5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

"Scientology's Dirty Tricks: Then and Now" with Tony Ortega
While it’s easy to make Scientology into a punchline, thanks to its celebrity followers and sci-fi roots, what shouldn’t be ignored is the church’s ability to draw in adherents and keep them in its clutches. Journalist Tony Ortega, formerly of New Times and the Village Voice, discusses the controversial church’s habit of lashing out against its critics in his new book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, and during his talk “Scientology’s Dirty Tricks: Then and Now.”

Ortega’s lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, at ASU’s Cronkite School, 555 North Central Avenue. An audience Q&A is slated for 6:30, followed by a book signing at 7. Admission is free, but attendees should RSVP via More information about the lecture and the series it’s part of is available at ASU's Barrett Honors College online. Becky Bartkowski

Arizona United SC vs. Oklahoma City FC
This season has been a struggle for Arizona United SC. The squad has struggled to find shots (they’re ranked 23rd in shots taken), struggled to convert the shots that it does take (19th in goals scored), and struggled to play defense at all (dead last in goals allowed). In spite of this, United miraculously finds itself as close to the middle of the table as to the bottom.

United will play the last home game of their bizarrely successful season at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road, on Wednesday, September 16, against league powerhouse Oklahoma City FC. It seems unlikely United will win, but that’s been the case all year.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available online via the Arizona United website. Ed Kummerer

The Chronicles of Deadcow Arizona Chapter One
Improbable Theatre Company, a troupe that’s dedicated to the voices of people with disabilities, explores themes ranging from life with disabilities to the experience of theater itself — and beyond. Its current production, continuing through Thursday, September 24, is The Chronicles of Deadcow Arizona Chapter One: The Dastardly Deeds Behind the Scenes of the Vaudeville Show at the Watch Yer Step Saloon by Mark Tenniswood, who’s penned six more chapters about Deadcow. The title, not surprisingly, says a lot. What remains will be explained by your emcee, Pianer-Playin’ Sam. The Lunch Time Theater performance on Thursday, September 17, starts at 12:10 p.m. on the Kax Stage of Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. For tickets, $6, or to order lunch, call 602-252-8497 or visit Herberger Theater online. Julie Peterson

La Bestia
The Mexican freight trains that U.S.-bound migrants have used as transportation in hopes of crossing the border are know by many names, including La Bestia. This week, a new community learning series, “Can A Border Divide Us?: A History of Mexicanos, Chicanos, and Immigrants in the Southwest,” will present a screening of a film by the same name at Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas Road. The La Bestia viewing will be followed by a bilingual Q&A with the filmmaker, Pedro Ulteras.

See La Bestia and speak directly with filmmaker Pedro Ulteras on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium. doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free, bilingual, and open to families. For more information, check out the Facebook event page. Katrina Montgomery

Bob Saget
America’s favorite dad returns to downtown Phoenix this weekend, bringing with him some un-fatherly advice and not-so-family-friendly language. Known being a strait-laced sitcom star and crass comedian, Bob Saget has been freaking out Full House fans with his raunchy stand-up for years. He returns to the stage on the heels of last year’s autobiography, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, and an alleged Netflix Full House resurrection (sans Olsen twins).

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a second show at 10 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $32 and a two-drink minimum is required for the 21-and-over show. Additional shows will take place on Saturday, September 19. Visit Stand Up Live online or call 480-719-6100 for more. Janessa Hilliard