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Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Love and Air Sex at FilmBar Even though the people who go to see the première of Love and Air Sex at FilmBar on Friday, February 28, will get to meet the film's writer, Steven Walters and former air sex competitor "Bill F@*king Binder," we can't recommend it.

We would, but the film's plot is that same, tired old love story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl break up, boy is sad and misses girl, boy flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into girl, boy arrives in town to find his best friend in the middle of a vicious breakup with his own girlfriend, boys and girls find themselves competing in the finals of the Air Sex World Championships and eventually reconcile their differences in a climax of pantomimed handjobs and ball gargling. Typical.

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Of course, we're joking. Go see Love and Air Sex at 8 p.m. at 815 North Second Street. Tickets are $9. Visit www.thefilmbarphx.com or call 602-595-9187 for more. -- Zachary Fowle

La Traviata at Symphony Hall In La Traviata, Arizona Opera's latest offering, it's hard to believe that Alfredo Germont, the young nobleman in Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera, didn't inspire the sad-sackery in Young MC's "Bust-a-Move." The dude's heart gets dragged around like a rag doll.

That's not to say that Violetta Valéry, the central figure of La Traviata, isn't put through the wringer. We open on a lavish party at Violetta's pad, where eventually Alfredo declares his initially rebuffed love for the lady. Alas, she's engaged to another and prone to illness. Conductor Steven White and stage director John Hoomes helm this rollercoaster of a classic opera with Ambur Braid and Patrick O'Halloran and Caitlin Lynch and Adriano Graziani taking turns playing the lead roles.

Arizona Opera presents La Traviata at Phoenix Symphony Hall through Sunday, March 2. Friday, February 28's curtain is 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $25 to $135. For more information, visit www.azopera.org or call 602-266-7464. -- Jose Gonzalez

Art d'Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom Art Detour turns 26 this year. And to pre-celebrate the citywide art walk, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, some of Phoenix's biggest players are hosting a decidedly grown-up gathering.

Hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., and Artlink, the Art d'Core Gala will feature music, art, food, and dance, celebrating the creative types that enrich the city's urban core. Also on the agenda are a speech from the Mayor and the unveiling of the Phoenix Phabulous History Mural, which comprises works of art detailing Phoenix's past, present, and future.

Get gussied up for the free, "fun formal" night out, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Guests are encouraged to dress in bright colors because Art Detour's theme is "living in color."

Though the party is free to attend and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance via www.eventbrite.com/e/art-dcore-gala-tickets-7989636217. Call Crescent at 602-716-2222. -- Becky Bartkowski

56th Annual Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market at Heard Museum When someone says that there's no culture in Phoenix, they're idiotically ignoring the popping local scene and the thousands of years that indigenous peoples have spent creating art around these parts. The 56th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, slated for Saturday, March 1, features contemporary Native American artists & performers whose work builds on their respective traditions.

In addition to over 600 artists with their wares for display and sale, this year's Indian Fair & Market expands the palette of attendees by ditching the typical carnival foods for a menu that includes Southwestern and indigenous influences. With two stages for cultural performances of music and dance and expanded native ingredient cooking demos, attendees will be swimming in all things unique to this part of the country.

The 56th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is at 2301 North Central Avenue, on March 1 and 2. Saturday's hours run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets range from $20 single-day admission to a $125 deluxe admission package. Visit www.heardguild.org/fair or call 602-252-8840 for more information. -- Jose Gonzalez

Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody at Phoenix Theatre Even before Fifty Shades of Felt put Phoenix on the Christian-and-Ana parody map, we were a tour stop for a musical called Spank! that also enjoys the legal protection afforded spoofs. Now Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody struts its chafed, lightly bruised off-Broadway self into Playhouse on the Park.

This comedic reimagining is peppy as all hell, featuring familiar showtunes and pop with racy new lyrics. (Like Rihanna needed to get dirtier.) Expect to mingle with diverse fans of mommy-porn, including clumps of in-the-know elder ladies who practically invented getting down. General admission is $45, and VIP tickets, entitling one to priority seating, are $70. Sunday, March 2's curtain is 2 p.m. The company continues its grueling, tempestuous relationship with the Valley through Sunday, March 16, at 1850 North Central Avenue. Plenty of sleep and regular, well-balanced meals are recommended. Call 602-254-2151 or visit www.tickets.phoenixtheatre.com. -- Julie Peterson

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