Rachel Bess' Queen of Heartbreak (2015) is part of the 30th anniversary show at Lisa Sette Gallery.
Rachel Bess' Queen of Heartbreak (2015) is part of the 30th anniversary show at Lisa Sette Gallery.
Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

"30 Year Anniversary"

In a world obsessed with orange being the new black, and Ariana Grande being the new Mariah Carey, and stupid-cute baby mini-zebras being the next fluffy pocket koalas or something, can we just take a step back real quick and admire something for being what it is?

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In 2015, Lisa Sette Gallery enters its 30th year of presenting stellar, world-class contemporary art in the Valley of the Sun. And from March 10 through 28, the gallery celebrates its many accomplishments with "30 Year Anniversary" at 210 East Catalina Drive. Featuring works from Angela Ellsworth, Rachel Bess, and Matthew Moore, among many others, the show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13. Visit www.lisasettegallery.com or call 480-990-7342. Becky Bartkowski

Angel's Alley

Brelby Theatre Company, which always brings us something new even when it produces some pre-existing play, delivers super-new theater in its Studio Series, which kicks off the 2015 season with the Arizona première of Angel's Alley, a hardboiled, tough-as-nails yarn in the sepia-toned tradition of 1930s and '40s B movies and films noirs. You don't have to be psychic to guess that Utah playwright Chelsea Frandsen's script features sinners, saints, and a friendship threatened and then strengthened by unexpected events. (Other atmospheric words: scrappy, kid, heart, and jake.)

Admission is $12 for the run continuing through Sunday, March 15, at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale. Showtime on Thursday, March 12, is at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.brelby.com or call 623-282-2781 to get your ticket on. Julie Peterson

Here come the brides.
Here come the brides.
Benjamin Leatherman

Brides of March

Prepare yourself for a sea of cream-colored chiffon and beaded mermaid gowns. The Arizona Cacophony Society is bringing the 2015 Brides of March to Phoenix. The matrimonial bar crawl will have ladies and gents in white and working their way from bar to bar while winning prizes like hotel stays and gift cards at each stop. To keep things interesting, there will be a high-stakes high-heel race to show who really knows how to work their way down the aisle.

The Brides of March starts at noon on Saturday, March 14, at Charlie's, 727 West Camelback Road. Participation is free. Brides, blushing or otherwise, are responsible for purchasing their own Light Rail day pass and should have cash and ID on hand. Charlie's will be awarding one free drink per person in exchange for canned food donations to St. Mary's Food Bank. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BridesofMarch or call 602-265-0224. Katie Johnson

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Kiss Me I'm Irish Run

There's an old Irish saying: Giorraíonn beirt bóthar. It means "two shorten the road." The roads you'll travel on the Kiss Me I'm Irish Run, then, should seem pretty damn short. Hundreds of lads and lasses will partake in this event's 17K run and 8K, 4K and 1K run/walks, live Irish music and dancing, and Irish costume contests. The Run's family-friendly and even pets are welcome -- when we say everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we mean everyone.

The Irish Run begins at the top o' the mornin' -- 7:17 a.m. -- Saturday, March 14, at Westgate City Center, 6770 North Sunrise Boulevard in Glendale. Race registration starts at $10. Call 480-609-3978 or visit irishrunaz.com for more. Zachary Fowle

A graphic novel comes to life in the East Valley.
A graphic novel comes to life in the East Valley.
Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth

Stop wasting your money on X-ray specs and plastic vomit. The next best thing to come out of a comic book is coming to the Valley. For two shows only, Austin-based live-action graphic novel The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth will take to the stage. Using only three actors, a Foley artist, and a pianist for score, this 1930-set sci-fi send-up shows more than 1,250 big screen comic illustrations flying off the pages and into the hearts of geeks everywhere.

See The Intergalactic Nemesis at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street. Tickets range from $29 to $42. Visit www.intergalacticnemesis.com, www.mesaartscenter.com or call the box office at 480-644-6500. Katie Johnson

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