7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, August 1, through Thursday, August 4. For more events, see our curated online calendar

Mahalo Mondays
We don’t live near the ocean, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some beach vibes in the middle of the desert this summer. Hula’s Modern Tiki, 4700 North Central Avenue, is a good place to start. While you sip on your Mai Tai, you’ll be supporting more than just a local business. For Mahalo Mondays during the month of August, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Enjoy your drink and feel good about giving back to the community.

Drop in to Hula’s on Monday, August 1, (or any Monday in August) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to participate in the Mahalo Mondays. For more information, call 602-265-8454. Katrina Montgomery

New Moon Meditation
They say the new moon is all about beginnings – why not seize the opportunity to try something new? Sutra Midtown, 2317 North Seventh Street, is hosting a New Moon Meditation guided by Rebecca Fritz. Tune in to the lunar frequency to find clarity and alignment for the coming moon cycle. Afterward, you can relax and enjoy $5 sangria in the lounge with fellow yogis or try a 10-minute stellar boost massage to retain the relaxation of the evening even after leaving the yoga studio.

The New Moon Meditation begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. Rates may vary based on studio membership. For more information, call 602-253-9525 or visit Katrina Montgomery

Emo Night PHX
In 2016, it’s no longer hip to stand awkwardly — arms folded, head downcast — while “enjoying” a concert. But once upon a glorious time, that was exactly the response bands were looking to elicit. And hip it was. This anguish-laden ritual, occasionally involving swaying in approval to the sounds of teenage angst and gloom was known in the late 1990s as an “emo concert.” After all, if adolescence is mostly dissonance and anguish, why shouldn’t the music be? Nowadays, in a weird and ironic twist, a lot of 30-somethings nostalgically listen to emo as a means of fondly looking back on unhappier times. Stop by Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, for Emo Night PHX at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. Try not to look like you’re enjoying it too much. Cover is $5. Visit or call 602-296-7013 for details. Rob Kroehler

Book Art Display: New Acquisitions
Maybe you know someone who hears the words “book” and “art” used in the same sentence and assumes there must be an exciting new offering in the adult coloring book market. Grab them pronto and head to Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central Avenue.

Then introduce them to proper works of book art recently acquired for the Rare Book Room’s Artist Made Book Collection, currently exhibited in display cases on the library’s first floor. You can see them between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3.

Featured works explore several themes, including immigration, the musicality of language, oceans, and the loss of the written word in the digital age. “Book Art Display: New Acquisitions” is free and continues through October 1. Visit Lynn Trimble

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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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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
Contact: Rob Kroehler
Katrina Montgomery
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.
Contact: Julie Peterson