7 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix
There's a lot happening this week in Phoenix — and the good news is that a lot of it is free. We found some interesting talks, readings, exhibits, and more that will keep both you and your budget in check.
November RadiatePHX: Downtown Residential Rental Boom
Radiate PHX is hosting its rental boom event on Tuesday, November 17, after having to reschedule back in September. Luckily, no power reducing storms are expecting to shutdown the downtown area this time around. The group will host a gathering to discuss the recent influx of rental properties in the Valley and how it will effect neighborhoods like Roosevelt Row and the Evans Churchill District. Guest speakers will include Tom Simplot of the Arizona Multihousing Association and representatives from various rental companies. Flowers Craft Beer and Wine will provide drinks and Matt's Big Breakfast will cater some light snacks. Those interested in attending should meet at Arizona Multihousing Association at 818 N. First Street at 5 p.m. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information. You can register here.
It's About Time: Eddie Jones at the Art Institute
Eddie Jones, who founded his own architecture studio, will be visiting the The Interior Design Program at The Art Institute of Phoenix on Tuesday, November 17, to discuss his life's work with anyone interested. His work is reflective of Frank Lloyd Wright, whom he cites as one of his heroes in that Jones strives to design buildings that work with nature, not against it. The talk will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Institute. You'll need to RSVP if you're interested in attending, which you can do at the event's Facebook page.
"Contained Illumination: A Bachelors of Fine Art Photography Exhibition"
Seven graduating BFA candidates will celebrate their years of hard work with an exhibition on Tuesday, November 17. Each photographer has his and her own style and technique they specialize in, but they tie together to create one powerful show. The exhibition will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run until November 20. The exhibition will be held in Gallery 100 in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts on ASU's Tempe campus. Find more details here.
Miriam Pawel spent years researching Cesar Chavez for her latest biography and will discuss his legacy this Thursday.
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez and A Union of Their Dreams
Cesar Chavez was a complicated man who fought for the oppressed and left lasting change for farm workers and countless others. He also, for a time, took a harsh stance on illegal immigration. Miriam Pawel, who has written two books about activist Chavez, will be at the Bulpitt Auditorium in Phoenix College this week to discuss his legacy. On Thursday, November 19, Pawel will go over Chavez's successes and controversies. The lecture will begin 6:30 p.m. You can RSVP and find more information about the talk at the organization's website.
Catch the free premier of A Space Program at SMoCA this Thursday.
Tom Sachs presents: A Space Program
In Toms Sachs' follow up to his Space Program 2.0: MARS, he takes viewers on a trip to the planet lead by two female astronauts. The film is a look into Sachs' artistic practice, or the art of bricolage. As the two travel to the red planet, the audience can see how Sachs and his team pieced together each and every bit of the project by hand. A Space Program will show at the Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. Be sure to arrive a little early, though. Seats that aren't filled by 6:45 p.m. will be given away. You can find more information on SMoCA's website, and you can RSVP here.
Four Chambers Presents Limited Engagement
In this month's Limited Engagement, Four Chambers Press will host two local writers. On Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m., Josh Rathkamp and Natasha Murdock will read samples of their respective work and take questions from the audience afterwards. The readings will take place at C-MOD Curated Modern Design at 4610 N. Seventh Avenue. You can read through some information on the artists and their work at Four Chambers' website.
Free Spartan Workout
Looking to spice up the old workout routine? Try training with the Spartans. They'll be at Roadrunner Sports in Tempe Marketplace on Sunday, November 22 at 9 a.m. giving a free workout session to all who show up. The event is designed for any level of fitness experience and is intended to prepare you for your next (or first) Spartan Race. Plus, there will be a free T-shirts. You can sign up here, or visit the group's Facebook page for more information.
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