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"Chocolate, Chili & Cochineal"

Heard Museum : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 30

News flash: You probably eat bugs a few times a week without realizing it. It sounds kinda gross, we know, but the cochineal bug has been used as a red dye for centuries. The Spanish conquistadors were so impressed with the bug’s crimson hue that the insects were one of the first exports... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

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

Washington Wednesdays

Co.+HOOTS : 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Wed.

There’s nothing quite as depressing as spending lunch hunched over a tuna sandwich in the same cubicle you’ve been sitting at all day. Thankfully, the newest trend in lunchtime dining gives a solid excuse to get out of the office. We’re talking food trucks -- and... More >>

Central Phoenix Food and Drink, Community Events

"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

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

Neutral Milk Hotel

Crescent Ballroom : 8:30 p.m. April 15; 8:30 p.m. April 16

Punk pioneer Jonathan Richman looked small on the stage at Crescent Ballroom last December with an acoustic guitar and his drummer, Tommy Larkins. The crowd shouted requests at him in hopes that he would play something by Richman's seminal 1970s band the Modern Lovers. He appeased them by... More >>

Central Phoenix Music

Phoenix Improv Festival

Herberger Theater Center : 7:00 p.m. April 17; April 18; April 19

When we say that Arizona is home to a lot of people who are funny, we're not just joshing. We could take a beat and tack on the punch line, “funny-looking.” But this is really for serious. The Valley's home to a slew of stand-up comedians and sketch jokesters. But from April 17... More >>

Central Phoenix Festivals, Comedy

"Cindy Schnakel: For the Birds"

R. Pela Contemporary Art : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. April 18

“Bizarre, sometimes nonsensical, whimsical, and a little dark” is how artist Cindy Schnackel describes her sense of humor as well as her work, which is primarily silly and surreal portraits of birds. While some of her paintings show birds watching TV and others show birds at an art... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Free Events, Arts, Art - Galleries

"Sugar Cookies"

The Hive : 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. April 18; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. from April 18 until May 10; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. from April 19 until May 10; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. from April 20 until May 10

When one artistic medium overlaps another, the result can be pretty sweet. Such is the case for the spring exhibition “Sugar Cookies.” This mixed-media collaboration combines words with images from Florida-based artist Jenny Odom, who used to live in Phoenix, and Montessori... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

"Read My Pins"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 20; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until April 20; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed. until April 20

Madeleine Albright has been called many names. Among them: cold-blooded, cruel, and snakelike.The story goes that the former United Nations Ambassador and first female Secretary of State was christened an “unparalleled serpent” by the Iraqi press after comments about Sadaam... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Theatre Artists Studio : 7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until April 27; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until April 27

New Times’ original hippie readers parented the supernumerous Millennials. Curiously, technology’s rendered the spawn hyperliterate, and the stories of Mom and Dad’s heyday are ripe for revival.Paul Zindel, who gained fame for young adult novels like the Pigman trilogy, was a... More >>

North Scottsdale Theater, Performing Arts, Comedy

Trailer Queen Wednesdays

The Western : 8:00 p.m. every Wed.

It’s a nod to the watering holes of old, though with vastly better fashion sense -- and arguably less homemade moonshine.Wednesdays at The Western feature dance lessons, live music and plenty of whiskey to get over that humpday slump. Homegrown girl-fronted honky-tonk and country crew... More >>

Central Scottsdale Nightlife, Music, Free Events, Food and Drink, Dance, Community Events

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

"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

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

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

Dungeons and Dragons

Pop Culture Paradise : 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

There was time, friends, when those among us who played Dungeons and Dragons were ostracized, our 12-sided die like scarlet letters indicating nerd status and sure virginity. But no longer! Wizards, goblins, magic, and games for the throne are more popular than ever. It’s time to rise... More >>

Tempe Games

"American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction"

Tempe Center for the Arts : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until June 7; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until June 7

It's fair to argue that science fiction hasn't merely reflected popular culture; it has often shaped it. By engaging our imaginations with fantastical technological trajectories and visions of the future, it frequently serves as a template for life's imitation of art. While often wildly... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

“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
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South Central Swing

The Duce : 7:30 p.m. every Tue.

Give us enough booze and, yeah, we’ll cut a rug. But, to offset our proverbial two left feet, we almost always require a large dose of liquid courage and a short lesson on the proper moves. That means heading to The Duce on Tuesdays for South Central Swing, an evening of drinking,... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife, Dance, Classes and Seminars, Arts


Tempe Beach Park : 7:30 p.m. every Tue.

Ending a group bike ride at a restaurant is kind of like holding a hotdog in front of a fat kid on a treadmill. It offers incentive, makes the experience more fun, and leads to the replenishment of all burned calories. Excellent. Tempe’s weekly CRAP ride expands on that idea, bringing... More >>

Tempe Sports - Participatory, Outdoors

Drop-In Dodgeball

Kiwanis Recreation Center : 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun.

Remember when getting smacked in the face by speeding red rubber was a bad thing? Well, no more! The folks at Phoenix Dodgeball have sprouted a society of ball-flinging fanatics that would be more than happy to make you their target. Along with Kiwanis Park, they have organized Drop-In... More >>

Tempe Sports - Participatory


Gangplank HQ : 6:00 p.m. second Mon. of every month

Emulate as we might, we are not and will never be Martha Stewart-style domestic goddesses. Our attention to detail, ability to organize, and DIY spirit will never match that of the millionaire mogul. We need support in our attempts at craftiness, and, luckily, we aren't alone in the... More >>

Chandler Networking, Free Events, Craft Fairs, Classes and Seminars, Arts

Tejano Thursdays feat. DJ Stixx

Karamba : 9:00 p.m. every Thu.

Polka, Selena, and vaqueros. One of these three words probably flashes through the brainpans of most folks whenever they happen to hear a two-second flash of Tejano on the radio, usually right before quickly tuning to another station. Had these narrow-minded ninnies bothered to linger a little... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife

Torch Theatre's Cage Match

The Torch Theatre : 10:30 p.m. every Sat.

The phrase “cage match” conjures up images of spurting blood, ripping flesh, and thugs pounding each other inside of a steel trap. Not exactly a gentleman’s sport. At the Torch Theatre’s Cage Match series, however, raging fists are replaced by clever quips and verbal... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts, Arts
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