New Times picks the best things to do in the Phoenix area from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. For more events, see our curated online calendar.

Summer Opening Reception
Forget the country-western dance floor. When it comes to line dancing, street art is where it’s at. Consider the characteristic concentric lines used by international street artist El Mac (born Miles MacGregor, and raised on Phoenix), whose new exhibition opens Friday, May 13, at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.

The free opening reception happens that night at 7 p.m. at the museum, located at One East Main Street. One new exhibition features work by Phoenix artists Christopher Jagmin and Patricia Sannit. Another, created as an homage to arts philanthropy, includes works by several local artists including Jesse Armstrong, Carolyn Lavender, and Mark McDowell.

That same night, ticket holders can see FlaMÉXico!, which blends the powerful lines of flamenco dance with mariachi music through performances by nine artists inside Mesa Art Center’s Piper Theater. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25. Visit Lynn Trimble

"Lit Up: Improv Performance and Workshop Preview"
There’s a funny bone in every body, and The Torch Theatre’s improv instructor (and New Times contributor) Jose Gonzalez is the man to help you find it.

As host of “Lit Up: Improv Performance and Workshop Preview,” the final installment in Scottsdale Museum of the Contemporary Art’s spring foray into funny, his live-action group of success stories will demonstrate what’s possible when you find your voice. Feeling brave? Sign up for his eight-week workshop to help you laugh with — and at — yourself, culminating in its own final performance this fall.

Laugh along starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in the SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street. This free show is first-come, first-served. There will be a cash bar. For performance details, or to sign up for the workshop, visit or call 480-874-4666. Janessa Hilliard

Read on for indie theater, a weekend at Arcosanti, and the return of Tracy Morgan.
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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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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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.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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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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