5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Dov Davidoff
Jackalope Ranch's top picks for ways to spend your weekend are here.

Dov Davidoff

When you (allegedly) lose your virginity to a prostitute at the age of 12, there are two roads to take: hit rock bottom or turn to stand-up comedy.


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Italian Film Festival USA Coming to Tempe April 26

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Gianni Fiorito
Sarah Felberbaum on the set of Andrea Molaioli's Il Gioiellino.

Time to brush up on your italiano.

The Italian Film Festival USA recently added Tempe, Arizona, to its 11-stop schedule. This year marks the 10th edition of the fest, which brings contemporary Italian films stateside to cities including Boulder, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Don't worry; there will be subtitles.

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ASU to Host Chaucer Celebration on Friday, April 18, in Tempe

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Portrait of Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve in the Regiment of Princes (1412) via Wikimedia Commons
Portrait of Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve in the Regiment of Princes (1412)
Every two years, the ASU English Department takes a day to celebrate Geoffrey Chaucer; the so-called father of English poetry was pivotal in bringing vernacular Middle English into the realm of literature, where French and Latin dominated during the Middle Ages. While his accomplishments might be old news (circa the late 14th/ early 15th century, to be exact), the free Chaucer Celebration at ASU's Tempe Campus promises to be one for the books.


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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Looking for a spring that's allergy-free? Join the club. While neither we nor your maximum strength antihistamines can clear the pollen from your sinuses, we can help rid your bank account of some unnecessary charges. From flower-pedal pups and poetry speakers to a powerful discussion of the mind and the senses, here are three solid ways to have a cost-free week.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Foprocine, FONCA, Totora Films

Eufrosina's Revolution

In 2007, Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza lost a mayoral race in Oaxaca, Mexico. It wasn't because she lacked votes; she had plenty to be elected. But her win was denied because of her sex.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Chris D'Elia
Comedy, rugby, and a little profanity round out Jackalope Ranch's top picks for things to do this weekend.

Chris D'Elia

Between his spot-on impersonations of drunk chicks who just don't care to Brits who are pissed, Chris D'Elia is gaining the laughs and attention he deserves. In 2011, D'Elia appeared in Variety's "Top 10 Comics to Watch" alongside comedy notables Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson. Since his days as the lead opposite Whitney Cummings in the NBC sitcom Whitney, D'Elia can be found on tour, on NBC's Undateable, and this coming fall in his one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central.


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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Thomas Beatty's Teddy Bears

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Teddy Bears is a story about an indecent proposal.
If you're going to make a film based on a zany idea, say, a man who wants to have an orgy with his friends' girlfriends in order to heal from his mother's recent passing, you're going to take a lot of care to not make it a gimmick. You're going to have to make your characters believable and their emotions realistic. You're definitely going to have to make more to the story than just a sad man who wants to have sex with three women, but Teddy Bears, which made its Phoenix Film Festival première on Sunday, April 6, just didn't do any of that.


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Cowtown's 13th Annual PHXAM Skateboarding Competition in Photos

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Melissa Fossum

The PHXAM skate competition was larger than you'd imagine. The Phoenix skateboarding showcase took over Desert West Skateboard Plaza on April 5 and 6, giving skateboarders from all over the world an opportunity to test their mettle in the desert heat.

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21 Awesome People at the 2014 Phoenix Pride Festival

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Melissa Fossum
Who wears short shorts?

The annual Phoenix Pride parade and festival is fun for people of all sexual orientations. The massive festival took over Steele Indian School Park over the weekend and provided plenty of entertainment and resources for the LGBTQ community. Pride is a positive environment that embodies two important messages: love and acceptance.

We captured tons of folks having a great time, but a handful of ladies and gents really caught our attention. Here are the 21 coolest people we met at Phoenix Pride.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Spring Fit Fest at CityScape Phoenix
Not getting much of a return on your taxes this year? No worries. We can think of plenty of ways to keep you busy without going broke. From complimentary fitness classes to public art discussions and free film festivals, here are our top three picks of tax-free to-dos.


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