This past week marked the beginning of fall, a time when we can drink hot lattes and imagine the leaves are changing color. It's also a time when we face the ever-present dilemma of how to have a champagne-soaked social life on a pumpkin-flavored beer budget. We scoured metro Phoenix's best events and found five free activities that will keep you both entertained and cultured this week.
This Could Be Happy Hour
Share your ideas and sip cocktails with This Could Be PHX, a local community engagement group, on Wednesday, September 30, at DeSoto Central Market. From 5 to 7 p.m., Phoenicians can gather to talk about what’s happening around town and, more importantly, what could be happening. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.
“Reverberations: Poetry, Music & Heart”
The Heard Museum is celebrating First Friday with special performances by three acclaimed poets and musicians, all of which are free and open to the public. Attorney, activist, author, and Native American spoken-word artist Gyasi Ross will share pieces from his latest album, Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here), and musician Calina Lawrence will sing. Additionally, the founder of Last Poets Obiodun Oyewole will share his work. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9. For more information, visit the Heard Museum’s website.
Fall Opening Celebration at SMoCA
Mingle with artists and curators on Friday, October 2, as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art brings in three new exhibitions for the fall season. They include playful light-installations and creative looks at how technology coexists with art. They include Oakland-based artist Chris Fraser’s “Looking Back,” Bruce Munro’s “Ferryman’s Crossing,” and an exhibition made up entirely of high school students’ ideas of technological cities in “Archilumen.” The event begins at 7 p.m. See the museum’s website for more information on the event and the new exhibits.
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PHX Arts and Culture @ 30
The Phoenix Art and Culture Commission is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a celebration of all things arts. The festival will take place downtown at the Phoenix Convention Center, Herberger Theater, and on a closed portion of Monroe Street. It will feature numerous local musicians, dance troupes, food trucks, and the Mayor's Art Awards. Performances start at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. For more information, check out www.phoenix.gov/arts/celebrate.
Welcome Home Release
Who among us has not been inspired by the cozy feel or delicious food offered by Welcome Diner? Four Chambers Press is releasing a book of poetry and prose dedicated to and inspired by the illustrious Welcome Diner and its sister business Welcome Chicken + Donuts. Twenty artists are featured in the book, and will be at Welcome Diner on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. to share their work. Visit fourchamberspress.com/welcomehome to order the book or to find more information on the release celebration.