5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Amy Gochoel
SMoCA patrons will throw down for art.
Phoenix, we planned your weekend for you. From rough-and-tumble(ish) art events and a statewide poetry slam to a hefty helping of The Simpsons, staying in isn't an option.

Arm Wrestling for Art

It's going down, Scottsdale.

In one corner, there's a bunch of arts patrons. In the other, we have what, um, yes, looks like more art patrons. On Friday, July 25, these two sides will fight until their dominant hands tire in a battle befitting a museum: Arm Wrestling for Art. What inspires them to exert such brute force? Couple things: First, the winner will go home with a piece of art by James "Dalek" Marshall, who recently freshened up Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art with bright murals. Second, proceeds from the event will go toward a pool of grant money that SMoCA will bestow upon local artists with cool, innovative ideas as part of its Good 'N Plenty program.

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As your typical museum-goers are not typically rasslin' champs, fitness expert and Ultimate Body Bootcamp owner Richelle Melde will be on hand with a how to. A bit more in attendees' wheelhouse will be the pre-wrestling tour of SMoCA's surrounding public art pieces - including said Dalek murals and James Turrell's nearby skyspace.

The showdown starts at 7 p.m. inside SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street. Tickets to Arm Wrestling for Art are $10. Get yours by calling 480-499-8597 or online at www.smoca.org. -- Becky Bartkowski

Location Info


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

SMoCA Lounge

7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Vision Gallery

10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Bragg's Factory Diner

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Theatre

100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Playhouse on the Park

1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Celebrity Theatre

440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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