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Speak from your heart in English, Spanish, or both.
Speak from your heart in English, Spanish, or both. Lynn Trimble

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Watch the game in all its inconsequential preseason glory on NBC.
Jim Louvau
Arizona Cardinals v. Chicago Bears
Pointing out that the NFL is far and away the nation’s most beloved professional sports league isn’t exactly earth-shattering news at this point. Even the league’s Hall of Fame Game — a meaningless exhibition game that took place earlier this month between the Cardinals and Cowboys — drew better television ratings than the MLB and NBA could dream of under similar circumstances. Couple that information with the fact that there’s no dearth of Chicago transplants living in the Valley (hello, Lou Malnati’s), and the upcoming Arizona Cardinals preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, August 19, is downright front-page news. Not willing to pony up $41 or more to catch the 7 p.m. game live at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive? No worries, you can watch the game in all its inconsequential preseason glory on NBC, because football. For details, visit the Arizona Cardinals website or call 623-433-7101. Rob Kroehler

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Speak from your heart in English, Spanish, or both.
Lynn Trimble
Poesia en Voz Alta
Calling all bilingual storytellers and poets, Spanish speakers, and lovers of languages.

On Saturday, August 19, the microphone at Palabras will be open to all for Poesia en Voz Alta, or “poetry in high voice.” From 7 to 9 p.m., ven a disfrutar de una noche de poesía y letras or, ahem, come enjoy a night of poetry and storytelling. Tell your story, read your poems, or just listen at 1738 East McDowell Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

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Partial eclipse of the heart.
Gustaaf Prins via Flickr/CC
Pre-Eclipse Party
It isn’t a party without some Corona, right? But don’t expect ice-cold cervezas with a wedge of lime at the Pre-Eclipse Party at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The corona at this party refers to the outer atmosphere of the sun, which will be visible during the total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, August 21. The family-friendly celebration on Saturday, August 19, will prepare you for this rare celestial event. The museum is working with Arizona State University to put together some festivities that are out of this world. You can learn about telescopes, pinhole-camera viewers, and life in alien worlds. And you can make your own model eclipse.

This educational and interactive event starts at 1 p.m. at 53 North Macdonald in Mesa. The party is free with the price of museum admission, which is $12 for adults. For more information, visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History website. Jason Keil

Get into an Altered State.
Melissa Fossum
Altered States
For some, a sensory deprivation tank means going to one of those floatation spas for a closed-in, saltwater soak to achieve inner peace. The main character in Altered States, a sci-fi horror flick from 1980, had a more intense experience.

Cinemania is a new monthly series hosted by Dan Stone of the Unfathomable Film Freakout. Stone presents the movie, starring William Hurt as a Harvard scientist who adds LSD to his tank stints to unlock his consciousness. His curiosity leads him down a rabbit hole of physical and psychedelic experimentation that ultimately results in, well — just watch the movie.

Altered States screens at 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Admission is $9. Call 602-595-9187 or visit the FilmBar website. Amy Young

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James Galanos, Jacket and dress, 1988. Silk crepe and lace with bead embroidery. Gift of Mr. James G. Galanos. Center: James Galanos, Dress, 1955. Silk chiffon. Gift of Mareen Allen Nichols. Right: James Galanos, Dress, 1987. Lace, silk matelassé and silk taffeta. Gift of Mr. James G. Galanos.
Ken Howie

“A Tribute to James Galanos”

Singer Diana Ross and former first lady Nancy Reagan had at least one thing in common. Both women wore dresses designed by James Galanos, a designer born in Philadelphia in 1924 whose parents emigrated from Greece. His other clients? Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe.

See more than 40 of his couture-quality, ready-to-wear ensembles and accessories created from the 1950s through the 1990s from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. They’re part of a retrospective exhibition called “A Tribute to James Galanos,” which continues through Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Featured pieces come from private collections and the museum’s fashion design archive, which includes more than 7,000 objects, including designs Galanos gifted to the museum in 1990. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is $18 for adults. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum website. Lynn Trimble

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Swap wedding ideas, and learn calligraphy.
Yara Khalaf of Sincerely Yara
Cocktails + Calligraphy
Getting married? In a bridal party? Really enjoy penmanship? Need a drink? These are all good reasons to attend Cocktails + Calligraphy, an upcoming workshop hosted by They Call Me Spindles, The Marry Mart, and Couple of Bartenders.

This wedding workshop offers up ideas, trends, and techniques for the big day, with a focus on calligraphy projects and creating impressive cocktails. The event is ideal for a morning with the maid of honor, the whole bridal party, yourself, your mom, whomever.

Cocktails + Calligraphy runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, August 20, at the Gather Estate (an urban backyard-style event venue), 2600 East Southern Avenue in Mesa. Tickets are $5 at the Marry Mart website. For more details, see the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano

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Lamar Crushin performing.
Aaron Trujillo
Church
Church doesn’t have to involve hymnals and pews. On the third Sunday of every month, the Sky Lounge hosts Church, a 21-and-over club night for members of the hip-hop scene to congregate, listen to music, and network. The next installment on Sunday, August 20, will feature performances from Marley B, a Tucson recording artist who has opened for E-40, Tech N9ne, and Big Boi, and Valley hip-hop artists Eddie Wellz, Ardy Reapz, and Tru Vonne. Throughout the night, DJ Aaron Michael will keep the energy going with top mainstream hits. Church starts at 10 p.m. at 132 East Washington Street, and admission is $10. For more information, go to the Facebook event page. Laura Latzko
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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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Laura Latzko
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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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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