11 Super Bowl Weekend Comedy Events in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Comedy, Events

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Kevin Hart is scheduled to perform at Comerica Theatre on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31.
Heard any good jokes lately about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his (allegedly) soft balls? We're guessing that you have, since many a comedian (not to mention sports wags nationwide) have gotten a lot of mileage out of the whole hullabaloo surrounding Deflategate. And such cracks and quips are probably going to keeping coming, what with Super Bowl XLIX happening Sunday, February 1, over in Glendale.

We're equally as certain that those won't be the only sort of jokes inspired by football you'll hear during the next few days, as the NFL, its many controversies this season, and such colorful stars as infinitely quotable Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman providing endless amounts of material.


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Puppies Are Coming to CityScape Phoenix for Puppy Bowl XI

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Puppy Bowl via Facebook
Fact: puppy football is 100 times more adorable than human football.
Look, we can't vouch for your love of the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks. But we can bet money that you're a fan of puppies. The Puppy Bowl, a time-honored tradition for people who love dogs and could go either way on football, is making its 11th appearance on Animal Planet this weekend.

And while the cuddly championship has been pre-recorded to air at 1 p.m. local time before Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, Animal Planet and the Arizona Humane Society have teamed up to bring the real deal to downtown Phoenix.


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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Bad news for you budget-conscious plan-cancelers. The "too expensive" excuse just doesn't work anymore. Being out of money in metro Phoenix doesn't have to mean being out of the loop. Whether it's hearing the up-and-coming comics around town, discussing how to develop the downtown area, or celebrating an art gallery anniversary, there's always an opportunity to take in culture without the cost. Here are our top three picks for free events this week.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events, Top Lists

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Super Bowl XLIX isn't the only football fun to have in metro Phoenix.

"Gridiron Glory"

If you're an NFL fan living the Valley, you're in hog heaven right now. Well, pigskin heave anyway. Aside from forgoing costly airfare to catch the big game, 2015 also marks only the third time that the Pro Bowl is being played in the same city as the Super Bowl. So you can stash those frequent flier miles for next year's trip to Honolulu. As if that weren't enough, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is bringing its largest traveling exhibition ever to downtown Phoenix's Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street, just in time for the festivities.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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King Lear features Emily Mohney as Regan, Allison Sell as Cordelia, and Jordan Letson as Goneril.

Winterfest

We firmly hesitate to call any Valley event "Winterfest" unless it includes an artificially frozen puddle surrounded by trucked-in snowbanks. Nevertheless, it is technically hibernal outside, and Southwest Shakepeare's Winterfest repertory programming at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, goes heavy on the fest, so everything comes out even.

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WWE to Return to Phoenix's Talking Stick Resort Arena in March

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Benjamin Leatherman
WWE superstar Seth Rollins poses at a taping of Smackdown in Phoenix last year.
Pro wrestling fans of the Valley, better start planning your posters. The superstars of the WWE are heading back our way in the near future and are planning to rumble inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center) in downtown Phoenix once again.

The WWE announced earlier this week that it will stage a live, non-televised event at the arena on Saturday, March 21, featuring at least a dozen current wrestlers going toe-to-toe inside the squared circle. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 23.

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Victoria's Secret Models to Party at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix

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Let's be real, the Super Bowl isn't just about football. It's about over-the-top halftime shows, multi-million dollar television ads, and of course, scantily clad supermodels hosting high-priced parties.

A 12-year tradition, the Leather and Laces weekend party is coming to Phoenix in celebration of Super Bowl XLIX happening Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The two-night event will be hosted by Victoria's Secret models Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo on Friday, January 30, and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima and supermodel Erin Heatherton on Saturday, January 31, at warehouse district art gallery Bentley Projects. Because this is obviously art, people.


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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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When your credit is maxed out and your IOUs don't mean S-H-I-T, getting something for nothing seems nearly impossibly. Fortunately for the faint of wallet, there's plenty of free events happening around Phoenix. From retro video game nights to community meet and greets and artistic discussions, here are our top three picks for on-the-house happenings in metro Phoenix this week.


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Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015 Brings Award-Winning Movies to Paradise Valley

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Greg Louganis will be available for a Q&A after the showing of Back on Board: Greg Louganis at Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015.
Not to sound like Stefon from Saturday Night Live, but Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015 has everything: comedies, dramas, documentaries, a horror film, cartoons, romance, short films, and a pink, fuzzy monster with dreams of becoming a cabaret singer.

Seriously, the sixth edition of the Valley's LGBT-themed film festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, January 23 through 25, at Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, has a little something for everyone, including Q&A sessions with directors and actors, live music, and an art gallery.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Lace up and meet downtown.

Meet Me Downtown

If you like to do fun-runs but think they're too expensive, Meet Me Downtown. If you wish you had more folks to exercise with, Meet Me Downtown. If you'd enjoy walking or running a three- to five-mile course through Phoenix, Meet Me Downtown. If you want to do it every single week, Meet Me Downtown.


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