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6 Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

It's Robot Night and the feeling's right.
It's Robot Night and the feeling's right. Ash Ponders
Just because you have to keep to your budget doesn't mean that your week has to be boring. Try learning from mistakes at the FuckUp Nights Phoenix, watch some shopping carts fly at the Phoenix Idiotarod, or try your hand at building a robot at HeatSync Labs. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

HeatSync Labs’ Robot Night
Half the battle of creating a robot is having the right tools. During HeatSync Labs’ Robot Night on the first Monday of every month, attendees have access to soldering irons, casting equipment, laser cutters, and other necessary tools. The event brings together makers of different ages to work on projects, collaborate, and bounce ideas off each other.

The next robotics-themed night runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on February 5 at 140 West Main Street in Mesa. Participation is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, go to the HeatSync Labs’ website. Laura Latzko

click to enlarge Terrence Martin, Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, and Julia Garcia during a FuckUp Nights Phoenix Q&A session moderated by Leah Marche at Valley Bar. - TALIMA FLORES-ALLAH / CRESCENT REFLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY
Terrence Martin, Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, and Julia Garcia during a FuckUp Nights Phoenix Q&A session moderated by Leah Marche at Valley Bar.
Talima Flores-Allah / Crescent Reflections Photography
FuckUp Nights Phoenix
Consider FuckUp Nights Phoenix the monthly master class on failure. The organization is part of a worldwide movement to change our notions of success. During the Tuesday, February 6, edition, entrepreneurs will have seven minutes and 10 PowerPoint slides to explain how they screwed up and learned the error of their ways. Afterward, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the presenters and ask questions about how they embraced defeat and added a point to their win column.

Pick yourself up again at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Crescent Ballroom website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Learn all about bonsai care and ikebana flower arrangements. - PHOENIX BONSAI SOCIETY 2016
Learn all about bonsai care and ikebana flower arrangements.
Phoenix Bonsai Society 2016
“Japanese Art of Nature: Bonsai, Ikebana, and Japanese Gardens”
Bonsai care and ikebana flower arrangements are about more than just watering and pruning. There are greater philosophical and spiritual ties to the verdant arts, and they will be the focus of a lecture and Q&A at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 7.

“Japanese Art of Nature: Bonsai, Ikebana, and Japanese Gardens” will highlight the Japanese art forms with a visual presentation on friendship gardens by Diana Larowe, formerly of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix; a live demo by Sogetsu Ikebana Artist Ping Wei; and a bonsai talk and examples from landscape designers and bonsai enthusiasts Ardie and Mike Apostolos.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at 7380 East Second Street and is free with an RSVP. For more information, call 480-499-8587 or go to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts website. Laura Latzko

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