3 Artsy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

Phoenix New Times' guide to this week's arts and culture events is here. 

Named for the Washington D.C. projects where it takes place, ‘Capers is a heartfelt, honest story about the human right to housing and struggles therein. Directed and developed by Patrick Crowley and performed by Anu Yadav — who also wrote the one-woman show — the multi-media production blends theater, activism, and documentary filmmaking to offer a deeper look at an oft-ignored issue.

Following performances by Yadav and youth poet Olivia Neal will be a community panel discussion on gentrification in Phoenix. Panelists include Collette Blackeney of the Phoenix Urban League and Shawn Pearson from the Zion Institute.

Show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street. Tickets are $7 — though no one is turned away if unable to pay. Visit or Janessa Hilliard

Make It!
When we hear the word “marionettes,” we can’t help but imagine a young Justin Timberlake with blonde curls gelled into place swinging and dancing from strings with the rest of N*SYNC. But there’s so much more to this classic art form that dates back to Ancient Greece than what we saw replicated in that early 2000s music video. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, is offering the chance to make your own dancing doll during Make It! on Wednesday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. as part of Free Admission Wednesday. Visit the events calendar at for more information. Evie Carpenter

"Flora & Fauna"
Not that we don’t enjoy them, but we’re sure you agree: There are only so many times we can see the same interpretation of desert landscape. Black-and-white portraits of saguaros are lovely and majestic, and expansive panoramas of backyards are breathtaking — but sometimes we want something different.

Artist Brenda Edwards has answered that silent plea. “Flora & Fauna,” her solo show at {9} The Gallery, features 12 detailed portrayals created over a four-month period that offer a lighter, colorful view of our shared desert home.

The free exhibition closes on Thursday, July 23, at 1229 Grand Avenue. Visit either or Janessa Hilliard

For more things to do, see New Times' curated calendar of events.

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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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