Here Are the Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Spit poetry comes to Crescent.EXPAND
Spit poetry comes to Crescent.
Courtesy of Myrlin Hepworth

New Times picks the best events and things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30.

Myrlin Hepworth
Picasso used a paintbrush, but spoken word artist Myrlin Hepworth uses spit poetry to make his point. He’ll perform “Eulogy in Blue,” a new body of work that blends romance gone too soon with social injustice gone too far, right here in Phoenix before taking it on the road.

Expect plenty of hip-hop created with rapper and DJ Mic Maven, plus music spun by DJ Panic, during the Monday, June 27, performance at Crescent Ballroom, located at 308 North Second Avenue.

The show starts at 8 p.m., but doors open at 7 p.m. so you’ll have time to get to the bar and ask about blue cocktail options – or to start your own conversations. Tickets are $10. Visit Lynn Trimble

Work by artist Corrine Geertsen on view at Tempe History Museum.EXPAND
Work by artist Corrine Geertsen on view at Tempe History Museum.
Corrine Geertsen/Photo by Lynn Trimble

"History: What Happens When You're Not Looking"
There’s no reading required for historical fiction created by Mesa artist Corrine Geertsen, whose works of digital photo montage set whimsical narratives in surrealistic settings. Often created using Photoshop and late-18th or early-19th century images, these pieces sometimes feature more than 200 layers of imagery and color.

See more than a dozen of her works in the “History: What Happens When You’re Not Looking” exhibition at Tempe History Museum, located at 809 East Southern Avenue. Hours on Tuesday, June 28, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition, which is housed in the museum’s community room, continues through Sunday, August 21. Museum admission is free.

While you’re there, check out nostalgic artifacts featured in the museum’s Tempe and Legend City exhibits. Visit Lynn Trimble

It's game on in Mesa.
It's game on in Mesa.
Courtesy of The Grid: Games and Growlers

Indie Game Demo Night
The people who bring you RockBand Mondays and Thursday’s Table Top Game Night are hosting Indie Game Demo Night – where attendees may view and participate in new game demonstrations from local, independent video-game developers.

Head to The Grid: Games and Growlers, the lounge and event venue at 525 South Gilbert Road in Mesa, and settle in to a demo station from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

The Grid is open Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., so feel free to arrive early or hang around for hot wings and a pint or two from Arizona beer makers like Beast Brewing Company, Historic Brewing Company, and of course, 8-Bit Aleworks. For more information, call 480-621-8088 or visit Lauren Cusimano

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