Saving up for spring break? We can respect that. Lucky for those who want to go out without dipping into their vacation funds, metro Phoenix has plenty of free events happening on the daily. From beer-fueled talks among fellow nerds to art exhibitions, here are our top three picks for gratis get-togethers in the Valley.
Nerd Nite 24: Women's History Month
Nerd Nite, nerd bright, be just one of many nerds you see this night. The 24th installment of this geek-based get-together is happening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at mod. The free evening event will offer its usual assortment of pop culture-comprised lectures including one by local actor and playwright Ashley Naftule. Naftule will discuss will bizarre and kinky beginnings of DC Comic's most famous femme fatales, Wonder Woman. For details, visit the event on Facebook.
Catherine Slye's "This is Home" Preview
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This Third Friday, stop by Hazel and Violet for a special sneak preview of mixed media artist Catherine Slye's upcoming show, "This is Home." The exhibition, which is set to be completed this year, explores Phoenix through the eyes and hand-crafted maps of Slye. Forget Google Maps and Map Quest, in this show, Slye relies on photographs, illustration, and stitched fabrics to showcase the streetscapes of the city she loves. The first half of "This is Home" will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20. For details, visit the event on Facebook.
Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Date Monet's Étretat, Sunset
Join Texas State University professor Donald W. Olson as he uses the principles of his book, Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History and Literature, to discuss the calculations that go into recreating the time and place of famous works, including Claude Monet's 1885 painting, Etretat, the Cliff, Reflections on Water. This lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at Phoenix Art Museum. Admission to both the museum and the talk will be free. For more information, visit phxart.org or check out the event on Facebook.