Untidy Secrets Storytelling
When it comes to the next installment of Untidy Secrets Storytelling, think less Mulder and Scully and more out-of-this-world real life. “The Truth Is Out There, But So Am I” features performers Marnee Burrus, Dustin Cocco, Ashley Naftule, and William T. Terrabley, among others, each with unconventional tales or reflections of life out in left field.
BYOB — and chair — to Ash Avenue Comics & Books, 806 South Ash Avenue in Tempe, on Final Friday, July 29. The show runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The set is free, but those interested in expanding their zine collection should either bring copies to swap or cash to drop. To participate in upcoming storytelling nights, or for details about what’s in store this month, contact the group via www.facebook.com/untidysecrets. Janessa Hilliard
You might have seen Valley comedian Scott Gesser rolling deep with local sketch comedy crews The [SIC] Sense and The Cosmonauts, but he’ll go it alone when he unleashes his one-meshugganah-man offering, Hebrew Rhetoric. With the comic’s background in stand-up, puppetry, improv, and sketch comedy, the show should be a cornucopia of hilarity. The multi-talented entertainer also will drop songs from his new album, Medium Pimpin'. Hebrew Rhetoric: An Evening of Music, Comedy and a Third Thing takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at The [SIC] Sense Theatre, 1902 East McDowell Road. Tickets are $7 online or $10 in at the door. Visit www.scottgesser.com for more details. Jose Gonzalez
Arizona Dance Classic
Put on your red shoes, or actually some broken-in shoes, for the 2016 Arizona Dance Classic from Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31. Full days of dance are scheduled at Wekopa Resort & Conference Center, 10438 North Fort McDowell Road in Fort McDowell, and feature competitions, workshops, social dancing, spectating, and a Saturday night dinner and show.
Arizona Dance Classic events include American and international-style ballroom competitions, the Arizona Two-Step State Championship, United Country Western Dance Council-sanctioned country dance competitions, and West Coast Swing Jack & Jills – members of the World Swing Dance Council – square offs.
Tickets and access passes range from $15 to $190 at www.arizonadanceclassic.com, and include weekend and workshop packages and spectator passes. For more information, call 480-491-2393 or visit www.arizonadanceclassic.com. Let them know you’re coming at www.facebook.com/events/869047603224658. Lauren Cusimano
PHX Tribal Nights
Chances are, you belong to a tribe of sorts. While your close-knit circle of friends doesn’t technically qualify, there are 21 Native American tribes in Arizona, and the state’s name itself is of Uto-Aztecan origin. So there’s no denying that you’re surrounded by rich tribal history. PHX Tribal Nights, a monthly community event that takes place at Live on Central, 702 North Central Avenue, invites you to get in touch with that history — but with a present-tense twist. The event features a variety of activities aimed at bringing participants into a spirit of “presence and oneness” while strengthening community bonds. That means group yoga, meditation, ecstatic dance, and drum circles all designed to create synchronicity and social cohesion. Join in at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Admission is $10 and up. Visit www.phxtribalnights.com for details. Rob Kroehler
The points may not have mattered, but Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? gave its comedic talent something even better: careers.
And while things may have slowed for Carey himself, fan-favorite and award-winning comedian and musician Wayne Brady is doing just fine.
Known for his variety show-style improv and impressive pipes, Brady turned his talent into his own series, The Wayne Brady Show, before transitioning to game show host for Don’t Forget the Lyrics and the reincarnation of Let’s Make a Deal.
Don’t expect Brady’s usual song-and-dance — or even cash prizes — but there will definitely be stand-up when he takes the stage at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. (The 7 p.m. show has sold out.) General admission is $30 for this 21-and-over event, and a two-drink minimum is required. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-921-9877 or visit www.tempeimprov.com. Janessa Hilliard