9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

David Emitt Adams takes people behind (and inside) his camera.EXPAND
David Emitt Adams takes people behind (and inside) his camera.
Courtesy of Arizona Commission on the Arts

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 20. For more options, see our curated online calendar. 

Camera Obscura Workshop
What happens when you mix an ice-fishing tent with a white board? If you’re hanging out with photographer David Emitt Adams, it’s probably a giant walk-in camera like the one he’s bringing to his free Camera Obscura Workshop at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard.
Show up between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, and you can walk inside his homemade camera to get a feel for ideas that fueled the invention of photography – plus try your hand at using simple materials to make your own miniature camera obscura that projects images upside down and backward. For more information, visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org. Lynn Trimble

Arizona Rattlers vs. Orlando Predators
Here’s your vocabulary lesson for the day: “penultimate.” Say it like “pen” (that thing sitting on your desk) plus “ultimate” (like the Ultimate Warrior, God rest his soul). It’s often misused to refer to a finale, or the thing that happens last, but it actually means next to last. Your best chance to use it? When talking about the upcoming Arena Football League matchup between the Arizona Rattlers and the Orlando Predators, which will be the penultimate game of the Rattlers’ season, meaning it’ll be your second-to-last chance to see the team before they begin their postseason run to reclaim the AFL championship.

Grab your thesaurus and watch the Rattlers challenge the Predators at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $9. Call 602-514-8383 or visit azrattlers.com for more. Zach Fowle

Game on, Dbacks.EXPAND
Game on, Dbacks.
Jim Louvau

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Attention Arizona Diamondbacks fans: When the Toronto Blue Jays visit Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on Tuesday, July 18, we advise that you don the blue and white and embrace your inner Toronto. Contrary to what the snakes have displayed on their home turf, they are in fact a good road team. And as the summer months wane, well, desperate times call for desperate measures. Painful yet tactical, the best thing Valley sports fans can do at this point is to make the ‘Backs feel like they’re somewhere else. Anywhere else. Tickets are $14 and up to the game, which starts at 6:40 p.m. Visit www.dbacks.com or call 602-514-8400 for details. Rob Kroehler 

Don't miss the chance to soak up some knowledge from Dennita Sewell.EXPAND
Don't miss the chance to soak up some knowledge from Dennita Sewell.
Ken Howie

"The Grand Couturiers and Tradition"
Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion curator Dennita Sewell is a wealth of information. From designers and fabrics to historical trends and obscure clotherie, she’s all but an encyclopedia. Which is precisely why we take every chance we get to learn from her. The next opportunity? That’ll be Sewell’s summer salon series at the museum. It’s devoted to the history of Parisian fashion, and the first talk, titled “The Grand Couturiers and Tradition,” focuses on the influential work of Charles Worth, Coco Chanel, and Cristobal Balenciaga. Start taking notes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. For more information about the free event, see www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski

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