The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Partying at the last Selena Night at The Van Buren.
Partying at the last Selena Night at The Van Buren.
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If you're bored, you're boring. This week, there's no excuse for either, as The Van Buren hosts Selena Night, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market takes over WestWorld, and Band Splash makes waves. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

ASU Film Festival
Arizona State University film students will showcase their talents at the ASU Film Festival on Thursday, April 26, at Harkins Valley Art, 509 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. The collection of films comprises projects that students have made during this school year. The selected shorts have yet to be announced, but prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories. The films, which can only run up to 10 minutes long, historically have competed for prizes honoring best picture, director, screenplay, acting, and a variety of technical awards like best visual effects, score, and editing.

Put on by the ASU Film Association, the event is in its 13th year of honoring student filmmakers. Showtime is from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets are available for $10.50 through Eventbrite. Tanner Stechnij

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
Imagine a post-apocalyptic society where days are filled with recollections of bygone pop culture obsessions like The Simpsons. It’s a new form of entertainment, born of necessity in a world formed nearly a century into the future. See how it shakes out, as Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts presents Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play.

It’s a dark comedy, written in 2012 as an homage to live theater. And it explores an intriguing question: How does the contemporary culture of one time and place become the mythology of another many years hence? It’s being performed at the MCC Theatre, on the Mesa Community College campus at 1833 West Southern Avenue. The Thursday, April 26, performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Visit the Mesa Community College website. Lynn Trimble

CoCo’s Charm School
Are you the new drag queen on the block and looking to get booked? Then you might want to bring an apple, because CoCo’s Charm School is in session.

Drag queen extraordinaire CoCo St. James will host a new class of drag performers every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This month’s edition is held at 10 p.m. on April 26 at The Rock, 4129 North Seventh Avenue. Don’t be late, and you might be invited to join in on the next class show.

For $5, you get entrance to the show and a well or domestic drink at the bar. For reservations, call 602-248-8559. Visit the Facebook event page for details. Lindsay Roberts

Phoenix Poetry Slam’s Haiku Deathmatch
It takes skill to write and perform a haiku, those 17-syllable, three-line poems popular in Japan. The Phoenix Poetry Slam’s Haiku Deathmatch challenges the city’s top slam poets to bring to the stage their best haikus on any subject. What does it take to write a winning haiku? “Concise writing is what makes a good haiku. It’s word economy, trying to say the most out of the fewest words,” says Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, founder of Phoenix Poetry Slam. Judges chosen from the audience will determine the top poets in the bracket-style competition.

The winning poet will receive a $50 cash prize, and the top four poets gain points toward their season total.
Tickets cost $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The event starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at Megaphone PHX, 4700 North Central Avenue. For more information, see the Facebook event page. Laura Latzko

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Get shopping.
Courtesy of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
What’d you and your bestie bond over? Of the several things Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt had in common, the duo’s friendship was sealed by mutual love of shopping for vintage treasures, or as they like to call it, “junkin’.”

Frustrated with what they saw as a lack of places to search for used goods, the pair started the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, a recurring sale held here in Arizona and a few other U.S. cities. Opening night for the spring market on Friday is a VIP experience, kicking off three days of shopping for items from art to jewelry from more than 100 vendors.

Attendees also get a complimentary drink and a canvas bag. Get first picks from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 27 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. Admission is $65. The event continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28 and 29, when admission is $8 daily. Visit the Junk in the Trunk website. Amy Young

Selena Night
If there was one word to describe Selena Quintanilla — from her style to her music — it would be iconic.

Celebrate the Tejano queen’s legacy on Friday, April 27, with a night of endless bidi bidi bom bom during Selena Night at The Van Buren. Dance, sing, and enjoy an evening full of Selena jams from the ’90s mixed with other cumbias and Latin anthem throwbacks just like the ones Mom would blast during her Sunday morning cleaning routine.

The celebration begins at 9:30 p.m. at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. The event is 21 and over, and tickets are $12 in advance, $18 at the door. For more info, visit the Van Buren website. Melina Zuñiga

Untidy Secrets
Untidy Secrets goes grunge on Friday, April 27. The monthly storytelling series draws its themes from song lyrics, and this time around, the event will feature seven tales vaguely or literally related to Nirvana’s buzzy “Negative Creep,” a song in which Kurt Cobain yell-growls the title words a cool 12 times. Performers will include New Times contributors Amy Young and Ashley Naftule, alongside storytelling faves Stina Sieg and Marnee Burrus.

Light-wash denim and flannel are optional for the all-ages, BYOB event, and attendees might want to bring a chair, as seating is limited at Ash Avenue Comics & Books, 806 South Ash Avenue in Tempe. Though children are welcome, stories will likely include adult themes. See the Facebook event page for details. Becky Bartkowski

Alone, Together
Relationships have inspired art throughout the ages, including the latest Movement Source Dance Company production called Alone, Together. It’s a one-hour exploration of relationships, manifesting the diverse experiences of participating artists, says Mary Anne Fernandez Herding, director for the Phoenix-based dance company. “We have a great mix of choreographers, including staples of the Phoenix dance scene as well as newer artists,” she says.

Featured choreographers include Cuban-born Taimy Miranda and Joan Rodriguez, who founded Sentidos dance earlier this year, and Ann Ludwig, who brought A Ludwig Dance Theatre to Tempe in 1979. The evening also includes spoken word by Megan Atencia. See the show at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets are $20. Visit the Movement Source Dance Company website. Lynn Trimble

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22
Binged-watched the fourth season of Mozart in the Jungle already? Replayed Amadeus for the eighth time? And still you can’t get enough of Wolfgang? There’s good news. The Phoenix Symphony is offering three performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, from Friday April 27, through Sunday, April 29, with internationally acclaimed guest soloist Jeffrey Kahane. And Kahane won’t just be playing the Steinway. He’ll be conducting as well, from his piano bench during the Mozart, then stepping up to the podium to lead the orchestra in performances of Bartok’s “Concerto of Orchestra” and Dvorak’s “Nocturne for Strings.”

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Tickets range for $25 to $93. See the Phoenix Symphony website. Stuart Warner

Independent Bookstore Day
Changing Hands was founded on April Fools Day in 1974, but the independent bookstore is no joke. Joining more than 500 independent bookstores nationwide, Changing Hands is celebrating its unique beginning — and long run — during Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28. Author readings, special day-of merchandise, and poetry on demand will be in the party mix, along with guests from activist groups like the ACLU Arizona, LUCHA, and Planned Parenthood. Like J.K. Rowling once said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

Join the fun at 300 West Camelback Road or 6428 South McClintock Drive. The free event begins at 11 a.m. at both the Phoenix and Tempe locations, but run times vary. For more info, visit the Changing Hands website. Melina Zuñiga

Roosevelt Growhouse will host its fourth annual CultivEAT dinner on Saturday, April 28. The dinner aims to unite old and new community members of all stripes. Located at Roosevelt Growhouse, a multiuse space at 1025 North Second Street, the dinner will feature local chefs plating farm-to-table food. Those chefs will pair their dishes with beverages from Historic Brewing Company and Grand Canyon Winery. Produce will come from empyrean local farms like McClendon’s Select and Maya’s. Each element of the dinner, from meat to dessert, will be similarly well-sourced.

There will be tunes and tours of the Growhouse’s garden, and proceeds will benefit both the Growhouse and the establishment of a Growhouse Urban Agriculture Center. Tickets are $85, and attendees can save their seats (and specify vegan, vegetarian, or meat preferences) via brownpapertickets.com. See details at the Facebook event page. Chris Malloy

Golden Girls Trivia Night
Whether you’re more of a sassy Sophia, sarcastic Dorothy, flirtatious Blanche, or kind-hearted Rose, you can show off your knowledge of Golden Girls during Kobalt’s second Golden Girls Trivia Night on Saturday, April 28. There will be questions for more casual viewers, as well as die-hard fans, and a raffle for themed gift baskets inspired by each of the main characters. The top team and individual will win trophies. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus.

The trivia night takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3110 North Central Avenue, #125. Entry is $5 per person or $15 for teams of up to four people. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Laura Latzko

Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tour
In 1984, the city of Phoenix restored the Orpheum Theatre, but legend has it that the lost souls of the old vaudevillian playhouse continue to lurk within its walls. Brave individuals can learn more when they embark on an Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tour. Organized by Phoenix Ghost Tours, the trek combines the history of the landmark with firsthand accounts of actual hauntings and comprehensive research on the people involved. Prepare yourself for the scariest performance ever seen inside this beautiful auditorium.

The tours begin every half-hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at 203 West Adams Street. Tickets are $25. Proceeds from the event go to The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre. For more information, visit the Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tour website. Jason Keil

Pints + Poses
When it comes to legendary duos, we’d put beer and yoga right up there with Laverne and Shirley, Bob and Doug McKenzie, and Run the Jewels. Because life’s all about balance, but also beer. Seemingly, the folks at Helton Brewing Company agree, as they’re teaming up with Club Pilates to host a hops-infused course called Pints + Poses on Saturday, April 28.

Class is in session from 10 a.m. to noon at 2144 East Indian School Road. Post-yoga, attendees get two beers, which are included with the price of admission, $20 via Brown Paper Tickets. A food special will also be available. See details at the Facebook event page. Becky Bartkowski

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Robert Delong.
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Band Splash festival
Big Surf has achieved legendary status in the Valley, and for good reason. The Tempe waterpark is home to the first wave pool ever built in America, and it’s been a go-to spot for locals to seek relief from the summertime for almost 50 years. It also has a significant history as a concert venue.

True story. From the ’70s onward, Big Surf has hosted gigs by such notable bands as Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Deep Purple, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

And come Sunday, April 29, you can more names to that list, thanks to the fact that ALT AZ 93.3 will put on its Band Splash festival at Big Surf, 1500 North McClintock Drive. The daylong event will feature sets by artists and acts like Dreamers, Robert DeLong, The Unlikely Candidates, Banners, and Mikky Ekko, all of whom will perform on a stage set up in the wave pool. Naturally, swimsuits are encouraged.

Gates open at noon. General admission is $25, VIP tickets are $75. See the Alt AZ website. Benjamin Leatherman

Bury the Hatchet
London playwright Sasha Wilson’s new stage show Bury the Hatchet is making its Western Hemisphere premiere at the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The bluegrass and folktale-rooted performance explores one of Americana’s most interesting acquitted murder cases: the death of Andrew and Abby Borden and Lizzie Borden’s alleged ax-wielding involvement.

The show combines elements of nursery rhyme and vaudevillian horror and has a five-show run from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, May 6, at Taliesin West, 12345 North Taliesin Drive in Scottsdale. It sets out to answer the question: Did Lizzie do it — or was it just sensationalized tabloid gossip? General admission tickets are $25, but students and educators can attend the show for $13. For more information, visit the Southwest Shakespeare website. Tanner Stechnij

Please Send Jokes
Comedian Mike Enders seems obsessed with wanting people to send him things. It’s clear in the title of the podcast he hosts with Charles Engle. The show’s called Please Send Nudes, and it features the two discussing dating in the modern world. At this new showcase, Mike Enders — Please Send Jokes, the co-hosts will come together to shine a spotlight on some area comics. Anwar Newton, Michael Paul Kohn, and Danielle Williams each will have stage time to show off their skills.

See what some local rising stars look like starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Admission to the 18-and-over show is $10, and a two-drink minimum is required. Call 480-921- 9877 or visit the Tempe Improv website. Amy Young

Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel
Poets Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel will host a Q&A and book-signing at Valley Bar on Monday, April 30. Aterian recently released Playing Monster :: Seiche, a book-length poem navigating her childhood. Manuel’s book Testify focuses on being trapped between binaries: black and white, inner city and suburban, atheist and Catholic.

Things get lit(erary) starting at 6:30 p.m. at 130 North Central Avenue. The 18-and-up event is first-come, first-serve for seating. It’s free to attend, but you can RSVP on Eventbrite. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers
On April 15, blusterous Dodgers fans finally got a very pesky monkey off their back. With a 7-2 victory, Los Angeles snapped an 11-game regular season losing streak to the Arizona Diamondbacks. All good things come to an end, but Snakes fans can find solace in knowing that the reviled Dodgers have hobbled out of the gate in 2018, performing at a level far below their bloated payroll would suggest.

Meanwhile, the D-backs have continued to improve upon last season’s success under then-rookie manager Torey Lovullo and have played with plenty of determination and consistency. Arizona opens a four-game home stand against Los Angeles at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Tickets are $16 and up. Visit the Diamondbacks website or call 602-514-8400 for details. Rob Kroehler

Derek Hess
Derek Hess’ work has graced the covers of magazines, comic books, concert posters, and albums (Sepultura and Motion City Soundtrack, for starters). Last year, the artist turned his creative eye toward educating others about the stereotypes around addiction and mental illness. His book 31 Days In May started out as a way to talk about Mental Health Awareness Month through his illustrations, but it evolved into an exploration of his own struggles and how he has confronted them. Hess will sign the book at FilmBar, which also will host a screening of his documentary Forced Perspective.

This event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9.95. For more information, visit the Film Bar website. Jason Keil

“Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait”
Explore the intersection of art and autobiography in “Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait,” an exhibition featuring works by three generations of Inuit artists. Roughly translated, akunnittinni means “between us,” so it’s a fitting title for this art show, which features prints and drawings that reflect the artists’ memories, shared history, and reflections on contemporary culture. Kinngait is located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

The grandmother specialized in drawing what she called “the old Eskimo ways.” Her daughter created landscape-inspired lithographs, and her granddaughter was a graphic artist who challenged traditional views of Inuit art. See the exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. It continues through Sunday, May 27. Admission is $10. Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble

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