Wallet feeling a little light? No sweat. This weekend, you've got a slew of events happening in metro Phoenix
. And there's plenty to do for $10 or less. Whether you're looking to celebrate Día de los Muertos, get into the DIY spirit, or take in some world-class art, there's something going down that'll fit your budget.
Front Porch Pickins
Spring cleaning might get all the buzz, but fall cleaning is just as important. And right now, it’s basically a requirement for those planning to shop at the massive Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market. This is not some neighborhood flea market situation. This is what Pinterest fanatics’ dreams are made of. Beginning Friday, November 4, University of Phoenix Stadium, One Cardinals Drive in Glendale, will be stuffed end zone to end zone with whatever you need to finish off your breakfast nook, create the perfect tablescape, or inspire you to fill that empty mantelpiece. Tickets are $6 for general admission entry at 11 a.m. For $20, you can get in two hours early. For tickets and more info, check out frontporchpickins.com
. Evie Carpenter
Certified Local Fall Festival
The city has only begun to cool off, but local restaurants and shops have long been invaded by the fruits of fall. Pumpkin porters are on draft, butternut squash soups are abundant, and we bet you know at least one person on a steady diet of pumpkin spice lattes.
Autumn is here, bringing with it jam-packed weekends of outside events, like Local First Arizona’s Certified Local Fall Festival. The fête à fall returns on Saturday, November 5, for a day of eating, drinking, and outdoor shopping.The small business celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 200 East Moreland Street, and is free for the whole family. Sample fall flavors and learn more about the neighbors with booths from organizations like Celebrate Volunteers and Phoenix Urban Spaces — but maybe leave the sweater at home. See www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival
for a complete list of participants. Janessa Hilliard
"Mayme Kratz + Marie Navarre"
You might say artists Mayme Kratz and Marie Navarre are good-natured. It’s not because they’re positively gleeful. Instead, they’re perpetually observant of the natural environments that surround them. Both Arizona artists infuse their work with images or artifacts from nature, prompting reflection on longing, beauty, and memory.
Kratz collects specimens, such as shed bobcat claws and snail shells, while walking through local landscapes, then embeds them in luminous layers of resin. Navarre pairs photographic images to create fractured panoramas that often explore paradoxes such as absence and presence, or loss and recovery. Each artist’s work is elegant and ethereal.
Both artists will be at Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 East Catalina Drive, during the free opening reception of a new exhibition simply titled “Mayme Kratz + Marie Navarre.” Take a look from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. The exhibition continues through Saturday, January 7, 2017. Visit lisasettegallery.com
. Lynn Trimble
Porter Barn Wood Opening
For those who don’t keep tabs on downtown Phoenix’s warehouse district, Porter Barn Wood arrived in 2011, and it’s time you got acquainted. These master builders and designers take reclaimed wood and give it a second life in the form of gorgeous tables, doors, and walls. The public will get a peek at it all during the Porter Barn Wood Grand Opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday, November 5. Guests can explore three different showrooms, feast their eyes on the two-story wooden cabin from the 1700s that the Porter team rebuilt inside their building at 901 South Seventh Street, and rock out to live bluegrass bands. The event is free to the public, though the hosts advise you to bring your own chair. For more info, see porterbarnwood.com
. Evie Carpenter
Yes, we’re telling you to grab your blankets, cushions, Peruvian chullo hat, and hot beverages and sit in a dark, chilly park to see a play. For lightweight fare, such an environment would be distracting at best, but the creepy shivers are ideal for Brelby Theatre Company’s Macbeth
, continuing through Sunday, November 6, in the amphitheatre at Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues.
The script’s renowned for its murderiness (though it’s no Titus Andronicus) and lines like “Double, double, toil and trouble,” “Something wicked this way comes,” and “Out, damned spot! out, I say!” On Saturday, November 5, showtimes are 2 p.m. (for scotophobics) and 7:30 p.m. Admission to this special event is free. Keep an eye on those trees. Visit brelby.com
or call 623-282-2781. Julie Peterson
Dance of the Dead
It’s been a rough year to be a famous musician.
Almost as soon as 2016 began, the world lost the genre-defying David Bowie, followed by the deaths of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, country legend Merle Haggard, A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Malik Taylor, and musical pioneer Prince.
And that was only by April.
Tongue Tied, Linger Longer Lounge’s monthly dance party, celebrates those lives and their music this Saturday during its third annual Dance of the Dead, a Día de los Muertos-themed night, complete with fan-made ofrendas and liquid tributes.
Get down to everyone from Tupac to Amy Winehouse from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, at 6522 North 16th Street. Admission is free before 9 p.m. and $5 after. Visit www.facebook.com/TongueTiedPhoenix
for details, and text 480-666-8601 for those “Purple Rain” requests. Janessa Hilliard
Día de los Muertos Festival
If this time of year is more about All Hallows Eve and celebrating the afterlife than horrifyingly colored shots and pumpkin-shaped Reese’s, then we have good news: There’s still time to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Grab your sugar skulls and candles and go to St. Mary’s Basilica for the third annual Día de Los Muertos Festival. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, St. Mary’s and Xico, Inc. will turn the area around 231 North Third Street into a Day of the Dead wonderland, complete with live entertainment, Sonoran hot dogs, a Día de los Muertos procession, and more. For additional information about this free event, visit saintmarysbasilica.org/3rd-annual-dia-de-los-muertos
. Evie Carpenter
Grand Prix of Scottsdale
Fancy yourself a person best-suited for a bygone era? Do you pin-curl your hair for the perfect 1920s ’do? Perhaps you wander about snapping your suspenders and twirling your real or imaginary handlebar mustache? Add a love of classic cars and the Grand Prix of Scottsdale was basically made to suit you.
Get transported back to the Roaring ’20s during the auto-centric annual extravaganza that celebrates the style and charm of those days of yore. The event pays tribute to the craftsmanship of venerable vehicles, and the men and women who love to drive them, at this spirited race. Arizona-made, vintage-style mini-racers will tool through the streets of Scottsdale, showing off their unique styles and distinct features. Engines start revving at 10:45 a.m. for the race, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7124 East Stetson Drive. Admission is free. VIP access is available. Visit www.grandprixscottsdale.com
. Amy Young