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9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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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 www.phxart.org. 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 www.femmebeat.com 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 www.changinghands.com 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 www.practicalart.com or call 602-264-1414 for details. Rob Kroehler

Pong Tournament
No matter the backyard party setting or the next day’s hangover, beer pong is a game that requires skill, focus, and stamina to win (and to undertake crude distraction efforts as needed).

If you can check off all three, join the Broadway's Pong Tournament and BBQ at one of Phoenix’s most beloved LGBT bars and event venues, The Rock, 4129 North Seventh Avenue. Balls start flying at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Dancing, prizes, and food follow.

There’s a $15 entry fee for a single player, or $25 for a team of two. The proceeds go to benefit 1n10 via Dancing with the Bars 2016. For more information, call 602-248-8559 or visit www.therockdmphoenix.com. Lauren Cusimano

Arizona Rattlers vs. Cleveland Gladiators
So arena football hasn’t quite gained the traction that its stadium counterpart has, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. One might even argue that the NFL, with its increasingly offense-friendly modifications, is trending toward arena football. And with one of the most explosive offenses in the league in 2015-16, the Arizona Cardinals were right at the helm. Moral of the story? Arizona has not one but two of the nation’s finest offensively minded teams, and they’re not nearly as dissimilar as you might think. See for yourself when the Arizona Rattlers host the Cleveland Gladiators at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $9 and up. Visit www.azrattlers.com or call 602-379-2000 for details. Rob Kroehler

Paddleboard Yoga
Those yoga classes that require you to pose for 90 minutes in a room as hot and humid as a sauna? Amateur hour. True yogis know augmenting your balance is the best way to add challenge to your practice, and that is why paddleboard yoga is becoming so popular these days. Donation-based yoga studio Yoga to the People is hosting an all-levels sessions of this augmented exercise throughout the month of July on Tempe Town Lake — which might be more pleasant than a 104-degree room that smells like feet.

Give it a try during the Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Workshop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Yoga to the People, 117 East Fifth Street, Suite 101, in Tempe. The course is $40. Visit yogatothepeople.com for more. Zach Fowle

No one wants to walk down a runway in silence. The week at Valley Bar, Ozea Modelz, and WEARizona are taking it a step further with a fashion show inspired by Arizona music genres. The resulting show, AZ Beats-N-Fashion, will feature clothing from Electric Lyon, Antique Sugar, Vintage by Misty, Buffalo Exchange, Redhead Sadie, and Phoenix General. The soundtrack will include songs from Duane Eddy, Lalo Guerrero, and Dyke and the Blazers.

The show officially starts at 7 p.m. (though doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Sunday, July 24, at 130 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. AZ Beats-N-Fashion is an 18-and-over event. For more information, visit www.valleybarphx.com or call 602-368-3121. Katrina Montgomery

Thomas Olde Heuvelt Book-Signing
The award-winning speculative fiction author Thomas Olde Heuvelt is visiting the Valley on his first U.S. signing tour.

Already a bestseller in his native Netherlands, Heuvelt was one of two foreign language authors to win a prestigious Hugo Award during last year’s controversy-marred ceremony, winning with his novelette, The Day the World Turned Upside-Down. With that success, his breakthrough horror novel, Hex, has also been released in English.

Fresh from a stop at San Diego Comic Con, Heuvelt is signing copies of Hex at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Hardbound copies are available now for $25.99. Call the Poisoned Pen, 480-947-2974, or visit poisonedpen.com for more information. Michael Senft

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