Fun things to do this week in Phoenix: Immersive King Tut, and more

This week there are fun and interesting events taking place in the Phoenix metro. You can take an immersive history lesson on the life of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, spend an evening playing the lottery amid the splendor of the Desert Botanical Garden, or rock with local jazz musicians at The Lost Leaf.

More activities are happening in the valley from Monday October 3rd to Thursday October 6th, but you’ll have to read on for all the details. And the Phoenix New Times online calendar has even more options for things to do this week.

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The Lost Leaf near Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix.

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Jazz Mondays

Monday nights are usually one of the lowest points of the week. The weekend is in the rearview mirror and four straight days of work or school await until you can let loose again. The folks at popular Roosevelt Row beer and wine bar The Lost Leaf, 914 North Fifth Street, help brighten up otherwise ordinary Monday nights with their weekly jazz session. A rotating lineup of local musicians and bands performs onsite beginning at 9 p.m. their thing on Monday October 3rd. Free entry. Benjamin Leatherman

“Immersive King Tut: Magical Journey to Light”

The trend of immersive cultural experiences available in the valley has grown. This time it’s less about art and more about history. “Immersive King Tut: magical journey to lightrecently opened at Scottsdale’s Lighthouse ArtSpace, 4301 North Scottsdale Road. The project, which is under the auspices of the Egyptian Council for Tourism Affairs, was created by Lighthouse Immersive, the same company behind the “Immersive Van Gogh” and “Immersive Klimt: Revolution” exhibits. “Immersive King Tut” uses “stunning visuals to tell the story of the Amduat, an important ancient Egyptian funerary text, considered the oldest known pictorial history, which was depicted on the tombs of pharaohs.” State-of-the-art video mapping and groundbreaking animation are used to depict the story of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, one of Egypt’s best-known rulers, and his passage through the afterlife as he “escorts the sun to through the underworld each night to rise victoriously anew each morning,” according to a press release. The exhibit runs Wednesday through Monday each week. Hours vary. Tickets start at $35 per person Where $25 per person for groups of 10 or more. Full details are available here. Jennifer Goldberg

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The Simpson family in their natural habitat.

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The Simpsons Trivia: Treehouse of Horror Edition

Like any unconditional fan of The simpsons will tell you, one of the highlights of each season is the animated show’s annual Halloween-themed specials. Known as the “Treehouse of Horror”, these episodes feature three (or more) stand-alone segments where the Simpson family or other Springfieldians are involved in storylines and settings inspired by horror, sci-fi, fantasy or the supernatural. (Our all-time favorite is “Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace,” which inspired Freddy Krueger.) Officially, a total of 32 Halloween specials have aired (not including this season’s version which airs in a few weeks). ). Local The Simpsons fans who have seen each of them can claim their knowledge of Comic Book Guy episodes on Wednesday, October 5 at the Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. The venue’s weekly trivia night will focus on “Treehouse of Horror” specials and give away concert tickets and other prizes. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and teams of up to six people can participate. Questions start at 7 p.m. and participation is free. More details are available here. Benjamin Leatherman

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Try your luck at the Lotería night.

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Lottery evening

A prickly pear. A bird. A scorpio. A moon. These are just four of the 54 elements you will find depicted on early lottery cards created in Mexico, where they are used to play the popular game first developed in Italy and played in Spain. It works much like bingo. Basically, you have a sheet with several lottery icons on it, and you put a marker on the icons as they are called, hoping to win by being the first person to completely fill your board. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, hosts a few Lottery evenings this autumn. The first takes place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. Tickets cost $34.95 for the general public and you must be at least 21 years old to attend. Get your timed entry ticket online, then get ready to enjoy cerveza, music from DJ Audrey Pekala, and prizes, along with beautiful evening skies and plant life. Lynn Trimble

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The Champions of Magic Tour illusionists perform their jaw-dropping stunts in downtown Phoenix this week.

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Champions of Magic: World Wonderland Tour

You don’t have to believe in magic to enjoy the mind-blowing conjuring that is unleashed during this traveling show. Five of the world’s greatest magicians will perform fantastical and mind-blowing illusions all over the stage at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street on Thursday, October 6. Forget those ordinary tricks of picking playing cards or pulling rabbits out of hats, as the fantastical illusions include sleight of hand shows involving pyrotechnics, Houdini-style escape art, amazing levitations and other thrilling stunts. Headlined by British duo Richard Young and Sam Strange, the tour lineup will also include mentalist Alex McAleer and illusionists like Hollie England and Fernando Velasco. Tours start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $62.50. Benjamin Leatherman

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