Saving up for that summer staycation? We got you, Phoenix.
Your guide to going out on the cheap from May 12 tot 14 is here — and your options are not only budget friendly, they also run the gamut from an upstart sporting team and a futurist lecture to a celebration of all things peachy. Each event will cost you no more than $15. For more things to do, see our curated calendar of events.
Need a bit of inspiration to jump-start your summer fashion sense? Head to Shortcut Gallery, 5540 North Seventh Street, #120, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12. That’s where you’ll find the new
Cory Doctorow is an author, futurist, free-speech advocate, and editor of the popular geek website boingboing.net. And now, he’s back on the literary scene with Walkaway, his first novel for adults in nearly 10 years. Doctorow is coming to the Valley to discuss the novel and the future of free speech on the internet at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Doubletree Hilton, 5401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Joining Doctorow for this conversation is ASU’s
From Life to Story to Stage
If you haven’t heard of Essential Theatre, maybe that’s not so terrible. Though its performances are moving and entertaining, the usual audiences/participants are going through experiences we wouldn’t volunteer for, in such places as prisons, shelters, and public schools. The company practices Playback Theatre, a visceral, personal genre in which life experiences become the narrative of scenes that are spontaneously performed in a partly direct, partly metaphorical style. It’s both less harrowing and more visual than you might think. iTheatre Collaborative presents a rare public production by Essential Theatre in Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage through Sunday, May 14, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets are $15 at the iTheatre website or 602-252-8497. Showtime on Friday, May 12, is 8 p.m.
Our Creation Stories
Explore the changing history, culture, and traditions of birth as Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, partners with Creative Push to present a film called Our Creation Stories. Led by Forrest Solis, an artist and assistant professor at ASU’s School of Art, Creative Push is a multimedia art and humanities project about labor and delivery that uses art and storytelling to promote meaningful dialogue. The short film, which screens in the Steele Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, features five Native women from across the Southwest sharing their own experiences. Stay after to enjoy a moderated panel of experts including artist Renee Dennison, nurse-midwife Nicolle Gonzales, and author
Phoenix Rising vs. Oklahoma Energy
It’s easy to forget, amid all the sporting events going on year-round, that the world’s most popular sport has yet to invade our insular desert bubble to the same extent that other sports have. But that might be changing. Thanks to a recent push to join Major League Soccer by way of expansion, Arizona’s sole professional soccer team, Phoenix Rising, looks poised to shake up our sports hierarchy at long last. And with hundreds of thousands of
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Schnepf Farm's Peach Festival
Sweet and squishy peaches are part of a spring tradition around these parts. The folks at Schnepf Farms have something to do with that. Their annual Peach Festival started a couple decades ago as a small event where attendees could pick their own fruit and partake in a pancake breakfast. These days, picking peaches is still part of the festivities that now include rides and a peach-sampling pavilion. Vintage Market Days is joining the festival this year, bringing more than 150 vendors selling an array of handmade and vintage goods. Things will be just peachy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at 24610 South Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those 12 and younger. Call 480-987-3100 or visit the Schnepf Farms website. Amy Young
Downtown Phoenix Open Mic
If you’re on the lookout for a hot mic in this town, then join the Downtown Phoenix Open Mic night at Herberger Theater Center. Finalize that song, poem, comedy act, dance routine,