Five Must-See Events This Week

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We know, Monday sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...

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Monday, August 20: The Birth of HP Lovecraft Party feat. Christian Michael Filardo, & Hug of War @ Trunk Space
See also: The Cult of the Yellow Sign on Doomsday Plans, Potluck Orgies, and Birthday Party for Author H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was a bit of an odd duck, to say the least. The late horror and sci-fi scribe, who shuffled loose the mortal coil in 1937, not only loathed smiling, but also had a weird thing for cats, and was a bit of both a racist and misogynist who abhorred sex.

Then there was his fear of oceanic life, in particular terrifying creatures of the dark and deep waters. Hence his most infamous creation, the malevolent, multi-tentacled demigod known as Lord Cthulu.

The freaky fanatics of local tounge-in-cheek "doomsday cult" the Cult of the Yellow Sign will attempt to summon the cosmic entity from the Stygian depths of R'lyeh, albeit in humorous fashion, during The Birth of H.P. Lovecraft Party on Monday, August 20, at Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Avenue. Even if the "Deep One" doesn't show up, the event celebrating the life and eerie oeuvre of the author will include readings of Lovecraft-inspired poetry by Neil Gearns, Richard Bledsoe, and The Klute, as well as music from Christian Michael Filardo, and Hug of War. Plus, many cupcakes will be sacrificed to the gods of hunger. Admission is $6. -- Benjamin Leatherman

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Tuesday, August 21: CRAP ride @ Tempe Beach Park
Ending a group bike ride at a restaurant is kind of like holding a hotdog in front of a fat kid on a treadmill. It offers incentive, makes the experience more fun, and leads to the replenishment of all burned calories. Excellent.

Tempe's weekly CRAP ride expands on that idea, bringing exercise, fun, food, and booze together for one endorphin-filled adventure. Every Tuesday cyclists wheel out for a 15-or-so mile joy ride with a no-drop policy. CRAP, which is short for Car Resistance Action Party, is led by co-founder Ryan Guzy, who's also president of Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG). Guzy stresses that they never leave anyone behind. "It's not a race. It's mostly about the social aspect --riding with friends," Guzy says. -- Kelsey Havens

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