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Six things to do in Metro Phoenix this weekend | Pro Club Bd

Looking for something to do this weekend without camping in front of an air conditioner? That’s where we come in, because we’ve compiled a list of things to do this weekend to beat the heat and have fun at the same time. During the three-day stretch from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th, opportunities will range from close encounters with lizards at the final ReptiCon Phoenix, attending a pop-up anime fest, hanging out at a pool party, of work and vintage letterpress or a comedian Eddie Griffin set.

Eddie Griffin

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, comedian and actor Eddie Griffin was inevitable. He starred in the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddieappeared in episodes of Chappelle show and Def Comedy Jamand played memorable roles in films such as Two Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Scary movieand The new guy. Griffin is best known for his often vulgar tongue-in-cheek humor, and if you’ve heard his comedy I’m sure you’ve been offended at least once (probably between fits of laughter). Griffin is scheduled to perform at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street on Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th. The performances take place at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. General admission is $35. Benjamin Lederman

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Try out letterpress printing during a Hazel & Violet workshop.

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letterpress workshops

DIY is always nerdy no matter what’s coming up. So if you want to make your own coasters, posters or stationery, now’s your chance to get behind the heavy machinery at Hazel & Violet, 1301 Grand Avenue, No. 2B to type for their letterpress workshop. This weekend you can learn the basics of printing on Reprex, Vandercook 01 or Potter presses with wood and metal type, and choose your own vintage cut to boot. The workshops will take place on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Here you can register and get more information. Lauren Cusimano

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Desert Splash Pool participants in 2018.

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Desert Splash Staycation Weekend

A variety of swim celebrations are held each weekend at local hotels or other venues equipped with a pool, each with its own atmosphere and music selection. Case in point: the annual Desert Splash, which caters to fans of hip-hop, trap and R&B sounds — and anyone looking to party hard for two days. The stylish event begins with a “Shorts & Stillettos” affair from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15 at The Lounge Soho, 1457 West Southern Avenue in Mesa. The following day, the celebrations move to the Holiday Inn & Suites at 1600 South Country Club Drive in Mesa for a “Miami-style” pool party on Saturday, July 16 from 2-7pm. A slumber and lingerie party will follow in the hotel’s ballroom from 10pm to 2am DJs, drinks, games, freebies and vendors are also promised. General admission is $60 and VIP tickets are $100. Both options cover all three events. More information can be found here. Benjamin Lederman

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Local anime cosplayers.

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Local anime fans looking for a solution to tide them over until September’s Saboten Con might consider attending this one-day pop-up event on Saturday, July 16 at Sun Studios, Arizona, 1425 West 14th Street in Tempe. More than 50 vendors will be on-site for the convention, which will feature activities such as a scavenger hunt, raffles, a cosplay contest and art fashion show, K-pop dance performances, a “Swap Weeb” (or Weeb swap meet), and more . The opening hours are from noon to 9 p.m. General admission is $15 and VIP tickets are $30. Benjamin Lederman

Return! The Genetic Opera

Return! The Genetic Opera It may be 14 years old, but the flick has had a cult following for more than a decade thanks to its campiness, gore and innovation. A sci-fi goth rock opera horror movie seems like it shouldn’t work at all, but look at the longevity of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Songs about organ looting are twisted, grand and difficult to follow, but writers and composers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich definitely nailed it. The film is sick, twisted and has sing-alongs that are the hallmark of any good rock opera. The local film repertory series Cult Classics will be screened Return! The Genetic Opera at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Landmark Theaters Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 230, Scottsdale. General admission is $15 upfront. VIP packages, which include commemorative t-shirts, prints, and other merch items, start at $25 to $100. Melissa Fosum

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Experience reptiles in full at ReptiCon.


ReptiCon Phoenix

For those not suffering from herpetophobia (or fear of reptiles), the latest edition of ReptiCon Phoenix will be held on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street. The two day event will feature traders, breeders and experts as well as the chance to handle a scaly creature or two. According to the scammer’s website, reptiles such as geckos, snakes, and maybe even an alligator will make an appearance. (Participants are also allowed to bring two of their own reptiles, but only if they are non-venomous.) Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices vary per day. Visit the ReptiCon website for more information. Benjamin Lederman

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