Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week

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Wednesday, December 5: Phoestivus 2012 @ Downtown Phoenix Public Market Most of us know about Festivus from the Seinfeld episode where the celebration "for the rest of us" is the favored way to celebrate the holidays without the pressures of commercialism or specific religious beliefs. The folks of Get Your PHX and the Phoenix Public Market give the festivities a "shop local" spin with Phoestivus on Wednesday, December 5.

While Festivus was a great backdrop for Costanza hilarity, Seinfeld writer Daniel O'Keefe experienced it as family tradition before penning it into the pop culture vernacular. The world's largest Phoestivus pole, the Airing of Grievances, and the Feats of Strength will all take place amidst local vendors, food trucks, and holiday music. One thing the O'Keefe's didn't have: Phoestivus Ale, a special seasonal brew by the Phoenix Ale Brewery that'll be available. -- By Jose Gonzalez

Thursday December 6: Warren Miller's Flow State Screening @ Herberger Theater Center The flow state is known by many other names -- the runner's high, the groove, the center, the zone. In the flow state, it's said, time goes slower the faster you ride, and you emerge improved, happier, more confident, and more aware. Few skiers and snowboarders get to experience it, and even less of us normals can get near it. The closest we'll get is a Warren Miller film.

Through 62 different films, Warren Miller has offered the masses a most righteous magnitude of ski and snowboard action. The 63rd, Flow State, makes its Arizona première with a screening at Herberger Theater on Thursday, December 6. Hosted by Jonny Moseley, spanning the highest peaks of the globe, and showcasing celebrated athletes like Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise, Flow State throws down some of the most captivating snowsport footage ever shot. -- By Zachary Fowle

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