5 Things to Do for $10 or Less in Phoenix, November 11 to 13

Whether you're strapped for cash or a straight-up miser, we have some good news. The Valley has plenty by way of arts and culture to offer you this weekend for $10 or less, including poetry readings and a shot at being a better human to an all-out celebration of art on downtown Phoenix's favorite slanted street. Have at it — and find more things to do through New Times' curated calendar.

Craft Rave
Phoenix, it’s time to rave. So, get your beads, ribbons, and glue sticks ready. Yeah, you read that right. We did just say glue sticks, because this rave is for all the crazy crafters out there. On Friday, November 11, Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road, will host Craft Rave Fall 2016. Starting at 5 p.m., 10 local creatives will teach a variety of crafts for six straight hours. Deck your halls with wood-burned ornaments you make with Lexie Bowers or show off your Phoenix pride with buttons you craft with Brendan McCaskey. Admission to the event is $5, and craft tickets (required to participate in each project) cost an additional $5 each. To register, call 602-274-0067, and see for more info. Evie Carpenter

John F. Deane
Irish writers exude an aura of toughness. That stereotype snuggles against lyric beauty in a contradiction not unlike the Catholic faith informing John F. Deane’s work, which often focuses on the wild rusticity of his Achill Island origins.

The internationally award-winning poet pays a visit to the Great Hall of the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Donations are requested. Visit or call 602-258-0109.

Deane also appears from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, at Gilbert’s St. Mary Magdalene Church, 2654 East Williams Field Road, and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14, in the Durham Language & Literature Building, room 316, on the north side of ASU Tempe at University Drive and College Avenue. Julie Peterson

Better Humans
We’re just going to come out and say it: Times are tough. It’s easy to develop a grim outlook on the world with the recent cultural, social, and political happenings. But chin up, Phoenix. It’s time to focus on the positive. Inspired by the I Have a Name Project, filmmaker Douglas Proce is asking what it means to be a better human — and he wants to hear your answer. He also wants to film it. So, if you have some advice for humanity and want to participate in Better Humans, be at DeSoto Central Market, 915 North Central Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 11. The more, the merrier, and the more diverse, the better. For more information about the film-in-progress, see the Facebook event at Evie Carpenter

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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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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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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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