5 Thing to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

From maker meet-ups to undersea exploring and a must-see pop-up gallery, here's how to spend your off-hours in metro Phoenix this week.

Metal Mondays

Though the term hackerspace probably sounds like a dark room with lots of computers and nerds doing some kind of espionage with coding, that's not exactly what East Valley hackerspace HeatSync Labs is. When they say "hacker," they mean innovator, maker, disruptor, crafter, and creative.

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And the maker space hosts a variety of events catering to a variety of creative types. Case in point, Metal Mondays. It's a monthly meetup for metal workers to collectively geek out over what they do, swap tips, and discuss just how they became so metal. If that sounds like a good time, head to 140 West Main Street in Mesa on Monday, November 10. The informative hang sesh runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit for details and a full schedule. Becky Bartkowski

Arizona Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars

The Arizona Coyotes aren't exactly dominating the NHL, but they're off to a promising start. The Yotes looked like a strong bet to miss the playoffs on paper, but the beginning of the season has seen Arizona play like a playoff contender -- especially in a 3-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

The seasons are long in hockey, though, and there's still plenty of time for the Coyotes to regress. Winning a few games early on won't mean much unless the Coyotes can keep winning against top teams. The Coyotes will have a chance to do just that when they face off against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, November 11, at Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland in Glendale. The Stars, keyed by electrifying center Tyler Seguin, have one of the most electric offenses in the NHL. The Coyotes will have to channel the Coyotes of old (the ones that routinely shut offenses down) to keep up.

The puck will drop at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available online via Ed Kummerer

Coral, Fire, and Ice

Arizona's recent cold snap is enough to drive winter chills down the spine. So why not go somewhere tropical -- such as Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea? Easier done than said, at least when one considers the National Geographic Live series. Coral, Fire and Ice begins in this remote corner of the "coral triangle" -- an amazing hub of marine biodiversity. This undersea wilderness features fingernail-sized pygmy seahorses and 60-foot tall towers of barracudas, among other amazing creatures. Shot by Nat Geo photographers Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet, the film also takes a cold dip beneath Antarctic sea ice, capturing images of mysterious leopard seals, penguins, ancient shipwrecks and stunning icebergs. Whales, wolfish, salmon and harp seals shot in the Arctic round out the presentation and should, by all accounts, make Arizona seem mighty warm, even this time of year.

Soak in some exotic locales 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, in the Mesa Art Center's Ikeda Theater, One Main Street. Tickets are $26, $32, $36, and $40, and students pay $20. Visit or call 480-644-6500. Glenn BurnSilver

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