5 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

Another week has passed and, along with it, more of life's unforgiving expenses. We understand how pricey it can be to eat, dress yourself, and put a roof over your head, and we're proud of you for budgeting appropriately. Not wanting to put any more strain on you or your budget, here are five things you can do this week that will cost exactly zero dollars.

26 Blocks
Since its debut in 2010, the 26 Blocks exhibit has showcased creative interpretations of what it means to live in Phoenix. The exhibit is often referred to as the first of its kind because of the collaborative nature that allowed writers, photographers and a sculptor to find the story of one specific block downtown and tell it in four photographs, one 500-word story, and a small sculpture. This year, the the Renaissance Hotel downtown will revisit the iconic project and host an updated collection of Phoenix-based photographs. You can see all 109 of them along with an updated version of the iPad app at the Renaissance for free. For more information, see

ASU's New Grad Slide Slam
ASU’s newest masters of fine arts candidates will be introducing themselves on Tuesday, August 25, at Neeb Hall on the Tempe campus. Guests will listen to students who were admitted to the fine arts studio, art history, and art education programs introduce themselves and their work. Each student will speak for five minutes and show 20 slides. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Great Books
On Wednesday, August 26, the Great Books Foundation will host a book club meeting at the Connections Café in Tempe. From 6 to 8 p.m., attendees will discuss Rothschild’s Fiddle by Anton Chekov and explore its underlying themes. This event is BYOB (bring your own book), so don’t leave your copy at home. Call Connections Café at 480-350-5490 for more information.

Happier Hour Comedy Showcase
Need a laugh this week? Head on over to ThirdSpace on Thursday, August 27, for its Happier Hour Comedy Showcase. All night long you can get cheap drinks, good food, and catch local comedians do their thing. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and there is no cover charge. For more information, you can call Thirdspace at 602-258-1536.

"Cactus and Coral"
Through Each Other’s Eyes, a local group of photographers, will debut its photography exhibit “Cactus and Coral” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Art on August 31. The project started in March 2014, when Australian photographers Alex Pirez and Tim Warnock came to Arizona and photographed some of the state's main attractions, like Spring Training and hot air balloon rides. A few months later, local photographers Bob Rink and Jim Marshall traveled to Australia to shoot the nation’s natural wonders. The exhibit will remain open to the public until mid-September. For more information, visit TEOE’s website.