Changing Hands hosts a discussion about The Handmaid's Tale, which was recently adapted as a Hulu show.
Changing Hands hosts a discussion about The Handmaid's Tale, which was recently adapted as a Hulu show. George Kraychyk/Courtesy of Hulu

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Candi Pop: A Bubblegum Pop Dance Party
You know that Justin Bieber song that you put on repeat in the safety of your car, but never tell anyone about? Well, Crescent Ballroom is giving you a chance to dance with fellow pop-lovers to your favorite guilty pleasure songs at Candi Pop: A Bubblegum Pop Dance Party. Music for the party will be inspired by bubblegum pop artists like the Spice Girls, Katy Perry, One Direction, and The Jonas Brothers.

The 21-and-over bash will take place at 308 North Second Avenue on Saturday, June 10. Doors open at 9 p.m., there’s a $10 cover. For more info, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge Sit back, relax, and watch this modern love story unfold. - COURTESY OF STREET FOOD CINEMA
Sit back, relax, and watch this modern love story unfold.
Courtesy of Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema: 500 Days of Summer
For moviegoers who like to snack beyond popcorn tubs and boxes of candy, dine-in theaters and extended menus have enhanced the film-viewing experience. A plate of chicken and waffles, though? That’s next level.

At Street Food Cinema, you can grab something from Chicken and Waffles for the People, or another food truck like Grilled Addiction, Wok Sticks, or Wandering Donkey. Settle in before the screening of 500 Days of Summer, a modern romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Before the movie starts, local band The Senators perform. The outdoor food ’n’ flick event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 North Second Street. Tickets are $6 to $20; free for kids 5 and younger. Visit the Street Food Cinema website. Amy Young

click to enlarge First, see the art at SMoCA. Then, treat yourself to a jumbo ice cream cone. - LYNN TRIMBLE
First, see the art at SMoCA. Then, treat yourself to a jumbo ice cream cone.
Lynn Trimble
“I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine”
Imagine yourself as an artist working with unconventional materials ranging from lipstick to cheese. Then hold that thought as you race over the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. That’s where works by artists who’ve done just that are part of the summer exhibition lineup, which includes “I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine.”

Highlights include Cheese Grid, created with more than 500 slices of American cheese by a pair of artists who call themselves The Art Guys; Colette Hosmer’s ceramic piece that sets three pigs inside waffle-style ice cream cones; and Judy Chicago drawings that fearlessly tackle what some still consider humans’ naughty parts. The show also includes lithographs by Keith Haring and James Turrell, plus Dominique Blain’s take on lipstick, a bullet, and a cigar.

Check it out on Sunday, June 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, and the show continues through Sunday, September 10. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art website. Lynn Trimble

Arizona Diamondbacks v. Milwaukee Brewers

Over two months into the season, the two Cinderella stories in the National League are the Milwaukee Brewers and our own Arizona Diamondbacks. Eric Thames has been putting on a hitting display that’s lifted the long-suffering Brew Crew out of the doldrums.

At Chase Field, Jake Lamb has been showing off his unparalleled power at the plate, helping the D-backs attain one of the best home records in the MLB. Things were a little heated when these two teams battled it out over Memorial Day weekend, so expect fireworks when they meet again at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, at 401 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $16 and up. Visit the Diamondbacks website or call 602-514-8400 for details. Jason Keil

click to enlarge It’s all about art and music at MIM’s Experience Brazil event. - MIM
It’s all about art and music at MIM’s Experience Brazil event.
MIM
Experience Brazil
Maybe you associate Brazil with soccer, coffee, and the bikini wax. Or you’ve dreamed of traveling south to see its famed Carnival festival, Copacabana beach, or the Christ the Redeemer statue. Turns out, you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the country’s culture.

That’s because the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, is hosting Experience Brazil. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, you can check out music and dance performance, explore culture in the museum’s Latin American Gallery, and try several hands-on activities with Brazilian flair.

It’s included with museum admission, which is $20 for adults. Bring your wallet if you want to hit the MIM Café or Museum Shop while you’re there. Visit the Musical Instrument Museum website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Get schooled with a sign copy of Lockdown by Laurie R. King. - RANDOM HOUSE
Get schooled with a sign copy of Lockdown by Laurie R. King.
Random House
Laurie R. King
What kind of people don’t share a new principal’s excitement to give her school and its students a brighter future? Creeps with lots of secrets, that’s who.

Laurie R. King signs Lockdown, the story of principal Linda McDonald’s career day that brings together a mix of students and adults with a lot to hide. The event goes from inspirational to terrifying when a classroom is held hostage by someone with revenge on the brain.

The best-selling author has penned her share of mysteries — 25 of them — including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She’ll sign copies of her new thriller from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and the book costs $28. Call 480-947- 2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen website. Amy Young

Support Arizona artists, and artists living with autism, at Art One Gallery. - ART ONE
Support Arizona artists, and artists living with autism, at Art One Gallery.
Art One
Art One
There’s no singular experience of autism. Instead, people’s experiences fall along a broad spectrum. It’s a fact reflected in artwork, as evidenced by the diversity of pieces currently on view at Art One Gallery, 4130 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Visit Art One between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12, to see work by students of the Autism Academy of Phoenix.

While you’re there, you can also check out hundreds of works by Arizona artists, including up-and-comers studying at Arizona universities, colleges, community colleges, and high schools. Some heavy hitters on the local scene show their work at Art One — including Luster Kaboom, Logan Larkin, Kyllan Maney, and Kazuma Sambe. Exhibitions are free to see, and works are reasonably priced. Visit the Art One website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Rachel Bess will have you Learning to Draw from Observation. - MIKEY ESTES
Rachel Bess will have you Learning to Draw from Observation.
Mikey Estes
Learning to Draw from Observation
We can’t draw — it’s excruciating. But someone once told us to sketch merely what we see, without telling ourselves it’s a person or tree or whatever. That’s been surprisingly helpful.

Local superstar painter Rachel Bess, who successfully depicts the human hand and uses oil paint and the whole nine yards, visits Desert Broom Library on Tuesday, June 13, to lead a free class in Learning to Draw from Observation. We literally can’t tell the photos from the paintings on Bess’ Facebook page, and their haunting beauty surpasses their faithfulness, so any wisdom she can impart is valuable as all hell.

See the world from 4 to 5 p.m. at 29710 North Cave Creek Road. Registration is required at Phoenix Public Library website. Call 602-262-4636 for more info. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge More bite than bark. - TREES MATTER
More bite than bark.
Trees Matter
Mesquite Class & Harvest Demonstration
Turns out, mesquite trees provide more than shady parking spots. Did you know the trees’ pods are edible? And that mesquite flour is busting with calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc, and it has a low glycemic index? Okay, enough spoilers.

Area organizations Trees Matter and Audubon Arizona are hosting the Mesquite Class & Harvest Demonstration as part of the Edible Tree Series. Peggy Sue Sorensen — herbalist, forager, and instructor on edible and medicinal plants in the Southwest desert — will show you how to identify, harvest, store, and process pods during a talk and demonstration.

Join in from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 South Central Avenue. There’s a suggested $15 donation. See details at the Trees Matter website. Lauren Cusimano

click to enlarge Explore ways the natural world impacts human design at Tempe Center for the Arts. - LYNN TRIMBLE (ALAN BUR JOHNSON ART, DETAIL)
Explore ways the natural world impacts human design at Tempe Center for the Arts.
Lynn Trimble (Alan Bur Johnson art, detail)
“Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Design”
Humans are glorified copycats, drawing inspiration from the world around them and replicating it for personal use. Consider Velcro, a fastener that works like tiny plant burrs. It’s one of many ways the natural world plays a part in modern life. And that’s the focus of a new exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway.

See “Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Design” between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, inside The Gallery at TCA. The free show is a mix of art and science, addressing the ways humans incorporate elements of the natural world in their designs.

Participating artists include Jose Benavides, who creates cactus-shaped sculpture using discarded license plates, and Christine Lee, who uses wood scrims to create elaborate, large-scale designs. The free show is on view through Saturday, August 26. Visit the TCA gallery website for workshop info. Lynn Trimble

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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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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