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Friday, August 17

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Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Skewed News Hour, This is the most fun way to read the newspaper in Arizona. At this sketch comedy show, the audience selects articles from Arizona publications and comedy performers turn the news stories into a totally unique skit. Torch Theatre, 4721 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.456.2876, Friday, August 17, 7 p.m., $7

Eddie Griffin, Best known for starring in “Undercover Brother,” Eddie Griffin is back doing stand up. In 2011, he ranked 62 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 best stand ups of all time. Don’t miss this memorable show from one of the best in the business. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, Friday, August 17, 8:30 p.m., $24 to $39

Skyler Stone, A seasoned veteran in the comedy industry, Skyler Stone is an actor, producer, writer and comedian. He once had his own show on Comedy Central called “Con” and has been in numerous movies. Stand-up Scottsdale!, 6820 E. Fourth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.882.0730, Friday and Saturday, August 17 and August 18, 7 and 9 p.m., $15

Manny Maldonado, After pursuing a career in sports broadcasting, Manny Maldonado found his true calling. He is now one of the rising Latino comics in America. He will be in the Valley for five shows, so you’ll have plenty of chances to see this great young comedian. The Comedy Spot, 7117 E. Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.945.4422, Friday and Saturday, August 17 to  August18, 8 and 10 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 7 p.m., $10 to $12

Third Friday Pie Social, If you like pie and meeting people, then this event has everything you need. Karen Olsen will make pies and attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, 480.264.1414, Friday, August 17, 7 p.m., free

Cardinals vs. Raiders, Football is finally back in the Valley. Come watch this preseason match up as wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals take on running back Darren McFadden and the Oakland Raiders. In the midst of a quarterback controversy, this will hopefully give fans insight on whether Kevin Kolb and John Skelton will be leading the red birds this season. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.379.0102, Friday, August 17, 7 p.m., $40+

Jeff Garcia, This comedian is most well known for his extensive voice-over career. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” and won an Oscar for his role as Sheen Estevez in “Happy Feet 2.” Aside from voice-overs, Garcia has had quite the stand up career, including a Comedy Central special and two Showtime specials. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, 480.719.6100, Friday to Sunday, August 17 to August 19, times vary, $20

“Voices,” If you’ve ever found yourself really deep in thought, we mean really ponderous, about the meaning of “voice,” you’ll probably love this play. Or, if you like one-act plays, you’ll enjoy this series of eight plays, performed by Roots Performing Arts, that explore meaning and purpose of a voice. MesaArts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, Friday, August 17, 7 p.m., $10

“Random Interference,” You could be the hermitiest of hermits and you’d still be living in a material world. Phoenician Saskia Jordá and Los Angelino Chris Oatey put their perceptions of “materials” on display at Modified until September 14. Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 602.462.5516, Friday, August 17, 6 to 9 p.m., free

Tracy Morgan, You’ve seen him on “30 Rock,” and as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Tracy Morgan has also been cracking jokes on the stand-up circuit for years. Ovations Live at Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, Friday, August 17, 8 p.m., $34 to $99

“Gerhard Richter Painting,” In the follow-up to her 2007 short, “Gerhard Richter’s Window,” filmmaker Corinna Belz offers another glimpse into the life of Gerhard Richter in “Gerhard Richter Painting.” The film features conversations with the 79-year-old visionary’s critics, collaborators and Marian Goodman, Richter’s American gallerist. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.257.1222, Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18, 1 p.m., Monday, August 19, 3 p.m., $7 to $10

Jess Walter, Travel in time from early 1960s Italy to present-day Hollywood with protagonist and script-reader, Claire, in Jess Walter’s novel “Beautiful Ruins.”  Walter will discuss and sign the novel at Changing Hands this weekend. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, Friday August 17, 7 p.m., free with book purchase ($13)

Third Fridays, Take in the creative spirit of downtown Phoenix and tour over 70 art galleries the third Friday of every month. There is a free shuttle provided by Art Link Phoenix that departs from the Phoenix Art Museum and stops at the local mainstays. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.257.1222, ArtlinkPhoenix.com, Friday, August 17, 5 p.m., free

“The Room,” In what has been regarded in some film circles as a midnight movie cult-classic-in-the-making, Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” has as much heart as it does an oddly-pleasing brand of dark comedy. Leave it to FilmBar to turn off the lights and offer such a story. Don’t forget your spoons, football and witty commentary. FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.595.9187, FilmBarPHX.com, Friday, August 17, 10:20 p.m., $7

“Legally Blonde: The Musical,” Check out this classic chick flick turned musical. “Legally Blonde” tells the story of a blonde named Elle Woods who attends Harvard Law to win back her boyfriend. She eventually learns that her bubbly personality and knowledge actually makes her an unlikely star in the courtroom. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 602.254.7399, August 16 to August 26, times vary, $16.50 to $34.50

“Klown,” Dubbed “The Funniest Movie of the Year” by the Independent Film Channel, “Klown” tells the story of Frank, a man who kidnaps his pregnant girlfriend’s 12-year-old son to prove he can be a father. He then takes the kid and his friend Casper on a chaotic adventure through the Danish countryside. FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.595.3187, August 16 to August 19, times vary, $7

Concerts:

Yes w/Procol Harum, Talking Stick Resort, August 17, 7:30 p.m., $45-$125

Y&T w/Chemicals Of Democracy, Dagger, Echofuzz, D2D, Club Red, August 17, 7 p.m., $15-$20

Murder The Moment w/White Iris, The Underground, August 17, 6 p.m., $12

Los Dias De La Crescent w/Black Carl, Dry River Yacht Club, Mergence, What Laura Says, Ladylike, Roar, Source Victoria, Factories, Future

Loves Past, DJ Seduce, Crescent Ballroom, August 17, 7 p.m., $8-$20

Local talent galore!

Pathology w/Enfold Darkness, Fallujah, Fit for an Autopsy, and Aegaeon, Rocky Point Cantina, August 17, 5:30 p.m., $11

Y & T w/Chemicals of Democracy, Club Red, August 17, 7 p.m., $15-$20

Sunorus w/Tobie Milford, The Whisper Lights, Underground Cities, Lost Leaf, August 17, 8 p.m., free

Flight of Ryan album release show w/Almost Never Real, Murder The Moment, Ending Ali, Powerlines, The Underground, August 17, 6 p.m., $12

Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, The Rhythm Room, August 17, 8 p.m., $8

Big Daddy D & The Dynamites, The Rhythm Room, August 17, 5 p.m., $8

Rational Animals w/Gay Kiss, Cielos, Yucca Tap Room, August 17 8 p.m., free

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