20 Best Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Say buh-bye to boredom, Phoenix. This week, you can watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!, get down and dirty with Pirate Mud Wrestling, or sip a brew with Sutra Studios. The choice is yours. For more things to do, visit our curated calendar.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals
Would it help to know what CONCACAF stands for before you decide to attend one of their events? It’s the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football, and it’s time for their Gold Cup Quarterfinals. And by football, we mean soccer.

The Gold Cup challenge happens every two years and features two soccer matches among 12 nations; qualifying teams are from the three sub-regions that comprise the confederation. The results of tournaments prior to this big event will determine this day’s competing teams. Winners here will advance to the semifinals just days later. Since the tournament’s inception in 1991, it has continued to gain fans. The 2015 Gold Cup championship game sold out the Rose Bowl in California.

Catch the competitive, fancy footwork at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive in Glendale. Standard admission is $30. Call 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster. Amy Young

Watch Gypsy, Tom Servo, Crow, and Jonah Heston riff on the film Eegah.EXPAND
Watch Gypsy, Tom Servo, Crow, and Jonah Heston riff on the film Eegah.
Courtesy of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
The not too distant future turns out to be 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. That’s when Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! hits Phoenix for the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour. MST3K founder and overall dreamboat Joel Hodgson will bring new host Jonah Heston (a.k.a. Jonah Ray) and the bots to riff on the super-goofy 1962 crapshoot Eegah for ticketholders at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street.

The cast also includes (robot roll call) Gypsy (Rebecca Hanson), Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn), and Crow (Hampton Yount), plus the Mads — Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (the Patton Oswalt). Expect audience participation (invited this time) and completely new jokes and sketches. So if you’ve memorized every crack at the expense of Eegah, you’re still good.

Tickets range from $39.50 to $299 for a VIP package at the Phoenix Ticketforce website or 877-840-0457. Lauren Cusimano

Las Hermanas Iglesias, Competitions: Round III, 2015.
Las Hermanas Iglesias, Competitions: Round III, 2015.
Courtesy of Maria Guex for 601Artspace

Art meets resistance in the work of Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. The duo create work that disrupts borders, embraces absurdity, and fosters collaboration. Working together as Las Hermanas Iglesias, the sisters explore their relationship and take on acts of resistance rooted in optimism rather than nihilism.

The Iglesias’ art has filled a gallery space at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe, for the “Re:Sisters” exhibition. The show includes prints, sculpture, and mixed-media work created with found and made objects that reflect five weeks spent in the desert Southwest and Phoenix-area communities.

See “Re:Sisters” between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. Museum admission is free, and the exhibition continues through Wednesday, September 6. Visit the ASU Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble

You can move right over, Sandra Bullock.EXPAND
You can move right over, Sandra Bullock.
Courtesy of King's Queens Entertainment

It’s Valentina
You can move right over, Sandra Bullock. There’s a new Miss Congeniality coming to town. And she won that honor on season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yes, we’re talking about social media marvel slash celebrity drag queen Valentina, who’s bringing her act and perfectly sculpted eyebrows to Charlie’s Phoenix, 727 West Camelback Road.

It’s Valentina is going down during the Summer SPLASH Neon Party, hosted by local queens Nevaeh McKenzie and Coco St James and featuring music from DJ Image and as much neon body paint as you can handle. The party goes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, meaning the Taqueria Los Yaquis taco stand will be open.
There’s no cover. For more details, call 602-265-0224 or see the Charlie's website. Invite others at the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano

Cheech and Chong
It’s difficult to wax philosophical about the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. Sure, the pair have tasted success outside of “Basketball Jones” and Up in Smoke. Cheech Marin owned anchor Anderson Cooper in Celebrity Jeopardy several years ago, and his private Chicano art collection has been a part of some touring exhibitions. Tommy Chong was a touring musician who once opened for the Jackson Five. Yet the humorous minds behind Nice Dreams will always be associated with marijuana, which they have exploited to great success with a line of officially licensed glassware.

Expect plenty of pot jokes when the duo perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. Tickets start at $45. Visit the Talking Stick Resort website for more details. Jason Keil

A young Alejandro Jodorowsky gets a Chile reception in Endless Poetry.EXPAND
A young Alejandro Jodorowsky gets a Chile reception in Endless Poetry.
Courtesy of FilmBar

Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s been a clown, mime, puppeteer, poet, performance artist, and successful professional filmmaker. You’re forgiven for thinking maybe he’s already burned all the way through life. (He hasn’t, though.) He’s kind of mythic. He also claimed he raped his co-star, Mara Lorenzio, on camera in the acid Western El Topo in the ’70s. Or he just made stuff up about it like a weird sexist loser.

Very few of us U.S.-ians would even know about Jodorowsky if it weren’t for John Lennon’s ardent fandom re: El Topo. Oh, if these walls could talk.

Jodorowsky has a brand-new film out, Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry), which is a semiautobiopic about his experiences as a young poet in Santiago, Chile. It’s visually drenched in color and energy, seductive and surprising.

The screenings on Friday, July 21, start at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. At press time, the engagement is scheduled to continue through Thursday, July 27. See the FilmBar website. Julie Peterson

The Sink or Swim
If you’d wager a bet that desert rock involves singing about saguaros, it might be time to leave the house for a spell. We’d recommend seeing The Sink or Swim at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road.

On Friday July, 21, the Tempe band will perform with guests The Ricky Fitts, Good Boy Daisy, and Nothing on the Moon. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets range in price from $10 to $12 and are available in advance at Stinkweeds or online at the Ticketfly website. Lindsay Roberts

Lee Cooley, Jim "Doc" Coates, and Donna Kaufman share A Bench in the Sun.EXPAND
Lee Cooley, Jim "Doc" Coates, and Donna Kaufman share A Bench in the Sun.
Cheryl Scharr

A Bench in the Sun
Living in a retirement community and dealing with aging has its downsides, to be sure, but under the right circumstances, you can sit on a bench all day in your pajamas and nobody gives you a hard time about it. So there’s that.

In Ron Clark’s popular play A Bench in the Sun, the comfortable if cranky routine of two residents is disrupted by the arrival of a retired movie star. Silly competitiveness turns to unity when the trio faces a new threat. As you, the audience, laugh and sympathize, keep an eye out for life hacks, too, like getting fully dressed for courtship activities.

The comedy’s presented by Don Bluth Front Row Theatre through Saturday, August 26, at 8670 East Shea Boulevard #103 in Scottsdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. for the performance on Friday, July 21, and tickets are $25 at 480-314-0841 or the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre website. Julie Peterson

Constance McBride, Between Two Worlds, 2016. Ceramic, iron oxide, steel, wood.EXPAND
Constance McBride, Between Two Worlds, 2016. Ceramic, iron oxide, steel, wood.
Courtesy of Shemer Art Center

“Annual Student & Instructor Exhibition”
See the latest iteration of Shemer Art Center’s “Annual Student & Instructor Exhibition” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 21. It’s a chance to explore works by emerging and established artists working in diverse media, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, colored pencil, and mixed media.

Featured Shemer instructors include Constance McBride, Turner Davis, and Danielle Wood. More than a dozen Shemer students will also be showing their work. The show continues through Thursday, September 7, at 5005 East Camelback Road. Admission is free, but Shemer suggests a $7 donation or $10 per couple. Visit the Shemer Art Center website. Lynn Trimble

Funderburk Dance Artists performance.EXPAND
Funderburk Dance Artists performance.
Rene Norman

BlakTina Dance Festival
Phoenix choreographer and dancer Liliana Gomez wished that the local arts scene showcased more artists of color. So she set out to do something about it. Gomez reached out to Licia Perea of the Los Angeles-based Latina Dance Project. Perea started the BlakTina Dance Festival back in 2013 to spotlight black and Latinx choreographers and dancers.

Now Gomez and Perea are producing Phoenix’s first BlakTina Dance Festival at the Black Theatre Troupe’s Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts, 1333 East Washington Street. It features a dozen pieces and a video by Eva Tessler.

The lineup includes pieces by Arizona choreographers Ashley Baker, Angel Castro, Elisa Cavallero, Malikah Fernandez, Jenny Garcia, Sydney Jackson, Taimy Miranda, Reyna Montoya, Alexander Patrick, and Joan Rodriguez. California choreographers include a four-member collective called Primera Generación Dance and Michelle Funderburk of Funderburk Dance Artists.

Check it out at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Tickets are $15. Visit the Blaktina Festival website. Lynn Trimble

Read on for more of the best things to do in metro Phoenix this week.

Get down and dirty.
Get down and dirty.
Courtesy of The Dread Fleet

Pirate Mud Wrestling battle
Don’t like getting dirty? Maybe you’d feel better about standing on the sidelines and cheering on some other humans as they roll around in spa-grade mud at a wrestling match hosted by some local buccaneers.

Find out when The Dread Fleet hosts a Pirate Mud Wrestling battle that allows registrants 18 and older to compete. Yes, even non-pirates. The group is a local nonprofit organization that focuses on education, entertainment, and, yes, pirate-oriented matters. They also help raise funds for other area charities. These lively bouts will determine the competitors who will take one another on in the squishy, slimy final round. The halftime show will feature live entertainment that does not involve mud. Support your local swashbucklers from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Revolver Records, 918 North Second Street. Visit The Dread Fleet website. Amy Young

Get lit.
Get lit.
Josh Loeser

Ethan Roads Zine Release Party
Not only are there some prolific Phoenix-area zine makers, there are some hubs to find their work along with that of creative indie publishing zinesters from around the world.

Wasted Ink, a zine library and store that celebrates the DIY ethic, hosts the Ethan Roads Zine Release Party to celebrate the artist, skateboarder, and author’s creations Over the Shoulder and One Push. The former showcases his photographic work, which has also been exhibited in galleries. The latter has a skateboarding focus. Get a peek at his new offerings, take home copies, and get to know other literary-minded members of the community from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Wasted Ink Zine Distro, at the Hive, 2222 North 16th Street. Admission is free. Visit the Wasted Ink Zine Distro website. Amy Young

Gemma Arterton stars in Saint Joan.EXPAND
Gemma Arterton stars in Saint Joan.
Courtesy of National Theatre Live

Saint Joan
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after being convicted of cutting her hair and wearing men’s clothing. That’s all; it’s like Al Capone going down for tax evasion. When you’re on the road with a passel of French soldiers, then riding unarmed in battle, then imprisoned by enemies, men’s clothes can keep you safer, and that’s what authorities later concluded when they posthumously absolved her of wrongdoing.

Joan’s calling, though, was to stand up for French interests during the Hundred Years’ War, and once her patriotic fervor had given morale a desperately needed smack on the butt, victory was not too far behind.

Phoenix Art Museum presents an encore screening of the U.K.’s National Theatre Live filmed simulcast of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, at 1625 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $15 to $18. Call 602-257-1880 or visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Julie Peterson

Brews, beats, and inner peace.
Brews, beats, and inner peace.
Courtesy of Sutra Studios

Sutra Studios’ Brew and Beats
Not that you need an excuse to hang out by a pool or to do yoga, but an event combining the two should be a no-brainer. If you’re on the fence, perhaps craft beers can be the deciding factor.

At Sutra Studios’ Brew and Beats, you’ll find some inner peace outdoors during the studio’s Central Flow class, which is followed by meditation. After that, the Sutra Social is on, and you can mix and mingle with other attendees. A DJ will provide the energetic beats while you unwind and enjoy some of the brew offerings. Class is in session starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, at Found:RE Hotel, 1100 North Central Avenue. Admission is $20, and one beer is included in the ticket price. Call 602-253-9525 or visit the Sutra Studios website. Amy Young

Issa, Molly, and frosé. Enough said.
Issa, Molly, and frosé. Enough said.
Deanna S. Reid

ISSA Pool Party
Can’t wait to watch the season-two premiere of Insecure? There’s a pool party for that.

Black Girl Magic Phoenix hosts an ISSA Pool Party on Sunday, July 23, and it’s part social event and part pop-culture bash. Held at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 East Main Street, the 21-and-over event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. The pool party will feature a live DJ playing R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul and pop music — as well as a photo booth, drink specials on frosé and a special summer punch, and food deals. What better way to catch up with Issa and Molly and their misadventures?

The episode will screen poolside, and a talk-back will follow. General admission tickets cost $50 and four-person daybeds and 10-person cabanas with bottle service are $250 and $650, respectively. For more information, see the Black Girl Magic Phoenix website. Laura Latzko

Cherie Buck-Hutchison, First Women Baptizers at Grand Mesa National Forest.
Cherie Buck-Hutchison, First Women Baptizers at Grand Mesa National Forest.
Courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art

“Sleight of Hand”
Cherie Buck-Hutchison’s art elucidates some of life’s more complicated elements. The Phoenix-based artist blends new media with traditional art to “reorient spatial and social boundaries.”

For her “Sleight of Hand” exhibition at Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive in Scottsdale, she explores her own personal history, including growing up immersed in patriarchal religious practices. Buck-Hutchison uses dual imagery to create a new perspective on female leadership. It’s her way of discarding archaic traditions, even as she honors the potential change and calls for new cultural narratives.

See her work between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, July 24. The free exhibition, presented by Scottsdale Public Art, continues through Saturday, August 5. Visit the Scottsdale Public Art website. Lynn Trimble

Sonora Cinemas
When glancing over the movie posters at Sonora Cinemas in Desert Sky Mall, you might notice something a little different. Tom Cruise and the creature he unleashed hover behind the title La Momia and Steve Carell’s animated characters battle above the title Gru 3: Mi Villano Favorito. Over the past year, the movie chain has been filling an important void for Phoenix’s Hispanic and Latino population by showing a mixture of Hollywood blockbusters and Latin American films dubbed or subtitled in Spanish. On the occasion of its first anniversary, the theater is celebrating with prizes for the whole family.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at 7611 West Thomas Road. The event is free. Visit the Sonora Cinemas website for more details. Jason Keil

Say Abominable by Scott Wyatt.EXPAND
Say Abominable by Scott Wyatt.
Scott Wyatt

“My Favorite Monster”
As kids, we checked under the bed and in our closets every night for the horrible creatures that definitely dwelt in the dark corners of our room. Remember those monsters? Well, they’re back.

Mesa’s i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 West Pepper Place, is looking at the lighter side of childhood frights at the “My Favorite Monster” exhibition. Visitors can create whimsical monster art, play dress-up, join in monstrous games, or make a monster movie. Hours on Tuesday, July 25, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the exhibit runs until Sunday, September 10. Admission is $9. Visit the Idea Museum website. Lindsay Roberts

The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the very beatable Braves.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the very beatable Braves.
Jim Louvau

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Atlanta Braves
It’s hard to believe, given how magical the Arizona Diamondbacks season has been thus far, but there’s still a very real chance that our team could miss the postseason. The Dodgers are devouring every opponent in their path, which means the Diamondbacks could find themselves in a life-or-death wild-card playoff game at the season’s end.

But there’s still plenty of baseball to be played, and it doesn’t hurt that the Snakes will close out July with a home stand against a very beatable team in the Atlanta Braves. Get to Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, for a 12:40 p.m. start on Wednesday, July 26, as the ’Backs look to pad their win column before departing on a grueling road trip. Tickets are $10 and up. Visit the Diamondbacks website or call 602-462-6000 for details. Rob Kroehler

Pauly Casillas
The Cruising Central Comedy Show at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, will spotlight comedian Martin “Hooter” Moreno, who has appeared on-screen with Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, along with Luis Alvarez from south Phoenix and Tucson comic Pauly Casillas. General admission for the 18-and-over event is $10, and the comedy club has a two-drink minimum. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. To find out more, call 480-719-6100 or go to the Phoenix Stand Up Live website. Laura Latzko

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