Your weekend is planned, Phoenix. Here are five ways to spend the next few days.
Push @ Peoria Center for the Performing Arts We don't know about you, but ever since the Royal Water broke we've had baby fever. But because nine months is a hell of a long time to wait for our own, we'll settle for other people's birthing stories.
Enter Theater Works' Push, which opens Friday, August 9, at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 West Peoria Avenue. Told through a series of 21 vignettes, the play touches on both omnipresent and abnormal stories of conception, trying pregnancies, and graphic delivery-room tales. The one-man show, written and performed by Mike Duhame (who even wears an empathy-belly in some scenes) was created after a series of interviews with 22 men and women -- all of whom Duhame brings to life onstage.
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Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays through August 18. Tickets are $10. Call 623-815-7930 or visit www.theaterworks.org. -- Janessa Hilliard
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets @ Chase Field The Arizona Diamondbacks need us, you guys. At their July 5 home game against the Rockies, attendance at Chase Field was as high as it's been all season, topping 45,000, and they won that game five to nil. Since then attendance has waned to an average of about half of what it was on that day. Since then, our boys have suffered, with 10 additional losses in July (as of this writing) as well as the loss of the NL West's first-place spot. There's such a thing as home field advantage, and our August 9 opponents, the New York Mets, know it well. Let's get our numbers - and our team's standing - back where they belong.
Be the D-Backs' tenth man as they take on the Mets on Friday at 401 East Jefferson Street. The first pitch goes out at 6:40 p.m. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 602-462-6500 for tickets, $12 and up. -- Zachary Fowle
Family Day with Recycled Orchestra @ Musical Instrument Museum While recycling is a great way to help the environment, it's hardly exciting. Yet there's a lot more that can be done with recycled materials if you set your mind to it. Gain inspiration at the Musical Instrument Museum's Family Day featuring recycling-related events inspired by Paraguay's Recycled Orchestra. Trolling the dumps of Cateura, Paraguay, this child orchestra creates instruments from trash and found treasures, converting them into the "Landfill Harmonic." The orchestra uses pipes for flutes, packing crates for guitars, and turns oil drums into string instruments. Visitors can learn about recycling, create their own recycled instruments, see a display of recycled instruments, and hear the orchestra perform at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The café will feature Paraguayan food.
Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 10, at MIM, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Cost of the special events is included with the price of admission, which is $10 to $18. Visit www.mim.org or call 480-478-6000. -- Glenn BurnSilver
Arizona Wrestling Federation: Live! @ Peoria Community Center You dine local and are up on all the Valley's bands, but what about when you want the pure joy derived from worthy competitors pummeling each other? The newest outlet for homegrown squared circle brawls is the Arizona Wrestling Federation, and its first live event powerbombs Peoria Saturday, August 10.
While the AWF might be new to the game, the fed's roster of grapplers has some familiar names and faces including Roman Alexander and Mac Havok, whose friendship-ending feud in Tucson's High Impact Wrestling threatens to spill over into the West Valley. The Prophet, an athletic, high-flying luchador, has been putting in work all over the state and getting props south of the border.
Arizona Wrestling Federation: Live! takes place at the Peoria Community Center, 8335 West Jefferson Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the first match starts at 6. The show is all-ages, and tickets are $7. For more information, visit www.arizonawrestlingfederation.com. -- Jose Gonzalez
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Phoenix Mercury vs. Tulsa Shock @ US Airways The Phoenix Mercury haven't been the best team in the WNBA so far this season, but they've certainly been playing Phoenix's favorite brand of basketball. Through the first half of the season the Mercury were both the league's highest-scoring team and the league's most scored-on team. The result: enough scoring to make the Steve Nash-era Suns proud and a mediocre record to go with it.
It's unclear whether the Mercury will be able to put their defensive ills behind them -- a lot depends on the ailing left knee of center Brittney Griner -- but they're sure to be one of the most fun WNBA teams to watch.
The Mercury will host the Tulsa Shock at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, on Sunday, August 11. The woeful Shock have been almost as bad on D as the Mercury, so expect to see plenty of scoring. The game tips off at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 602-252-9622. -- Ed Kummerer