19 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Jim Louvau
In metro Phoenix this week, you have the chance to hear a lot of unique stories: the lowdown from Rob Lowe, an evening with comedian Kevin Smith, and an edition of Bar Flies themed "Mother Knows Best." Here's your guide to all that — and more. (See New Times' calendar of events for other things to do this week.)

Linger Longer Lounge Karaoke
In this increasingly tolerant world of ours, where decidedly out-of-practice yoga gurus can triumphantly wear their yoga pants in public, we’ve not only emboldened countless millions to embrace their flaws but —discretion be damned— amplify them. And if you think about it, this all started with karaoke. What better way to propagate an army of over-zealous neophytes with tragically misguided internal talent barometers than by giving a microphone to every tone-deaf diva in America?

Still, it’s fun. And while becoming the next Mariah or M.J. is probably out of the question, don’t stop believing and definitely don’t stop stretching. Linger Longer Lounge, 6522 North 16th Street, hosts karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. on Monday, May 8. There’s no cover for the 21-and-over event. Visit Linger Longer Lounge website or call 602-264-4549 for details. Rob Kroehler

All eyes in the American art world may be focused on this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York City. But there’s a biennial exhibit happening in Tempe that includes prints created by 28 Native American and indigenous artists from the ASU Art Museum collection.

It’s called “Map(ing),” which stands for Multiple Artists Printing (Native and Indigenous Geographies). Featured works explore culture, place, language, and identity.

See the exhibition, curated by Mary Hood, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. Hood is an artist and ASU associate professor for the School of Art.

“Map(ing)” is one of several exhibits on view at ASU Art Museum, 51 East Tenth Street in Tempe. It continues through June 17. Visit the ASU Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Talk Cinema
If you’re the type of person who says “film” when discussing the particular art form we enjoy while scarfing popcorn, you might enjoy the Talk Cinema series. It’s a movie (forgive us) event with sneak previews of newer independent and foreign films along with discussions that oftentimes feature the film’s talent. Film critic Harlan Jacobson (from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and other film festivals) selects each screening.

The season finale of Talk Cinema is Johnny O’Reilly’s Moscow Never Sleeps, which follows five people’s lives in contemporary Russia. The talk starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $17. Attendees 29 and younger get half off with code 29UNDER. Call 480-499-8587 or see Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts website. Lauren Cusimano

[image-16] Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Detroit Tigers
Ever notice how no one in Arizona is actually from Arizona? It’s a question we Phoenicians get all the time. Of course, it’s not the case, as Arizona boasts plenty of native residents. But they tend to seem few and far between — especially when compared to the seemingly massive populace that hails from the Midwest.
If you’re from Michigan, for example, maybe you brought your hometown spirit with you, including a diehard support of the Detroit Tigers. If so, you can cheer them on when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Or if you’ve switched sides, bring your D-backs love to the game. So far this season, both teams hold similar win-loss records. See who walks away victorious at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $19 to $250. Call 602-514-8400 or visit Ticketmaster. Amy Young

click to enlarge Patrons of the Linger Longer Lounge. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Patrons of the Linger Longer Lounge.
Benjamin Leatherman
Bar Flies
Bar Flies returns to Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue, this month. The theme this time around? “Mother Knows Best.” Readers include Lily Altavena, Melissa Campana, Jesus Gutierrez, Tricia Parker, Deborah Sussman, and New Times managing editor Amy Silverman and editor-in-chief Stuart Warner. Curated by Silverman, the show’s all but guaranteed to make you wanna call your mom. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7. New Times contributor Amy Young will select the music for the evening. Tickets are $5 and available through www.ticketfly.com. For details, see the Valley Bar website. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge Nothing but (Aqua) Net: Catch some hair at Beehive: The ’60s Musical. - REG MADISON PHOTOGRAPHY
Nothing but (Aqua) Net: Catch some hair at Beehive: The ’60s Musical.
Reg Madison Photography
Beehive: The ’60s Musical
World-rocker of the day? We just learned that Otis Redding wrote “Respect” to be sung to a woman by a man. In our opinion, it barely even makes sense that way, so we’re glad that Aretha Franklin’s the artist who made it a monster hit— and that it appears, along with dozens of other female-crooned standards, in Beehive: The ’60s Musical, at Phoenix Theatre through Sunday, June 4. The show’s a revue as opposed to a “book” musical, so you won’t have to track complex plotlines as you slide through those tumultuous years with the cast, serenaded with everything from the dulcet harmonies of girl groups to the snarls of Janis Joplin. A kick-ass band, killer costumes, old-school dance moves, and, seriously, 40 wigs help round out the experience. Groove with it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets start at $30 at 602-254-2151 or the Phoenix Theatre website. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Doctorow is coming to the Valley to discuss the novel and the future of free speech on the internet. - COURTESY OF JONATHANWORTH.COM
Doctorow is coming to the Valley to discuss the novel and the future of free speech on the internet.
Courtesy of jonathanworth.com
“Bird Cloud Island”
There’s a new hotel in town, and it’s for the birds. Well, sort of. It’s an art installation by Koryn Woodward Wasson, created for Scottsdale Public Art. “Bird Cloud Island” opens on Thursday, May 11, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3829 North Drinkwater Boulevard. Wasson and her husband, fellow artist Roy Wasson Valle, created the impressive “Camp Dreamtree” installation in the same space back in 2014. Leave your nest that night to explore Wasson’s bird-infused world between 5 and 7:30 p.m., when she’ll be leading tours of the Midcentury Modern hotel’s many bird-friendly amenities — including Early’s Diner, Jewel Pool, and the Good-Night Show at the Luna Club. The show’s grand opening is free and open to all ages. Go ahead and make your own bird mask or concierge cap while you’re there. We won’t judge. “Bird Cloud Island” continues through Thursday, August 31. Watch for related workshops during the show’s run. Visit Scottsdale Public Arts' website. Lynn Trimble

All Balanchine
Known as the “father of American ballet,” choreographer George Balanchine played a major role in shaping contemporary ballet by merging classic and modern styles, techniques, and music. From Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street, Ballet Arizona will present adaptations of three of Balanchine’s works during All Balanchine. The ballet company debuts its “Arizona Square Dance,” a work combining American folk dance and classic ballet, and showcases different sides of Balanchine as a choreographer with the Southwestern-themed “Western Symphony” and the plotless “Agon.” Tickets for the performances start at $25. For more information, go to Ballet Arizona's website. Laura Latsko

click to enlarge Necklaces featured in Carrie Marill’s PunkWasp fashion accessories line. - CARRIE MARILL
Necklaces featured in Carrie Marill’s PunkWasp fashion accessories line.
Carrie Marill
Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
If you’re a sponge for celebrity culture, soaking up every little tidbit and clinging to every juicy detail, here’s your chance to step away from the TMZ trash talk and hear some tales straight from the source. Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends is the title of a best-selling book by the actor, as well as this one-night-only live storytelling event. See Lowe dig into stories about his life and his career in show business that’s now more than four decades long. From a humorous tale about his first visit to the Playboy mansion to a poignant look at one of his kids leaving the nest, he offers a look inside his world. Get a peek behind the curtain at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street. Tickets are $30 to $165; a VIP experience is also available. Call 480-644-6500 or visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Amy Young

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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
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.
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