The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix, October 24 to 30

Your guide to how to spend this week is here, Phoenix. Get ready for basketball, Día de los Muertos, photography, a theatrical Trump takedown, and some quality time with the man behind Ron Swanson. Looking for more? See New Times' curated calendar

"One World, Many Voices"
Geek out on music history as much as you do the tunes themselves? “One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records” is a multimedia exhibition that should top your must-see list.

Canyon Records started in 1951 and is still going strong, producing and distributing Native American music. Their roster features artists like R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, and Radmilla Cody. A cultural institution, the renowned label won the first Governor’s Arts Awards for small businesses. Hear music composed exclusively for this exhibition, and tour its history through photographs, instruments, and videos. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, October 24, at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 East Washington Street. Exhibition access is included with museum admission, $3 to $6, and the exhibit runs through May 31, 2017. Call 602-495-0901 or visit Amy Young

See works by three photographers who’ve embraced the dark instead of fearing it. Darkroom-focused photographers Philip V. Augustin, B.K. Skaggs, and Melanie Walker are showing works exploring abstract formalism, intimate landscapes, and creative narratives as part of the “(Re)View: Abstract, Land, and the Narrative” exhibition at Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road in Gilbert.

Each photographer uses media of traditional or historical photographic processes to explore and express their distinct creative visions. For Walker, that sometimes takes the form of objects she calls househeads, which couple house imagery with home as metaphor to explore memory, family, dreams, and fiction.
You can explore “(Re)View: Abstract, Land, and the Narrative” between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25. The exhibition continues through December 3. Visit Lynn Trimble

Nick Offerman
Fans of the Leslie Knope-led universe, Parks and Recreation, remember mustachioed Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) as the epitome of manliness: a guy who could down a bottle of scotch in his woodshed and emerge, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a meticulously crafted canoe in hand.

Turns out, much of the woodwork featured on the show came from Offerman’s own business, the appropriately named Offerman Woodshop, which the actor and accomplished woodworker has worked out of for 15 years.

Offerman takes readers on a journey of how-tos and life lessons in a new book about that shop, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. He’ll bring the memoir to a reading and signing at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25.

Admission packages are $42 for single entry or $50 for two people; the ticket includes a hardcover copy of Good Clean Fun. Visit for tickets. Janessa Hilliard

Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings
Any hypochondriac can tell you that it’s better to know you’re screwed than to wonder if you are. Phoenix Suns fans entered last season with a nagging sense that the season was doomed. This year, we know the prognosis is grim, but nothing ameliorates frustration like low expectations. Ultimately, the 2016-17 Suns are young, inexperienced, and a little too green to compete in the Western Conference. Yet, with Devon Booker poised for stardom and Eric Bledsoe healthy, this team has plenty of upsides. It might not appear in the win column, but these young Suns should be entertaining from the season’s opening tip, which is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, against the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets are $14 and up through or 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler

P.C. Cast
With two books out this month, YA author P.C. Cast is keeping busy.

The first, A Scent of Salt and Sand, is a novella co-authored with her daughter Kristen, blending Greek mythology and romance in a paranormal San Francisco.

When she arrives in Tempe for a signing at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, she will be promoting her latest solo venture, Moon Chosen. The first in her new “Tales of the New World,” the novel follows Mari, an Earth Walker who falls in love with a mortal boy.

Moon Chosen is available in hardcover for $18.99, which includes two tickets for the signing. For more information, call 480-730-0205 or visit Michael Senft

Veronica's Room
Ira Levin is best known for Rosemary’s Baby, his 1967 novel that ignited the horror/thriller craze we still enjoy today. Levin also penned Deathtrap (a nice murdery play that became a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine), The Stepford Wives, and Veronica’s Room, a mystery running through Saturday, October 29, in a production by iTheatre Collaborative at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street.

As happens all too often, a young couple visits the creepy house of an older couple they’ve never laid eyes on before, and they get more than they bargained for. These people will never learn. Tickets are $20 at or 602-252-8497. Showtime on Thursday, October 27, is 8 p.m. Audiences should keep the astonishing twist ending to themselves. Seriously. Julie Peterson

Dave Wagner
As terrifying or bizarre as any piece of crime fiction might be, it’s often derived from real-life occurrences or within the realm, unfortunately, of what twisted minds could accomplish.

Author and newsman Dave Wagner knows all about crimes of the nonfiction variety. Formerly, he served as city editor at the Phoenix Gazette and metro news editor at the Arizona Republic. This week, he discusses his new book, The Politics of Murder: Organized Crime in Barry Goldwater's Arizona. The book explores the 1976 murder of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles and its ties to then-senator Barry Goldwater and Navajo president Peter MacDonald. Learn about this local mystery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. Admission is free; the book is $17.95. Call 602-274-0067 or visit Amy Young