The best things to do in Phoenix this weekend: Dark comedy, Greek food and artistic chaos

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Sofia Krusmark
Arizona Republic

This weekend I'm looking forward to a Latinx ghost story being performed onstage at the Stray Cat Theatre. The new show is set in Colombia and navigates how a Cuban-American family says goodbye to their grandfather, now a dark ghost of the past. 

It's also time for the annual Chaos Theory art show, one of the biggest in Phoenix with more than 70 local artists are slated to show their works, most of which have never been seen before.

Finally, I have to admit that while I'm excited about the cultural activities at The Phoenix Greek Festival I'm equally eager to try an array of Greek foods. 

These are the best things to do in Phoenix this weekend. 

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'Ghosts of Bogota' at Stray Cat Theatre 

The tagline of "Ghosts of Bogotá," written by Colombian playwright Diana Burbano, is “Come get haunted." And you just might. 

The show is  paradoxical story where comedy meets heartbreak told through a Latinx lens, featuring a cast that is fully people of color, May said.  

“Ghosts of Bogotá'' is about three Cuban-American siblings who return to Bogota, Colombia to bury their grandfather – whom no one will mourn. He sexually abused his granddaughters when they were young and beat his wife, the kids’ beloved grandmother Nena.

"It takes a dark subject, the idea that ghosts and demons haunt families, and explores how they move through life with them, around them and past them," said Ron May, the show's artistic director. "And it's just in time for Halloween." 

Details: Sept. 30-Oct. 15, Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Call the box office for pricing. 480-227-1766,

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'Chaos Theory' art show  

The entrance of Legend City Studio in downtown Phoenix, where the Chaos Theory event shows a collection of fine art pieces on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Chaos Theory founder Randy Slack doesn’t know what people are going to bring to one of the biggest art events in Phoenix this year. 

And that’s exactly how he likes it. 

The show dates back to the early days of Phoenix’s beloved First Friday, when Slack decided to invite artists into his studio to put up artwork. It’s since become one of Phoenix’s top art shows of the year. The exhibition will feature works across all mediums, including video works, sculptures, art installations and paintings. 

More than 70 artists will be featured at the event.

“I’m an artist, I’m not a gallery owner or a curator,” Slack said.  “It’s a non-curated show. I pick the artists and then I let them do what they want to do. I just want to give artists a platform for what they do. Phoenix has been really good to me and I want to be good back.” 

Details: Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Oct. 8 from 2 p.m. until people leave. Legend City Studios, 521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Admission is free.

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Phoenix Greek Festival

This festival has been going strong for 30 years. And it’s going into its 31st year with food, music and dancing to celebrate Greek culture in Phoenix.

Activities at the event include Greek dancing performances, an open dance time and tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is one of Phoenix’s oldest Greek churches. 

On the menu? Loukaniko, which is grilled pork sausage with orange zest and red wine; spanakopita; and loads of Greek street foods like gyros, Greek fries and baklava sundaes. 

Details: Oct. 7-9. Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Admission is $5. Kids are free.

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