Five Must-See Events This Week

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We know, the beginning of the work week 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...

Still from the Argentinian film 'The Prize' (El Premio)
Monday, October 8: 12th Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival @ Harkins Shea 14
Summertime is chock-full of blockbusters rocking the box office, but true film buffs get the jump on discovering thoughtful fare, innovative directors, and amazing actors once the fall film fest season arrives. Local cinephiles won't have to look far for cutting-edge flicks, as the 12th Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival starts at on Friday, October 5, at Harkins Shea 14.

With a roster of 38 films from all over the world, the movie marathon kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the Australian drama Eye of the Storm, features Craft and the Sundance-approved The Sessions, and includes Satan's Angel: Queen of the Fire Tassels, a documentary about the life of one-time Valley resident Cecilia Angel Walker. Performing as burlesque dancer Satan's Angel, the Devil's Own in 1960s San Francisco, she enchants her way through the '70s and '80s before hitting hard times and reemerging in the early 2000s as a living link between burlesque revivalists (including some here in town) and their scantily clad predecessors. -- Jose Gonzalez

Tuesday, October 9: Arizona Theatre Company: Next to Normal @ Herberger Theater Center
High school guidance counselors will ask you to "define normal" when you feel out of place among your peers. Growing up in suburbia, you're pretty sure being normal doesn't consist of a family dealing with mental illness, drug abuse, and suicides. But, you're pretty sure telling the counselor about all that will help her refine her definition. It's not uncommon for families to feel trapped under the weight of their own concoction of major successes and catastrophic failures, which might not fit the idyllic, Leave it to Beaver definition of "normal," but it's par for the course these days.

Next to Normal explores those themes in rock-musical style, while confronting themes like bipolar disorder and ethics in the field of psychology. They might not be "nice" topics to discuss, but the play managed to entertain countless audiences with its Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning ways during a two-year run on Broadway. Now the cast is taking it to suburban hubs across the country, landing at Herberger Theater. -- Christina Caldwell

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