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
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
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 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
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