1. Beatmaking Workshop at Paradise Valley Community College – June 5
Do you have a beat stuck in your head, and aren’t sure how to get it out of there? Attend one of PVCC’s four beatmaking workshops this month, where instructors will coach you on how to create beats using apps, iPads and control surfaces. Whether you know your way around a soundboard or you occasionally clap along to a rhythm, all skill sets are welcomed. Free. Every Monday in June, 6:30-8:30 p.m. PVCC Fine Arts – CPA 115 Music Room, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, pvccfinearts.com.
2. Jazz Meets Poetry: A Centennial Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks at The Nash – June 7
Pay tribute to literary legend Gwendolyn Brooks, renowned activist, feminist and observer of Black life, with the sounds of jazz and the words of talented poets from around the Valley including Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski. The event takes place on the poet’s 100th birthday. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. First show at 7 p.m.; second show at 8:30 p.m. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org.
3. Boston: Hyper Space Tour at Comerica Theatre – June 8
In the mood for a blast from the past? Travel back to the ‘80s and sing along to Boston’s best-known songs like “More Than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind.” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be joining the classic rock band on tour. $75+. 8 p.m. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, comerica.theatrephoenix.com.
4. Pineapple Triangle at The Duce – June 10
This intersection of local artisans, music, food trucks and community camaraderie is just as unique and spunky as the name suggests. The market will feature over 50 artists and their work. You won’t be the only one benefiting from your shopping – a guaranteed 20 percent of all purchases will go toward local non-profits. $8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, pineappletriangle.com.
5. Prowl & Play: Kids Street Fest at Phoenix Zoo – June 10
Go nocturnal and enjoy an evening of music, magic, art and entertainment. There will be everything from an acrobatics performance to sidewalk chalk art. You might mess up your face paint, but it’ll be tough to pass up the chance to cool down at the Splash Zone or by running through a Slip ‘N Slide. Members $6, Non-members $8. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org.
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