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click to enlarge Check out eats from dozens of food artisans at our Phoenix A'fare Restaurant event. - ANDY HARTMARK
Check out eats from dozens of food artisans at our Phoenix A'fare Restaurant event.
Andy Hartmark
Best of Phoenix A’fare
Wanna celebrate our Best of Phoenix issue? Samesies. Mark your calendar for the Best of Phoenix A’fare, which will feature food from 40 Valley restaurants, along with beer, wine, and cocktails at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 East Missouri Avenue. Expect an evening filled with libations, entertainment, and palm-reading from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 14. Guests should wear cocktail attire. Admission for this 21-and-older event is $45 for general and $65 for VIP. For more information, visit the Best of Phoenix A’fare website. Lindsay Roberts

Arizona State University v. University of Washington
While “trusting the process” might work in other sports arenas, it’s a luxury that college football programs —with their transient personnel — simply cannot afford. Sure, “win or go home” is a ubiquitous eye-roller of a cliche throughout the wide world of sports, but it’s particularly true on the collegiate level, which puts ASU football head coach Todd Graham’s job in peril.

Staring down a third straight losing season, Graham will have to wrestle a very large rabbit from a hat by defeating a superior University of Washington team on Saturday, October 14, should he hope to remain employed through the fall. The Huskies bring their potent offense, led by junior quarterback Jake Browning, to Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium, 500 East Veterans Way, on Saturday, October 14, to take on the Sun Devils. Game time is 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 and up for non-students. Visit the Sun Devil website or call 480-727-0000 for details. Rob Kroehler

Native American Connections Parade
When you want to spread information and celebrate, your best bet is taking it to the streets.

The annual Native American Connections Parade is an example of an organization doing just that. The local org’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through Native American, culturally appropriate services, ranging from behavioral health to housing.

The spirited parade will be filled with dancers, artists, and musicians showcasing the value of this important mission. Get a spot on the route to take it all in from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14. The parade starts at Third and Oak streets and ends at Steele Indian School Park, 4520 North Central Avenue. Call 602-254-3247 or visit the Native Connections website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Murderess is killing you, smalls. - SCOTT COBLIO
Murderess is killing you, smalls.
Scott Coblio
When our suitcase is overweight at the airport, we shuffle some items into our carryon. So it wasn’t crazy for Winnie Ruth Judd to do the same with parts of her victims. But maybe the rest of it was kind of insane.

Since the release of Scott Coblio’s 2007 film Murderess, Trunk Space has screened the movie every year right around October 16, the anniversary of Phoenix’s scandalous 1931 double murder that forever changed the way we look at rice pudding and ironing boards. The actors in Murderess are marionettes, but worse actors have won Oscars.

This year, Trunk Space and FilmBar team up to present the fan favorite at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at 815 North Second Street. Admission is $7. See the FilmBar website. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Carolyn Lavender’s Predator – Prey for “Tikkun Olam II” (while it was a work in progress). - CAROLYN LAVENDER
Carolyn Lavender’s Predator – Prey for “Tikkun Olam II” (while it was a work in progress).
Carolyn Lavender
“Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World”
Paradise Valley artist Beth Ames Swartz is on a mission. Last year, she launched a series of “Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World” exhibitions, whose title references a Jewish concept centered on healing the world through acts of kindness.

Swartz has been making art for more than five decades, and she’s beloved by many for the time she spends mentoring and supporting other artists. This year’s “Tikkun Olam II” exhibition features works by four women artists working in diverse media: Janet de Berge Lange, Carolyn Lavender, Ann Morton, and Lauren Strohacker.

Be the first to see it during the free opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 East Culver Street. Visit the Arizona Jewish Historical Society website. Lynn Trimble

Puente Human Rights Movement 10th Anniversary
Fighting for justice and human rights is more important than ever given our current political climate. It’s a great time to do that — and to applaud those who have given their time and energy to fight the good fight.

Local grassroots humanitarian organization Puente Human Rights Movement invites you to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The nonprofit started in 2007 to build a political home for migrant communities in Arizona. It’s gone on to build a base of leaders and members who have rallied to fight against anti-immigrant movements and laws.

Get involved while you enjoy music and festivities from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, at 1602 East Roosevelt Street. Tickets range from $22.09 to $528.49. Call 602-252-1283 or visit the Puente website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Artist Jun Kaneko glazing sculptures in Mexico. - PHOTO BY TAKASHI HATAKEYAMA
Artist Jun Kaneko glazing sculptures in Mexico.
Photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
Jun Kaneko
Sculptor Jun Kaneko makes large-scale, hand-built sculptures that include the dumpling-shaped dangos you might have seen at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport or ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center. But he also creates tall Tanuki sculptures, inspired by real animals that get shape-shifting abilities in Japanese folklore.

Kaneko uses his ceramic forms as canvases for creating colorful designs with repeated dots and lines. You can see nearly 20 of his glazed ceramic and bronze forms in a new solo exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, where they dot the landscape along winding garden pathways.

Check it out between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, October 16. The exhibition is free with garden admission, which is $24.95 for adults. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden website. Lynn Trimble

Thomas Moore
Pop psychologist and self-help guru Thomas Moore dominated the bestseller lists in the 1990s with his treatises on the soul, including Care for the Soul and Soul Mates. Heck, he’s probably inadvertently responsible for all those Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well.

But he’s still devoted to spiritual well-being, hosting seminars, lectures, and retreats worldwide. And at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, you can get a sample of his wisdom at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe.

Moore will be sharing his thoughts on aging and signing copies of his latest work, Ageless Soul. Books are $26.99 and include a ticket that admits two for the signing. For more information, call 480-730-0205 or visit the Changing Hands website. Michael Senft

click to enlarge Astronaut Terry Virts will speak at the Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series. - COURTESY OF TERRY VIRTS
Astronaut Terry Virts will speak at the Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series.
Courtesy of Terry Virts
National Geographic Live!
Scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and explorers featured in National Geographic have helped shape what we know about the world — and how we see it. During Mesa Art Center’s five-show National Geographic Live! series, you can hear about these explorers’ adventures.

The series opens on Wednesday, October 18, with a behind-the-scenes talk by Terry Virts, an astronaut who, while stationed on the International Space Station, installed and worked on the Cupola module, a dome-shaped tower that allowed him to capture panoramic photographs of Earth. His work is featured in the book View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World and the documentary A Beautiful Planet.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 1 East Main Street, and tickets range from $26 to $40. The series will continue with various lectures through March 28. For more information, call 480-644-6500 or go to the Mesa Arts Center website. Laura Latzko

click to enlarge Jose Damasceno, Nota sobre uma cena acesa ou os dez mil lapiz (Note on a Lit Scene or the Ten Thousand Pencils), 2000. 10,000 pencils on wood panel. Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo Collection, MAM Sao Paulo Contemporary Nucleus Acquisition. - ROMULO FIALDINI
Jose Damasceno, Nota sobre uma cena acesa ou os dez mil lapiz (Note on a Lit Scene or the Ten Thousand Pencils), 2000. 10,000 pencils on wood panel. Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo Collection, MAM Sao Paulo Contemporary Nucleus Acquisition.
Romulo Fialdini
College Night
Can’t quite figure out how to pay for ramen, textbooks, and highbrow art experiences on a student budget? The folks at Phoenix Art Museum get it. That’s why they’re hosting College Night on Wednesday, October 18. Visit 1625 North Central Avenue for a night filled with art-making with Bill Dambrova, food-truck fare, and DJ Miguel Ivery spinning Brazilian music from 6 until 9 p.m.

This event is free for all higher education students with school ID. Students will also receive discounted $2 ticket to the special “Past/Future/Present” exhibition. Visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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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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