Crafeteria @ Medlock Plaza Year after year we promise we'll make our own gifts, trying our hand at the Etsy-worthy goodies we have on our Pinterest boards. "We'll learn to sew!" we think. "We can carve wood!"
Every year we fall short. The good news is Phoenix is home to a plethora of creative types who actually can sew or carve wood, and for one night a year their pieces gather in one convenient craft haven.
For the eighth year in a row, Frances presents Crafeteria, a market of more than 40 local artists boasting a variety of 100 percent handmade goods. There will be earthy jewelry from MerMade, cute cards from Floating Specks, and even wood carved tobacco pipes from Maple House.
Hot dogs from Short Leash and Stinkweeds-sponsored live music round out the night, making it a multi-sensory affair.
Get crafty from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 6, in the Medlock Plaza, 10 West Camelback Road. Visit www.francessmeeks.com/crafeteria. -- Janessa Hilliard
Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors @ US Airways The city of Toronto has been gobbling up a lot of headlines lately, or, at least, its mayor has. And the man looks like he knows how to gobble. Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have clawed their way to a tenuous division lead, which is rather newsworthy considering they share a division with the mighty Knicks and Nets.
But Jason Kidd's Nets are in shambles and the Knicks' bloated payroll is yielding paltry returns. That has allowed the T-Raps to sneak into first place despite wallowing at the .500 mark heading into December. The Phoenix Suns haven't had such a luxury. Though their record has closely mirrored Toronto's thus far, it has only earned them a spot in the middle of the Pacific division.
Still, the two young teams oughta be evenly matched when they collide at 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $21.70. Visit www.nba.com/suns or call 602-379-2000 for details. -- Rob Kroehler
F.Q. Story Home Tour and Holiday Gift Sale @ F.Q. Story Neighborhood Who's ready for some real estate porn? Downtown Phoenix's historic F.Q. Story neighborhood is gearing up for the 29th installment of its annual holiday home tour, and it's safe to say this year's lineup of restored residences will leave some preservationists extremely envious. The two-day tour will showcase carefully refurbished homes from the 1920s and 1930s, in addition to performances from Dickens carolers, luminarias, holiday food, and gift vendors, and a street trolly.
The 29th Annual F.Q. Story Home Tour and Holiday Gift Sale returns from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 7, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 8. The tour begins at Ninth Avenue and Willetta Street, two blocks south of McDowell Road. Tickets are $15 and can be purchase online or on arrival. Admission is $1 off with a non-perishable food donation. For more information, visit www.fqstory.org or call 602-258-9282. -- Katie Johnson
Annual Silent Auction 2013 @ Art Intersection Gilbert's Art Intersection is an invaluable resource for Valley photographers. Year-round, the space hosts exhibitions, classes, and a residency program for budding and established creative types. And once a year, it auctions of valuables so that it can keep on keeping on.
This year, AI's Annual Silent Auction, which doubles as an exhibition, features works of both fine art and photography from such artists as David Miller, Allen Dutton, New Times Big Brain 2013 nominee David Emitt Adams, and Art Intersection owner Carol Panaro-Smith. All 50-plus pieces up for auction can be viewed via www.artintersection.com, where bidders will also find a "buy it now" feature.
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Bids can be made in person, at the gallery, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for email bids is midnight on Friday, December 6. Final bidding will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at 207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 201. For more information, call 480-361-1118. -- Becky Bartkowski
Blood Wedding @ Orange Theatre Weary of Christmasy entertainment? There's almost no writer less Christmasy than Federico García Lorca, whose remains weren't found in his purported grave, but that sounds more Eastery -- and we're still looking. Orange Theatre Group's Blood Wedding, through Saturday, December 21, is inspired by Lorca's 1933 play of the same name.
Orange messes with technology, deconstruction, and iconoclasm for months at a time before sharing new works of in-your-face theater. Lorca himself didn't like the public much after it ridiculed his first play, about a butterfly who falls in love with a cockroach. And Orange is "in a complicated relationship" with America. But individuals in America are most welcome to attend at Levine Machine, 605 East Grant Street #98, perhaps on Sunday, December 8, at 8 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can, but you can reserve a seat in advance and get more info at www.orangetheatre.org. Call 602-456-0684 to discuss any number of unfathomable things. -- Julie Peterson