Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
Robots and dinosaurs are taking over Old Tucson, 201 South Kinney Road, as the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
Now in its seventh year, the convention features a variety of panels on costuming and character creation, make-and-take crafts, burlesque and fashion shows, and, of course, a thrilling round of tipsy tea dueling.
The climax, however, will be a Saturday night concert
The convention opens on Thursday, March 1, with a meet-and-greet at the Doubletree Airport Tucson, 7051 South Tucson Boulevard, but the main programming runs from Friday through Sunday, March 2 through 4. Passes range in cost from $30 to $200, and some events may require additional tickets or fees. Visit the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention website for more information. Michael Senft
When it comes to the first Friday of the month, the festivities along Roosevelt Row aren’t the only art-filled action happening in Phoenix that night. There’s also the Full Moon Festival, which also offers a mix of art, music, and social rites, albeit with more of an underground feel.
This month’s edition of the festival takes place on Friday, March 2, and celebrates the coming of the worm moon. The eight-hour event will fill the District 8 Warehouse, 320 South 25th Street, with local artists, live performances, and vendors. The band lineup will include gigs by Fairy Bones and Jeremiah Christo while the DJ lineup will offer sets by Korey Wade, Nasty Humanz, Grackle Beats, and Uncanny Valley.
The festival runs from 8:08 p.m. until 3:33 a.m. Costumes reflecting the “magic and majesty of the moon” are encouraged, and the event is for the 18-and-over crowd only. Admission is $15. See the Facebook event page for more details. Benjamin Leatherman
Phoenix Suns v. Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns aren’t having the best season. Less than 20 wins and more than 40 losses are where things stand as of this writing. They probably won’t take a championship title this go-around, but they still have 20 games to redeem themselves with some victories. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s March 2 visit is one opportunity. The team surpasses the Suns in wins, having 33 of them so far.
This battle’s buzzer sounds at 7 p.m. on Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $21. Visit the TicketMaster website. Amy Young
The Phoenix Chorale is bringing the music of Scandinavia to the Valley with their latest offering, Nordic Songs. Guest conductor Joshua Habermann will bring together traditional Norwegian folk music with dance tunes that may conjure up images of the Muppets’ Swedish Chef.
There are two performances. One is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at American Lutheran Church, 17299 Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City. The other is Saturday, March 3, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 West Roosevelt Street. An additional performance begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 East Stanford Drive in Paradise Valley. Tickets are $35 for adults with various pricing for students, seniors, and military. For more information, visit the Phoenix Chorale website. Jason Keil
Two artists with indigenous roots are revealing important steps in their own journeys, with an exhibition of new work in Scottsdale.
“If These Walls…” features work by Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Douglas Miles. They’re well-known for creating murals and work that reflects Native American life both present and past. Marcus hails from the Tohono O’odham tribe and grew up
Marcus’ artwork references traditional basketry patterns, and Miles’ artwork incorporates skateboard culture. See their work at Royse Contemporary, 7077 East Main Street, #6, on Saturday, March 3. The free exhibition continues through Saturday, March 31. Visit the Royse Contemporary website. Lynn Trimble
Want to get noticed in the DJ world? It takes a little more than just a killer mix, yo. Just ask any of the contestants participating in this weekend’s First Encounters DJ Competition at the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street.
Competitors in the DJ battle — which takes place on Saturday, March 3 — are hoping to get a big break in the beat-slinging business and will attempt to earn themselves some honor, glory, and the chance to perform a killer gig. They’ll be judged on their technical prowess on the mixers, as well as their abilities at track selection, showmanship, bringing in a crowd, and getting the place jumping.
At stake is an opening slot at next month’s Phoenix Lights electronic dance music festival in Chandler, as well as the chance to grab the spotlight.
Doors open at 9 p.m. and the event is 18 and over. Admission is $10. See the Relentless Beats website. Benjamin Leatherman