Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

If all the potential things to do this weekend have you looking like the horrified dude pictured above, pause for a moment and take a deep breath. Remember this is a good thing, having stuff to do. The Suns will take on the New Jersey Nets, stuffed locals will hang with Tyler Florence at the Street Eats Food Fest, and dirt will fly at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Deep breath. Ok? Now, lest your brain has imploded, proceed through our weekend picks at a leisurely pace. You can do it.

Farewell 35mm @ MADCAP Theaters
Feeling down after the recent closing of The Royale and pondering the eminent demise of 35mm film, Zachary Jackson, of Becky Bodacious fame, decided that curing his blues would mean hosting a double-feature rolled out on honest-to-goodness film.

As the credits roll, curious audience members will be allowed into the projection booth to witness what goes into a celluloid screening. Hell High and Flowers in the Attic will screen at MADCAP starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $8. See details here.

New Year's Revolution @ Club Red
For those who resolved to explore more local arts, events, and culture, Club Red's New Year's Revolution fits into their 2012 plans nicely.

May-Ling Tang hosts the artsy party, which features DJ Sac Fly, a live broadcast from Kevin Gassman of KWSS 106.7, poetry from Tremell Gray and Joelskii the Poet, art from about 10 locals, and live music.

Tickets are $10 at the door. See more here.

Simon Doonan @ Barneys New York
Barneys' creative ambassador-at-large, occasional reality TV judge/commentator/fashion expert, humorist, and hubby to designer Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan sure seems to have a lot on his plate. But his latest book, "Gay Men Don't Get Fat," might suggest otherwise.

In it, Doonan suggests that there are two types of edibles -- gay and straight -- and eating a reasonable balance of the two is the best way to maintain a slender figure.

Doonan will sign his tongue-in-cheek diet dissertation at Barneys on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance is free; the book costs $24.95. RSVP is suggested. Call 602-337-6061 or see more here.

DarkCon @ Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Steampunks, fantasy fiends, and gamers have a full weekend ahead at Darkcon -- one of the Southwest biggest conventions for fans of said genres and pastimes. With nightly bashes, classes on alien sex toys and how to properly use whips and floggers, plus a pajama party to close out the weekend, LARPers best sport sneakers under their costumes if they hope to make it to everything.

Special guests include Ernie Hudson (of Ghostbusters fame), Kushiel's Legacy author Jacqueline Carey, and actress Meg Foster, known for her role on Masters of the Universe.

Pop culture partying continues Friday through Sunday at Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Admission is $50 for the whole weekend, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, or $25 for Sunday. See more here.

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction @ Westworld of Scottsdale
Whether you have a penchant for drooling over luxury cars or you can actually afford them, Barrett-Jackson will indulge you. The weeklong auto extravaganza kicks off on Saturday with a mini car show and road rally. On Sunday, the gates to the grounds open at 8 a.m. for a day of live entertainment and roadster envy.

The be-all and end-all car show kicks off on Saturday and continues through Sunday, January 22, at Westworld. Tickets are available here and prices vary.

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