Student Forum with Michael Crow
While ASU’s president is a busy guy — the No. 1 school for innovation doesn’t just run itself— he makes time to connect with students every semester. Take advantage of the opportunity and ask Michael Crow a question, offer a suggestion or even just see him with your own eyes at this student forum. Make sure to bring your student ID!
San Carlos Room, Post Office, 522 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, bit.ly/2OhDzEt, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, September 20, free.
Kiss Me, Kate
ASU’s Music Theatre and Opera Series presents this unique musical that fuses together the traditions of Cole Porter and Shakespeare and modernizes it. The show follows the drama on and offstage of a production of Taming of the Shrew when Lilli Vanessi is cast with her ex-husband, Fred Graham.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 50 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe, music.asu.edu/music-theatre-and-opera, times vary, Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 30, $8-$21.
Roller Disco Dance Party
Travel back in time to the nostalgic ’70s and ’80s heyday of roller skating with this disco and boogie night. The Van Buren transforms into a glow-in-the-dark roller rink with $3 skate rentals, drink specials and retro arcade games. If skates aren’t “yo thang,” you can take it to the dance floor overlooking the stage and Mr. Roboto all night long.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., Friday, September 21, $10 advance and $12 day of.
This garage rock indie girl group comes to Phoenix after getting its start across the world in Madrid, Spain seven years ago. A festival favorite with serious Velvet Underground and Mac DeMarco vibes, expect the girls to cycle through viral hits like “Between Cans” as well as cuts from their new album, I Don’t Run.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m., Monday, September 24, $15-$18.
Infernofest with Foster the People
While ASU’s autumn concert is always a reason to rally, this year is especially exciting with LA indie poppers, Foster the People, set to headline. The boys behind “Pumped Up Kicks,” as well as “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” and “Sit Next to Me,” always put on an energetic, toe-tapping set. This free show is open exclusively to students so make sure to reserve your seat stat.
Wells Fargo Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, am.ticketmaster.com/asustudents, 6 p.m., Thursday, September 27, free for students.
Napoleon Dynamite Movie Party
If “flippin’ sweet,” “skills,” and Jamiroquai are in your vocabulary, this interactive and goofy screening of Napoleon Dynamite is for you. This Alamo Drafthouse party celebrates the cult classic with an audience participation screening, making use of props like chapstick and “Vote for Pedro” pins. Exclusive movie-themed food and drink will also be for sale. Tots, anyone?
Alamo Drafthouse, 1140 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, drafthouse.com, 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 28, $12.43.
Chile Pepper Festival
Downtown Phoenix’s art scene sponsors this showcase of the best of the best in local restaurateurs and chefs. From onsite pepper roasting to samples to cooking demos, the night will culminate in the crowning of the Chile Pepper Champion. Thankfully, the fest will feature plenty of brews and margaritas to cleanse your palate, as well as salsa dancing and a talent show.
Roosevelt Row Arts District, Second Street and Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, bit.ly/2xfGlmr, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 29, $10-$60.
Childish Gambino-RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
From casually dropping socially conscious videos like “This is America” to creating summer anthems like “Redbone” to starring in his own show, Atlanta, one thing is clear: It’s Donald Glover’s world and we are just living in it. He tours his ultra-popular rap project for the first time in four years, pegging the equally artistic Vince Staples to open the show.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 8 p.m., Friday, October 5, $44.75-$124.75.
Horror Puppet Slam
This raunchy, 18-and-up puppet show is enough to make Mr. Rogers blush — and probably never go to a show at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater again. Themed around the blood, guts and gore of Halloween, each performance involves plenty of expletives from your favorite felt talking friends.
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 8 p.m., Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, $12 advance and $15 day of.
Arizona Taco Festival
Chicken, beef, pork, vegetarian, vegan or all of the above? The taco of your dreams awaits at this annual festival dedicated to the Mexican food staple. Featuring tacos from local spots like Chico Malo and Arizona Tacos, the festival also pays mind to beverage options. Each day will feature plenty of brews and margaritas from local faves like Modern Margarita and a Tequila Expo on Saturday.
Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, aztacofestival.com, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 13, to Sunday, October 14, $12-$100.