Fun fact: You don't have to cut corners or cut coupons to save a little money on social outings. Because, as temperatures cool, the complimentary activities heat up. From ballet performances under the night sky to lectures about the online world and downtown networking events, here are your three best bets for free events this week.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, Radiate PHX is inviting downtown locals to mix, mingle, and learn about the 2014-15 arts season at Grant Street Studios. Councilwoman Kate Gallego of Phoenix's District 8 and Dean Steven Tepper of the ASU Herberger Institute will open the event, which will feature complimentary food and drink by Atlasta Catering and Pour Masters. Visit the event on Facebook for more information and to RSVP.
Join CO+HOOTS from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, as it continues its free lecture series, Midweek Mindtweek, this time with Koshin Mariano. With a projected 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2050, Mariano will discuss how the automation revolution will impact society. For details, visit cohoots.com.
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On Thursday, September 18, Ballet Arizona kicks off its annual community outreach program, Ballet Under the Stars, at Tempe Center for the Arts. The free series will showcase both contemporary and classic ballet in outdoor venues throughout the month of September. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy. All performances start at 7 p.m. For a full look at the schedule, visit balletaz.org.