7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

The candles from Standard Wax don’t just smell good; they look good, too. Samantha Thompson and Andrew King’s creations are meant to be art — a decision certainly influenced by King’s outside work as a contemporary painter and pastel artist. A collection of his recent pieces, “Entangled,” debuts this week at the company’s studio.

Pieces will be available for purchase, ranging from $40 to $1100. Light refreshments, including beer and wine, will be served, and Standard Wax will have specially crafted candles that are tied-in to aspects of the artwork.

The show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 16, at 941 South Park Lane in Tempe. Free. Visit for details. Janessa Hilliard

Comic & Media Expo
Keeping comic and pop culture fans entertained and on their toes is a tricky game of chance. This year’s Comic & Media Expo comes to the table with a stacked deck including prime guests like Kari Yune of Arrow, the DC comic-inspired CW series, online steampunk serial writer and author Sharon Skinner, Bill Sayers of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adult Swim’s Moral Orel, and even Kiba the Cosplay Corgi. The dress-up fun hasn’t all gone to the dogs; the annual costume contest is highlights fans’ imagination & ingenuity.

The 2015 Comic & Media Expo is at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street, on Friday, October 16, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight and continues through Sunday. Admission is $15 for the day. To purchase VIP and weekend passes, visit Jose Gonzalez

Yarnball After Dark
Do you like when things take a turn for the wordy, once the sun goes down? There's an event for folks like you.

Yarnball is a weekly storytelling series hosted by Rachel Egboro, Jessie Balli, and Dan Hull that brings together 'tellers to share personal tales drawn from themes like innocence, pets, hair, and war. Yarnball After Dark is a special version of this event that has co-host Balli presenting some of her favorite storytellers to engage and entertain the late night audience with their frank and intimate narratives that run a gamut of emotions, from humorous to sad. The yarns start spinning at 10:30 p.m. at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street. Admission is $5. Call 602-663-4032 or visit Amy Young

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship winner (among his many awards), and Smithsonian magazine cover boy, Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a leading voice in art of spoken word performance. Bamuthi’s words flow with style and grace, moving from hip-hop cadence to impassioned deliveries, all while exploring a myriad of cultural issues and identities that touch lives everywhere — including sensitive political, racial and gender issues. Appropriately, Bamuthi breaks these subjects down into talking points we can all understand. His latest work, /peh-LO-tah/, “is a Balinese-style shadow play that examines global economies and sexual identities through the lens of soccer’s World Cup.”

Listen in at 8 p.m. Friday, October 16 at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street. Tickets are $11. Visit or call 480-644-6500. Glenn BurnSilver

Rainbows Festival
If you’ve been looking for the right place to preview your Rainbow Brite costume before Halloween, we might just have the spot for you.

Phoenix Pride will host the Rainbows Festival on Saturday, October 17, at Heritage Square, 113 North Sixth Street. The Phoenix LGBTQ community’s second largest event (after the Pride Parade in April), the fall festival has drawn crowds of up to 25,000 friends, families, and allies in years past.

This year, vendors will be flanked by live entertainment on two stages, and craft beer all around. Refracted light has never been so hot.

The festival continues through Sunday, and admission is free. The party starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. each day. More information can be found at Melissa Campana

Margaret Cho
“There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Team,’ But There’s a ‘Cho’ in ‘Psycho’” isn’t just the mantra for comedian Margaret Cho’s aptly named current project, “The psyCHO Tour” — it basically describes her approach to comedy. Nothing has been too taboo during her 20-something years on the stand-up circuit. She’s known for cleverly crafted commentaries from race to feminism, littered with language that might make even the bluest of comedians blush.

“This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now,” she’s said. We’re betting little’s off limits.

Starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Single tickets are $39 to $69; member discounts available by phone only. Call 480-499-8587 or visit Janessa Hilliard

If you’re a coven of witches and your leader dies, you try to resurrect the boss during an eclipse. That’s what you do. But if you fail miserably, as in the average group project at work, then what? In Ryan Lee Kirkpatrick’s Necrosis, the witches start to fall apart as each encounters their greatest fear. Begin your lead-up to the scariest night of the year with Binary Theatre Company’s production of the play through Sunday, October 25, part of a season of student-written work.? Showtime on Sunday, October 18, is 2 p.m. at 970 East University Drive. Brace yourself for fog, strobe, and “violent occult imagery.” Tickets are available at or at the door. Admission is $8, or $5 with a can of food. Julie Peterson

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Glenn BurnSilver
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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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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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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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