Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
John Scarpati Cory Basil
We've already rounded up our reasons for loving Arizona in the summertime. So, desert dwellers, here's a reason to love Arizona this weekend: There's a ton to do. Here are our top five picks for how to spend the next few days.
Cory Basil's "Skinny Dipping in Daylight" @ Astor House
It sounds like an appealing alternative to the Valley's summer temperatures, but "Skinny Dipping in Daylight" is the debut poetry collection from Cory Basil -- who returns to his home state this week with a reading at Coronado eatery Astor House.
Basil describes his work as both introspective and vulnerable. Expect to hear pieces like, "All of this Madness for a Cup of Coffee" ("about the lemming-like nature of society and lack of true connection," he says) and "Falling Like Leaves," which "speaks of the power of aging and our inability to defeat it."
Cocktails and a small plate menu will be available for prose-goers, and local musical duo (and married couple) The Bear and the Bird also perform.
Take a dip from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Astor House, 2243 North 12th Street. Admission is free; copies of the book will be available for $20. Call 602-687-9775 for details. -- Janessa Hilliard
2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ
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