7 Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Portrait of the Artist as a Delicate Flower (detail) by Bill Dambrova.
Portrait of the Artist as a Delicate Flower (detail) by Bill Dambrova. Bill Dambrova/Lynn Trimble
Who needs money to have fun? Not you. This week, you can binge-watch films during the Black History Movie Marathon, see the work of Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Douglas Miles, and learn the basics of bird-watching. And it's all free of charge. For more things, to do visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

“Energy Eaters”
Typically, you’ll find Phoenix artist Bill Dambrova inside his Goat Heart Studio inside Bragg’s Pie Factory on historic Grand Avenue. It’s filled with a glorious assortment of art and oddities he’s collected throughout his career. But you don’t have to pay a studio visit to enjoy some of latest abstract art with a biological twist. It’s on view at Eric Fischl Gallery, located on the Phoenix College campus, 1202 West Thomas Road.

“Energy Eaters” includes 14 of Dambrova’s artworks, including seven pieces that are new or being shown for the first time. The free opening reception runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 26. The show continues through Thursday, March 22. Visit the Phoenix College website. Lynn Trimble

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in Get on Up at the Black History Movie Marathon. - UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in Get on Up at the Black History Movie Marathon.
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Black History Movie Marathon
Thanks to South Mountain Community College and Phoenix Public Library, you can honor and celebrate Black History Month even as you keep your resolution to get off the couch and be with humans — all the while bingeing on films, as you would’ve if you’d never left the house.

The Black History Movie Marathon runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, screening Get on Up: The James Brown Story (2014, sweaty musicians), Loving (2016, less sweaty than the title suggests), and In the Heat of the Night (1967, sweat for days).

Popcorn and snacks will be served, breaks will be taken, and painless enlightenment will occur. Admission is free at South Mountain Community Library, 7050 South 24th Street. Visit the Phoenix Public Library website or call 602-243-8187. Julie Peterson

For Beth Tom, art is as much about the experience of creating as the finished product. For her upcoming show “Toy,” the mixed-media artist experimented with different styles and used found objects to create new pieces.
The one-night-only exhibition will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Much of the work in the exhibition features a childlike element or pays homage to childhood in some way. The artist incorporated keepsake items such as old ticket stubs, cards, drawings, letters, CD covers, and sheet music into her work and reused old paintings, canvases, fabric, pieces of wood, and paints.

The free solo show will take place at Megaphone PHX, 4700 North Central Avenue, #112. For more information, go to the Facebook 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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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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