3 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Summer Shorts
Body-shaming glossy magazines question whether your legs are “ready” for new summer shorts. Screw that. Your legs, along with your brain and your funny bone, are super-ready for New Summer Shorts 2015, Theatre Artists Studio’s eighth annual compilation of short plays by Studio members.

This year’s lineup includes Kathleen Buckstaff’s Pick a Leaf, based on a true story, in which a young woman from Uganda meets a middle-aged California woman with whom she has a vocation in common; The Storm, by Alan Austin, which depicts a marriage threatened by an affair; and Richard Warren’s Power Play, a “comedy of complications” that involves the chairman of a utility company, a big check for charity, and a movie star.

Enjoy these and five more plays at 4848 East Cactus Road. Shows continue through Sunday, June 28. For tickets, $10 to $20, visit or call 602-765-0120. Julie Peterson

Jen Kirkman
“I’m gonna die alone (and I feel fine).” So says the title of Jen Kirkman’s latest comedy special, which recently premiered on Netflix. Unsurprisingly, the comedian doesn’t shy away from talking about death, but she does cop to not feeling entirely fine about it. Kirkman takes vitamins in public for fear of choking and contends that people really only get married and have kids so that someone’ll find their dead body in a timely fashion. It’s dark. It’s hilarious. And those planning to catch Kirkman at FilmBar, 815, North Second Street, on Saturday, June 20, can watch it as much as they want, because she’ll perform fresh material at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $17 to the 21-and-over shows. See or call 602-595-9187. Becky Bartkowski

HomeBase Poetry Open Mic
HomeBase Poetry celebrates Father’s Day with a HomeBase Poetry Open Mic on Sunday, June 21, featuring iAM Jones and including music by Big Tone and DJ Showtime. Children 18 and older (there’s some adult content) are encouraged to bring their fathers. Or leave those fledglings home and make it a mom-and-dad date. A menu of yummy food’s available.

Open mics are a good place to encounter an artist’s soul, and HomeBase is among the most soulful, with spoken word ranging from evocative word-spitting to smooth seduction. If you want to perform, sign-up for limited slots begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $13 for the 7 p.m. show at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Visit or call 480-719-6100. There’s also a two-drink minimum. Julie Peterson

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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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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.
Contact: Julie Peterson