5 Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Etsy Craft Night
Music, snacks, kaleidoscopes. . . it’s not your preschooler’s Monday morning lesson plan, it’s Etsy Craft Night at TechShop, 249 East Chicago Street in Chandler.

Friday night, amateur and expert crafters alike are welcome to come build cool things out of paper. Sculptures, mosaics and the Everest of paper crafts: The Kaleidoscope.

TechShop will provide the supplies and refreshments, you just need to bring your creative juices. Local kaleidoscope artist (yes, that’s a thing), Madison Creech, will be on hand to help you create an Etsy-worthy ‘scope. Or, at least, one you can give to your preschooler.

Crafts kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 28, and tickets are $5 (free for TechShop members). Register in advance at or by calling 480-327-0820. Melissa Campana

Dav Pilkey
Brevity might be the soul of wit but men’s briefs are pretty hilarious in their own right. Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey knew that when he published the children’s novel The Adventures of Captain Underpants in 1997. We dig the Captain’s minimalist style — undies for comfortable coolness, cape for flair — but kids love the silly, imaginative fun of the ongoing series that fourth grade best friends George and Harold cook up in their homemade comic books.

Changing Hands Bookstore presents Dav Pilkey, speaking and signing at the Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 West Guadalupe Road in Mesa, on Friday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Admission for two is free with the purchase of Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot for $10. Visit for info. Jose Gonzalez

Forest Floor Fabulous Fairy Tale Ball
Venturing into a cool, colorful forest sounds like the perfect antidote for summer time sadness — even if said forest isn’t exactly, um, real, permanent, or located in nature.

Scottsdale Public Art’s Forest Floor Fabulous Fairy Tale Ball marks the closing of artist Melissa Martinez’s temporary installation, “The Forest Floor.” Engage in activities like peeking into your future with a palm reading, joining the Fractured Fairy Tale fashion parade, or drawing living models in the sketch-and-snap area. Don our fairy-best and take part in the magic from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Admission is free. Call 480-874-4645 or visit Amy Young

"Sex and Swords in Petticoats: Female Pirates of the Caribbean in the Early Modern Period"
If the title of this event, “Sex and Swords in Petticoats: Female Pirates of the Carribbean in the Early Modern Period,” isn’t enough to make you clear your schedule on Saturday, maybe your standards are too high.

The exploration of sassy sea maidens is part of a series from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a group that obviously knows how to party. Hosted by Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director of the aforementioned partyers, the event will do a deep dive into the maritime history of the Early Modern period, with a focus on female buccaneers.

Lady pirates were integral in redefining gender roles and advancing race relations in the Caribbean, but were conveniently edged out of the history books.


“Sex and Swords” begins at 7 p.m. at The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue, on August 29. They ask for a $5 donation at the door, and the event is BYOP (bring your own petticoat). RSVP at Melissa Campana

Tom Green
While Canadian comedian Tom Green’s imprint on pop culture involves a hit single about his bum and a brief marriage to Drew Barrymore, his career in comedy has been comparably long-lasting. He has worked as a stand-up comedian since the 1980s, when he parlayed his funnyman status into a career as a rapper in a group called Organized Rhyme. In the 1990s,he launched into the mainstream when his public access television show got picked up by MTV. Acting and movie writing followed, but Green gets back to his onstage origins with a weekend of sets at Stand Up Live, 40 West Jefferson Street, with sets at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Admission is $22, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719-6100 or see Amy Young