The 20 Best Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

The kids are not all right in bare: a pop opera.
The kids are not all right in bare: a pop opera. Laura Durant

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click to enlarge The band BowCat will be performing at the ThirdSpace Third Anniversary. - COURTESY OF ARIZONA MOONSTOMP
The band BowCat will be performing at the ThirdSpace Third Anniversary.
Courtesy of Arizona Moonstomp
ThirdSpace Third Anniversary
If your wardrobe includes any items that might classify you as a “Rude Boy” or “Beat Girl,” then you already have your outfit and mindset for the ThirdSpace Third Anniversary.

The café meets coffee shop meets bar meets music venue at 1028 Grand Avenue will host local ska, funk, rocksteady, and soul band BowCat for a night of ska-centric music. Expect bands, DJs, dancing, drinks, and probably some neat hairdos.

The anniversary bash runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Entry is $5 at the door, and entertainment includes the L.A.-based Angel City Revue Records Revue, Mama Melody, and Phoenix City Sound System. For more information, call 602-258-1536 or see the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano

click to enlarge During the Girls Rock! Phoenix Summer Camp Showcase, girls ages 8 to 17 will perform. - KRISTI WIMMER
During the Girls Rock! Phoenix Summer Camp Showcase, girls ages 8 to 17 will perform.
Kristi Wimmer
Girls Rock! Phoenix Summer Camp Showcase
During the Girls Rock! Phoenix Summer Camp Showcase, local girls will have the chance to show off their powerful vocals and musical chops after a week-ong summer camp. Leading up to the performance, summer camp participants form bands, write original music, learn new instruments, practice together, collaborate, and bond with fellow female musicians. Featuring 42 girls between the ages of 8 and 17, the second annual showcase will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 at the Trunk Space, 1124 North Third Street. A $5 donation is suggested. Find out more the Girl's Rock website. Laura Latzko

Outliars Fifth Annual Improv Fest
Events you can set your watch to help put a little dent in the chaos of life. When it’s something that involves improv comedy, even better. Leave the spontaneity to the performers.

This year’s Outliars Fifth Annual Improv Fest features Paul Brittain and Andy St. Clair. The former of these two stand-up comedians was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 2010 through 2012 and has also appeared on the talk show parody program Comedy Bang! Bang! St. Clair has written for several humorous shows, including Dr. Ken, where he also appeared in a couple of episodes.

The fest of fun begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Admission is $20 for the 18-and-over event. A two-drink minimum is required. Call 480-921-9877 or visit the Tempe Improv website. Amy Young

The Last Picture Show
Forty-four years ago, the Phoenix city attorney declared the ground-breaking film The Last Picture Show obscene, thanks to a skinny-dipping scene featuring both male and female nudity. To be fair, the screening was reportedly playing at a drive-in theater, but the controversial ruling cemented director Peter Bogdanovich’s coming-of-age classic — based on the Larry McMurtry novel — as one of the films that ushered in the gritty realism of 1970s cinema. Join Arizona State University film professor Joe Fortunato in an analysis of the movie that made stars of Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shepherd and made our desert metropolis collectively blush.

FilmBar Film School returns on Monday, June 5, at 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. Visit the Film Bar website. Jason Keil

Songs from the B Side
It’s called Lunchtime Theater, but sometimes it happens in the evening. That’s the case on this day for the performance of Songs from the B Side. The rest of the show’s run has a midday time slot.

Produced by Annie Moscow, this show is about 45 RPM vinyl records, also known as singles. It focuses on great songs that never became big hits because they were designated for the B-side of the record, often considered a throwaway track from an album. The A-side was reserved for hits only. Hear the flip side at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Admission is $6. The show runs through Thursday, June 15. Call 602-252-8497 or visit the Herberger Theater website. Amy Young

click to enlarge See Robert Motherwell’s The Blue Door (1973) at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. - LYNN TRIMBLE
See Robert Motherwell’s The Blue Door (1973) at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Lynn Trimble
“[dis]functional: Products of Conceptual Design”
What do wine, chewed gum, a lawnmower, and an emu egg have in common? They’re all part of a new exhibition called “[dis]functional: Products of Conceptual Design,” which explores the porous border between art and design. Other intriguing materials include roses, a Geiger counter, felt hats, combs, chamomile, sand, and casters.

Several Arizona artists are part of the mix, as are renowned artists Louise Nevelson and Robert Motherwell. Collectively, they touch on subjects ranging from commerce to the irony of politics. And they’ll likely change the way you think about everyday objects, from chairs to cardboard boxes.

See the exhibition between noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. It’s on view through Sunday, September 24. Museum admission is $10. Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Watch the Diamondbacks take on the Padres. - JIM LOUVAU
Watch the Diamondbacks take on the Padres.
Jim Louvau
Arizona Diamondbacks versus San Diego Padres
Major League Baseball’s regular season is 162 games. That’s a lot of peanuts and Cracker Jack. Heck, that’s probably more than the number of times your weird aunt invites you to play Candy Crush on Facebook each year.
Point is, there are still a lot of innings left to be played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but so far, so good. The team have weathered the season’s early storms admirably, including a season-ending injury for starting pitcher Shelby Miller, and they’ve sat comfortably above .500 pretty much all season. An upcoming homestand against the putrid Padres —seriously, their point differential is atrocious — bodes well for the snakes as they set their distant sights on the postseason.

The San Diego Padres visit Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6. Tickets are $15 and up. Visit the Diamondbacks website or call 602-514-8400 for details. Rob Kroehler

Western Wednesdays
What defines the Old West? Is it brazen outlaws and heroic sheriffs, rugged cowboys and cowgirls, westbound journeys on the Oregon Trail, or is it skilled Native American artisans?

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s Western Wednesdays series explores the different sides of the Old West with interactive programming that includes historian lectures, hands-on covered-wagon making, pioneer-themed bingo, burlap journal-making, a “stolen” saddle-bag hunt, Western-themed painting sessions, lasso-making and throwing, bead-making, and basket-weaving.

During the series, attendees can learn more about the lives of ranchers and cowboys, Native American art and culture, and what it was really like traveling the Oregon Trail. The series takes place every Wednesday in June at 1 p.m. at 3830 North Marshall Way. Admission is $5 for those 6 and older, and it’s free for children 5 and younger. Call 480-686-9539 or visit Scottsdale Museum of the West's website. Laura Latzko

click to enlarge Phoenix artist Patricia Sannit surrounded by ceramics in her studio. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Phoenix artist Patricia Sannit surrounded by ceramics in her studio.
Lynn Trimble
Patricia Sannit
Phoenix artist Patricia Sannit says her most important tools are her hands. It makes sense, because that’s what she uses to shape and mark ceramic forms, before layering them into sculptures that channel the intersection of cultures throughout human history.

She’ll talk about her work at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. It’s part of a free evening with a museum support organization called Contemporary Forum, which recognizes mid-career artists in Arizona who exhibit sustained excellence in their work. Sannit received the top honor, the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, in 2016.

Stick around after Sannit’s talk to learn who the organization is honoring this year. Then check out an exhibition of works by Sannit — as well as 2016 grant winners David Emitt Adams, Christine Cassano, Bryan David Griffith, Constance McBride, and Mary Meyer. Space is limited, so visit the Phoenix Art Museum's website for reservations. Lynn Trimble

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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.
Contact: Jason Keil
Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
Contact: Rob Kroehler
Laura Latzko
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.
Contact: Julie Peterson
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
Contact: Lynn Trimble
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.
Contact: Amy Young