9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23. For more events, see our curated calendar

Lisa Hanawalt
Though it sounds like the grossest challenge ever, Hot Dog Taste Test is the second illustrated collection from cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt: a name diehard Netflix-and-chillers will recognize as a producer of BoJack Horseman, the animated series about a depressed washed-up horse-human actor.

A long-time artist, pop-culture enthusiast, and skewer of foodie behavior, Hanawalt’s new book is a selection of comics, oddball lists, and much-needed “dos and don’ts” for the culinary scene.

The James Beard Award-winning author (yes, they have a “humor” category) reads from Hot Dog Taste Test at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. A meet-and-greet and book-signing will follow, but don’t make it weird and come armed with mystery meats or condiments, please. Entry is free; copies of the hardcover are available for $22.95. To order one in advance or for event details, call 602-274-0067 or visit Janessa Hilliard

WWE Monday Night Raw
Whether or not Donald Trump will lay claim to the White House remains to be seen. Should he fail, however, he can always hang his hat on a slightly less-known benchmark of his storied career: his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. That a sports organization featuring chest-thumping men with spray tans performing choreographed violence bestowed such a high honor on the Donald isn’t exactly surprising. Perhaps the WWE’s enormous fanbase helps to explain Trump’s — or vice versa. Apparently, when it comes to entertainment, Americans prefer to go big. And the Valley is no exception. The WWE’s Monday Night Raw returns to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 4:30 p.m. on June 20. Tickets to the all-ages event are $20 and up. Visit or call 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler

The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire
British vloggers Dan (Howell) and Phil (Lester) have been referred to as the “Bill and Ted of the YouTube generation.” Funny, as most members of that generation probably haven’t ever heard of those most-excellent dudes.

With or without Bill and Ted’s help, these two antics-driven funny guys developed a hefty fan base with collective radio- and video-show programs like The Super Amazing Project, where they explored supernatural happenings, and The Internet Takeover, which allowed a real-time look at their in-studio shenanigans. The Amazing Tour is Not On Fire is their theatrical live event loaded with sketches, surprises, and opportunities for audience interaction. The cheeky combo takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Admission is $48 to $113. Call 602-379-2800 or visit Amy Young

Mrs. Wyatt Earp
Time was, as a historical woman, you had to be Cleopatra or Joan of Arc to really nail your spot in the annals. But the crucible of human progress — life on the American Western frontier, for example — forged beaucoup other notable personages.

Mrs. Wyatt Earp, née Josephine Sarah Marcus, is the heroine of a one-woman show by Arizona actress and playwright Terry Earp (who is a Mrs. Wyatt Earp, but not the Mrs. Wyatt Earp). Immerse yourself in the edifying details on Tuesday, June 21, at 12:10 p.m. The production, part of the Herberger Lunch Time Theater series, continues through Thursday, June 30, at 222 East Monroe Street. Admission is $6. A pre-ordered lunch is optional. Visit or call 602-252-8497. Julie Peterson

Yarnball Storytelling: OMG
When “OMG” entered our modern lexicon, it took on a myriad of meaning. Sometimes it’s incredulous (“OMG what?!”), sometimes disgusted (“OMG, ew.”); and other times it’s just, well, “OMG.” The slang-shorthand for “oh my God” comes to life during real stories from real people, sharing their many O-M-G moments: good, bad, and abbreviated.

“OMG” is the next installment of Yarnball Storytelling, a weekly Wednesday gathering of accomplished speakers and next-door neighbors who all have a story to share. Sign up starts at 7:30 p.m. on June 22, at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 North Fifth Street. The show begins at 8 p.m., and each first-person narrative lasts five to eight minutes. Audience admission is $5, free for tellers. For a full list of future themes, visit 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.
Contact: Becky Bartkowski
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.
Contact: Janessa Hilliard
Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
Contact: Rob Kroehler
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.
Contact: Julie Peterson
Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
Contact: Michael Senft
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.
Contact: Amy Young