The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, Mystical Bird, c. 1940.EXPAND
Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, Mystical Bird, c. 1940.
Photograph courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Gift of Malcolm Whyte, class of 1955 and Karen Whyte., 2011.058.005
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Don't let your weekend go to waste, people. Check out the art of Awa Tsireh, take a run without pants, or dance the night away at the final Tongue Tied dance party. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

“Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith”
Wanna engage with wildlife without heading to the woods? We recommend an exhibition of work by painter and metalsmith Awa Tsireh. The 20th-century San Ildefonso Pueblo artist often incorporated animal imagery in his artwork — like rabbits, horses, owls, and deer.

Be one of the first people to see the new “Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith” exhibition when it opens on Friday, November 3, at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue. Museum admission is free from 6 to 10 p.m. that night. The show continues through July 2018. Visit the Heard Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Party like it's 1922.EXPAND
Party like it's 1922.
Carlos Carneiro

Gatsby Under The Stars
From time to time, a little escapism can soothe one’s soul, which is why this year’s Gatsby Under The Stars gala is such an alluring event. After all, the third annual bash taking place at Scottsdale Waterfront, 7124 East Stetson Drive, harks back to the roaring 1920s, when our nation enjoyed widespread economic prosperity and a president who was — for the time being — not a total embarrassment. They were golden years, however short-lived.

This year’s VIP event features live jazz, gaming, and plenty of Prohibition-era cocktails, and kicks off the weekendlong Grand Prix of Scottsdale festivities on Friday, November 3, with all proceeds benefiting Southwest Human Development. General admission to the 21-and-over event is $150. Visit the Grand Prix of Scottsdale website or call 480-527-9779. Rob Kroehler

Lumberjerk Records
Time to welcome Lumberjerk Records to the local music scene. On Friday, November 3, the record label will host a launch party and debut Straight Outta Comp Vol. 1, featuring some to the label’s favorite Phoenix bands.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. at the Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. The show will kick off at 8 p.m. and feature performances from Celebration Guns, The Lonesome Wilderness, and Instructions. Advance tickets are available for $5 via the Rebel Lounge website. For more, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

And on the seventh finger, God created Mad Messiah: A Play of Rapturous Delight.EXPAND
And on the seventh finger, God created Mad Messiah: A Play of Rapturous Delight.
Courtesy of Binary Theatre

Mad Messiah: A Play of Rapturous Delight
Of course the Messiah’s mad. Remember how he reacted to currency exchange on the church steps? People throwing rocks at sex workers? Oh, wait … we guess Binary Theatre’s Mad Messiah: A Play of Rapturous Delight is about something else. Cody Walker’s script suggests God is a CEO plagued by a big new project called Earth.

It’s not just groundbreaking, it’s groundmaking. (You’re safe — the playwright didn’t write that. As far as we know.) Meetings aplenty, some vulgarity, and a dollop of ecumenical sass round out the student production.

Showtime is 7 p.m. on Friday, November 3, at Prism Theatre, 970 East University Drive in Tempe (a.k.a. behind the Raising Cane’s). Admission’s $8, or $5 with a donation of non-perishable food. Visit the Binary Theatre website. Julie Peterson

Undy Run/Walk
Does your typical Saturday morning consist of lying around in your skivvies and thinking about going for a run? On November 4, there’s no need to bother putting shorts on. The Colon Cancer Alliance is hosting the Undy Run/Walk, a 5K race to raise awareness of the second leading cause of cancer death in the nation. It also might be the closest you can get to legally streaking through downtown, so take advantage. (Within reason. This is a family-friendly event, after all.)

Pull up your tighty-whities for this family-friendly event starting at 9 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 West Washington Street. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 on race day. For more information, visit the Colon Cancer Alliance website. Jason Keil

During the Arizona Fall Fest, local businesses sell products and services and offer giveaways.EXPAND
During the Arizona Fall Fest, local businesses sell products and services and offer giveaways.
Harrison Lai Photography

Arizona Fall Fest
During the Arizona Fall Fest on Saturday, November 4, more than 200 Arizona-based businesses and artisans will have giveaways and sell products.

Local food trucks, restaurants, and chefs will provide samples of different types of cuisine. For children, the event offers a sports zone with games and representatives from Arizona’s professional sports teams, and a kids zone with activities such as making forts out of mattresses, tumbling, and crafting.

Three stages will feature live music from local bands and artists, Japanese taiko drumming and ballet folklorico, and Native American hoop dancing. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 200 East Moreland Street. Admission is free, with additional costs for food samples, alcoholic beverages, and some activities. To find out more, see the Local First Arizona website. Laura Latzko

The Dance of the Dead celebrates el Dia de Los Muertos with a dance party honoring deceased artists.EXPAND
The Dance of the Dead celebrates el Dia de Los Muertos with a dance party honoring deceased artists.
Matt Young Photography

Tongue Tied
During Día de Los Muertos, you can celebrate lost loved ones as well as influential figures in your life. On Saturday, November 4, DJs Roya and Funkfinger will play music from artists who are gone, but not forgotten. Expect a playlist featuring Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, and Tupac, during the final Tongue Tied dance party.

The Dance of the Dead-themed night invites attendees to bring favorite albums, cassettes, or CDs, and to dress up in costume to honor a favorite artist. The event will have a themed photo booth, a face painter, an on-site medium, a costume contest, and a memento giveaway.

The party’s at Linger Longer Lounge, 6522 North 16th Street. Admission is free before 9 p.m. and $5 after. For more information, go to the Tongue Tied Facebook page. Laura Latzko

This neighborhood-in-a-building houses Cut It Out! Cut & Paste and Craft Day.EXPAND
This neighborhood-in-a-building houses Cut It Out! Cut & Paste and Craft Day.
Lynn Trimble

Cut It Out! Cut & Paste and Craft Day
Not to wax profound, but maybe collaging feeds our urge to dismantle and rearrange the world we’re served, creating new, meaningful, and sometimes even attractive alternatives. Scissors, glue, and mingling are also good.

The Coronado Family Fall Festival on Sunday, November 5, offers numerous things to see and do. We’re drawn to Cut It Out! Cut & Paste and Craft Day at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All types of crafts are welcome, materials for cutting and pasting will be provided, and you may bring your own, but massive hoards and bulky equipment aren’t allowed in the cozy space.

Admission’s free at 1738 East McDowell Road. Cut It Out! continues on Sundays for the foreseeable future. Visit the Facebook event page or call 602-595-9600. Julie Peterson

Diana Gabaldon
Celebrate the silver anniversary of the second volume of Diana Gabaldon’s tale of time-crossed lovers Claire and Jaimie with a new edition of Dragonfly in Amber. Gabaldon will discuss the new edition and sign copies at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 5, at the Doubletree Resort Hilton Paradise Valley, 5401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

Originally published in 1992, Dragonfly in Amber takes place 20 years after the events of Outlander, and finds Claire journeying back through time with her daughter to meet her father, the Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser. The 20th-century Englishwoman and her 18th-century lover become embroiled in the political intrigue of the Jacobite Revolution.

Admission is free, but purchase of the $40 hardcover is required for the signing line. Copies purchased from other sources will not be allowed. Additional autographs and pictures will be at Gabaldon’s discretion. For more information, call 480-947-2974. Micheal Senft

Fushicho Daiko students range in age from 7 to 73 and in experience from beginner to advanced.EXPAND
Fushicho Daiko students range in age from 7 to 73 and in experience from beginner to advanced.
Bill Gibson

Fushicho Daiko Dojo
The Japanese word zanchin signifies a state of awareness in which an individual is prepared for what comes next on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level. During its 25th anniversary concert on Sunday, November 5, Fushicho Daiko Dojo will highlight the universal ideas of strength, fortitude, happiness, and sadness during a zanchin-themed concert.

Students ranging from 7 to 73 years old will play small shime, medium-sized chu, and larger odaiko drums, along with traditional Japanese instruments such as chappa hand cymbals, the atarigani metal bell, hyoshigi wooden blocks, the horagi conch shell horn, and the fue flute.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. For more information, call 480-350-2822 or visit the City of Tempe website. Laura Latzko

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