Best F(r)iendsFans of the cult hit The Room will remember Greg Sestero as the best friend of Johnny, played by the mysterious director Tommy Wiseau. The actor, whose memoir about his experience on the 2003 film was the basis for James Franco’s comedy The Disaster Artist, reunited on screen with Wiseau last year for Best F(r)iends. Sestero, who also wrote the screenplay for the two-part modern noir, will take your questions and sign merchandise when he presents both parts at FilmBar.
Say “hai” to the man who played Mark at 7 p.m. (for Part One) or 9:30 p.m. (for Part Two) on Thursday, June 20, at 815 North Second Street. Tickets are $16.75 for each screening. Jason Keil
Make Music DayArtlink is bringing the international Make Music Day celebration to Phoenix for the first time on Friday, June 21, when musicians of all skill levels will be making music in various spaces around the city. Make Music Day started as Fête de la Musique in France back in 1982, and now it happens in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Look for free music all around the city that day, in traditional performance spaces and unconventional venues such as art galleries and public parks. The exact lineup is still coming together, but we know the talent is out there, so we’re expecting good things. Lynn Trimble
Grand Ave Chalk Art FestivalArts and historic preservation take center stage on Grand Avenue. For years, the neighborhood has showcased its funky side during the Grand Avenue Festival. Now, it’s launching another free event that highlights its community spirit. At least a dozen artists will be participating in the inaugural Grand Ave Chalk Art Festival, happening from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21, along a strip of the quirky diagonal street that runs between Ninth and 15th avenues.
Participating artists include Tato Caraveo, Angel Diaz, Janel Garza, Dain Q Gore, Nyla Lee, Kyllan Maney, Tara Sharpe, and many more. The lineup also includes DJs and fun experiences for the little ones, from face painting to balloon art. Start at Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge, 1325 Grand Avenue, where you can also find out how to make your own chalk art that night. Visit Grand Ave Chalk Art Festival on Facebook. Lynn Trimble
Sunset in the SkyspaceThings are looking up at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, thanks to Knight Rise, one of two James Turrell Skyspace sculptures located here in the Valley. The internationally renowned artist, represented by Lisa Sette Gallery in midtown Phoenix, is a master of using light as a medium. For decades, he’s been working on the monumental Roden Crater, an environmental work located near Flagstaff. You can experience his work during a special Sunset in the Skyspace for families and teens, happening at SMoCA, 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Tickets are $10 and they include light refreshments. Lynn Trimble
'Celebrating the Life of Chester Bennington'It’s been two years since the death of Chester Bennington, Phoenix native and beloved singer for Linkin Park. Phoenix photographer, musician, and Phoenix New Times contributor Jim Louvau, a close friend of Bennington who often took his picture both onstage and off, is sharing the photos he took of his friend in a new exhibit called “Celebrating the Life of Chester Bennington, a Photo Exhibit by Jim Louvau.” The opening reception happens from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at monOrchid, 214 East Roosevelt Street. You need to be at least 21 to attend. Tickets are $35, and a portion of the proceeds will go to 320 Change Direction, a charity dedicated to raising mental health awareness co-founded by Bennington’s wife in the aftermath of his suicide. Lynn Trimble
Jonathan Van NessIf you’ve watched one episode of the Netflix reality show Queer Eye, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Fab Five’s energetic grooming expert, Jonathan Van Ness, attended the University of Arizona on a cheerleading scholarship. He’s also hilarious, as evidenced by his Funny or Die recap show Gay of Thrones. Now, the erstwhile hairdresser is tasting his own medicine and getting out of his comfort zone, much like he and his costars encourage participants to do on their program, by trying stand-up comedy. His show is titled Road to Beijing, which is a play on his obsession with figure-skating.
Van Ness takes the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Comerica Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. Tickets are $55. Jason Keil
Arizona BurnersOnce each year, the Arizona Burners community, affiliated with the famed Burning Man gathering, holds a town hall meeting. “Burners” and other community members can learn about Burning Man developments and share their own ideas with folks who embrace the 10 principles of the movement, such as radical inclusion, decommodification, and civic responsibility. Local burners brought their radical self-expression to Alwun House in April for IGNiGHT, welcoming community members to share an evening of art, music, fire performance, and other creative offerings. Now they’re welcoming folks to the free Arizona Burner Town Hall, happening at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the Walter Dome, 6425 East Thomas Road. Lynn Trimble
Draw-A-ThonCelebrate the fine art of drawing on Saturday, June 22, when The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, presents its free Draw-A-Thon festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Artists Brandi Lee Cooper, Emily Ritter, Abbey Messmer, and Maria Salenger will be on hand during the family focus hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for artists Jerry Jacobson and Justin Rodier during teen focus hours from 2 to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., you can enjoy happy hour with live music by Ruthie Wilde, plus interact with artists Laura Spalding Best and Matt Dickson. Get ready to doodle, sketch, and draw your little heart out. Lynn Trimble
Eddie IzzardCake or death. People covered in bees. Noah’s Ark as a speedboat. The absurdist bits of British-born stand-up comic Eddie Izzard are legion, and they’re all comedy gold. Like the majority of Izzard’s material, they’re hewn from a mix of pop culture, history, and modern-day politics, delivered in free-association fashion, and oftentimes punctuated with surreal nonsequiturs.
Izzard will be armed with plenty of new bits and material when he brings his latest show, WUNDERBAR, to the Valley this weekend for a two-night stint at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street. The performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, is close to selling out, so you’ll have to call 602-262-6225 to purchase admission. Tickets to the show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, however, are available for $52 to $74. Benjamin Leatherman
Downtown Chandler Brewery CrawlThe East Valley is rapidly becoming a local mecca for craft beer. The Downtown Chandler Brewery Crawl is your chance to sample what the area has to offer. After you start things off at San Tan Brewing Company with a beer and a burrito, you’ll chug along to FLIX Brewhouse, take in the rooftop lounge of The Perch, and visit Craft 64 and Quarthaus.
Hop to it at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The crawl begins at San Tan Brewing Company, 8 South San Marcos Place in Chandler. Tickets are $30, which includes one beer from each of the five locations, plus the burrito and popcorn. Jason Keil
Road Bike Skills 101There are no cars allowed on South Mountain Park’s main roadway on Silent Sunday, so those who wish to bike may do so without meeting the business end of a Ford F-150. That doesn’t make the journey upward (or down, for that matter) any less dangerous. AZ Women Racing is hosting Road Bike Skills 101 during this time to help you safely navigate the streets and trails on two wheels so you can enjoy the view from the top.
Start pedaling along from 6 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, at South Mountain Park, 10919 South Central Avenue. This is a free event. Please RSVP at email@example.com. Jason Keil
Two SpiritsFilmmaker Russell Martin is coming to the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, for the screening of Two Spirits, which explores the history and lives of two-spirit Native Americans, who live apart from the traditional gender binary. The free screening runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Free Summer Sunday, which means you can also enjoy free museum admission that day, when museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artist Gabriela Muñoz will be demonstrating printmaking all day and the lineup also includes weaving demonstrations by Diné artists Velma Craig and Daniel Keams, Jr. at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can hear music by Harmony Project at noon and 2 p.m. Featured exhibits include “Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.” Lynn Trimble
National Typewriter Day Type-InPeople who love literature always seem to find each other somehow. But it’s not every day they get to converge on a space filled with typewriters, which signal for so many the terrifying beauty of trying to translate one’s deepest feelings and ideas onto the page. If you’ve got a soft spot for clunking keys and the charming ding of the carriage return, you’ll want to hit the free National Typewriter Day Type-In happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Book Bar, 300 West Camelback Road. It’s a chance to mingle with fellow word geeks, see typewriter displays and demonstrations, and get fun factoids about typewriter history. Naturally, you’re free to BYOT (bring your own typewriter) along for the celebration. Lynn Trimble
Arizona DiamondbacksThere is no shortage of rivalries in Major League Baseball, but no matter where the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the standings, the feud between them is incredibly fierce. Diehard fans of the away team will even make the six-hour trek into the Phoenix heat to cheer on their boys in blue, making Chase Field feel like the eastern branch of Dodger Stadium. Show them where they’re at by cheering on David Peralta and the team this week.
The starting pitch goes out at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, with additional matchups through Wednesday, June 26. Tickets are $19 to $225. Jason Keil
Womxn in Writing Book ClubAt the beginning of the year, the team at Gather PHX realized that their minds weren’t alive with inspiration. The small, locally minded store located inside The Churchill wanted to fuel creative fires by starting a book club to celebrate the words of womxn writers to help connect with the local community. This month’s Womxn in Writing Book Club selection is the influential Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, a collection of essays examining topics such as race, war, sexual identity, and feminism.
The meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Cha Cha’s Tea, 1325 Grand Avenue, #3. This is a free event. Jason Keil
You Racist, Sexist, BigotFor some, the concept of America as a giant melting pot of diverse people and ideas is a beautiful thing. For others, it’s a frightening prospect, fueled by the demonization of the “other” during America’s history and the current political moment. Explore the ways racism and sexism continue to flourish, and the ways they’re being challenged, in a powerful film called You Racist, Sexist, Bigot. It’s returning to FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, for a screening being presented by YWCA at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. Admission for the film, which elevates diversity while embracing commonalities, is a suggested $10 donation. Lynn Trimble
8 1/2The 2009 musical Nine probably turned people off to the 1963 comedy it is based upon, Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. If you are one of those moviegoers, consider giving the Italian surrealist classic a second chance. The Phoenix Art Museum will be screening the semi-autobiographical film, which follows an uninspired director trying to work through his artistic and personal struggles on the set of his latest work.
The film begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for museum members, and free for Friends of Contemporary Art members. Jason Keil