Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

It may be the last weekend of life as we know it, so even if you're out for Third Friday artwalk in downtown Phoenix or planning on chilling by the pool, we have a couple more events to add to your schedule ...

Noche de Lotería @ Madison Events Center: 

Former Valley artist El Moises knows the game of lotería well. After all, the Chicano painter has been playing the traditional Mexican board game since his youth growing up in California and still plays a round or two every now and again. It's also played a role in his professional life. Moises has created a series of painting based on some of the 54 different images that adorn lotería cards, including a few incorporating some of Arizona's more notorious politician (like Sheriff Joe Arpaio as El Diablo). You can see a few of these works during tonight's fundraiser for ASU's Hispanic Business Alumni Association, which will also include the works of Hector Ruiz, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Gennaro Garcia, and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. tonight, May 20, and admission is $20.

Ping Pong Tournament @ Pravus:
Painting pimp Michael Little is more than capable with a brush, but how good is he with a paddle? We'll find out later tonight, as Pravus is holding a ping-pong competition coinciding with their current group show. Artists Collin Chillag, JJ Horner and a dozen others will engage in paddle battles starting at 7:30 p.m., although there are still some slots open for anyone wishing to participate. It's part of the penultimate Third Friday party for Pravus (as the gallery is shutting its doors in June) and co-owner Ken Richardson expects it to be a fun evening. Prizes and "funny awards" will be given and barbecue food will be cooked up out back.

Summer Has Arrived Kickoff Party @ Sushi Roku:
Sumptuous sashimi, artful décor, and tanned-and-toned Scottsdale types and aren't going to be the only pretty things to look at inside this sushi hotspot this weekend, as its hosting a primo party and fashion event on Sunday night. The models of Beach Bunny Swimwear will strut their stuff, DJ Nameless will drop mad hits, and a $500 swimsuit package will be awarded to a lucky attendee. Sushi Roku will also debut such summer specials as Sake Snow Cones and Suzuki Kōri during the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook and Twitter.