Movies, Music among 5 things to do in Metro Phoenix this week

Who says there’s nothing to do in the Valley on weekdays in the height of summer? Certainly not us, because there are movies to watch, music nights to attend, or local sports teams to cheer on. That will be the case this week when Quentin Tarantino’s legendary crime novel is screened at Harkins Theatres Reservoir Dogslocal DJs will be serving sounds at the Bikini Lounge, and the Phoenix Mercury will be looking to earn a spot in the WNBA playoffs.

Read on for more details and information about other events in the city from Monday 8th August to Thursday 11th August or stop by Phoenix New Times‘ Calendar of events.

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The Bikini Lounge on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

Benjamin Lederman

602 days

Tuesday nights are always a big deal at Bikini Lounge, 1502 Grand Avenue. For the past 18 years, downtown Phoenix’s signature tiki bar and dive venue has hosted 602’sDays, a night where local box-digging DJs paint the place with a varied palette of music, including rare vinyl cuts and selections from around the world. These sonic feasts are set in motion by long-established Djentrification and an ever-changing cast of local selectors. For example, hang out in a bikini on an average Tuesday night and you might be met with a mix of Afrobeat oddities, Brazilian funk or French electronica, followed by a haunt of Turkish psyche. What’s on your playlist for this week’s Tuesday 9th August edition? You must come and hear it for yourself. The night starts at 10pm and there is no cover.

Harkins Tuesday Night Classics: Reservoir Dogs

Long before he became a legendary auteur and film icon, Quentin Tarantino was just a clerk at a video store hoping to get his script Reservoir Dogs, a Scorsese-style crime drama about a diamond heist gone wrong that was made into a film. Thanks to the timely intervention of actor Harvey Keitel, who served as co-producer, the hyper violent flick with a killer soundtrack not only became a reality, but launched Tarantino’s writing and directing career. Later that year Reservoir Dogs is turning 30 and local cinema chain Harkins Theaters will celebrate the occasion a few months early by showing the film as part of their Tuesday Night Classics series. It will be shown Tuesday, August 9th at 7pm at 17 Harkins locations across the valley. Admission is $5 per person. Click here for a list of participating theaters.

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The summer of stranger things continues.


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If you’ve watched every single episode of stranger things, including those from the show’s polarizing fourth season, grab a few of your fellow fans on Wednesday, August 10 and head to the Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. You will be asked about your knowledge of the popular Netflix program and could win concert tickets or other prizes. Register from 6:00 p.m. and teams of up to six people can participate. Questions begin at 7 p.m. and participation is free. Details are available on the Valley Bar website.

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Local artist Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka “Crafty Chica”.

Lynne Trimble

The Mermaid Canvas Paint Party

To paraphrase the late Jackson Pollock, painting is ultimately a journey of self-discovery that anyone can undertake. And at the La Sirena Canvas Paint Party on Thursday, August 11 at the Ocho Rios Jerk Spot, 4220 West Northern Avenue, the artistic outing will be led by Kathy Cano-Murillo, better known as “Crafty Chica”. During the make-and-take session, the local artist will guide participants on how to create their own paintings featuring “La Sirena” (or “Mermaid” for you gringos out there). Local reggae musician Ras Patrick from The Rastafarmers will perform throughout the evening. The session runs from 6pm to 8:30pm and costs $25 per person, including all necessary materials. More information can be found here.

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Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi (center) may or may not be on the court against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday.

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Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota

It’s do-or-die time for the Phoenix Mercury. With just three games left in the regular season, the Valley’s WNBA roster must win its remaining contests to earn a playoff spot. The good news is that the Mercury will play all three games at their home field at the Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, beginning with the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, August 10th. Phoenix may need to get the W without team captain Diana Taurasi, who recently missed a few games due to an ankle injury. It’s an irreversible situation as a Taurasi-less Mercury defeated the New York Liberty last weekend. Tipoff for the game against Minnesota is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $220.

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