Let’s kick this weekend off with an impromptu trip to Hawaii! Or we can also sing our hearts out and eat our faces off. But then perhaps you’re ladies who roll(er derby) deep. Whatever your tastes are, feel certain that Phoenix is your place for active living. Note: Some descriptions courtesy of event hosts and edited for clarity.
Keola Beamer’s contributions to slack-key guitar (kī-hō‘alu) during the 1970s sparked public interest in the style and launched a revival of the tradition. His 1978 release Honolulu City Lights is the best-selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music. Today, he is one of Hawaii’s premier singer-songwriters and a master of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar. Henry Kapono helped forge the sound of Hawaiian music in the 1970s as half of the duo Cecilio and Kapono, whose laid-back contemporary island rock voiced the feelings of an entire generation of Hawaiians. As a solo artist, Kapono is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer-songwriter. $44.50+. 7 p.m. 4725 E Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ; mim.org // @mimphx
Be the star of your own singing story! American Idol hands are the devil’s playground. Free. 8 p.m. 4346 W Olive Ave. Glendale, AZ.
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites you to an evening with Fred Moten and Jericho Brown in conversation with Ayanna Thompson. This dialogue is the keynote event for Poetics : A RaceB4Race Symposium. Fred Moten is a cultural theorist and poet creating new conceptual spaces that accommodate emergent forms of Black cultural production, aesthetics, and social life. Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Free. 6 p.m. 400 E Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ.
Since it’s SELL OUT in London’s West End, “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” is now the world’s leading theatre show. The immersive concert-style production chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, portrayed by acclaimed performers. The show features state of the art projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing hits including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound” and many more! $45+. 7:30 p.m. 203 W Adams St. Phoenix, AZ; phoenixconventioncenter.com // @orpheumphx
Join us at our 6th Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix. This not-to-be missed celebration of our furry best friends presents fantastic pet products and services, yummy eats, vet tips, speakers, music, auction prizes and much more! Bring your friendly dog. Free. 10 a.m. 300 E Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ; doggiestreetfestival.org/phoenix // @doggiestreetfestival
The Arizona Derby Dames are thankful for their loyal fanbase. The skaters have been training hard and are eager to deliver the fast-speed entertainment their fans crave. Now in our 17th season, the Arizona Derby Dames are thrilled to get another great year underway! $10+. 6 p.m. 2517 W McDowell Rd. STE 118, Phoenix, AZ; arizonaderbydames.com // @arizonaderbydames
Sample our best vegan Italian food! Spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo with chicken, garlic knots, salad and dessert. $25. 11 a.m. 3030 N 68th St. Scottsdale, AZ; begbakery.com // @begfordessert
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