Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Sticker Phiends #4 Opening Reception @ Cartel Coffee Lab

From corny bumper stickers to sticky graphic squares pasted on fire hydrants and telephone poles, there's no better way to slap your thoughts, ideas and likes or dislikes out there for the world to see than with a good old-fashioned decal.

With slick designs from the likes of Spraygraphic, Cryptik and Shepard Fairey's "Obey" brand, local artist MADONE's annual sticker show is always a grab bag of awesome adhesive art. Buy some stickers (bring cash!), trade with strangers, or distribute a few sticky freebies of your own starting at 8 p.m. this Friday, April 8. Don't expect much of that candy-coated, glittery Lisa Frank crap, either. The free gig features drinks for the 21+ crowd and beats by Sick Duppy & Sweaty Hot Junk.

Salt River Fields Balloon Spring Fling and Skydiving Festival @ Salt River Fields

If you're looking to get high this weekend without the aid of chemicals, head to the new staduim complex this Friday or Saturday and pick your poison: Fly via a relatively tame tethered hot air balloon ride or a screaming, plummeting descent towards the hard ground during which you pray, or swear, harder than you ever have before. Your choice. Or, you can get your thrills with feet still planted on terra firma by watching Saturday's Double Header skydiving stunt, in which adrenaline junkies try to complete mid-air obstacle courses without ending up like bugs on a windshield. The event lifts off at 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 and balloon rides are $20 per person.   


Why is Phoenix awesome? Sunny skies, cheap housing, blah, blah. The best part about living in a city of five million people is actually the amazing amount of talent lurking about. Eighteen of our city's best and brightest creatives are in the running for New Times' Annual Big Brain Awards, which comes with $1000 prize and a boatload of bragging rights. Find out who won, and peep more local talent via dance performances, live artist demos, chef stations and designer runway shows from Phoenix Fashion Week at Artopia, 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the New Times building, 1201 E. Jefferson St. $10 admission. 


If you think that Brit-pop has something to do with the "Baby One More Time" songstress, or if the only "vinyl" you own is a pleather coat, seriously, stay home tonight. Those with a little more cross-continental culture can zip up your go-go boots and walk on down to Rips on Saturday night for the three-year celebration of their weekly British Invasion themed dance party. The event includes CD release parties for Cold Cave and Peter Bjorn & John's newest releases, plus tons of freebie ticket giveaways that'll set you up to see anyone from Pinback or The Motels to The New Pornographers. DJs will spin mod tunes and '60s soul throughout the night to keep you in your groove. 


What better way to celebrate the life of Jane Reddin, the late founder of downtown's Practical Art gallery, than with a birthday dinner (Reddin would've turned 54 this weekend) in the space she loved so much? Gallery co-owner Kara Roschi hosts an intimate gathering of artists, friends and community members from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. For a donation of $20 or more to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, guests can share in a lasagna dinner with cocktails, dessert and plenty of fond memories to go around.    

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