You know those days where you make it through and then realize you didn't directly spend a single cent for a full 24 hours? Yeah, we think those days are pretty amazing, too. While we can't promise you one of those miraculously money-saving days, we can help out by offering three things to do this week that won't require you to even tou ch your wallet. Learn about the influence of Italian fashion, join some ladies on a bike ride around downtown, and appreciate some local art in Tempe all for the best price: free.
Salon Series: "History of Italian Style - The Italian Look"
When we think of Italians, we think of well-dressed fashionable people strutting around beautiful, cobblestone streets. And that isn't a coincidence. Several brands in the highest tier of fashion hail from Italy — Gucci, Prada, Fendi, etc. On Wednesday, July 22, curator of Fashion Design Dennita Sewell will lead a discussion on the role these Italian brands have played in our culture, including in aspects of design, marketing, and technology. The talk will start at 6 p.m. in Singer Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. For more information, visit phxart.org.
First Timers: Women/Trans/Femme Ride PHX
They say once you learn, you never forget how to ride a bike. And what better way to brush up on that invaluable skill than by joining a group of fellow riders and tooling around downtown Phoenix? Grab your bike and meet at Civic Space, 424 North Central Avenue, for First Timers: Women/Trans/Femme Ride PHX. Yep, sorry fellas, but this ride is only for the ladies. The group will head to DeSoto Central Market for their speakeasy night, and then off to The Duce for some karaoke. Just don't forget your water and bike lock when the ride starts at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. See the event's Facebook page for more info.
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Casey Moore's Oyster House is one of the most happening spots in Tempe on any given weekend. On Saturday, July 25, there will be more than just great oysters and even better people watching to enjoy at 850 South Ash Avenue when Arthoused/Final Saturdays kicks off at 7 p.m. This art show with music by DJ KNS will feature the works of five local artists, including thought-provoking and somewhat eerie pieces by painter James B. Hunt. For a full list of participating artists and more information, visit the event's Facebook page.