7 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Shop 'til you drop.
Shop 'til you drop. The Duce
No weekend plans? We're here to help. Cheer on the Phoenix Mercury, enjoy an outdoor screening of 500 Days of Summer, shop locally at Pineapple Triangle, or indulge your love of sugary pop music at Candi Pop. For more things to do, see our curated calendar.

Pineapple Triangle
For those who live for shopping local, the Pineapple Triangle is bringing over 50 Arizona-based vendors to the Duce for a day of shopping, eating, and listening to music. Every item available at the pop-up was made in Arizona with an exclusively Phoenix vibe, and 20 percent of all purchases made at the event will benefit local nonprofits.

So go ahead, shop until you drop on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8. For more information,
visit the Pineapple Triangle website or the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Phoenix Mercury v. L.A. Sparks
A regular season game is one thing. Facing the reigning champions is another. It cranks the determination to defeat up a few notches.

We’ll see what happens when the Phoenix Mercury hit the court to take on the L.A. Sparks — the team that won the WNBA championship last October. Their spotlight player that night was Nnkea Ogwumike, who scored 23 of the winning points.

The Mercury are having a decent season so far, winning half of their 10 games. Their recent victory against the Dallas Wings found them finishing with an impressive 107-65. And though they didn’t beat the New York Liberty, it was a narrow win for the East Coast team, thanks to an impressive third-quarter steal and 11 points scored by Leilani Mitchell.

The basketball battle begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $27.26 and up. Visit the Mercury website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Hanging out at Crescent. - MICHELLE SASONOV
Hanging out at Crescent.
Michelle Sasonov
Candi Pop: A Bubblegum Pop Dance Party
You know that Justin Bieber song that you put on repeat in the safety of your car, but never tell anyone about? Well, Crescent Ballroom is giving you a chance to dance with fellow pop-lovers to your favorite guilty pleasure songs at Candi Pop: A Bubblegum Pop Dance Party. Music for the party will be inspired by bubblegum pop artists like the Spice Girls, Katy Perry, One Direction, and The Jonas Brothers.

The 21-and-over bash will take place at 308 North Second Avenue on Saturday, June 10. Doors open at 9 p.m., there’s a $10 cover. For more info, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge Sit back, relax, and watch this modern love story unfold. - COURTESY OF STREET FOOD CINEMA
Sit back, relax, and watch this modern love story unfold.
Courtesy of Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema: 500 Days of Summer
For moviegoers who like to snack beyond popcorn tubs and boxes of candy, dine-in theaters and extended menus have enhanced the film-viewing experience. A plate of chicken and waffles, though? That’s next level.

At Street Food Cinema, you can grab something from Chicken and Waffles for the People, or another food truck like Grilled Addiction, Wok Sticks, or Wandering Donkey. Settle in before the screening of 500 Days of Summer, a modern romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Before the movie starts, local band The Senators perform. The outdoor food ’n’ flick event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 North Second Street. Tickets are $6 to $20; free for kids 5 and younger. Visit the Street Food Cinema website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Pig Cones by Colette Hosmer in SMoCA's "I'm Sorry But It's Hard to Imagine" exhibit. - COLETTE HOSMER/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Pig Cones by Colette Hosmer in SMoCA's "I'm Sorry But It's Hard to Imagine" exhibit.
Colette Hosmer/Photo by Lynn Trimble
“I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine”
Imagine yourself as an artist working with unconventional materials ranging from lipstick to cheese. Then hold that thought as you race over the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. That’s where works by artists who’ve done just that are part of the summer exhibition lineup, which includes “I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine.”

Highlights include Cheese Grid, created with more than 500 slices of American cheese by a pair of artists who call themselves The Art Guys; Colette Hosmer’s ceramic piece that sets three pigs inside waffle-style ice cream cones; and Judy Chicago drawings that fearlessly tackle what some still consider humans’ naughty parts. The show also includes lithographs by Keith Haring and James Turrell, plus Dominique Blain’s take on lipstick, a bullet, and a cigar.

Check it out on Sunday, June 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, and the show continues through Sunday, September 10. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art website. Lynn Trimble

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Milwaukee Brewers
Over two months into the season, the two Cinderella stories in the National League are the Milwaukee Brewers and our own Arizona Diamondbacks. Eric Thames has been putting on a hitting display that’s lifted the long-suffering Brew Crew out of the doldrums.

At Chase Field, Jake Lamb has been showing off his unparalleled power at the plate, helping the D-backs attain one of the best home records in the MLB. Things were a little heated when these two teams battled it out over Memorial Day weekend, so expect fireworks when they meet again at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, at 401 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $16 and up. Visit the Diamondbacks website or call 602-514-8400 for details. Jason Keil

click to enlarge It’s all about art and music at MIM’s Experience Brazil event. - MIM
It’s all about art and music at MIM’s Experience Brazil event.
Experience Brazil
Maybe you associate Brazil with soccer, coffee, and the bikini wax. Or you’ve dreamed of traveling south to see its famed Carnival festival, Copacabana beach, or the Christ the Redeemer statue. Turns out, you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the country’s culture.

That’s because the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, is hosting Experience Brazil. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, you can check out music and dance performance, explore culture in the museum’s Latin American Gallery, and try several hands-on activities with Brazilian flair.

It’s included with museum admission, which is $20 for adults. Bring your wallet if you want to hit the MIM Café or Museum Shop while you’re there. Visit the Musical Instrument Museum website. Lynn Trimble

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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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