Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
John Groseclose Christopher Haines and Joseph Kremer perform in A Steady Rain.
Phoenix, your weekend's planned.
A Steady Rain @ Playhouse on the Park
When Actors Theatre's financial challenges pre-empted its season last winter, the arts community was discouraged indeed. But the troupe's swimming on with a return to regular production: A Steady Rain, a take on the buddy-cop genre in which, in the words of AT's own publicity, one of the partners is a "racist bully" and the other a "spineless drunk." Also: cannibalism, adultery, a drive-by that gets personal, and explaining the whole megilla to Internal Affairs.
The play was a huge seller on Broadway in 2009, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, who might be getting too old for this shit if the hotly rumored Spielberg film version ever gets made. In the meantime, two of the Valley's very best actors, Christopher Haines and Joseph Kremer, will bring the Chicago flatfeet to life through Sunday, November 10, at Playhouse on the Park in the lobby of the Viad Building, 1850 North Central Avenue.
Jump on in for the preview performance at 8 p.m. Friday, October 25. Tickets range from $18 to $45 at www.actorstheatrephx.simpletix.com or 602-888-0368. -- Julie Peterson
8th Annual Wild Western Festival @ Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area
Around this time a century ago, Arizona was just one year into its fledgling statehood. But it was already the most badass state in the union. Long before Valentine's Day 1912 -- Arizona's birthday -- Tombstone had garnered a violent and rugged reputation, while Jerome had been dubbed "the wickedest town in the West." It's fair to argue that, despite its overdramatized, Hollywood-hijacked history, America's Wild West was wild indeed, and Arizona was at the heart of it. So for those of you who have yet to experience our state's rough 'n' tumble history, you're in luck. For one weekend a year Glendale's Wild Western Festival brings all the excitement of the unbridled western frontier to the Valley.
With a list of activities more impressive than Wyatt Earp's mustache, this family-friendly event looks to be a real hog-killin' time. Festivities kicks off at 10 a.m. at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue, on Friday, October 25. Tickets range from $5 to $10. Visit www.wildwesternfestival.com or call 623-521-3856 for details. -- Rob Kroehler
1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ