6 Free Things to Do This Week

It's going to be lit.
It's going to be lit. Courtesy of Valley Bar
This week, you can check see public art painted in real time at the Phoenix Mural Festival, cheer on your favorite queens, and get geeky at the Arizona Comic Mini Expo. Best part? It's all free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel
Poets Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel will host a Q&A and book-signing at Valley Bar on Monday, April 30. Aterian recently released Playing Monster :: Seiche, a book-length poem navigating her childhood. Manuel’s book Testify focuses on being trapped between binaries: black and white, inner city and suburban, atheist and Catholic.

Things get lit(erary) starting at 6:30 p.m. at 130 North Central Avenue. The 18-and-up event is first-come, first-serve for seating. It’s free to attend, but you can RSVP on For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

RuPaul’s Drag Race
We’re now in double-digit seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and no one is complaining. For a place to view the race, visit Kobalt Bar, 3110 North Central Avenue, #125, on Thursday, May 3.

Aside from karaoke and cocktail specials, Kobalt is known for its video lounge — meaning there are numerous speakers and TV screens so you can see Miz Cracker’s flawless makeup and hear everything Eureka has to say (not that you’d have any trouble).

See if someone makes as memorable an exit as Miss Vanjie from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Entry is free. Call 602-264-5307. Lauren Cusimano
WTF (Women, Trans, and Femme) Maker Night
WTF (Women, Trans, and Femme) Maker Night celebrates the power of women — and the things they create, whether it’s a chocolate chip cookie or computer software. Which is why the monthly series brings together artists, scientists, engineers, and designers within the Phoenix community to collaborate in the making of creative and critical work, with materials and tools provided.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at ASU’s Hayden Library, 300 Orange Mall. The monthly series is free to attend. For more info, visit the ASU event page. Melina Zuñiga

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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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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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