Things to Do

The Best Live and Virtual Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

When light meets fashion during an AZ Burners event at Alwun House.
When light meets fashion during an AZ Burners event at Alwun House. Lynn Trimble
This week you can learn to work with chocolate, explore Japanese traditions, or immerse yourself in Burning Man culture. Here’s a look at the best live and virtual things to do in metro Phoenix, plus a friendly reminder to keep it classy with masks and social distancing.


Focus Your Lens

Explore the life, times, and photographic techniques of Burk Uzzle with an online screening of the film F11 and Be There. His decades-long career has included taking iconic images of subjects from Woodstock to Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets for the 6 p.m. screening on Monday, March 15, are $10 (half goes to Phoenix-based No Festival Required).


click to enlarge A clean canvas for this week's Chocolate Cravings class at Sweet Basil Cooking School. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
A clean canvas for this week's Chocolate Cravings class at Sweet Basil Cooking School.
Lauren Cusimano

Up Your Cooking Game

Add more chocolate to your life with the Chocolate Cravings class at Sweet Basil Cooking School in Scottsdale, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. The class will cover truffles, tarts, and bread pudding — plus gluten-free cake and ganache. The cost is $65


click to enlarge Patricia Sannit (left) and dancer Nicole Olson during a pre-pandemic collaboration at Phoenix Art Museum. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Patricia Sannit (left) and dancer Nicole Olson during a pre-pandemic collaboration at Phoenix Art Museum.
Lynn Trimble

Get Your Hands Dirty

Patricia Sannit, whose work has been shown from Phoenix Art Museum to FORM Arcosanti, is doing a participatory art project at her Phoenix studio, where she’s providing clay and tools for community members who want to create ceramic hands that will become part of a future art installation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily until March 30.


click to enlarge See work by Shachi Kale at the i.d.e.a. Museum. - SHACHI KALE
See work by Shachi Kale at the i.d.e.a. Museum.
Shachi Kale

Surround Yourself with Stories

The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa is showing more than 70 artworks by local, national, and international artists in its “Art of the Story” exhibit, which includes ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, video, and more. Featured artists include Shachi Kale, Oladimeji Odunsi, and Esme Shapiro. Timed tickets for 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. entry on Thursday, March 18, are $4.50.


click to enlarge Throwback to the inaugural IGNiGHT event at Alwun House. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Throwback to the inaugural IGNiGHT event at Alwun House.
Lynn Trimble

See Fire Light the Sky

Embrace Burning Man principles from radical self-expression to communal effort during this year’s IGNiGHT: A Burning Man Experience combining art, music, and fire. It opens Friday, March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Attend the free event at Alwun House or watch the experiences streamed online. It’s designed for all ages.


click to enlarge Watch Heddatron directed by Ron May of Stray Cat Theatre. - ASU
Watch Heddatron directed by Ron May of Stray Cat Theatre.
ASU

Add Drama to Your Life

See how playwright and screenwriter Elizabeth Meriwether (of New Girl and No Strings Attached) put a comedic sci-fi robotic twist on a classic Ibsen play as ASU presents virtual viewings of Heddatron directed by Stray Cat Theatre’s Ron May. Days/times include 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. Tickets are $10.


click to enlarge Expect plenty of color during Haru in the Garden. - JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN
Expect plenty of color during Haru in the Garden.
Japanese Friendship Garden

Explore Japanese Culture

Celebrate spring while immersing yourself in Japanese culture as the Japanese Friendship Garden presents Haru in the Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. It’s a chance to explore origami cranes, elegant kimonos, botanical displays, calligraphy scrolls, and more. Timed-tickets are $15 for adults.
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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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