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13 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix, November 28 to December 4

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Documentary Video Art Festival
Art in any form that manages to speak to something true can serve as a thought-provoking critique on humanity or a specific culture, or it can function as more of an introspective looking-glass. With that power to make viewers look inside themselves deeply and question or consider, there are a lot of opportunities within any medium to make something truly affecting. The senior, junior, and graduate students in ASU’s Documentary Video Art class have been exploring that all semester, with each of the 14 students producing a short documentary on different topics. Joining experimental video art and its aesthetic value with documentary’s informative nature, students explored a range of topics, including Latinx LGBTQ issues, the Sedona vortex, women in comic books, and swing dancing. You can check out all 14 films when they screen together at 7 p.m. at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, on Thursday, December 1. The video event is free to attend. Visit www.smoca.org. Heather Hoch

Lluvia Flamenca
There’s nothing quite as distinct as Spain’s national musical and dance style: flamenco. Clapping and stomping, ornamental guitar, and a bunch of beautiful costumes make this cultural icon a captivating sight to behold. Lucky for Phoenicians, Flamenco Por La Vida has established itself as a constant in the music scene, serving up authentic flamenco performances weekly. For something a little special, though, the group, led by Angelina Ramirez, is putting on its fourth annual Lluvia Flamenca showcase. The event offers up international and local artists, with performers from Tucson, El Paso, Marseilles, Havana, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and more. You can catch it all at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue, at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Tickets, which range in price from $20 to $125, and more information are available via flamencoporlavida.com. Heather Hoch

Shatner Redux
It’s heartbreaking, we know, but Canadian-born William Shatner will probably never be POTUS. On the other hand, Shatner has much else in common with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Each has penned an autobiography, and each was acting in a TV series in 2007. Mind. Blown.

In the ’70s, however, Trudeau was a toddler and Shatner was trying to feed his family after the cancellation of Star Trek. This sad sitch led to the very best bad movies ever, including made-for-TV The Horror at 37,000 Feet, excerpted in Shatner Redux, a trippy mixtape that also includes Shatner’s humiliating appearance on The $20,000 Pyramid.

Enjoy a retrospective like no other at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, at 10 p.m. Friday, December 2. Admission is $7. See thefilmbarphx.com. Julie Peterson

F.Q. Story Home Tour
Take a multi-block trip down memory lane and walk among English Tudor revivals, Craftsman bungalows, and Spanish Colonial designs dating back to the 1920s during the 32nd annual F.Q. Story Home Tour.

The self-guided tour of the downtown-adjacent historic neighborhood runs from Seventh to 15th avenues along Lynwood Street, one block south of McDowell Road. Highlights of the evening event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, include carolers and luminaria-lined streets. Participants can enjoy a holiday market and food spread from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 4.

Tickets are available for $13 online or at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lynwood Street during the tour. (Get a dollar off admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item.) For advance tickets and details, see www.fqstory.org/hometour. Janessa Hilliard

"Eye on Fashion"
Oh, to spend a few hours in Kelly Ellman’s closet. The fashion collector and benefactor of Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion archives is also the namesake of the institution’s dedicated style gallery. And starting on December 3, museum visitors will get a glimpse at Ellman’s enviable taste when a selection of her 600-plus historically significant donations are displayed in “Eye on Fashion” in the exhibition space named in her honor. You’ll find everything from Rosie the Riveter overalls to Karl Lagerfeld designs for Chanel at 1625 North Central Avenue through Sunday, February 26, 2017. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults. See www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski

Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K
As good as it is for your body, the idea of running a race can be a little hard to swallow. Thankfully, there’s one organization that’s taking more of a Mary Poppins approach and using a little sugar to make this “medicine” go down in a most delightful way. On Sunday, December 4, the sweet reward will be immediate once you finish the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort, 7555 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. The 5K ($54) starts at 7:30 a.m. while the 15K ($79) starts at 8:15 a.m. And as soon as you cross that finish line, an after-party will be waiting for you with chocolate in too many forms to list. To register, visit www.hotchocolate15k.com/scottsdale. Evie Carpenter

The Snow Queen
What holiday tale is complete without evil trolls, a magic mirror, and a mean queen? Well, some, certainly. But not Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen, though. Brought to life with dance and music, the story follows a girl named Gerda who traverses challenging circumstances to find her friend Kai. This performance, produced by Center Dance Ensemble, has become an area holiday tradition. Doors open at 11:40 a.m., and shows are at 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets are $14 to $28. The show runs through Sunday, December 18. Call 602-252-8497 or visit www.herbergertheater.org. Amy Young


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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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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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