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Joke Off

Stand-Up Scottsdale! : 8:00 p.m. every Thu.

The crowd was rowdy, restless and drinking cheap beer when the wannabe comic steps up on stage: “So, there was this astronaut.” Silence. “He files to a distant planet and meets this stunning maiden stirring a large pot. Every so often she removes a baby and puts it in a... More >>

Central Scottsdale Theater, Free Events, Comedy

Game Night

Co.+HOOTS : 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Doesn’t it seem strange that countless Americans sulk their sedentary lives away in a cubicle so small that hardened prisoners would find its close quarters insulting? Meanwhile our desktop computers are portals of connectivity unlike anything the world has ever seen, linking us to an... More >>

Central Phoenix Games, Free Events, Community Events

Burlesque

W Hotel Scottsdale : 9:00 p.m. every Thu.

Burlesque is fairly easy to find in Phoenix, but most events focus on short routines with minimal ambiance. Local burlesque troupes work hard and put on fantastic shows, but seeing gals shimmy in their skivvies at a dive bar feels a little disingenuous. Fortunately, W Scottsdale adopts the feel... More >>

Central Scottsdale Burlesque

Phoenix Poetry Slam

Lawn Gnome : 8:00 p.m. every Thu.

Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, owner and founder of Lawn Gnome Publishing, scored quite the coup in orchestrating a team that put together the winning bid for this year’s Individual World Poetry Slam. The prestigious solo poetry championship lands in downtown Phoenix in October, and local... More >>

Central Phoenix Poetry, Literary Events, Free Events, Community Events

Fall Festival and Corn Maze

Vertuccio Farms : 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Sat. until November 2; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 2; 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until November 2

Time to throw on some flannel, pick up your pumpkin spice latte and head to the east valley for the annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze. This seasonal event features a seven acre corn maze, mule rides, a grain train, barrel rides, a pumpkin patch, a spider web rope climb, pedal race cars, farm... More >>

Mesa Seasonal Events, Halloween, Festivals

"Earth Explorers"

Arizona Science Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until November 26; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily from November 28 until December 24

No matter how you slice it, our culture simply does not care about exploration the way it used to. In the past, great explorers were celebrated heroes who earned a guaranteed place in elementary school history textbooks. Today, however, we struggle to name a single modern explorer, partly... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events

Cardfight!! Vanguard Night

Samurai Comics : 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu.

Calling all Aichi Sendous and Toshiki Kais. Once a week anime enthusiasts can leave planet Earth and escape to Planet Cray as one of Phoenix’s favorite comic shops converts into a local Card Capitol. Cardfight!! Vanguard Night is a trading card game night based on the popular manga and... More >>

Central Phoenix Games, Free Events, Community Events

"Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 16

We learned a lot from frequently viewing the Jim Carrey movie The Mask as children. But the main takeaway? We all wear masks, metaphorically speaking. That's a direct, quasi-deep quote from the film, spoken by Carrey's much-needed therapist. Of course, Carrey wore a very literal mask (with... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Mr. Burns

Space 55 Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until October 25; 7:30 p.m. October 23

Between Simpsons Legos, Simpsons video games, Simpsons theme parks, and the soon-to-be launched Simpsons World, it’s safe to say the citizens of Springfield are going to be around for a long time -- possibly event after nuclear fallout as playwright Anne Washburn explores in her... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts, Comedy

The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

Lyceum Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 25; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

Medea was a Greek mythological figure who avenged her husband’s betrayal by slaying their children. The story of La Llorona is that of a weeping woman who drowns her children in order to be with the man she loves, but later must wander, weeping, for all eternity. Coatlicue is the Aztec... More >>

Tempe Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

“Journeys of a Photographer: The Photography of Sue Cullumber”

Chandler Center for the Arts : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until October 25; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until October 25

To Chandler artist Sue Cullumber, all the world’s a stage. Passing up on phony poses and props, this outdoor photographer looks at the natural world through unique viewpoints at the times of day when the lighting and color are just right. Cullumber is special education teacher who... More >>

Chandler Visual Art, Photography, Free Events, Community Events, Arts

Boo at the Zoo

Phoenix Zoo : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until October 26

Every October the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Partkway, hosts a week of spook-filled activities for kids (and adults who retain that youthful spirit) in the days leading up to Halloween. Boo! at the Zoo features the typical fall festival faves like straw mazes and pumpkin patches, but... More >>

East Phoenix Zoo and Animals, Halloween, Family Events

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Herberger Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until October 23; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until October 24; 1:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26; 4:00 p.m. October 25

The gloomy works of 19th century Russian playwright Anton Chekov aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. So we’re glad that Christopher Durang’s made a spiked punch of the Russkie’s characters in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens on Thursday, October... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare

WestWorld of Scottsdale : 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Thu. until October 30

Before becoming the fountainhead of post-grunge outfit White Zombie -- the musical equivalent to a horror B-movie -- Rob Zombie was an assistant on the set of the cryptically quirky TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. (We always knew there was something up with that show.) Thanks to... More >>

North Scottsdale Haunted Houses, Halloween

Speed-the-Plow

Theatre Artists Studio : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 1

David Mamet’s written dozens of plays, making him a leading light of American theater in the ’80s (he’s slowed down a bit since). Those who remember him predominantly for his mastery of profanity, especially in Glengarry Glen Ross, are not off track -- Mamet’s... More >>

North Scottsdale Theater, Performing Arts

Heavy Thursdays

The Heavy Pedal : 8:00 p.m. every Thu.

While the rest of the nation slogs through feet of snow, Phoenicians are pounding the pavement -- not some salted-down sidewalk. What better weather for a bike ride? Enter Heavy Thursdays, courtesy of bike-gang-turned-clothing brand The Heavy Pedal.Terrence Patrick and Victor Vasquez, the... More >>

Central Phoenix Recreation, Free Events, Cycling

"Cultural Savant: The Art and Collections of Joe Willie Smith"

Scottsdale Civic Center Library : 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. until November 20; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Fri. until November 20; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until November 20

Some might call him a scavenger, others a “picker.” The Valley prefers to think of Joe Willie Smith is an artist -- albeit an unconventional one. The local talent has participated in Art Detour and events throughout downtown Phoenix, and brings a new fall gallery show to... More >>

Central Scottsdale Visual Art, Library, Free Events, Community Events, Arts

Mariposa Monarca Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until November 23

Lepidoterophobes, take note: It’s that time of year of again. The butterflies are returning to Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, for the annual Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly exhibit. The show features information about life cycle and migration patterns of these... More >>

East Phoenix Outdoors, Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events

Taliesin West Behind the Scenes Tour

Taliesin West : 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. every Mon., Thu.

Few people and places are as synonymous as Frank Lloyd Wright and Arizona. In fact, it’s damn near impossible to talk about the former without mentioning the latter. The celebrated architect called the Grand Canyon State home, living in a winter retreat called Taliesin West for more than... More >>

North Scottsdale Tours, Arts

"Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns”

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Sun. until January 11; 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 1

With the NSA peeking around every corner, Google analyzing every single thing ever searched, and Facebook showing you infant clothing ads just because you searched for baby panda photos that one time, it seems like nothing is really private nowadays. Thirteen national and international... More >>

Central Scottsdale Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

"Fashioned in America"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until March 15; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until March 15; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed. until March 15; 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month from November 7 until March 15

Unless you are of exceptional means and/or very particular taste, chances are the label inside your shirt doesn't read “Made in the USA.” But more and more, American designers are contemplating a return to and celebrating stateside manufacturing. And thanks to advancing technology,... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Fashion and Style

“Sideshow”

Mesa Arts Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. until January 25; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 25; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu. until January 25

Come one, come all! Feast your eyes on that which has to be seen to be believed. Brooklyn-via-Phoenix artist Luster Kaboom is bringing the hairiest man on earth to the Valley. The illustrator and muralist who made his mark on the Valley has come back with a new creation and a new... More >>

Mesa Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Dance Lessons

Cash Inn Country : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Thu.

It's probably fair to suggest that there aren't two subcultures more distantly spread across the social spectrum than country music fans and the LGBT community. Or are there? For several years now, Phoenix's Cash Inn Country, 2140 East McDowell Road, has been catering to a demographic that many... More >>

Central Phoenix LGBT Events, Free Events, Dance, Community Events, Classes and Seminars

Center for Meteorite Studies Collection

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.

So you got a rock on your finger? Big deal. This season we’re skipping the engagement photos and looking at the big picture: outer space. Home to the largest university-based meteorite collection in the world, the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is a source of new... More >>

Tempe Nature, Museum Exhibits and Events, Free Events, Environmental, Education

"The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor"

Irish Cultural Center : 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 31

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is a Southwestern original, from her early ranch life to bucking partisan expectations in the highest court of the land. The generations-spanning exhibition “The Cowgirl Who Became A Justice” opens Tuesday, September 2.Young... More >>

Central Phoenix Women's Events, Museum Exhibits and Events, Library, History, Cultural Events
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