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The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Hand to God is not for little kids. Hooray! More for the rest of us.
Hand to God is not for little kids. Hooray! More for the rest of us. Reg Madison Photography

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click to enlarge Someone looks like he's in trouble. - JIM LOUVAU
Someone looks like he's in trouble.
Jim Louvau
Live Lucha Libre
The less linguistically inclined might be forgiven for thinking the term “lucha libre” translates to “free lunch.” But we all know there’s no such thing, not even in Spanish. Instead, this lovely morsel of Latin alliteration translates to “free fight,” which of course manifests as “men wrestling in decorative costumes.”

So when Live Lucha Libre comes to Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue, on Saturday, February 3, the costumes will be grand, the pageantry will be grander, and the wrestling will be real (sorta). And to reiterate: The burritos will not be free. The 21-and-over event starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and up via  the Crescent Ballroom website. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge Truck yes. - FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Truck yes.
Feld Entertainment
Monster Jam
Ready for the Alien Invasion? Nah, we don’t mean a visit from outer space travelers. This is a massive truck – crafted to look like a sci-fi vehicle — making an appearance at this year’s Monster Jam. That bad boy will appear alongside other fierce autos like Grave Digger, Raminator, and Wonder Woman.

See more than 50 vehicles that have been modified into tools of destruction. These beasts on wheels will display speed and smashing power as they crush and crunch their way through the arena, competing for top spots.

The jam starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 East Cardinals Drive in Glendale. Tickets to the event are $15 and up, and passes to the preshow pit party (which runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.) are an additional $10. Visit the Monster Jam website. Amy Young

Comfort over all.
Courtesy of Party America
2018 Tempe Onesie Bar Crawl
Why compromise your comfort when you can party in your pajamas? On Saturday, February 3, throw on your most comfortable footie PJs and join the 2018 Tempe Onesie Bar Crawl.

The 21-and-over pajama party kicks off at 6 p.m. at Handlebar Tempe, 680 South Mill Avenue, #109, and ends at 2 a.m. with an after-party at the The Funky Monk. Besides the opportunity to stay cozy, this crawl also includes a complimentary drink or shot at the check-in locations.

Tickets are available for $15 to $20. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

It's all fun and games until the moment of impact in Mad Gravity. - NASA.GOV
It's all fun and games until the moment of impact in Mad Gravity.
Mad Gravity
Most of us have met the parents of at least one significant other. From raging bigots to people who are just a whole lot classier than we are, we’ve come to expect the unexpected. In Mad Gravity, Tommy’s fiancée’s folks are Dadaist performance artists whose living room is a full-time theater with a full-time audience. Elements that enhance that challenge: Tommy and Dakota are teenage sweethearts, the other set of in-laws is also visiting, and a comet is approaching Earth. P.S. The audience is played by the audience. Mind = blown!

Mesa Encore Theatre presents the quirky play through Sunday, February 18. Sunday, February 4’s showtime is 2:30 p.m. at MET’s Black Box, 933 East Main Street. For tickets, $15, visit the Mesa Encore Theatre website or call 480-834-9500. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Horse by Cheyenne River Sioux artist Cheyenne Randall. - COURTESY OF THE HEARD MUSEUM
Horse by Cheyenne River Sioux artist Cheyenne Randall.
Courtesy of the Heard Museum
Cheyenne Randall
It pays to be on mural watch in metro Phoenix, where the scene is thriving. But you’ll miss some exciting pieces if you’re only taking to the streets. Case in point: Cheyenne Randall, a Cheyenne River Sioux artist, is undertaking a new mural project at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, and on the Navajo Nation in Grey Mountain, Arizona.

Randall’s creating mural art at various spots both inside the museum and around its eight-acre campus. Get a glimpse of Randall’s work in progress on Sunday, February 4, when museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $18, which also gets you into the museum’s many exhibitions.

The project is meant to democratize art while exploring themes such as colonialism, celebrity culture, fetishizing the natural world, and identity, as it “creates connection points between the Heard and indigenous communities of Arizona,” according to museum materials. Visit the Heard website. Lynn Trimble

Wasted Ink Zine Distro's wares. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Wasted Ink Zine Distro's wares.
Melissa Fossum
Oasis Zine Issue 2 Release Party
Hate capitalism? You aren’t alone. The authors behind the Oasis Zine have delved into the anxieties that come with capitalism by reimagining our current society as a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Now, the zine’s next issue is launching. And it will explore anti-capitalist themes through a collection of essays, poetry, and art.

Get a copy of the new issue at the free Oasis Zine Issue 2 Release Party at Wasted Ink Zine Distro, 2222 North 16th Street, on Sunday, February 4. Attendees will be able to meet the authors and hear readings of the zine from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts
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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.
Contact: Julie Peterson
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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