Nerd Culture

The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Hear Cog•Nate Collective discuss their work at ASU Art Museum’s Project Space in Roosevelt Row.
Hear Cog•Nate Collective discuss their work at ASU Art Museum’s Project Space in Roosevelt Row. Courtesy of CALA Alliance

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click to enlarge Can you dig? - COURTESY OF DISCOGS
Can you dig?
courtesy of Discogs
Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party
If you have the website Discogs bookmarked, chances are good you’re a vinyl junkie who never gets tired of hunting for another must-have record.

Get your flipping fingers ready. The popular site for buying and selling musical goodies is sponsoring the Crate Diggers Record Fair and After-Party, where more than 30 vendors will be on-site with records galore to help you expand your collection. By day, vendors will sell their wares. At night, local and national DJs will provide the party soundtrack. Out-of-towners include DJ Day from California, and Breakbeat Lou and Kenny Dope from New York.

Shop for records from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. Then, go home, alphabetize your purchases, and come back for the party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Amy Young

Steve Strange dons his rabbit head for a previous PAPA Parade. - JESSICA HATELY
Steve Strange dons his rabbit head for a previous PAPA Parade.
Jessica Hately
Grand Avenue Festival
Downtown community members will converge on Saturday, November 11, for the 2017 Grand Avenue Festival.


The free event will be packed with things to do and see, including a fashion show with attire made of recyclables, hanging gardens and woven fence art installations, and tours of the area’s historic buildings. Art exhibitions, food vendors, children’s crafts, and live music will add to the fun, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts procession will kick off at 6 p.m. It’s a chance to strut your funkiest dress-up gear, or revel in the creativity of human-powered floats. And there’s an after-hours lineup for people who can’t bear to leave all that happiness behind before 10 p.m. Visit the Grand Avenue website for details. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge View from the Drafting Room, Taliesin West, - Scottsdale, AZ, 1940 - silver gelatin print - h 24.5 “ w 27.5 “- framed             (image #92) - PEDRO GUERRERRO (1917-2012)
View from the Drafting Room, Taliesin West,Scottsdale, AZ, 1940silver gelatin printh 24.5 “ w 27.5 “- framed (image #92)
Pedro Guerrerro (1917-2012)
“FLW150: Image & Influence”
Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t just design stunning structures. The architect inspired creativity in his students. And his work influenced artists around the world. On the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Gallery at Mountain Shadows is paying tribute to the architect with “FLW150: Image & Influence,” an exhibition of artists who have drawn inspiration from Wright.

The show, which is on view 24 hours a day through Saturday, December 30, also highlights work by contemporary artists from different parts of the country. Take a look at 5445 East Lincoln Drive. For more information, call 855-485-1417 or go to the Mountain Shadows website. Laura Laztko

click to enlarge Comfy chairs await your writer butt for Writing Group at Songbird Coffee and Teahouse. - SONGBIRD COFFEE AND TEAHOUSE
Comfy chairs await your writer butt for Writing Group at Songbird Coffee and Teahouse.
Songbird Coffee and Teahouse
Four Chambers Press’ Writing Group
It’s satisfying to combine our rampant need for discipline (settle down — not that kind of discipline) with mild socializing and, really, just getting out of the dang house. Hence the perfect storm of a writers’ group. Four Chambers Press’ Writing Group at Songbird Coffee and Tea House, continuing on the second Sunday of each month until at least next summer, furnishes just the right amount of structure and inspiration. Participants read what they’re working on, and the group discusses and critiques the pieces.


Meanwhile, buy yourself a fabulous beverage and snack. Heck, buy someone else a coffee — it’s cheaper than a cocktail. Admission is free to the scribefest from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at 812 North Third Street. Visit the Four Chambers Press website. Julie Peterson
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Laura Latzko
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.
Contact: Julie Peterson
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
Contact: Lynn Trimble
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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