5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost
Apparently, we can’t get enough dystopian future in our entertainment. (As though the past and present haven’t been dystopian enough.) So Brelby Theater Company reaches into the past to create a play set in just such a future, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost. One of the adjustments to Alexandre Dumas’ original is that some of the musketeers are kick-ass women. Mia Passerella, an actor and martial artist who plays Porthos, told the Brelby blog, “I love the way combat makes me feel. Musketeers . . . will once more give me that opportunity to be that strong, confident woman I wish I were every day.”

Performances begin Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale and continue through Sunday, July 26. Tickets are $12 to $20 (or $30 for opening night, which includes a lavish gala and cast meet-and-greets) at Call 623-282-2781 or visit Julie Peterson

Mystic Circus
Mystic Circus blurs the line between fantasy and reality at this year’s summer gala, with a show that might sound a little too real to some people: Donald Trump: Assclown for President.

This one-night-only event at the Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street, features the circus troupe as you’ve never seen them before: as “assclowns” attempting to please president-turned-king of the United States, Donald Trump.

Body-painting, a dunk tank and music by Bearistotle complement the sideshow. Tickets are $12 online at, or $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music begins at 8:30, and the show starts at 9:30. Melissa Campana

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase
This summer, skip the blockbusters and check out FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, which is serving up a dose of local love when they host the Arizona Filmmaker Showcase. As a way to support the local film community, FilmBar will show four locally made shorts and features on Saturday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. The four films include MEAT, exploring the thoughts of a middle-aged man navigating an existential crisis, Life As She Knows It about a girl who wants to be more than she is, Liv, which follows an over-sharing video blogger, and I’m Here Now and I Love You in which a woman whose husband is cheating on her has a choice to make. Purchase tickets ($9) and get more info at Evie Carpenter

Gold Cup
If we say “CONCACAF,” and you don’t say “God bless you,” congratulations: You’re a soccer fan. You probably already know, then, that the acronym stands for the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football and is one of the sport’s main FIFA-affiliated confederations. You’re probably also aware that the Gold Cup, CONCACAF’s biennal championship tournament, is returning to University of Phoenix Stadium for a group round doubleheader featuring Trinidad and Tobago vs. Cuba followed by Mexico vs. Guatemala. The acronym might be something to sneeze at, but those matchups aren’t.

The CONCACAF (gesundheit!) Gold Cup begins 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at 1 Cardinals Drive in Glendale. Tickets start at $36.25. Visit for more. Zachary Fowle

Sweat: A Daytime Loft Party
Looking to fill the empty hours post-brunch and pre-work week? A group of spin doctors have created the perfect plan. Escape the heat and burn calories during Sweat: A Daytime Loft Party.

Resident DJs Anton and Edward Navarro and Thee Scotty Oh (Scott Owen) play records coupled with live music, creating a mix perfect for shaking and sweating. Parties feature a surprise guest — either of local, national, or international acclaim — only announced on the dance floor.

Sweat it out from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, upstairs at Monarch, 122 East Washington Street. (Patrons are asked to go through the alley entrance off First Street.) There is a $10 cover for the 21-and-over dance party. Sweat runs Sundays through summer. Visit Janessa Hilliard

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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.
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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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Zach Fowle
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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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