11 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from April 22 through 24. For more arts, culture, food, and music events in the Valley, see our curated online calendar

Beer Olympics
New Times and Tempe Marketplace have joined forces once again for the third annual Beer Olympics, where drinkers sip on Bud Light, Goose Island, and Montejo beer and compete for the glory that comes with being crowned beer-pong champion.

The marathon of games also includes flip cup-style relay races, a classic corn hole toss, and drunken Jenga. Participants will collect stamps to compete in various awards for ability and stamina, like the Triathlon and Decathlon placements, and the unrelated Best Team Costume prize.

Play begins at 8 p.m. (and ends at 11) on Friday, April 22, at The District, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway. Players and attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $17.50 for group registration. Designated drivers get in for $10. Details are at Janessa Hilliard

The Absent House
Happy Earth Day! The 1970 original was accompanied by dire predictions — basically, more climate change, famine, extinction, pollution, and mass death than we’ve actually wound up experiencing. While we’re glad these disasters haven’t come to pass so far, our planet still needs loving care.

A low-key way to get your Earth on is with No Festival Required’s screening of Rubén Abruña’s 2014 documentary The Absent House at the David & Gladys Wright House, 5225 East Camelback Road, on Friday, April 22. Plunking down on the lawn of this classic piece of architecture for a film about Puerto Rican ecological architect Fernando Abruña Charneco is so synergistic we could plotz.

The event’s free, but parking is finite, so it’s necessary to reserve a parking pass at Doors open at 7 p.m. for refreshments and mingling, and the film begins at 7:30. For more information about the venue only, visit or call 602-689-6140. Julie Peterson

Attention, denizens of Lumpy Space: it’s once again time to celebrate Promcoming. So find the nearest frog, tell him how many beans you’ve eaten in the past year, and follow the secret portal inside his mouth to Endgame, Mill Avenue’s second-story video game bar. With live music from bands and DJs, Candy Kingdom-quality desserts courtesy of Miss Anita’s Pies, the midnight crowning of the Promcoming King and Queen, and all-night happy hour pricing for anyone dressed in full Adventure Time gear, it’s sure to be the totes-lumpiest party you’ve ever seen. Oh, and smoothies are also welcome.

Get your lumps to 699 West Mill Avenue, Suite 201 in Tempe, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, April 22. Visit for more.  Zach Fowle

Deon Cole
If you’re a fan of Conan O’Brien, guess what. You’re also a fan of Deon Cole. You probably already knew that, though, since the comedian has written jokes for Conan since 2009 and appears on the show regularly. On one of his regular segments, Deon Breaks It Down, he’s covered topics from the 24-hour news cycle ranging from the ubiquity of underboob pictures in Thailand to Jeb Bush’s ability to kill baby Hitler. He’s also been nominated for a couple Emmys, along with the other Conan writers, and is one of the leads on the TBS show Angie Tribeca. But you probably already knew all that, too. All right, smart guy, how about this?

Deon Cole will be performing stand-up comedy at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $20. Call 480-719-6100 or visit for more. Zach Fowle

Beer N' Bones
With Tempe and Scottsdale nextdoor, booze-savvy Valley residents aren’t likely to associate Mesa with progressive, beer-themed shenanigans. But the Arizona Museum of Natural History, located in the heart of downtown Mesa at 53 North MacDonald, is doing its part to rectify that. On Friday, April 22, the Museum is hosting Beer N’ Bones, an event celebrating two very historic things. And while bones aren’t on the menu, per se, bugs certainly are. Yup, bug tasting. Along with devouring crunchy critters, the event boasts the opportunity to “speed date a scientist,” which incidentally would be a great name for a lousy pop-punk band. For a more enticing look at Beer N’ Bones’ quirky offerings, visit or call 480-644-2230. The 21-and-over event kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Rob Kroehler

A Chicano in the Sun
They say long-term goals are a key to success. Sometimes, though, you just need to endure one more shift of work. That’s the challenge faced in ASU senior Adam Mendez Jr.’s capstone performance, A Chicano in the Sun, presented by Teatro Bravo! through Sunday, April 24.

The one-man show explores not merely discouragement and uncertainty but also the paths we take toward happiness. It’s the first offering in Teatro Bravo!’s initiative to sponsor works by up-and-coming Chicano artists who seek a stage on which to share their vision.

Showtime on Friday, April 22, is 7:30 p.m. in room 202 on the north side of Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street. Tickets are $7 to $10 at Call 602-402-9954 for more information. Julie Peterson

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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. 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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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.
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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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