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Calendar: What to do in Phoenix from 6/26 – 7/23


Scottsdale Beer Palooza @ WestWorld of Scottsdale

Miley Cyrus told us long ago that we should seek the best of both worlds. And since we always trust in Miley, on Saturday, June 28, we’re taking her advice to heart as we get our drink on.

The Scottsdale Beer Palooza is totally blowing the roof off the horsey house that is WestWorld of Scottsdale. There won’t be any strutting ponies around this massive beer fest that includes the best of both local and national beers. Instead, there will be beer aficionados making their rounds at the Four Peaks, SanTan Brewing Co., Stone, Sleepy Dog, Nimbus, New Belgium and Odell booths, noting the oaky, hoppy, citrusy flavors of the brews.

Plus, get your groove on as you take in your social lubricant, with performances by trendsetting local DJ Sean Watson and a Guns N’ Roses cover band dubbed Recipe for Disaster. Plus, they’ll have cornhole (hehe), badminton, giant Connect 4 and giant Jenga, all under an air conditioned roof. Once you’re done with those, you can test your drunk strength with organized arm wrestling. Because really, who isn’t stronger a few beers deep?

WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Saturday, June 28, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., scottsdalebeerpalooza.com, $10 for DD’s, $40 general admission, $60 VIP

Loops PHX, Anyone who has seen “Premium Rush,” the New York City-based film about a fixie-riding bike messenger, knows just how sick it can be jamming along without brakes or the ability to coast in traffic.  This State Bicycle-sponsored ride features mostly fixed gear bikes and those obsessed with riding them. The group ride is focused on socializing and hitting up cool spots, beginning with downtown’s Civic Space Park. Downtown Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, phoenix.gov/parks, ongoing Mondays, 8 p.m., free

Andy Warhol exhibit at ASU Art Musuem, The Art ASU museum is the most recent lucky recipient of six new works by artist Andy Warhol, a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts. Take a chic, modern outing to the ASU Art Museum to check out these phenomenal pop art pieces. ASU Art Museum, 18 E. 10th Street, Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m to 5 p.m., free

Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga Series, Beer adds a social element to yoga, and the yogis at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden provide just that. Enjoy the view from this rooftop as you sweat your worries away. Join other yoga enthusiasts this Tuesday night for this fun, relaxing evening full of stretching, stars and shots. LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.478.1765, lustrerooftopgraden.com, Tuesdays through September 2, 6 p.m. to 7p.m., $10

Surfing on Central, Surfing in the desert might be more fun than surfing in the ocean. Don’t believe us? Downtown Phoenix is competing with oceans everywhere as they provide FlowRider Mobile, a wave stimulator that makes of the perfect wave. Not to mention they have a tiki bar and beach blanket movies happening on select days. Now that’s a staycation! CityScape, 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, cityscapephoenix.com, Sunday, June 1, through Monday, September 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., free

“The Dark Knight” part of Superhero June Film Series at FilmBar, It’s June, and in honor of the Phoenix Comicon of yore, FilmBar is hosting the superhero movie of all superheroe movies. This “Dark Knight” screening will contain lots of Batman trivia and comic giveaways, so join the fun and enjoy beer, wine and food truck treats. FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.595.9187, thefilmbarphx.com, Friday, June 26, to Monday, June 30, times vary, $12

Arizona Sports Fan Expo at University of Phoenix Stadium, Celebrate all six of Arizona’s sports teams under one roof! As part of the event, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers will feature interactive activities that showcase team personalities, cheerleaders and mascots at their booths. That’s right, what ever Arizona Sport is your favorite, it will be here. Buy official merchandise, look around this expo and connect with other diehard fans!  University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.493.2032, sportsfanexpo.com, Saturday, June 28 and  Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $12

Local First Arizona Independents Week, Celebrate your independence by liberating yourself from chains and support local! One week with less Starbucks and more (insert name of local coffee house close to you here). Support the great nation this Fourth of July week, and who knows, you might like it so much it will become your main shopping style. Support local! Local businesses throughout the Valley, localfirstaz.com, Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, July 6, free

Real, Wild and Woody Beer Festival, It’s well known that craft beer is an art perfected by the beardy, plaid-clad peeps of our generation. Celebrate the musk of your favorite woodsy, oaky brewer at the Real, Wild and Woody Beer Festival, celebrating local beers throughout Arizona. It’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about sweating your chin kittens off, and it’s produced by the Arizona Brewer’s Guild, so you know it’s legit. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2829, realwildandwoody.com, Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., $50 adv, $65 at door

The Dog Days of Summer Benefit Comedy Show, Join other animal lovers for a hilarious night of laughs while saving Valley animals. There will be raffles, live and silent auctions and several sets from comedians. Show your support and have a great time laughing and winning. Invite friends and work to save animals together with the help of comedians Rick D’Elia, Issac “Doc” Farm, Humberto Roman, Bert Butler Brimhall and more. The Shrine Auditorium, 553 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Saturday, July 19, 6 p.m to 10 p.m., $22

First Annual Outliars Festival of Stand-Up, Hyenas laughs, dead-silent laughs, hiccup laughs—whatever your laugh style, they are all welcome at the first annual Outliars Festival of Stand-Up. Comedian Mike Lukas will headline this sketch and improv comedy show. Lukas has been seen on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Comedy Central. He and many others are sure to bring all kinds of laughter to this event. Outliars Comedy Club, 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.784.7258, outliarscomedy.squarespace.com, Tuesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $10

Young at Heart, Everybody loves a little teen angst once in a while, even when it comes in the form of a trilogy about a boring wallflower that finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with a werewolf and a vampire. Young at Heart is a young adult book club for actual adults. Bookman’s, 1056 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, 480.835.0505, bookmans.com, Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., free

Phoenix Poetry Slam, Head downtown for a bit of culture by watching 15 local poets go head to head in a three-round competition, with eliminations until a winner is crowned. It’s kind of like a “Hunger Games” tournament of spoken word poetry. Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, 602.682.5825, lawngnomepublishing.com, ongoing Thursdays, 8 p.m., free

How to Make Magick Spells Work for You, Are you an aspiring magician? Get your inner Harry Potter revved up for this special event at Alpha Book Center in downtown Phoenix. Attendees will workshop with Dr. John, who’s been doing magic for decades, and will discuss how to best harness powers. Alpha Book Center, 4532 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.253.1223, alphabookcenter.com, Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., $5

Off the Cuff Comedy Improv, Enjoy some laughs with friends and family at this improv show inspired by the once-popular TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The show is interactive, which means you and other attendees will be part of the experience.Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.274.0067, changinghands.com, Monday, July 21, 7 p.m., free

Tarot Card Readings, Some people have no patience with the unknown. Luckily, you can head over to your local bookstore to find out about your future before it even happens. Suzie Coggins hosts Mystic Journeyz and will read what’s in the cards for you for a small fee. Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.274.0067, changinghands.com, Saturday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $20

Laurie Kilmartin, The young comedic femme fatale is performing at Scottsdale’s Comedy Spot. She was a top ten finalist in season 7 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Since then. she has been featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Comedy Central and Showtime. Her rising stardom makes her a treat to see on-the-cheap. The Comedy Spot, 7117 E. Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.945.4422, thecomedyspot.net, Friday, June 27, 8 p.m., $10 adv, $12 dos

Tony Rock, As the younger brother of mega-comedian Chris Rock, Tony Rock has a lot to live up to. Luckily he has a long, storied resume of his own. Coming up with eight siblings, the family was always laughing. Since then, he’s appeared “Def Comedy Jam,” “Battlebots,” and he just wrapped up filming a full-length film, “Three Can Play at That Game,” with Vivica A. Fox. Take that, Chris!Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, times vary, $17

Carlos Mencia, Take a venture into the allegedly joke-stealing mind of Carlos Mencia. Since he was accosted by the no-holds-barred, do-gooder attitude of Joe Rogan, who alleged Mencia stole jokes from other small-time comedians, Mencia has mostly laid low. We imagine he’s learned his lesson and is ready to take on the crowd at Stand Up Live. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, standuplive.com, Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, times vary, $30, $50 VIP

Greg Fitzsimmons, The sarcasm master himself is coming to Stand Up Live, so prepare your jimmies. He might just rustle them. Fitzsimmons is a stand-up comedy veteran, appearing on late-night shows with Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and more. You might recognize him from the five years he spent as a regular on “Best Week Ever.” He’s prepared to turn your night into the best night ever if you let him. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, standuplive.com, Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, times vary, $20

Sketch Comedy with Kevin McDonald, Aspiring comedians, take note! Actor, comedian and co-founder of Kids in the Hall, Canadian funnyman Kevin McDonald comes to National Comedy Theatre Phoenix for a show and seminar that mixes stand-up, sketch and improv comedy. At the end of the eight hour workshop, McDonald will answer your questions in a Q&A session! What!? You can probably tell a joke and ask him if he finds it funny. Don’t be too disappointed if he laughs at you more than he laughs with you. National Comedy Theater, 1111 S. Longmore, Mesa, 602.374.5628, mctphoenix.com, Sunday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., $180


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