3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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This week talk isn't just cheap, it's free. From discussions about diversified dwelling in the Valley to lectures on high-end looks from the '90s and conversations on contemporary versus traditional gardening, there's plenty of opportunities to run your mouth without running out of funds. Here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Art Unraveled returns for its 11th year.

Now presenting your guide to arty events in Phoenix this week. Have at 'em.

Art Unraveled

Arizona artists, get ready to converse over canvas. The 11th annual Art Unraveled comes to Phoenix with more than 125 day and evening workshops in all manner of media including painting, jewelry, metals, books, fibers, and sculpting. This convention of creatives will feature local and international artists sharing their right-minded talents with other skilled creators.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Amy Gochoel
SMoCA patrons will throw down for art.
Phoenix, we planned your weekend for you. From rough-and-tumble(ish) art events and a statewide poetry slam to a hefty helping of The Simpsons, staying in isn't an option.

Arm Wrestling for Art

It's going down, Scottsdale.

In one corner, there's a bunch of arts patrons. In the other, we have what, um, yes, looks like more art patrons. On Friday, July 25, these two sides will fight until their dominant hands tire in a battle befitting a museum: Arm Wrestling for Art. What inspires them to exert such brute force? Couple things: First, the winner will go home with a piece of art by James "Dalek" Marshall, who recently freshened up Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art with bright murals. Second, proceeds from the event will go toward a pool of grant money that SMoCA will bestow upon local artists with cool, innovative ideas as part of its Good 'N Plenty program.

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Phoenix Fashion Week to Host Emerging Designer Fashion Show at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

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Provo-based label POINT&HUE showed a little black dress at Phoenix Fashion Week's emerging designer announcement event.

Phoenix Fashion Week's 2014 emerging designers are about to emerge just a skosh more.

The group of 14 up-and-coming designers and labels from across the country has been working through an educational program and competition in which they learn how to build successful brands with the help of Phoenix Fashion Week. About a month into the process, the designers will show off a preview of their progress during a shopping and fashion show event at 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

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Phoenix's Nostra Style House to Host Opening Party July 26

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It's time to celebrate the new Nostra.

Mark your calendars, fashion fanatics.

Angelica Gonzalez and Liliana Gomez recently relocated their Phoenix boutique Nostra Style House, leaving Roosevelt Row for a new storefront at Seventh and Pierce streets. The store has been open at its new location (formerly home to Palabra Collective) for a little more than a week.

And it's time to celebrate -- in style.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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For those whose current status lacks currency, we have some good news. You don't need moolah to make memories. From trivia games about everyone's favorite two-dimensional family to Phoenix gallery get-togethers and exploring the art of Japanese cinema, there are plenty of exciting ways to show the world you don't give a buck. Here are our top three picks for free events this week.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Visit Taliesin West this week.
From architectural tours and design talks to theater, art, and an evening of drag, here's what to mark up that calendar with this week in Phoenix.

Taliesin West Behind the Scenes Tour

Few people and places are as synonymous as Frank Lloyd Wright and Arizona. In fact, it's damn near impossible to talk about the former without mentioning the latter. The celebrated architect called the Grand Canyon State home, living in a winter retreat called Taliesin West for more than 20 years.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Comedian Russell Peters is in town.
What summer slowdown? Phoenix, this weekend's chock full of possibilities from poetry slams and comedy to visual art and a borderline bonkers bike ride. Take your pick.

Russell Peters

Someone's going to get a hurt. Or, most likely, some big laughs. That's because globe-trotting comedian Russell Peters has put together a new set of material and is taking it on the road.


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Copper State Poetry Slam Hits Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix July 26 and 27

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Competitors take the stage at last year's Copper State Poetry Slam in Phoenix.

Don't expect to hear a lot of "roses are red, violets are blue" at the Copper State Poetry Slam this weekend. There's a time and a place for childlike rhyming, but this Southwest slam competition isn't it.

The third annual state poetry championship takes over Phoenix Theatre's Playhouse on the Park on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27.

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Clickjab Westling Fan Fest Brings Pro Wrestler Legends to Phoenix

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Amy Dumas (a.k.a. Lita) is scheduled to appear at the Clickjab Wrestling FanFest on Saturday, July 19, at the Phoenix Airport Marriott.
When Chris Click traveled to New Orleans earlier this year, it was probably one of the best trips of his entire life. It had nothing to do with Bourbon Street, beads, or even Mardi Gras, mind you, but rather the world of pro wrestling.

In April, the 42-year-old lifelong wrestling aficionado and Tucson resident made a pilgrimage of sorts to the Big Easy, and not only got to attend this year's WrestleMania, but also an separate, independently produced fan event called WrestleCon. Click got to meet and interact with a slew of legendary grapplers -- including Bill Goldberg, Bret "Hitman" Hart, and Adam "Edge" Copeland -- and had what he called a "fantastic time."

It was such a blast, in fact, that it helped Click, a concert and events promoter, decide that Arizona should have a wrestling fan convention of its very own.


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