9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Diana Gabaldon & Theresa Carle-Sanders
It’s said that Scottish cuisine is based on a dare. You can find out if that’s true when you try the dishes from Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Cookbook.

Inspired by the hit TV show and time-travel fantasy series, chef Theresa Carle-Sanders offers a bevy of recipes that would be perfect for Jaimie and Claire’s table. And we’re not just talking haggis and other sheep-related treats. Try such inspired dishes as Tattie Scones or Claire’s Tortellini Portofino, the perfect dish for Hogmanay.

Carle-Sanders will join Outlander author Diana Gabaldon for a special signing on Saturday, June 25, at the Doubletree Resort, 5401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $40, and include a copy of The Outlander Kitchen signed by both. No additional autographs are allowed, but free professional photographs will be available. Call the Poisoned Pen, 480-947-2974, or visit for more information. Michael Senft

Miss Gay Arizona America 2016
If the theme “Sparkling Diamonds: A Night at the Moulin Rouge” appeals to your love of all things glittery and fierce, then move the Miss Gay Arizona America 2016 pageant to the top of your must-attend list.

Now in its 31st year, this event catapults the winner into Miss Gay America, the first and longest running female impersonator pageant, which began in 1972. Ten contestants compete in five categories, including the male interview, where they flaunt their masculine side. The opening number embraces this year’s theme, and features current and former contestants, along with guest of honor, Nevaeh McKenzie — Miss Gay Arizona America 2015. Have fun ogling stunning gowns, from self-designed to labels like Vera Wang and Versace, when the shimmery contest starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Admission is $22.50. Call 480-350-2822 or visit Amy Young

Free Summer Sunday 
Gallery-goers flocked to Jeff Slim’s recent solo exhibition at monOrchid in Roosevelt Row, where they saw mixed-media works blending Native tradition with pop culture. But now Slim (Diné), recipient of the New Times’ 2015 Big Brain Award in visual art, is going next level – doing artist demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue.

Admission is free that day, when the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., museum-goers can experience the art and athleticism of musician and former world hoop-dance champion Tony Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan).Visit Lynn Trimble

The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard
For the front man of a a rock band, Sky Saxon makes for a much cooler name than Richie Marsh.

The late Utah-born musician thought so too, and switched to the alliterative, cooler-sounding moniker in 1962. A few years later, he answered an ad that brought together now-legendary psychedelic garage rockers The Seeds, who had hits with “Pushin’ Too Hard” and “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine.” Director Neil Norman presents The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, his documentary that explores the band’s history, which was loaded with ups and downs. A Q&A with the director follows the musical flick that starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission to the 18-and-over event is $12. Call 602-595-9187 or visit Amy Young

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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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
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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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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