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.
Being all alone in the world – that's the theme of The Quiet Earth. But I don’t mean that figuratively. Zac (Bruno Lawrence), the hero of this 1985 film from New Zealand showing at 6 p.m. this Sunday, June 4, at Film Bar Phoenix, suddenly finds himself seemingly the only person left alive on Earth after a science project-gone-wrong.
1. First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum – June 2
The first Friday of every month is dedicated to the arts in the Valley, so it’s no surprise that the Phoenix Art Museum joins in the fun. The museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission. There will be live music all night while guests explore the Samurai, Yeohlee, Photography of the American Road and other exhibits. Free. 6 – 10 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org.
As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can't fit everything into a 200 page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh... 'tis the nature of publishing.
But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-sized travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.
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.
At the beginning of the documentary "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent," which opens in the Valley Friday at Harkins Shea, the handsome old title character pads around what appear to be ancient Mexican ruins with a funereal look on his face, morosely contemplating the failure of the world to live up to his standards of perfection. But Tower is not a disillusioned political or religious idealist, not a diplomat whose plans for world peace have been ignored.
Now that spring break has come and gone, it’s safe to venture out to the “Arizona Riviera” for some lakeside partying of your own – sans sunburns and alcohol poisoning, s’il vous plaît. These three new activities will get you in the Lake Havasu spirit, and they’re all in walking distance of one another.
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.
“It was nothing like we thought it was going to be,” Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s and Crush Lounge says of his visit to the Russian capital with girlfriend Jamie Hormel. The city felt more cosmopolitan than Eastern Bloc, he found. “You have these pre-conclusions of the Soviet Union or whatever and it was very New York-ish. It’s a beautiful walking city.” We asked our culinary comrade to share some trip highlights.
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