Modern Phoenix Week 2015: Your Guide to This Year's Events

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Get excited for all things midcentury modern during Modern Phoenix Week April 10-19.
Midcentury Modern masters and mavens, we don't have to remind you what's happening April 10 through 19 in Phoenix. For everyone else, we'll give you a hand: It's Modern Phoenix Week.

With 26 speakers and seven event locations, the weeklong architecture and design bonanza is going to be something every Haver lover and Wright fan won't want to miss.


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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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This April Fool's Day, expect to see a lot of things that are just too good to be true. But the free events we're about to show in you this week? They are the real deal. Between nature bike tours, motorcycle shows, and graffiti artists getting the gallery treatment, metro Phoenix doesn't mess around when it comes to make your social life affordable.


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Ron Funches on Cute Butts, His Favorite Comic Books, and Being Nice to People

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Ron Funches performs Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 3, at Tempe Improv.

It must be hard to hold a grudge against Ron Funches.

Scratch that. We'd imagine it's downright impossible. Thanks to the stand-up comedian's infectious giggle and his laidback delivery, Funches is as warm in his demeanor as he is in his career. As he puts it, he's "like a big stuffed bear."

For almost nine years, the Portland native has been generating a following through his stand-up, appearing on programs like The Conan O'Brian Show, Chelsea Lately, and @midnight, while seizing smaller reoccurring roles on Fox's New Girl, and Comedy Central's Kroll Show (may it rest in peace).


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5 Cool Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star in While We're Young, playing at Phoenix Film Festival 2015.

Phoenix Film Festival

Butter the popcorn and pass the Milk Duds. The Phoenix Film Festival is back for its 15th year. In addition to the industry parties, geeky gatherings, and cinema seminars, this one-week event will bring all forms of film to the big screen from animated shorts and documentaries to foreign features and sci-fi thrillers.


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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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H.T. Chen & Dancers performs South of Gold Mountain Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, in Tempe.

South of Gold Mountain

When H.T. Chen & Dancers take to the stage at Tempe Center for the Arts on March 27 and 28 to perform South of Gold Mountain, they'll bring with them a multitude of stories. Through a series of interviews, compiled oral histories, historic photographs and footage, and traditional southern music, the performers will bring to light the lives of Chinese immigrants who ventured to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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With good weather come good events. And lucky for you, not everything worth doing dons a price tag. Whether you're looking to take in some Latin culture, catch a play in a parking lot, or see a flick in one of the most fashionable parks around town, metro Phoenix has got you covered. Here are our top three picks for free events this week in the Valley.


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10 Must-See Movies and Events at the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival

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A theater full of festival attendees await the next show.

The Phoenix Film Festival may not yet be a major player in the worldwide film festival scene, but it might only be a matter of time until that is the case. In its 15th year of existence, the festival has once again pulled in an intriguing variety of studio-released fare, independent films, foreign entries, shorts and non-screening events. Though tickets are available as low as $13 for a single film, spring for one of the pass options and binge your way through as many as you can. Not sure where to start? Here are our top 10 picks for films to check out during the 2015 festival, which runs from Thursday, March 26, through Thursday, April 2. Pretend it's Netflix and just go for it.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Work from Lee Berger is on view through March 31 at Practical Art in Phoenix.
"Indispensable dispensable - lessons to still be learned"

It's funny what big ideas little objects can inspire. Take, for instance, the paintings of Lee Berger in "Indispensable dispensable - lessons to still be learned." Works put into perspective how small the daily life of a person is -- from the home they inhabit to the can dinner came from -- compared to the vastness of nature. "These works posit a deep bond with our surroundings," Berger writes, "and question whether we can release our attempt to control nature enough to let it nourish us."


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Breaking Ground 2015 brings local and national performers to Tempe this weekend.

Breaking Ground 2015

Now in its eighth year -- just as captivating and clever as always -- the 2015 contemporary dance and film festival Breaking Ground returns to Tempe for an inspired night of performing arts. Winner of last year's New Times award for Best Dance Festival and produced by local company CONDER/dance, the two-day event features 32 filmmakers and choreographers from across the country. In addition to live performances and screenings, these contemporary artists offer an array of master classes. Courses include forays into modern ballet and technique -- and while walk-ins are welcome, reservations are encouraged. Class details can be found at www.conderdance.com.

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3 Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

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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.


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