Things to Do

The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Marching for women's rights and equality.
Marching for women's rights and equality. Jim Louvau
Have no fear, because your plans have arrived. This weekend, you can get your workout in at the Humana Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the MLK March and Festival, or look up on Sunday evening to see a total lunar eclipse. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times’ calendar.

Mandee Johnson Photography
The Dollop
Struggled to get through high school history class? That’s because Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds weren’t your teachers. The comedic duo get together to reveal the truth and have a good laugh about the past on their popular podcast The Dollop. Topics can range from Harriet Tubman of the Underground Railroad to actor George Lazenby, the only actor to play James Bond once. Laugh along with them when they record a live episode at the Orpheum Theatre. Might be the only time you hear a podcast without advertisements.

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at 203 West Adams Street. Tickets are $25.50 to $73. For more information, visit Jason Keil

click to enlarge That's a lot of cellos. - JASON QUIGLEY
That's a lot of cellos.
Jason Quigley
Portland Cello Project
Cellos aren’t just for symphony halls anymore. Portland Cello Project is all about bringing cello music to unconventional spaces, playing music people don’t normally associate with the cello, and collaborating with musicians across diverse musical communities. It started with nine cellists performing what they thought would be a one-time gig back in 2006. Now they’re touring with a repertoire of over 1,000 pieces. You can hear them perform music from Radiohead’s iconic OK Computer album at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Tickets start at $38.50. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Artists made these signs for the 2018 march. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Artists made these signs for the 2018 march.
Lynn Trimble
2019 Women's March
“Pussy claws back!” It’s a mantra you might hear during the 2019 Women’s March in Phoenix, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street. Expect speakers, music, performances, food trucks, and plenty of inspiration. Organizers have partnered with March For Our Lives and Red for Ed, so common-sense gun reform and education funding will be part of the conversation. The march is free, and there are a few FYIs worth noting: no pets (only service animals), signs without support sticks are best, and parking won’t be pretty. Nix your large bags or backpacks, and make friends with public transportation. Visit Lynn Trimble

Stavros Halkias
Stavros Halkias ruptured a tendon in his foot last year, but that didn’t slow down the proudly portly comedian from posting nude selfies on his Instagram account. Now the only thing covering the co-host of a podcast whose title might be the one thing even we can’t print is the bandage on his foot. The online nudity is in support of Halkias’ efforts to promote body positivity even though his own struggles with his diet are part of his act. He brings his unrestrained stand-up to Valley Bar with a routine dubbed “The But the Breakfast Tour.” Local comic Anwar Newton will be the opener. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, at 130 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $18 to $20. For more information, visit Jason Keil

Throwback to a previous festival. - CITY OF CHANDLER
Throwback to a previous festival.
City of Chandler
Chandler Multicultural Festival
Friends of the Chandler Public Library launched the Chandler Multicultural Festival in 1995, hoping to help community members learn more about the city’s rich cultural diversity. Today it’s part of the city’s annual Celebration of Unity event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. This year’s festival happens between 2 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, at the city’s downtown stage, located at 178 East Commonwealth Avenue. The Chandler Film Festival is showing short films with civil rights themes at 7 p.m. The free event also includes art, music, and dance. Bring your blanket or lawn chair, plus money for food and drinks. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Checking out Palabras Bilingual Bookstore. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Checking out Palabras Bilingual Bookstore.
Lynn Trimble
POC It to Me: POC Open Mic Night
There’s a beautiful color palette inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, where shelves are filled with books in Spanish and English, and the walls are lined with artwork. Check it out on Saturday, January 19, when the bookstore’s POC It to Me: POC Open Mic Night runs from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s an evening filled with poetry, storytelling, music, and other creative offerings by people of color (hence, the POC title). Everyone age 18 and up is welcome, and there’s a single guiding principle: no hate speech. It’s a free event, but donations will go to the evening’s performers. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Elvis sighting, sort of. - ALEXANDRA GASPAR
Elvis sighting, sort of.
Alexandra Gaspar
Humana Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
The Humana Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon is back with another pairing of races and rock music, including the 5K race taking place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 19. The Tempe course starts at the Mill Avenue Bridge, then finishes at Rio Salado Parkway and Ash Avenue. Saturday’s lineup also includes the marathon’s health and fitness expo at Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street. Head over to North Hall A and West Halls A-D between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday to check out vendors focused on running gear, nutrition, training, and other topics near and dear to runners’ hearts. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Spy time. - CHARLES DARR
Spy time.
Charles Darr
Mystery in the Museum: The Counterspy Code
Haul out your best spy wear, because Mystery in the Museum: The Counterspy Code is returning to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street. It’s an espionage-theme evening filled with intrigue that includes searching for symbolism in artworks to help solve a mystery. It starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per pair, which includes light eats. Naturally, there will be a cash bar, in case you think a drink or two might sharpen your powers of deduction. No actual espionage experience is required. Just wear black, and look really pensive while you’re solving puzzles and cracking codes. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge ROB GLOVER/CC BY-SA 2.0/VIA FLICKR
Rob Glover/CC BY-SA 2.0/via Flickr
Total Eclipse of the Moon
The entirety of the moon will be obscured by the earth’s shadow during the evening of Sunday, January 20, resulting in an awe-inspiring sight to behold. It’s the first total eclipse of the moon visible over Arizona in several years, and can be seen from anywhere in our state with just the naked eye. The eclipse will commence at 7:39 p.m. and reach totality at 10:12 p.m.

If you’d like to witness the magnificence up close, the Astronomy Club of Verrado will offer a special lunar eclipse viewing party starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Redmond Ball Field, 20895 West Hamilton Street in Buckeye. Telescopes will be set up for viewing the eclipse and local astronomers will also discuss the cosmic mechanics of what’s happening in the heavens above. The free event is open to the public. See for more. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Walk this way. - TIM LANTERMAN & HARRIES/HÉDER
Walk this way.
Tim Lanterman & Harries/Héder
Full Moon Walk
Founded in 2014 by Arizona-based artists Angela Ellsworth and Steven Yazzie, the Museum of Walking “fosters relationships between people, land, action, and site” through group walks, exhibits, and other activities. Their next contemplative walk, the January Full Moon Walk, takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Arizona Falls, 5802 East Indian School Road. It’s a chance to walk silently with others while experiencing the local landscape, and to consider the ways walking together can deepen community while heightening divergent thinking. It’s a free event, but you should RSVP online so organizers know you’re coming. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Foster Family Band performance for Amplified I. - PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Foster Family Band performance for Amplified I.
Phoenix Art Museum
PhxArt Amplified: Volume 2
Ever wish you had more time to explore the local music scene? You can see dozens of Arizona-based bands perform during PhxArt Amplified: Volume 2, happening from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. The lineup includes Jerusafunk, Las Chollas Peligrosas, RPM Orchestra, and plenty more. Visual artists and dancers are taking part, too. So add Liliana Gomez, Sierra Joy, Tyson Krank, and Nicole Olson to the list of local legends whose work you can explore that day. Performances take place throughout the museum, and you can check out the exhibits while you’re there. Tickets are $23 in advance, or $28 day of show. Visit Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Walking the talk. - MIRIAM WASSER
Walking the talk.
Miriam Wasser
MLK March and Festival
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the MLK March and Festival on Monday, January 21. The march starts at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson Street, and proceeds to Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street. The festival, which elevates the importance of cultural diversity and civil rights, happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hance Park. The festival lineup includes speakers and entertainment. Both events are free, but bring money for food and drinks. It’s a chance to meet other people who champion civil rights, and explore ways you can walk the talk moving forward. Lynn Trimble

Ava DuVernay’s film Selma isn’t just a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic. It’s also about a march that changed the momentum of the civil rights movement, with a game-changing portrayal of the iconic leader by David Oyelowo that should have earned him an Academy Award nomination. After the film, there will be a discussion led by the East Valley NAACP.

This special screening begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 21, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Tempe, 1140 East Baseline Road. Admission is $8 with a portion of the proceeds going to the East Valley NAACP. For more information, visit Jason Keil
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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.