Technically your new year's resolutions don't kick in till Thursday, January 1. But there's no reason you can't start your goal of spending less a little early. From complimentary celebrations on the last night of 2014 to the first poetry reading of the year and a femme-focused art exhibition, here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix this week.
"Les Femmes Fierce: An Exploration of Female Trailblazers" by Jennifer Campbell
Stop by Practical Art between 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, January 2, as it hosts a reception for its latest exhibition by Jennifer Campbell, "Les Femmes Fierce: An Exploration of Female Trailblazers." This exhibition, which runs throughout the month of January, will use watercolor and embroidery to showcase notable women in history from 1885 to 1986. Visit www.practical-art.com or check out the event on Facebook.
Welcome New Year's Eve
On Wednesday, December 31, the Garfield neighborhood's favorite spot for grub and get-togethers, Welcome Diner, is inviting the downtown community to join its staff in saying so long to 2014 and hello to 2015. The free New Year's Eve gathering will run from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and offer drink and food specials, a champagne toast at midnight, and live music by the Haymarket Squares. For details, visit the event on Facebook.
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First Friday Poetry
Roses are red, violets are blue. Changing Hands Bookstore is serving up some local prose for you. Every first friday, visit Changing Hands in Tempe for a chance to share your latest lyric while enjoying some verses from your fellow writers. First Friday Poetry happens at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 2. Interested poets should bring up to three typed pages to read aloud. For details, visit www.changinghands.com.