Yes, they might reach the Creepers level of triviality at Cult Following Trivia.
Yes, they might reach the Creepers level of triviality at Cult Following Trivia.
courtesy of Valley Bar

Free Things to Do This Week: Coffee and Code, Trivia, Día De Los Muertos Festival

Did you blow all your cash at the Lost Lake Festival? Don't fret, we have you covered for the rest of the week. Hear stories of "ghosting" at Chatterbox, talk coding over coffee, or celebrate Día de los Muertos. It won't cost you a cent. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

Cult Following Trivia
Trivia nights are getting way specific, and that’s okay. There will be times you obviously won’t win and you can relax and enjoy yourself. You know, with people. And one of these days, your special niche will have its turn at bat.

Like Cult Following Trivia, hosted by Victor Moreno and Joshua Ruth, the team behind Cult Classics film screenings and the Cult Following website and podcast network. This answerfest explores the genre-spanning films that permanently gripped the cinema-loving hearts of some people while flying right under the radar of others.

On Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m., strain your brain at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. The free 21-and-over event offers prizes and $1 off craft beer cans. Visit the Valley Bar website or call 602-368-3121. Julie Peterson

Luis Ávila
We all have different ways of dealing with lousy situations. Like, what would you do if your house was robbed more than once? Pack all your stuff, stick it in a storage space, and travel the world?

That’s what writer, journalist, and media producer Luis Ávila did. And then he wrote a book about it that’s called Nómada Temporal. During a bilingual reading and conversation event with the author, you can learn more about his adventurous trip. Ávila’s journey took him through seven countries and more than 25 cities, and was loaded with experiences ranging from terrifying to glorious.

Get the vivid details from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, at Arizona Humanities, 1242 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-257-0335 or RSVP at the Arizona Humanities website. Amy Young

Coffee and Code
Whether you’re developing software or working on 3-D printing projects, being around like-minded professionals can help spark your creativity. Instead of working at home by yourself, you can be around others working with technology during the Coffee and Code from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at HeatSync Labs, 140 West Main Street.

Held every Wednesday, the meetup invites you to work and take time out to enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with others about your projects. Attendees need to bring their own equipment, but the event is free. For more information, go to the HeatSync Labs website. Laura Latzko

Chatterbox co-producer Jessie Balli performing at Crescent Ballroom.EXPAND
Chatterbox co-producer Jessie Balli performing at Crescent Ballroom.
Gary Pratt

“Ghosting” is the popular term for what used to be known as “blowing someone off.” Whatever you call that act, it’s a shitty thing to do to someone.

It means to disappear from someone’s life without a word or explanation. It’s also the theme at this month’s edition of Chatterbox, a reoccurring open mic storytelling event.

Hear personal accounts, and share one of your own if you like, where the storyteller has been ghosted or done the ghosting themselves. Stories are approximately six to eight minutes long.

The evening of stories runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at Fair Trade Coffee, 1020 North First Avenue, where food and drink are available for purchase. Admission is free. Visit  the Facebook event page. Amy Young

Put a thing on it: Artists enshrine their literary loves in Día de los Muertos 2017.EXPAND
Put a thing on it: Artists enshrine their literary loves in Día de los Muertos 2017.
Christina Ruiz

“Día de los Muertos 2017”
The urge to create some sort of offering to honor a deceased loved one isn’t a uniquely Mexican one. But Día de los Muertos is an annual mini-festival like no other, blending Aztec and other indigenous spirituality with Christian influences to remember and celebrate the lives that have passed through our own.

“What a Difference Words Make: Authors Who Have Touched Our Lives” is the theme of “Día de los Muertos 2017,” a curated exhibition of altars that pay tribute to influential writers, hosted, understandably, by Desert Broom Library, and displayed Tuesday through Saturday until Thursday, November 9.

Hours on Thursday, October 26, are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 29710 North Cave Creek Road. Admission’s free. Visit the Phoenix Public Library website or call 602-262-4636 for more info. Julie Peterson

Día De Los Muertos Festival
The Día De Los Muertos Festival is an annual celebration of the Mexican holiday where people congregate to remember those who have passed on — and to send them support in their spiritual journey. This party at Mesa Arts Center invites attendees to view altars created by local artists, and share memories at a community altar.

The festival will feature food, kids’ activities, and a marketplace with vendors selling items ranging from jewelry to furniture. Live entertainment will be provided by more than a dozen performers.

The lively dead-fest happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at 1 East Main Street. Admission is free. Festivities continue from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Call 480-644-6500 or visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Amy Young

Join the Museum of Walking as it heads out from Steele Indian School Park.EXPAND
Join the Museum of Walking as it heads out from Steele Indian School Park.
Lynn Trimble

Walking and Writing: The Art of Taking Creativity into the Field
Art and walking are inextricably intertwined for Angela Ellsworth, whose multidisciplinary work often explores the collision of art with everyday life in unexpected places. Ellsworth founded the Museum of Walking, housed at ASU in Tempe, with fellow artist Steve Yazzie in 2014. It’s all about fostering relationships between people, land, action, and site.

From 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, the museum will host Walking and Writing: The Art of Taking Creativity into the Field with Julie Hampton. She’s a Valley-based writer, performer, and teacher. The morning gathering includes an urban walk, writing time, and story-sharing. It starts at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. It’s free, but RSVPs are requested. Visit the Museum of Walking website. Lynn Trimble

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