Bob Saget at Stand Up Live He may be America's dad, thanks to his roles on the family-friendly Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, but Bob Saget is known for straddling the line between clean-cut comedy and dirty old man.
His Grammy-nominated special, That's What I'm Talking About, features literal below-the-belt comedy about everything from his father to what's in his pants and what's in the audience's pants. These days his act includes musical numbers about dating women in nursing homes, peppered with language that would make even the bluest comedians blush.
This weekend's two-night stint at Stand Up Live will be his first club appearance since touring with the special, giving audience members the chance to be on the ground floor as he debuts new material -- sure to be as filthy as ever.
Catch the comic at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, January 31, and at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $32. A two-drink minimum is required. Visit www.standuplive.com or call 480-719-6100. -- Janessa Hilliard
Sci-Fi Friday at Tempe Center for the Arts It's a golden age of social acceptance for science fiction fans. Twenty years ago, being a sci-fi nerd meant shrinking your social circle and getting shoved into lockers. Now, everyone knows who Khan is, and being into science fiction isn't even a distinguishing personality trait unless you're really into it.
If you are really into science fiction, consider checking out Sci-Fi Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. The weekly exhibit features pieces from local and national collectors as well as original art, including a cel of Marvin the Martian hand-painted by Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones. This Friday's event will also feature a presentation from Todd Spencer of the University of Advancing Technology. Spencer will discuss the past, present and future of human-computer interfaces in pop culture.
The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 7. Admission to the event is free. Visit www.tempe.gov/tca. -- Ed Kummerer
PhotoTapas at Art Intersection The folks at Art Intersection are being less sneaky than you might imagine by calling Saturday, February 1's event PhotoTapas. Spoiler alert: There will absolutely be food (sangria, too). But that probably won't be the most compelling part of the day.
The Gilbert art space's gathering sets out to flip the idea of tapas, which is a Spanish style of eating many different dishes in snack-size portions, and put the focus on sampling photography forms instead of small eats. PhotoTapas is a full day of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiments from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 207 North Gilbert Road, suite 201. Topics to be covered include print conservation, platinum printing methodology, and how to use a pinhole camera.
Registration is $65 for the public or $50 for members and can be completed via www.artintersection.com or by calling 480-361-1118. -- Becky Bartkowski
Hi My Name Is Ryan Screening at FilmBar Since 2004, Phoenician Ryan Avery's done weird, artsy, generally loud things in public (except for two years he spent in Portland on a Mormon mission). He also creates visual art and recordings of not just his music projects but also performance art and stream-of-consciousness audio.
These words don't do justice to all things Ryan Avery, whether he's your cup of decaffeinated tea or not. Fortunately, the 2008 documentary Hi My Name Is Ryan, which has played a shit-ton of film festivals but has not screened in the Valley in years, shows at FilmBar Saturday, February 1, following a live performance from The Drunk and Horny Orchestra, a band Avery is in. The Arizona Filmmaker Showcase evening will conclude with a screening of Disregard. It all begins at 9:30 p.m. at 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9 for the 21-and-older event. Call 602-595-9187 (for what it's worth) or visit www.thefilmbarphx.com. -- Julie Peterson
Mayor's Super [Bowl] Pool Party at Lustre Rooftop Garden There aren't too many places in this wondrous hemisphere of ours where one might attend a pool party in February, let alone a pool party hosted by the Mayor. Lucky for you, Phoenix is one of those places. And regardless of how you feel about our Mayor gallivanting about in flip-flops and swim trunks, you're probably wondering -- like any good Phoenician would -- who the mayor of Phoenix is. Ahem, it's Greg Stanton. And on Sunday, February 2, Stanton will host the Mayor's Super (Bowl) Pool Party at the Lustre Bar at Phoenix's Hotel Palomar, 2 East Jefferson Street, in a not-so-subtle attempt to remind America that the Big Game is returning to the Valley next year and that the weather here is a lot nicer than in New Jersey, as are the politicians, apparently. Aside from spotting a shirtless Mayor, there oughta be plenty to do at this free event, which starts at 2 p.m. and is for those 21 and older. Visit www.lustrerooftopgarden.com or call 480-478-1765 for details.