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The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

What is the deal with Valley Bar?
What is the deal with Valley Bar? Courtesy of Valley Bar
The holidays are objectively wonderful. That is, except for the effect they have on our bank accounts. Thankfully, this week you can test your knowledge of the show about nothing, unwind with some yoga, and get into the sparkly spirit of the season with more than a million holiday lights. Best part? It's all free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Seinfeld Trivia
If you know more about the lives of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer than you do about your own family and friends, don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone.

The monthly Seinfeld Trivia night offers a chance to compete with other know-it-alls who have the show’s scenarios and characters burned into their brains. Emily The Lewis will host, and Shane Kennedy will DJ. This is one time that knowing who the president of the Del Boca Vista condo complex was, or what personalized plate Kramer accidentally gets at the DMV, could earn you prizes.

Sign-up to compete starts at 7 p.m. and trivia begins promptly at 8 on Tuesday, November 21, at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue. Admission to the 21-and-over event is free. Visit the Valley Bar website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Pose, relax, and be gratful. - MATTHEW FRITZ
Pose, relax, and be gratful.
Matthew Fritz
Gratitude Flow
If your hectic holiday plans are making you thankful they’re almost over, you might need to start the day with an activity designed to chill you out.

Get mellow during Sutra Studio’s ninth annual Gratitude Flow, a tranquil session that will be followed by a guided meditation. Both activities are designed to rejuvenate the body and mind. Live music will provide the soundtrack, and there will be a raffle.

Be grateful for an hour of relaxation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, at Coronado Park, 1717 North 12th Street. Admission is free, but cash donations are accepted to support the Karma Sutra Initiative, an outreach program that supports neighborhood projects. Registration is required at the Sutra Studios website. Amy Young

click to enlarge 'tis the season for discount shopping. - CITYSPACE PHOENIX
'tis the season for discount shopping.
Cityspace Phoenix
Alternative Black Friday
Holiday shopping can be the worst. Jam-packed parking lots and pushy patrons are just a couple of the pitfalls of hitting the mall. If you’re looking for a less obnoxious experience where you can load up on unique items, Alternative Black Friday at CityScape is worth checking out.

This one-day event features more than 20 vendors hawking handmade and vintage goods. And all the sellers were curated by the owners of boutique Phoenix General. Handmade vendors include Tom Budzak Ceramics and LUA Skincare. Vintage vendors include Heidi Abrahamson Vintage Jewelry, Antique Sugar, and Redhead Sadie Vintage.

CityScape shops and restaurants will also be open. And besides cool wares, you’ll find scenic photo backdrops, live music, and festive drinks.

Grab unique goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 24 at 1 East Washington Street. Admission is free. Visit the Phoenix Ice Rink website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Glendale Glitters decks them all. - COURTESY OF CITY OF GLENDALE
Glendale Glitters decks them all.
Courtesy of City of Glendale
Glendale Glitters
Glendale Glitters used to boast a million lights, but now there are 1.6 million of them. Strolling beneath twinkly trees and architecture is awe-inspiring in a way that your neighbors’ lawn inflatables cannot be.

Other attractions at the 24th annual fest include horsedrawn carriages, holiday street food, and live entertainment, along with kids’ activities, shopping, and, often, an occasion to wear your winter clothes. Murphy Park will offer free Wi-Fi, so you need not leave the teenagers home to bring down the neighborhood in blood and fire.

The event commences at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 24, with tree-lighting and special performances, and continues through Saturday, January 6, at 58th and Glendale avenues (and the surrounding 16 blocks). For info about parking, shuttles, and so forth, go to visitglendale.com, download the Visit Glendale app, or call 623-930-2299. Julie Peterson

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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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