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8 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix for $10 or Less, October 28 to 30

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Phoenix Zombie Walk
Let’s face it, given our current infatuation with smartphones, most of us behave a lot like zombies nowadays. Heads down, eyes glazed, we stumble down city streets with a slow and distracted gait. Instead of flesh, however, we devour data. So maybe the eighth annual Phoenix Zombie Walk is just an opportunity to perfect what you’ve inadvertently been practicing all this time, only for a good cause. On Saturday, October 29, thousands will gather near Fourth and Jackson streets in the warehouse district to shuffle through the streets at a decidedly undead pace in support of the Arizona Hemophilia Association. Yes, we’re talking about a legion of flesh-eating monsters gathering to ensure the health and wellness of their primary food source.

The family-friendly event clumps off at 6 p.m. Participation is free, though donations to AHA are suggested. The walk concludes with a costume contest and pub crawl for zombies undead enough to imbibe. Visit for details. Rob Kroehler

Platinum/Palladium Workshop
It’s true what they say: What’s old is new again. And when it comes to photography in the Valley, it seems like vintage is all the rage. Whether it’s the cameras being used, the film being processed, or the printing techniques, photographers are getting back to the roots of their art.

On Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., photographer Michael T. Puff will be taking it beyond old school when he teaches a free Platinum/Palladium workshop at Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road #201, in Gilbert. With Smith’s help, you’ll leave the workshop with several prints using this 19th-century method that results in images with dynamic color and tonal ranges that no Instagram filter could ever replicate. For all the details, see Evie Carpenter

Fall Festival 
If you’ve been waiting with sharpened knives since last Halloween to show off your talents as a master pumpkin carver, here's an event that welcomes your creative slicing abilities. You could even go home with some cash.

Four Peaks Brewing Company’s annual Fall Festival includes a pumpkin-carving contest with a grand prize of $1,000, plus a gift card for $180 to use at their locations. The prizes for runners-up aren’t too shabby, either. If cutting a pumpkin isn’t your idea of fun, there’s plenty else to enjoy, including food trucks and fall-flavored beers. This seasonal shindig also has activities for the kids, like pumpkin painting. Get festive from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at the Four Peaks Tasting Room, 2401 South Wilson Street in Tempe. Admission is free. Visit Amy Young

New York’s 600 Highwaymen experimental theater company breaks ground in composition, design, casting, rehearsal, and/or performance. This fall, the troupe visited ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre to further develop its newest work, The Fever, inspired by Diaghilev and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
The piece, which includes the audience, examines human tendencies to be both nurturing and cruel. What do we do when someone’s looking? When no one is? How do we organize ourselves, and what does it mean to be in charge?

Catch The Fever at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on the Tempe campus, 51 East 10th Street, through Sunday, November 5. Showtime on Sunday, October 30, is 8 p.m. Admission’s free, but reservations are recommended; call 480-965-6447. For more info, visit Julie Peterson

For more things to do, see New Times' calendar of events.
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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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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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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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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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