty impressive. Not only are these floor installations you've seen passed around on Facebook worthy of being displayed in a gallery, some are so realistic that you may find yourself watching a step. Chalk art transforms mundane sidewalks and cityscapes into a slice of... More >>

Tempe Free Events, Festivals, Family Events, Community Events, Arts

The Secret Garden

Arizona Broadway Theatre : 5:30 p.m. April 19; 12:00 p.m. April 20; 5:30 p.m. April 22; 5:30 p.m. April 23; 5:30 p.m. April 24; 5:30 p.m. April 25; 5:30 p.m. April 26; 5:30 p.m. April 27; 5:30 p.m. April 29; 5:30 p.m. April 30; 5:30 p.m. May 1; 5:30 p.m. May 2; 12:00 p.m. May 3; 12:00 p.m. May 4; 5:30 p.m. May 6; 5:30 p.m. May 7; 5:30 p.m. May 8; 5:30 p.m. May 9; 5:30 p.m. May 10; 5:30 p.m. May 11

The Secret Garden, a musical inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's Edwardian novel, features uptight Brits opening up like neglected flowers. Despite how pleasant that sounds, don’t show up at Arizona Broadway Theatre expecting a staging of Nancy Friday’s compilation of... More >>

Peoria Theater, Performing Arts

The Pornozombies

Phoenix Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 10; 2:30 p.m. April 27; 6:00 p.m. May 4

It’s sort of a given that if there’s a play called The Pornozombies, our twisted friends at Nearly Naked Theatre will get around to mounting it eventually. Refreshingly, Matt Casarino’s script is about pretty much what the title indicates: reanimated corpses who are... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts
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