5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Lustre heats up for the Fourth of July.
Lustre heats up for the Fourth of July.
Westgate Entertainment District

We're already gathered up your best bets for Fourth of July pool parties, what shows to catch this First Friday, and where to ooh and aaah over fireworks this holiday weekend. From a birthday bash for Frida Kahlo to a local filmmaker showcase, here's what else to mark on your calendars.

All American Independence Day Party

Time for some star-spangled cocktails and some tan line stripes. While the Hotel Palomar is celebrating a whopping 100 days of summer, it's giving special attention to number 47, also known as the Fourth of July. This All American Independence Party will feature specialty drinks with Tito's Handmade Vodka, grilled grub, a contest for the most patriotic outfit, beer pong, cornhole, table tennis, and a photo booth.

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This special 100 Days of Summer Pool Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4, at the Lustre Rooftop Garden, Two East Jefferson Street. The pool party celebration continues through Sunday, July 6. Admission is $10 for non-hotel guests and free on Sunday. For more information, visit or call 480-478-1765. Tickets can be purchased at, keyword "Lustre Independence Day." -- Katie Johnson


"7th Street to 7th Avenue"

Laura Spalding Best's latest works are all about connections.

Through a painted series of scenes depicting street lights, telephone poles, wiring and signage along Roosevelt Row, Best explores communication through city dwellers' shared language of reds, greens, one-ways, and don't-walks. Painted on the back sides of aluminum traffic signs, these works make up her new exhibition, "7th Street to 7th Avenue."

Halt Gallery presents the exhibition at the shipping container turned pop-up Hot Box Gallery, on which Best has painted a new mural depicting a mirage-like desert oasis. Take a look during the show's closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4, at 408 East Roosevelt Street. Admission is free. Visit for more. -- Becky Bartkowski


Arizona Filmmaker Showcase

Get ready for a double feature with local flair when FilmBar brings two Arizona-made flicks to the big screen on Saturday, July 5.

As a part of the Arizona Filmmaker Showcase, the films PIG and Sex and Violence might take you to familiar locales, but what they'll show you is something utterly new. The critically acclaimed PIG, for instance, is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller with a touch of amnesia. It's unique and unusual plot has earned it 10 different wins, including Best Sci-Fi Feature at the Phoenix Film Festival. On the other hand, Sex and Violence explores the intimate experiences of one couple taking their love to physical extremes.

If you're ready to go on those Arizona-based adventures, beer in hand, you can buy tickets online for $9 and find more information, including trailers, at The 21-and-over event starts at 8 p.m. at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. -- Heather Hoch


Pedro Álvarez Castelló's African Abstract (2002) is a collage piece with oil on canvas.
Pedro Álvarez Castelló's African Abstract (2002) is a collage piece with oil on canvas.
From the ASU Art Museum Collection.

"Funny Papers"

In a world run amok with GIFs and hashtags aimed squarely at your funny bone, it's easy to forget that people used to get their chuckles from the newspaper. Before it somehow became okay to post drivel from questionable sources all over our Facebook pages, we used to simply cut out our favorite comic and post it on the fridge. The funnies informed our humor, our political views, even our morality. Sure, they're still around, but they're fast becoming a vestige of American pop culture; influence waning, impact forgotten.

Luckily, there are artists out there who appreciate the profundity and jocularity that comic strips have provided for Americans over the years, and have infused them into their own works. The "Funny Papers" exhibition at ASU Art Museum in Tempe, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, is devoted entirely to such works, making for a pleasantly anachronistic yet poignant exhibition. Check it out for free on Saturday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 480-965-2873 for details. -- Rob Kroehler


A detailed look at Armondo Williams' mixed-media portrayal of Frida Kahlo in Super Frida.
A detailed look at Armondo Williams' mixed-media portrayal of Frida Kahlo in Super Frida.
Armondo Williams

Frida's Birthday

Fill in that unibrow, throw some flowers in your hair, and take an elaborate selfie. The Phoenix Public Library is celebrating one of the most sensational artists to come out of Mexico on what would have been her 107th birthday.

The Frida Kahlo Birthday Party will offer music, live dance performances, a Frida-style lotería game, an arts and crafts mercado benefitting The Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, birthday cake, and free Frida swag bags for the first 15 guests who arrive dressed as the artist. Frida's Party happens Sunday, July 6, at the second floor gallery at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central Avenue. The Frida-inspired fun runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. while the "Expressively Frida" art exhibit will be on view through Sunday, August 3. Admission to all Frida events is free. For more information, visit or call 602-262-4636.-- Katie Johnson

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Lustre Rooftop Garden

2 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Hot Box Gallery

815 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


ASU Art Museum
Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


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