See Swapna Das explore "Ten Worlds" on the ASU Downtown campus.
See Swapna Das explore "Ten Worlds" on the ASU Downtown campus. Swapna Das
Need to make plans this week? Go see Kevin Smith, cheer on the Diamondbacks, or release your inner child at Arizona Toy Con. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Elizabeth Smart

When she was 14, Elizabeth Smart was held captive for nine months by a man who claimed he was a prophet. She survived and wrote about her abduction and rescue in her memoir My Story. Fifteen years later, the activist has written about her journey forward in Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up.

In it, Smart shares more of her story — as well as inspiring discussions with Ann Romney and Diane Von Furstenburg.

Smart will discuss and sign her latest book at 7 p.m on Thursday, March 29, at Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive. Admission for one person and a copy of the book is $26.99. Admission for two people costs $4 more. For more information, visit the Changing Hands website. Jason Keil

Swapna Das
Swapna Das explores the Buddhist concept of “10 Worlds” in her latest art exhibition. Her circle-shaped charcoal drawings and paintings address 10 aspects of the human condition through figurative and abstract imagery.

Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Das moved to the U.S. in 2011, and completed her master of fine arts degree at Arizona State University. See her work between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Vault Gallery inside ASU’s downtown campus library. It’s located in the University Center building, 411 North Central Avenue. The free exhibition runs through Sunday, May 13. Visit the ASU Event page. Lynn Trimble

Pride Skate Night 2018
If you find yourself wondering what to do with that rainbow tutu you wore during last year’s Phoenix Pride, you’re in luck. Celebrating 38 years of pride in the Valley, Gay Skate Arizona presents Pride Skate Night 2018. Show off your rainbow attire and join the fun with hundreds of others during one of the biggest skate events of the year.

The three-hour party starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Great Skate Glendale, 10054 North 43rd Avenue. The event is open to all ages, and admission is $10, which includes skate rentals and wrist guards. See more info on the Facebook event page. Melina Zuñiga

Re-up for your failed New Year’s resolutions. - HAMZA BUTT VIA FLICKR/CC
Re-up for your failed New Year’s resolutions.
Hamza Butt via Flickr/CC
Free Flow Nights
Spring is for getting your shit together. Think of it like a re-up for your failed New Year’s resolution. If you resolved to practice more yoga, for instance, mark your calendar for the outdoor yoga series Free Flow Nights.
Class starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, on the lawn at Mountain Shadows, 5445 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Every Thursday, a different instructor will lead a relaxing session.

The yoga class is free. Post-session food and wine specials will be available at The Living Room. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Bird City Comedy Festival
Comedians from all corners of the country will take on Phoenix during the third annual Bird City Comedy Festival. The event will feature performances from late-night writers, stand-up comedians, improv groups, and festival favorites at bars, clubs, and other venues from Thursday, March 29, through Saturday, March 31.

This year’s lineup includes Onion contributor Ian Abramson, Dork Forest host Jackie Kashian, and Kyle Ayers, as well as a Boast Rattle. Think of it like an opposite-day roast: Comedians compete to give each other the most heartfelt compliments.

There are two ticketing options available. Festival passes, which range from $60 to $90, give attendees access to the entire weekend. Tickets are also available a la carte for specific sets and events. Those are $10 to $15 apiece. For tickets, the complete schedule, and a full lineup, visit the Bird City Comedy Festival website. Tanner Stechnij

click to enlarge A dancer at the ASU Pow Wow. - ASH PONDERS
A dancer at the ASU Pow Wow.
Ash Ponders
32nd Annual Pow Wow
Celebrate Native American heritage and culture through traditional food, dance, and music at ASU’s 32nd annual Pow Wow. From March 30 to April 1, the tradition comes to life in a ceremony that honors the past while celebrating the future. Food booths, singing contests, and arts and crafts stations also will be in the mix.

The three-day celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at ASU’s Band Practice Field, located at South Rural Road and East Sixth Street in Tempe. Admission ranges from $6 to $20 for students and adults. Children younger than 6 and adults older than 60 get in free. See details at the Pow Wow website. Melina Zuñiga

Shelby Maticic’s new play Spin follows the badass women of the roller derby, whose fearless leader is out for the season with an injury. She is replaced by her sister, a high school physics teacher who’s still new to the derby world. Cue roller skating antics.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Brelby Theatre, 7154 North 58th Drive in Glendale. General admission is $25 via For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

ASU Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Power, knowledge, art, and community — these are four words that artist Meredith Wren called to mind when describing the ASU Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The free gathering will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30. That’s when Wren, who’s also a faculty member at the university, will lead the charge to update, correct, and improve Wikipedia pages for artists who identify as women, as well as nontraditional, non-represented genders.

Bring your laptop to the Tempe campus’ Design North building, 810 South Forest Mall, if you’d like to help make some changes. No Wikipedia editing experience is required. Visit the Facebook event page. Lynn Trimble

Ladies ’80s Dance Night
Time to put on that jean jacket and move to the beat at Ladies ’80s Dance Night. Red-headed pop sensation Tiffany — yes, the one who won America’s heart with “I Think We’re Alone Now” — will perform during the dance party at The Van Buren on Friday, March 30. Also on the bill are DJs President Gator and Hi Jack, who will spin hits from Madonna, The Go-Go’s, and Blondie.

The venue’s bar will offer drink specials on wine coolers, Kamikazes, Sex on the Beach, and Long Islands all night. Things get tubular starting at 8 p.m. at 401 West Van Buren Street. Tickets are $12 to $100. For more information, visit the Van Buren website. Jason Keil

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
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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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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