11 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix, November 7 to 13

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Art One's 23rd Anniversary
You might say Art One Gallery is old school. It’s got a loyal following of artists and collectors cultivated during more than two decades on the Scottsdale arts scene. During the Scottsdale ArtWalk on Thursday, November 10, Art One celebrates 23 years of working with a diverse roster of student and professional artists in Arizona.

Several are well-known on the local arts scene: Luster Kaboom, Kyllan Maney, James Angel, Jennifer Gross, and Thuong Nguyen. And many will join the free celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. that night, at 4130 North Marshall Way, giving art lovers a chance to see hundreds of affordable works of art in various media, as well as talk with some of the creatives whose works bring the gallery to life.
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Modern Calligraphy Class
Remember when you had to practice writing a capital “Q” in cursive about 50 trillion times in school? Well, on Thursday, November 10, the time has come to finally put that penmanship to good use during Be A Heart’s Beginner Modern Calligraphy Class at the McKinley Club, 800 North First Avenue. From 6 to 9 p.m., Erica Tighe will teach the basics of calligraphy and send each participant home with a workbook, specialty paper, nibs, a jar of ink, and more. The class costs $99, and spots are filling up fast. For tickets and to see if any additional dates open up, check out Evie Carpenter

Yes, adventure is out there. But actually it’s going to be right here in town come Friday, November 11. Get that bucket list ready, Phoenicians, because you’re definitely going to be crossing off items during Questival. This 24-hour adventure race will have teams of two to six thrill-seekers going head-to-head to see who will complete all the challenges first (or ... at all). During the event, teams will have to complete fitness exercises and service tasks. And some might even include food. The Questival winners could walk away with prize packages, including trips, Cotopaxi merchandise, and more. But whether you’re in it to win it or just out to have a good time with friends, you’ll receive a Cotopaxi Luzon backpack. Tickets start at $39, but prices will go up closer to the race. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North Second Street. To register, visit Evie Carpenter

Agua Furiosa
Blend movement, call and response, and musical improvisation with personal narratives of black and Latino performance artists, and you’ve got the makings of Agua Furiosa, an evening-length dance work created by urban Latin dance theater Contra Tiempo of Los Angeles.

Loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and an Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, it’s being performed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. It’s designed to both entertain and inspire audiences to “join the complex and transforming conversation of race in America” — by addressing contradictions of color, poverty, and immigration.

Agua Furiosa is part of the 2016-17 Gammage Beyond series, which expands ASU Gammage programming beyond touring Broadway shows. Tickets are $20. Visit Lynn Trimble

Natasha Leggero
It didn’t take long for Comedy Central’s Another Period to win audiences over with raucous humor, brutal ribbing of our county’s racist, sexist past, and, of course, beautiful costume design. Described as Keeping Up with the Kardashians meets Downton Abbey, it stars co-creator Natasha Leggero with an excellent comedy ensemble backing her, including Riki Lindhome, Brett Gelman, Christina Hendricks, David Wain, her hubby, Moshe Kasher, and more. But really, fans of Leggero’s dry, mean-girl brand of humor saw her success coming a mile away.

While her character, Lillian Bellacourt, is a stuck-up, entitled snob, her onstage persona is, well, kind of similar but with fewer petticoats. You can catch Leggero at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. It is a 21-and-over event. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Heather Hoch

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
If we’ve learned anything from the 2016 NFL season thus far, it’s to expect the unexpected. While such terse observations offer little reprieve to befuddled Arizona Cardinals fans who have quickly grown accustomed to winning, they do remind us that — although pundits often speak in definitive terms — nothing is a given in professional sports. So when the San Francisco 49ers, a woeful division rival, roll into Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, One Cardinals Drive, on Sunday, November 13, Cardinals fans and players alike should find themselves acutely aware that the perceived disparities between the two teams are tenuous at best. Yes, the Niners stink, and the Cardinals couldn’t put together a complete game if their season depended on it. This Sunday, it actually might. Kickoff is at 2:25 p.m., and tickets are $65 and up. Visit or call 623-433-7101 for details. Rob Kroehler
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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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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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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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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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