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click to enlarge One of the stylish racers featured at a previous Pinewood Classic. - COURTESY OF SHORT LEASH HOTDOGS
One of the stylish racers featured at a previous Pinewood Classic.
Courtesy of Short Leash Hotdogs
Pinewood Classic
Giving beloved childhood activities an adult twist has become a big thing over the last decade or so. Hence the reason why pastimes like dodgeball, kickball, or even coloring books have all been re-embraced by grownups looking for a good time.

The Valley’s annual Pinewood Classic is along the same lines. Inspired by the Pinewood Derby races made popular by the Cub Scouts, the event involves local adults crafting custom-built wooden cars weighing five ounces or less, many of which feature cute or clever themes. These pint-size vehicles are then raced along a 40-foot-long track set up outside of Short Leash Hotdogs, 110 East Roosevelt Street, with the winners getting prizes.

This year’s classic takes place on Saturday, April 21, starting at noon and will feature races for both adults and kids, as well as live music and beer vendors. Admission is free. Call 602-795-2193 or visit the Facebook event page. Benjamin Leatherman

Arizona Rattlers v. Green Bay Blizzard
Traditionally, a sports team’s name was intended to strike fear into the hearts of opponents and to galvanize the team around a common identity. It makes you wonder what the rallying cry for Idaho’s Butte Pirates might involve, or how team morale is affected when schools prefer Biblical names, such as Michigan’s Watersmeet Nimrods. But if Arizona’s snakes have anything to say about it, old traditions die hard. Not only are the Diamondbacks off to an impressive start, the Arizona Rattlers — true to their moniker — have drawn first blood this season as well.

The defending champs will look to uphold their fearsome reputation against the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, April 21, at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 6:05 pm. $8 and up. Visit the Rattlers website or call 602-379-2000 for details. Rob Kroehler

Phoenix Night Market
Cosplay-friendly might not be the first thing you’re looking for in a farmers market, but if it’s part of the gig, why not? At Phoenix Night Market, you can don your costume of choice or just regular clothes while you spend the evening perusing for-sale goods from more than 40 vendors. Grab some dinner while you’re there. Krazy Taters will do it up with different style spuds, and you can probably guess what Noodle Bar will be serving up.

Drop some dollars from 6 to 10 p.m. at Phoenix Public Market, 721 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. Visit the Facebook event page. Amy Young

American Voices
Watching high school students read poetry inspired Frances Smith Cohen, artistic director for Center Dance Ensemble, to create American Voices. The annual production features work by various choreographers, each working with a poem they’ve chosen as the foundation for their piece. See this year’s show at 2 p.m. at Sunday, April 22, on the Kax Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. It’s an intimate space well-suited to poetic movement.

Center Dance Ensemble is the resident modern dance company at Herberger Theater Center, but this production features both modern and contemporary dance. American Voices includes performances by several guest artists, including Nicole Olson and Halo Movement Collective. Cohen describes it as “a very diverse and unique offering.” Tickets are $16. Visit the Center Dance Ensemble website. Lynn Trimble

Rooftop Yoga
It’s hard to be a broke person who enjoys the bougie side of life. But on April 22, you can enjoy a day of poolside yoga and mimosas for super cheap.

Grab your yoga mat and a water bottle, and get to 2401 East Camelback Road. That’s where Kandi Neal will lead a complimentary class on the rooftop of the very fancy Camby hotel. After class, you can sip $2 poolside mimosas. And yogis will get 10 percent off brunch at Artizen Kitchen & Bar.

There will be a complimentary valet for the event. For more information (or to invite a friend), visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Good morning, good morning. Wanna spend a day in the life celebrating 50 years since the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

RAIN will bring the acclaimed — some say the greatest of all time — album to life at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street, on Sunday, April 22.

Relive a classic work of art with a little help from your friends for $38.50 per person. We hope you will enjoy the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit the RAIN tribute website for details. Dillon Rosenblatt
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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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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Dillon Rosenblatt was the social media editor at Phoenix New Times from 2016 to 2018. Originally from New Jersey, he is a graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
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Stuart Warner is editor of New Times. He has been a journalist since the stoned ages of 1969, playing a major role on teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of the biography JOCK: A Coach's Story.
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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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