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Best Things to Do This Weekend: Front Porch Pickins, Uhh Yeah Dude

Get to Pickin.
Get to Pickin. Courtesy of Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
You ready for the weekend, Phoenix? Time to find some good picks at Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market, laugh with comedian Chris Tucker, or start the frights early with the film Murderess. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market
If being a mall dweller isn’t your thing and you have a passion for rifling through other people’s old or handmade stuff, we’re about to send you on a shopping spree.

The Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market is the place to peruse booths loaded with vintage, shabby chic, and retro goods. A DJ keeps things lively, and food trucks are on-site to feed hungry shoppers. This event launches the Pickins Pub, where cold adult beverages will help you forget how much you spent.

Find treasures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 13, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler. Admission is $10; free for kids 12 and younger. Visit the Front Porch Pickins website. Amy Young

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You may remember him from Rush Hour.
The Horne Brothers
Chris Tucker
Although Ice Cube snagged top billing on the poster for Friday, the 1995 cult film wouldn’t have been a hit without Chris Tucker’s turn as the perpetually stoned Smokey. Despite pulling huge paychecks for his headlining roles in the Rush Hour sequels, the Def Comedy Jam star ran into some trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. The settlement of his tax bill allegedly prompted his return to stand-up and a Netflix special, in which the hyperactive star tells stories about his childhood and hanging out with Michael Jackson.

Tucker performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $36 to $122. For more information, visit the Celebrity Theatre website. Jason Keil

Stuart A. Weiner, Soleri sketching at his desk, Cosanti, ca. 1960. Gelatin-silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Collection of the Costanti Foundation. Copyright: The Weiner Estate.
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Fall Opening Celebration
It’s retrospective time at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, where you can be one of the first people to explore a new exhibition of works by renowned artist and architect Paolo Soleri during the museum’s fall opening celebration on Friday, October 13. “The City Is Nature,” the first major retrospective of Soleri’s work since his death in 2013, officially opens the next day.

It’s one of two exhibitions you can view that night, along with “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists of Aboriginal Australia.” Both reflect the deep influence of nature on human creativity and imagination.

Sara Cochran, director and chief curator for the museum, will lead a tour through the exhibitions; it’s a rare opportunity to hear her insights on these works. And it’s a chance to mingle with local artists, curators, and collectors attending the free event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble

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Seth and Jonathan of UYD.
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Uhh Yeah Dude
Do you sit around chatting about the news with your BFF in a manner so amusing you should start a podcast so everyone can bask in the glow of your witty words?

That’s how Uhh Yeah Dude was born, back in 2006. Pals Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Laroquette would blab regularly, via phone, bullshitting about current events and situations in their personal lives until one of them suggested they record the chats and make a podcast out of the situation.

Now you have a chance to be part of a live recording of the popular podcast. Generally, the show takes place in Romatelli’s Hollywood apartment, but this time, you can put faces and expressions to the words. Be a part of the chatter starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Tickets are $28 to $30. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Amy Young

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During the Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, Jarabe Mexico, a group out of San Diego, will bring a different variety of acoustic music.
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Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival
During the annual Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, you can see local bluegrass favorites perform at the modern, utopian desert community designed by architect Paolo Soleri.

Held on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater, the festival highlights traditional and modern bluegrass bands, including youth from the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band, national groups such as Run Boy Run and James Reams & the Barnstormers, and San-Diego-based group Jarabe Mexicano.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Arizona acoustic musicians and bands can take part in an open mic session. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday at 13555 South Cross L Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and free for age 16 and younger. For more information, call 928-632-7135 or go to the Arcosanti website. Laura Latzko
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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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.
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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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