“Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia”
THROUGH JANUARY 16
The first U.S. retrospective of Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz, the traveling exhibition “Invisibilia” is now on display in the Ellen and Howard C. Katz Wing for Modern Art at the Phoenix Art Museum. A collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, the exhibit features around 50 works spanning five decades, some which have never been seen. The pieces, including drawings, installations, and photographic and video works, explore themes of time, memory, history and knowledge.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.257.1880, phxart.org/exhibition/oscar-munoz-invisibilia, see website for museum hours, included with museum admission
Our cover boy JB Smoove is a man of many talents. Writer. Comedian. Actor. “Saturday Night Live” alum. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” regular. Stand-up performer. The latter is key here, as the well-known funnyman will bring his stand-up routine to The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort.
The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $30-$65
“The Rocky Horror Show”
OCTOBER 6 TO DECEMBER 5
See the classic rock musical in person and spend a night with protagonist fiancées Brad and Janet as they encounter memorable characters like Rocky, Eddie, Dr. Scott, Columbia, Magenta, Riff Raff and Frank-N-Furter. Though it’s in production through early December, try to get in early, keeping in line with the season. This show will be presented in the Hormel Theatre.
Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, various dates and times, see website for prices
“No Time to Die”
OPENS OCTOBER 8
After a series of delays, the 25th James Bond film is finally here, and it’s sure to be a big one. At nearly three hours runtime, the film will serve as the final Bond outing for star Daniel Craig. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation,” season one of “True Detective”), the film also features cast members Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah. Though it releases October 8, keep an eye out for early access theatrical screenings on October 6. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material.
“Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch”
OCTOBER 8 TO OCTOBER 31
Described by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater as a “high-energy, fun-filled Halloween show,” this singalong performance is told with hand puppets and rod puppets. In it, all the animals on Old MacDonald’s farm must find a costume for Halloween.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, 602.262.2050, azpuppets.org, various dates and times, $8-$12, or free admission for infants if accompanied by a paid child
Sedona Arts Festival
OCTOBER 9 TO OCTOBER 10
Sedona’s annual arts festival is back after a pandemic-induced hiatus, and the event is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. With a focus on the art, there will be more than 100 juried artists, with some creators returning from the 2019 event. Other features of the two-day festival are live music, raffles, food, and a new beer and wine garden. Funds support the Sedona Arts Festival’s Scholarships and Grants Program.
Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop, Sedona, 928.204.9456, sedonaartsfestival.org, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 10, $15 weekend admission, or free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by a paid adult
Phoenix Rising FC vs. the Oakland Roots SC
In what is the first of three home games in October, Phoenix Rising will duke it out against the Oakland Roots. See the team’s website for the full schedule.
Phoenix Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass, 19593 S. 48th Street, Chandler, 623.594.9606, phxrisingfc.com, 7:30 p.m., $20.63-$41.96
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
For Week 5 of the NFL season, the Cardinals will return to the Valley for their first home game of the month — against the San Francisco 49ers. The game can also be followed on FOX or 98.7 FM. Check the Cards’ season schedule online for additional home games in October.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.379.0101, azcardinals.com, 1:25 p.m., $64-$263
OPENS OCTOBER 15
After David Gordon Green’s 2018 “Halloween” retconned all other sequels to the original 1978 film of the same name, Michael Myers is back again — and so is Jamie Lee Curtis. The second installment in a new trilogy, which chronologically follows the original film, “Halloween Kills” also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann and Anthony Michael Hall. Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, language and some drug use.
In theaters and streaming on Peacock
“Million Dollar Quartet”
OCTOBER 15 TO OCTOBER 31
December 4, 1956, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis entered a recording studio in Memphis with producer Sam Phillips. Somehow, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash wound up in the studio with them. Little is known about the session, so this Fountain Hills Theater musical production fills in the blanks. It is produced by Patty Torrilhon and Linda Ferington and directed by Peter J. Hill, with musical direction by Jay Melberg and choreography by Noel Irick.
Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480.837.9661, fhtaz.org, various dates and times, $18-$35
OCTOBER 15 TO OCTOBER 16
This year’s Phoenix FearCon — celebrating 10 years — will premiere more than three dozen independent horror/sci-fi/fantasy films. It will also feature more than 25 guests, including Lloyd Kaufman (co-founder of Troma, the studio behind cult classics like “The Toxic Avenger”) and actors Bill Oberst Jr. and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, along with performances by the Agents of Lust, Co-Op, RedRum and Torso. There will be all sorts of Q&As, panels and workshops, and the inaugural Reggie Award (named after the “Phantasm” franchise’s Reggie Bannister, who will be in attendance) celebrates “excellence and dedication to the genre” and will go to Kaufman.
Sun Studios of Arizona, 1425 W. 14th Street, Tempe, 602.399.9500, phoenixfearcon.com, 5 p.m. October 15, noon October 16, $35-$250, or free admission for kids 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult
Antique store Hawk Salvage is gearing up for its first plant swap. Plant lovers can trade live, healthy plants or cuttings, and there will be planting stations and soil available for up to $10, depending on plant size. Pots can also be brought, but Hawk Salvage will have pots and glassware available for purchase — not to mention its collection of rare, imported plants. Live music, food trucks and artist demonstrations will round out the event.
Hawk Salvage, 1109 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, hawksalvage.com, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission
Play your part in helping families who lost their homes during the pandemic. Homeward Bound, a local nonprofit that has been helping families get out of poverty for three decades, is reinventing its Old Bags Luncheon with the inaugural Toast! to raise $300,000. Mix and mingle while participating in wine and spirits tastings, brunch and a live cocktail competition and perusing local vendors. Grand Canyon Brewery, Crook & Marker, Rune Wines and AZ Wine Company will participate in tastings, while UrbAna, Sage Femme, Metalmark Jewelers, Kendra Scott, Redemption Market and Goodness Candles, among others, will be available in the market. For ages 21 and older.
The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale, 602.263.7654, homewardboundaz.org/events/toast, 10:30 a.m., $100-$250
Famed neo-soul singer Erykah Badu is returning to the Valley for her first show here in a dozen years. Though Badu hasn’t released much music in the time since — only dropping “New Amerykah Part Two” in 2010 and the mixtape “But You Caint Use My Phone” in 2015 — her quality-not-quantity discography stands tall enough to excite with this latest show. Griselda member Westside Gunn opens.
Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, arizonafederaltheatre.com, 8 p.m., $49.50-$478.50
Glass Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser
OCTOBER 22 TO OCTOBER 24
Get into the Halloween spirit with the return of this annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Holland Center, which supports the Desert Foothills arts, education and community and offers classes, fine art exhibits and performing arts events. Over the fundraiser’s three days, the organization will display and sell more than 1,000 vibrant, handmade glass pumpkins from local artist Gregory Tomb, a former artist-in-residence at the Holland Center.
Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale, 480.488.1090, hollandcenter.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, free admission
OPENS OCTOBER 22
One of the most acclaimed science fiction novels, “Dune” is finally returning to the big screen. After other adaptations of the dense book have either failed to be produced or meet fan expectations, director Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “Sicario,” “Prisoners”) has taken the reins for a potential franchise. Reportedly billed as “Part One” during screenings, “Dune” has a massive cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.
In theaters and streaming on HBO Max
“The French Dispatch”
OPENS OCTOBER 22
Beloved and whimsical writer-director Wes Anderson returns with his 10th feature, a return to live action after 2018’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs.” It is a French-set anthology about the final issue of a fictional American magazine. And as with Anderson’s previous works, the cast is stacked, starring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, not to mention Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Saorsie Ronan, Christoph Waltz and many more. Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language.
It’s fall again, and that means it’s time to break out your lederhosen and dirndls to celebrate Oktoberfest with Gilbert’s iteration. Oktoberfest is a means to celebrate German culture with such activities as stein-holding and bratwurst-eating competitions, themed food and drinks, not to mention polka music from the Oktoburlesques (by way of Top 40 tunes). OHSO Brewery & Distillery, Uncle Bear’s Brewery, 12 West Brewing and Desert Monks Brewing Co. comprise part of the beer roster. A family-friendly event, it will also have oversized games and a kids zone.
Gilbert Regional Park, 3005 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, gilbertoktoberfest.com, 2 to 9 p.m., $12-$20, or free admission for kids 12 and younger
Mimosa & Monet – Mosaic Desert
Led by artist-in-residence Carrie Curran, the owner of Creative Color Art Studio, the Mimosa & Monet Art Class Series begins in October, running monthly through April. Those with or without experience will receive guidance with the acrylic on canvas medium. Cost includes instruction, tax and gratuity, all supplies, pastries, coffee and the first mimosa. Guests can also partake in a celebratory brunch at Lon’s and receive a complimentary appetizer or cocktail with the purchase of one brunch entrée.
The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, 602.955.8614, https://bit.ly/3tY9S0Q, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $85
Family Halloween Bash
Parents won’t want to miss out on this event, as it’s perfect for the kiddos. A week before All Hallows’ Eve, events company Local Savvy AZ will celebrate its third anniversary by gathering at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for all sorts of fun activities, from trick-or-treating stations and pumpkin decorating to a costume contest. There will also be a bounce house, photo booth, character meet and greet, swag bags, raffle items, and food and drinks.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, https://bit.ly/3EIEM2m, 3 to 5 p.m., $30 per family of four
“Last Night in Soho”
OPENS OCTOBER 29
After the success of 2017’s “Baby Driver,” acclaimed writer-director Edgar Wright is returning with this psychological thriller. According to the synopsis, “Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.” Wright has reportedly cited Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” and Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” as influences, and the neon-lit trailer for “Last Night in Soho” recalls the style and colors of classic giallo works (a type of mysterious Italian horror-thriller that encompasses films like 1977’s “Suspiria”). Not yet rated.
Halloween Bar Crawl
Want to celebrate Halloween, but don’t want to be bound to any one party? Try this Scottsdale bar crawl. Check-in is at Boondocks, after which patrons will explore venues like Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, DJ’s Bar and Grill, El Hefe and Riot House. Cover charges will be waived, and there will be drink specials — plus ticket buyers will get two free drinks or shots. At the end of it all, be sure to stay on-site for the afterparty.
Boondocks Patio & Grill, 4341 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale, https://bit.ly/3CmRpOq, 4 p.m., $12.50-$15
My Little Pumpkin Fall Festival and Halloween Party
Sure to be a fun and affordable event for the whole family, this Tempe party features pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating, plus activities such as a costume contest, face painting, pony rides and crafts. There will also be a farmers market and boutique shopping. Prince Charming will be there, and kids can even get mini photos with Cinderella and her pony for $10. Tickets include bags for trick-or-treating as well as a mini pumpkin for decorating. Parking is $5 per car.
Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber Drive, Tempe, https://bit.ly/3tU5v6O, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10, or free admission for adults and for children younger than 12 months
Noche en Blanco
Inspired by a Parisian event from three decades ago, the sixth annual Noche en Blanco encourages guests to arrive at Hance Park’s East Lawn in creative, all-white cocktail attire for a night of food and entertainment. Multicultural partners include the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Culture Center, Cutler Plotkin Jewish Historical Society, Phoenix Center for the Arts, The Nash, Mariachi Fusíon, the Arizona School for the Arts, and honorary Chair Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Proceeds benefit Hance Park Conservancy. For ages 21 and older.
Hance Park, 116 E. Moreland Street, Phoenix, hanceparkconservancy.org/noche-en-blanco, 5 to 10 p.m., $30-$200
Spooktacular Custom Car Show
Celebrate the season with this car show from the Professional Firefighters of Maricopa, which, in addition to the cars, will feature a costume contest and trunk-or-treating. But also, it will play host to vendors, food trucks and a DJ. Also stay tuned for dash plaques, a 50/50 raffle and prizes, and T-shirts round out the firefighter-representing nonprofit’s plans. To top it off, the event will benefit the F.O.R. Maricopa Food Bank.
Copper Sky Park, 44345 W. Bowlin Road, Maricopa, https://bit.ly/3nN46Ow, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $15-$30