Bust myths, get Nick Kroll-style bottle service, and pump it up with Predator in and around Phoenix this weekend.
Mythbusters Live @ Mesa Arts Center You have to love any show that has to run a disclaimer for viewers to not try at home what they're about to do. The next best thing to staging your own horribly unsafe DIY versions of the Mythbusters' projects is to catch them live. Their Behind the Myths tour explodes in Mesa Friday, November 22.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have headed up the mythbusting crew for the past 10 years mixing scientific curiosity and shock-and-awe-seeking fun to tackle urban myths, ridiculous movie tropes, and other experiments. For their live stage show, they'll be sharing behind the scenes tales, bonus videos not previously aired, and their personalities on full blast. For the first time, they'll be inviting up lucky audience members up to take part in their high-powered demonstrations.
Mythbusters: Behind the Myths is at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $37 to a $157 VIP package. To purchase yours and for more info, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500. -- Jose Gonzalez
White Christmas @ Phoenix Theatre This holiday season, don't just settle for dreaming of a white Christmas, see it on stage with a five-week showing of Irving Berlin's winter classic, White Christmas. Based on the 1954 Hollywood film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney, this theater adaptation features musical numbers including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and of course, "White Christmas."
This old-school seasonal favorite takes to the stage through Tuesday, December 24, at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets start at $35. For more and to reserve your seats, visit www.phoenixtheatre.com or call 602-254-2151. -- Katie Johnson
Nick Kroll @ Talking Stick Resort We here at New Times would humbly like to add a new phrase to the lexicon: Nick Krolling. It's like Rick Rolling, only instead of Rick Astley, you're being punked by comedian and actor Nick Kroll. Here's an example: "Lol but serously first and firstmostly vodka Jesus n Revenge r like in addishun to being holy and as well as rules to liv by hahaha." That, friends, is a YouTube comment, and it was posted in all its grammatically incorrect, nonsensical glory by a Jersey meathead named Bobby Bottleservice -- who also happens to be a character played by Kroll -- on a video of Kroll pretending to be Bobby Bottleservice. That's some real meta shit, man.
Kroll breaks out his stand-up and characters at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. If you want to get Nick Krolled, call 480-850-7734 or visit www.talkingstickresort.com for more. -- Zachary Fowle
Predator Screening @ Pollack Tempe Cinemas The 1987 action flick Predator has a lot going for it, but it's definitely the best of the trio of films (including 1987's The Running Man and 1997's Batman & Robin) featuring the then-future state governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Those beefy political-office-bound dudes lead a team on a hunt Saturday, November 23.
A cunning and well-equipped member of an alien warrior race gets dumped to the jungles of Central America. It doesn't really matter why exactly because Arnie's Dutch, an elite military team leader with a penchant for delivering ridiculous lines with a straight face, leads a team of commandos who'll face off with the reptilian humanoid for maximum moviegoer enjoyment.
Predator screens at 9:30 p.m. at Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 East Elliot Road. Tickets range from $11 general admission seats to a $40 VIP package. More info is available at www.cultclassicsaz.com. -- Jose Gonzalez
Phoenix Tequila Fest @ US Airways Center Don Julio, Senor Rio, and Jose Cuervo were Patrons getting a little Cabo Wabo and feeling somewhat like El Conquistador in their hunt for Cazadores while waving Two Fingers in the air. If this sounds like your last mind-bending, Don Quixote-style visit to the Phoenix Tequila Fest, you're probably not alone. Every tequila festival is an adventure, and this annual event features hundreds of tequila brands and styles to sample, including reposados, anjeos, and blancos -- all made from 100 percent blue agave grown in Jalisco, Mexico's official tequila manufacturing region. Besides taking shots, mixologists will showcase the hottest tequila trends, such as mango, coffee, and guayaba infusions, while regional delicacies, including ceviche, carne asada, and flautas, will help keep that head from getting too loco.
Take a shot at the Phoenix Tequila Fest from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 24, at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $50. Visit www.phoenixtequilafest.com. -- Glenn BurnSilver