Melissa Fossum
Showing off their haul.
No plans this week? Now you do. This week unleash your inner kid at the Arizona State Fair, listen to some great acoustic music at the Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, or get a taste of the best at the Best of Phoenix A’fare. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

Arizona State Fair
The event planners for the Arizona State Fair are a literal-minded bunch. A screening of the 1962 Rodgers and Hammerstein film musical State Fair will show on October 12 at the celebration of the best the 48th state has to offer.

If watching Pat Boone show livestock and find love among blue ribbons and Ferris wheels isn’t your thing, there’s gotta be something else that tickles your fancy. Choose among mini bumper cars, the dance stylings of America’s Got Talent semifinalist Snap Boogie, and an agricultural center featuring llamas, rabbits, and sheep. Oh, and there’s a slew of concerts held in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Halestorm, Marilyn Manson, and other performers take the stage during the month of festivities.

Get your share of the fair at 1826 West McDowell Road. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and State Fair screens at 7 p.m. The fair runs through Sunday, October 29. General admission tickets are $7. Find more info at the Arizona State Fair website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Hear Voices of the Desert perform during the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at Hance Park. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PHOENIX CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Hear Voices of the Desert perform during the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at Hance Park.
Photo courtesy of Phoenix Center for the Arts
2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards
Celebrate the winners of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards during Art in the Park, an event that benefits local military veterans and their families. It’s happening at Hance Park Urban Plaza, 1202 North Third Street, on Thursday, October 12. The evening includes dinner and award presentations in six categories, as well as live painting by Lalo Cota and performances from Jerry Lawson, Primavera Folklorico Dance Company, and Voices of the Desert.

Award nominees include Julie Akerly, Angel Castro, Brian Eisenberg, Shyla Ganesan, Jenita Landrum, Annie Lopez, Mark Richardson, Swarma Sitaraman, Scotty Spenner, Lisa Starry, and Kristin Wesley. Tickets are $75. Visit the Phoenix Center for the Arts website. Lynn Trimble

Arizona Coyotes v. Detroit Red Wings
Despite an abundance of fresh faces and a new, fan-centric marketing campaign, it will be difficult for hockey fans to overlook the absence of Arizona Coyotes legend Shane Doan — who hung up his skates for good last season — each time the puck drops this season at Glendale’s Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue.

Yotes fans are hoping that such additions as new head coach Rick Tocchet and several players, including veteran center Derek Stepan, will help fill the sizable void left by Doan’s retirement. A home win against the always formidable Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, October 12, would certainly be a step in the right direction. The game starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 and up. Visit the Coyotes website or call 623-772-3800 for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge It has a nice string to it. - COURTESY OF GREAT ARIZONA PUPPET THEATER
It has a nice string to it.
courtesy of Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch
You might not remember your first Halloween, but many popular components can be scary to a little kid: Strangers. Darkness. Disguises. Candy corn, which tastes like neither candy nor corn. That said, we’ve encountered more frightened adults in our neighborhood, while the tots take to the festivities like ducks to water.

Speaking of ducks, you could do worse than introduce the weirdness of Halloween to your 2- through 8-year-olds in a gentle, snuggly way at Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch, continuing at Great Arizona Puppet Theater through Sunday, October 29. The animals need costumes. You get to sing along. Showtime on Thursday, October 12, is 10 a.m. at 302 West Latham Street.

Tickets are $7 to $10; call 602-262-2050 for reservations. Visit the AZ Puppet website for more information. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Get to Pickin. - COURTESY OF FRONT PORCH PICKINS VINTAGE AND HANDMADE MARKET
Get to Pickin.
Courtesy of Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market
If being a mall dweller isn’t your thing and you have a passion for rifling through other people’s old or handmade stuff, we’re about to send you on a shopping spree.

The Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market is the place to peruse booths loaded with vintage, shabby chic, and retro goods. A DJ keeps things lively, and food trucks are on-site to feed hungry shoppers. This event launches the Pickins Pub, where cold adult beverages will help you forget how much you spent.

Find treasures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 13, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler. Admission is $10; free for kids 12 and younger. Visit the Front Porch Pickins website. Amy Young

click to enlarge You may remember him from Rush Hour. - THE HORNE BROTHERS
You may remember him from Rush Hour.
The Horne Brothers
Chris Tucker
Although Ice Cube snagged top billing on the poster for Friday, the 1995 cult film wouldn’t have been a hit without Chris Tucker’s turn as the perpetually stoned Smokey. Despite pulling huge paychecks for his headlining roles in the Rush Hour sequels, the Def Comedy Jam star ran into some trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. The settlement of his tax bill allegedly prompted his return to stand-up and a Netflix special, in which the hyperactive star tells stories about his childhood and hanging out with Michael Jackson.

Tucker performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $36 to $122. For more information, visit the Celebrity Theatre website. Jason Keil

Stuart A. Weiner, Soleri sketching at his desk, Cosanti, ca. 1960. Gelatin-silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Collection of the Costanti Foundation. Copyright: The Weiner Estate. - COURTESY OF SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Stuart A. Weiner, Soleri sketching at his desk, Cosanti, ca. 1960. Gelatin-silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Collection of the Costanti Foundation. Copyright: The Weiner Estate.
Courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Fall Opening Celebration
It’s retrospective time at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, where you can be one of the first people to explore a new exhibition of works by renowned artist and architect Paolo Soleri during the museum’s fall opening celebration on Friday, October 13. “The City Is Nature,” the first major retrospective of Soleri’s work since his death in 2013, officially opens the next day.

It’s one of two exhibitions you can view that night, along with “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists of Aboriginal Australia.” Both reflect the deep influence of nature on human creativity and imagination.

Sara Cochran, director and chief curator for the museum, will lead a tour through the exhibitions; it’s a rare opportunity to hear her insights on these works. And it’s a chance to mingle with local artists, curators, and collectors attending the free event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Jah and Seth!! - HEATHER CULP
Jah and Seth!!
Heather Culp
Uhh Yeah Dude
Do you sit around chatting about the news with your BFF in a manner so amusing you should start a podcast so everyone can bask in the glow of your witty words?

That’s how Uhh Yeah Dude was born, back in 2006. Pals Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Laroquette would blab regularly, via phone, bullshitting about current events and situations in their personal lives until one of them suggested they record the chats and make a podcast out of the situation.

Now you have a chance to be part of a live recording of the popular podcast. Generally, the show takes place in Romatelli’s Hollywood apartment, but this time, you can put faces and expressions to the words. Be a part of the chatter starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Tickets are $28 to $30. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Amy Young

click to enlarge During the Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, Jarabe Mexico, a group out of San Diego, will bring a different variety of acoustic music. - COURTESY OF JARABE MEXICO
During the Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, Jarabe Mexico, a group out of San Diego, will bring a different variety of acoustic music.
Courtesy of Jarabe Mexico
Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival
During the annual Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival, you can see local bluegrass favorites perform at the modern, utopian desert community designed by architect Paolo Soleri.

Held on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater, the festival highlights traditional and modern bluegrass bands, including youth from the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band, national groups such as Run Boy Run and James Reams & the Barnstormers, and San-Diego-based group Jarabe Mexicano.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Arizona acoustic musicians and bands can take part in an open mic session. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday at 13555 South Cross L Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and free for age 16 and younger. For more information, call 928-632-7135 or go to the Arcosanti website. Laura Latzko