What's the best way to spend your weekend? We recommend a trip to the Convergence festival, watching The Room at Film Bar, and geeking out at Phoenix Fan Fest. But it's up to you. For more things to do visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.
“Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China”
Into time travel but don’t have the equipment to get you to those bygone days? Visit the Musical Instrument Museum for the exhibition “Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China.”
View more than 60 rare instruments and works of art dating back to the beginning of Chinese civilization. The show displays ancient flutes and drums, and bronze bells utilized in early Chinese rituals. Music-related art includes a ceramic pillow and a bronze drum stand sculpted in the shape of a beast.
Take in the archaic gems from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Tickets are $7 with paid museum admission of $10 to $20 for adults. The exhibit will be on view through May 6, 2018. Call 480-478-6000 or visit the MIM website for details. Amy Young
We’re in awe of Arcosanti, the community north of Phoenix that continues to grow, albeit gradually. Construction began in 1970 under the leadership of the community’s late founder, Paolo Soleri, and it continues at a medieval-cathedral pace. The principles of arcology (architecture + ecology) inform buildings, agriculture, and events at the site, including the first Convergence festival and conference from noon Friday, November 10, through Sunday, November 12.
Programming ranges from
Find 13555 South Cross L Road in Mayer, near the Cordes Junction exit from I-17. Admission starts at $80 for a day pass and tops out at $350. Visit the Arcosanti website or call 505-850-7602. Camping’s available onsite. Julie Peterson
Cupcake! Kiss Kiss Fang Fang
Halloween’s over, but that doesn’t mean vampires have been laid to rest.
The long-running fetish party Cupcake! is throwing another dance night. And this time, it’s vampire-themed. On Friday, November 10, Kiss Kiss Fang Fang will feature resident bloodsuckers Self.Destrukt, Betty Blackheart, and Beautiful John will spin danceable electro and industrial beats all night long.
Sport your best vampy attire for the bash, which starts at 9 p.m. at Rogue Bar, 423 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs sounds as though it should’ve been on digital cable — starring Vincent Price — or perhaps the opener in a franchise that continues with Darker Still, Dark All the Way to the Bathroom, and Darkness IV: The Recarpeting. But let us not mourn what might have been.
The play runs through Sunday, November 19, at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback Road. Showtime on Friday, November 10, is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $28 at the Desert Stages Theatre website or 480-483-1664. Julie Peterson
Next month, The Disaster Artist is scheduled to hit theaters. It features James Franco and his brother Dave playing director Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero, respectively. The new indie film is based on Sestero’s account of the production of the 2003 cult movie The Room, which is considered an ironic masterpiece by such comedians as Patton Oswalt and David Cross.
Prep for the Francos’ flick by seeing Wiseau’s catastrophe-slash-work of genius at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. For more information, visit the FilmBar website. Jason Keil
Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party
If you have the website Discogs bookmarked, chances are good you’re a vinyl junkie who never gets tired of hunting for another must-have record.
Get your flipping fingers ready. The popular site for buying and selling musical goodies is sponsoring the Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party, where more than 30 vendors will be on-site with records galore to help you expand your collection. By day, vendors will sell their wares. At night, local and national DJs will provide the party soundtrack. Out-of-towners include DJ Day from California, and Breakbeat Lou and Kenny Dope from New York.
Shop for records from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. Then, go home, alphabetize your purchases, and come
Phoenix Fan Fest
Everyone’s allowed to feel a longing for their childhood days every now and again. According to fantasy writer Barry Hughart in his book, Bridge of Birds, it’s downright vital. “Don’t be ashamed of reliving your childhood,” he notes. “Because all of us must do it now and then to maintain our sanity.”
At this year’s Phoenix Fan Fest, folks who happened to adore the likes of as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ghostbusters, and Matilda can enjoy a heaping helping of nostalgia. The two-day geek event on Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, will feature appearances by Ernie Hudson, Mara Wilson, and four of the actors and actresses who played the kids in the 1970’s cinematic version of Willy Wonka.
As always, Fan Fest will also feature a variety of programming celebrating comics, creators, collectibles, and cosplay. Hours vary. Daily admission is $15 to $20 and the full weekend is $30. See the Fan Fest website for more info. Benjamin Leatherman
Grand Avenue Festival
Downtown community members will converge on Saturday, November 11, for the 2017 Grand Avenue Festival. The free event will be packed with things to do and see, including a fashion show with attire made of recyclables, hanging gardens and woven fence art installations, and tours of the area’s historic buildings. Art exhibitions, food vendors, children’s crafts, and live music will add to the fun, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts procession will kick off at 6 p.m. It’s a chance to strut your funkiest dress-up
“The Green Indoors”
Maybe you have a not-so-green thumb that seems to kill even the easiest indoor succulents. Don’t worry. The folks at Dig It can help. The CenPho plant store will host “The Green Indoors,” a class covering everything from placement of houseplants to proper fertilizing techniques, on Saturday, November 11. This is an interactive course — so expect to get your hands a little dirty.
During the summer, Valley dwellers whose palates favor hops and barley are hard-pressed to find opportunities to hang out with their fellow suds enthusiasts. But the cooler months bring more than enough fermented grains to wash away the drought. Case in point: New Times’
In case the name leaves any doubt, the fourth annual event will feature more than 100 varieties of beer — and a lot of people to drink with. The 21-and-over event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, along Adams Street between Second Street and Central
“FLW150: Image & Influence”
Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t just design stunning structures. The architect inspired creativity in his students. And his work influenced artists around the world. On the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Gallery at Mountain Shadows is paying tribute to the architect with “FLW150: Image & Influence,” an exhibition of artists who have drawn inspiration from Wright.
The show, which is on view 24 hours a day through Saturday, December 30, also highlights work by contemporary artists from different parts of the country. Take a look at 5445 East Lincoln Drive. For more information, call 855-485-1417 or go to the Mountain Shadows website. Laura Latzko
Four Chambers Press’ Writing Group
It’s satisfying to combine our rampant need for discipline (settle down — not that kind of discipline) with mild socializing and, really, just getting out of the dang house. Hence the perfect storm of a writers’ group. Four Chambers Press’ Writing Group at Songbird Coffee and Tea House, continuing on the second Sunday of each month until at least next summer, furnishes just the right amount of structure and inspiration. Participants read what they’re working on, and the group discusses and critiques the pieces.
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Meanwhile, buy yourself a fabulous beverage and snack. Heck, buy someone else a coffee — it’s cheaper than a cocktail. Admission is free to the
Annual Turkey Contest
How funny can a comedian get when there are prizes on the line? Attend the Annual Turkey Contest at Stand Up Live to find out.
The show is an extension of the New Faces of Comedy AZ showcase held regularly at the
The holiday hilarity starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission is $5 for guests 18 and older. There’s a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719-6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young