Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend


They say life is a cabaret, my friend, but in this modern time, is that really the case? Really, life is a rave, my tripping buddy; or a death metal concert, my headbanger; or wasted hours on Facebook, my followers. Yet, for some, it seems the idea of a cabaret -- those seedy nightclubs of the 1930s specializing in song, dance, and debauchery -- is still the thing. A Broadway hit initially, and later adapted to the big screen starring Liza Minnelli, Cabaret captures the dynamic spirit of the bawdy Kit Kat Klub in pre-World War II Germany. Full of rousing song, dance, and subterfuge, Cabaret is a fast-paced rush, just what most lives need, my friend.

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Enjoy the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's rendition at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets are $28, $35, and $39. Visit -- Glenn BurnSilver

Rory Scovel

Jack White has a record label, Third Man Records. As one would expect, his roster comprises primarily bands and solo musicians. So when Mr. White signs a comedian, it probably means that the esteemed rocker is a huge fan. And, if you've seen the way White dresses, you know he has a good -- albeit macabre -- sense of humor.

Anyway, comedian Rory Scovel can't be held responsible for the pallid wardrobe choices that his boss makes, but he can be quite funny. Having recently landed a role on the TBS show Ground Floor, the South Carolina native's stock has been steadily rising, and rightly so. His pot-tinged social commentary and his ability to deliver the goods without relying too heavily on comedic banalities make for an act that's at once honest and hilarious.

Scovel visits Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, June 27. The 21-and-over show is $17. Visit or call 480-719-6100 for details. -- Rob Kroehler

Walter Yoga

Yoga doesn't have to be the same old boring routine. You could add in some new, challenging poses or try different breathing techniques. Or you could take a Walter Yoga class and experience yoga like never before.

While every Walter Yoga class is fully-customized by the instructor with possible pulsing light shows or a state-of-the-art sound system, guest yogini Tara Martell will likely have something both fun and mind-bending planned for her June 28 session. Or she could just go the opposite route and opt for complete sensory deprivation. Half the fun of Walter Yoga is not knowing exactly what you'll experience each time.

Get some inner peace and stop in for Martell's yoga class at Walter Studios, 834 North Seventh Avenue, on Saturday, June 28. Doors open at 10 a.m., and the class runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon. All you need to do is bring your mat and $10 for the 90-minute session. -- Heather Hoch

Imagining PHX

What will Phoenix look like 20 years from now? It's a good question - one that'll be up for discussion during Imagining PHX.

Organized by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (a recently founded group that's non-governmental but nationwide) and Practical Art's Kara Roschi, the event invites community members to consider how they envision Phoenix's arts scene in 2034 and address challenges the city faces in getting there. "We are excited to creatively engage our neighbors, fellow artists, and community leaders in a provocative dialogue about how we activate positive change," Roschi says via press release. "This is not your typical performance, art opening, music recital, or town meeting."

Prepare a few points of your own for the Saturday, June 28, gathering from 7 to 10 p.m. at Grant Street Studios, 605 East Grant Street. Tickets (which are free) will be distributed by lottery. Enter for a chance to attend by registering at -- Becky Bartkowski

Pussy LeHoot

Noted Valley drag queen Pussy LeHoot takes to the stage in her weekly soiree Pussy LeHoot and Friends.

This Sunday night special is the second in a weekend practically dominated by LeHoot, who hosts a popular patio performance Saturday nights as well. LeHoot, whose real name is Kevin McSweeny, has been playing to crowds for more than 30 years now, and with that experience comes plenty of friends in show business. The two-hour shows features a variety of special guests like Miss Gay Phoenix, America 2014 Savannah Stevens and the legendary Barbra Seville as they sing, dance, and joke around while dressed to the nines.

The high kicks and lip-syncing start at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, at Charlie's, 727 West Camelback Road. There's no cover to this 21-and-over event, which features $3 pitchers and Long Island specials all night. Visit or call 602-265-0224 for more. -- Janessa Hilliard

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