The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Learn about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols.
Learn about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols. Melissa Fossum
Nothing to do this week? Not anymore. You can master the art of protest at "NOT," celebrate fall's favorite baked good at Pie Social, or throw it back during the 1984! New Wave Fridays dance party. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage
When rock historians discuss the implosion of The Sex Pistols, they often reference an interview with Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen that’s featured in Lech Kowalski’s film D.O.A.: A Right of Passage. In the infamous scene, Spungen is trying to keep the bassist awake and coherent while discussing Johnny Rotten’s less-than-stellar performance that evening.

This bizarre and haunting moment is one of the many highlights of this raw 1980 documentary that chronicles The Pistols and the punk movement at their ferocious peak. Re-released and restored, this snapshot of the movement that changed culture forever features The Clash, X-Ray Spex, and Billy Idol’s old band Generation X.

Never mind the bollocks when the doc screens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, and again at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 17, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. For more information, visit the Film Bar website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Learn the fine art of flash memoir writing from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dambrowski. - \OFELIA MONTELONGO
Learn the fine art of flash memoir writing from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dambrowski.
\Ofelia Montelongo
Flash Memoir Workshop
Ever had a flashback to a moment in your life filled with indelible joy or pain? Maybe you wished you’d written it down, but never picked up the paper and pen. Be ready next time a poignant memory strikes, using strategies from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dambrowski.

She’s leading a free flash memoir workshop at Tempe History Museum, 809 East Southern Avenue, on Thursday, November 16. The free event kicks off at 7 p.m. It’s all about writing flash memoir pieces of 1,000 words or less.

It’s a chance to brainstorm topical ideas, read, and discuss a recent work of flash fiction, and learn the basic tools of flash memoir writing. Visit the Tempe History Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets
There are few adjectives that adequately capture how badly the Phoenix Suns began their 2017-18 season. Abysmal, putrid, and godawful come close, but “historic” feels particularly damning.

The Suns performed historically badly in the season’s first three games, which is precisely how long it took for them to sack head coach Earl Watson. Whether it’s a searing indictment on Watson or ringing praise for interim head coach Jay Triano, the Suns have since shown incredible cohesion and effort.

This newfound swagger hasn’t always translated to wins for the team, which is still young and often outmatched, but it has yielded a new adjective: promising. The Suns host the Houston Rockets at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

Tickets are $14 and up. Visit the Phoenix Suns website or call 602-379-2000 for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge Take some time to yourself. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Take some time to yourself.
Lynn Trimble
Weekly Mindfulness Sessions
Life can suck, but that doesn’t mean that your attitude has to. Practicing a little mindfulness can help change the way you think.

Take a moment to hit the reset button during Weekly Mindfulness Sessions. On November 16, you can try this in practice at the Dorrance Sculpture Garden at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue.

This event recurs every Thursday at noon — rain or shine. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lindsay Roberts

1984! New Wave Fridays
Whether you grew up in the ’80s, lived through the decade, or are just now discovering its pop-culture touchstones, there’s plenty of music to appreciate — and dance to. During the Rebel Lounge’s 1984! New Wave Fridays underground dance party, you can hear some of your favorites like Depeche Mode, The Pet Shop Boys, or The Cure, as well as deeper cuts from The Danse Society, Fad Gadget, or Book of Love.

On Friday, November 17, DJ Xam Renn will spin a variety of alternate, New Wave, EBM, and dark wave music. The 21-and-over dance party is free and starts at 11 p.m. at 2303 East Indian School Road. For more information, call 602-296-7013 or go to the Rebel Lounge website. Laura Latzko

Main Street Prototyping Festival
Springy pool noodles offer endless bendy, summertime fun. But that’s not all they’re good for.

The colorful, spongy toys are repurposed into an interactive installation called Noodle at the Main Street Prototyping Festival. It’s one of the event’s 20 temporary prototypes designed by a variety of creators, including artists, designers, architects, students, and urban planners. The pieces will activate public spaces in Mesa, bringing people together to enhance the vibrancy of the community.

Take a look at the innovations from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 17, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. Admission is free, and the event continues through Saturday, November 18. Call 480-644-6500 or visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Join the art resistance with Ann Morton on Third Friday. - ANN MORTON
Join the art resistance with Ann Morton on Third Friday.
Ann Morton
Phoenix artist Ann Morton has done the math. If he serves a full term, Donald Trump will be president for 1,460 days. It’s inspired a new piece of fiber art, made with strips torn from “Make America Great Again” T-shirts.

Morton has used the strips to create ropes and knots, and netting in the image of the American flag.

They’re all part of Morton’s “NOT” exhibition for Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art. The free show is on view from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday, November 17, in a shipping container gallery at 425 East Roosevelt Street.

For Morton, the work is an act of resistance. It highlights the personal and collective turmoil wrought by Trump’s torrent of inadequacies. Visit the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Paula Rebelo chases desire in The River Bride. - TIM FULLER
Paula Rebelo chases desire in The River Bride.
Tim Fuller
The River Bride
You’ve probably attended weddings where a couple of attendants smash. Or worse. We can’t disclose, even though half the folks are now dead or transitioned. But how about the one where a man emerges from the river to perturb the bride and her sister? That’s the setup of The River Bride.

Marisela Treviño Orta’s play, which won the 2013 Arizona Theatre Company National Latino Playwriting Award, takes place in Brazil.

ATC’s production continues through Sunday, December 3. Showtime for the final preview is 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets start at $25, with discounts available for students, seniors, and military, at the Arizona Theatre website or 602-256-6995. Julie Peterson

Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood Home Tour
Amid all the strides that downtown Phoenix has made in the last decade — including the rapid proliferation of restaurants and hangouts, and the emergence of Roosevelt Row as the epicenter of the Valley’s artistic identity — it’s easy to focus on the city’s promising future.

But the truth is, no developer, investment group, or Valley-loving visionary can top the allure of the past. Which is why Phoenix’s most prized sections of residential history customarily host neighborhood tours. The Roosevelt Action Association invites you to the Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood Home Tour, a family-friendly tour of one of the Valley’s oldest neighborhoods, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18. Ticket prices start at $13. Visit the Roosevelt website for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge For the first time, live is better than the book. - INGRID CHRISTIE
For the first time, live is better than the book.
Ingrid Christie
David Sedaris
David Sedaris writes spittingly funny essays. They’re even funnier when he reads them aloud. It’s hard to say which ingredient in the Sedaris breakfast burrito is more choice. You’ll also find palatable insight into issues of family, marriage, and identity within that tortilla. And something we call mordant pissiness, fortunately served on the side.

His depictions of his neighbors, parents, and siblings are not universally flattering, but they’re absolutely interesting and memorable, and maybe that’s the best they can hope for from a writer from the neighborhood. Sedaris himself admits to some non-exemplary behavior, which somehow warms our feelings about him. Though the world he observes is often bizarre (go figure), it’s an oddly cozy, relatable one.

Tickets are $29 to $69 for a reading, Q&A, and book-signing with Sedaris on Saturday, November 18, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street. Visit the Phoenix Ticket Force website or call 602-262-6225. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Be moved by history when the renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company returns to ASU Gammage. - LIZA VOLL PHOTOGRAPHY
Be moved by history when the renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company returns to ASU Gammage.
Liza Voll Photography
Analogy/Ambrose: The Emigrant
Choreographers Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong spent four years exploring memory, storytelling, and form to create a series of dance works called the Analogy Trilogy. See the final piece in the trilogy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, when Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company performs Analogy/Ambrose: The Emigrant at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue.

It’s inspired in part by the work of W. G. Sebald, whose 1992 novel The Emigrants shares the stories of four German immigrants in the context of memory, trauma, and forgiveness. Company materials liken Analogy/Ambrose: The Emigrant to origami that’s being repeatedly folded and opened.

Here, reflections on history aren’t linear. And movement is a meaningful way to explore its many interconnections. Tickets are $20. Visit the ASU Gammage website. Lynn Trimble

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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
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