10 cheesy things to do in the Phoenix metro area in January

Want to start the New Year with a new hobby? You can do that at one of the fun-loving events taking place in the Phoenix subway this month. Over the next few weeks, locals can engage in geeky pursuits like cosplay and collecting or learn how to become a lapidary, movie buff, or beer snob. Here is all the information on when and where to go for geek in January.

Moon with

This weekend microconvention will debut from Friday January 7 through Sunday January 9 and will offer plenty of geek opportunities. We’re talking cosplay, vendors, billboards, artist aisle, and costume contest. All of this (and a ton more) will be happening in and around the Kei Collective fashion store, 2303 North 44th Street, starting at 10 a.m. daily. Free entry.

Grand Canyon Tattoo Convention

Want to get on the “New Years, New You” train without committing to something as strenuous or challenging as a major lifestyle change? Getting a new tattoo is a relatively cheap and easy way to practice a little self-care, boost your self-esteem, or start your 2022 on a level playing field. If you’re interested, the ton of talented ink launchers at the Grand Canyon Tattoo Convention will be happy to help you pick the perfect piece. Several dozen artists from across the United States will be stitching tattoo artists and veterans alike during the three-day event, which runs from Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 9 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa, 200 North Centennial Way. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 25 per day or $ 50 for the weekend.

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CUPCAKE! promoters and DJ Self.Destrukt (left) and Betty Blackheart (right).

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CUPCAKE! 10th anniversary

Fetish freaks and geeks of the Valley, your favorite dance party is back, but for one night only. Local DJs Betty Blackheart and Self.Destrukt bring their infamous CUPCAKE lascivious dance party! back from the dead on Saturday January 8 at the Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, for its 10th anniversary. If you’ve never had the chance to attend the monthly event in its first edition from 2012 to 2019 at the now defunct Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, every CUPCAKE! The evening offered a unique theme and an “anything goes” atmosphere mixing libations and libidinous hi-jinks. There were go-go girls, both fetish and other costumes, burlesque performers, grind performers, DJs spinning industrial rock and a crowd of colorful weirdos in attendance. Expect an equally sinful scene this weekend. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is $ 10.

Flagg Gem and Mineral Show

Geology geeks and lapidary enthusiasts can, uh, oscillate at this annual event at Mesa Community College, 1833 West Southern Avenue. Local mineral clubs and collectors will showcase their assortment of geodes, rocks and gems in a hatchback-style setup in the MCC West Parking Lot from Friday January 7 through Sunday January 9. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking and entry are free.

Click to enlarge Marvel superhero cosplayers at last year's Fan Fest.  - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

Marvel superhero cosplayers at last year’s Fan Fest.

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Superhero Saturday

Besides their penchant for spandex, secret lairs and alter egos, most superheroes are civic-minded or lend a helping hand to their city. True to form, famous caped crusaders (or their cosplay versions, at least) will be in attendance at this outdoor charity event presented by the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association on Saturday, January 15 at 2200 North Central Avenue. It benefits the Childhelp Children’s Center in Phoenix and features appearances by many costumed benefactors, as well as cosplayers, comic book artists like Gene Ho, famous geek vehicles, and local hero Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chandler Film Festival 2022

The Chandler International Film Festival has everything moviegoers could want including world premieres, independent films, shorts, documentaries, film and industry workshops, celebrity appearances, showtimes of questions and answers and after-parties. As is the norm for most film festivals these days, screenings will take place both in person at LOOK Dine-In theaters, at 1 West Chandler Boulevard, and virtually. This year’s event is scheduled from Tuesday January 18 through Sunday January 22. Tickets range from $ 12 to $ 18 for individual screenings and $ 220 for an all access pass.

Click to enlarge Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix.  - NEW TIMES ARCHIVES

Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix.

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Brewsology Beer Festival

In summary, brewing beer is all about chemistry. (Mix the right amounts of barley, hops, yeast, and other ingredients to turn the sugars into pyruvate, then pyruvate into water and carbon dioxide.) So, the Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street , seems like a suitable venue to host an event like the Brewsology Beer Festival on Saturday January 22. This night-long science and froth mix will feature dozens of local and national breweries, seasonal beer tastings and more. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $ 50 and VIP tickets are $ 65.

2022 STAR Pro Wrestling West Coast Cup

Some of the Southwest’s best junior heavyweight professional wrestlers – including EJ Sparks, Prince Magod Ali, Joey Hendrix, Dante King and El Dragon – are expected to compete in this overnight tournament on Saturday January 29 at the Cages Training Facility, 12325, North Cave Creek Road. Expect plenty of dramatic moves, stunts, and climaxes (including some required “flippy shit”) during the fast-paced, action-packed matches. Bell time is 8 p.m. General admission is $ 20 and VIP packages are $ 30 (which includes priority seating, early entry, raffle tickets, and the ability to meet wrestlers in advance).

Click to enlarge They came as characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.  - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

They came as characters from the Sonic the hedgehog series.

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Tempe FanCon

Free and family friendly isn’t always Tempe’s style, but the annual FanCon on Saturday, January 29 is one exception. The outdoor event at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural Road, will feature artists, writers, a costume contest and activities for “Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Whovians and Trekkies fans” . There will also be exhibitors, vendors, panels, performances and a costume contest. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Maile Flanagan Signature

Character actress Maile Flanagan has played a variety of roles over the past 24 years, including appearances on Reno 911!, Laboratory rats, Grey’s Anatomy, and Modern family. His most famous credit on his long resume didn’t involve an on-screen appearance, however, as Flanagan is best known as the voice of Naruto in the Americanized version of the long-running animated series of the same name. She is scheduled to make a signing appearance at the Toy Temple, 2180 West University Drive in Tempe, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. Autographs and photos will cost $ 30 each.


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