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The Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Get out and have some fun around town with a wrestling show, an art exhibit, and much more.
This week is your first chance to see "Convergence WIP" at Eye Lounge.
This week is your first chance to see "Convergence WIP" at Eye Lounge. Eye Lounge
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If you haven't made plans for the weekend, it's not too late. Over the next few days, you can attend a film festival, meet some dogs, get some free comic books, and much more.

Flower Power

Maybe Gilbert isn’t the first place you think of when you’re looking for local arts and culture. But it’s actually home to several creative spaces, including Art Intersection gallery and The Art House, a venue designed to art classes and parties with a creative twist. The Art House, 36 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert is presenting an Abstract Florals Canvas Class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 13. It’s a chance to paint a floral scene while guided by an experienced artist, and order a drink from the bar if you feel like that might up your artistic talent. The class costs $39, and you’ll leave with a painting you can proudly display in your home or office. Lynn Trimble

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Who can resist this face?

Books and Barks

You might associate huskies with colder climates in places like Alaska, but there are plenty of the adorable dogs right here in Phoenix, and some are looking for good homes. Lucky Huskies Rescue is bringing a few of its furry adoptable friends to a free Barks & Books adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. It’s happening at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 8034 North 19th Avenue. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, but haven’t found just the right match yet, head over to see whether one of these huskies might be just the faithful companion you’ve been hoping to find. Lynn Trimble

The Phoenix Film Festival is back.
Harkins Theatres

Phoenix Film Festival

After putting on a smaller-scale version last year because of COVID-19, the Phoenix Film Festival started its 2021 edition on August 12. More than 200 flicks will be screened at Harkins Theatres Scottsdale 101, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard, over 11 days and (as you’d expect) will include a mix of independent movies, artier fare, documentaries, and short films. Various parties and discussions will also happen throughout the festival; the full schedule is available here. Admission prices range from $15 per film to $175 to $200 for every film and $375 to $425 for a platinum pass. Benjamin Leatherman

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It's all about Finland during the next Passport Series event at FOUND:RE Phoenix.
Match Market & Bar

Food Passport

Perhaps Finland isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you’re ready to experiment with cuisines and cocktails from other countries. But don’t sell Finland short when it comes to delicious offerings. It’ll be the center of attention at the Match Market & Bar on Saturday, August 14. That’s where FOUND:RE Phoenix, 1100 North Central Avenue, is holding its Passport Series: Finland event from 6 to 10 p.m. They’ll be transforming the pool and bar areas with decorations and entertainment inspired by Finnish culture. Tickets are $15, which includes a specialty drink. Pick up a passport while you’re there, because you can get stamps at various events in the series, which could help you win some fun giveaways. Lynn Trimble

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Local professional wrestler Alexander Hammerstone.

Phoenix Championship Wrestling's Rebirth at the Revelry

Alexander Hammerstone is a formidable foe in the squared circle. The 6-foot-4 professional wrestler and Valley resident is 251 pounds of muscle who has made a career out of pummeling opponents with slams, suplexes, and powerbombs between the ropes. This weekend, Hammerstone will dish out more punishment when he takes on the equally intimidating Dom Vitalli and Joe Graves in a “Bully Brawl” during the main event of Phoenix Championship Wrestling's Rebirth at the Revelry on Saturday, August 14. The local wrestling event will take place at Mesa bar and entertainment venue The Revelry, 1065 North Dobson Road, and feature several other hard-hitting bouts, including Mr. Klassic battling Jon Wolfgang and the fearsome Lord Drako and Krazzy Chaoz in a tag-team match against Dallas King and Michael Benjamin Wexler. Bell time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. Benjamin Leatherman

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Indie titles for sale at Samurai Comics in Mesa.
Benjamin Leatherman

Arizona Comic Mini Expo

Like other local comic book shops around the Valley, Samurai Comics is expecting a crowd on Saturday, August 14, during Free Comic Book Day, although the festivities will involve more than just giving away special editions of famous titles. The chain’s locations in Mesa, 2639 East Broadway Road, and Chandler, 1994 North Alma School Road, will host the annual Arizona Comic Mini Expo, a daylong celebration of the sequential art form showcasing local comic book creators. More than a dozen artists will be featured at both stores, including appearances by Jay Fotos (Rising Rebels), J. Gonzo (La Mano del Destino), and Meredith McClaren (Heart in A Box) in Mesa, and Scott Godlewski (Copperhead) and Val Hochberg (Mystery Babylon) in Chandler. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman

Works in Progress

It’s hard to miss all those construction projects happening around Roosevelt Row. But developers aren’t the only ones working to shift the local landscape. Over at Eye Lounge, an artist collective that counts many of the region’s most accomplished artists as alumni, three current members will be showing their own works in progress in a new exhibit titled "Convergence WIP," giving viewers a chance to explore the ways they’re building new meanings and perspectives. See how Gina DeGideo uses photography to explore things that impede her daily path, how Megan Driving Hawk addresses the ways present choices can heal both future and past, and how Charles Kurre investigates transformation through wilderness and urban environments. The Eye Lounge gallery, 419 North Roosevelt Street, will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 15. Lynn Trimble
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Diana Taurasi leads the Phoenix Mercury into the second half of the WNBA season.
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Phoenix Mercury v. Atlanta Dream

After helping the U.S. women’s basketball team conquer the world at the Tokyo Olympics and win its seventh-straight gold medal, Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner face their next tall task: reversing the fortunes of the Phoenix Mercury. The Valley’s WNBA team heads into the second half of the current season near the bottom of the standings and facing an uphill battle. Prior to the mid-season break for the Olympics, the Mercury lost six of its last 10 games and have only won three at home this year. In other words, Phoenix will need to rally and win most of their remaining 13 games in order to make the postseason. First up is a battle against Atlanta Dream on Sunday, August 15, at Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tip-off is at 3 p.m. Tickets are $27 and up. Benjamin Leatherman
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