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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

“Made in Tempe”

Tempe History Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 24; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 24

Hey Tempe, give yourself a pat on the back. For a college town, you sure do a lot. So much so that this month the Tempe History Museum invites residents and nonresidents alike to celebrate the many exports and creations of this Southwestern city. “Made in Tempe” will exhibit the... More >>

Tempe Museum Exhibits and Events, Free Events, Community Events

"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

Bad Bingo

Derby Public House : 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

Break out your bingo chips and head to Derby Public House in Old Town Scottsdale to compete in some Bad Bingo. The racetrack-themed Brit bar with gastropub fare is newer on the scene, but it's drawing in customers with weekly bingo nights, along with a bunch of other free games like skeeball... More >>

Central Scottsdale Games, Free Events, Food and Drink, Community Events

Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garden : 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Sat. until August 30

Crazy as it sounds, there's a lot of animals and creepy crawlers that are actually indigenous to the very desert that, well, most of us aren't indigenous to. And wisely, we've followed the lead of all the clever desert dwellers who have thrived here for, like, millions of years, by only coming... More >>

East Phoenix Tours, Outdoors, Nature

Girls' Night Out

Blue Martini Lounge : 8:00 p.m. every Wed.

The “Shit Girls Say” YouTube video has long occupied the land of tired memes. But you have to admit that a lot of what those boys-as-girls had to say about girls was scarily accurate. And, as much as we hate to admit it, Dane Cook's joke about girls going out and just wanting to... More >>

North Phoenix Nightlife

Rumble!

Rips Ales & Cocktails : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

You know when you find that perfect record? The moment you hear the first song, you know that album is going on instant repeat. You think you’ll never ever get tired of it. Weeks later, you’re so sick of it that you chalk it up to the band selling out and the radio playing it to... More >>

East Phoenix Nightlife

Game Night

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

Sure, technology has made gaming more convenient with online play possible through smartphones and laptops. But the most crucial part of competition is totally crushing your opponents and watching their souls wilt before your very eyes. Go eye-to-eye and mano a mano at CO+HOOTS’ Game... More >>

Central Phoenix Games, Free Events, Community Events

Skewed News Hour

The Torch Theatre : 7:00 p.m. every Fri.

Whether you’re an arts and culture buff, a political junkie, or someone who glides straight to the sports section, when it comes to the news, there’s one thing we can all share -- a good laugh. For those who enjoy news parodies such as The Onion, Comedy Central’s The Daily... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts, Comedy

Monday Karaoke

George & Dragon Pub : 9:30 p.m. every Mon.

We love Bill Murray, but his flick Lost in Translation may have given people the impression that karaoke is just for sad sacks’ thinly veiled catharses. Belting out the hits in local bars is, no duh, way fun and you can bless The George & Dragon with your vocal stylings Monday, July... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife, Music

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

The Generous Pour

The Capital Grille : 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily until August 31

Most tout the importance of hydration through water during the summer months. We prefer wine. Lucky for us, The Capital Grille shares our vino vice with the return of its eight-week-long bender, The Generous Pour.Highlighting seven varieties of California wine, each rated 90 points on a... More >>

East Phoenix Wineries, Food and Drink

Life's a Drag. Party Like a Queen

Crescent Ballroom : 10:30 p.m. every Thu.

Want to play a game? Monopoly? Twister? How about a little game of truth, drag, or dare? While less in-the-know locals are waiting until Friday to get their weekend started, Sway Events is stirring things up early with the Thursday night show Life’s a Drag. Party Like a Queen.This... More >>

Central Phoenix LGBT Events, Happy Hour, Comedy

“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

ShowTime

The Bar on Central : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

This isn’t your typical drag -- show, that is. ShowTime at The Bar on Central is a weekly cabaret revue with noted queen Barbra Seville and local actor Ian Christiansen at the helm.The ongoing late night event features a new guest appearance each week: including area actors known for work... More >>

Central Phoenix Nightlife, LGBT Events, Drag

"Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art"

Mesa Contemporary Arts : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 10; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 10

In Fahrenheit 451, books get a bad rap as items capable of corrupting the mind and stirring unrest. In reality, many books are capable of doing this. But beyond that, adept storytelling and creative flare can also spark the boundless imagination inside ourselves. As modernity removes the pages... More >>

Mesa Visual Art, Free Events, Arts

The Cottage

Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts : 7:00 p.m. August 7; 7:00 p.m. August 8; 7:00 p.m. August 9; 2:00 p.m. August 10

Whether you enjoy Jane Austen classics or old reruns of Gossip Girl, chances are you enjoy a romantic scandal as much as the next drama queen. Lucky for you, a story of lies, sex, and secrets is making its way to the main stage in the dangerous romantic comedy The Cottage. Inspired by the works... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts

Moonscape Photography Class

Desert Botanical Garden : 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. August 10

Chances are, if you’re an amateur photographer, then you’re nighttime work is lacking some serious flash. But the good news is, you’re not alone. In fact, the folks at Desert Botanical Garden are so set on getting you of out the dark and into the nighttime photography... More >>

East Phoenix Photography, Classes and Seminars, Arts

Anti-Art School

Lost Leaf : 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. second Tue. of every month

Human beings are voyeuristic by nature. That’s the beauty of seeing a film with long close up shots, we can observe from a distance without the risk of a rebuke for staring too long. The same applies to life drawing -- the artist gets to study his or her subject in an intimate setting... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Community Events, Classes and Seminars, Arts

"Ghost Towns of Arizona: Photography of Kurt Wenner"

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park : 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30; 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. every Sun. until August 30

What Arizona lacks in haunted Victorian mansions, abandoned asylums, and early New England cemeteries, we make up for with ghost towns. Just in time for Halloween, the Pueblo Grande Museum is opening a new exhibition showcasing the historic and no doubt haunted structures of the Wild West of... More >>

Central Phoenix Photography, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

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

“Funny Papers”

ASU Art Museum : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

In a world run amok with GIFs and hashtags aimed squarely at your funny bone, it's easy to forget that people used to get their chuckles from the newspaper. Before it somehow became okay to post drivel from questionable sources all over our Facebook pages, we used to simply cut out our favorite... More >>

Tempe Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Free Events, Arts

"Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu., Sat., Sun. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri. until September 21

Antonio Berni saw the world a little differently. Inspired by impressionists in subject matter, realism in tone, and surrealism in execution, the Argentinian artist looked to working class struggles for inspiration. This fusion of styles made him a vanguard in the movement of nuevo realismo (or... More >>

Central Phoenix Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

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

"Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail"

Phoenix Art Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed. until November 16; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 16; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. 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
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