Xana Sousa, Lisbon, Portugal (Modular Drawing, 2017, Acrylic, graphite on fabric embroidery frame).
Xana Sousa, Lisbon, Portugal (Modular Drawing, 2017, Acrylic, graphite on fabric embroidery frame).
Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Xana Sousa

The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Sometimes you just need to spend a little more time on yourself and spend a little less cash. This week, hit the reset button during Weekly Mindfulness Sessions, dance to '80s music at the Rebel Lounge, or take in Ann Morton's latest political art. Best part? It's all free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

What do privacy envelopes, sand, and woven paper have in common? That’s a question posed by organizers for the free “Blur” exhibition at Mesa Community College, 1833 West Southern Avenue, where you can see work by more than two dozen artists pushing creative boundaries through experimentation. Be the first to check it out when the exhibition opens on Monday, November 13. Gallery hours that day are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show is curated by Ted Decker of Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, and includes artists from Brazil, Germany, Mexico City, Portugal, and the U.S. Phoenix-based artists include Heather Couch, Travis Ivey, Chris Jagmin, Ann Morton, and Patricia Sannit. California, Colorado, and Illinois artists are participating, too. Visit the Mesa Community College website for details. Lynn Trimble

Learn the fine art of flash memoir writing from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dambrowski.EXPAND
Learn the fine art of flash memoir writing from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemary Dambrowski.
Ofelia Montelongo

Flash Memoir Workshop
Ever had a flashback to a moment in your life filled with indelible joy or pain? Maybe you wished you’d written it down, but never picked up the paper and pen. Be ready next time a poignant memory strikes, using strategies from Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dambrowski.

She’s leading a free flash memoir workshop at Tempe History Museum, 809 East Southern Avenue, on Thursday, November 16. Several of her former students will be in attendance for the free event that kicks off at 7 p.m. It’s all about writing flash memoir pieces of 1,000 words or less.

It’s a chance to brainstorm topical ideas, read, and discuss a recent work of flash fiction, and learn the basic tools of flash memoir writing. Visit the Tempe History Museum website. Lynn Trimble

Take some time to yourself.EXPAND
Take some time to yourself.
Lynn Trimble

Weekly Mindfulness Sessions
Life can suck, but that doesn’t mean that your attitude has to. Practicing a little mindfulness can help change the way that you think.

Take a moment to hit the reset button during Weekly Mindfulness Sessions. On November 16, you can try this in practice at the Dorrance Sculpture Garden at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue.

This event recurs every Thursday at noon — rain or shine. Admission for this event is free. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lindsay Roberts

1984! New Wave Fridays
Whether you grew up in the ’80s, lived through the decade, or are just now discovering its pop culture touchstones, there’s plenty of music to appreciate — and dance to. During the Rebel Lounge’s 1984! New Wave Fridays underground dance party, you can hear some of your favorites like Depeche Mode, The Pet Shop Boys, or The Cure, as well as deeper cuts from The Danse Society, Fad Gadget, or Book of Love.

On Friday, November 17, DJ Xam Renn will spin a variety of alternate, New Wave, EBM, and dark wave music. The 21-and-over dance party is free and starts at 11 p.m. at 2303 East Indian School Road. For more information, call 602-296-7013 or go to the Rebel Lounge website. Laura Latzko

Join the art resistance with Ann Morton on Third Friday.EXPAND
Join the art resistance with Ann Morton on Third Friday.
Ann Morton

Phoenix artist Ann Morton has done the math. If he serves a full term, Donald Trump will be president for 1,460 days. It’s inspired a new piece of fiber art, made with strips torn from “Make America Great Again” T-shirts. She’s used the strips to create ropes and knots, and netting in the image of the American flag.

They’re all part of Morton’s “NOT” exhibition for Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art. The free show is on view from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday, November 17, in a shipping container gallery at 425 East Roosevelt Street.
For Morton, the work is an act of resistance. It highlights the personal and collective turmoil wrought by Trump’s torrent of inadequacies. Visit the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art website. Lynn Trimble

Main Street Prototyping Festival
Springy pool noodles offer endless bendy, summertime fun. But that’s not all they’re good for.

The colorful, spongy toys are repurposed into an interactive installation called Noodle at the Main Street Prototyping Festival. It’s one of the event’s 20 temporary prototypes designed by a variety of creators, including artists, designers, architects, students, and urban planners. The pieces will activate public spaces in Mesa, bringing people together to enhance the vibrancy of the community.

Take a look at the innovations from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 17, at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. Admission is free, and the event continues through Saturday, November 18. Call 480-644-6500 or visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Amy Young

courtesy of Heard Museum

Navajo Weavers Marketplace
If marveling at the union of craftsmanship and beauty is something that puts a smile on your face, take a Saturday stroll through the Navajo Weavers Marketplace.

Navajo weavers from around the state will converge at the Heard Museum on November 18 to exhibit and sell intricate handmade creations, many of which tell stories from their lives and culture. Artists include Barbara Teller Ornelas, a fifth-generation master weaver, and her son Michael Ornelas. Sixth-generation Navajo weaver Lola Cody and her daughter Melissa Cody are another family representing multiple generations at this event. Jane Hyden is a master weaver who grew up in Tuba City that will also be in attendance. Her work often showcases scenes from Navajo life.

Get an up-close view of these traditional, handwoven textiles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2301 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-252-8840 or visit the Heard Museum website. Amy Young

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