Movies, music among 5 things to do in metro Phoenix this week

Who says there’s nothing to do on a weekday evening in the Valley during the height of summer? Certainly not us, as there are movies to watch, music nights to attend, or local sports teams to cheer on. That will be the case this week as Harkins Theaters screens Quentin Tarantino’s legendary crime film Reservoir dogslocal DJs will be serving up sounds at the Bikini Lounge, and the Phoenix Mercury will try to secure a spot in the WNBA playoffs.

Read on for more details and information on other events in town from Monday 8 August to Thursday 11 August or see Phoenix New Times‘ calendar of events.

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The Bikini Lounge on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

Benjamin Leatherman

602 days

Tuesday nights are always a big deal at Bikini Lounge, 1502 Grand Avenue. For the past 18 years, the iconic downtown Phoenix tiki bar and dive has hosted 602’sDays, a night where local crate-digging DJs paint the venue with a diverse musical palette that includes rare vinyl cuts and selections sourced from around the ​world. Spinning these sonic festivities is Djentrification’s long-time resident and ever-changing lineup of local selectors. Going out to Bikini on an average Tuesday night, for example, you might encounter a mix of Afrobeat weirdness, Brazilian funk or French electronica, followed by a Turkish psych stalker. What’s on their playlist for this week’s edition on Tuesday, August 9? You’ll have to stop by and hear it for yourself. The evening starts at 10 p.m. and there is no cover.

Harkins Tuesday Night Classics: Reservoir dogs

Long before he became a legendary auteur and cinematic icon, Quentin Tarantino was just a salesman at a video store hoping to get his script Reservoir dogs, a Scorsese-esque crime drama about a botched diamond heist made into a movie. Thanks to the timely intervention of actor Harvey Keitel, who was a co-producer, the ultra-violent film with a killer soundtrack not only became a reality, but also launched Tarantino’s career as a writer-director. Later this year, Reservoir dogs turns 30, and local movie theater chain Harkins Theaters will celebrate the occasion a few months early when it presents the film as part of its Tuesday Night Classics series. It will screen at 7pm on Tuesday, August 9 at 17 Harkins locations in the Valley. Admission is $5 per person. Click here for a list of participating theaters.

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The summer of Strange things continues.


Strange things Interesting facts

If you have watched every single episode of Strange things, including those from the show’s polarizing fourth season, grab a few of your fellow fans and head to Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue, on Wednesday, August 10. You’ll be quizzed on your knowledge of the popular Netflix show and could win concert tickets or other prizes. Registration starts at 18:00 and teams of up to six people can participate. Questions start at 19:00 and participation is free. Details can be found on the Valley Bar website.

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Local artist Cathy Cano-Muriyo, aka “Chica the Humpback.”

Lynn Trimble

The Mermaid’s Painted Sails Party

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

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Diana Taurasi (center) of the Phoenix Mercury 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 Phoenix Mercury. With just three games remaining in the regular season, the Valley’s WNBA team must win its remaining contests to secure a playoff spot. The good news is that the Mercury will play all three games on their home court at the Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, starting with the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, August 10. Phoenix may have to get the W without team captain Diana Taurasi, who has missed several recent games with an ankle injury. It’s not a fixable situation, as the Taurasi-less Mercury defeated the New York Liberty this past weekend. Tip-off for the Minnesota game is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $220.