7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Time to bust out that badass coyote shirt.EXPAND
Time to bust out that badass coyote shirt.
Sara Dant

New Times picks the best things to do in Phoenix and Tempe during this abbreviated work week from Tuesday, July 5, through Thursday, July 7. For more events, see our curated online calendar.

Dan Flores Book-Signing
You’re not an apex predator — you’re merely hiding yourself from those who’d eat you. And along with hybrid Florida supersnakes descended from abandoned pets (God, we’re idiots), our continent is sprinkled with coywolves, undoubtedly contemplating liaisons with snakes.

Plain old coyotes are tough enough on their own, though too smart to eat people. Dan Flores’ new book, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, imparts the fascinating story of how humans laughably attempted to control Wile E.’s population and habitat. It also illuminates the cultural significance of Canis latrans in the Americas.

Meet Flores and purchase a copy of the book for signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. Call 480-730-0205 or visit www.changinghands.com. Julie Peterson

Get schooled on craft at ASU Art Museum.
Get schooled on craft at ASU Art Museum.
Ai Kijima, Night is Young, 2005. Fused, machine quilted. Recycled materials including curtain, pillow case, bed sheets, clothes, apron, handkerchief, tablecloth, 75 x 136 in. Gift of Stanley and Muriel Weithorn Resident Trust in honor of Marilyn A. Zeitlin and Heather Sealy Lineberry.

"Crafting the Collection"
For some, the word “craft” conjures memories of preschool projects with glitter and glue sticks. If you’re among them, it’s probably time to hone your definition of craft.

There’s more to it than that, as evidenced by ASU Art Museum’s “Crafting the Collection” exhibition – which showcases the sophistication of contemporary and conceptual craft through 30 recently donated objects, plus a quilt created by Japanese artist Ai Kijima using a curtain, pillow case, bed sheets, clothes, apron, handkerchief, and tablecloth.

You can see this exhibition (and several more) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. Museum admission is always free, and “Crafting the Collection” continues through September 3. Visit asuartmuseum.asu.eduLynn Trimble

Work through those midweek kinks.
Work through those midweek kinks.

Flow Yoga
Find yourself bent out of sorts come Wednesday? The Newton has just the solution. On July 6, the inviting community event space (located at 300 West Camelback Road and home to repurposed chandeliers and a towering fireplace from its former life as Beefeaters) transforms into a yoga studio. Instructor Evon Hart will lead an all-levels flow class designed to work out those midweek kinks — and realign for the workdays that remain. Registration for the 5:30 p.m. class is $15 and can be completed through www.changinghands.com or by calling 602-274-0067. Becky Bartkowski

Frida-inspired painting by Jose Andres Giron on view at Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center.EXPAND
Frida-inspired painting by Jose Andres Giron on view at Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center.
Photo by Lynn Trimble

Everyday Frida
Long before the advent of selfie sticks, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was consumed with making self-portraits. And now, more than six decades after her death, a worldwide clique of Frida aficionados pause to celebrate her July 6 birthday each year.

During the past year, local Frida fans have seen photographs from the artists’ own collection at the Heard Museum, where dancers performed a Frida-inspired work, and at Bentley Gallery. No shortage to be found, the Valley’s even home to a Latina artist collective called the Phoenix Fridas.

To take part in remembering the influential artist, go to Everyday Frida! at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, 47 East Adams Street. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, visitors can celebrate her birthday with visual and performance art, plus reflections on her legacy. Visit www.alacaz.org. Lynn Trimble

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