Best things to do in Phoenix this week

Before you settle in for that big Thanksgiving feast, take some time this week to find out what events Phoenix has to offer. Over the next seven days you will be able to listen to mariachi and jazz music, learn a few steps of Irish dancing, and see a Donkey star in person.

Live and local

Ready for an evening of traditional Latin music, from rancheras to mariachis? Meet at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Avenue, for the Las Chollas Peligrosas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18. This is the latest performance in the Live and Local series designed to highlight Phoenix’s creative metro scene. Las Chollas Peligrosas features six talented musicians who deliver an eclectic mix of various styles of Latin music with compelling vocals. With material ranging from contemporary compositions to classical standards, the all-female group elevates music that celebrates human rights and cultural awareness. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 28, or you can stream their performance live for $ 10. Lynn trimble

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Everything for Irish culture.

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Irish dance lessons

Chances are your dance repertoire doesn’t include Irish favorites like The Walls of Limerick or Haymaker’s Jig. But there is an easy way to solve this problem, now that Third Friday Ceili has returned to the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue. The center describes ceilis as family-friendly social dances, and they are eager to help community members join in the fun. Jim and Anne Daugherty will teach and call several Irish dances on Friday, November 19, when the venue will also have a cash bar. The beginner’s lesson and orientation begins at 6:45 p.m. that evening, and the official dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $ 6 and you do not need any prior experience to participate. Lynn trimble

Crime in sport Live podcast

You can’t swing an XLR cardioid condenser microphone these days without hitting a crime podcast, because there are literally thousands to listen to in your daily workout or on the go. Five years ago, local comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmy Whisman began offering a different take on the genre by poking fun at the misdeeds of both famous and obscure athletes every week on their hit podcast. Crime in sport. The duo, who also create the phenomenally successful podcast Murder in a small town, spoke of athletes as criminal as Olympic sprinter turned money launderer Tim Montgomery, NFL star and infamous strip club geek Adam “Pacman” Jones, and the late WWE superstar Jim “The Anvil “Neidhart. Pietragallo and Whisman will record a live episode of the podcast at Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive in Tempe, at 9.45 p.m. on Friday, November 19. Admission is $ 35 (plus a minimum of two drinks). Benjamin Cuirman

Speed ​​track motors

If hot rods and classic cars appear every night in your dreams, you probably have to go to the Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals Auto Show from Friday 19 November to Sunday 21 November. This is your chance to see over 3,000 vehicles built before the late 1980s, including trucks, muscle cars, custom cars and more. They will be on display at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16500-16526 North 94th Street, where the lineup also includes miniature / pedal car shows, burnout competition, drag show, and more. It opens daily at 8 a.m. Closing time is 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets at the door are $ 25 for Friday or Saturday and $ 20 for Sunday. Zoom in, zoom in. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge Violet Duncan in the sculpture garden of the Tempe Center for the Arts.  - TEMPE ARTS CENTER

Violet Duncan in the sculpture garden of the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Tempe Arts Center

Indigenous Arts Festival

Violet Duncan has worked with the Tempe Center for the Arts for almost a year now, helping to create opportunities for other Indigenous artists. She is particularly enthusiastic about the free space Arizona Native Arts Festival which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 20. The festival, which was designed to raise awareness and understand cultures, features traditional indigenous arts, dance, music and storytelling. Expect wellness sessions, painting activities, theatrical performances, children’s mask making and more. Highlights will include a 4 p.m. hoop dance workshop with Duncan, where attendees can learn how to create up to three hoop designs. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge ASU Music Theater and Opera presents Hansel and Gretel.  - ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

ASU Music Theater and Opera performs Hansel and Gretel.

Arizona State University

Hansel and Gretel

Witches abound in children’s lore, where the most famous characters include a witch who lured lost children to her candy-decorated forest lair. Maybe you have been intrigued by Hansel and Gretel child, but I always knew there was more to the story. Now you can see ASU Musical Theater and Opera perform the opera based on the famous fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm, created in Germany towards the end of the 19th century. It’s a chance to support the emerging artists among you and maybe get rid of all your preconceptions about this evolving art form. Tickets to see the 2 p.m. live show on Sunday, November 21 at the Evelyn Smith Music Theater, 50 East Gammage Parkway, Tempe are $ 22 and you can only get them online. Or you can get a $ 10 ticket for a virtual streaming performance, in case you want to watch from home while you build your own candy-covered gingerbread house. Lynn trimble

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

After stumbling a bit to start the season, the Phoenix Suns rebounded to become one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Led by Devin Booker’s ever-dynamic play, they are shooting at full speed with a full line of crosses (Deandre Ayton, Frank Kaminsky and JaVale McGee), excellent defense and a reliable bench. Phoenix is ​​once again playing as the team that won the Western Conference earlier this year and this weekend will face one of the teams they defeated in this incredible race. The Denver Nuggets, currently the Kings of the Northwest Division of the NBA, will travel to the Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, on Sunday, November 21, for a game at 6 p.m. The Nuggets are no stranger to taking on Phoenix at their best (remember the whole “Suns in 4“Playoff thing?) But center Nikola Jokić is having another stellar season and the team is racing the rest of the league. Tickets for this epic showdown between two of the best starts in the $ 14 NBA. Benjamin Cuirman

Click to enlarge work of Ellen Blalock, curator of the new quilts exhibition in Chandler.  - VISION GALLERY

work of Ellen Blalock, curator of the new quilts exhibition in Chandler.

Vision gallery

Son of history

You might think of quilts as quaint blankets for your grandmother’s bed, but historians know them as vehicles for sharing stories and passing on oral histories. See how contemporary artists are using form to create and share their own compelling stories and designs as Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler, presents the free exhibition “Artistic quilts: sewing stories. “Curated by Ellen Blalock, the exhibit features 64 story quilts created by 53 artists from across the country. Some are on display at the Vision Gallery, and others at the gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Chandler Avenue. , Chandler Both venues are open from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, November 22, and you don’t need to bring your grandma to enjoy it. Lynn trimble


Don’t let the scarcity of snow on the Phoenix subway stop you from cooling off this time of year. Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street, shows The Arctic: our last great wilderness at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in its giant screen cinema on Tuesday, November 23, which means you can experience all that ice and snow vicariously without having to take out your down jacket or snow boots. You’ll see polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, and muskoxen, and learn about the people who have long made their home in what is now the northernmost part of Alaska. Tickets for the center are $ 19.95 and admission to the show is $ 9. All those dreams of sledding down snowy hills and drinking hot chocolate by the fire? It’s a gift. Lynn trimble

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Daredevil and comedian Steve-O.

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Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

Donkey Co-star Steve-O may have grown a bit since playing captive ball or wearing a jellyfish as a sombrero on MTV in the early 2000s, but he’s refusing to grow up. The daredevil and comedian (who dealt with his various mental issues and addiction issues years ago) continues to make a living by regularly doing crazy antics. To know: Steve-O is expected to bring his Bucket List Tour to Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, which will feature him telling jokes on stage and showing footage of the 10 most gnarled stunts he’s had always wanted to perform in what he described as “a bit like a Donkey movie and a [comedy] show in one. Steve-O has said in recent interviews that they are “blatantly illegal and absolutely rated XXX,” so prepare to be shocked, dismayed, and entertained if you go. The performances will take place at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. General admission is $ 35 per person plus the usual minimum of two drinks. Benjamin Cuirman

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Listen to the Superstition Jazz Orchestra at the Nash.

Benjamin Cuirman

Jazz styles

Already annoyed by all the Christmas music playing among you? Try spending some time at The Nash, 110 East Roosevelt Street, where Wednesday, November 24th offers include a mix of big band sounds from composers from Thad Jones to Carol King. The Superstition jazz orchestra presents a concert that day at 7:30 p.m., giving it a title with a twist on a classic phrase you typically hear at weddings. Instead of something blue, you’ll hear the blues. The orchestra expects to play original compositions as well as classics. Tickets are $ 21 and you don’t have to be a jazz enthusiast to feel the beat. Lynn trimble

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