Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

How to Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona in 4 Easy Steps

Chitral Hays -- not his real name -- is Jackalope Ranch's resident expert on medical marijuana in Arizona. Each week in Perfectly Blunt, Hays delivers news, reviews, and must-know info.

So you know that pot is legal in Arizona. Well, not exactly legal, but voters did approve Prop. 203 three years ago, a statewide measure that allows qualified patients to get a card that allows for the legal purchase of pot from some sources. And now you want to know how to get your hands on one of those cards.

You've come to the right place.

--Chitral Hays

9 Fall Festivals in Metro Phoenix

What better way to prep for fall than by marking up your calendar with to-dos? Here's a list of fall festivals in the Phoenix area that are worthy of penciling in.

Check out the full list of fall events in metro Phoenix.

--Corey Malecka

11 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Shout-out everyone who braved the higher temps of the past months to continue supporting the local art scene. We salute you.

As the temperatures drop, we know y'all are getting excited to wander around First Friday with your scarves and pumpkin spice lattes. But the temperature isn't the only thing you should be amped about.

Get out your calendars, because we've compiled a list of exhibitions around the Valley that you will not want to miss this fall.

-Katrina Montgomery

30 Photos of Burning Man 2013 as Shot By Arizona Artists

Visionary arts and counterculture event Burning Man is akin to a feast for the senses writ large. Very large. Or at least that's how some of the Valley creatives who frequently attend the epic week-long festival each year out in Nevada's desert hinterlands describe the experience.

It's a seven-day communal hurly-burly of sights and sounds that overflows with an often-surreal surfeit of art, music, and fantastical elements that's attended by more than 50,000 people. Given the unique nature of the event and the unforgettable collection of artwork both bizarre and beautiful that it features, a camera is as much of a necessity as water or camping gear.

Check out 30 photos from Phoenicians who attended this year's Burning Man.

--Benjamin Leatherman

Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail and New Parking Lot to Re-Open on November 30, City Says

Camelback Mountain's reformed Echo Canyon Trail, trail-head, and parking area will re-open to the public on November 30, officials say.

When the short, popular summit trail closed on January 28th for a $3 million renovation, hikers were told only that they could come back sometime in the fall. Now, says David Urbinato, Phoenix parks and recreation department spokesman, a "firm" re-opening date has been set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Read the full story on Echo Canyon Trail here.

--Ray Stern

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