Valley of the Dolls
It’s been 50 years since the film adaptation of Valley of the Dolls, a movie filled with pop art imagery, hit theaters. So Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating. The museum will host a screening of the film at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, with longtime Phoenix New Times contributor Robrt L. Pela.
“It’s typically considered notoriously bad,” Pela says of the 1967 film. “It’s campy, over the top, and ridiculously overacted.” Even so, Pela has a soft spot for VOTD. “It was really making a point about that moment in time.”
He’ll be on hand to discuss Valley of the Dolls, and share behind-the-scenes tidbits. “I’ll bring my defense of the film, which actually succeeds on many levels,” Pela says.
Admission is $7. The event takes place in SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street, where entertainment will include music and other festivities with a retro vibe. Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble
Love black cats but get anxious when they cross your path? You probably always pick up that potentially lucky penny. It’s okay, you’re not alone in letting weird superstitions guide your actions.
At New Times’ storytelling event, Bar Flies: Best of Phoenix, you’ll hear about the superstitions that have infiltrated the lives of local writers. This supersize Bar Flies event, curated by Amy Silverman, mirrors the publication’s yearly Best Of issue, which is loaded with tales about charms or hoodoos. The storytellers are Cindy Dach, Jacob Meders, Rudri Patel, Sativa Peterson, Kim Porter, Brad Snyder, and Ray Stern. Jason P. Woodbury will keep the music flowing throughout the night.
Your lucky night begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is $10. Call 602-716- 2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Amy Young
When Ireland began to crave separation from the U.K., it took only 400 years to get that done. And then the hits just kept on coming. In 1972, in Northern Ireland’s Derry, British paratroopers killed 14 people during a demonstration. The surviving suspects might soon be charged.
While we wait, Derry’s Bogside Artists have turned the streets into a gallery of murals commemorating civil rights and the victims of their violation. A traveling installation of fabric replicas and historical context, “From Protest to Peace,” brings The People’s Gallery of Bogside to the Irish Cultural Center through Saturday, May 26, 2018. Hours on Thursday, October 5, are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1106 North Central Avenue. Admission is $5 to $10 at the Irish Cultural Center website or 602-258-0109. Julie Peterson
“There should be unicorns / The ones with the purple eyes / Not the green eyes.” Those lyrics come directly from the song “There Should be Unicorns,” by experimental rock band The Flaming Lips. Though they tend to incorporate the mythical creature into their performances, we agree that more unicorns would be a good thing.
That track is from the band’s recent release, Oczy Mlody. Like all Flaming Lips albums released since 1986, it merges the beautiful and the bizarre to create the band’s signature alt-rock. And the music sounds like it was created on another planet and sprinkled onto Earth. This band’s live shows are as intriguing as their tunes, with such colorful theatrics as unicorn figures and imagery, balloons, puppets, and sometimes Miley Cyrus.
Prepare for a wild sonic, psychedelic ride when you enter the band’s magical universe at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Tickets are $40 to $50. Call 602-379-2800 or visit the Comerica Theatre website. Amy Young
One night each year, Legend City Studios becomes the epicenter of the metro Phoenix art scene. It’s happened every First Friday in October for nearly two decades, thanks to a trio of artists who started the free “Chaos Theory” exhibition that’s become an annual must-see.
The show is named for a mathematical principle that says small changes can produce large effects. Today, “Chaos Theory” is organized by Randy Slack, who helped launch it. He chooses dozens of artists to participate, mixing up the roster just enough each year to keep people coming back for more.
Make your way to 521 West Van Buren Street anytime after 6 p.m. on Friday, October 6, to check it out. You’ll see works by some of Arizona’s best-known creatives, and get the chance to rub elbows with fellow art lovers, collectors, and creatives. Visit the Legend City Studios Facebook page. Lynn Trimble
In Japan in September, people observe the practice of otsukimi, or moon viewing, to show appreciation for and to ask for a good harvest. The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix pays tribute to the tradition each year with its Otsukimi Moonviewing Festival.
The event will be held Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, and features an array of things to do. The Phoenix Astronomical Society will lead a stargazing session. Throughout the garden, performers will showcase traditional Japanese dance and music, including the art of playing taiko drums, pipa guitar, Shakuhachi flute, and a stringed instrument called the koto.
The celebration also will have lantern, bamboo, and calligraphy displays. Traditional Japanese tea ceremonies on Saturday night will have limited seating.
Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. each night at 1125 North Third Avenue. For the general public, admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the entrance, and kids 3 to 12 get in for $5. Discounts are available for garden members. The tea ceremonies cost an extra $15 per person. For more information, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden website. Laura Latzko
Why stay home with your reality TV dance competitions when you can experience the real thing? It’s nearly time for this year’s Arizona Dance Festival, a two-night affair that showcases work by emerging and established dancers from Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and other cities around the state. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at Tempe Center for the Arts.
The opening night lineup features more than a dozen performances in styles that include ballet, contemporary, and modern dance — as well as flamenco, Indian dance, and swing. Companies with dancers performing Friday night include CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, and Movement Source. The festival is organized by Lisa Chow, artistic director for Desert Dance.
Saturday, October 7, features a whole other program. Both nights, there’s a post-performance discussion with dancers. Tickets are $20 for a single performance, or $30 for both. Visit the Desert Dance Theatre website. Lynn Trimble
It’s hard to picture Howie Mandel without hearing the words “Deal or No Deal,” the name of the NBC game show he hosted for several years. His career has been steeped in TV, from roles on the defunct hospital drama ER to a current stint as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
When he’s not busy appearing on television, Mandel hits the road — typically about 200 days a year — to entertain crowds with his energetic stand-up show. He takes his off-the-rails style through a range of subject matter.
Enjoy the comedic roller-coaster ride at 7:30 or 10 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission for the 21-and-older show is $40; a two-drink minimum is required. Call 480-719-6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young
Someday, a bunch of you will die off, and things from the 1950s won’t be so blindingly popular. (Though Formica may be the indestructible cockroach of decor.) Until that day, there’s Charles Phoenix, a cheerful, disarming fella who sealed his fame by championing the cherpumple, a.k.a. the turducken of desserts. Three pies inside three cakes is a no-brainer — of course it caught our attention!
Shockingly, Phoenix isn’t from Phoenix, but he’ll visit us again on Friday, October 6, to share his slides and “lecture” spotlighting the early days of The Happiest Place on Earth. See his Retro Disneyland Slide Show at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $38 at 480-782-2680 or the Chandler Center for the Arts website. Julie Peterson
Fans of Halloween, it’s the month you’ve been waiting for. The scary season is in full swing, evidenced by the hordes of costumes, decorations, and other eerie ephemera for sale at shops across the Valley right now. If your tastes in Halloween gear are bit more arty, however, consider ditching the displays at the big-box stores or chain retailers in favor of the more homespun and hand-crafted items found at Monster Market.
The one-day event on Saturday, October 7, will feature dozens of local artisans, vendors, and crafty types selling their spooky wares, art work, and apparel inside the Moxy Hotel, 1333 South Rural Road in Tempe. Workshops covering how to create your own Halloween makeup, geeky eats, and other subjects also will be conducted and a screening of The Lost Boys in planned.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $20 per person, and VIP packages offering a variety of perks are $30 to $100. See the Monster Market website. Benjamin Leatherman
Read on for more of the best things to do in metro Phoenix this week.