10 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best arts and culture events in metro Phoenix this weekend. 

Transition Projects
Pop culture keeps shoving in our faces the idea that people of refinement go to a show and then have dinner afterward. Come on! Dinner at 8 is bad enough (as the song goes), but dinner at 11:30 had better be second dinner and consist of tacos and gin. That’s why we’re quite grateful to ASU Tempe’s school of Film, Dance, and Theatre for scheduling a performance of Transition Projects at the civilized hour of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19.

The production is choreographed by Bachelor of Fine Arts undergrads who are wrapping up their college years with dance pieces in postmodern, urban, and hybrid styles. (We recognize that middle one.) The program continues at various times through Sunday, February 21, in the Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio, PEBE 132 (the PE building on the east side of campus).

For tickets, $8 to $16, call 480-965-6447 or visit Julie Peterson

The Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus
The Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus returns with its 2016 edition for a night of lust and love under the stars.

More than 35 artists with backgrounds in everything from storytelling to dance take to two garden stages for a night of spoken word and performance art. Performers include Crimson Phoenix, a fire dancer known for sensual shows that flaunt her curves, comedians Matt Storrs and Hattie Jean Hayes, the duo behind the popular Pep Rally storytelling night, and more than a dozen poets, from undergrads to the published to the Juilliard-trained (like storyteller Isadora O'Boto).

The annual night of passionate poetry and prose runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, February 19, at Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street. Pre-sale tickets are $10, day-of costs $15. Light refreshments will be available. For details, visit Janessa Hilliard

7 Minutes in Love
Seven minutes sounds like an acceptable average duration for love. If that’s not long enough, one can always rinse and repeat. But, innuendo-packed as that idea is, it’s not the inspiration for Space 55’s annual 7 Minutes in Love, the Valentine-season iteration of the company’s fresh and surprising, adults-only 7 Minutes . . . series. Several different performers/ensembles get just seven minutes each (which can be a good thing). Only they know what they’re going to do! There are no guidelines! (So you really know already whether this is your cup of chowder.)

Brace yourself for possible tap-dancing, spoken word, music, sketch comedy, and/or competitive eating. Start the stopwatch at 8 p.m. Friday, February 19, at 636 East Pierce Street. For tickets, $10, visit Julie Peterson

The America Play
A contemporary commentary on how the past informs the present, The America Play makes its ASU debut. Written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Nia Witherspoon, the play follows “The Foundling Father,” an African-American gravedigger turned carnival worker with a stark resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. Like any keen American capitalist, he turns this likeness into a profit, creating an attraction that allows people to re-enact Honest Abe’s assassination, as they play the role of John Wilkes Booth.

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19, at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 East 10th Street on the ASU Tempe Campus. Additional weekend performances run through Sunday, February 28. General admission tickets are $10, while seniors and students pay $5. Contact the box office at 480-965-6447 or see Janessa Hilliard

International Motorcycle Show
Perhaps it’s that iconic Easy Rider image of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda carving up the interstate, nothing but a bleak desert wasteland to be seen. Or maybe it’s visions of James Dean in a leather jacket, with a cigarette draping from his mouth. Whatever the reason, the motorcycle feels distinctly American. So what if its roots can be traced to Paris? Big deal. No one has built a cooler culture around hitting the open road than ‘Merica. Whether you’re a casual admirer or a grizzled vet, you’ll find plenty to appreciate at the International Motorcycle Show on Saturday, February 20. The event boasts an impressive list of vendors, giveaways, and just about anything else you could imagine strapping across your engines. Doors open at 9 a.m. at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, One Cardinals Drive. Admission is $12. Visit or call 623-266-5563 for details. Rob Kroehler

The Blue Comedy Show
Blue really is the best color of comedy. While red, green, or even black can be occasionally fun, blue humor’s the shade in which you find the good stuff: sex stories, drug binge memories, profanity, tales of the borderline indelicate to grotesquely inappropriate. The Blue Comedy Show, produced monthly by local comedians Ernesto Ortiz and Gene Moore, delivers risqué, politically incorrect and uncensored jokes each month. February 20’s show is dedicated to Arizona’s comedy divas—gay, straight, drag and otherwise—and will be hosted by the hilarious Afeelya Bunz.

Prepare yourself for off-color humor at The Blue Comedy Show: Diva Edition at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Cruisin’ 7th, 3702 North Seventh Street. Tickets are $5. Call 602-845-9744 or visit for more. Zach Fowle

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Zach Fowle
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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson
Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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