Top 10 Things to Do This Week

Group Free

Concerts, theater, food festivals and more!

Nov. 13

Talk Cinema

Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of films personally selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson, former editor of Film Comment magazine, published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Jacobson created and has programmed the series since 1992. His selections may include an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit chosen from among new independent and foreign films from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. Discussions with film scholars and special guests follow the screenings. $14 for general admission tickets. 7 p.m., Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.

 

Nov. 15

Awadagin Pratt

The renowned concert pianist has performed at the White House for two former presidents, as well as with almost every major orchestra in the U.S. 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500.

 

Nov. 15-16

Arts & Crafts Fair

More than 70 vendors offer handcrafted items at this event, which includes a bake sale, coffee and a light lunch. A silent auction also is planned to benefit Hospice of the Valley. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, (623) 977-4241.

 

Nov. 15-Dec. 2

“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End”

This touching comedy is based on the writings of the longtime Valley resident who lampooned life as a mother and housewife in the suburbs in her syndicated newspaper column. Filled with the wit and wisdom of Bombeck herself, the play is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, (602) 256-6995. 

 

Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 23-25

Hidden in the Hills

They’re nestled in the hills of the north Valley, some off the beaten path, but many of them have received national acclaim for their original works of art. And, lucky for art collectors and those seeking original holiday gifts, 44 of them will open their art studios during the last two weekends of November and invite guest artists to join them during the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale. A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills (HITH) is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 174 artists at 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. On this self-guided tour, the studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Various locations in North Scottsdale, hiddeninthehills.org.

 

Nov. 16-17

“The B*tch Is Back!”

This naughty but loving tribute to Joan Rivers stars celebrity impersonator Joe Posa, who re-creates the comedy legend’s look, mannerisms and comic energy in a living portrait. Phoenix native Tony Tripoli, executive producer of “Fashion Police” and Rivers’ former head comedy writer, also shares memories of working with the comic. 8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, (602) 734-5734.

 

Nov. 17

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Arizona Musicfest welcomes the iconic performer who rose to fame as one-half of the beloved country duo The Judds. Fans know the Grammy Award winner for such hits as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “She Is His Only Need.” 7:30 p.m., Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, azmusicfest.org, (480) 422-8449.

 

Nov. 17

Early Bird Makers Market

More than 150 small local businesses share art, jewelry, furniture, health and beauty goods, and more, complemented by live music. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., The Shops at Town & Country, 2021 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 603-2147.

 

Nov. 17-18

Mac and Cheese Fest

Guests enjoy samples of the best mac and cheese in the Valley from more than 30 vendors at this ode to cheese and pasta. Craft brews, lawn games and children’s activities are included. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, macfestaz.com, (480) 270-5000.

 

Nov. 18

Slider Throwdown

Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders as they compete for the title of Best Slider. Entertainment by Rock Lobster is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m., Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, affcf.org, (602) 252-9445.