Explore indigenous binaries with Eric Gansworth at Heard Museum.
Explore indigenous binaries with Eric Gansworth at Heard Museum. courtesy of the Heard Museum
This week is for the nerds. So whether you wanna geek out about musical theater, WWE Wrestling, pop culture, or records, there's something for everyone. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

“Indigenous Binaries: Cultural Survival in Contrast”
Some creatives manage to master both storytelling and visual art. Eric Gansworth is among them, and he’ll be sharing his unique mix of storytelling and high-contrast art during a talk at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue.

During his presentation, titled “Indigenous Binaries: Cultural Survival in Contrast,” Gansworth will explore the complexities of contemporary indigenous experience. It’s a chance to ponder the tensions between Native traditions and pop culture, between America’s past and present, and between the written word and painted image. The free event will be presented with the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 9. Visit the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Ember Moon dishes out some pain to Asuka at an NXT live event last year. - SABRE BLADE/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
Ember Moon dishes out some pain to Asuka at an NXT live event last year.
Sabre Blade/Flickr Creative Commons
WWE’s NXT
When pro wrestler Triple H announced that he’s bringing WWE’s NXT back to the Valley, it seemed too good to be true.


Fans will have the chance to see future superstars in action on Thursday, November 9. That’s just six months after the wrestling show made its Phoenix debut. The lineup has not been set yet, but there have been rumblings on Twitter that ASU alum Tucker Knight (a.k.a. Levi Cooper), member of the tag team Heavy Machinery, would like to appear at the show. Regardless of who appears, we bet it’ll be just as exciting as anything fans would see on Raw or SmackDown Live.

Cheer on the up-and-comers starting at 7:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Tickets are $20 to $75. For more information, visit the Comerica Theatre website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Stuffed animals are welcome at Phoenix Fan Fest. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Stuffed animals are welcome at Phoenix Fan Fest.
Benjamin Leatherman
Bar Flies
Storytelling can be a cathartic experience for both the listener and speaker, and having an Arizona spin can make it even more meaningful. Local writers will share true stories at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue, on Thursday, November 9 as part of the Phoenix New Times series Bar Flies.

Started two years ago, the monthly live readings have focused on topics such as superstitions, homesickness, Christmas, ghost stories, mothers’ wisdom, and sleepovers. This month’s reading will spotlight personal stories from Kon Stamadianos, Britt Kemp, Sari Beliak, Anastasia Freyermuth, and Zaida Dedolph, with curated music by Salvador Bravo. The theme is Not as Advertised. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the 21-and-over show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, visit the Bar Flies website. Laura Latzko

click to enlarge Poke dancing: Touch(ed) brings the world together. - MARIANNE KIM
Poke dancing: Touch(ed) brings the world together.
Marianne Kim
Touch(ed)
The space between touching and not touching is virtually microscopic, but it makes all the difference. Say you have a friend whose hand you happen to never have held, and then something happens and you wind up holding it. Trippy, and fraught with possibilities.

Touch(ed) is a program of multimedia dance theater that brings together faculty, students, and guest artists of ASU West’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies to tell a tactile story from multiple perspectives. The brief production touches (ha ha!) on neurological matters, human rituals, and interpersonal contact through movement, text, and video components.

Performances commence at 6 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, in the University Center Building at 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Admission is free. Visit the ASU event page. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Instrument stand in the form of a divine beast. - COURTESY OF THE HENAN MUSEUM
Instrument stand in the form of a divine beast.
Courtesy of the Henan Museum
“Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China”
Into time travel but don’t have the equipment to get you to those bygone days? Visit the Musical Instrument Museum for the exhibition “Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China.”

View more than 60 rare instruments and works of art dating back to the beginning of Chinese civilization. The show displays ancient flutes and drums, and bronze bells utilized in early Chinese rituals. Music-related art includes a ceramic pillow and a bronze drum stand sculpted in the shape of a beast.

Take in the archaic gems from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Tickets are $7 with paid museum admission of $10 to $20 for adults. The exhibit will be on view through May 6, 2018. Call 480-478-6000 or visit the MIM website for details. Amy Young

click to enlarge It was Earth all along: Convergence at Arcosanti promises some grounding. - JEFF SHEWMON
It was Earth all along: Convergence at Arcosanti promises some grounding.
Jeff Shewmon
Convergence
We’re in awe of Arcosanti, the community north of Phoenix that continues to grow, albeit gradually. Construction began in 1970 under the leadership of the community’s late founder Paolo Soleri, and it continues at a medieval-cathedral pace. The principles of arcology (architecture + ecology) inform buildings, agriculture, and events at the site, including the first Convergence festival and conference from noon Friday, November 10, through Sunday, November 12.

Programming ranges from exploration of economics, climate, and indigeneity to slow food, live performance, and getting right with the universe. For day-trippers, $20 gets you into Sunday’s annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast, which includes a free tour.

Find 13555 South Cross L Road in Mayer, near the Cordes Junction exit from I-17. Admission starts at $80 for a day pass and tops out at $350. Visit a Cooperative website or call 505-850-7602. Camping’s available onsite. Julie Peterson

Cupcake! Kiss Kiss Fang Fang
Halloween’s over, but that doesn’t mean vampires have been laid to rest.

The long-running fetish party Cupcake! is throwing another dance night. And this time, it’s vampire-themed. On Friday, November 10, Kiss Kiss Fang Fang will feature resident bloodsuckers Self.Destrukt, Betty Blackheart, and Beautiful John will spin danceable electro and industrial beats all night long.

Sport your best vampy attire for the bash, which starts at 9 p.m. at Rogue Bar, 423 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge There proves to be life after 40 in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. - COURTESY OF DESERT STAGES THEATRE
There proves to be life after 40 in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
courtesy of Desert Stages Theatre
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs sounds as though it should’ve been on digital cable — starring Vincent Price — or perhaps the opener in a franchise that continues with Darker Still, Dark All the Way to the Bathroom, and Darkness IV: The Recarpeting. But let us not mourn what might have been.

TDATTOTS is a play (later, a film) penned by William Inge, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic, so there you go. In addition to wearing sexual frustration like a latex catsuit, his characters generate welcome humor in the milieu of the small-town American Midwest of, oh, geez, pushing a century ago now.

The play runs through Sunday, November 19, at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback Road. Showtime on Friday, November 10, is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $28 at the Desert Stages theatre or 480-483-1664. Julie Peterson

The Room

Next month, The Disaster Artist is scheduled to hit theaters. It features James Franco and his brother Dave playing director Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero, respectively. The new indie film is based on Sestero’s account of the production of the 2003 cult movie The Room, which is considered an ironic masterpiece by such comedians as Patton Oswalt and David Cross.

Prep for the Francos’ flick by seeing Wiseau’s catastrophe-slash-work of genius at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. For more information, visit the Film Bar website. Jason Kiel

click to enlarge Can you dig? - COURTESY OF DISCOGS
Can you dig?
courtesy of Discogs
Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party
If you have the website Discogs bookmarked, chances are good you’re a vinyl junkie who never gets tired of hunting for another must-have record.

Get your flipping fingers ready. The popular site for buying and selling musical goodies is sponsoring the Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party, where more than 30 vendors will be on-site with records galore to help you expand your collection. By day, vendors will sell their wares. At night, local and national DJs will provide the party soundtrack. Out-of-towners include DJ Day from California, and Breakbeat Lou and Kenny Dope from New York.

Shop for records from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. Then, go home, alphabetize your purchases, and come back for the party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom 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.
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Laura Latzko
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
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.
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