The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Explore work by Douglas Miles at the Arizona Capitol Museum.
Explore work by Douglas Miles at the Arizona Capitol Museum. John Carbis
After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, you might be a little tapped out. Why not treat yourself to a week of events that won't cost you a thing? Take a walk in the dark with the Museum of Walking, check out locally made goods at the Art and Objects Studio Sale, and learn a little about Frank Lloyd Wright. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

“The Blessing”
Most people put family photos in frames. But San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham artist Douglas Miles puts his on blankets, which have special significance for many Native American people, who hand them down between the generations. The blankets are symbols of protection, love, and blessing, according to materials for “The Blessing,” an exhibition of Miles’ work on view at the Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 West Washington Street.

The show includes a series of oversize blankets, printed with images of family, friends, and neighbors. Miles is a painter, printmaker, and photographer. In 2002, he founded a company called Apache Skateboards. Recently, he was a resident artist at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Often Miles’ work blends Native history with political resistance. Explore “The Blessing” between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, November 27. The free exhibit continues through January 22, 2018. Visit the Arizona Library website. Lynn Trimble

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Leo Banks, Marc Cameron, and Matt Coyle
When three suspense and thriller authors gather at a local bookstore, what happens isn’t a mystery. They’ve got new books to sell and sign. Join Leo Banks, Marc Cameron, and Matt Coyle as they autograph recent releases.

Banks’ finds a former baseball player embroiled in a dangerous scenario in the Arizona desert. Cameron’s political thriller is a continuation of Tom Clancy’s best-selling Jack Ryan series, and Coyle’s is a hardboiled tale of a private investigator battling personal demons. Get new reads for your home library from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.

Admission is free, but books for signing range from $16 to $29.95. Call 480-947-2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen website. Amy Young

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff, who will be speaking at the event.
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“How to Live in the Desert: Interpreting Taliesin West”
There is expressiveness in the horizontal lines and wide extended eaves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. The event “How to Live in the Desert: Interpreting Taliesin West” will inspire those who are intrigued by the Prairie School style that the late architect popularized in the first half of the 20th century. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff will share the history behind Wright’s desert home and laboratory. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the grounds.

The history lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright website. Jason Keil

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Check out the Documentary Video Art Festival inside the SMoCA Lounge at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Documentary Video Art Festival
June Jung documented arranged marriages. Brandon Peppler took on life with autism. And Mia Lopez delved into the early Chicano movement in Glendale. They’re three of the seven students whose short videos are screening at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street.

It will mark the seventh time ASU art professor and artist Muriel Magenta has shown her students’ work at SMoCA, during a free event called the Documentary Video Art Festival. Magenta will introduce the films during the 2017 edition of the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30.

Student filmmakers also include Alison Sigala, who explored the world of fandom, and Dexter Farley, who captured childhood memories of life on the Navajo reservation. Igor Komienovic’s film addresses family escapes from Yugoslavia during the 1980s, and Xualiing Liu looks at Chinese students who study abroad. For more information, visit the SMoCa website. Lynn Trimble

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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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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