Phoenix Weekend Events July 27-29: Claudia Oshry Soffer, Catch Me If You Can, Indoor Beer Festival | Phoenix New Times

The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

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You may know her as @girlwithnojob.
You may know her as @girlwithnojob. Courtesy of StandUp Live
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You could stay at home this weekend and binge watch Netflix, or you could meet the face behind the @girlwithnojob handle, paint like Georgia O’Keefe, or get a taste of the real, wild, and woody at an indoor beer festival. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Claudia Oshry Soffer
Chances are that cool internet meme with a picture of Kim Kardashian or Kris Jenner on your social media feed that made you guffaw might have originated from the social media account of Claudia Oshry Soffer, better known by her Instagram handle @girlwithnojob. The frequent daytime talk show guest thought of it after she was fired from her fashion company internship. Now she has shifted her focus from finding a standard career to maintaining her status as a social media influencer, with nearly 3 million followers waiting for her next post.

Go viral beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at StandUp Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. For more information, visit the StandUp Live website. Jason Keil

A Night in Havana with Josiel Perez’s All-Stars
Music was more than just a part of Josiel Perez’s life growing up in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. It consumed him. “Every time we shared food, we shared music,” Perez said in a 2014 interview. His grandfather is a talented flautist and his uncle, Andres Perez, is a prominent baritone saxophonist in Cuba. “In Cuba we love music,” Perez said. “Music is in the air. We take every opportunity we can to share music.”

And he’ll have another sharing opportunity when The Nash, 110 East Roosevelt Street, presents A Night in Havana with Josiel Perez’s All-Stars at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Perez now resides in Phoenix and holds a Ph.D from Arizona State University. He plays trumpet with Alan Acosta on tenor sax, Marcos Crego on piano, Max Beckman on bass, Caleb Michel on percussion, and special guest Keith Kelly also playing sax. Tickets are $20, and $10 for students with ID. Visit the Nash website. Stuart Warner

Picture this idyllic scene, with wine.
Courtesy of Carrie Curran Art Studios
Georgia’s Skull Night
Once upon a time, famed artist Georgia O’Keefe painted her first animal skull. Now you can try it yourself, during Georgia’s Skull night at Carrie Curran Art Studios, 8300 North Hayden Road, Suite A100, in Scottsdale.

It’s a pairing of painting with wine, where a studio artist will guide you through the process of painting a skull inspired by O’Keefe’s iconic work. You bring the wine. They provide the wine glasses, openers, and art supplies as part of your $32 registration. It’s happening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, as part of the studio’s Van Gogh Vino series. Visit the Carrie Curran Art website. Lynn Trimble

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Kurt Braunohler
Kurt Braunohler
Comedian Kurt Braunohler is a nerdy dude who’s into pet-o-philia. Regarding that nerd tag, he’s got a podcast on the Nerdist network called The K Ohle. The latter part of that statement sounds salacious, but it’s just the name of a segment on his show where guests discuss their animals. He also lends his sharp wit to a variety of TV shows like Bob’s Burgers and Chelsea Lately. He’s stopping in Tempe to inspire some laughs as part of The Fat AZ Tour, which only has two other stops — Flagstaff and Tucson.

Go down a K-hole at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive. Admission is $20 for age 18 and older; a two-drink minimum required. Call 480-921-9877 or visit the Tempe Improv website. Amy Young

Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl
You don’t have to be at Hogwarts to make merriment like a pixie, house elf, or wizard. During the 21-and-older Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl on Saturday, July 28, you can get connect with your inner Harry, Hermione or Ron as you explore different bars in Downtown Scottsdale with fellow Harry Potter enthusiasts. You may feel inspired to dress up as your favorite character from the book or movie series. The bar crawl starts at Bevvy, 4420 North Saddlebag Trail, #100. With registration, you will receive a patch knit scarf, no cover at participating bars, and drink specials throughout the evening. The event starts at 5 p.m. and costs $20 to $25 plus fees. For groups of four or more, tickets are $16 plus fees. To find out more, go to the Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl website. Laura Latzko

Real, Wild & Woody Indoor Beer Festival
More than 75 brewers will be pouring 350 kinds of beer from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Real, Wild & Woody Indoor Beer Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street. There will be music and food. There will be games. There will be a rock wall, just what you need after putting away lots of heady booze. Barrel-aged brews and specialty casks are the focus of this festival, which is indoors and out of the sun.

General admission tickets cost $57 and come with 20 tastes of beer and food. Designated drivers can get in for $25. As wild ales, casks, and all kinds of funky offbeat beers will dominate the event, things could get weird. Visit the Real, Wild & Woody Indoor Beer Festival website. Chris Malloy

Harry Potter Birthday Party
You don’t have to be a Divination student in order to predict that this will be fun. On Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m., the Rose and Crown Pub will toast The Boy Who Lived a few days before his birthday with a Harry Potter-themed party. Drink specials will be served, and there will be a character look-alike contest. Local DJ Noah’s Arcade will provide the music for the British pub. Break out your wands, striped scarves, and lightning-bolt-scar temporary tattoos. Sure, Harry Potter was born on July 31, according to Rowling’s canon, but who’s counting? Make your journey by broomstick or Floo Powder to 628 East Adams Street. Visit the Rose and Crown Facebook page. Joe Faherty

Teen Witch
Teen Witch is one of those movies that those of a certain generation love despite the fact that it falls squarely in the category of “so bad, it’s good.” Join The All Puppet Players as they skewer the 1989 flop about a teenager who uses her magical powers to cause impromptu (and poorly synced) musical and rap numbers, increase her popularity at school, and get the hottest boy in her class to fall in love with her. Despite the film’s PG-13 rating, this is an R-rated event.

Top that at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Playhouse on the Park at Central Arts Plaza, 1850 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $12. For more information, visit the Phoenix Theatre website. Jason Keil

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The inevitable kick line in Arizona Broadway Theatre's Catch Me If You Can.
Shari Corbett
Catch Me If You Can
Catch up on your Broadway showtunes at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria.

They’re performing the musical Catch Me If You Can, based on the 2002 film that starred Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s the tale of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a real-life con artist in the 1960s who passed himself off as a doctor, lawyer, and airplane pilot. See the show, which had a short Broadway run in 2011, at noon or 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Ticket prices vary, depending on whether you’re just seeing the show, or pairing a show with dinner. Visit the Arizona Broadway website. Lynn Trimble

NXT Live
Professional wrestling isn’t considered to be strictly lowbrow culture anymore. Far from it. These days, it’s attained more of a legit status in geekdoom alongside pursuits like anime as comic books. (Heck, you can even read about it these days on sites like Nerdist and The A.V. Club.) And in recent years, the wrestling that a lot of folks have been geeking out about has been taking place in NXT. The developmental league for WWE, it often features more intense action, better characters, and better storylines than elsewhere in wrestling.

You can experience it for yourself on Sunday, July 29, during NXT Live at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Many of the NXT top talents are scheduled to wrestle during the event including its current champ, the vile Tommaso Ciampa (who has made assholery an art form), as well Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream, EC3, Shayna Baszler, and Adam Cole. Bell time is 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40. See the Comerica Theatre website. Benjamin Leatherman

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War...but fabulous.
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Drag Wars
It’s not a new idea for drag queens to put on wigs and makeup for charity. Many of them do it all the time. Drag Wars, an annual event at Scottsdale bar BS West, brings together more established and emerging drag performers to raise money for charity. The bar staff also get in on the fun by dressing in drag. In the last nine years, the event has raised almost $30,000. This year, proceeds will benefit fundraising efforts for Dancing for one n ten, a ballroom dance competition for local LGBT youth organization one n ten. Held on Sunday, July 29, at 7125 East Fifth Avenue, Drag Wars will have a performer show from 8 to 10 p.m. and an employer turnabout show from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission is free, but tips are highly encouraged. For more information, call 480-945-9028 or go to the BS West website. Laura Latzko
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