If you’re like us, you avoid scary movies most of the time — we’ve got enough nightmares already, thank you very much. But in October, when Halloween approaches, we embrace the terror. That’s why you’ll find us at FilmBar this month, screaming in fright as the theater with libations screens Tales of Halloween, a movie composed of 10 interwoven vignettes directed by masters of horror like Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy). It’ll be like getting a year’s worth of scary movies in all at once.
Embrace the terror of Tales of Halloween at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, at 9 p.m. on Monday, October 19. Tickets are $9. Visit thefilmbarphx.com for more. Zach Fowle
The Book of Mormon
If you have trouble with the proverb “Nothing’s sacred,” you might have trouble with The Book of Mormon, the hit musical by Mark Lopez (Avenue Q) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), which has toured the United States since 2012. It’s profane in more than one sense, yet also uplifting, heartwarming, and life-threateningly funny, as it follows two young missionaries in Uganda who face both challenges and triumphs.
All performances at ASU Gammage, where the tour stops through Sunday, November 8, are selling out.
Available seats are $25 to $150 at 480-965-3434 or www.asugammage.com, where you can learn about verified resale tickets — also scarce and going for up to $325 at press time — and a pre-show lottery for the opportunity to purchase a limited number of available seats. The opening night show on Tuesday, October 20, begins at 7:30 p.m. at 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Julie Peterson
"Printmaking Without a Press"
Turns out it’s not easy to fit a full-size printing press into a home office. Luckily, you don’t have to. Cindy Iverson, the founder of Phoenix Print Studios, will be leading “Printmaking without a Press,” a one-night class at Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 West Camelback Road. The class will teach several techniques for making prints using materials found at home.
Come create at “Printmaking without a Press” on Tuesday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix. The workshop costs $40 and includes printmaking materials (but bring your own scissors and a wooden spoon). For more information or to register call 602-247-0067 or visit www.changinghands.com. Katrina Montgomery
“Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano"
Aristotle’s sentiment that there’s no great genius who’s free of madness is pertinent as ever. In a world where we know more than ever about the people behind the art we love, it can be difficult — sometimes impossible — to reconcile the greatness of their work with their regrettable behavior. For two of most prominent (and most storied) fashion designers of the early 2000s, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, this axiom has played out to upsetting effect. Author Dana Thomas will tell their stories and discuss how the two impacted fashion during “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.”
Arizona Costume Institute presents the event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, in Whiteman Hall at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. See www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski
If you love bloodsuckers so much that you count Draculas to fall asleep, then there's an event you can sink your freshly-filed fangs into on Friday.
Horror enthusiasts with a passion for creatures of the pointy-tooth variety can gather at Vampire Folklore Night to hear intriguing tales of vampiric lore from Transylvania to Ancient Peru. This spooky exploration is led by Dr. Sharonah Fredrick from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies who talks about several legends of the undead, both ancient and contemporary, and how fictional vampires affected the collective mind of medieval people. The chilling conversation happens at 7 p.m. on October 23 at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, suite 101, in Scottsdale. Admission is $10. Call 480-947-2974 or visit www.poisonedpen.com. Amy Young