All doubts about Phoenix being a big-league city will be put to rest this weekend as Major League Baseball's All-Star Week continues around the Valley. But whether you're a sports fan or an artsy type more apt to be found at Friday's Arizona Between Nosotros performance at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center, there's no shortage of killer events around town this weekend.
All-Star FanFest @ Phoenix Convention Center
While it's great to take in a game, the FanFest lets baseball's biggest fans get up close and personal with the players off the field. Friday through Tuesday, the convention center will be decked out with sports memorabilia, interactive exhibits, batting cages and free autograph sessions with D-Backs team members. Tip: Be one of the first mega-fans to line up when the fest opens each day at 9 a.m. and you'll score free commemorative swag including pins, figurines and miniature pennants. Tickets are $25-30.
Ethos @ The Icehouse
The cavernous open-ceiling historic building is going industrial, and we're not talking about drill presses or manufacturing equipment. Bring five bucks (cash only) to the door at 9 p.m. this Friday, July 8, and spend the night thrashing away to tunes spun by DJs Dark Mark, Kill the Alex, and Aleta Welling, who will also be showing off her H.R. Giger-esque sci-fi inspired paintings. Rigor Mortis Doll House and Steam Synthetic are pairing up for a roaming photo booth: Dress your best and preserve the memory, because you might not recall much after partaking in the plentiful mixed drinks and beer available at the on-site bar.
Splash Summer Kickoff Party @ the Lexington Hotel
We're all feeling a little dirty after this week's epic Phoenix Haboob, and what better way to rinse off than with a little Psyko Steve. The Phoenix-area event producer is introducing his new weekly pool party series this Saturday night from 7-11:30 p.m., headlined by local indie rock band What Laura Says. Also expect slick, bass-heavy beats from guest DJ Mr. Coon, and a ton of thrift store bikini-clad hipsters swaying to Mondegreen and Gospel Claws. Cost is $5.
Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebration @ Vision Gallery
Admit it, you always wondered what it would be like to have Frida Kahlo's signature unibrow. Maybe you even penciled one in on your forehead when you were a kid. An "Ay! Brows!" face painting booth is just one of the ways that the Phoenix Fridas are celebrating the famed Mexican painter's birthday week this Saturday. There will also be a craft area, Frida lookalike contest, and of course, birthday cake. The celebration happens as part of the Fridas' "I Leave You My Portrait" exhibit, which includes a mock-up of the artist's bedroom and a painting of figures from cubist, Renaissance-era, and Die de Los Muertos artwork bearing gifts for the birthday gal.
Maxim's Diamond In The Desert @ WET Pool Lounge
It's likely that what goes on in the locker room at the MLB All-Star games stays in the locker room. Since it'd be tough to score an invite to the real deal, Scottsdale's W Hotel is offering the second-best thing with a baseball themed bash at 10 p.m. on Sunday night at the pool deck. Get your picture snapped at the photo booth, feast on All-American ice cream and Coneys, or grab a bench and talk some trash in the Old Spice locker room. Though no celeb guests have been named yet, rumor has it that some major league hitters could show up to soak up the limelight. Tickets are $100 at www.wscottsdaletickets.com.
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