3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

You don't need spare change to fill your spare time. Whether you're in the market to meet and greet artists, soak in some spoken word performances, or ooh and ahh over some handmade dolls, metro Phoenix is making your to-do list happen. Here are our top three picks for free events in the Valley this week.

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Grant Street Open Studio Weekend

Mi studio es su studio. From Friday, April 10, through Saturday, April 11, Grant Street Studios is inviting the public to take a tour of where the creativity happens with open studio visits. The weekend event, hosted by ASU's School of Art MFA students and The Art Grads at ASU (TAG), will feature a group pop-up show, art sale, live music by Devotion In Disarray, and light refreshments. Scheduled events include an interactive 1860s-style tintype portrait station by Buzzy Sullivan from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and a bronze casting technique demo by john Tuomisto-Bell between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday. For details, visit the event on Facebook.

Caffeine Corridor Poetry Series feat. Beth May & Emily Cimino

Join writers Beth May and Emily Cimino at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10, as they present their work in the next installment of {9} The Gallery's Caffeine Corridor Poetry Series. May, a 2015 Big Brain Award finalist, is best known for her play Earthlings and her newly released spoken word album, The Family Arsonist. Cimino represents the Downtown Poetry Slam and writes for The Threaditor. Open mic signups will be available beginning at 6:45 p.m. For more details, visit the event on Facebook.

A Gathering of Carvers: Katsina Doll Marketplace

On Saturday, April 11, stop by the Heard Museum for the 14th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers. The free event will feature exclusive shopping, carving demonstrations, a musical performance by Hopi act Thunderboy, and a drawing for a chance to win this year's featured katsina doll by Hopi / Pima carver Michael Dean Jenkins. Museum access is not included with the marketplace. Marketplace hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

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