Look, it's no secret that Phoenix is full of things to do for free every day of the week. And this weekend, unsurprisingly, is no exception. From protest art and poetry to a U.S. Constitution convo and stellar window-shopping (or, if you wanna indulge, shopping-shopping), here's your guide to going out and getting cultured on a budget of zero dollars.
"Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite"
#NastyWomen has been a thing ever since Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during one of their debates. Beyond a rallying cry, it’s inspired artists across the globe to create art decrying possible rollbacks of rights for immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.
See the “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 20, at Grand ArtHaus, 1501 South Grand Avenue.
Featured artists include Mary Hood, Irma Sanchez, Lena Klett, and Rossitza Todorova, to name a few. All works cost $100 or less, and sales benefit Planned Parenthood Arizona.
Organized by Meredith Drum, Patricia Sannit, Laura Dragon, Erika Lynne Hanson, and Colleen Donohoe, the evening also includes 7 and 8 p.m. dance performances by Nicole Olson, Elisa Cavallero, and Grace Gallagher.
Arrive early for free admission. Starting at 7 p.m., admission is a $2 to $10 donation for Planned Parenthood. Visit AZNastyWomen on Facebook. Lynn Trimble
Sweet Salvage: Green Acres
Green Acres, as it turns out, is still the place to be — particularly if you’re interested in shopping the latest shabby chic and vintage finds from Sweet Salvage, the Melrose Curve’s most popular occasional sale. The fish-out-of-water sitcom’s premise that a fancy New York couple moves to a farm and inevitable high jinks ensue serves as the style theme for this month’s marketplace. While no discounts will be available for humming the mid-’60s sitcom’s theme (nor for executing perfect Eva Gabor impressions, alas), the curated shopping experience does promise a mishmash of farmhouse and Park Avenue style that the show used to comedic effect over six seasons. Expect a little rust and a little sparkle at 4648 North Seventh Avenue through Sunday, January 22. Hours on Friday, January 21, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, see the Sweet Salvage website. Becky Bartkowski
Cast Your Voice Poetry Workshop
Speak up. Make noise.
That’s the idea behind Saturday’s brave space, safe space event at Wasted Ink Zine Distro, inside the Hive at 2222 North 16th Street. Facilitated by award-winning Phoenician slam poet Joy Young, the inaugural “Cast Your Voice” poetry workshop (taking place the same week as a very different inauguration) encourages attendees to speak their own truth to power, and aims to redefine hope using spoken word.
There are two chances to be heard: The workshop runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by an open mic at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. (The workshop is capped at 15 people; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.) Participation and attendance are free; donations to WIZD are encouraged. See the Facebook event page or Wasted Ink's website for details. Janessa Hilliard
Read on for a walk-and-talk exhibition with Liz Lerman and a political chat at The Newton.
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"Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes"
Dance legend and ASU professor Liz Lerman discovered several years ago the joys of walking and talking with interesting people. So, she’s got a pair of treadmills set up in the ASU Art Museum, where she holds conversations with various members of the ASU community about whatever they happen to find most curious, urgent, troublesome, or baffling.
The conversations are videotaped, then projected in a gallery for ongoing viewing by museum visitors as part of “Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes,” which you can see between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. Admission is free, which is more than we can say for the local cycle bar. Visit ASU Art Museum's website for more. Lynn Trimble
Constitution and Bill of Rights Book Club
The idea of people gathering to discuss a piece of writing is not new. Neither is the United States Constitution. But combining these two not-new things is something we haven’t seen before … at least not since grade school. Which brings us to the Constitution and Bill of Rights Book Club. Spoiler: This ain’t your mama’s book club. These monthly meetings will offer a deeper look at the core documents as living things that affect us daily. Phoenix lawyer and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter will lead the first gathering on Sunday, January 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Newton, 300 West Camelback Road. Pocket versions of the documents will be available for about $5. For more info, see the Facebook event. Evie Carpenter