9 Best Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Spelling Bee-r
The two winning words from this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee were “gesellschaft” and “Feldenkrais,” words that you’ve probably never heard before and very likely will never read again. And that’s the problem with most spelling bees: The terms being spelled out have no purpose in everyday life. Valley Bar’s Spelling Bee-r solves this by putting the focus on beer — something every adult should know a lot about. Wannabe competitors should e-mail [email protected] for a chance to get on stage, but even spectators will be able to enjoy beer specials from Four Peaks. S-W-E-E-T.

The Spelling Bee-r begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, in the basement at 130 North Central Avenue. The 21-and-over event is free. Visit for more. Zach Fowle

Whitney Terrell Book Signing
Can’t say we’ve ever heard of a war without a body count. And though fictional, Whitney Terrell’s war novel, The Good Lieutenant, is no exception. In his latest military thriller, the story unravels from end to beginning to outline exactly how main character Emma Fowler and the platoon in her command are wrongly led into compromising situations with fatal results. The writer, professor, and former war journalist signs copies from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free, while books for the signing are $26. Call 480-947-2974 or visit Amy Young

Free Sutra Yoga
We’re not quite sure what it is about humans that makes them love being on roofs, but the folks at Lustre Rooftop Bar and Sutra yoga studio are familiar with the phenomenon — and willing to indulge downtown’s alotophile set with a summertime weekly yoga series on top of Hotel Palomar. The theme varies from meditation and tranquil, candlelit classes to musically inspired sessions each Thursday, and on June 16, Lexy Zanis leads a flow class that’s more of the latter, pairing poses with 1990s hip-hop by DJ YKNOT. The free class starts at 7 p.m. at Two East Jefferson Street. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, a mat, and a towel. For details, see Becky Bartkowski

The Great Museum
Think you’re fussy about how things get arranged inside your clothes closet or desk drawers? Imagine being charged with arranging art objects and working with others who have their own sets of peculiarities.
That’s the setting for the documentary The Great Museum, which explores both the quirks of museum staff inside an esteemed European art institution and significant issues in the world of art – including the role of art in the representation of national identity in politics and tourism. Part soap opera, part treatise on temporality and transience, the film takes viewers behind-the-scenes to witness what it takes to keep museums open and relevant.

Catch a 7 p.m. film screening on Thursday, June 16, at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. Then stay for a post-film discussion with Casandra Hernandez, curator of CALA initiatives for ASU Art Museum. Admission is $7. Visit Lynn Trimble

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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
Zach Fowle
Contact: Zach Fowle
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.
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
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
Contact: Lynn Trimble
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