Top 5 Arts Events for April 11-17: Susan Lenz, The Lost Arcade, Phoenix Improv Festival & More

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Lists Issue: April 2016
Group Free

Threads#1: “Threads: Gathering My Thoughts”: An Art Installation by Susan Lenz at Mesa Art Museum, April 15
South Carolina artist Susan Lenz found inspiration in grassroots yarn bombings – an art form in which objects such as trees or cars are covered in colorful crocheted and knitted patterns. Her exhibition “Threads” carries that inspiration to new heights – literally – with an installation of intricate, multi-colored threads and big yarn baskets that hang from the ceiling and envelope the room, creating a labrynth that proves all is not what it skeins. The exhibition opens April 15 in the SRP Gallery at Mesa Arts Center and runs through August 7. Free admission. Visit website for museum hours.

#2: “The Lost Arcade” at The Grid: Games & Growlers, April 15
In anticipation of ZapCon IV, a pinball and classic arcade convention taking place April 16-17 at Mesa Convention Center, The Grid will host a screening of “The Lost Arcade,” a documentary about legendary New York City arcade Chinatown Fair. Arizona Cult Classics presents the screening, which will be followed by game play. $7 (includes free play arcade games). A commemorative poster from Arizona Cult Classics will be availble for $17. 9 p.m. April 15 at The Grid: Games & Growlers in Mesa.

Marcos Crego#3: Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival, April 16
Local music artists in a gamut of genres are represented at this sonic soiree in Goodyear, from country (Laura Walsh) and rockabilly (Big Nick & the Gila Monsters) to reggae (Mother Land Soul) and pop punk (Innocent Elaine). There's even some global music flavor from The Cuban Tribe, featuring two-time Grammy-nominated artist Marcos Crego (pictured). Hard rock band CO-OP, featuring Alice Cooper's son Dash, will also take the stage. Free. Noon-9 p.m. April 16 at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater in Goodyear.

#4: Phoenix Improv Festival at Herberger Theater Center, April 14-16
Improvisational troupes from all over the U.S. converge on Downtown Phoenix for three days of spontaneity. More than 25 unscripted theater pieces are typically presented, and a few of this year's participants include JaxN Reed, Judd and NewHart, and Adrift. Performances are generally suitable for all ages; some content may be PG-13. $10-$20, with dinner packages available for an additional cost. Visit website for showtimes. April 14-16 at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

#5: “Kung Fu Panda 3” at Moonlit Drive-In Movies at the Promenade, April 16
The Moonlight Drive-In Movies series at the Promenade features recent family-friendly films projected onto a 32-foot inflatable screen outdoors. Local food and drink vendors are on hand, along with balloon twisters and face-painters, to add to the fun. The series has partnered with the nonprofit Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, and guests are encouraged to bring donations of paper products, bathroom and bedroom furnishings, and more (complete list available at Families are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, or can watch the films from their cars. The April 16 movie is the Jack Black action-comedy, “Kung Fu Panda 3.” (The last two films in the series are “Inside Out” on April 23, and “Alvin & The Chipmunks” on April 30.) Free. 7:30 p.m. April 16 at The Promenade in Scottsdale.