Explore the urban landscape with artist Erika Lynne Hanson.
Explore the urban landscape with artist Erika Lynne Hanson. Erika Lynne Hanson
No matter how broke you are, you can still have some fun. This week, there's a derby car race, a visit from author Ada Palmer, and a chance to veg out at the Uptown Farmer's Market. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Geeks Who Drink

What’s a better way to spend a Tuesday night than with some buddies, beers, and trivia?

The people behind Bitters Bar, 1455 North Scottsdale Road, Suite #115, can’t seem to think of a finer option. The bar’s weekly trivia gathering, Geeks Who Drink, continues on Tuesday, April 17. And the folks at Bitters have certainly have kept in mind that it’s a school night.

Trivia starts at 7 p.m and ends — very reasonably — at 9. In other words, it’s perfect for people who enjoy night life but also enjoy getting to bed at a decent time. Participation is free. For more information, visit the Bitters Bar Facebook page. Tanner Stechnij
Uptown Farmer’s Market
Let’s be honest. Going to a farmer’s market immediately makes you feel like a healthier person. Who doesn’t want that?

Even if you don’t buy any vegetables, it’s worth a trip to the Uptown Farmer’s Market at 5757 North Central Avenue to feel slightly better about yourself. Vendors sell everything from kale and goat cheese to fresh fish.

So grab your grocery list and get shopping on Wednesday, April 18.The farmer’s market continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of April. For more information, visit the Uptown Farmer’s Market website. Lindsay Roberts

Open Studio and Flag-Making Workshop
Flags are a familiar sight for artist Erika Lynne Hanson, an assistant professor of fibers and socially engaged practice at Arizonan State University. “I use flags as markers for points of dialogue and discussion,” Hanson says. For an artist residency with Scottsdale Public Art, she will hold an open studio and free flag-making workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Noriega Stable Livery, 3804 North Brown Street.

It starts with a walk, followed by a talk about what caught participants’ attention. Then attendees can make flags inspired by the urban landscape. Hanson will have fabric, paint, scissors, and other supplies on hand. “My goal is to get people attuned to the landscape rather than just moving through it,” she says. Visit the Scottsdale Public Art website. Lynn Trimble

Ada Palmer
Ada Palmer is a true polymath. In addition to her day job as a history professor, the Harvard-educated Palmer performs with the filk group Sassafrass at cons and Ren fairs across the country. She’s also an award-winning science-fiction novelist.

That’s the hat Palmer will be wearing when she visits the Poisoned Pen on Friday, April 20. Palmer will discuss her “Terra Ignota” series, set in a 25th-Century Earth ruled according to Enlightenment philosophy. Alas, all is not for the best in that best of all possible worlds, as a criminal and a spiritualist attempt to hide the existence of God in a society where religion is outlawed.

Palmer’s signing starts at 7 p.m. at 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Visit the Poisoned Pen website for more information. Michael Senft

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
Contact: Michael Senft
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.
Contact: Amy Young