1. Phoenix Comicon – May 25-28
Calling all sci-fi fans, comic enthusiasts and bookworms – Phoenix Comicon is back. Spend the weekend browsing the tables set up in the exhibitor hall and meet actors and writers like Karen Gillan, Dick Van Dyke, Anthony Michael Hall and Bonnie Wright. Full event $75; T $20; F and Su $30; Sa $45. T, F, Sa 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com.
1. Practical Art Random Craft Night: Let’s Color! – May 17
This is the launch event for the weekly Practical Art Random Craft Night. Each week will feature different artistic mediums from paper crafts to jewelry making. To kick things off: coloring, natch. Some supplies are provided and all are welcome. Free. 6-8 p.m. Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, practical-art.com/events.
Your mom deserves the world, of course, but who’s got the budget for such a purchase? It’s definitely not on sale at Costco. In lieu of the entire world or even a private island, we’ve come up with a list of local goodies to pamper Phoenix moms on Mother’s Day on any budget, from free to platinum.
1. Firestorm Film Festival – May 2
Arizona Christian University Communication majors will show an original screenplay during this third annual festival. This is a chance to financially support their talents as well as celebrate their achievements as each student has written and directed their own short film. Free. 7-10 p.m. The Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, arizonachristian.edu.
1. On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves at the Valley of the Sun – April 26
David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and founder of the Schorr Collection of Old Master and 19th Century European paintings, and Hannah Lewis, Holocaust survivor and Schorr Collection co-founder, will speak about their personal experiences restoring objects of art looted by the Nazis during WWII.
1. Gallery Talk: Longer Ways to Go at Phoenix Art Museum – April 19
This exhibition dives into photos taken on America’s tangled web of roads and how they influenced the evolution of an American identity. The photos explore rural life, nature, westward expansion and personal freedom. Free. 7-8 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org.
1. AZ Wine & Dine – April 13
Arizona continues making its mark on the foodie world with AZ Wine & Dine. The sixth annual event brings together top chefs, restaurateurs and beverage makers from around the state for an evening of sampling. Presented by Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, the event includes live entertainment, a silent auction, and tastings from boutique wineries and microbreweries. 5-8 p.m. $69-$79. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, azwineanddine.com, 602-604-0729.
1. Phoenix Film Festival at Harkins Scottsdale 101 – April 6-13
Arizona’s largest film festival is back this week, screening more than 175 films, hosting film making seminars, throwing parties and creating an enjoyable experience for all movie enthusiasts. Industry Night is on Friday and completely free. Kids’ Day and Arts Day take place on Saturday. Release your inner nerd on Sunday for Geek Day. A schedule of the screenings and all events are available on their website. $13 for individual screenings, $120 for the festival. Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, phoenixfilmfestival.com.
1. March Madness Music Fest at Margaret T. Hance Park – March 31-April 2
The 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will be taking place on April 1 and 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, but you don’t need to be a big hoops fan to enjoy the FREE three-day concert in Downtown Phoenix to celebrate the end of March Madness. Keith Urban will be playing on Friday. The Chainsmokers, Grouplove and more will take over on Saturday. The weekend will end with Aerosmith, Macklemore, Blink-182 and Nathaniel Rateliff on Sunday. F, 4-10 p.m.; Sa, 2-10:30 p.m.; Su, 3-10 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest.
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