Best things to do in Metro Phoenix this week


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With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, we’re only a few weeks away from the official start of summer. There’s no better time to go out and do something fun, and your options this week include a screening of an 80s classic, a Meet the Artists event, and a dark dance party.

Open Mic Music Night

After more than a year in which not all the smiling faces could be seen in town, people are almost dizzy to be out and about again. Almost everyone has stories to share or the impulse to express themselves in new ways. Open mic nights across town provide a creative outlet for those looking to take the stage and fill a grateful audience. The Yucca Tap Room at 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe is all about music with free open mic nights. Check it out on Monday, May 31st, when artist registrations start at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. During your stay, check out all of the local artist murals on Danelle Plaza, which transform the parking lot much beyond Yucca Tap Room into a funky exhibition space. Lynn Trimble

Global running day

It seems that a special meaning is assigned to each day. In June, sushi, the color pink, yo-yo, kisses, ugly dogs and bourbon are on the program. Wednesday June 2nd is Global Running Day, which is when some runners around the world take special pride in encouraging other people to get out and try running. Of course, it’s also an excuse for runners to spend a little more time than usual indulging in their passion and running skills. Tortoise & Hare Sports at 17570 North 75th Avenue, # 605, Glendale, is celebrating that evening at 6pm with a free event where you can walk three or five miles, or run with family, friends, or other running enthusiasts. Pre-registration is required. Lynn Trimble

Relax with a little wine while you paint a calm sunset on the beach.

Relax with a little wine while you paint a calm sunset on the beach.

Carrie Curran Art Studios

Sip and color

The beaches were overcrowded for last weekend’s vacation, which confirms how crazy the whole country is in pandemic mode. Photos were great fun as evidenced by all of the Instagram feeds filled with sunsets on the shore. Now you can relive the best memories of the ocean from your recent or distant past as you create a beautiful sunset painting on the beach and sip wine at Carrie Curran Art Studios, 8300 North Hayden Road, Suite A100, Scottsdale. They bring the wine and they provide painting supplies and step-by-step instructions so you can go home with an acrylic painting that will still look great after the wine has finished. Sip and color: The sunset on the beach takes place on Friday 4th June from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $ 45 and prior registration is required. Lynn Trimble

Save a place on your calendar for Ferris.

Save a place on your calendar for Ferris.


Starlight movie night

There’s a new player to the local outdoor movie scene now that Scottsdale is doing a series of outfield screenings at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale. For Saturday June 5th, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 1986 classic starring Matthew Broderick as a student, takes cutting lessons to a whole new level. Seating areas for up to four people are provided for this summer movie night, and viewers are encouraged to bring their own blanket to sit on the lawn. The gates open at 7:00 p.m. so people can arrive early if they want to listen to summer-inspired music or buy food and drinks before the movie starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $ 25 for a pre-marked space for up to four people. Lynn Trimble

DJ Tristan / Iseult return to the Rebel Lounge this weekend.

DJ Tristan / Iseult return to the Rebel Lounge this weekend.

Benjamin Ledermann

THE WITCH: Black magic / mask

At every dance party by DJ Tristan Iseult, a few things are taken for granted: moody vibes to start with, as well as dark and loud industrial and techno tracks that burst through the sound system, and gothic, black-clad guests populate the dance floor. This is what the scene looks like on Saturday, June 5th, during HÄXAN: Black Magic / Mask in the Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road. It is Tristan Iseult’s first dance party since the pandemic and he will play dark electronic, post-industrial, witch house and nihilistic techno together with DJs Mijito and Tavoo. Occult imagery created by local artist AJ Strout will also help emphasize the somber atmosphere. The party starts at 9 p.m. and entry is $ 10. Benjamin Ledermann


With everything we’ve all been through in the last year, people could probably use a drink (or three) to help them cope. And at Canacopia’s opening event on Saturday June 5th at the Eastmark Visitor and Community Center, 10100 East Ray Road, Mesa, drinks will be served in 8-ounce aluminum cans. This all-day festival features more than 60 brands of adult beverages – including craft beers, hard seltzers, and wines – that are served in cans in two different sessions: from 12pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 9pm. In the meantime, local bands like Jim Bachmann and the Day Drinkers (natch), Tommy Price and the Stilettos and The Hourglass Cats will be performing. Admission is $ 68 for each session and includes passport for all alcoholic beverages and food. Tickets and further information are available here. Benjamin Ledermann

Artwork by Joan Thompson who is part of that EXPAND

Artwork by Joan Thompson who is part of the “Serenity” show at Grinders Coffee Co.

Five15 Arts

Meet the artists

It’s pretty easy to find coffee shops that show work by local artists, but you don’t often get the chance to meet the artists and talk to them about their work. On Sunday, June 6th, several artists on show at Grinders Coffee Co., 17 East Dunlap Avenue, 104, will be in attendance for a free meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Serenity” exhibition includes more than 20 female artists with very different styles, including many who would like to take part in the event: Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Charmagne Vasquez Coe, Brenda Edwards, Kristen Fagan, Darlene Mount Ritter, Cindy Schnackel, Lynn Smith , Joan Thompson, Marissa Vidrio, Dyane World and Randy Sugar. They are all part of an all-female artist group who spend time socializing, talking about art, and showing their work around town. The exhibition runs until August 31st. Lynn Trimble

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