Top 5 Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

In search of weekend plans? Look no further. Here are your best bets for getting out and about in and around Phoenix.

"Scream Queens" After-party @ FilmBar David Miller's photography exhibition "Scream Queens" explores via parody the stereotypical female characters found in horror and sci-fi films -- think femme fatale, helpless girl in the bathtub, lady terrified by gargantuan insects. You get the picture. Peep the images from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, the last day Miller's show is on view at Bokeh Gallery.

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When the show wraps, head to the after-party at FilmBar, where retro movie trailers and music videos will screen as a supplement to the exhibition. The 21-and-over party runs from 9 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

TBAG Rides the Tempe Artwalk @ Here on the Corner Roll around to all the stops on Tempe's Final Friday map with TBAG (Tempe Bicycle Action Group) starting at 7:15 p.m. The bike crew will meet up at boutique Here on the Corner and proceed to hit up Rack 'Em Up, Sail Inn, and Handlebar to partake in their arts-centric haps. Participation is free.

Arbitrary Arts Yard Sale @ 1114 S. Wilson St. Rummage aficionados and art lovers, heads up. Arbitrary Arts will host a three-day yard sale at 1114 S. Wilson St. in Tempe this weekend, promising art and assorted odds and ends. All the proceeds will benefit Arbitrary Arts, a non-profit organization that works to support local creative types. There's no charge to attend the sale, though shoppers should bring along cash for purchases. The sale is open Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to donate to the sale should contact Mary Beth Bannon by calling 480-620-3692 or e-mailing [email protected]

New Times' Artopia & Big Brain Awards @ The Monarch Theatre With an eye toward what's cool and a boatload of excitement over the contributions creative folks make to Phoenix, New Times hosts its third annual Artopia.

It's an evening that celebrates this year's Big Brains nominees, 18 Valley residents emerging in their specialties of craft, design, visual art, culinary arts, performing arts, or online media. One winner from each of the six categories will be announced during the arty party and win $500 to further his or her endeavors.

Vendors will sell their wares, as attendees sample dishes from local restaurants, sip hand-crafted cocktails (along with beer and wine), and get an eyeful of live entertainment. The 21-and-over event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Monarch Theatre. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door.Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form Screening @ SMoCA The life, career, and work of late architect and artist Paolo Soleri is captured in filmmaker Aimee Madsen's film Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form. No Festival Required presents two screenings of the documentary at SMoCA at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition "Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti." Assistant curator Claire C. Carter will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Screening tickets are $7. Museum admission will be free in honor of Soleri.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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