Louis Farber of the The Santaland Diaries.
Louis Farber of the The Santaland Diaries. Laura Durant

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click to enlarge Anthony Edwards visits a very exclusive nightclub called Telephone in Miracle Mile. - PARK CIRCUS
Anthony Edwards visits a very exclusive nightclub called Telephone in Miracle Mile.
Park Circus
Miracle Mile
The people behind The Unfathomable Film Freakout, which spotlights work by filmmakers who were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should, continue their Cinemania series of genre films with Miracle Mile, the 1988 Cold War classic in which Anthony Edwards’ world is forever changed when he answers a pay phone. That’s normally a terrible idea in a movie, but he’s motivated by what we’ll call waitress ex machina.

Despite pre-CGI effects and heavy-handed metaphors, Miracle Mile maintains a rating of 7 on IMDB — genuinely impressive. Tangerine Dream provided the soundtrack for the flick, which screens at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. Visit the FilmBar website. Julie Peterson

Sam Sykes
If you only know Sam Sykes from his absurd Twitter feed or his manic Batsu games at Phoenix Comicon, you’re missing out on some fun fantasy novels. But you can get in the mix at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, when he will celebrate the release of his latest, God’s Last Breath, at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.

God’s Last Breath wraps up Sykes’ “Bring Down Heaven” trilogy, about a group of misfit adventurers of questionable morals and damaged pasts as they inadvertently attempt to save the world from a mad god.
Sykes also will sign his new graphic novel, Brave Chef Brianna, about a young cook who pursues her dream of opening a restaurant in Monster Town.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to purchase something on-site. God’s Last Breath is $16.99, and Brave Chef Brianna is $14.99. Call 480-942-2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen website for more information. Michael Senft

Snow Queen
Before Disney turned Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of good, evil, and a whole lot of icicles into the new Broadway musical Frozen, Frances Smith Cohen’s transformed it into Snow Queen. It’s a 90-minute modern dance work that pits a pair of young lovers against icy forces. Spoiler alert: Love wins.

See the holiday show performed by Center Dance Ensemble on Sunday, December 17, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets for the 2 and 5 p.m. performances are $28 for adults. The cast includes Amber Robins and Nicole Olson, plus dozens of charming children. Visit the Herberger Theater website. Lynn Trimble

Fork 'em. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Fork 'em.
Benjamin Leatherman
Arizona State University v. Vanderbilt University
The ASU men’s basketball team rattled off seven consecutive wins to start the 2017-18 season. You read that right: Forks up. The last time the Sun Devils sizzled out of the gate that hot was in 1980, when head coach Bobby Hurley was 9 years old and John Travolta’s hair was real.

Now a fiery 46-year-old, Hurley’s competitiveness has clearly made an impact on his team. Led by senior guard Tra Holder, the Devils — not those ferocious Wildcats to the south — are the toast of the Pac-12. Enjoy it while it lasts, as ASU hosts Vanderbilt at Tempe’s Wells Fargo Arena, 600 East Veterans Way, at noon on Sunday, December 17. Tickets are $12 and up. Visit the Sun Devils website or call 480-727-0000 for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge Hang out with Carol Burnett. - COURTESY OF ELITE ENTERTAINMENT
Hang out with Carol Burnett.
Courtesy of Elite Entertainment
Carol Burnett
For more than five decades, Carol Burnett has made an impression on audiences. Her half-century-spanning career has included a turn as Miss Hannigan in the 1982 musical Annie and an appearance as Sue Sylvester’s mother on Fox’s Glee. Perhaps her influence is most deeply felt as a result of The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 hilarious years. The variety show broke down barriers for women in entertainment and influenced stars like Tina Fey.

All the more reason to listen up when Burnett tells show business stories and answers questions from the audience at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Be glad for this time together with Burnett at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 17. Tickets are $88 to $179. For more information, visit the Comerica Theatre website. Jason Keil

“Larry Kornegay: New Work”
Larry Kornegay, a Phoenix-based artist and designer, has a keen eye for detail. It’s evident in his paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media assemblage — plus the titles he chooses for them, from Happy Waitress to Ship Wrecked Scholars Rock. See more than 20 of his pieces in “Larry Kornegay: New Work” inside the Ottosen Gallery at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 18, and free with garden admission, which is $24.95 for adults.

“This takes me back to my roots of a degree in drawing and painting, mechanical drafting, and sign painting,” Kornegay wrote in his artist statement for the show. His materials include found objects, steel, concrete, pencil, and latex paint, to name a few. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE COMEDY SPOT
courtesy of the Comedy Spot
Stand-Up Comedy Class
You might know how to deliver a joke that gets the laughs, but the folks hosting Stand-Up Comedy Class at a local club emphasize that it takes a hell of a lot more than that to be a successful comedian. They’ll show you at this course, where you learn about different facets of stand-up, like improvising, dealing with hecklers, creating characters, and how to be a good host. The class includes a guest speaker — a professional, working comedian who will share what’s worked for them and what has bombed.

Your comedy education starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, at The Comedy Spot, 7117 East Third Street in Scottsdale. The class costs $20 to $25; a discounted monthly rate is available. Call 480-945-4422 or visit the Comedy Spot website. Amy Young

“Porøs”

Garth Johnson’s eyes lit up as he approached an installation called “Porøs” one evening in late September. The curator for ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center was exploring another ASU gallery space that was transformed into a grotto-like environment, filled with elements described as “proliferating crystals, percolating rock, and moving liquids” in exhibition materials.

The exhibition was created by Neil Forrest, a Nova Scotia-based artist who “investigates ceramics, architectronics, and the relationship between micro and macro structures.” Its title is Norwegian for “porous.” Odds are, you’ve never encountered anything quite like it. See for yourself at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street, where hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19. The exhibition continues through January 20, 2018. Visit the ASU Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud, 2007. Installation view at Phoenix Art Museum, 2013. Diane and Bruce Halle Collection. - PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud, 2007. Installation view at Phoenix Art Museum, 2013. Diane and Bruce Halle Collection.
Phoenix Art Museum
Open Voice Latinx
Phoenix Art Museum is giving Latinx artists, community members, and staff a chance to speak up.

On Wednesday, December 20, Open Voice Latinx puts the spotlight on community members as they give a personal tour of their art at the museum and explain what it means to them. It’s a fresh way to look at art — and it opens up dialogue about current issues.

The tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, and there’s no charge for the museum after 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lindsay Roberts

A Musical Memoir of the Sixties and Beyond
What happens when Paul McCartney gives you a song? Sixties singing duo Peter and Gordon turned that gift from the Beatle into a hit. “A World Without Love” was a number-one hit it more than 30 countries, back in 1964. Since then, half of that combo, Peter Asher, has gone on to produce music for a mix of artists, from Neil Diamond to 10,000 Maniacs and Morrissey.

At his one-man show, A Musical Memoir of the Sixties and Beyond, Asher will sing and reminisce about his long and intriguing history in the music business, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Tickets are $38.50 to $48.50. Call 480-478-6000 or visit the Musical Instrument Museum website. Amy Young
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
Contact: Jason Keil
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
Laura Latzko
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
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