The weekend hasn’t started yet, but it’ll be over before you know it, so you’d better get started on plans to make the most of it. Your choices this time around include a dance performance, a stroll through downtown Tempe, The Rebel Lounge’s open mic night, and more.
It’s been more than a year since most Phoenix-based dance companies have taken to actual stages, which means anticipation is building over at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street. That’s where MAC & Company, which was founded in 2014 by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo as a way to share the joys of dance performance and promote dance education, will be returning from their pandemic hiatus. The dance company will be presenting new works and reimagined pieces from their existing repertory, giving audiences a chance to once again experience the thrill of live dance. Titled ANEW, the production happens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 27. Tickets are $10. Lynn Trimble
IZW Grand Prix/Nothing to Lose
Long before burgeoning professional wrestlers can compete in WWE or AEW (a.k.a. the big leagues), they typically spend years honing their craft in regional indie promotions. Here in the Valley, that includes Impact Zone Wrestling, the long-running local fed that features grapplers from around Arizona and the southwest doing battle in the squared circle.
At IZW Grand Prix on Saturday, August 28, at Sun Studios of Arizona, 1425 West 14th Street in Tempe, six tag teams will be battling for supremacy, bragging rights, and a trophy. Participating teams include The Tribe (Navajo Warrior and Hawaiian Lion), Cookies N Cream, and the Brothers of Wrestling. Elsewhere on the card, Gabriel Gallo will fight Graves and a four-way match will feature Mr. Classic, Bryce Saturn, Da Shade, and Miracle Mike James. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. If you’d like even more action, IZW’s current wrestlers-in-training will participate in the Nothing to Lose student showcase earlier in the day at the venue. Start time is 2:30 p.m. and admission is $10. Benjamin Leatherman
If you’ve missed getting out there to shop for new clothes and accessories, a Tempe-based fashion incubator called FABRIC is here to help you ramp up your personal style again. The organization is presenting a pop-up marketplace called FABRIC Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 28. Happening at FABRIC’s studio and maker space, 132 East Sixth Street, the event will benefit both the organization and a group called Friends of Phoenix Public Art. The free event will feature fashions by Laura Tanzer, Leeetie Lovendale, and several additional Arizona-based designers. It’s a great way to freshen up your closet while supporting the local arts and fashion scenes.
Best of Downtown Tempe Stroll
Enjoy the vibrant energy of downtown Tempe while savoring small bites and drinks from this stroll-at-your-own pace event. It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 28. Simply purchase a $5 access pass and check in at Fifth Street and Mill Avenue. More than 10 restaurants are participating and offering exclusive small bites and drink specials. Parking is complimentary. Julie Levin
Arizona Toy Con 2021
In the market for some vintage playthings or collectibles to add to your growing collection? The annual Arizona Toy Con will happen on Saturday, August 28, at Glendale Civic Center, 5750 West Glenn Drive. As in previous years, dozens of vendors and collectors will have tables filled with old-school offerings for sale, ranging from Star Wars and Hot Wheels to Barbie, as well as a number of video games, decor items, and more modern toys available for purchase. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Benjamin Leatherman
Rebel Lounge Open Mic
How many times have you caught a show at The Rebel Lounge and wished it was you up on the stage? Well, here’s your chance to take the mic. On Sunday, August 29, the music venue will host an open mic night for all you would-be rockstars. The event is hosted by Micheal Coughlin, and signup begins at 7 p.m. There’s no cost to participate, but you do have to be 21 years or older. Break a leg! Jennifer Goldberg
The GasLight Circus’ Speakeasy Live
The circus will be in town this weekend, only it’s not the Barnum & Bailey variety. The aerialists, jugglers, clowns, and other members of the GasLight Circus – the local troupe that incorporates elements of fire artistry, sideshow culture, comedy, and musical theater into its performances – will bring its Speakeasy Live showcase to Endgame, 1233 South Alma School Road in Mesa, on Sunday, August 29. It’s their first gig since the troupe took pandemic-induced hiatus 18 months ago and the antics of Connor the Clown, Lyra the Mermaid, Jero the Jester, and other characters will be featured. The troupe’s ringmaster, known only as The Proprietor, will host the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s free to attend. Benjamin Leatherman
Maybe you’ve heard references to the chakra system during a yoga class or other gathering focused on bringing balance to your life. If you’re not familiar with the system but you’re eager to learn more, try taking a beginners class called Practical Intro to Chakras that’s being presented by Fantasia Crystals, a New Age shop that helps people explore a wide variety of world views and spiritual practices. It’s being taught by Neil Rasmussen at the shop’s off-site classroom located at 10850 North 32nd Street. The class costs $15, and there’s a cash-only policy for the class. Participants will get an introduction the seven chakras believed to hold the body’s energy, and discuss ways to keep the chakras in balance. The class runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. Lynn Trimble