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Eight things to do this week in Metro Phoenix

The weather is warming up and so is the Metro Phoenix event calendar. If you’re looking for something to do over the next seven days, we have suggestions, ranging from a Beatles-themed concert to a classic arcade game show.

click to enlarge If you never got to see The Beatles in concert, this is (a kind of) your chance.  - MATT CHRISTINE PHOTOGRAPHY

If you never got to see The Beatles in concert, this is (a kind of) your chance.

Matt Christine photography

The best from Abbey Road Live

It’s more than 50 years since the Beatles broke up, but interest in the Fab Four has not waned a bit. If you count yourself among the Beatlemaniac’s ranks, we have news: A tribute concert with a big budget is coming to ASU Gammage in Tempe. RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles will perform their show The best from Abbey Road Live tonight, Wednesday, April 27, at 1200 South Forest Avenue.

RAIN, whose current members are Steve Landes, Paul Curatolo, Alastar McNeil and Aaron Chiazza, will deliver the highlights from The Beatles’ 1969 album as well as plenty of their previous hits. The Associated Press called the group “the second best thing to see The Beatles.” Tickets are available on the ASU Gammage website. The price is $ 30 to $ 90. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge See sea creatures with a cocktail in hand at Odysea's Fish & Sips event.  - ODYSEA AQUARIUM

See sea creatures with a cocktail in hand at Odysea’s Fish & Sips event.

Odysea Aquarium

Fish and sip

Happy hours at bars, though fantastic, are a dime a dozen. Happy hour in the aquarium? It is a fish of a different color. If you are 21 years of age or older, you can head to the Odysea Aquarium for its Fish & Sips event from 6 p.m. 17:00 to 20:00 on Thursday 28 April.

Fish & Sips offers food and beverages for purchase, plus live music, yard games and access to the entire aquarium. You will be able to touch rays, walk through the aquarium’s Odysea Voyager, see surprising appearances of aquarium animals and take part in a live Q&A with animal care specialists.

Timed admission tickets cost $ 27 per person. Odysea Aquarium is located at 9500 East Via De Ventura, Suite A-100, Scottsdale. Call 480-291-8000 or visit the website for more info. Jennifer Goldberg

WrestleDrag Vol. 1

When it comes down to it, drag artistry and professional wrestling have more than a few things in common. Both involve a performance aspect and often play colorful, larger-than-life characters who engage in choreographed and often over-the-top jokes. So an event like WrestleDrag, which will feature both performances by Valley drag queens and fights between local pro wrestlers, does not seem like an unusual idea. The preliminary edition of the LGBTQ-friendly event will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 3104 West Thomas Road, Suite 1001. Six matches are planned, including Bodhi Young Prodigy battling Evan Daniels for the Arizona Wrestling Federation state championship and a tag- team competition between Morgan and Ricky Rayez against Gin & Toxic. Half a dozen local drag artists will also perform, such as Beatrix Bella Rouge, Alexandra Armstrong and Moxxi Strokes. The doors are at 18.00, and admission is $ 25. The proceeds will benefit Phoenix Batatude’s softball team. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge ZapCon is back.  - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

ZapCon is back.

Benjamin Leatherman

ZapCon 8.2

Like any frustrated gamer trying to beat the ultra-challenging Dragon’s Lair, the eighth edition of ZapCon took a few tries to retire. Delayed for two years due to COVID-19, the organizers of the annual classic arcade and pinball convention will finally hit the start of the event. Like its previous editions, this year’s ZapCon will transform the interior of the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street, into the valley’s largest old-school arcade from Saturday, April 30, to Sunday, May 1. Players can travel through a warp zone for the glory days Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and get your fingers in more than 200 vintage titles and coin-op classics. There will also be numerous pinball tournaments over the weekend and a range of retro game consoles that can be played. The doors open at 10 every day. Tickets cost $ 35 for Saturday, $ 25 for Sunday or $ 50 for the weekend. Children 3 to 12 receive a discount, and children under 3 are free. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge You're running out of time to experience your favorite show.  - JENNIFER GOLDBERG

You’re running out of time to experience your favorite show.

Jennifer Goldberg

That Friends Experience

Nearly 30 years after the series’ debut, Friends is as popular as ever and gaining a new generation of viewers. If you’re counting yourself among the show’s fans, be aware: You’re running out of time to watch The Friends Experience the interactive exhibit established in northern Phoenix.

Inside, you will learn about the evolution of the show, watch memorabilia and enjoy re-creations of the iconic sets, including Central Perk, Monica and Rachel’s apartment and the stairwell where Ross got his couch stuck (“PIVOT!”). The exhibition only lasts until May 8, so check it out soon: it will not always be there for you. That Friends Experience is located at 10845 North Tatum Boulevard. Tickets cost $ 30.50 to $ 37.50 plus fees. Visit The Friends Discover the website for tickets and info. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Try your luck at Cobalt in central Phoenix.  - ROCKET000 / FLICKR

Try your luck at Cobalt in central Phoenix.

Naughty or Nice Drag Bingo

This is not your grandmother’s bingo. Monday night, when you’re looking for some interactive fun, head to Cobalt in the Park Central Mall for Naughty and Nice Drag Bingo. Cobalt’s bingo nights, hosted by local Queen Olivia Gardens, include several games, specials on drinks, musical interludes, sexy prizes and a whole lot of attitude.

The fun begins at 9.30pm and is free to play even if you have to be 21 or older to try your luck. Cobalt is located at 3110 North Central Avenue, # 175. Visit the Cobalt website for more information. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.  - COLUMBIA PICTURES

Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Ritchie Valens in Bambaen.

Columbia pictures


The Harkins Theaters Tuesday Night Classics movie series continues on May 3rd Bambaen. The 1987 film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens, the young, upcoming Chicano singer who rose from field worker to rock star before tragically dying at the age of 17 in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper . The film was a critical and commercial success and launched Phillips’ career.

Harkins’ Tuesday Night Classics movie will be shown at all of the chain’s locations at 19.00. The price is $ 5. Visit the Harkins Theaters website for info and tickets. Jennifer Goldberg

Turn on Phoenix

Everyone is an expert in something, right? Find out what your other Phoenicians are burning for at. 19.00 on Wednesday 4 May in the 20th part of Ignite Phoenix. Valley residents will give five-minute lectures on a topic they are knowledgeable about, and you will not know what the topics are unless you attend.

Ignite Phoenix is ​​held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale. The price is $ 25. Call 480-499-8587 or visit the SCPA website for tickets and info. Jennifer Goldberg

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