It's the freaking weekend, Phoenix. We'll drink to that. This weekend you can compete in the Beer Olympics, check out the hip-hop burlesque, and take in the art at “Xico Retrospective: A Celebration of 20 Years." For more things to do, visit New Times' curated calendar.
How much do you like beer? Tempe Marketplace and New Times are teaming up to throw one of the sudsiest events of the year, the Beer Olympics.
The brew-fueled event returns on Friday, August 18. Participants can enjoy an evening of 21-and-over games including giant beer pong, flip cup, and cornhole. The event runs from 8 to 11 p.m.
General admission tickets start at $15. If you want to compete as part of a team, you and your pals can register as a group of four or more for $70. Tickets are available at TicketFly. Visit New Times' Beer Olympics website for more information. Lindsay Roberts
Bump n’ Grind — A Hip-Hop Burlesque Spectacular
Name generators have gotten out of hand — although the one that gives you your NPR correspondent name is eerily perfect. But before we had rules for things like our porn star names (Freckles Lane), we had homegrown drag names and their near cousin, stripper — uh, burlesque performer — names. So fun!
Hence our delight to discover that Irma
At 308 North Second Avenue, doors will open at 7 p.m. to let you enjoy some music before things warm up. Admission’s $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and limited to folks 21 and older. Reserved tables are already sold out. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Julie Peterson
Forget the single-serving dessert. Cupcake! is a south Scottsdale monthly fetish-themed dance party.
Darkness rules from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, August 18, at The Rogue Bar, 423 North Scottsdale Road. Entry is $6 or
With careers spanning two decades in the Valley’s creative scene, artists Martin Moreno and Joe Ray are in a league of their own. But they’re also part of Xico Arte y Cultura, 1008 East Buckeye Road, Suite 220. The multidisciplinary arts group was founded by Native American and Chicano artists in 1975.
See work from the group’s permanent collection during the free opening reception for “
Featured artists include Damien Charette, Baje Whitethorne, Randy Kemp, Larry Yanez, and Dora Hernandez, to name a few. Visit the Xico Inc website. Lynn Trimble
Considering how well a bet worked out for comedian and actor Deon Cole, you might wanna lean toward responding affirmatively the next time someone proposes, “I’ll give you $50 if you …”
In his case, a friend offered to pony up that amount if Cole — known for keeping his pals in stitches — would take the stage at an amateur comedy night. In addition to earning a chunk of pocket change, the comedian started a career that has led to some pretty big gigs, like appearances on popular comedy TV shows Black-ish and Angie Tribeca.
Cole gives his take on personal and universal issues during shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, August 18, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission is $22 for the 21-and-older event. Seating is first-come, first-served. All tickets require a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719- 6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young
Will and Grace Trivia Night
Can’t wait for the new season of Will and Grace? Get an early fix at Kobalt Bar, 3110 North Central Avenue, when the nightlife spot hosts Will and Grace trivia night at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. Fans of Karen, Jack, and company can expect a challenge with progressively harder questions, some of which will include video clips.
Kobalt will pay homage to the hit sitcom with special Karen Cocktails, character-themed prize baskets, and T-shirt giveaways. The cost of entry is $15 for teams of up to four
Read on for more of the best things to do in metro Phoenix this weekend, including Poesia en Voz Alta, a Pre-Eclipse Party, and Church.
Arizona Cardinals v. Chicago Bears
Pointing out that the NFL is far and away the nation’s most beloved professional sports league isn’t exactly earth-shattering news at this point. Even the league’s Hall of Fame Game — a meaningless exhibition game that took place earlier this month between the Cardinals and Cowboys — drew better television ratings than the MLB and NBA could dream of under similar circumstances. Couple that information with the fact that there’s no dearth of Chicago transplants living in the Valley (hello, Lou Malnati’s), and the upcoming Arizona Cardinals preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, August 19, is downright front-page news. Not willing to pony up $41 or more to catch the 7 p.m. game live at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive? No worries, you can watch the game in all its inconsequential preseason glory on NBC,
Poesia en Voz Alta
Calling all bilingual storytellers and poets, Spanish speakers, and lovers of languages.
On Saturday, August 19, the microphone at Palabras will be open to all for Poesia en Voz Alta, or “poetry in
It isn’t a party without some Corona, right? But don’t expect ice-cold
This educational and interactive event starts at 1 p.m. at 53 North Macdonald in Mesa. The party is free with the price of museum admission, which is $12 for adults. For more information, visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History website. Jason Keil
For some, a sensory deprivation tank means going to one of those floatation spas for a closed-in, saltwater soak to achieve inner peace. The main character in
Cinemania is a new monthly series hosted by Dan Stone of the Unfathomable Film Freakout. Stone presents the movie, starring William Hurt as a Harvard scientist who adds LSD to his tank stints to unlock his consciousness. His curiosity leads him down a rabbit hole of physical and psychedelic experimentation that ultimately results in, well — just watch the movie.
Altered States screens at 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. Call 602-595-9187 or visit the FilmBar website. Amy Young
“A Tribute to James Galanos”
Singer Diana Ross and former first lady Nancy Reagan had at least one thing in common. Both women wore dresses designed by James Galanos, a designer born in Philadelphia in 1924 whose parents emigrated from Greece. His other clients? Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe.
See more than 40 of his couture-quality, ready-to-wear
Featured pieces come from private collections and the museum’s fashion design archive, which includes more than 7,000 objects, including designs Galanos gifted to the museum in 1990. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is $18 for adults. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble
Cocktails + Calligraphy
Getting married? In a bridal party? Really enjoy penmanship? Need a drink? These are all good reasons to attend Cocktails + Calligraphy, an upcoming workshop hosted by They Call Me Spindles, The Marry Mart, and Couple of Bartenders.
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This wedding workshop offers up ideas, trends, and techniques for the big day, with a focus on calligraphy projects and creating impressive cocktails. The event is ideal for a morning with the maid of honor, the whole bridal party, yourself, your mom, whomever.
Cocktails + Calligraphy runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, August 20, at the Gather Estate (an urban backyard-style event venue), 2600 East Southern Avenue in Mesa. Tickets are $5 at the Marry Mart website. For more details, see the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano