5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, September 26, through Thursday, September 29. For more, see our curated calendar of events

Debate Watch
Think there’s still a place for civility in politics? Join fellow optimists at a free Debate Watch happening from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 26. It’s a classy alternative to staying home and screaming at your own TV screen or digital device.

Presented by Arizona Humanities, the Debate Watch is your chance to witness moderator Lester Holt throw questions to Clinton and Trump at Hofstra University in New York, while surrounding yourself with people who plan on keeping their cool that night. Want to test their resolve? Wear your best Bernie gear, or ask about their basket of deplorables.

The Debate Watch takes place at two locations: ASU Memorial Union, 301 East Orange Street in Tempe, and Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Visit Lynn Trimble

"Her Little Machines"
Though its shelves are lined with escapes ready for the taking, Burton Barr Central Library’s gallery offers yet another opportunity to travel to a place where your imagination can run wild. Kenosha Drucker’s exhibition, “Her Little Machines,” collects three of the artist’s miniseries and gives a look at a conjured world that’s all Drucker’s own. Whether her works portray a parallel universe, a dreamscape, or a look into our distant past or future is entirely up to you, the viewer, to decide. Have a look at the free show, on view at 1221 North Central Avenue, through Friday, October 14. Hours on Tuesday, September 27, are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details, see or call 602-262-4636. Becky Bartkowski

Private Collections Tour
Much is known about the famed Frank Lloyd Wright, whose homes and designs have long been on display across the country. For those curious about the character behind these contemporary structures, there’s a new opportunity to see the art that inspired the architect during the Private Collections Tour at Taliesin West, 12345 North Taliesin Drive in Scottsdale.

The 45-minute guided experience on Wednesday, September 28, takes participants behind the scenes of Wright’s winter homestead and into the (literal) vault. The rotating gallery exhibition is heavy on Japanese prints, woodblocks, and textiles presented in a museum-like environment alongside Wright-designed china and other collections, created for the since-demolished Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

Tickets are $38 each. Advance registration is required. Call 480-627-5340 or visit to purchase tickets. Janessa Hilliard

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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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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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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