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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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This week talk isn't just cheap, it's free. From discussions about diversified dwelling in the Valley to lectures on high-end looks from the '90s and conversations on contemporary versus traditional gardening, there's plenty of opportunities to run your mouth without running out of funds. Here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix.

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Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix

In conjunction with the current exhibition, "Suburbia," Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a free discussion about the who, what, where, when, and why of living in metro Phoenix. This talk will be based on the findings of Individualocracy, a collaborative project by architect and artist Matthew Salenger of coLab Studios with ASU art professors John Risseuuw and Dan Mayer. This event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. For details, visit www.smoca.org.

Salon Series: History of Fashion - Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Rucci - 1990s to now

Phoenix Art Museum is taking a fashionable trip in time as part of its free salon series, History of Fashion. Explore the styles of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, and Ralph Rucci from the 1990s to the present with the help of Dennita Sewell, the museum's curator of fashion design. This complimentary lecture begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, inside the orientation room. For more information, visit www.phxart.org.

Mission Not-so Impossible: Sustainable Desert Landscaping & Gardening

This August the Pueblo Grande Museum is hosting a free brown bag lecture series called Mission Not-so Impossible: Sustainable Desert Landscaping & Gardening. Kicking off the series on Friday, August 1, from noon to 1 p.m., will be Jacob Butler, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden coordinator, presenting the topic of "Combining Contemporary and Traditional Gardening." Details can be found at www.phoenix.gov/parks.

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