5 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

Though one of the most tumultuous weeks in stock market history may have worked itself out by the end of last week, the panic stretched across the country as people feared the worst for their finances. We can't exactly give you stock market advice, but we can provide you with some activities your accountant and financial adviser would definitely approve of. Put your money away and diversify your week with these five free events around the Valley. 

My Favorite 15 (Songs of All Time)
Ever wonder what music plays in the New Times building while we put together the newspaper and website? Here's your chance to find out: At Crescent Ballroom on Tuesday, September 1, some staffers will play you 15 of their favorite songs. Some of our staff, including culture editor Becky Bartkowski and music editor David Accomazzo, each will spend an hour playing DJ and subjecting themselves to your praise and/or judgement. It's a 21-and-over event, and the music starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Movie Mayhem

If obscure movies are your thing, Lawn Gnome is the place to be on Tuesday nights. Head over to Lawn Gnome Publishing downtown on September 1 at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy a free movie with excellent company. We can't tell you which movie will be playing, but Lawn Gnome promises it'll be one that is "strange and overlooked."  You can check out the Facebook page for more information.

Cycle 6 Coffee Talk 3
Local artists interested in working with public art should head over to Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe bright and early on Thursday, September 3. From 8 to 10 a.m., IN FLUX will be answering questions about their program over a cup of coffee. Interested applicants can ask any questions they may have on how to apply for the September public art project. Fifteen different artists will be accepted and commissioned to work with an organization on various art projects around the metro Phoenix area. Visit the event page or for more information and instructions on how to apply.

First Fridays at Phoenix Art Museum
It's that time again. First Fridays bring local artists out to downtown Phoenix en masse, as well as some exciting opportunities at the Phoenix Art Museum. After 6 p.m. on September 4, you can see two of the museum's most recent exhibits for free. "INFOCUS" examines the culture and history of self-published literature, while "Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail" displays intricate masks and artwork from Japan's famous Noh theatre tradition. Call the museum at 602-257-1880 for more information. 

Altercation Punk Comedy Tour 
On Saturday, September 5, the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour will visit downtown Phoenix. Blending punk with comedy, performers JT Habersaat, Mishka Shubaly, and Ron Babcock are sure to elicit a laugh or two. Local comedians Matt Micheletti, Steve Marek, Jamie Sanderson, and Erin Ontko will also perform. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is for those 21 and older. Entry is free, but donations for performers are accepted. Call ThirdSpace at 602-258-1536 for more information.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected from its original version, which listed Trunk Space's contact information instead of ThirdSpace's for the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour.
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Sara Weber