Explore the urban landscape with artist Erika Lynne Hanson.
Explore the urban landscape with artist Erika Lynne Hanson.
Erika Lynne Hanson

7 Free Things to Do This Week

No matter how broke you are, you can still have some fun. This week, there's a derby car race, a visit from author Ada Palmer, and a chance to veg out at the Uptown Farmer's Market. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Geeks Who Drink
What’s a better way to spend a Tuesday night than with some buddies, beers, and trivia?

The people behind Bitters Bar, 1455 North Scottsdale Road, Suite #115, can’t seem to think of a finer option. The bar’s weekly trivia gathering, Geeks Who Drink, continues on Tuesday, April 17. And the folks at Bitters have certainly have kept in mind that it’s a school night.

Trivia starts at 7 p.m and ends — very reasonably — at 9. In other words, it’s perfect for people who enjoy night life but also enjoy getting to bed at a decent time. Participation is free. For more information, visit the Bitters Bar Facebook page. Tanner Stechnij

Uptown Farmer’s Market
Let’s be honest. Going to a farmer’s market immediately makes you feel like a healthier person. Who doesn’t want that?

Even if you don’t buy any vegetables, it’s worth a trip to the Uptown Farmer’s Market at 5757 North Central Avenue to feel slightly better about yourself. Vendors sell everything from kale and goat cheese to fresh fish.

So grab your grocery list and get shopping on Wednesday, April 18.The farmer’s market continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of April. For more information, visit the Uptown Farmer’s Market website. Lindsay Roberts

Open Studio and Flag-Making Workshop
Flags are a familiar sight for artist Erika Lynne Hanson, an assistant professor of fibers and socially engaged practice at Arizonan State University. “I use flags as markers for points of dialogue and discussion,” Hanson says. For an artist residency with Scottsdale Public Art, she will hold an open studio and free flag-making workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Noriega Stable Livery, 3804 North Brown Street.

It starts with a walk, followed by a talk about what caught participants’ attention. Then attendees can make flags inspired by the urban landscape. Hanson will have fabric, paint, scissors, and other supplies on hand. “My goal is to get people attuned to the landscape rather than just moving through it,” she says. Visit the Scottsdale Public Art website. Lynn Trimble

Ada Palmer
Ada Palmer is a true polymath. In addition to her day job as a history professor, the Harvard-educated Palmer performs with the filk group Sassafrass at cons and Ren fairs across the country. She’s also an award-winning science-fiction novelist.

That’s the hat Palmer will be wearing when she visits the Poisoned Pen on Friday, April 20. Palmer will discuss her “Terra Ignota” series, set in a 25th-Century Earth ruled according to Enlightenment philosophy. Alas, all is not for the best in that best of all possible worlds, as a criminal and a spiritualist attempt to hide the existence of God in a society where religion is outlawed.

Palmer’s signing starts at 7 p.m. at 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Visit the Poisoned Pen website for more information. Michael Senft

A boy and his race car.EXPAND
A boy and his race car.
Benjamin Leatherman

Pinewood Classic
Giving beloved childhood activities an adult twist has become a big thing over the last decade or so. Hence the reason why pastimes like dodgeball, kickball, or even coloring books have all been re-embraced by grownups looking for a good time.

The Valley’s annual Pinewood Classic is along the same lines. Inspired by the Pinewood Derby races made popular by the Cub Scouts, the event involves local adults crafting custom-built wooden cars weighing five ounces or less, many of which feature cute or clever themes. These pint-size vehicles are then raced along a 40-foot-long track set up outside of Short Leash Hotdogs, 110 East Roosevelt Street, with the winners getting prizes.

This year’s classic takes place on Saturday, April 21, starting at noon and will feature races for both adults and kids, as well as live music and beer vendors. Admission is free. Call 602-795-2193 or visit the Facebook event page. Benjamin Leatherman

Phoenix Night Market
Cosplay-friendly might not be the first thing you’re looking for in a farmer’s market, but if it’s part of the gig, why not? At Phoenix Night Market, you can don your costume of choice or just regular clothes while you spend the evening perusing for-sale goods from more than 40 vendors. Grab some dinner while you’re there. Krazy Taters will do it up with different style spuds, and you can probably guess what Noodle Bar will be serving up.

Drop some dollars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Phoenix Public Market, 721 North Central Avenue. Visit the Facebook event page. Amy Young

Rooftop Yoga
It’s hard to be a broke person who enjoys the bougie side of life. But on April 22, you can enjoy a day of poolside yoga and mimosas for super cheap.

Grab your yoga mat and a water bottle, and get to 2401 East Camelback Road. That’s where Kandi Neal will lead a complimentary class on the rooftop of the very fancy Camby hotel. After class, you can sip $2 poolside mimosas. And yogis will get 10 percent off brunch at Artizen Kitchen & Bar.

There will be a complimentary valet for the event. For more information (or to invite a friend), visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

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