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Free Things to Do This Week: 100 Days of Summer Party, 'Staying Power,' Pirate Mud Wrestling

Splash in the pool, soak up the sun, or take a seat at the bar.
Splash in the pool, soak up the sun, or take a seat at the bar. Tina Riddle
Just because your pockets are empty doesn't mean your agenda has to follow suit. Get lit at the Ethan Roads Zine Release Party, splash at the 100 Days of Summer Bash, or check out “Staying Power” at the ASU Art Museum. Best part? It's all free. For more things to do, visit our curated calendar.

100 Days of Summer Party
The folks at Hotel Palomar are hosting a celebration of 100 Days of Summer by making their rooftop hangout, Lustre, a hot destination for cooling down. Splash in the pool, soak up the sun, or take a seat at the bar and try a craft cocktail. Special events during the 100-day stretch include yoga on Wednesdays and Industry Appreciation Mondays, which means extra discounts for those who work in hospitality. On Monday, July 17, the pool opens at 11 a.m. and happy hour drink and snack specials are available from 3 to 6 p.m. at 2 East Jefferson Street. Admission is free, and cabana rentals are available. Visit the Lustre website for details. Amy Young

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See art with staying power at ASU Art Museum.
Fiamma Montezemolo/Photo by Lynn Trimble.

“Staying Power”
Fiamma Montezemolo is one of more than a dozen artists featured in an exhibition called “Staying Power” at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. The free exhibition highlights new museum acquisitions, including sculpture, prints, ceramics, and video.

“Staying Power” includes work by nearly 20 artists or collectives, including Denmark’s SUPERFLEX and the CultureStrike network led by migrant artists. Siri Dev Khandavili, an artist represented by Lisa Sette Gallery, also has work in the show. Several pieces were created by Latin American and Latinx artists. In other words, it’s a compelling mix. Take a look between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18. Visit the ASU Museum website. Lynn Trimble


Art meets resistance in the work of Lisa and Janelle Inglesias. The duo create work that disrupts borders, embraces absurdity, and fosters collaboration. Working together as Las Hermanas Inglesias, the sisters explore their relationship and take on acts of resistance rooted in optimism rather than nihilism.

The Iglesias’ art has filled a gallery space at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe, for the “Re:Sisters” exhibition. The show includes prints, sculpture, and mixed-media work created with found and made objects that reflect five weeks spent in the desert Southwest and Phoenix-area communities.

See “Re:Sisters” between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. Museum admission is free, and the exhibition continues through Wednesday, September 6. Visit the ASU Museum website. Lynn Trimble

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Move right over, Sandra Bullock.
Courtesy of King's Queens Entertainment
It’s Valentina
You can move right over, Sandra Bullock. There’s a new Miss Congeniality coming to town. And she won that honor on season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yes, we’re talking about social media marvel slash celebrity drag queen Valentina, who’s bringing her act and perfectly sculpted eyebrows to Charlie’s Phoenix, 727 West Camelback Road.

It’s Valentina is going down during the Summer SPLASH Neon Party, hosted by local queens Nevaeh McKenzie and Coco St James and featuring music from DJ Image and as much neon body paint as you can handle. The party goes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, meaning the Taqueria Los Yaquis taco stand will be open.

There’s no cover. For more details, call 602-265-0224 or see the Charlie's website. Invite others at the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano

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Constance McBride, Between Two Worlds, 2016. Ceramic, iron oxide, steel, wood.
Courtesy of Shemer Art Center.
“Annual Student & Instructor Exhibition”
See the latest iteration of Shemer Art Center’s “Annual Student & Instructor Exhibition” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 21. It’s a chance to explore works by emerging and established artists working in diverse media, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, colored pencil, and mixed media.

Featured Shemer instructors include Constance McBride, Turner Davis, and Danielle Wood. More than a dozen Shemer students will also be showing their work. The show continues through Thursday, September 7, at 5005 East Camelback Road. Admission is free, but Shemer suggests a $7 donation or $10 per couple. Visit the Shermer Art Center website. Lynn Trimble

Get down and dirty.
Courtesy of The Dread Fleet
Pirate Mud Wrestling
Don’t like getting dirty? Maybe you’d feel better about standing on the sidelines and cheering on some other humans as they roll around in spa-grade mud at a wrestling match hosted by some local buccaneers.

Find out when The Dread Fleet hosts a Pirate Mud Wrestling battle that allows registrants 18 and older to compete. Yes, even non-pirates. The group is a local nonprofit organization that focuses on education, entertainment, and, yes, pirate-oriented matters. They also help raise funds for other area charities. These lively bouts will determine the competitors who will take one another on in the squishy, slimy final round. The halftime show will feature live entertainment that does not involve mud. Support your local swashbucklers from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Revolver Records, 918 North Second Street. Visit the Dread Fleet website. Amy Young

Get lit.
Josh Loeser
Ethan Roads Zine Release Party
Not only are there some prolific Phoenix-area zine makers, there are some hubs to find their work along with that of creative indie publishing zinesters from around the world.

Wasted Ink, a zine library and store that celebrates the DIY ethic, hosts the Ethan Roads Zine Release Party to celebrate the artist, skateboarder, and author’s creations Over the Shoulder and One Push. The former showcases his photographic work, which has also been exhibited in galleries. The latter has a skateboarding focus. Get a peek at his new offerings, take home copies, and get to know other literary-minded members of the community from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Wasted Ink Zine Distro, at the Hive, 2222 North 16th Street. Admission is free. Visit the Wasted Ink Zine website. Amy Young

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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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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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