Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week

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Wednesday, November 21: Defending the Caveman @ Phoenix Theatre Paleolithic dieting (or noshing on animal protein and edible plants that would have been available to prehistoric man) has caught fire in the past few years. Whether you've joined the craze or not, you can further kick it old school by catching the hit one-man show Defending the Caveman on Thursday, November 1, at 8 p.m.

Phoenix Theatre's take on the solo show that still reigns as the longest running Broadway show of its kind might touch upon the appetite of primitive man, but it's much more about connecting the dots between how men relate to women and the world around them and the days of loincloths and knuckle-dragging. Valley actor and Renaissance man Gene Ganssle tackles the title role written and originated by comedian Rob Becker. -- Jose Gonzalez

Thursday, November 22: RedMonkey: Work That Turkey @ Monarch Theater Thanksgiving is a time for traditions both good and bad, whether it involves gathering at grandmama's house for the annual government-sanctioned gorge on mashed potatoes and stuffing or tolerating your creepy uncle's yearly onslaught of awful jokes. Meanwhile, local house music godfather Pete "SuperMix" Salaz will once again be staging his Turkey Day tradition, the annual RedMonkey dance party at the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, on Thursday, November 22. As in year's past, the Thanksgiving night throwdown is subtitled "Work That Turkey" and will feature Salaz and a few of his nearest and dearest laying down house music hits in abundance.

And since the holidays are all about reuniting with long-lost members of your kith and kin, Salaz will be bringing out some of the local scene's prodigal sons to the event, including Valley expat Eddie Amador and onetime Bombshelter DJs member Emile Ananian. Local selector Ehouse will also perform. The all-night event runs from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Admission is $10. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Friday, November 23: The Art of the Phoenix @ The Sagrado On Friday, November 23, more than 20 local artists present their visions, interpretations, and sightings of the Phoenix.

Artists Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna, Breeze One, Jules Demetrius, Ray Rivas, Djentrification, Albert Rodriguez, James Hiralez, Damian Amoros, Julia Duran, 2Des, Peter Votichenko, Teodoro, Queen Loopy, Randy B., Billy Acero, Closer, Tariq, Ashley Macias, Samuel Gomez, Angelica, and Niba are all very familiar with the Phoenix, a bird found in literature by Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, and Arabians. It was known as a firebird, one that built itself a nest of twigs, burst into flames, disintegrated, and rose anew from its own ashes at the end of every life cycle. Our city was named in the 1860s because it rose from land once inhabited by the Hohokam.

"The Art of the Phoenix" is on view at The Sagrado, 1023 Northwest Grand Avenue, a gallery/boutique that's directed by Jay "Tranzo" Olivas and Samuel Gomez, and curated by painter El Moises. -- By Claire Lawton

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Claire Lawton
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