Things to Do

Seven Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Start your day off right with a free morning yoga class at Arizona State University.
Start your day off right with a free morning yoga class at Arizona State University. ASU
It's a big week for events around Phoenix, both Halloween-related and not. Over the next seven days, you can see art around downtown Phoenix, carve pumpkins in the Melrose District, start your morning with a yoga class in Tempe, and more.

'Homeland (In)Security'

“Homeland” is a pretty loaded term, which helps to explain why so many artists explore its meanings in their work. Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street, recently reopened its indoor gallery space after a lengthy pandemic pause, with an exhibit titled “Homeland (In)Security." The exhibit features works in several mediums, including drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and more. Participating artists Gloria Martinez-Granados, Karen Nazario, Elizabeth Pineda, and Yvette Serrano seek to share multifaceted expressions of home while exploring complex ideas about belonging and displacement in the context of the pandemic and various sociopolitical factors. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 25, when Local First Arizona staff will be in the space. Gallery staff are on hand during First and Third Fridays, and Saturday afternoons. The exhibit runs through November 5. Gallery admission is free. Lynn Trimble

Pumpkin Carving Party

Grab your gourds and spend an evening carving them on Monday, October 25, at Thunderbird Lounge, 710 West Montecito Avenue. Pumpkin beer will be on tap while It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be screened. It’s free to attend the 21-and-over event, which starts at 6 p.m. Benjamin Leatherman

Morning Yoga Class

Start your day off right with a free yoga class at Arizona State University's Tempe campus. The Live Well Yoga series, presented by ASU 365 Community Union + Live Well @ ASU, takes place on the Coca Cola Sun Deck of Sun Devil Stadium, 500 East Veterans Way, Tempe. Bring a mat, a towel, and some water to the class, which is taught by a rotating lineup of local instructors. Classes are open to the public and all levels are invited to practice, from beginner to expert. Registration is required for the 7 a.m. class. Jennifer Goldberg

Harlem Shuffle

If you follow book releases and all the buzz that surrounds new titles, you’re likely familiar with Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Now, you have a reason to hop right on reading it, because USA Today books editor Barbara VanDenburgh will be leading a free discussion at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27. Written by Carlson Whitehead, it’s a tale of heists, rip-offs, and shutdowns set in 1960s Harlem. The discussion marks the happy return of the First Draft Book Club to the First Draft Book Bar, where you can go beyond sipping, reading, and talking literature when you get a hankering to browse the bookstore in search of new titles for your own collection or book-inspired gifts for all those people in your holiday list. Lynn Trimble

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

Get up your pups in a costume and bring them to this free event and happy hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, at the W Scottsdale, 7277 East Camelback Road. The most creatively dressed doggos will win prizes like a complimentary one-night stay at the hotel. Contestants are required to show up between 6 and 6:30 p.m. to be eligible and judging will take place at 7 p.m. You can register online here. Benjamin Leatherman

'Monsters Menagerie'

Strange and eerie things are afoot at the Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street, as evidenced by the enormous, creepy-looking daddy longlegs spider perched on its front lawn. Inside the historic art venue are the odd, unsettling, and provocative works of more than two dozen local artists making up this year’s "Monsters Menagerie" show. Creations by painters Jimmy Fike and Henry Hermetet, photographer Holly Shoemaker, and others are showcased in the annual exhibition (which has previously been described as featuring “blood-curdling creations, profane noir fantasies, and other unworldly art”). The offerings run the gamut from mixed-media to taxidermy by Echoes of Natura and weirdly repurposed figurines by Thrift Creeper. Hours are noon to 6 on Thursday, October 28. Admission is free. The show runs through October 30. Benjamin Leatherman

Ghoul Gallery

More than 20 local artists will participate in this one-night pop-up gallery inside the old Deer-O building at 2431 East Van Buren Street, on Saturday, October 30. The works on display will be of the odd, spooky, or bizarre variety and the lineup will include names like Derk Harkin, Brad Dwyer, Luster Kaboom, T.C. Fenwick, Angela Nimmo, Stephanie Wilkins, Mckenna Harron, and Cassie Stys. The short film Through The Eyes of a Ghost will also premiere at the event. Hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman
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