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Best Things to Do This Weekend: Poefest, Phoenix Suns, Harry Potter

Don’t tell this guy you’re out of Reese’s.
Don’t tell this guy you’re out of Reese’s. Courtesy of Poefest

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Biketober Bike Bazaar
If you’re the type of person who can’t wait for a weekly bike ride to the farmers market, this event is for you.
Phoenix Public Market has joined forces with the Phoenix Spokes People to add a twist to the traditional farmers market during the Biketober Bike Bazaar. This Saturday, October 21, event will feature crafts with bike-related materials, and bike shops selling assorted gear.

The bazaar runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 14 East Pierce Street. See the Facebook event page for details.?Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge See work by Alison Sweet at Step Gallery. - ALISON SWEET
See work by Alison Sweet at Step Gallery.
Alison Sweet
“Westering Women”
History, feminism, and landscape — those are the three driving forces behind work by artist and Arizona State Unviersity graduate student Allison Sweet. She’s bringing those interests to Step Gallery, for an exhibition titled “Westering Women.”

Sweet’s art practice reflects her perspectives on popular misconceptions and mythologies surrounding the American West, during an era often viewed through incomplete histories that exclude women while elevating misguided romanticism about rampant colonization.

For her intermedia installation at Step Gallery, 605 East Grant Street, Sweet uses historical photographs from her great-grandfather’s failed homestead, sewing typically viewed as women’s work not worthy of documentation, patterns constructed from sifted flour, and an anti-western dual-channel video projection. It’s a feminist take on ways women are wrongly portrayed in history and media.

Check it out between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, at Grant Street Studios, 605 East Grant Street. Visit the ASU Events page. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Joshua Vern and Patti Davis Suarez are anything but neutral in Switzerland. - MARK GLUCKMAN
Joshua Vern and Patti Davis Suarez are anything but neutral in Switzerland.
Mark Gluckman
Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith is produced less in her homeland than in other countries. She may feel some kinship with Patricia Highsmith, author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, who felt unappreciated by her native United States. Murray-Smith’s Switzerland, one of her most recent works, imagines an episode in Highsmith’s later years when a visiting editor sets her life askew — and vice versa. The crime novelist’s collection of weapons enables additional high jinks, and she and her guest are trapped in a textbook psychological thriller.

Theatre Artists Studio’s production of the play continues through Sunday, November 5, at 4848 East Cactus Road. Showtime on Sunday, October 22, is 2 p.m. Admission is $15 to $25. Visit the Theatre Artists Studio website or call 602-765-0120. Julie Peterson

Do you believe in magic? - COURTESY OF WARNER BROS
Do you believe in magic?
Courtesy of Warner Bros
Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History Of Magic
Knowing how to treat werewolf bites is a useful life skill, but you won’t find Defense Against the Dark Arts in ASU’s course catalog. No bother, for we truly live in magical times. The book Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History Of Magic is a peek inside Hogwarts from the British Library. It stems from an exhibition celebrating J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards and spells.

Changing Hands Bookstore will celebrate the book’s release with magic-themed games and activities during a family-friendly, Dementor-free event.

Bring your wand to the event, which starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. Your $20 purchase of the book admits a family of four. For more information, visit the Changing Hands website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Gunnar M. Widforss, Grand Canyon, 1924, watercolor; On loan from The A.P. Hays Collection. - SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF THE WEST
Gunnar M. Widforss, Grand Canyon, 1924, watercolor; On loan from The A.P. Hays Collection.
Scottsdale Museum of the West
Hanging Kokedama Workshop
All the best hipster homes are decked out in hanging plants. Wanna try your hand at making your own — with a Japanese-meets-Southwest twist? Get ready for a little DIY action on Sunday, October 22.

The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South Thirty Second Street, hosts a Hanging Kokedama Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will create two hanging succulent kokedamas (a.k.a. “moss balls”) to take home. All of the supplies for the workshop will be provided. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb; the class includes instructions for care and maintenance. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Lindsay Roberts

“Grand Canyon Grandeur”
Perhaps you’ve peered into the Grand Canyon at some point, and marveled at its magnificent lines, textures, and colors.

Now, you can experience Arizona’s natural wonder through the work of artists who’ve tackled the subject matter, as Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 North Marshall Way, presents an exhibition called “Grand Canyon Grandeur.”

The show includes more than 100 oil paintings, watercolors, and prints dating from the 1850s to 1950s — created in artistic styles including naturalism, abstraction, and impressionism. Get a good look between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. The exhibit is free with museum admission, which is $15 for adults. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of the West website. Lynn Trimble
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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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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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