Syllabus Week with Nick Hogan
Mill Avenue’s American food hot spot welcomes back students with a celebration finely tuned to their nonexistent homework loads. The bar and restaurant will ring every night of the weekend in with style but their Saturday party is their biggest, recruiting Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick, for the type of party you will only find in Tempe.
Americana Tempe, 350 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, bit.ly/2nkTgyT, 9 p.m., Saturday, August 18, free presale and $10 at door.
The Van Beer’n Indoor Beer Festival
The Van Beer’n gives you all the perks of a regular outdoor beer festival in Arizona… with the added gift of AC! The free festival will sell tasting tickets onsite for samples from 20-plus local breweries, including Four Peaks, 10 Barrel and Elysian. Continue the carbs with barbecue food for sale and live ’70s and ’80s music from cover band, Elvis Before Noon.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 1 p.m., Sunday, August 19, free.
Grease – Big Gay Singalong
Can anyone really resist humming along when “Summer Lovin’” or “You’re the One That I Want” plays? Olivia Newton-John changes everything about herself for John Travolta, and yet it’s movie musical magic. This one-night-only screening celebrates the film’s infectiousness with wine, costumes, prizes and singing.
FilmBar Phoenix, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, thefilmbarphx.com, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, $14.
I Love the ‘90s Bash
There’s no bar crawl craze quite like the ’90s bar crawl craze. The era of Nickelodeon cartoons, boy bands and “Barbie Girl” returns with this party through Old Town Scottsdale bars like Boondocks, Bottled Blonde, Whiskey Row and El Hefe. Admission includes a souvenir cup, a slap bracelet and a night of throwback tunes, hey Macarena!
Bevvy, 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #100, Scottsdale, bit.ly/2uze2Pf, 5 p.m., Saturday, August 25, $17 each or $14 for 4 presales.
Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence
Let the theatrics commence as hip-hop violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling and goth-rockers Evanescence team up for a joint tour featuring a full orchestra. The two will sound off in a show promised to be a “sensory experience like no other,” as they touch on tracks from their latest albums.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, livenation.com, 7 p.m, Wednesday, August 29, $25-$99.50.
DJ Diesel: Shaquille O’ Neal DJ Set
It’s not a sequel to Space Jam, but perhaps Shaquille O’Neal will revisit the classic when he takes over the turntables under his DJ alias, DJ Diesel. Alongside special guests, the 7 foot, one inch tall athlete-DJ-actor-multi-hyphenate will round out the final weekend concerts at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort.
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, releasevip.com, noon, Saturday, September 1, $30.
This 21-and-up dance party celebrates the Queen of Tejano — and the Latin princess of ’90s pop — with giant video screens and a live DJ. Expect a mix consisting of Selena’s biggest hits and your favorite 2000s throwbacks, giving you the perfect excuse to practice “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in the mirror.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 10 p.m., Friday, September 7, $12.
The British singer-songwriter best known for mythic alternative rock hit, “River,” is bringing her entire catalogue of unique indie pop to downtown Phoenix. With a Fifty Shades Freed track and successful album, Church of Scars, under her belt, Bishop Briggs’ dynamic live persona is sure to delight fans new and old. Joywave will open the show.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 9, $24.
An Evening With Ken Burns
He’s got an iMovie effect named after him, as well as an impressive catalogue of documentary and photography work. Arizona PBS hosts Ken Burns, the iconic filmmaker, for an advance screening of his latest piece, The Mayo Clinic: Faith — Hope — Science and a special panel discussion after the film.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, bit.ly/2Mv8Z9x, 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, $35.
This Maryland rock band’s name is short for “Of A Revolution.” Known for their energetic live shows and tracks like “This Town” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” O.A.R. has proven itself as an alternative music staple. Matt Nathanson, the singer-songwriter behind “Come On Get Higher,” will open the show.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, $45.50-$75.50.