Phoenix Film Festival
Butter the popcorn and pass the Milk Duds. The Phoenix Film Festival is back for its 15th year. In addition to the industry parties, geeky gatherings, and cinema seminars, this one-week event will bring all forms of film to the big screen from animated shorts and documentaries to foreign features and sci-fi thrillers.
This year's showcased movies include Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, Leslye Headland's Sleeping With Other People, starring Alison Brie and Adam Scott, and Kriv Stenders's Kill Me Three Times, starring Teresa Palmer and Simon Pegg.
The Phoenix Film Festival runs through Friday, April 2, at Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Scottsdale. Single tickets are $13. Passes range from $35 to $300 with price discounts available for students and seniors. For details, visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.com or call 602-955-6444. Katie Johnson
The multidisciplinary collective Postcommodity made up of Native American and indigenous artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist, and Nathan Young formed in 2006 to boost the signal of underrepresented world views. Their latest exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, "southwestNet: Postcommodity," consists of two large-scale installations, 2011's Promoting a More Just, Verdant and Harmonious Resolution and 2015's Pollination. Promoting a More Just, Verdant and Harmonious Resolution features perfect ambiance disrupted by "sound bombs" triggered by movement while Pollination takes the form of a peep show of sorts.
"southwestNET: Postcommodity" is on exhibit at SMoCA, 7374 East Second Street, on Tuesday, March 31, from noon until 5 p.m. and continues through April 26. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for those under 15 years of age. For more information, visit www.smoca.org. Jose Gonzalez
Nerd Nite 25
It would seem that nerds no longer need to seek revenge, as they've established a long-running event all their own, a decidedly squaresville soiree. For Nerd Nite 25, the self-proclaimed geek squad will venture to Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, to drink and discuss the original Renaissance Man and proto-dork, Leonardo da Vinci.
The 21-plus event gets down and nerdy with a series of 18- to 21-minute presentations from 7 to 10 p.m. It's free to attend, though seating is limited. To RSVP, visit phoenix.nerdnite.com. Becky Bartkowski
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Everyone's favorite cuddly comedian, whose observational humor tackles everything from Muppet Babies and Black History Month to defective cats, is coming to the Valley for the first time. Ron Funches, the stand-up comic who worked his way from Portland to Los Angeles to the stage of the Conan O'Brien Show and John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, is finally getting the attention he deserves. That's all thanks to appearances on Kroll Show, New Girl, and of course his role as Shelly on NBC's Undateable.
Funches will perform at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive, Tempe. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2; 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. on Friday, April 3; and 7 and 10:15 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. For details, visit www.tempeimprov.com or call 480-921-9877. Katie Johnson
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Local artists and curators Amanda Adkins and Ashley Macias called 22 artists to focus on the differences between genders and their own feelings about them. Join the likes of artists Therese Grossmeyer and Sean Deckert, Marilyn Szabo, Daniel Funkhouser, and Julio Caesar Rodarte as they look at their own identities and how we as humans separate ourselves beyond sexuality during the show's opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 6 to 11 p.m. at 1301 Grand Avenue, Suite 2B. Call 602-391-4016 or 602-743-1031 to schedule an appointment or view the exhibit through April 17. Visit www.facebook.com/FontalLobeCommunitySpaceAndGallery for more. Evie Carpenter