Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center
The weekend awaits, Phoenix. Here's how to spend it.
Remix, Remaster @ Mesa Arts Center
Forget the pumpkins and the autumn leaves. For like-minded creatives, the fall season starts at the museum. On Friday, September 13, Mesa Arts Center invites the community to celebrate the arrival of new works as it hosts the free 2013 season kick-off, dubbed Remix, Remaster. This evening street festival will feature a live graffiti mural by Such and Champ Styles, painting by Lauren Lee and Kyllan Maney, and music from DJentrification, as well as art demonstrations, theater performances, photo stations, food, drinks, and more.
The festivities will coincide with the museum's opening reception premiering new exhibitions including "Devoncionales: Neo-Colonial 'Retablos' from an Archetypal Perspective," "From Lemons to Lingerie: The Still-Life Redefined," and "Messin' with the Masters," a series of contemporary pieces playing off definitive works in art history.
The 2013 season festivities run from 6 to 10 p.m. One East Main Street. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call the box office at 480-644-6500. -- Katie Johnson
Phoenix Mercury vs. San Antonio Silver Spurs @ US Airways Center
The Phoenix Mercury have clinched a spot in the WNBA Western Conference playoffs. Their matchup Friday, September 13, against San Antonio is a postseason launchpad, so raise the rafters for a distinct improvement over last year's second worst record in the league.
This season was already in turnaround mode with the boost of number-one draft pick Brittney Griner joining a solid squad, which included Diana Taurasi, currently one of the league's top scorers. The mid-season switch of head coaches, from Corey Gaines to Russ Pennell, also contributed to the Mercury's marked improvement. Now, the Silver Stars represent the final obstacle on the way to the playoffs.
The Phoenix Mercury face the San Antonio Silver Stars at US Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street in Phoenix. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $16.95 to $244.50. Get yours via www.wnba.com/mercury or by calling 602-252-9622. -- Jose Gonzalez