If you and your buddies aren't making the outdoorsy pilgrimage to Tortilla Flat for this weekend's Coachella-style camp-and-chill Apache Lake Music Festival, here are your best bets for a good time in town, whether you're getting pumped for First Friday (don't miss our monthly art walk map here), looking for some crafting inspiration, or in the mood for a zombie flick:
"Cereal Killer" @ After Hours Gallery
Featuring new works by artist Brian Kappel, "Cereal Killer" finds Kappel riffing on the concept of murderous breakfast foods thanks to the show's titular homophone. The exhibition, which features such imaginary morning munchies as "Psych-O's" and "Atomic Bran," opens tonight at 6 p.m. for First Friday.
Zombieland Screening @ The Royale
The Department of Zombie Defense (no, really) presents this screening of Jesse Eisenberg's foray into undead-battling action. Catch Zombieland at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight. Royale proprietor Andrea Beesley-Brown assures us that Twinkies will be on hand. Tickets are $10.
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Hello There! House @ The Center
Local blogger and DIY diva Rosemary Watson co-hosts this two-day home and garden conference in Tempe with gal pal Jesse Sanfilippo. If you've been putting off painting your walls, or desperately need to organize your closet, HT!H will kick you into gear. Tickets start at $75.
Best of Phoenix A'Fare @ Borders
In this year's Best of Phoenix issue we delved into the city's underground. So it's only fitting that the soiree celebrating our local favorites would be held at a shuttered former Borders location at Biltmore Fashion Park. Get ready for delectable food samples and live art, all soundtracked by Mr. P-Body. Tickets are $35 and cocktail attire is required. (If you're looking for outfit inspiration, check out this week's Gem post here.)
"Why Is This Commercial?" Hair & Fashion Show @ Hair Pollution
The Phoenix salon presents its annual hair and fashion show with a futuristic fantasy theme -- specifically imagining Phoenix 20 years in the future. Get a look at Hair Pollution's ultramodern style vision, complete with appearances from local musicians and artists, on Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Bergamot Institute.
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