Don’t drink the ink at the ACME 6 Launch Party.
Ryan Cody
Don’t drink the ink at the ACME 6 Launch Party.
Going out on a budget? Easy — especially here in Phoenix, where you'll find the first weekend of May jampacked with storytelling, comic book geek-outs, new plays, and a Cinco de Mayo celebration that does more than just sling tequila. Find more things to do on New Times' curated calendar.

Arizona Comic Mini Expo
Sometimes an acronym rings just too perfectly. ACME stands for Arizona Comic Mini Expo, and “acme” means the pinnacle of excellence — making it a good name for your convention, not to mention your 16,000-ton weight manufacturing concern. And the ACME 6 Launch Party & Charity Drink & Draw is the acme of fundraisers. Professional comic book artists will sketch fans’ requests (within reason) for $25 per drawing, and proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative, which assists comic creators in need, and the Arizona ACLU.

Zap! and pow! at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Bonus Round, 24 West Camelback Road — the nerd bar (with free classic video games and so many beers) that is, of course, right next to a comic book store. Visit the Arizona Comic Mini Expo website. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge This storytelling collective will continue sharing their stories this next First Friday at the Phoenix Art Musuem. - COURTESY OF THE WHOLE STORY.
This storytelling collective will continue sharing their stories this next First Friday at the Phoenix Art Musuem.
Courtesy of The Whole Story.
The Whole Story: Part 2
Personal narratives have the potential to broaden your horizon and open your eyes to experiences and perspectives that you might not have seen before. The Whole Story aims to do just that by spotlighting stories that reflect on the black experience in America.

Back for its second edition, this storytelling event will take place on First Friday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $10 for general public and $5 for museum members and available online. For more information visit the Facebook page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge I Am Van Gogh gets the staged reading treatment at last year’s Caleb Reese Festival. - MATT CHESIN/PHOENIX THEATRE
I Am Van Gogh gets the staged reading treatment at last year’s Caleb Reese Festival.
Matt Chesin/Phoenix Theatre
Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals
Phoenix Theatre’s annual Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals provides protracted catharsis and amusement through Saturday, May 13. Fresh work has been whipped into the shape of two cabarets, staged readings of five full-length scripts, and a program of six short plays.

It’s easy to simply jump in, but promo materials do suggest a couple of points of interest, including:

Metaphorical Shoes, a title that brings to mind their tendency to be on the other foot, be worn if they fit, and await dropping, and
We Should Kill Caesar, which eerily parallels current issues.

The fest commences Friday, May 5, with Community, a play that ponders whether racism or amateur theater is worse, and The Things We Do, by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. at 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets to individual performances are $10 each at 602-254-2151 or Phoenix Theatre website. Julie Peterson

Painting (detail) by Jon Wassom, who is part of “Friends Helping Friends” at Icehouse Gallery - JON WASSOM/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Painting (detail) by Jon Wassom, who is part of “Friends Helping Friends” at Icehouse Gallery
Jon Wassom/Photo by Lynn Trimble
"Friends Helping Friends"
Fed up with alternative facts? Try some good, old-fashioned escapism through art as artists come together for “Friends Helping Friends.” The exhibition’s free opening reception happens from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Icehouse Gallery, 429 West Jackson Street.

The show features paintings and sculptures from more than three dozen Arizona artists – including Tato Caraveo, Michele Bledsoe, Frank Ybarra, Jon Wassom, Constance McBride, and Larry Ortega. Icehouse Gallery is donating proceeds from all opening night sales to support a local gallery owner facing medical issues.

So, basically, the opening is a great way to meet local artists and snag some great art while doing a good deed. Your karma will thank you. See the Facebook page for details. Lynn Trimble


Golden Girls Trivia
It’s okay if you got giddy when the entire Golden Girls catalog became available on Hulu. Stand proud — you don’t need to have any shame in your Golden game.

In fact, go show off your love for the long-running sitcom at Golden Girls Trivia. Gather a team of up to four pals and win prizes using your collective knowledge to prove just how much time you’ve invested in the lives of those seasoned Miami housemates, Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy, and Rose. And if you come up short, there are also raffles and cheesecake. Rock your best polyester threads from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Kobalt, 3110 North Central Avenue, #125. Admission is free, and proceeds from the event benefit the Joshua Tree Feeding Program. Visit the Kobalt website. Amy Young

The Urban Wine & Jazz Walk
Jazz is best experienced with an open mind and a sense of adventure. Expand your musical palate while sampling some reds and whites at The Urban Wine & Jazz Walk. Local establishments will offer samples of wines and appetizers in the afternoon. The evening’s festivities coincide with the International Jazz Day Festival, which features performances outside the Phoenix Public Market.

The Urban Wine and Jazz Walk begins at 1 p.m. at any participating location on Saturday, May 6, and the first 300 people who arrive at Chico Malo, 50 West Jefferson Street, will receive a complimentary wine glass. Wine samples range from $2 to $3 each. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit the Downtown Phoenix website. Jason Keil

Think of it as pregaming Comicon. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Think of it as pregaming Comicon.
Melissa Fossum
What the world needs is another comic book and cosplay-themed event. No really, they can be totally fun. And as a pregame for Phoenix Comicon, Prom-i-Con — a.k.a. Yucca Prom 2017 — is your chance for a cosplay dress rehearsal.

Hosted at Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe, Yucca Prom welcomes the 21-and-over crowd who love to get extra dressed up for this annual evening. Though costumes are not required, you are heavily encouraged to be a sport and don your best cape or gown for a fun night in the two-room music venue. Just try not to sweat off your face paint during sets from Luau and Snakeburner, one of the more boogie-inducing cover bands in town.

The free Prom-i-Con runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. For more information, call 480-967-4777 or visit the Yucca website. RSVP at this Facebook page. Lauren Cusimano

click to enlarge Game on. - PHOTO BY BARRY GOSSAGE/NBAE
Game on.
Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm
It’s a bittersweet time to be a basketball fan in the Valley — the Suns contributing the bitterness and with the Phoenix Mercury the sweetness. The perennial WNBA contenders enter the 2017 season having locked in defensive juggernaut Brittney Griner to a long-term contract, while Diana Taurasi sits poised to become the league’s all-time scoring leader. And having come off of a rare losing season in 2016, the Merc will surely be eager to right the ship with a deep playoff run this summer. First things first: The Valley’s winningest hoops squad (this side of 2010) will do some preseason fine tuning when the Seattle Storm visit Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Tickets are $9 and up. Visit the Mercury website or call 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge Happy Cinco. - COURTESY OF CINCO PHOENIX FESTIVAL
Happy Cinco.
Courtesy of Cinco Phoenix Festival
Cinco Phoenix Festival
Cinco de Mayo started as a way to commemorate Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla, but the day has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture, especially here in Phoenix. The Cinco Phoenix Festival on Sunday, May 7, pays tribute to Mexican traditions by doing more than just slinging tequila. It features mariachi and ballet folklorico performances, music from New Frequency, lucha libre wrestling, and traditional food such as tacos, burritos, elote, and Sonoran hot dogs. War, Tierra, and Brenton Wood will perform, too. A children’s area will offer inflatables, cornhole, giant Jenga, and an arts and crafts activity led by the Phoenix Fridas. People of all ages can participate in a Frida and Diego costume contest. The festival, which takes place at Washington Street and First Avenue from noon to 10 p.m., costs $5 for general admission and $25 to $35 for VIP ticket options. To find out more, go to the Cinco Phoenix website. Laura Latzko