Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade.
Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade. Courtesy of A24

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click to enlarge COURTESY OF SHOTBYJONNY
Courtesy of Shotbyjonny
Fetish Formal
Given its name, one might expect that the annual Fetish Formal is a black-tie only affair that’s strictly limited to gowns and tuxes only. That ain’t the case, however, as the dress code at the kink-friendly soiree taking place on Saturday, April 7, at the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, will be quite permissive, much like the atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to “dress to express” and sexy and stylish outfits are encouraged, particularly those featuring leather and lace.

In addition to flocks of freaky folks dressed to the nines, the event will also feature performances by burlesque artists, aerialists, sideshow acts, and DJs in Monarch’s main room. The fetish fun starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. Visit the Sinful Dreams AZ website. Benjamin Leatherman

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Big Hero 6
Saturday in the park, but it’s not the Fourth of July. On Saturday, April 7, gather up your friends, family, and pets for a free screening of the Oscar-winning animated film Big Hero 6 at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 Litchfield Road.

The fun begins at 4 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Snacks will be available from a selection of Valley food trucks. And attendees can participate in the superhero costume contest; maybe you’ll win a hug from Baymax. For more information, see the Facebook event page. Dillon Rosenblatt
Phoenix Suns v. Golden State Warriors
Sunday, April 8, will be your last chance to see the Phoenix Suns lose at Talking Stick Resort Arena this season, and it could be the team’s most significant defeat of the year. The Suns are in a battle with the Memphis Grizzlies for the worst record in the NBA and the best chance of drafting one of two former Phoenix high school phenoms, DeAndre Ayton from U of A or Marvin Bagley of Duke.

Normally, this would be a sure loss against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, but the Warriors have been plagued by injuries and are likely to rest all or most of their superstars. The Suns’ best hope is for injured leading scorer Devin Booker to sit out again.

Game time is 6 p.m. at 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $39 and up at the Suns website. Stuart Warner

Fermenting 101
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fermenting” is bootleg alcohol, well, you’re not alone. But during Fermenting 101, you can learn about the fermentation process beyond booze. Specifically, the course will cover how to make your own fermented brine and sauerkraut.

Garden Goddess Ferments will host the two-hour course at McDowell Market, 1736 East McDowell Road, starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 8. The class costs $53.79. For more info and tickets, visit the Facebook event page. Melina Zuñiga

click to enlarge Sisters stand together. - LAURA DURANT
Sisters stand together.
Laura Durant
Three Sistahs
Reuniting to bury their only brother, the Bradshaw sisters are attending their third funeral is as many years. This trio of women must now put away their differences in Three Sistahs, a modern reimagining of the similarly titled play by Anton Chekhov. Nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical in 2002, the production utilizes gospel, folk, and R&B to tell a story about love, war, and making peace with the past while finding hope in the future.

The curtains go up at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 East Washington Street. And the show runs through Sunday, April 22. Tickets are $38. For more information, visit the Black Theatre Troupe website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Previous Genocide Awareness Week workshop at SCC. - JOHN LIFFITON
Previous Genocide Awareness Week workshop at SCC.
John Liffiton
Genocide Awareness Week
John Liffiton recalls walking through the snow-covered grounds of the former Terezin concentration camp just north of Prague. The experience inspired him to help launch Genocide Awareness Week, the annual event that explores historical and contemporary issues including cultural genocide.

Held at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral Road, the free event runs from April 9 through 14. Monday’s lineup includes several speakers discussing such topics as the Holocaust, the Navajo Treaty of 1868, and respect and tolerance in modern society. There’s a 3 p.m. screening for the film Architects of Denial, and an opening night presentation titled Genocide in the Modern World that begins at 6.

You can explore four exhibits while you’re there, including “Then They Came for Us … ”, which addresses the Holocaust, as well as topics like the U.S. civil rights movement. There’s also “We Remember: Holocaust Art” featuring work by Scottsdale artist Robert Sutz.

For a complete schedule and event details, visit the Scottsdale Community College website. Lynn Trimble

Jeffrey Deaver
Jeffrey Deaver started out as a songwriter, but the former lawyer is best known for his prose.

The award-winning mystery author created the iconic Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminologist played by Denzel Washington in the film adaptation of The Bone Collector. And in 2011 he fulfilled a childhood dream, writing the James Bond novel Carte Blanche.

Join Deaver at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Doubletree Resort Hilton Paradise Valley, as he celebrates the release of his latest Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Cutting Edge.

Admission is free, but seating is first-come, first-served at 5401 North Scottsdale Road. Purchase of The Cutting Edge ($28) is required for the signing. Limit three additional autographs with purchase. Visit the Poisoned Pen website for more information. Michael Senft

click to enlarge Something's brewing. - RICK BRONSON’S HOUSE OF COMEDY
Something's brewing.
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Bingo and Brews
From your living room to clubs and casinos around town, there are plenty of places to get your bingo game on while having some drinks. At Bingo and Brews, stand-up comedy is part of the interactive mix. Here’s how it works: Participants get bingo cards with words on them and must try to get the comic to use those words. It’s crowd work that drives the jokes.

Compete for fun and prizes starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 5350 East High Street. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $5 for those 16 and older. Call 480-420-3553 or visit the AZ House of Comedy website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Late Bloomers by Daniel Funkhouser. - DANIEL FUNKHOUSER
Late Bloomers by Daniel Funkhouser.
Daniel Funkhouser
“Go Figure: 5 Figurative Artists”
Famous works of figurative art include Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. But you’ll find art with a whole other vibe at Mountain Shadows resort, 5445 East Lincoln Drive. They’ve got a gallery that’s always open, so you can head over anytime on Tuesday, April 10, to see an exhibition called “Go Figure: 5 Figurative Artists.”

The show includes works in various media by Jeff Bertoncino, Philip C. Curtis, Daniel Funkhouser, Beverly McIver, and John Millei. Funkhouser is best known for creating self-portraiture in diverse styles and media. In “Go Figure,” you’ll see pieces created with acrylic paint, metallic digital print, and glitter on laser-cut acrylic. John Reyes curated the exhibit, which is up through Saturday, April 28. Visit the Mountain Shadows website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Meet the foul-mouthed residents of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park. - COURTESY OF EMPORIUM PRESENTS
Meet the foul-mouthed residents of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park.
Courtesy of Emporium Presents
An Intimate Evening with the Trailer Park Boys
If you think Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, the foul-mouthed residents of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park (and subjects of the long-running Canadian mockumentary show), are washing their mouths out with soap for An Intimate Evening with the Trailer Park Boys in the quiet suburban community of Mesa, you are sorely mistaken.

While host venue Mesa Arts Center is using a family-friendly title for this evening of music, swearing, and shenanigans, the promoters have eschewed all semblance of decency and are going with a more appropriate (albeit censored) description of the event: “####ed up.”

Expect things to get greasy at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at 1 East Main Street. Tickets are $34.50 to $59.50. For more information, visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Jason Keil

Faculty-Led Gallery Series
Art museums are the perfect place to expand your mind. At Phoenix Art Museum, for instance, you can explore Iris van Herpen’s high-tech fashion, as well as 19th-century paintings, and contemporary disco ball installations. It’s a lot to take in, and the Faculty-Led Gallery Series aims to help make sense of it all.

Get a deeper understanding starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at 1625 North Central Avenue. RSVP is required. Tickets are free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 257-1880 or visit Phoenix Art Museum's website. Melina Zuñiga

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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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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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Chris Malloy, former food editor and current food critic at Phoenix New Times, has written for various local and national outlets. He has scrubbed pots in a restaurant kitchen, earned graduate credit for a class about cheese, harvested garlic in Le Marche, and rolled pastas like cappellacci stuffed with chicken liver. He writes reviews but also narrative stories on the food world's margins.
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Dillon Rosenblatt was the social media editor at Phoenix New Times from 2016 to 2018. Originally from New Jersey, he is a graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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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Stuart Warner was the editor of New Times from 2017 to 2019. He has been a journalist since the stoned ages of 1969, playing a major role on teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of the biography JOCK: A Coach's Story.
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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