Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Just because it's a four-day working week doesn't mean your options for going out are limited. Au contraire, there's plenty to do this week, whether you're looking for some ring-bound action, pop culture-inspired burlesque, or something a bit more bookish.
Courtesy of King of the Cage
There aren't a lot of sports institutions whose rulebooks explicitly state, "speedos only." Thank God. Sure, the Cards' linemen are athletes, but "Speedo only" athletes they are not. Mixed Martial Arts athletes, however, embrace a workout regimen grueling enough to terrify even the most ardent of gym rats. Thus their mandatory scantily clad-ness has hardly been an impediment to the sport's success. In fact, the machismo of the cage coupled with images of exceptionally fit men in speedos has culminated into a perfect storm tearing through the sports world in recent years, with the allure successfully reaching across the gender aisle.
It's strangely diplomatic, actually: The men generally tolerate the speedos for the sake of the violence, while the ladies do precisely the opposite. Either way, MMA fans can witness the carnage live when King Of The Cage comes to Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road, at 5 p.m. Monday, May 26. Tickets start at $51. Visit www.kingofthecage.com or call 480-850-7734 for details. -- Rob Kroehler
Stories about writers aren't always fun -- the pitfalls include conceited, oblivious, and incestuous points of view. But tales about stage folk are often entertaining, because those people are nuts. The current Herberger Lunch Time show, Life in the Theatre, comprises three tiny plays presented by Theatre Artists Studio. John J. Wooten's "The Role of Della," about a botched audition, is one of the most-produced one-acts ever. Two shorts by Studio members, "How to Quit Writing (for the Theater)," set at an unusual workshop, and "Presbyopia," examining the challenges faced by an aging and perhaps delusional actress, round out the program.
Snag yourself a $6 seat for the 12:10 p.m. performance Tuesday, May 27, at 602-254-7399 or www.herbergertheater.org/lunch_time_theater, where you can also learn about ordering an optional catered meal. The production closes Thursday, May 29, in the Kax Stage on the Van Buren Street side of 222 East Monroe Street. -- Julie Peterson
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ