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6 Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Explore works by emerging artists at the Mesa Community College Art Gallery.
Explore works by emerging artists at the Mesa Community College Art Gallery. Lynn Trimble
Being broke sucks, but having nothing to do this week is worse. That's why this week, you go to the music compliation show for When in AZ Vol. 2, learn everything you need to know about zines at the Text and Image Zines workshop, or try your hand at a Beyonce cover at Turn It Up Tuesday. It won't cost you a thing. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

2018 Annual Juried Art Student Show
Recently, Julio César Morales had to make some tough decisions. The artist and ASU Art Museum curator has been busy reviewing more than 300 works of art submitted for an exhibition at Mesa Community College.

See what made the cut during the free “2018 Annual Juried Art Student Show” at the MCC Art Gallery, 1833 West Southern Avenue. You can see it Monday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and through Thursday, April 26.

Typically, the exhibition includes about 100 works in diverse media, including prints, sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics, and digital art. It’s a great introduction to emerging student artists, who have some impressive art faculty at MCC – including Bob Adams, Liz Allen, Malena Barnhart, and Swapna Das. See details at the Mesa Community College website. Lynn Trimble

Turn It Up Tuesday
This Tuesday — and every Tuesday — Charlie’s Phoenix, 727 West Camelback Road, hosts karaoke night. Starting at 9:30 p.m., brave singers will take the same stage that some of the Valley’s best drag queens sashay across.

It wouldn’t be Turn It Up Tuesday without the two-for-one drink special from 8 p.m. to close. With a little liquid courage, aspiring Beyonces can choose from more than 28,000 songs. For those who’d simply prefer to take advantage of the cheap drinks, Connect 4, and Giant Jenga will be set up on the patio. See the Charlie's Phoenix website. Tanner Stechnij

MCC Astronomy Night
Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder what the hell you’re supposed to be looking at? Leave the specifics to the pros at Mesa Community College.

On Friday, April 6, they’ll host MCC Astronomy Night, when experts will be on hand to help you distinguish the features of the night sky with both binoculars and the unaided eye. Expect an assortment of out-of-this-world activities like planetarium shows, telescope viewing, and other hands-on things to do.

The free event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1833 West Southern Avenue. For more information, visit the Mesa Community College website or call 480-461-6220. Lindsay Roberts

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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