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Seven Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.
An elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Motohide Miwa/CC BY 2.0/Flickr
By the time this weekend is over, it'll be a new year (good riddance). Make the most of the holiday weekend with a burlesque performance, yoga classes, or a special New Year's Eve concert.

click to enlarge This is where the burlesque is happening on New Year's Eve. - JENNIFER GOLDBERG
This is where the burlesque is happening on New Year's Eve.
Jennifer Goldberg

Burlesque Extravaganza

Ring in the New Year with the Corkscrew Cabaret, as they return to Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street, for a burlesque extravaganza they’re calling For Auld Lang Syne. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 31. Expect sultry performance and bubbly champagne, along with fire pots and other festive fare, plus the added bonus of neighborhood fireworks lighting up the night sky. Tickets are $15 in advance or $22 at the door, and there may still be a few $125 tickets for four-person tabletops. Take note: You need to be at least 21 to attend. Lynn Trimble

Painted Desert Fur Con

Furry fandom is much more than just bad jokes, half-truths, and half-baked portrayals seen in pop culture. (For instance, it has absolutely nothing to do with sex, fetishism, or deviancy, despite what TV shows like CSI and Entourage would lead you to believe.) Just ask anyone attending the latest Painted Desert Fur Con, which runs from Friday, December 31, to Sunday, January 2, at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 North Third Street. The annual event is for dedicated followers of the geek subculture (which typically involves becoming costumed anthropomorphic animal characters) or those who might want to get into the pursuit. According to PDFC’s website, activities at the con will include panels, costuming events, workshops, Q&As, gaming and karaoke sessions, a dealer’s den and artist’s alley, dance competitions, and appearances by special guests. Event hours vary and admission starts at $70. More info is available here. Benjamin Leatherman
click to enlarge See Leslie Odom Jr. perform with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. - CITY OF PHOENIX
See Leslie Odom Jr. perform with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall.
City of Phoenix

Leslie Odom Jr. Performance

Some fortunate theater-goers got to see Leslie Odom Jr. originate the role of Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton on Broadway. Maybe you missed his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s narcissistic nemesis, but you’d still love to see the talented actor and vocalist in all his on-stage splendor. You’ll have the chance this week, as he performs with The Phoenix Symphony for its New Year’s Eve Celebration, which happens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 31. The concert takes place at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Tickets are $44 to $112. Lynn Trimble
click to enlarge Get ready to move at The Churchill in Roosevelt Row. - THE CHURCHILL
Get ready to move at The Churchill in Roosevelt Row.
The Churchill

Movement in the Courtyard

If you’ve been missing social and community time, but still want to play it safe by focusing on outdoor rather than indoor experiences, you can get some great social and fitness times in at The Churchill, 901 North First Street. A hub for small businesses and fun eats in Roosevelt Row, the venue also presents assorted activities with a community vibe, including movement in the courtyard sessions where you can unwind and counter all that time spent in couch potato mode. The next session, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, features all-levels yoga flow with Ahimsa House. Admission is $10. Lynn Trimble

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl 2022

You really can’t blame fans of either Notre Dame or Oklahoma State University for being a little bitter right now. The teams from both schools had incredible seasons on the gridiron in 2021 (the Fighting Irish won 11 straight games while the Cowboys came within inches of winning the Big 12 championship) but narrowly missed out on berths to the College Football Playoff. A shot at redemption awaits each school at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive in Glendale, during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, January 1. While might not be as esteemed as the national championship, it’s nothing to sniff at as far as consolation prizes go, considering the contest is one of college football’s prestigious “New Year's Six” bowl games. Expect a hard-fought affair as both Notre Dame (11-1) and Oklahoma (11-2) will both be motivated to win. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $98. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Throwback to another event at Sutra Studios. - SUTRA STUDIOS
Throwback to another event at Sutra Studios.
Sutra Studios

New Moon Meditations

Looking for new tools to help you achieve your goals and dreams? Sutra Studios, 1029 North First Street, is presenting a New Moon Sacred Rituals session focused on inviting abundance and manifesting miracles, where you can develop rituals such as mindful meditation, body movement, and intentional awareness. Take a journal along if you decide to join the session taking place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 2. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Lynn Trimble

Learn to Use Lightsabers

Star Wars fans have been playing with lightsabers since the famed laser swords first appeared on the silver screen in 1977, be it the plastic toy versions, screen-accurate replicas, or perfectly acceptable stand-ins like wrapping paper tubes or broomsticks. Some wield the intergalactic weapons better than others, though, such as the members of local Star Wars-themed theatrical combat group Phoenix Saber Academy. Just like Yoda, they’ve been instructing would-be Padawans in the art of lightsaber dueling for years at various workshops and geek events. On Sunday, January 2, they’ll hold an introductory training session from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship, 7828 North 19th Avenue, #12. There’s a $10 fee to attend, but knowledge of the Force isn’t required. Benjamin Leatherman
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