Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Holy crap, is it Draw a Burlesque Performer season again already? Yes! After several years without a remote campus of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, Phoenix will enjoy the debut of a fresh iteration of the internationally popular event.
The monthly pencilfest lets a serious artist get a workout while the rest of us weirdos can draw horribly and have fun anyway, with alcohol, theme nights, live performances, and so forth at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission’s free and limited to folks 21 and older. On Monday, April 24, from 7 to 10 p.m., find out whether these models can hold still. ’Cause it seems as though that isn’t their specialty. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Julie Peterson
While others fret about whether they’re having a good hair day, Phoenix artist Christine Cassano is busy incorporating strands of her own locks into works of art. It’s one of many materials Cassano uses to explore ecological, biological, and technological shifts in contemporary society.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, you can see her new solo “Black Box” exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, One East Main Street. Cassano describes it as “a piece of visual poetry about living in the afterglow of the modern era.” The free exhibit continues through August 6. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Lynn Trimble
DeSoto Team Trivia
Insert smart opening joke about alternative facts here. That way, you’ll be super relieved to realize actual facts still carry some weight around these parts. That is, when you consider that local bars and hangouts still host weekly trivia events for honor, accolades, and plain old fun.
Now that you’re done laughing, know that DeSoto Team Trivia happens every Tuesday at DeSoto Central Market, 915 North Central Avenue. The next one runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on April 25. Speak the truth to earn points, possibly prizes, and certainly some major cred from your teammates and hosts Michael and Willie. There will also be drink specials and food available for purchase.
DeSoto Team Trivia is a free event. For more information, call 602-680-7747 or see the DeSoto Central Market website. Lauren Cusimano
Chatterbox: Animal Encounters
If you’re the kind of person who practices personal narratives in the mirror just waiting for your moment to shine, the wait is over. Chatterbox Storytelling Open Mic Night: Animal Encounters offers the stage to people of all ages to share their stories of interactions with fuzzy foes and friends. Whether it’s a silly story about Fido or an epic about a shark attack, all tales are welcome.
Though anyone can participate, attendees should note that stories might have adult themes and language. Sign-up for the free show starts at 7:30 p.m.and the show runs from 8 to 10 on Wednesday, April 26. More information on Facebook. Lindsay Roberts
The star-packed 1930 film Grand Hotel was based on a play based on Vicki (née Hedwig) Baum’s 1929 novel People at the Hotel, a title that honestly doesn’t sound any catchier in German. (Though those were simpler times.) Baum, on the other hand, was a harp-
As years passed, people thought, “This thing would make a dynamite musical!” as people tend to do. And in 1989, Grand Hotel the tuner came to the stage. Fountain Hills Theater has prepared a production for your delight, including such characters as a suave super-thief, a fading ballerina, and “Flämmchen the pregnant typist.”
Showtime on Thursday, April 27, is 8 p.m. The run continues through Sunday, May 7, at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. Tickets are $28 to $35 at 480-837-9661, extension 3, or the Fountain Hills Theatre website. Julie Peterson
In case you’re confused: Yes, there’s a clear line between rap and spoken word. The two aren’t interchangeable.The former brings musicality into the mix, using its rhythms and sounds to add emotion or power to words. Spoken word may include peripherals like music, gestures, or props. At Words Within the Rhyme, the two worlds come together in an intimate setting for an audience to get the best of both worlds.
Hosted by MysticBlu, who also performs live music on this night, the roster of performers includes Charlie West, Akreshon, Matt Haze, PK the Poet, I Dee, and special guest Val. Things get wordy at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. Admission is $5. Visit Valley Bar's website. Amy Young
Ryan Dalton Book-Signing
Local YA author Ryan Dalton is back, albeit a little later than expected, with the second novel in his “Time Shift” trilogy, The Black Tempest. The book’s delay is not his fault, however.
Originally slated for a January release, Dalton’s career was thrown into limbo when his publisher went belly up last year with no notice. Fortunately, another publisher picked it up almost immediately, and it hits stores this week.
The sequel to 2016’s The Year of Lightning follows the adventures of teenage twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert as they fight supernatural evil to protect the flow of time. In The Black Tempest, they must stop the titular power, as it brings a new ice age to their hometown of Emmett’s Bluff.
On Thursday, April 27, Dalton hosts a release party at Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 West Camelback Road, at 7 p.m. Call 602-274-0067 or visit the Changing Hands website for more information. Michael Senft
The phrase “taking it to the streets” is about to get a new twist. That’s because Phoenix creatives Pete Petrisko and Stacey Champion are launching their latest weekend street art challenge in downtown Phoenix. It’s the second year they’ve called on artists and other community members to join them in hacking public spaces with free visual and performance art.
“Show It! Say It! Do It!” kicks off on Friday, April 28, at 6 p.m. It’s a chance to transform public spaces into expressions of protest, critique, irony, humor, beauty, celebration, subversion, and the like. Make the city your canvas, using tools such as stickers, posters, stencils, sculptures, art installations, yarn bombing, chalk art, and wheat paste. Or take your own blend of pop-up music, dance, theater, or film to the streets.
Find ideas on what to make, and where, at the Facebook event page. Lynn Trimble
Arizona Tattoo Invitational
During the Arizona Tattoo Invitational at Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa, 9495 West Coyotes Boulevard, 150 of the top tattoo artists from around the country will meet and ink prospective clients. The event offers a chance to interact with TV stars from Ink Master and Best Ink, including Anthony Michaels, Roman Abrego, Tommy Montoya, Walter “Sausage” Frank, and Joey Hamilton. The invitational will also feature a tattoo competition with categories such as best Aztec, portrait, or Asian tattoo, a pinup contest, live art demos, and an art gallery featuring work by the event’s tattoo artists.
The event runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. General admission for the show is $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. The 18-and-younger set gets in free, while members of the military get a $5 off discount. To find out more, go to the Arizona Tattoo Invitational website. Laura Latzko
Read on for more of this week's best events, including Wet Electric and ZapCon.