Bad news for you budget-conscious plan-cancelers. The "too expensive" excuse just doesn't work anymore. Being out of money in metro Phoenix doesn't have to mean being out of the loop. Whether it's hearing the up-and-coming comics around town, discussing how to develop the downtown area, or celebrating an art gallery anniversary, there's always an opportunity to take in culture without the cost. Here are our top three picks for free events this week.
Downtown West Side Development Open House
Stop by Urban Living 2, 650 North Second Avenue, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, for an open house to discuss the future development of downtown Phoenix, specifically the 7.5 acres on Fillmore Street between Fourth and Sixth avenues. Visitors will be able to view possible ideas generated by architects and city officials. The event is intended to gain feedback in the intial planning stage so that developers can move forward in creating a more thriving downtown community. Visit the event on Facebook for more information.
Open Mic Wednesday
All right, all you joke-crackers and class clowns, it's time to show us what you've got. Stand-Up Scottsdale is inviting aspiring comics and established funny people to step into the spotlight for its weekly open mic, which starts at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Although the evening has no set ending time, comedians looking to perform should sign up at the start of the night. Food and drink specials will be offered, but no drink minimum is required. For details, visit standupscottsdale.com.
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"Self Made: 15 Years of Eye Lounge"
Eye Lounge is well into its teenage years, 15 to be exact, and to celebrate, a fellow art space is holding a special retrospective exhibition. "Self Made: 15 Years of Eye Lounge" will be on view at Vision Gallery in Chandler. The collaborative exhibition will feature the works of past and current collective members. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 30. For more information, visit the event on Facebook or check out www.visiongallery.org.