Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend in Phoenix

Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and about in the Valley of the Sun.

Doomsday Danse Party @ Apollo's Lounge If you're reading this, then the world has not ended -- yet. That's plenty cause for celebration (unless you still have holiday shopping to complete this weekend). To rejoice in civilization's continuing existence, head to Apollo's Lounge on Friday and dance like the apocalypse is pending.

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Zombie attire is encouraged, and doors to the 21-plus fete open at 9 p.m. There's no cover.

Mary X Mas Pre-Party @ The Desert Those who don't get into the holiday spirit because of our snowless, desert existence no longer have an excuse. This Saturday, the party people who host the annual Christmas-day rave Mary X Mas will host a desert bash complete with icy-cold snow delivered to the locale. Attendees should dress warmly and bring along blankets, chairs, and firewood. Tickets are $10. Keep tabs on the organizers' Facebook page for more details.

Terpsicore Dance Co. Presents The Nutcracker @ The Pressroom Performance meets party at Terpsicore's presentation of The Nutcracker on Friday at 7 p. m. and Saturday at 2. MarioCo Dance and Visual Abstract Dance also play into the production, which will take place at The Pressroom, where attendees can snack on hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and, naturally, candy while taking in the contemporary ballet performances. Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $12 for kids 12 years old and younger. Call 602-759-1105 to reserve your spot.

Make & Take Holiday Fiesta @ The Sagrado Phoenix Frida Monique Mata (a.k.a. Mo-Cha-Cha) hosts a crafty workshop at The Sagrado on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be four projects to choose from, each costing between $5 and $10, and inclusive of instructions and materials. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Aries Spears @ Stand Up Live In our pop culture-obsessed minds we like to dream up weird scenarios. For instance, what if Aries Spears, of MADtv fame, were related to one pop diva Britney Spears, she of ex-America's sweetheart and ... Baby One More Time note. However bizarro, we like the notion of the two somehow being intertwined, mainly because there's almost nothing we can think of that they have in common -- apart from sharing a last name. He is funny. She is not. She was a Mouseketeer. He was on The Boondoocks. Perhaps it would make for some funny stand-up material. We'll see if he taps our suggestion when the comic performs at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stand Up Live. Tickets are $20.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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