The Blunt Club's 16th Birthday
A 16th birthday is one of life’s major milestones. It’s also a good excuse to put on a big-time blowout, which is what the folks behind The Blunt Club will do on Friday, April 13, in honor of the local hip-hop night’s 16th year of existence.
The party will take place at Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe, and will feature DJs like Pickster One, Element, and Pnyce in the mix. Tucson hip-hop group Jivin’ Scientists will headline, and Blunt Club promoter and painter Adam Dumper will serve up live art.
Just like any sweet 16 shindig, there will be a slew of gifts, including an exclusive four-inch vinyl record mixed by Pickster One and pressed by Lock Grooves. “We just wanna do fun stuff like that and give back to our fans,” Dumper says.
The records roll starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. See the Blunt Club Facebook page. Benjamin Leatherman
Conversations abound when people encounter the work of Washington ceramic artist Patti Warashina. That’s because she’s skilled at channeling the chaos and absurdity of current times into figurative works of art, according to Patty Haberman, curator for Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
“Patti uses irony and humor to take a hard look at contemporary society,” Haberman says. “But she also explores the oddities in her own everyday life.”
Visit the museum at 1 East Main Street between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, April 13, if you want to be one of the first people to see Warashina’s work in a new exhibition titled “Transitory Conversations.” On view through August 5, it’ll leave you thinking about how you might portray the more perplexing circumstances of your own life and times. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Lynn Trimble
Legally Blonde, The Musical
Not all heroes wear capes. Take Elle Woods for instance. The somewhat unlikely champion of sisterhood, tenacity, and feminism was known for several iconic looks, most of which involved a small chihuahua and the color pink. Woods’ story of triumph, law school, and really good manicures gets the stage treatment in Legally Blonde, The Musical.
It’s based on the movie you know and love. Which was based on a book by Arizona author Amanda Brown. Lyric Opera Theatre presents the adaptation at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 1100 South Mill Avenue on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Performances continue through Sunday, April 22. Tickets are $8 to $11. See details at the Herberger website, or call the box office at 480-965-6447. Becky Bartkowski
Artist Adriene Jenik is memorializing the loss of life caused by U.S. military actions in Afghanistan during a performance called Blast Radius, which starts at 7:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Friday, April 13. She’ll walk the blast radius for the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb dropped by the U.S. on April 13, 2017. The radius is the perimeter of the area around the bombing site where there were serious impacts on people and the land.
“This walk seeks to memorialize the civilians who have been killed, the villages being terrorized, the populations in migration, and the lands being scarred as a result of the endless wars being carried out in our name,” Jenik says in her written artist statement for the piece. Follow her performance through a Museum of Walking live stream. Visit the Museum of Walking website. Lynn Trimble
“Lust in Hell”
Whenever the Agents of Lust throw a party, it’s usually a messy, noisy, and chaotic night filled with scandalous activities, libidinous thrills, and freaky behavior. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
The local fetish-oriented performance troupe has been staging such outlandish affairs over the last five years, which typically feature its members unleashing showers of sparks with metal grinders or staging debaucherous vignettes involving sex toys.
A similar scene is likely to unfold at Rogue Bar, 423 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, on Saturday, April 14, during “Lust in Hell,” the troupe’s fifth anniversary party. Industrial, metal, and hard rock bands will perform, as will various burlesque, belly-dancing, and performance artists.
The freaky fun starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. See the Agents of Lust Facebook page. Benjamin Leatherman
Chandler Craft Spirits Festival
Whatever your cocktail preference, from harsh and bitter to delightfully fruity, a variety of local and boutique distilleries can help quench that thirst. Frolic outdoors while getting your sip on at the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival. These booze purveyors are mixing it up all day, and the event also features food vendors, games, and live music.
This swig-fest happens from 3 to 9 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 East Commonwealth Avenue. Tickets are $25 and include a tasting cup and eight tastings. VIP lounge passes are $100 and include 20 drink tickets and access to a buffet. Admission is free for kids 12 and younger who are accompanied by a parent. Visit the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival website. Amy Young
UFC Fight Night
UFC Fight Night makes its Gila River Arena debut for a nationally televised bout on the Fox Network. For the main event, Safford, Arizona, native Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje will take on Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in what many prognosticators are dubbing the fight of the year. The event also will feature a welterweight matchup between Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit and “The Immortal” Matt Brown.
Step into the Octagon at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at 9400 West Maryland Avenue in Glendale. Tickets are $50 to $160. For more information, visit the Gila River Arena website. Jason Keil
Maybe it’s been a minute since you spent a day at Phoenix Art Museum. If so, you’ve been missing out on a lot. Carlos Amorales’ Black Cloud installation is back. Tech dresses by Iris van Herpen fill two galleries. And Valeska Soares’ acclaimed mid-career survey exhibition “Any Moment Now” is a downright must-see.
Lucky for you, there’s time to catch up — and it won’t cost a dime. Admission to the museum is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, for this month’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend. Expect hands-on activities, performances, free tours, and other programming each day at 1625 North Central Avenue. See details at the Phoenix Art Museum website or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski
At Michael Muriett’s annual Ball-A-Palooza event, the host says you will “rock your nuts off.” He started the benefit for the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation after losing his 19-year-old son Justin to the disease in 2012, just 9 months after a late-stage diagnosis. As much as Muriett hopes to collect some dough, he also wants to raise awareness. In addition to hosting the benefit show, he has spoken at high schools and various events. “This is our third year,” he says, “and we’ve had so many great bands play and more that have offered.”
The musical lineup includes rock acts Panic Baby and Sunset Voodoo, as well as singer-songwriter Ben Anderson. The charity gets 100 percent of the proceeds. Have fun and raise funds starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Last Exit Live, 717 South Central Avenue. Tickets to the 21-and-over event are $10. Visit the Last Exit Live website. Amy Young
Cycle the Arts: North Scottsdale
April is bike month here in the Valley. Which makes sense, considering spring is in full swing — and there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors. The folks at Scottsdale Public Art are on board and hosting Cycle the Arts: North Scottsdale on Sunday, April 15, when riders can admire outdoor works of art and the blooming desert landscape on a 30-mile guided bike tour.
Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the Valley’s art offerings, as well as a full-body workout. So it’s really a win-win for everyone. The tour is intended for experienced riders because of its distance and route conditions. If you’re up for the challenge, the event is free. The tour begins at 7 a.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street, and rolls until noon. To learn more, visit the Scottsdale Public Art website. Melina Zuñiga
Guadalupe Car Show
The town of Guadalupe and Intimidations Car Club band together to organize the annual Guadalupe Car Show. Now in its 17th year, the event has drawn a larger crowd at each edition thanks to its combination of free and family-friendly entertainment. For its 2018 edition, more than 250 customized lowriders will be on display.
Programming also includes lucha libre wrestling, food trucks, Tex-Mex music by Grupo Regreso, and entertainment by DJ Kane, the original singer of the Kumbia Kings.
The show runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at 9201 South Avenida del Yaqui. For more information, contact Miguel Alvarado at 480-430-8446. Jason Keil