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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

Sci-Fi Friday

Tempe Center for the Arts : 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri.

It’s a golden age of social acceptance for science fiction fans. Twenty years ago, being a sci-fi nerd meant shrinking your social circle and getting shoved into lockers. Now, everyone knows who Khan is, and being into science fiction isn’t even a distinguishing personality trait... More >>

Tempe 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

Mixology 101

Jade Bar : 1:00 p.m. every Sat.

Who knew juniper berries would taste so good? Their most coveted by-product, gin, is consumed by the masses and lends its diversity to a variety of mixed drinks.Mixology 101 at Jade Bar covers booze history and cocktail creation. The weekly 10-person class shakes it up with different spirits,... More >>

Paradise Valley Libations, Classes and Seminars

Flamenco Por La Vida

Crescent Ballroom : 6:00 p.m. every Sat.

Indie music fans regularly flock to Cresent Ballroom to catch shows from skinny jean-wearing musicians, but once a week music fans can experience art of a different variety with performances from dance troupe Flamenco por la Vida. With the flash of a colorful skirt, Flamenco po la Vida's... More >>

Central Phoenix Performing Arts, Dance

Food Truck Caravan

Food Truck Caravan : 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. every Sat.

Old Town Scottsdale is already known for its art, dining, and party scenes. But a little extra action to keep things interesting certainly doesn't hurt. The neighborhood's the perfect place to stroll around -- especially while the evenings are still cool -- and you won't want to miss what... More >>

Central Scottsdale Outdoors, Food and Drink

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

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

Release Pool Party

Talking Stick Resort : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun.

Casinos are the reigning champions of pool parties- just listen to the stories when your pals return from a trip to Rehab or Wet Republic in Las Vegas. Fortunately, you don’t need to go all the way to Sin City to have a luxury pool party experience. Talking Stick’s Release Pool... More >>

South Scottsdale Seasonal Events, Parties and Receptions, Free Events

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

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

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

PoeFest 2014

Hotel San Carlos : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1

Should you be unfamiliar with iconic author Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether,” apologies, here comes a spoiler alert and incidentally, an obscure 1980s pop reference: The lunatics have taken over the asylum. Don’t worry; The System... More >>

Central Phoenix Theater, Performing Arts, Literary Events, Arts

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

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

Night of the Living Dead

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts : 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until November 2

Forget about the Night of the Living Dead movie and all its sequels when you can catch the foot-dragging, skin-dangling, eyes-rolling, brain-eating, moaning, and groaning good time live, uh, dead, on stage at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.Back-story: A satellite returns from Venus... More >>

Peoria Theater, Performing Arts, Halloween, Arts

Scrabble Club

Mesquite Branch Library : 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Sun.

It can feel like death when you can’t make heads or tails of the jumble of Scrabble tiles that you’ve been dealt. If you love being delivered from defeat by a well-timed letter combo like “qi” or “kwyjibo,” you’ll want to join The Scrabble Club on... More >>

North Phoenix Library, Games, Community Events, Clubs (Community)

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

Night Lights Tour

Taliesin West : 6:30 p.m. every Fri.

It stands to reason that if you are a single woman who puts a lot of stock in romantic comedies, then you're going to want to find yourself an architect. Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle? Architect. Liam Neeson in Love Actually? Architect. Joseph Gordon Levitt in (500) Days of Summer? Yeah,... More >>

North Scottsdale Tours

Bounded Fist Muay Thai

Arizona Event Center : 7:00 p.m. October 25; 7:00 p.m. December 13

For as popular as Mixed Martial Arts have become, there’s something to be said for a pure martial arts competition. There’s a certain art to fighting in a single style that gets lost in the mish-mash of fighting styles you’ll see in a typical MMA fight. For the purists,... More >>

Mesa Sports - Spectator

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

Body Depot Workshops

Arizona Science Center : 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun.

Learning about the human body is a lot like learning to fix a car: there’s no better way to see how it works than by taking it apart and trying to put all the pieces back in their rightful place. The Arizona Science Center’s Body Depot Workshops give curious folks a chance to play... More >>

Central Phoenix Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events, Education
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