10/8: Phoenix Suns vs. Rio de Janeiro Flamengo
After barely missing the playoffs last season, the Suns are opening the 2014 preseason against the Rio de Janeiro Flamengo. The Flamengo Basketball team is one of the most successful in Brazil, and the game should be a good kickoff for the Suns preseason.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $10-$125
The EDM artist and DJ has picked up six Grammy awards during his time as a solo artist, including awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. Special guests A$AP Ferg, Branchez and David Heartbreak are joining Skrillex for the Mesa concert.
Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Thursday, Oct. 9, Doors open at 4 p.m., show at 4:30 p.m., $38.50-$60
10/9: Scottsdale International Film Festival Opening Night
The Scottsdale International Film Festival is now in its 13th year, and will be screening 40 different feature films as well as some short films. The festival is beginning with William H. Macy’s Rudderless at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, but all other film screenings will be at Harkins Shea.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 Second St, Scottsdale, Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., more information
10/10-11: Arizona Dance Festival
Over 20 dance troupes, mainly from the Phoenix area but some from around the nation, are hitting the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts to showcase their talents. Dances from tap to jazz and ballet to hip-hop will be featured in the two evenings of the festival.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., $18 adult, $15 senior, $13 student
10/10-11: Margaret Cho
Comedian Margaret Cho has been performing for nearly two decades, since her first album came out in 1996. Cho is known for openly discussing personal issues laced with profanity. Outside of stand-up, Cho was in Dancing with the Stars and guest-starred on the sitcom 30 Rock as Kim Jong-Il.
Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $ 30