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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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P.H.I.L. Talks

It's a world première of something Phoenicians -- a lot of Phoenicians -- have already been talking about: innovation. Think part TEDx (but less stuffy), part Ignite PHX (but longer), and part NerdNite (but not so niche).

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The P.H.I.L. Talks -- which stands, appropriately, for Phoenicians Have Ideas Live -- takes the stage this week at downtown performance venue Space 55. The interactive info-night comprises presentations courtesy of neighbors, intellectuals, and self-proclaimed social media gurus. Moderated by Tim Eigo, the panel discussion features 10 pieces on a variety of topics, including public safety, human relationships, and how-tos on stuff you never thought you needed to know how to do. P.H.I.L. promises you'll leave a whole new Phoenician.

Join the conversation at 8 p.m. Friday, September 12, at 636 East Pierce Street. General admission tickets are $10 online or at the door. Visit www.space55.org for details and tickets. Janessa Hilliard


Halloween is still over a month away, but it's certainly not too early to start setting an eerie mood. "Creatures" might be a good place to start. The group show at the Firehouse Gallery features fantastical creations that come from the furthest reaches of fairy tales, science fiction, and mythology. The show brings together over 25 artists, with special featured work from James B. Hunt (who also goes by NXOEED). Hunt will also be holding one of his famous art treasure hunts (this one is called "ORBIS") in conjunction with "Creatures" for October's First Friday.

"Creatures" opens at 1015 North First Street at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13. The show runs through Saturday, October 4, with an art hunt running in conjunction with the show on Friday, October 3. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/firehousephoenix or call 602-300-7575. Katrina Montgomery

Arizona Derby Dames Season 10 Opener

The Arizona Derby Dames just may be the most brutal of all the sports leagues in the Valley. Leave aside the violence inherent to the sport -- the ladies never take a real break. Professional footballers take a seven-month off-season to recover from their on-season; basketball and hockey players have a solid four months off; and even baseball players get to take the winter off. The Derby Dames, however, take barely any time between seasons to lick their wounds.

Just one month after playing for the league title, the Brutal Beauties will open the league's 10th season on Saturday, September 13, at the Derby Dames Warehouse, 2517 West McDowell Road, against the Bombshells. The match is part of a doubleheader that will also feature a showdown between the Coffin Draggers and Schoolyard Scrappers, two teams that fell just short in last year's playoffs.

The bout begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Ed Kummerer

Literary Flash Mob

Literature meets light rail on Saturday, September 13, when Four Chambers Press presents the first-ever literary flash mob.

The independent literary magazine is all about connecting and creating community (hence the name), and what better circumstances for connecting and creating than while in motion with a captive audience? Poets and storytellers will congregate at the light rail station at Camelback Road and Central Avenue to board a train and entertain. Performance pieces will range from three to five minutes in length and will connect to a theme of, you guessed it, public transportation. Organizers promise "it'll be like the No Pants Light Rail Ride but with more literature and more pants."

The free event starts at 1 p.m. Find more information at www.fourchamberspress.com/fun. Becky Bartkowski

Jagged Little Pill

One of rock music's most noted albums comes to life onstage this week.

Jagged Little Pill chronicles the journey of a woman, Mary Jane, on a trip through Alanis Morissette's Grammy-winning album of the same name. Released in 1995 and featuring a ball-busting hit single that may or may not have been about Dave Coulier, Jagged Little Pill became a resonating international record that helped usher in a new legacy of female-fronted rock music. Presented by Nearly Naked Theatre company at Phoenix Theatre, the small eight-actor ensemble performance is making its Southwest debut after making waves and earning praise in L.A.

The eight-performance engagement wraps up Sunday, September 14. Curtain goes up at 2:30 p.m. with evening performances Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13. Recommended for mature audiences, 18-and-over. Tickets are $24 with discounts for students and seniors. Order tickets by phone at 602-254-2151 or at www.phoenixtheatre.com. Visit www.nearlynakedtheatre.org for more information. Janessa Hilliard

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