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9 Things to Do for $16 or Less This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Lynn Trimble
Tiles by Irma Sanchez installed in the Grand Avenue arts district.
Your guide to the best ways to spend your weekend on the cheap has arrived, Phoenix. And your options run the gamut from creating your own street art and meeting Ink Master stars to hunting for vintage treasures and celebrating the local LGBTQ community. Looking for more? See New Times calendar of events.

Show It! Say It! Do It!
The phrase “taking it to the streets” is about to get a new twist. That’s because Phoenix creatives Pete Petrisko and Stacey Champion are launching their latest weekend street art challenge in downtown Phoenix. It’s the second year they’ve called on artists and other community members to join them in hacking public spaces with free visual and performance art.

“Show It! Say It! Do It!” kicks off on Friday, April 28, at 6 p.m. It’s a chance to transform public spaces into expressions of protest, critique, irony, humor, beauty, celebration, subversion, and the like. Make the city your canvas, using tools such as stickers, posters, stencils, sculptures, art installations, yarn bombing, chalk art, and wheat paste. Or take your own blend of pop-up music, dance, theater, or film to the streets.

Find ideas on what to make, and where, at the Facebook event page. Lynn Trimble

Arizona Tattoo Invitational
During the Arizona Tattoo Invitational at Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa, 9495 West Coyotes Boulevard, 150 of the top tattoo artists from around the country will meet and ink prospective clients. The event offers a chance to interact with TV stars from Ink Master and Best Ink, including Anthony Michaels, Roman Abrego, Tommy Montoya, Walter “Sausage” Frank, and Joey Hamilton. The invitational will also feature a tattoo competition with categories such as best Aztec, portrait, or Asian tattoo, a pinup contest, live art demos, and an art gallery featuring work by the event’s tattoo artists.

The event runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. General admission for the show is $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. The 18-and-younger set gets in free, while members of the military get a $5 off discount. To find out more, go to the Arizona Tattoo Invitational website. Laura Latzko

And, rolling.
Courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Spring Senior Film Showcase
Some academic disciplines require you to produce a thesis and/or take a massive, skull-cracking exam to earn your degree. No one’s likely to read any of it, much less enjoy it, and maybe that’s just as well.

But in the arts, you’re more likely to demonstrate what you’ve learned with a series of paintings, an intricately designed theater piece, a solo recital, or a short film that’s taken a year or more to complete. And every year, audience endorphins pump during the screening of the Spring Senior Film Showcase on ASU’s Tempe campus. This time around, it unreels at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 East 10th Street. Admission is $5 at the ASU event page, or call 480-965-6447. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge The ladies of Pennylane at Junk in the Trunk. - JIM LOUVAU
The ladies of Pennylane at Junk in the Trunk.
Jim Louvau
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Have you recently engaged in some spring cleaning only to discover you’re ready to re-clutter your old space with a whole bunch of new-to-you treasures?

Chances are, you’ll find plenty of great stuff at the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Shop among thousands of other folks seeking cool finds from the 200-plus vendors selling their vintage and handmade items. To ensure you’re energized to shop until you drop, there will be food trucks on site. Live music also will keep the mood perky. Spend your extra dollars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. General admission is $8, while early entry passes are $25. Visit Junk in the Trunk's website. Amy Young

Arizona Rattlers
Given the sheer dominance of the National Football League over the North American sports landscape, it’s a little surprising that arena football hasn’t gained more traction. The latter is faster-paced, higher-scoring, and played during the NFL’s offseason. What’s more, Arizona has one of indoor football’s winningest franchises in the Arizona Rattlers. In other words, if you haven’t been to a Rattlers game, you’re missing out on the Valley’s best-kept sports secret. The Rattlers host the Green Bay Blizzard at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Tickets are $8 and up. Visit the Rattlers' website or call 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler

click to enlarge The Lavender Ball is happening Saturday, April 28, at Fair Trade Café at Civic Space Park. - COURTESY OF URBAN ARTS CLUB
The Lavender Ball is happening Saturday, April 28, at Fair Trade Café at Civic Space Park.
Courtesy of Urban Arts Club
Lavender Ball
Presented by ASU Urban Arts Club, The Lavender Ball is the final night of Come As You Are — a series of events held over three days during Phoenix Pride Month. The night is “inspired by the underground ball scene often frequented by the LGBTQ community and people of color.”

The Lavender Ball will feature waacking and vogueing, as well as vogue dance battles, dance crew performances, and fashion shows. (Watch 1990’s Paris Is Burning if you have no idea what we mean. If that still doesn’t work, there’s also a CAYA Vogue Workshop.)

The Lavender Ball runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Fair Trade Café in Civic Space Park, 424 North Central Avenue. Presale tickets are $8 on Eventbrite, $10 at the door, and $5 for students when purchased from an Urban Arts Club member. See details at the Facebook event page. Lauren Cusimano

Arab American Festival
The Valley is home to one of the largest Arab events in the nation: the Arab American Festival. The culture of the world’s oldest civilization takes the spotlight at Steele Indian School Park, where attendees can sample authentic cuisine, shop for unique arts and crafts, and explore a hookah lounge. Performers for this year’s event will include rap artists, the belly dance troupe Shahrazad, and Syrian pop singer Farrah Yousef, the first runner-up on the second season of Arab Idol.

The Arab American Festival takes places on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. Admission is $5 from 4 to 6 p.m and $10 after 6. For more information, visit the Arab American Festival website. Jason Keil

Trivia Night
Do your friends call you a know-it-all? Are you often frustrated with being the smartest person in the room? Get a reality check during Crescent Ballroom’s Trivia Night at 308 North Second Avenue. From 5 to 8 p.m. every Sunday, test your knowledge of random facts for a chance to win free concert tickets, bacon, and gift cards to Crescent and Stinkweeds. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get discounts on food and booze.

There’s no cover. For more information, visit Crescent's website. Lindsay Roberts

Courtesy of Found:RE Hotel
"No Vacancy"
It’s been a minute since Phoenix has had one-night-only art events popping up at boutique hotels. But a group called Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students, a.k.a. HADES, is about to change that. They’re producing a kind of cultural mashup, featuring dance, live music, spoken word, and visual art, and calling it “No Vacancy.”

Artists curate individual shows within Found:RE Hotel, 1100 North Central Avenue, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Small groups will take guided tours of art spaces in three hotel rooms, a poolside studio, and an outdoor pool deck area. Guests can interact with artists on site, hit the bar, and eat at the hotel’s restaurant, Match.

Tickets for the 18-and-over event are $16 for general admission, and $8 for students and ASU faculty via See the Facebook event page for more details. Lauren Cusimano