Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
Courtesy of Urban AZ Pierre hosts Comedy Slam 7
Welcome to the weekend. Here's how to spend it.
Comedy Slam 7 @ Celebrity Theatre
There's something about comedy that gets lost in translation if you're not seeing it in person. "You had to be there" isn't just cliché for crappy jokes, it's also a genuine observation about the communal element of comedy. For whatever reason, comedy really is best enjoyed in groups. The jokes are funnier, the bombs are more awkward (almost painfully so) and the experience on the whole is more intense.
Friday night's Comedy Slam 7 at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, figures to have the communal aspect of comedy down. The show is packed with comedians, like Shawty-Shawt, who specialize in interacting with their audience. The event will also feature performances from B-Phlat, Rob Stapleton, and Marcus Combs. Pierre hosts.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. August 16 and the show starts at 8:30. Tickets for the event start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com. -- Ed Kummerer
Maybe The Next Great Playwright Festival @ Theatre Artists Studio
When art exists for one day, it imitates life even more closely -- the moment evaporates, and there's no telling whether that will produce relief or regret. Such is the nature of new-play festivals like Maybe the Next Great Playwright Festival, a series of staged readings from Theatre Artists Studio continuing through Sunday, August 25.
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 16, with Alan Austin's Waves: A Collection of Short Plays, featuring characters "buffeted by external forces." The other irreproducible shows in the fest range from comedy to drama, from contemporary romance to Inconstancy, Bob Barr's "sequel" to Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife. With a bunch of popular Valley thespians on board, "something for everyone" starts to sound like truth, not just marketing. We're especially eager to learn whether Debra Rich Gettleman's Askew: Four Slightly Off-Kilter Shorts constitutes two pairs of shorts and how off-kilter they are (because we're perverts).
Admission is what you care to donate at the door, 4848 East Cactus Road. Check www.thestudiophx.org for specific dates and times, or call 602-765-0120. -- Julie Peterson
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ