Local history buff Marshall Shore calls the balls for rooftop bingo.
Local history buff Marshall Shore calls the balls for rooftop bingo.
Miachelle DePiano

5 Free Things to Do This Week

So, maybe you spent a little too much on Mom last Sunday. Don't worry. This week you can taking in the views at Rooftop Bingo, check out the local art in Tempe, or get weird at the KABARETT: A Strange Show for Strange Times without paying a cent. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times calendar.

Rooftop Bingo
Taking in gorgeous views while playing a game for all ages sounds delightful.

On Tuesday, May 15, you can play the timeless game of bingo on the rooftop bar at the Clarendon Hotel and Spa, 401 West Clarendon Avenue. History enthusiast Marshall Shore will be hosting so you can expect some fun Arizona facts along with each ball being called. Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or four corners gets you the victory, but everyone’s a winner when you get to look at the gorgeous Arizona night sky.

The family-friendly event begins at 7 p.m. and is free. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Dillon Rosenblatt

Get weird.
Get weird.
Benjamin Leatherman

KABARETT: A Strange Show for Strange Times
When you see Kanye West’s mad ramblings about slavery being discussed on CNN, there is no doubt that we are in some very strange times. This day and age we are constantly urged to ask, “Is this real life?”

If only there was a musical and visual show that matched the tone of the world today. Oh wait, there is — KABARETT: A Strange Show for Strange Times. On Wednesday, May 16, Crescent Ballroom will put on a very peculiar evening of sight and sound. All of the music has been selected and arranged by Christopher Norby and will be performed by a group of Phoenix artists.

The free show starts at 8 p.m at 308 North Second Avenue. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Soil & Seed Garden Market
With summer right around the corner, it’s your last chance to pick up all your produce needs this season from the Soil & Seed Garden Market.

You can purchase herbs, eggs, and flowers each weekend at The Shed next to the garden from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Head to 6106 South 32nd Street on Saturday, May 19, and get shopping.

Check out the Farm at South Mountain website to see what growing. Admission to the market is free. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

Local Latina legend.
Local Latina legend.
Courtesy of Carmela Ramirez

Carmela y Mas
How about a little salsa with your gyros? Local Latina legend Carmela Ramirez and her eight-piece salsa band, Carmela y Mas, will perform at the Opa Life Greek Café, 227 East Baseline Road in Tempe, on Saturday, May 19. Ramirez, a fixture on the local arts scene since the 1970s, was featured in the 2010 Latina Trailblazers series at Phoenix College for her work as a producer, actor, vocalist, and arts advocate.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission and salsa dance lessons are free but the ouzo and the souvlaki are not. Visit the Music Scene AZ website. Stuart Warner

Artwork you'll spot along Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe.EXPAND
Artwork you'll spot along Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe.
Lynn Trimble

Self-guided Tour
Leave your band at home, and head down to Mill Avenue in Tempe for a lazy Sunday on May 20. It’s a great place to take a free, self-guided tour of Tempe Public Art. You’ll find works by local artists in post-office window displays, utility boxes painted with diverse styles, and sculptures that include a group of towering rabbits tucked a bit off the beaten path.

Start at Mill Avenue and University Drive if you want to see the giant sneaker artist Clyde painted for a Phoenix Suns project. Then walk towards Tempe Town Lake, watching for newsstands along the way. More than a dozen feature art depicting women, created by female artists for a Downtown Tempe Authority project called She Tempe.

While you’re in Tempe, stop by Daley Park to see Jake Early’s new mural. Or look for more public art along the lake, and inside the arts center. Visit the city of Tempe website. Lynn Trimble

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