A couple at last year's Juneteenth Celebration.
A couple at last year's Juneteenth Celebration.
Benjamin Leatherman

7 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

We have the cure for your weekend FOMO. Get ready to geek out about the weather, celebrate Juneteenth, and enjoy a laugh with Eddie Izzard. For more things to do, visit our curated calendar.

Monsoon Con 2017
Bad weather can ruin your day — whether it’s rain at your wedding or 120-degree heat on your morning run. That is, unless you’re a weather nerd. If your head is stuck in the clouds, then you’ll be in good company at Monsoon Con 2017. This convention brings together storm chasers, meteorologists, and weather enthusiasts to hang out and talk monsoons, typhoons, and everything in between. Catch the storm at 1300 North Central Avenue on Saturday, June 17. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event starts at 10. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Mad WX website. Lindsay Roberts

Super Indoor Custom Car Show
When Vin Diesel wraps his next Fast and Furious movie, we bet he’ll dream about the custom cars he might have seen at this year’s Super Indoor Custom Car Show at the Phoenix Convention Center, presented by In the Streets Magazine. Sure, the Acuras and Hondas the star drives in the seemingly endless movie franchise look slick on celluloid, but there’s something even more impressive about the shiny and chrome custom Cadillacs and Plymouths on full display. In addition, the show will feature bicycles, model cars, and ladies vying for the title of Miss Custom Arizona Pinup. Spectators can listen to live music or cool down in the beer garden.Super Indoor Custom Car Show on Saturday, June 17, at Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street. Admission is $20. Military pricing is available, and children 12 and younger get in free. For more information, visit the Phoenix Convention Center website or call 602-262-6225. Jason Keil

A couple at last year's Juneteenth Celebration.EXPAND
A couple at last year's Juneteenth Celebration.
Benjamin Leatherman

Juneteenth Celebration
The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, but word of the abolishment of slavery didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1965. In black communities across America, Juneteeth is celebrated as a day of freedom. The Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration will bring together people of different ages to commemorate the holiday on Saturday, June 17, from 4 to 9 p.m. The event will feature screenings of I Am Not Your Negro and All Eyez on Me, a kids zone with free swimming and arts and crafts, a youth freedom forum discussion, retail and food vendors, guest speakers, and poetry and jazz workshops. Throughout the day, youth groups, poets, rappers and gospel and jazz entertainers will perform. The event takes place at Eastlake Park and Community Center, 1548 East Jefferson Street. See details at the Facebook event page. Laura Latzko

Trans Queer Pueblo Performance
Trans Queer Pueblo is a feisty, homegrown group that supports undocumented LGBTQ+ immigrants of color, including keeping their concerns on the radar of the rest of us. When you’re marginalized and threatened for at least three reasons, it’s good to have a safe place.TQP’s best-known recently for demonstrating at Phoenix Pride Parade with an eye toward making Pride more inclusive and the parade less enmeshed with law enforcement. Such weighty issues will be joined by creativity, entertainment, and fun at Queer Artivismo (arts and activism), an evening of performance at 1726 East Roosevelt Street at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. Drag, theater, and poetry will light the night. A $5 donation is encouraged. Contact Trans Queer Pueblo on Facebook if you’d like to perform. Julie Peterson

Julie Lee and Dan Peitzmeyer join the greenery to chew the scenery in 2016’s Summer ShortsEXPAND
Julie Lee and Dan Peitzmeyer join the greenery to chew the scenery in 2016’s Summer Shorts
Bill Phillips

Summer Shorts
We have a lot on our minds. Sometimes we can’t even focus on an entire Perry Mason episode, and those things are gripping. What we could use is the dim sum of drama — savory bites without long-term commitment — and Theatre Artists Studio has just the menu.The company’s 11th annual Summer Shorts program presents eight 10-minute plays. Writers often start their careers with such short works because it’s a challenging format in which to hone the technical fundamentals of writing for the stage. But experienced playwrights return to shorts, too. This year, confront such intriguing titles as “The Emperor’s New Nose,” “Evolution Fast Track,” and “The Phoenix Coffin Club.” Top-notch acting and directing class everything up and contribute to your enjoyment. Performances continue through Sunday, June 25, at 4848 East Cactus Road. Showtime on Sunday, June 18, is 2 p.m. Admission is $15 to $25. Visit the Studio website or call 602-765-0120. Julie Peterson

See the author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens at Changing Hands Bookstore.
See the author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens at Changing Hands Bookstore.
Courtesy of Blue Rider Press

Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard is a multi-hyphenate who stretches beyond the usual show-business shtick. He is a transgender comedian best known to American audiences for his award-winning special Dress to Kill and, oh yeah, he also ran 27 marathons in as many days throughout South Africa for charity. Izzard’s an actor who advocates for LGBT+ rights and is now the author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, a candid chronicle of his rise from street performer to Wembley Stadium headliner. Izzard visits Mesa Arts Center to familiarize the fans of his comedy with his other accomplishments, to take questions from the audience, and to sell his book, of course.The hilarity ensues on Sunday, June 18, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. The event is currently sold out, but visit the Changing Hands website to put yourself on the waitlist. Jason Keil

See local comedian Matt Micheletti at The Mystery Show.
See local comedian Matt Micheletti at The Mystery Show.
Victor Kelley

The Mystery Show
Of three special guests allegedly slotted to appear at The Mystery Show — Donald Trump, Fappy the Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, and Bill Murray — we bet you can guess who will show. Additionally, the comedy event hosted by Paul Horner and Erick Biez features a full roster of local comedians, including Mike Enders, Matt Micheletti, Dana Whissen, Leslie Barton, and Daniel Amaro. When you’re not busy laughing, get involved in the raffles. There are giveaways all night with goodies from local businesses. The night includes live music and is a benefit for SockItForward.com, an area charity that provides socks to homeless people. The 21-and-older set can yuk it up at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. Admission is $5. Visit the Valley Bar website. Amy Young

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