9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24.

Using fine-art aerial photographs taken around the globe, Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky raises questions about humanity’s relationship to water.

Forty of his large-scale color prints are part of an exhibition titled “Water,” which you can see between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue.

The exhibition was organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, in the city that suffered devastating losses caused by flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some photographs depict untainted wilderness, and others the impact of man’s incursions upon nature. One juxtaposes irrigated yards and swimming pools of Scottsdale tract homes with dry dirt on an adjacent Indian reservation.

The exhibition, which may change your views on Salt River tubing or buying jumbo packs of bottled water, continues through Sunday, September 18. It’s free with admission, which is $18 for adults. Visit Lynn Trimble

Femme Beat
Fancy your morning coffee with a splash of girl power?

“Develop the Courage to Take Risks” is the latest in a series of nosh and network events from Femme Beat, an all-women empowerment project. Dive into entrepreneurship with this three-personal panel of self-starters: Charis Elliott of unconventional jeweler Mother of Gideon; Tiffe Fermaint, designer and business mind behind kid (and adult) clothing line Baby Teith; and Marian Mellen, the couture coach behind lifestyle brand The Zen Bird, which offers everything from workshops to headbands.

Break bread (and bacon) from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22, at Kitchen 56, 3433 North 56th Street. Advance tickets are $45 and include an assortment of breakfast options and, of course, coffee. Click to secure a seat. Janessa Hilliard

"Are We Oversharing?"
A good friend will “like” the beer-fueled outburst you put on Facebook in the middle of the night, but a better friend would have taken your phone away at last call. That’s kind of the premise behind what a must-attend panel discussion with some of Phoenix’s top social commentators.

Keep your phones away for the free Are We Oversharing? panel, happening at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 West Camelback Road. Panel members include New Times managing editor and KJZZ commentator Amy Silverman; The Storyline co-founder and Zen Monk Dan Hoen Hull; storyteller and Yarnball co-host Rachel Egboro; South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute director Liz Warren; and New Times contributor, KJZZ’s “Morning Edition” essayist, and R. Pela Contemporary Art owner, Robrt Pela. The discussion will be moderated by journalist, storytelling consultant, and “professional listener” Megan Finnerty.

For more information, visit or call 602-274-0067. Lauren Cusimano

Ice Cream Social
It makes perfect sense that the CenPho retail art space Practical Art will be giving the proceeds from its upcoming charity event to another locally born organization. Ideally, the event will make plenty of dollars, too. Located at 5070 North Central Avenue, Practical Art is stocked exclusively with locally made goods. Wares from nowhere else, so to speak. And as the name suggests, Valley Leadership is an organization devoted to cultivating local leadership. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22, Practical Art will host an Ice Cream Social benefitting Valley Leadership, which ultimately benefits you. Ice cream notwithstanding. Visit or call 602-264-1414 for details. Rob Kroehler

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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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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Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
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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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