5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Aerial Silks Class
When it comes to extracurricular activity, we figure that if Real Housewives in multiple cities can do it, the general public can, too. Which is just as good an excuse as any to try out Scorpius Dance Theatre’s aerial silks class. The company’s master of aerial arts, Gavin Sisson, leads the course, designed for beginners and those with a little bit of experience twisting and turning while tangled in fabric hung from the ceiling. Embrace your inner housewife and give it a try from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, at Metro Arts, 1700 North Seventh Avenue. Classes are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Sign up and find more information at Scorpius Dance Theatre's website. Becky Bartkowski

Lucky Stiff
Like most family vacations, shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon’s trip to Monte Carlo includes murder, gambling, a $6 million inheritance, and the occasional unprovoked burst into song.

Lucky Stiff, the first off-Broadway show by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, comes to the Valley with its tale of mistaken identity and murder mystery. This offbeat musical is sure to make you appreciate your own unconventional family.

Dining begins at 5:30 p.m., and curtains go up at 7:30 on Tuesday, September 1, at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria. The full experience featuring dinner and the show costs between $76.50 and $81.50. Tickets for the show alone run $50 to $60 a piece. Lucky Stiff runs through Sunday, September 20. For tickets and times, visit Arizona Broadway Theatre online or call 623-776-8400. 

Phoenix Mercury
One of the underrated keys to the Phoenix Mercury’s success this season has been their three-point shooting. Despite losing Diana Taurasi in the offseason, the Mercury have been one of the more efficient three-point shooting teams in the WNBA this year, which has helped keep defenses honest against center Brittney Griner.

The Mercury will need their three-point game to be on point to keep up with the Washington Mystics on Wednesday, September 2, at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street. The Mystics are the league’s best three-point shooting team and have ridden that to a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The game tips off at 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $13 and are available online via Ticketmaster. Ed Kummerer

"Cactus and Coral"
It is a rare moment when one can see the world from someone else’s point of view. Through Each Others Eyes, promotes that concept via cultural exchange, placing photographers in unfamiliar settings to understand how they see things. With the “Cactus and Coral” exhibit, photographers from Australia and Arizona swapped places and through their lens documented all that was alien, foreign and unique as people went about their daily lives as only they could. The exhibit showcases images from Australian photographers Alex Pirez and Tim Warnock during their explorations in the Valley, and Arizonan’s Bob Rink and Jim Marshall from their visit down under.

The free opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 3, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Visit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts online. Glenn BurnSilver

A LEGO Brickumentary
There are just a few building blocks that are essential for human development. Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are biggies, sure, but the actual building block upon which so many young lives have been built? Legos, obviously. From movies to theme parks and imaginative childhood creations that leave parents tiptoeing between tiny plastic daggers sheathed ever so innocently in the carpet, it's difficult to imagine a world without Legos. So much so that the 2014 documentary A LEGO Brickumentary comes as a welcome, albeit long overdue, addition to the brick-tionary of all things Lego. Adjoin yourself at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, for a showing of the film at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4. Admission is $9. Visit FilmBar's website or call 602-595-9187. Rob Kroehler

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