8 Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Meet fellow resisters during the Women’s March to the Polls: Phoenix.
Meet fellow resisters during the Women’s March to the Polls: Phoenix. Women’s March to the Polls.
Why spend money when you can get competitive at the Spelling Bee-r, talk neighborhoods at New Times Live: Emerging Neighborhoods, or raise your voice at the Women’s March to the Polls? For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

MLK Celebration
Martin Luther King Jr. fought against inequality and inspired others to do the same. A weeklong MLK celebration from Friday through Monday, January 12 through 15, pays tribute to the Civil Rights leader. The festivities will include an awards and scholarship breakfast on Friday honoring five individuals for social justice and human rights work, a double elimination basketball tournament on Saturday, a candlelight gospel concert, and a march and festival.

Led by community leaders and politicians, the march will start at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson Street, and end at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, and celebrate King with presentations, speeches, and vendors — as well as performances by local poets, singers, and dancers. Most of the activities throughout the week are free to attend. For more information, visit the MLK celebration website. Laura Latzko

Strange Fruit
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix and ASU Project Humanties are hosting a screening of Strange Fruit, the 2002 documentary about the standard made famous by Billie Holiday. The protest song, which is about the lynching of a black man, began as a poem by Jewish activist Abel Meeropol. After the screening, there will be a discussion about the poem’s origin and how the history of African-Americans and Jewish-Americans intersect.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 15, at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 East Culver Street. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Arizona Jewish Historical Societ website. Jason Keil

Linger over Angela Ellsworth’s Pantaloncini: Work No. 069 (Emma) at Lisa Sette Gallery. - LISA SETTE GALLERY
Linger over Angela Ellsworth’s Pantaloncini: Work No. 069 (Emma) at Lisa Sette Gallery.
Lisa Sette Gallery
“Holding Pattern”
For a new series called “Holding Pattern,” Phoenix artist Angela Ellsworth addresses what gallerist Lisa Sette calls “the secret language pulsing beneath officially sanctioned accounts of history and religion.” The series includes Pantaloncini: Work No. 069 (Emma), created using 52,692 pearl corsage dress pins, plus fabric and steel.

It’s part of a new exhibition at Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 East Catalina Drive, which also features work by Luis Gonzalez Palma and Siri Devi Khandavilli. Exhibition materials note that “Gonzalez Palma’s photo collages capture astrophysical material as evidence of a universal presence; and Khandavilli’s cast figures re-envision the Hindu pantheon as a series of modern idols, preening in designer heels.”

See the free show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. It continues through Friday, February 23. Visit the Lisa Sette Gallery website. Lynn Trimble

Let's go neighborhood hunting. - ZAC MCDONALD
Let's go neighborhood hunting.
Zac McDonald
New Times Live: Emerging Neighborhoods
Neighborhood hunting is all the rage. Phoenix New Times’ arts and music editor Becky Bartkowski and contributor Katie Johnson listed several of them in a recent piece titled “8 Neighborhoods You Should Know.”
As the love for these groovy pockets of the Valley has grown, so have the prices of homes. Once affordable residences are now places that some can only daydream about. At New Times Live: Emerging Neighborhoods, join the writers — alongside Ben Brousseau, Tolanya Adams, and Beatrice Moore — to discuss elements of urban development and neighborhood preservation.

The panel talk starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, at The Newton at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road. Admission is free; happy hour prices run through the event. Call 602-274-0067 or visit the Changing Hands website. Amy Young

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Laura Latzko
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.
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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.
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