Sorry to Bother You with Writer/Director Boots Riley
Rapper, producer, writer and director Boots Riley hosts an ASU screening of his directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, which premiered this summer. When Cassius begins to ascend the ladder of power in his day job as a telemarketer, he quickly finds success comes with a cost. The socio-political-comedy commentary stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, bit.ly/2Ovy9ox, 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, free for students through ASU mobile app and $3 general admission.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
Sidestep the department store hysteria with this alternative Black Friday market of local, artisan, vintage and handmade vendors. While ye who seeks a plasma TV need not venture here, the selection of unique gifts and seasonal aesthetics are unparalleled. Shoppers can enjoy historic trolley tours, ice skating and CityScape breakfast options.
CityScape, 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, cityscapephoenix.com, noon to 7 p.m. Friday, November 23, free.
ASU Football vs. Arizona Football
Inciting rivalries at the dinner table and inspiring students to sport “No Pity for the Kitty” tees in droves, the Territorial Cup is the event of the season for Arizona State and University of Arizona football fans. After a home game triumph last year, the Sun Devils will journey to Tucson to defend the title. Grab a friend, hit the student buses or start biking now – you’re not going to want to miss this!
Arizona Stadium, 545 N. National Champion Drive, Tucson, thesundevils.com, time TBA, Saturday, November 24, $15-$430.
Dear Evan Hansen
If you’re a Broadway nerd, you already know every word to the score of Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony-award winning musical with songs by Pasek and Paul of The Greatest Showman and La La Land fame. Still, if you’re not a theatre enthusiast, you’ll find something to consider in this thoughtful and emotional story of a socially awkward teenager. When Evan Hansen ends up in the spotlight after a tragedy strikes his high school, he’s forced to confront the life he pretends he doesn’t have.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, asugammage.com, times vary, Tuesday, November 27, to Sunday, December 2, $170-$600.
Movies on the EDGE: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Missed this Tim Burton classic around Halloween? No worries, Jack Skellington and friends are just as charming come wintertime. Enjoy live music and cozy up in costumes or pajamas for this special screening of Nightmare Before Christmas, which will also feature an appearance by stop-motion animator Rich Zim.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, downtown.com, 6 p.m. Friday, November 30, free.
Kung Food Fest
What Downtown Phoenix’s Kung Food Fest lacks in “kung fu,” it makes up for in explosive flavor and a kick of its own. Bringing together 20 local food trucks and restaurants for a giant “noodles and hang” sesh, foodies will have their pick of dishes like pad Thai, dumplings, sushi, stir fry, pho and egg rolls.
Heritage Square, 113 N. Sixth Street, Phoenix, kungfoodfest.com, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 1, $10 online and $15 day-of.
Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K
The worst part of any normal race is when you’re in the middle of the course and get an insatiable hankering for chocolate — that’s why the Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K places marshmallow and M&M stations along the Scottsdale course. While all finishers will receive their fair share of hot chocolate at the finish line, the race promises a special chocolate bar-shaped medal to those strong enough to complete the 15K.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, hotchocolate15k.com, 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, December 2, $49-$74.
12 Bars of Charity
This bar crawl may be a partridge and a pear tree short of a Christmas classic but a fun time is guaranteed for all. When participants sign up for this Old Town Scottsdale adventure, they select a cause to donate to, choosing between local charities like the Arizona Humane Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Aside from a special colored tee dedicated to their cause of choice, participants will score drink specials at spots like Wasted Grain and Old Town Gringos.
Old Town Scottsdale, 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 12barsofcharity.com/scottsdale-2/, 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 15, $30.
Jared & The Mill’s Holiday Extravaganza
Everyone loves going home for the holidays and local band Jared & The Mill – celebrities of sorts in the Phoenix music scene – are no exception. The folk rockers have hosted an annual holiday extravaganza for the past four years, bringing together the best nearby acts for a seasonal shindig. This year’s lineup also features Playboy Manbaby, Bodie and Sundressed.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 15, $17.
This rapper really came into his own with his latest album, Astroworld, a hip-hop psychedelic trap fusion that came out earlier this year. With tracks like “SICKO MODE” and “STARGAZING,” the 26-year-old has not only found a way to keep his crowd engaged but has solidified himself as a unique voice in the genre. He brings Virgil Abloh, Sheck Wes, Trippie Redd and Gunna for his Phoenix show.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, $34-$230.