5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Wade Moran
Krystal Pope, Chanel Bragg, and Jacqueline Rushing in Dreamgirls.

Dreamgirls

If you don't know anything else about the Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls, you've probably heard that song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." When you contemplate Desert Foothills Theatre's production, however, which closes Sunday, March 1, you might want to change the soundtrack in your head to "Maybe I Should Go After All." It's a who's who of the local musical theater scene, directed by Damon Bolling, choreographed by Lynzee 4Man, and starring Chanel Bragg.


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ASU's Native Now Festival Returns to Deer Valley Rock Art Center April 11

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Shining Soul will be returning to the second annual Native Now.
UPDATE: Native Now has been rescheduled due to rain. The event has been moved to Saturday, April 11.

Indigenous culture gets the multi-media treatment as Native Now, a celebration of Native American traditions and artistic trailblazers, returns for its second year to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. The all-day festival intended to fuse history with the contemporary will offer everything from music and film to food and visual art to give the community an up-close and personal look at Native American identity as it stands today.

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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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"NYC 1993″ at New Museum by Pepón Osorio via Facebook
What's in your wallet? We're guessing not much. And hey, even if there is, chances are you'd like to keep it. Lucky for those low on funds and looking for a good time, Phoenix has a fair amount of free events happening all the time. From discussions with distinguished artists and cultured community bike rides to social gatherings for startup businesses, here are our top three picks this week for complimentary recreation around town.


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Canal Convergence to Mix Visual and Performance Art at Scottsdale Waterfront

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Saskia Jorda's rendering for her Migration installation for Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.
California has its beaches. New Jersey has its boardwalks. Arizona has its canals. For Scottsdale, one particular canal section has been elevated to near celebrity status -- serving for several years now as the site of a multi-day arts and culture extravaganza called Canal Convergence.

Scottsdale's third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light takes place Thursday, February 26, to Sunday, March 1, along the Scottsdale Waterfront, where folks who attend can experience visual and performance art including large-scale art installations, interactive artworks, dance performances, and live music.


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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Photo by Scott Garfield, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Steve Carell stars in Foxcatcher, screening at Phoenix's FilmBar this week.

Foxcatcher

To remain unspoiled by the ending of Foxcatcher, avoid the real-life story of chemical fortune heir and fanatical athletics booster John du Pont and the wrestling Schultz brothers. Why fanatical? Well, if somebody has a doctorate in natural science from Villanova and founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History single-handedly but also hangs around with swimmers and wrestlers all the time . . . okay, du Pont could have been some kind of genius polymath, but the film demonstrates why we chose "fanatical."

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5 Artsy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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ASU Art Museum's spring opening features E.S.P. TV joined by Adriene Jenik, Rachel Bowditch, Body of Light and Angela Ellsworth.

ASU Art Museum Spring 2015 Reception

Worried your cultural ventures are so last season? Better mark your calendars for Arizona State University Art Museum's Spring 2015 Season Opening Reception, where guests will have the opportunity to view new exhibitions including "Tan Ping: Follow My Line," "Unfixed: New Painting," "The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive," "Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt," and "Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection," as well as take advantage of final week of "Fusion: Three Views/One Collection." The event will also offer a live performance and taping by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie's E.S.P. TV., a traveling art project based in New York.


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Seed Spot Introduces New Class of Social Entrepreneurs at Phoenix Penthouse Party

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Zaida Dedolph
Seed Spot's gathering at Bar Napkin Productions' penthouse suite was nothing short of super baller.
At an event held in the penthouse suite at 2828 North Central (home to Bar Napkin Productions and beautiful CenPho sunset views), Seed Spot introduced this spring's newly inducted class of social entrepreneurs.

And even Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton came to get down.


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5 Reasons You Should Go to the Sedona International Film Festival

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Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl

Didn't make it to Sundance this year? No plans to attend Cannes in May? Cheer up, Charlie. There's a great film festival coming up and it's only a short drive away. The 21st Annual Sedona Film Festival runs from Saturday, February 21 through Sunday, March 1 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and other locations in Sedona. With a mix of classic films, insightful documentaries, new independent films and more, it's worth the trip. Here are five great reasons why.

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Alison King and Rachel Simmons to Host Designing for Historic Spaces Workshop in Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
These people knew what they were doing. Do you?
Phoenix is an absolute goldmine for anyone in search of some swanky old-school architecture. However, it's one thing to own an old home, and it's a whole other thing to know how to take care of it. We've seen our fair share of historic homes gone wrong, which is why we're more than a little excited to announce that Modern Phoenix's Alison King has teamed with interior designer Rachel Simmons to host an all-day intensive workshop called Designing for Historic Places.


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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Flickr via Nic McPhee
Can't make that bread? No sweat. We've got plenty of gluten-free gatherings to get you out of the house. From picture shows on the down low and sustainable movie screenings to plays on public transit, Phoenix has an array of free things to do. Here are our top three picks for no-cost events this week.


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