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 www.changinghands.com. 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 www.wwe.com 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 www.comericatheatre.com. 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 www.herbergertheater.org 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 www.facebook.com/yarnballaz. Janessa Hilliard
Learn the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything at LepreCon. The Valley’s longest-running sci-fi convention is celebrating its 42nd year with a nod to the late Douglas Adams’ classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Returning as author guest of honor this year is legendary scriptwriter D.C. Fontana. From Bonanza and The Big Valley through Logan’s Run, Fontana got her start with Gene Roddenberry in 1961, eventually writing and editing Star Trek and more, continuing through Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has even written for the Star Trek fan production, New Voyages.
The convention runs round-the-clock from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, through 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Embassy Suites North, 2577 West Greenway Road. Memberships are $45 for adults, $30 for teens, and $15 for kids. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LepreconInc. Michael Senft
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If print is dead, don’t tell Cut + Paste PHX. The crafty troupe has been pretty busy hosting collage nights for months now, where collections of vintage illustrations, wartime LIFE magazines, and Reagan-era Newsweeks become colorful, collaborative art pieces.
Hunker down for a night of careful precision, pasting, and layering during Cut + Paste from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at For The People, 5102 North Central Avenue. It’s free, but bring your own scissors. Paste, in the form of glue sticks, is provided. Vintage magazines, books, and photos are all available to be cut into, but if you have a crate or two of paper goods you’d like to donate, contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org. For details and future collage nights, click www.facebook.com/cutpastephx. Janessa Hilliard
"Lone Wolf" Exhibition Talk
That the artist Hart Herriam Schultz had the coolest nickname ever is just the tip of the iceberg. Actually, he generally steered clear of ice, but still. Better known as “Lone Wolf,” Schultz died in 1970, but not before establishing himself as one of the most important figures in the chronicling of the American West during the first half of the 20th century. The son of author James Williard Schultz and Blackfoot maiden Natahki, one might argue that Lone Wolf was a breathing embodiment of the struggles on the American frontier during his lifetime. Hear from chief curator Tricia Loscher at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, about the fascinating life and works of Schultz at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s “Lone Wolf” exhibition at 3830 North Marshall Way. Admission is $13. Visit www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org or call 480-686-9539. Rob Kroehler
Bar Flies celebrates one year of monthly readings on Thursday, June 23, proving that the basement bar series is anything but a fluke. But for the readers at the anniversary edition of the event at 130 North Central Avenue, it will be all about accidents, which serve as the theme for the night. Hear tales of unhappy, happy, and otherwise unexpected happenings from Rebekah Cancino, Katie Johnson, Daniel Mills, Sativa Peterson, and Miriam Wasser. Doors to the Valley Bar musical hall open at 6 p.m., and the readers take the stage at 7. Tickets are $5 and available through www.ticketfly.com. For more details, see www.valleybarphx.com. Becky Bartkowski