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Scottsdale has a new holiday tradition called
The Bro Show
Ever feel like stand-up comedy has been a little too ... feminine as of late? What’s with all these chicks telling jokes, thinking they’re funny? What we need is some bros on stage! That’s where The Bro Show comes in. Come to this show and get 100 percent guys being dudes, a whole slate of comedians named Tyler telling jokes about beer, sports, and how totally not gay they are.
Just kidding! If you found that whole paragraph upsetting, just know that The Bro Show is actually satire, a show run entirely by female comedians that
The feats of strength! The airing of grievances! Yes, it’s once again time for Festivus, the fake alternative holiday invented by Seinfeld’s Frank Costanza that Christmas-averse people around the globe have embraced as real. Of course, Phoenicians can get in on the fun at the ninth annual edition of Phoestivus, happening from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 (and again on the 20th) at 721 North Central Avenue. The free event, inspired by both Seinfeld and the German tradition of Christmas markets, will feature over 150 local vendors, as well as Festivus “traditions” such as the raising of the Festivus pole, the brewing of the Phoestivus Ale (Beer from Phoenix Ale Brewery) and the petting of the Phoestivus Reindeer (goats. They’re just goats with antlers attached). Visit phoestivus.com. Douglas Markowitz
A Bloody Mary Christmas
Picture a Christmas fireplace
The Star Wars Holiday Special
If you’re one of the sexist Reddit bros who thought The Last Jedi was bad because it had decent female characters, you obviously haven’t seen the worst thing the Star Wars universe has ever defecated into the world: The Star Wars Holiday Special, a 97-minute — yes, 97 — TV special that explores the Galaxy Far Far Away in ways nobody ever wanted. For instance, what if Wookiees celebrated an off-brand version of Christmas called “Life Day”? What if Chewbacca somehow had a son named Lumpy? What if Jefferson Starship were there for some reason?
This notorious 1978 crime against cinema will be screened at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, on Friday, December 14, first at 8 p.m. and again at 10:30. Tickets are $12. You’ve been warned: This thing is a piece of garbage. Visit thefilmbarphx.com. Douglas Markowitz
Scrooge in Rouge
Check out this oddball retelling of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, featuring 20 company actors from a third-rate British acting troupe performing a musical adaptation of the holiday staple. Did we say 20? Seventeen of them just happened to contract food poisoning before your show, which leaves only three members of the remaining cast to fulfill their contractual obligation and deliver a tour-de-force much bigger than themselves. If your holidays are missing men in drag, breakneck pace, and bawdy comedy, catch Scrooge in Rouge, beginning on Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box, 933 East Main Street, Mesa. Tickets are $15. Visit mesaencoretheatre.com. Logan Rasmussen
Lasers and Liquor
The holidays can be a difficult time for many. Maybe the bonus didn’t come through. Maybe your deadlines are crunched at work. Maybe you accidentally put too many lights on the tree and set it aflame. Sometimes, don’t you just want to turn on, tune in, drop out, and listen to some Pink Floyd while watching a laser show?
You’re in luck, because the Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street, just so happens to be putting on a pair of Lasers and Liquor shows on Saturday, December 15. You read right — there will be booze here. The 8 p.m. show will incorporate music from Netflix’s Stranger Things, while 9:30 will feature Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Tickets are $10. Visit azscience.org. Douglas Markowitz
Old Town Farmers Market
Moderation is an important thing, even during the hectic holiday season. Perhaps you’ll indulge in a few spiced lattes or baked goods, but don’t forget the fabulous feeling that comes from eating fresh foods. The Old Town Farmers Market can help you with that. You’ll find the market on the corner of North Brown Avenue and East First Street in Scottsdale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 16. Typically, the free event includes dozens of vendors selling not only fresh produce, but also
Sippin' Santas Pub Crawl
It’s perfectly fine to pause amid the holiday chaos now and then, and Downtown Chandler is making it easy, with a self-guided Sippin’ Santas Pub Crawl that includes more than a dozen destinations where your official lanyard will get you a $2 drink special ranging from margaritas to martinis, assuming you’re at least 21. Don your best Santa gear between 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, then make your way to festive destinations on the crawl, such as Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Bourbon Jacks. You’ll find live entertainment along the way, plus a brewery-theme mural painted by Such and Champ Styles for SanTan Brewing Company. A $20 ticket ($25 on event day) includes a pub crawl T-shirt, while supplies last. Visit downtownchandler.org. Lynn Trimble
Holiday Tea & Tour
See how they decked the halls in Victorian times, during a Holiday Tea & Tour happening from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at the Rosson House, 113 North Sixth Street. The 1895 high-style Victorian home gets the grand Christmas treatment every year, so visitors can see how it was done back in the day. For $30, you’ll enjoy the tour, plus afternoon tea served on vintage china — which includes tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and tea. Let them know, when making
Pecan Harvest at the Farm
Never seen a pecan in its shell? Starting to think nuts grow in aisle six at your local grocery store? You need to up your food game, especially as pecan pie season rolls around. Head to The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South 32nd Street, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, and you can join Trees Matter for a free Pecan Harvest at the Farm.
A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour
Don’t buy into that whole either/or thing. Turns out, nearly everyone is both naughty and nice. Drag queens are no exception, as you’ll discover when Murray & Peter present A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. It’s happening at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 17. Tickets start at $37, and doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are
Elf: The Musical
Perhaps the most recent holiday film to be canonized as a classic (thanks mostly to constant reruns on the USA network come December), the 2003 Will Ferrell movie Elf, about a human raised in Santa’s workshop that takes off on an epic quest to find his father in New York City, is now also a musical. And it’s playing here in the Valley. Lucky you!
Elf: The Musical runs until December 30 at the Phoenix Theater, 1825 North Central Avenue. The Tuesday, December 18, performance happens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $76. For more showings, call 602-254-2151 or visit phoenixtheatre.com. Douglas Markowitz
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We Call It Skweee
Would it surprise you to learn that there’s a type of music called “skweee?” Back in the late 2000s, DJs and producers in Sweden and Finland such as Daniel Savio and Eero Johannes were making this funky, quirky mix of chiptune, techno, and other electronic genres for a sound unlike any other. They even made a film about it: We Call It Skweee, a documentary by Iacopo Patierno that captured this kooky little scene, will screen at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19. It’s all a part of the PAM’s Scandinavian Pain Film Series, which ties in with their excellent current exhibition, “Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths.” Admission is $5. Visit phxart.org. Douglas Markowitz
Mistletoe & Holly
You’re probably used to seeing mistletoe hung under a door frame, where you might hope to catch a holiday kiss when you pass beneath it. Before all that kissing goes down, the mistletoe grows wild, where it’s kissed by the sun. There’s a McDowell Sonoran Preserve docent named Franco Farino who knows all about desert plants and holiday traditions, and he’s happy to share the lore during an easy three-mile Mistletoe & Holly hike happening from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19. The free event, where you’ll glean fresh facts for entertaining holiday visitors, starts at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 North Alma School Parkway. Visit mcdowellsonoran.org. Lynn Trimble
Tapas & Paella
Impress your holiday guests with delicious appetizers and a delightful dish of paella when they come to call. Private chef and cooking instructor Lisa Brisch can show you how, during her Tapas & Paella class, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, at Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School, 10749 North Scottsdale Road, #101, in Scottsdale. You’ll learn to make several dishes, from Roasted Pepper Tapas with Golden Raisins to Cast Iron Shrimp, Sausage, and Mussels Paella. Naturally, you’ll get to sample what you make, as you sip sangria