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Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Phoenix, your weekend is planned.

Hannibal Buress @ Stand Up Live Hannibal Buress is a one-man-army of comedy; he's hitting you from nearly every possible angle. Less than a month after visiting with Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, the prolific stand-up comic returns with his own Rural Legend tour Friday, October 11.

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The Chicago-born comedian has done it all, from writing for television (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), appearing on television (FX's Louie, a Comedy Central special, co-hosting Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show), and releasing albums to co-directing a video for up-and-coming rhymer Chance the Rapper. Buress keeps his hustle strong, but his bedrock is his talent for dropping punchlines that both encapsulate his slightly skewed perspective and the absurdities that he encounters daily.

Hannibal Buress lights up Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 12. Admission to the 21-and-over performances is $25, and there's a two-drink minimum. For more info, visit www.standuplive.com or call 480-719-6100. -- Jose Gonzalez

Fall Opening Celebration @ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Julianne Swartz's artwork is transformative. It's interactive -- playful, engaging, and thought-provoking, too. The artist is known for her installations that morph traditional spaces into exploration-worthy environments. And her Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition "How Deep Is Your" delivers on all expected fronts.

Swartz will be on hand to discuss her show during the museum's fall opening reception on Friday, October 11. Also on the evening's list of things to see are a performance from bamboo flautist Bobby Seigetsu Avstreih and recently open exhibition "Narrow Road to the Interior," which showcases meditative works from seven Japanese contemporary artists.

The celebration is free and open to the public. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at 7374 East Second Street. For more, visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4665. -- Becky Bartkowski

Desierto Remix: Performance in the Desert @ Deer Valley Rock Art Center What does it mean to live in Arizona today? Of course, the answers vary. But that's the question up for exploration when international performance group Nemcatacoa Teatro and Tucson-based multimedia troupe Verbo-bala come together for Desierto Remix: Performance in the Desert.

The performance will begin with Nemcatacoa's acrobatic procession though the desert at ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Dancers will move through the landscape on stilts, inviting audience members to think about the history of their surroundings. They'll be followed up by Verbo-bala's video and multimedia project that re-imagines the oral history of the borderlands. Written by bilingual poet Logan Phillips, the video samples authors, photographs and videos to remix classic Borderlands tales.

Reinterpret the desert from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 West Deer Valley Road. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $8 for students. For more information, call 623-582-8007 or visit www.dvrac.asu.edu. -- Lauren Saria

Sunnyslope Art Walk You know fall is officially here when the pumpkin spice lattes arrive. That means outdoor events, holiday shopping, and a biannual event that combines both: the Sunnyslope Art Walk. Twice a year Phoenix creatives cruise Central Avenue for an evening of arts, crafts, live music, and more. Among the more than 130 selected artists, visitors can shop for everything from handmade jewelry and textiles to one of a kind paintings and ceramics. Along with the roadside shopping and entertainment, there will also be a family-friendly kid zone and plenty of participating restaurants offering food and drink to keep you fueled throughout the night.

The fall half of the sixth annual Sunnyslope Art Walk runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 12. The walk is laid out along Central Avenue from Dunlap to the canal. Parking is available at MarketPlace at Central, 115 East Dunlap Avenue. Admission is free. Visit www.sunnyslopecommunity.org or call 602-870-6060 extension 1174. -- Katie Johnson

Indian Art Market @ Dr. A.J. Chandler Park For five years running the city of Chandler has brought Native American culture to the forefront of its fall events lineup. This weekend's Indian Art Market features three days of food, jewelry, and art native to tribes throughout the Southwest. Each day also hosts traditional tribal song and dance. Alex and Nick Maldonado of the Pascua Yaqui Nation play both contemporary and traditional music, flutist Eldred Matt of the San Carlos Apache Nation performs with traditional drumming group Blu Thunder, and singer and dancer Palmer Lamakema closes out the weekend with the Nakwawistiwa Dance troupe.

Keeping with highlighting heritage, immediately following Saturday's market is the 2013 Miss Indian Arizona pageant, a 52-year-old scholarship program sponsored by the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona.

The three-day festival begins at 3 p.m. Friday, October 11 through 4 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at A.J. Chandler Park, 3 South Arizona Avenue. Times vary, admission is free. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/indianaz for more. -- Janessa Hilliard

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