Chris Hardwick wears a lot of hats. He’s an actor, producer, writer, and podcaster. And of course, Comedy Central fans know him from @midnight with Chris Hardwick, which he hosted for four years until last summer. Hosting is still a part of his life, from his namesake show to The
But he’s coming to Stand Up Live on Thursday, February 8, as a comedian.
Hardwick’s stand-up delivery is fast, keen, and snarky AF. The multifaceted performer gives guests a taste of his well-rounded wit at 8 p.m. at 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission is $35 for guests 18 and older; attendance requires a two-drink minimum. He’s scheduled to perform on February 9 and 10. Call 480-719-6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young
Melodrama’s a straightforward, palatable form of theater that returns audiences to the age-old concept of catharsis — the purgation of pity and fear — and not always a whole lot else. But for us Americans, it’s also a nostalgic, somewhat silly genre, featuring hero, heroine, and villain; mild suspense; and sanctioned opportunities to boo and hiss. Through Saturday, February 17, Zao Theatre presents Curses, Foiled Again!, the musical story of the romance and struggles of simple farm girl Polly Praiseworthy.
Showtime on opening night, Thursday, February 8, is 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 to $22, and children younger than 6 are not admitted. Performances continue at Centerstage Church, 550 South Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. Call 480-924-5122 or visit the Zao Theatre website. Julie Peterson
The February headliners for Phoenix New Times’ monthly storytelling event Bar Flies will grapple with the question, “Who Runs The World?” Curated by Amy Silverman, readers Nikki D’Leon, Angelica Lindsey,
Story time begins on Thursday, February 8, at 130 North Central Avenue. Admission is $5. For more information, visit the Valley Bar website. Jason Keil
Fifty Shades Freed opens on Friday, February 9. Perched on St. Valentine’s knee, all we’re asking is an IMDb rating below 4 and ticket sales lower than Justice League’s. “Make it stop,” we murmur, unlike sufficient characters in the film series.
Happily, All Puppet Players opens Fifty Shades of Felt that same evening. Some of you have already seen this remarkable, handheld reimagining of the novel that reimagined another novel, but it always seems to return when we need it, like Girl Scout cookies. You’ll take the movie, and everything else, a lot less seriously afterward.
Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday, February 9, at Playhouse on the Park, 1850 North Central Avenue. Performances continue through Saturday, February 24. Call 602-254-2151 or visit the Phoenix Theatre website for tickets — $26 for general admission or $55 for the VIP experience, a.k.a. an extra-good seat and cheap drinks. No humans younger than 17 will be admitted. Julie Peterson
For those tired of
Friday’s lineup launches with a screening of En Algun Lugar (A Place to Be), a film that explores young love and U.S. immigration policies. An Arizona-based nonprofit called Diversity Leadership Alliance will present a panel discussion with local immigration officials after the 8 a.m. screening. It’s free, but preregistration is required.
At 7:30 p.m., the festival screens Heart, Baby! It’s the story of George Lee Martin’s journey through prison, boxing, and life. A cast member Q & A follows. Single film tickets are $10. Visit the Desperado LGBT Film Festival website. Lynn Trimble
Screw Valentine’s Day staples like corny teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolates, and stupid love notes. Bring on the blood, fangs, and drag queens. Have a very gothic Valentine’s Day at the Vampire Ball on Friday, February 9, at Club Palazzo’s Grand Ballroom, 710 North Central Avenue.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., attendees can party with drag divas Stella Prince and Faris
Valley Fever Country Music Show
In the early 1900s, the Spoke and Wheel restaurant was the location of the original Phoenix Country Club. On Friday, February 9, the Valley Fever Country Music Show will turn the Sunnyslope spot into a
A DJ set from Dana Armstrong, vintage finds from Rare Scarf and Retro Ranch, and an exhibit on the surrounding historic neighborhood
Giddy up at 8 p.m. at 8525 North Central Avenue. Admission is $5. For more information, visit the Spoke and Wheel website. Jason Keil
With its newest photo book, Femme
The group will celebrate the release of Volume 5: Resistance, Resilience & Hope during a community potluck on Friday, February 9, at Wasted Ink Zine Distro, 2222 North 16th Street. The celebration will include a community art table, where artists can share two-dimensional work, along with a photo booth and potluck with vegetarian and meat dishes. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. For more information, see the Femme
In Native American hoop dancing, the hoops represent different stages and forms of existence and how they’re interconnected. Using between four and 50 hoops, dancers form designs such as animals, insects, or flowers.
Dancers ranging from younger than 5 to older than 40 will compete during the 28th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11. During the contest, judges will look at the dancers’ technique, showmanship, and originality when determining the top winners in five divisions organized by age.
The event also will feature a procession of contestants from 20 different nations and music from DJ Shub of the Six Nations of the Grand River. The competition runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and costs $18 for adults, $12 for museum members, $7.50 for children 4 to 12, and it’s free for children 3 and younger. Two-day passes are available for $30. For more information, call 602-252-8840 or go to the Heard website. Laura Latzko