Best Things to Do This Weekend: Fiesta de Frida, Riot Jam, Catch Me if You Can

Join the artsy party.
Join the artsy party. Joseph Maddon
No plans? No sweat, Phoenix. This week you can celebrate Frida Kahlo, pay tribute to Adam West, or find your center during full moon yoga. There's no wrong answer. For more things to do visit, our curated calendar.

Revolver Records 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 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 benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona. Visit the Film Bar website for more information. Jason Keil

All comedians go to heaven. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
All comedians go to heaven.
Lauren Cusimano
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

click to enlarge Jake Bonar and Brandon Wyatt star in Catch Me If You Can. - RENEE ASHLOCK
Jake Bonar and Brandon Wyatt star in Catch Me If You Can.
Renee Ashlock
Catch Me If You Can
At first glance, Frank Abagnale Jr. seems to have gotten off easy — the globe-trotting, self-employed con man swindled his way into $2.5 million (in the ’60s!), had Bond-style adventures, and spent less than 10 years in prison, with only about six months of it in a really shitty cell in France. But he earned that punishment with a spree of impersonation and flight that endured only five astonishing years, from age 16 to 21.

Abagnale’s partially reliable autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, became a popular film and then a musical that continues at Desert Stages Theatre through Sunday, July 30. Showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at 4720 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20 at the Desert Stages website or 480-483-1664. Julie Peterson

Arizona Roller Derby
All good things are rewarded with multiple seasons, and that’s why the Arizona Roller Derby is in its 14th season. Up next? Game Four.

The home match features the Bad News Beaters versus the Whiskey Row-llers, followed by the Skate Riot Project against the Copper Queens. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Ability360, 5031 East Washington Street, and elbows will fly from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.

Tickets are $10 in advance at, and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult. Attendees are welcome to attend the after-party at Tempe’s Shady Park, 26 East University Drive. Visit the Arizona Roller Derby website. Lauren Cusimano

click to enlarge Calling all hilarious ladies. - TORCH THEATRE
Calling all hilarious ladies.
Torch Theatre
Riot Jam: All Female Improv Jam
Calling all hilarious ladies who can deliver off-the-cuff humor and are on the hunt for a little mic time. There’s a Central Phoenix stage with your name on it.

Riot Jam: All Female Improv Jam is the regular event hosted by the Torch Theatre, where Arizona’s improvisers show off their skills. Torch education director Jacque Arend says their group sees the event as a great way to showcase and celebrate the wealth of female talent that exists in our local improv community. Participants show up, drop their name in a bucket, and then names are drawn to form the teams. The performances start immediately. Watch this impromptu hour of fun from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at 4721 North Central Avenue. Admission and participation are free. Visit the Torch Theatre website. Amy Young

Constance McBride, Balasana, 2016. Ceramic, under glaze, stains, wax, wire. Courtesy of the artist. - WILLIAM LEGOULLON
Constance McBride, Balasana, 2016. Ceramic, under glaze, stains, wax, wire. Courtesy of the artist.
William LeGoullon
“2016 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Winners”
Maybe you’ve seen everything from Michelangelo to Kehinde Wiley at Phoenix Art Museum. That’s great, but it’s hard to top the thrill of seeing pieces by Arizona artists exhibited at the CenPho institution. And now’s the time to do it.

Contemporary Forum, one of the museum’s many support groups, gives grants to several Arizona artists annually. The following year, it presents a group exhibition of their artwork. See “2016 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Winners” from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. It includes work by David Emitt Adams, Christine Cassano, Bryan David Griffith, Constance McBride, and Mary Meyer. They work with hair, oil drums, and forest-fire embers, among other media.

Museum admission is free that day. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, September 17. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Chat with the author of Down a Dark Road. - COURTESY OF LINDA CASTILLO
Chat with the author of Down a Dark Road.
Courtesy of Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo
What happens when man escapes from prison and returns to the Amish community he’s fallen out of favor with? He goes on a kidnapping spree, of course.

Or at least that’s what he does in Down a Dark Road, by Linda Castillo. The best-selling author’s new novel keeps the excitement on high, as escaped convict Joseph King grabs five children as hostages and lures a detective into an ambush. As the cop gets closer to King, she discovers there’s more to the story. From 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, Castillo will discuss and sign the book at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and a copy of the book costs $26. Call 480-947- 2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen 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.
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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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