Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Easter weekend is upon us, but there's more to do than suck down candy and hunt for gifts from invisible bunnies. Much more. 

David Sedaris is appearing at ASU Gammage, drift racers will be burning rubber down at Firebird International Raceway, and the final Black Pearl Poetry Slam is taking place tonight.

If those options aren't enough, we've got five other outstanding event to check out.

KUPD's Easter Keg Hunt 

If you're out and about sometime today and stumble upon a uniquely marked beer keg decorated with the KUPD logo and hidden behind a bush, don't attempt to tap that bad boy (besides, there isn't any brew inside always).

Instead, schlep that sucker down to the radio station's studio in the heart of Guadalupe to get free tickets to this weekend's U-Fest and a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Clues to help you locate each hidden keg can be found here.

Short Film & Video Festival @ ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum curator John Spiak and the other organizers of this annual outdoor festival dug through 482 submissions from around the world to find 20 such short films for this year's edition, and there are plenty of gems in the bunch. That includes the ultra-colorful animated Dodo-Valse from Brooklyn's Yuliya Lanina, in which a forest deity conjures up a halcyon-like dream, or the locally produced It's Over! by Mesa's Gita Farid, depicting the emotionally-wrought tale of French Resistance fighters protecting Jewish orphans during the Nazi occupation. The screening starts at 8 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

SanTan Wheelie Jam @ Steele Indian School Park
It's a sad fact of life that the annual Tour De Fat only comes around once a year. What's a bike-riding beer lover to do? Answer: Dry your tears and head for Steele Indian School Park, where the folks from the Tempe Bicycle Action Group and SanTan Brewery will be throwing a pretty potent party of their own. Locally brewed beers will be on tap at the event, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, as well as a variety of eats from Boulders on Broadway. Meanwhile, fixed gear fans will bust out killer tricks to entertain, bike-oriented demos and workshops will transpire, and dozens of cycling vendors will hawk their gears. Best of all, admission is free.

Rumble at the Ranch @ Camelback Ranch Stadium:

Edwin "Bam Bam" Dewees isn't someone you'd want to get into a fight with. The 6-foot-1 scrapper is rippling with muscles, skilled in grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has brawled in both UFC and a few other fighting leagues. Sounds intimidating, no? Chuck "Pick 'em Up" Huus doesn't seem to think so, which is why he's taking on Dewees in the main event of this MMA event on Saturday. Three other bouts and beatdowns are scheduled to take place, including Beau Tribolet versus Vince Lucero and tattooed titan Ray Steinbeiss battling Ryan Kelly. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $25-$75.

Larry Fitzgerald's Double Play @ W Scottsdale:
The Arizona Cardinals superstar is taking a break from hitting the gym and training for next year's gridiron battles to throw a big-time charity bash benefiting breast cancer research on Saturday. He's invited some big names to the late night party, including hip-hop legend Biz Markie and the Phunk Junkeez legend DJ Soulman. Attendees can mix and mingle with Fitzgerald by the W's pool while enjoying the phat beats and sipping handcrafted cocktails. The event starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $50 per person.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.