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The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Puente Human Rights in action.
Puente Human Rights in action. Elizabeth Stuart
Time to "free up" your week, Phoenix. Get into the holiday spirit at Phoestivus, head to Rock Phoenix for Taco Tuesday, and put your wizardry to the test at Harry Potter Trivia. And yes, it's all free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Human Rights Day
After 24 years, the Arpaio era has ended. But even though “America’s toughest Sheriff” finally got the boot, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

That’s why on Monday, December 11, Puente Human Rights Movement will host Human Rights Day, a protest with a few topics are the fore. Puente wants ICE removed from Maricopa, the jail on Fourth Avenue closed, and human rights violations halted in Arizona prisons.

The gathering will take place at 4:30 p.m. at 550 West Jackson Street. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

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Not your average Taco Tuesday.
Courtesy of Rock Phoenix
Taco Tuesday
Phoenix’s taco game is strong, with lots of choices and lots of styles. Taco Tuesday is a thing (naturally), and many eateries and bars have risen to the occasion by offering incentives to make theirs your most crunch-worthy option.

At the bar and dance club Rock Phoenix, Taco Tuesday means access to a complimentary taco buffet with the purchase of any drink. One of the owners, Michael Jacobs, tells us that he plays with the menu sometimes: “You could see a nacho or fajita bar.”

It gets even better with a two-for-one special on well drinks and bottles that runs from 2 until 8 p.m. The free feast starts at 5 p.m. on December 12 at Rock Phoenix, 4129 North Seventh Avenue. Admission is free. Visit the Facebook event page. Amy Young

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Levi Platero
Blues guitarist and vocalist Levi Platero is on his own, and that’s a good thing.

The Southwestern rocker from the Navajo Nation spent a decade playing in his family’s namesake band, The Plateros. After that, he did a one-year stint with the Indigenous Blues Band. Now, the bluesman has embarked on a solo career, leading his own group. The players are different, but what’s consistent is Platero’s guitar mastery, bringing classic and modern blues styles to life with a laid-back ease.

Ethan 103, Adero, Now or Never, and Roadside Dwellers share the bill for Native Metal Festivals’ night of rock, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, at Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe. Admission to the 21-and-over show is free. Call 480-967-4777 or visit the Yucca Tap website. Amy Young

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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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