7 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on April 3

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"Sparkle Baby"

ASU student Samantha Lyn Aasen shares her ambivalence towards the princess industrial complex in her "Sparkle Baby" thesis exhibition that runs from April 2 to 11 inside the Step Gallery at ASU's Grant Street Studios. The exhibition considers "cultural ambivalence towards women's and girls' sexuality" while exploring gender, sexuality, and pop culture. Friday's open reception takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the ASU events website.

8 Counts

Local filmmaker Perry Allen, film program coordinator for the Phoenix Art Museum, presents his new short film 8 counts from dreams I've collected Friday night at Nanogram Studio's Flatlot, a pop-up art space located at 813 North First Street. Allen describes the work as a "short dream film combining highly composed video tableaux, text, animated lines and blocks, and a moment of infinite running through the night streets of Phoenix." The film starts looping at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 or so. It's being accompanied by a live performance by local violist Allyson Wuenschel. Find more information on Perry Allen's website.

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