5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Sophia Amoruso
If BossyPants made you want to Lean In, maybe you should add #GIRLBOSS to your nightstand.

And if you have no idea what we’re talking about, maybe you should spend more time at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. That’s where Sophia Amoruso will be signing her new book on Monday, October 5, and where she will explain how she went from a 22-year-old college dropout with an EBay following to the 31-year-old CEO of a $100 million online fashion retailer.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m., and your ticket is free with the purchase of #GIRLBOSS. Plus, neighboring restaurant Southern Rail is offering a discount for book buyers; see Sophia and then do lunch with your pals afterward. See details at

Or don’t. We’re not the boss of you. Melissa Campana

The Final Girls
Horror with a side of humor? Yes, please.

Presented by the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, The Final Girls finds Max and her gal pals at an anniversary screening of Camp Bloodbath, an ‘80s flick that starred her mom. The group is very literally pulled into the movie and must team up with fictional camp counselers to battle a knife-wielding maniac. Writers from host a discussion after the film screens at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, at Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard. Admission is $10. Call 480-538-1707 or visit Brown Paper Tickets. Amy Young

“Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art”
It’s probably not every day you use the hashtag #spanishcolonial in your Instagram posts.

Flex your style and give it a shot at Phoenix Art Museum. “Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art” is on display 1625 North Central Avenue, and for this exhibition the museum is encouraging social media photography.

Most artists in Spanish viceroyalties of the 18th and 19th century didn’t have Instagram, so they channeled their creativity into paintings and retablos (small devotionals on copper or tin). Religious subjects are prominent in the collection, and the Virgin of Guadalupe – as ubiquitous in Phoenix as the Mona Lisa is in Paris – makes a special appearance. #Blessed.

Admission during regular museum hours is $15 for adults, but it's free for everyone on Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. For complete hours and discounted times, see or call 602-257-1880 for more information. Melissa Campana

Bar Flies: Ghost Stories
Did you miss our super special Best of Phoenix edition of Bar Flies last week? Don’t sweat it, there’s another installment right around the corner. And, in anticipation of October’s signature holiday, we’re bringing you “Ghost Stories,” curated by culture editor Becky Bartkowski. We’ll hear tales from Jessie Balli, who co-hosts the weekly Yarnball storytelling series at Lawn Gnome Publishing; multi-talented writer, performer, and poet Melissa Dunmore; writer and digital marketer Emily Roberts; and New Times contributor (and former pro ball player) Josh Chesler.

It’s back to our regularly scheduled programming this month. Doors open at 6 p.m., stories start at 7 on Thursday, October 8, at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $5. This is a 21-and-over event. Visit or call 602-368-3121 for tickets. Janessa Hilliard

John Lennon's 75th Birthday Celebration
We have this theory about what your favorite Beatle says about you. Paul fans are cute and nice and sweet. Georges are quiet but shouldn’t be underestimated. The Ringo-obsessed are goofballs. And, stay with us here, John lovers are kinda mean but also the most fun. It’s all very scientific. If you happen to fall into that last group (or hey, you just like the Beatles free of girlish trappings), you can celebrate what would’ve been John Lennon’s 75th birthday on Friday, October 9. The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, will host a celebration featuring a screening of A Hard Day’s Night, a trivia quiz, and a Q&A session in view of the Steinway Lennon used to compose “Imagine.” The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free with museum admission, $20 for adults. Visit for the complete lineup. Becky Bartkowski

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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.
Contact: Becky Bartkowski
Melissa Campana is a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom, and all-around decent human being. She enjoys playdates, cocktails, and playdates that involve cocktails.
Contact: Melissa Campana
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.
Contact: Janessa Hilliard
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.
Contact: Amy Young