If you haven’t heard of this alternative R&B singer, you will soon. Fresh off the summer release of her debut album, Ctrl, she’s already made a splash with songs like “Love Galore” and “Drew Barrymore.” Check the singer-songwriter in her element, alongside opener Ravyn Lenae.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m., Thursday, September 21, $100-$200.
PHOENIX POETRY SERIES
The Phoenix Poetry Series seeks to create platforms for poets to incite change with their work. This month features Leah Marche, a two-time Phoenix National Poetry Slam team member and co-founder of Storyscope and BlackPoet Ventures, as well as Jabari Jawan, a poet from Chicago whose work has appeared in a number of publications including The Shade Journal. Get some caffeine and get some culture!
Fillmore Coffee Company, 600 N. Fourth Street, Phoenix, fillmorecoffeeco.com, 6 p.m., Friday, September 22, free.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS SCREENING
Get into the Halloween spirit with this campy musical cult classic. Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour, a nerdy cashier at a flower shop, who has a crush on his co-worker and a very hungry plant to deal with. Don’t forget to work on your best “Feed me, Seymour” voice and brush up on those show tunes.
Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, cultclassicsaz.com, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, September 23, $11-$50.
PANCAKES AND BOOZE ART SHOW
What good is a regular bar without a pancake bar? The Duce hosts Phoenix’s take on the popular art show gimmick featuring free pancakes and a live DJ. The event will showcase 50-plus emerging Phoenix artists as well as live body painting and performance art.
The Duce, 525 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, pancakesandbooze.com, 8 p.m., Friday, September 29, $7-$12.
CARNIVAL FOR A CAUSE
Get into the autumn spirit in the name of a good cause. Carnival for a Cause, which seeks to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, is the brainchild of two Barrett students at ASU. Expect carnival attractions, game booths, food trucks and a Battle of the Bands.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex Field, 400 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe, asucarnivalforacause.com, 6 p.m., Friday, October 6, $5.
ARIZONA STATE FAIR
Chili cheese fries, funnel cake, Indian fry bread – can you smell it from here? The Arizona State Fair is back with rides, a petting zoo, games and concerts by acts like Gary Allan, DNCE and Cake. Opt for the all-day ride wristband if you’re really looking to get your fill of coasters.
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, azstatefair.com, times vary, Friday, October 6, to Sunday, October 29, $4-$45.
MAC AND CHEESE FEST
Fill up on America’s favorite comfort food with a festival dedicated to the cheesy pasta creation. Featuring 30-plus different mac and cheese options, the festival will showcase top chefs from across the Valley competing for the Golden Noodle trophy. No meal is complete without the right beverage, so a selection of craft beer will also be available.
Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, bit.ly/2fmGI6t, Noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 7, $15-$75.
FOUR PEAKS OKTOBERFEST
Okay, okay, so the actual German Oktoberfest ends in the beginning of October, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop! The annual Four Peaks festival at Tempe Town Lake provides three free days of entertainment, brews and lederhosen. Whether you want to splurge on some lager, jam to Fayuca or watch the wiener dog races, you’ve got options!
Tempe Town Lake, 80 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, fourpeaksoktoberfest.com, times vary, Friday, October 13, to Sunday, October 15, free.
The king of thrift shopping and going downtown comes to Arizona. Macklemore returns in support of his new album, Gemini, his first record without producer Ryan Lewis since 2005. Expect to jam to plenty of new cuts alongside your favorite hits in this intimate show at the Marquee.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 14, $50-$200.