The 20 Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Come see everyone's favorite art house queen.
Come see everyone's favorite art house queen. Adam Ouahmane
No plans? Don't fret, Phoenix. We've got you covered. This week, you can listen to stories about taking risks at Bar Flies, watch derby gals battle it out, pay tribute to the late Adam West, and even watch a puppet show. The choice is yours. For more things to do, visit our curated events calendar.

Sasha Velour
Let’s face it. Season Nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a little rough. It featured, like, a thousand queens, a lot of crying, bad outfits, and worse jokes. However, the final four frontrunners were really the cream of the crop-top, and the crown winner was arthouse queen (and our personal favorite) Sasha Velour.

Club VOLT, 3108 East McDowell Road, hosts the thinking queen’s artist, performer, poet, and Drag Race winner at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. Opening the show is the house 4Some Revue, composed of Miley Mitchells, Piper M’Shay, Gia, and Luna St. James. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, and there’s an optional meet-and-greet for $10 extra. For more information, see the Club VOLT website or call 602-244-1465. Lauren Cusimano

Bar Flies
Bar Flies, New Times’ monthly reading series, is back. And this month, the theme is “Calculated Risk.” Readers on the bill, curated by Tania Katan, will include Leslie Barton, Molly McCloy, Anwar Newton, Chris Schnick, and Katan herself. Jason P. Woodbury will provide the music. Odds that this’ll be one to remember? They’re good.

Valley Bar’s basement theater doors open at 6 p.m., and showtime is 7 on Thursday, July 6,at 130 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $5 and available through For details, see the Valley Bar website. Lindsay Roberts

Work by Lynda Burruss featured in the “Modern Perspectives” exhibition at Shemer Art Center. - LYNDA BURRUSS
Work by Lynda Burruss featured in the “Modern Perspectives” exhibition at Shemer Art Center.
Lynda Burruss
“Modern Perspectives”
The “Modern Perspectives” exhibition at Shemer Art Center, 5005 East Camelback Road, includes more than 80 watercolor and mixed-media works created by 25 members of an artist group called Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. Curated by Pat Cain, the show highlights a variety of water-media styles.

Participating artists include several whose work isn’t regularly shown during First or Third Fridays. Which means this show will likely introduce you to a new crop of artists working in and beyond the Valley of the Sun.

See “Modern Perspectives” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. The exhibition is free, but Shemer Art Center suggests a $7 donation. Visit the Shermer Art Center website. Lynn Trimble

My Pet Dinosaur
It’s not so weird to think that a dinosaur, were it not extinct, would be a great pet. Lizards, snakes, and chickens are beloved by their human companions (so the genetics are there), and provided our dino was not too big and/or bitey, we’d get along just fine. In My Pet Dinosaur, an original show from Great Arizona Puppet Theater, young human Arthur is eagerly awaiting the hatching of an alleged dinosaur egg he got for his birthday, but will his pet parrot be as excited?

The show, suitable for people of preschool age and older, continues through Sunday, July 16. Showtime is 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, at 302 West Latham Street. Reserve your tickets, $7 to $10, at 602-262-2050. Visit the Arizona Puppet Theater website for more information. Julie Peterson

Join the artsy party. - JOSEPH MADDON
Join the artsy party.
Joseph Maddon
First Friday
It’s been a long time since First Friday meant leisurely strolling to galleries to check out some art. That event morphed into a huge party years ago, and now everyone’s in on the action.

Revolver Records gets in the mix on July 7, with an artsy party hosted by creative Leyla Havok, who works under the moniker, I Am Havok. She will show and sell prints, paintings, and some fashion items. Join the creative chaos from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at 918 North Second Street. Admission is free. Visit the Facebook event page. Amy Young

click to enlarge Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday with the Phoenix Fridas at Heard Museum. - COURTESY OF HEARD MUSEUM
Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday with the Phoenix Fridas at Heard Museum.
Courtesy of Heard Museum
Fiesta de Frida
Before there was Beyoncé or Madonna, there was Frida. Just a single name is all it takes to conjure images of the Mexican artist famous for self-portraits channeling a life marked by physical and emotional pain. Like her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo is one of the best-known painters of the 20th century. And for her fans, celebrating the artist’s birthday each year is a must.

The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, is commemorating the 110th anniversary of her birth with Fiesta de Frida. The free event, happening from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 7, includes music, poetry, and artwork by members of the Phoenix Fridas art collective. There’s also an 8 p.m. Marcha de las Fridas procession.

Museum admission is free, and there’s special $7 pricing for the “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” exhibition that night. Visit the Heard Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Reminisce on all things Adam West. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Reminisce on all things Adam West.
Melissa Fossum
Adam West Tribute
Small-screen legend Adam West died on June 9 at the age of 88 after a battle with leukemia. For many viewers, his campy portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his famed alter-ego on the hit 1960s television show Batman is considered the best.

West’s tongue-in-cheek take on the Caped Crusader is perfect territory for Dan Stone, the mind behind “The Unfathomable Film Freakout.” Stone has curated a tribute to the beloved actor, combining footage from all the weird and unusual movies, television shows, and variety specials the actor appeared in.

Enjoy the kitschy side of Bob Kane’s creation and zip on over to the Adam West tribute at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona. Visit the Film Bar website for more information. Jason Keil

Laurel and Hardy Go to Heaven
Classic Hollywood comedy duo Laurel and Hardy played off their physical appearances — one big guy, one little guy — and their personality differences — one oafish, one haughty — to get laughs. In writer Paul Auster’s interpretation, their ridiculousness goes next level, to stone cold absurdity.

In this production of Laurel and Hardy Go to Heaven, Ernesto Moncada directs Dennis Frederick and Ashley Naftule, as the duo gets metaphysical. Set in the afterlife, these two enter heaven and engage in conversation as they complete their assigned task of building a wall. Hear what they have to ramble on about at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street. Admission is $10. The show runs through Saturday, July 15. Visit the Space 55 website. Amy Young Diamond Crystal Awards
Movies have the Oscars. Television has the Emmys. Music has the Grammys. And the Grand Canyon State’s drag community has the Diamond Crystal Awards, of course.

On Friday, July 7, The Rock hosts the ceremony, featuring 20 categories to honor local entertainers, at 4129 North Seventh Avenue. The awards event will begin at 7 p.m. and will include performances by Afeelya Bunz, Kristofer V. Lee, J Krawford, and Eva Angelica Stratton. Tickets are $10 at the Arizona Drag website. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge Are you down to downward dog? - COURTESY OF URBAN YOGA
Are you down to downward dog?
Courtesy of Urban Yoga
LUNARology: Full Moon Yoga, a Sacred Ceremony
At LUNARology: Full Moon Yoga, a Sacred Ceremony, yoga practitioners of all levels will flow through the moon salutations, designed to sync with the astronimical body’s rhythm. You’ll set a specific intention and work on releasing whatever’s holding you down. The evening also includes a sound-healing component.

Tap into some lunar power from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Urban Yoga, 3225 North Central Avenue. Admission is $15 in advance, and $20 on the day of the event. Call 602-277-9642 or visit the Urban Yoga website. Amy Young

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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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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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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