5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

"Hidden Histories in Latin American Art"
When an artist is creating, he or she often includes unintentional content – images or themes that reveal information about the artist’s psyche or environment, or events and movements that will, over time, provide historical context. In the case of the works in Phoenix Art Museum’s “Hidden Histories in Latin American Art” exhibit, however, contemporary artists know full well what they’re doing as they incorporate symbolism and synecdoche in layers behind pretty façades, revealing media-neglected accounts of violence, discrimination, and government malfeasance.

The show includes work by Phoenix artist Annie Lopez as well as Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Graciela Sacco (Argentina), Doris Salcedo (Colombia), and Vincent Valdez (United States). It continues through Sunday, August 23, at 1625 North Central Avenue. Hours on Friday, June 26, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 to $15. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Call 602-257-1880 or visit Julie Peterson

LepreCon 2015
“Back Toward the Future” is the theme of this year’s LepreCon, the art-focused sci-fi and fantasy convention. There’ll be the requisite ogres, hobbits, and trolls aplenty, but since yesterday’s future is unfolding before us now, there’s an emphasis on what today’s prognostications say about us. Whatever your yen, though, there’s an open sea of exciting possibilities for geeks and fans including a cosplay contest, a mini film festival centered around time travel, and guests of honor including Aussie author and game designer Jennifer Brozek, creator of the Land of the Lost TV show David Gerrold, and artist and Cult Classics AZ movie czar Victor Moreno.

The 41st annual LepreCon kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Located at Embassy Suites Phoenix North, 2577 West Greenway Road, the festivities run through Sunday, June 28, with general membership and admission costing $45 for adults and $22.50 for children over 6 years of age. For more information, visit Jose Gonzalez

Classic Simpsons Trivia
Word has it that in the upcoming season of The Simpsons — the animated show’s 27th — Homer and Marge split up. If just thinking about that divorce causes you more pain than your own parents’ breakup, then travel back to simpler times with Bragg’s Factory Diner’s Classic Simpsons Trivia. The free pub quiz features Simpsons-themed food and great prizes. Plus, all the questions are from the show’s first ten seasons, so you won’t even have to think about the psychological toll this is all going to take on poor Maggie.

If your Simpsons knowledge isn’t too Krusty, drop in for Classic Simpsons Trivia at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Bragg’s Factory Diner, 1301 Northwest Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Call 602-733-8076 or visit for more.  Zachary Fowle 

Miss Arizona
Praise be that Honey Boo Boo is no longer on television. Now we can go back to watching without any trace of guilt the very silly competitions that adult women put themselves through in hopes of being awarded tiaras, sashes, and, lest we forget, scholarship money. Root for your favorite Miss when 24 women from across Arizona duke it out in the most ladylike way possible: by having people vote on who is prettiest, smartest, and most talented. Winners in the Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen Pageants will be crowned on Saturday, June 27. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. Tickets are $52 to $57 and available by calling 480-644-6500 or through Becky Bartkowski

Some days it seems the only reprieve from triple digit temperatures is to submerge yourself in a swimming pool. And because some may be comparable to bathwater under the baking sun, many times the most refreshing swim is a night swim.

Party girl and hostess Jen Deveroux presents her newest summer splash, Nightswim, a weekly nighttime dive downtown under the stars. DJs Jared Alan and Tricky T are on hand to spin records, with the nearby rooftop bar pouring from dusk until darkness and mermaids abound.

Take a dip from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at Lustre Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar, 2 East Jefferson Street. There is no cover charge for the 18-and-over pool party. Visit the event page for details. Janessa Hilliard

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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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Zach Fowle
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Jose Gonzalez
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.
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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.
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