Need plans? This week you can pour it up at POUR, party at the Release Pool Party, or laugh with Kevin Farley. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times calendar.
Here’s a pro tip for Valley residents: If you’d like to survive the summer, you really oughta drink. A lot. And while we ostensibly mean water and plenty of it (dehydration is a killer), it doesn’t hurt to sip something a bit stronger now and again. If nothing else, it will help dull the pain of another long, hot, and brutal summer. And you can do so in style on Thursday, May 31, during POUR.
The food and drink event at Scottsdale Beer Company, 8608 East Shea Boulevard, will feature tastings of various wines, spirits, and craft and microbrewed beers, all of which will be from Arizona purveyors like Page Springs Cellars and OHSO Distillery. Local musician Mike Maleckar will perform and local painter Katie Kral will conduct a live art session.
The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 online. Call 480-219-1844 or see the Facebook event page. Benjamin Leatherman
It’s difficult to talk about Kevin Farley without bringing up his brother Chris, the Saturday Night Live cast member, and star of Tommy Boy. The duo bear a strong resemblance to each other, and often starred in the same movies. However, what his sibling had in pure physical hilarity, Kevin has in quick quips and comic routines behind the mic. Being mistaken for his sibling is something he’s not afraid to joke about onstage, along with hilarious flights to Vegas and going to buffets.
Check out Kevin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Stir Crazy Comedy Club, 6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Suite E-206 in Glendale, with other shows throughout the weekend. Tickets are $18.
For more information, visit the Stir Crazy Comedy Club website. Jason Keil
Former dogsled racer turned poet Laird Barron is best known for his award-winning horror short fiction. When he visits The Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, however, he’ll be showcasing Blood Standard, his first foray into crime fiction.
Kicking off his “Isaiah Coleridge” series, the novel follows an exiled Alaskan mob enforcer as he tracks down a missing girl through the hard-boiled New York underworld.
Admission is free, but purchase of Blood Standard is required for the signing. For more information, visit the Poisoned Pen website or call 480-947-2974. Michael Senft
The Heard Museum is celebrating Diné resilience on Friday, June 1, with a concert by the Diné band Sihasin inside the museum, and an artisan market in the south foyer of the Steele Auditorium, 2301 North Central Avenue. The event references a treaty signed at Fort Sumner in the New Mexico Territory on June 1, 1868, between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. government.
Participating artists include Lane Jensen, Rykelle Kemp, Julius Badoni, Jeremy Singer, and OXDX Clothing. The Tempe-based fashion brand highlights Native issues and the beauty of Native culture.
The free event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., when Heard museum admission is also free. Current exhibits include “Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin.” Sihasin performs at 7 p.m. Visit the Heard Museum website. Lynn Trimble
Soar through the stars and learn about the future of spaceflight in “Space Next,” an upcoming show in the sparkling new Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium in Prescott. The state-of-the-art facility is an astrophile’s dream, and it just opened in October as part of the new, $22 million STEM education center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The visually spectacular “Space Next” is a free, 40-minute show. Catch it on Friday, June 1, at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., or 8 p.m., or on Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. Seats are limited, so be sure to make a reservation at the Jim and Linda Planetarium website. Ray Stern
Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2
Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 is symbolic of second chances. The famed Russian pianist almost gave up composing after the disastrous premiere of his first symphony in 1897, which he called “the most agonizing hour of my life,” according to the Chicago Symphony’s program notes. It took another decade, and help from a psychiatrist, before he finished the piece, which has remained popular for more than a century, was featured in the Oscar-winning movie Birdman, and will close the Phoenix Symphony’s 70th season.
Tito Munoz will conduct the performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June, 1 and Saturday, June 2. Also on the program, soloist Anne Akiko Meyers plays Adam Schoenberg’s new violin concerto.
Tickets begin at $38.Go to the Phoenix Symphony ticket site. Stuart Warner
On Saturday, June 2, Press Coffee Roasters will be holding a casual coffee class at its Chandler location, 2577 West Queen Creek Road.
If you want to learn more about your favorite caffeinated beverage, this is the way to do it: by tasting four coffees that will, in their range, take you around the world. You will learn the history of each. You will learn coffee regions, coffee flavors, and how coffee is made.
The one-hour class starts at 10 a.m. Registration costs $20, which seems on the steep side, but at the end of the class you will score a $10 gift card, usable at any Press location. Sign up at the Press Coffee website. Chris Malloy
Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has inspired several film adaptations, including Walt Disney’s Technicolor, musical cartoon version in 1951, and the 2010 film directed by Tim Burton. But the first film version was released in 1915, on multiple film reels. You can see the early film take on Alice at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. It’s a dark, silent 52-minute fantasy film called Alice in Wonderland. Tickets are $12.
RPM Orchestra, a Phoenix-based quartet that plays proto-industrial Americana music, will perform its original score for the film that night seated near the screen. It’s one of 12 film scores written by RPM Orchestra. The instrument lineup includes banjo, flute, percussion, and shortwave radio. “We want to capture the mood of the film and draw people into it,” says RPM founder Pete Petrisko. “It’s a surreal, dreamy film score.” Visit the FilmBar website. Lynn Trimble
Release Pool Party
Summer in the Valley means pool parties and lots of ’em. And many of these swim soirees boast a mix of DJs, dance music, and drinks. Take the weekly Release Pool Party at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale, for instance. The afternoon-long affair typically features hundreds of patrons in bikinis and bathing suits partying both in and out of the resort’s pool, while superstar mixmasters lay down beats aplenty.
That will certainly be the scene at the latest edition of Release on Saturday, June 2, which will include a spin session from DJ Carnage. Food and drinks will be served at the pool area’s two bars. Cabana and daybed rentals are also available. The 21-and-over party runs from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is $20. See the Release website. Benjamin Leatherman
Tiny Bubbles Painting Workshop
Artist Ryan Carry creates abstract compositions using thinned oil paint and air exhaled from his lungs. He’ll be sharing his technique during a free Tiny Bubbles Painting workshop at The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. The all-ages event runs from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
It’s a chance to make your own art by placing paper over cups filled with paint, soap, and water, Carey says. The paint bubbles over, creating unexpected patterns. While you’re there, explore the new “Draw” exhibit, which runs through Saturday, September 1. Visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Lynn Trimble
The Virgin Spring
Film buffs are celebrating the centennial of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s birth. For FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, that includes screening The Virgin Spring, a 1960 tale of rape and revenge set in medieval Sweden. It’s happening at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. Tickets are $9.95.
The film is part of a monthly series coordinated by Alex Harman. “Each month, I try to choose an art-house film from different important filmmakers from all over the world,” Harman says. “The goal is to bring some of these culturally important films to an audience who have never seen them.” Visit the FilmBar website. Lynn Trimble
Seeing Grease is a rite of passage for any culturally obsessed teenager who dreams of finding romance at the high school dance. It celebrates the innocence of adolescence with catchy songs that are always a little dirtier than you remember. This is why the musical retains its strong popularity 40 years later. Now is your chance to relive your childhood and sing “Greased Lightning,” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John while they dance on the big screen.
To paraphrase “Summer Nights,” tell me more at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Chandler, 4955 South Arizona Avenue in Chandler. Admission is $11.32. For more information, visit the Alamo Drafthouse website. Jason Keil
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins: Native American Recognition Day
Major League Baseball — from Hall of Famer Chief Bender to World Series champ Jacoby Ellsbury — and Arizona both have a rich history with American Indians, a tradition that the Arizona Diamondbacks will honor on Sunday, June, 3, before their 1:10 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins.
Native American Recognition Day will include drum groups, dancers, vocalists, etc. The event is sponsored by Gila River Casinos. Tickets begin at $16. Visit the Diamondbacks website. Stuart Warner
Danny Dash Andrews
We lost Michael Jackson nine years ago in June. An entire generation has never seen the King of Pop perform live, but celebrity impersonator Danny Dash Andrews has been energetically moonwalking across stages around North America keeping the singer’s legacy alive. His performances of “Smooth Criminal” and “Billie Jean” frequently go viral online thanks to Andrews’ attention to detail in the choreography and wardrobe of one of the greatest performers ever.
Thriller time begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at The Pressroom, 441 West Madison Street. Tickets are $20 to $50. For more information, visit the Pressroom website. Jason Keil
The Rubin Report Live — A Night of Stand Up and Sit Down
Comedian and podcaster Dave Rubin had Twitter down years ago. His finely honed skill of blasting out hilarious, limited character barbs earned him an L.A. Weekly nomination for a Funniest Twitter award in 2013. At this in-person edition of his YouTube show, The Rubin Report Live — A Night of Stand Up and Sit Down, you’ll get a dose of why the verbose host has earned more than 150 million views eschewing political correctness, and tackling uncomfortable issues. He speaks his truth at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive.
Admission is $20 for ages 18 and older; a two-drink minimum required. A $75 VIP ticket includes a meet-and-greet. Call 480-921-9877 or visit the Tempe Improv website. Amy Young
Phoenix artist Nissa Kubly felt free after getting her first camera as a child: “I could take my own pictures, and no one could tell me what to do.” Today, she makes small-scale jewelry and cameras, which she’ll be showing during a June solo exhibition called “Studio Work: Arizona Images” at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue. “All my work relates back to the creatures and habitats of the desert,” Kubly says.
Meet the artist, who also draws inspiration from historical and scientific instruments, during the free opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1. Visit the Practical Art website. Lynn Trimble
Artist Joseph Clayton Mills found an intriguing way to blend his passions for music, literature, and art. Often, his paintings and encaustic works include marks made on musical scores and book covers. You can get a good look from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Fletcher Library at ASU West, 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale, where he’s showing about 40 pieces, including music-related ephemera, in a free exhibition called “Composition/Decomposition.” It’s on view through Wednesday, June 6.
“My work is basically about the process of composition and the materiality of the texts,” Mills says. It’s meant to reflect the specificity of things, and show that so-called errors that creep into texts aren’t really errors. “They’re all part of the creative process,” he says.Visit the ASU Event page. Lynn Trimble
Gallerist Lisa Sette decided to play with the circle shape for her summer exhibition, a group show called “Circle/Squared” that continues through Friday, August 25, inside her semi-subterranean gallery located at 210 East Catalina Drive. Featured artists reward viewers who linger to look thoughtfully.
What looks from afar like a lovely Chinese landscape reveals detritus wrought by rampant industrialization when viewed more closely. An apparent portrait of a woman by a bassinet actually sets the woman beside an animal who shares one of her physical characteristics.
See the free exhibit between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. Visit the Lisa Sette Gallery website. Lynn Trimble
Body and Soul: An American Bridge
The jazz standard “Body and Soul” has been recorded by everyone from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday and even as a duet featuring Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse. The documentary Body and Soul: An American Bridge explores why the song has captivated audiences and musicians for over nine decades. Not only has the song challenged the most dexterous of melodic improvisors and influenced the bebop genre, but the film shows how the track has served as a cultural bridge between African-Americans and the Jewish community.
This special screening begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 East Culver Street. This is a free event. For more information, visit the Arizona Jewish Historical Society website. Jason Keil
The royal wedding is behind us, so let’s get back to rock royalty. Prince fans can see his iconic Purple Rain film at Studio Movie Grill, 15515 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. It’s a glimpse into the complexities of the artist’s childhood, identity, relationships, and career made more poignant for viewers in light of the icon’s death in 2016.
The rock musical drama, released in 1984, features not only Prince, but Apollonia Kotero, plus three bands: The Revolution, The Time, and Apollonia 6. It earned an Academy Award for best original score. Visit the Studio Movie Grill website. Lynn Trimble
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Baseball in the Attic
Michael Osacky is hosting sort of an Antiques Roadshow for sports fans on Wednesday, June 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 620 North Sixth Street. Forbes magazine calls Osacky “the dean of the candy company’s (Cracker Jacks) baseball card historians.” Osacky operates Baseball in the Attic, which buys and appraises baseball cards and other sports and entertainment memorabilia. (Still have those “Mars Attacks” cards?) He said he’s been collecting since his grandfather gave him a box of old baseball cards when he was a teenager.
He’ll appraise your vintage stuff for free, but only by appointment. You can sign up at the Baseball in the Attic website or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stuart Warner