Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Photo by Rick Rowen/Right Brain Photography, courtesy of Underground Crit
Tuesday, December 18: Underground Crit @ North Valley Corporate Center
If pedaling around Camelback Mountain -- or pretty much anywhere in the Valley -- is becoming a little tedious, then maybe it's time for some racing action in the weekly Underground Crit series. These neighborhood races are unsanctioned, self-sufficient and low-pressure. If you've been riding awhile, you're able to handle your bike properly in a crowd, and you're feeling juiced with competitive spirit, then the intense A Group has a spot for you. If you're still trying to understand why spandex shorts are a good thing, then the way-relaxed B Group should be your place. Both groups offer plenty of cycling excitement as riders lap around the undeveloped North Valley Corporate Center's smooth parking lot, which features some mellow inclines. Winners go home with nothing but the thrill of the ride.-- By Glenn BurnSilver

Wednesday, December 19: Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special 2012! The Cataclysmic Transformation! @ Filmbar
While Mayanist scholars dispute whether December 21, the last day of a 5125-year cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, is a harbinger of any world-ending cosmic event, it would be a deliciously ironic upending of the holiday season. Those plunderers of VHS-trapped gems of awfulness, Everything is Terrible!, are prepared for both with their Holiday Special 2012! Cataclysmic Transformation! live event at FilmBar on Wednesday, December 19.

The EIT! crew mines thrift stores for tossed videos to find baffling clips of hilarious weirdness. Over the past five years, they've collected quite the treasure trove of Yuletide-themed oddities including sexy Santas, Nazi elves, and countless goofball Christmas choirs. EIT! accompanies the clips with wild costumes, puppets, and singalongs all make it worth your while, too. Price: $10 -- By Jose Gonzalez

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