"Reverberate Her Lines"
There is no reading between here, as the message of the second annual “Reverberate Her Lines” graffiti exhibition is pretty clear: We aren’t here to be quiet; we’re here to be heard. Organized by Queens Under Estimated Crew, an all-female graffiti troupe hailing from the Southwest, the show is both a nod to their name and the reality that women are often written off as graffiti writers. This installment of “Reverberate” features 20 women writers from across the country — including Abby TC5, iLash, Lady Rise, and Shawty — who share a goal of empowering women through the street-inspired art form, defending their place in the hip-hop community.
Come for the art, stay for the beats and BGirls between 7 and 10 p.m. during Third Friday, May 20, at The Hive Gallery, 2222 North 16th Street. The show’s on view through Sunday, June 12. For daily hours and details, call 602-254-1641 or click www.facebook.com/thehivephoenix. Janessa Hilliard
We’ve always been a little iffy on the whole “apostrophe in the middle of a name” thing, but Chris D’Elia may have finally converted us. In fact, through his ongoing stint as Danny on the NBC series Undateable, his Netflix stand-up special Incorrigible, and his upcoming shows at the Tempe Improv, D’elia’s inspired us to plug apostrophes all kinds of places they don’t belong. It’s d’elightfully d’estructive — kind of like the man’s comed’y.
D’Elia stands up at 7:30 and again at 10 p.m. Friday, May 20, at 930 East University D’rive. Call 480-921-9877 or visit tempeimprov.com for more information and tickets, $30. There’s a two-d’rink minimum. Okay, we’re d’one. Zach Fowle
Equal Opportunity Offenders: Music from South Park
Matt Stone and Trey Parker might not be all about that bass, but they are somewhat obsessed with music, infusing peppy and profane production numbers into most of their animation as well as the one-off crazily detailed puppet movie, Team America: World Police. Oh, and Cannibal, the Musical and blockbuster The Book of Mormon, which, confusingly, feature live actors.
As does Equal Opportunity Offenders: Music from South Park, a revue that sounds just amazeballs as long as you’re cool with being offended and you aren’t younger than teenage. Theatre Artists Studio kindly brings us this treat through Sunday, June 5, at 4848 East Cactus Road, #406, in Scottsdale. It opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 602-765-0120 or www.thestudiophx.org. Julie Peterson
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
Two games isn’t much prep time to acclimate rookies and make roster tweaks before the games officially go in the books, but such is life in the WNBA. Fortunately, the Phoenix Mercury is a well-oiled machine at this point, which allowed head coach Sandy Brondello to play her cards pretty close to the vest for the Merc’s preseason matches — an even split against the Seattle Storm. However, when the Storm returns to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, on Friday, May 20, for the Mercury’s home opener, they’ll be battling a squad reinvigorated by the return of superstar Diana Taurasi that stands poised to wrest the WNBA’s championship trophy back from the Minnesota Lynx. Game time is 7 p.m., and tickets are $9 and up. Visit www.mercury.wnba.com or call 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler
Dwell Home Tour
In case you’re unfamiliar, Dwell magazine specializes in making you hate your current living situation. The magazine’s slogan — “at home in the modern world” — is true insofar as the publication is a great resource for home-improvement ideas. But a quick perusal through Dwell home listings is enough to give Donald Trump real-estate envy. So if you enjoy salivating over other people’s living situations, you’ll be pleased to know that Dwell is hosting its first Phoenix-based home tour. Tickets ain’t cheap at $100 apiece, but the price does include admission to Friday, May 20’s “Meet the Architects Night,” an evening at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, with the masterminds behind the houses you’ll see the during the Saturday, May 21, tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Scottsdale meeting location for the tour hasn’t been announced as of this writing. Get details at www.dwell.com/hometours/scottsdale. Rob Kroehler
Allow us to present the Frasier rule, in which one must partake in high-minded cultural activities involving operatic voices while being a snob about wine, speaking in a mind-boggling fake-British accent, and also balding. Last part’s optional, but if you’re game to take on the rest you should know that the one and only Kristin Chenoweth — from Wicked, Pushing Daisies, basically everything that’s ever mattered — is singing with the Phoenix Symphony on May 21 and 22. We’re not sure if the bar serves sherry, but the Brothers Crane obvs would be all over this one. Tickets are $45 to $86 for the Saturday show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Find details at www.phoenixysmphony.org. Becky Bartkowski
Spark After Dark
Eight local graffiti artists, including Lalo Cota and Mesa’s own Mando Rascon, will be painting at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, during Spark After Dark, a free shindig happening from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.
While you’re there, check out El Mac’s two-story mural, enjoy DJ stylings atop a new public art piece that doubles as a dance floor, paint your own beer glass, help artist Kyllan Maney create Basquiat-inspired window designs, and refuel with offerings from local food trucks – or the cash bar.
Then hit Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum to explore new exhibitions, including “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted” and “Journey and Memory,” which features works by Phoenix artists Christopher Jagmin and Patricia Sannit. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com. Lynn Trimble
Arizona Rattlers vs. LA Kiss
Know what sucks about fantasy football? Low scores. Even top-performing players only average like 10 points a week, which means you could have a roster full of the NFL’s best players and still have a tough time breaking 100. Boring. What you need is to stack your squad with a few arena football players, like Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila. Even in his worst game of the season (the 77-59 loss to the Orlando Predators that occurred May 14), Davila still threw for 301 yards and seven touchdowns, which would net him 54 points in your standard fantasy league. No big deal.
Do some scouting for your fantasy squad when the Rattlers host the LA Kiss at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $23.25. Call 602-514-8383 or visit azrattlers.com for more. Zach Fowle
Recommended by Enrique
You may think you know your feelings about Western films – but not all Westerns are based on true events. Recommended by Enrique is a true neo-noir story about a cowboy and an aspiring actress who find themselves in a strange situation in the border town of Del Rio, Texas. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, will screen the film, which was an official selection at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014 as part of its ongoing film series.
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Recommended by Enrique begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Tickets to the film are $10, which does not include general admission to the museum. For more information call 602-257-1880 or visit www.phxart.org. Katrina Montgomery
Last month, India premièred its own So You Think You Can Dance TV series – with contestants performing styles including ballet, hip-hop, and tap, rather than classical Indian dance forms.
Meanwhile, here in Phoenix, we’ll soon have the chance to watch 70 dancers performing Kathak dance. The ancient Indian art form, blending storytelling with movement, features emotive expressions, rhythmic footwork, and amped-up pirouettes.
Radhika Kotwal’s Kalaa Kendra Productions presents Naari (Woman) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The 80-minute performance explores women’s inherent strength and beauty, plus balance and symmetry in nature. And it beats the heck out of staying home to play charades. Tickets start at $25. Visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Lynn Trimble