5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Rosalie O'Connor
See the legacy of George Balanchine in action at Symphony Hall.

All Balanchine

Tradition meets innovation as Ballet Arizona once again celebrates American ballet pioneer George Balanchine. With this year's All Balanchine, the company will take on three works that spanned as many decades in the New York City Ballet founder's acclaimed career. Works Allegro Brilliant, Stravinsky Violin Concert, and La Sonnambula all come to life with choreography by Ib Andersen, a protege of Balanchine himself and one of just a handful of masters allowed to reproduce Balanchine's work.


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Changing Hands and Bookstores Nationwide Will Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on May 2

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Katie Johnson
Changing Hands owners Gayle Shanks and Cindy Dach encourage you to show your local bookstore some love on May 2.

They say not to judge a book by its cover. We're going to go ahead and break that rule for a second and say that, by the looks of it, Independent Bookstore Day is going to be awesome.

Both locations of Changing Hands and about 400 other independent bookstores across the country will celebrate the first national Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2, by offering special items available for purchase that day only in-store.

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The Social Justice Project Blends Poetry, Dance, Politics at Mesa Arts Center

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Artists who are part of The Soul Justice Project ensemble performing May 1 at MAC.
Local artists are putting their creative spin on social justice conversations surrounding immigration, LGBTQ rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement in a collaborative performance piece they'll present Friday, May 1, at Mesa Arts Center.

It's part of The Social Justice Project, an ongoing enterprise in promoting community awareness and dialogue that was developed by Phonetic Spit artists Myrlin Hepworth and Tomas Stanton. Phonetic Spit uses hip hop and poetry to "combat illiteracy, cultural alienation, and silence."


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3 Free Cinco de Mayo Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Melissa Fossum
Get your Chihuahua fix during Cinco de Mayo Festival 2015.
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and while May 5 doesn't mark the anniversary of Mexico's independence like many think, it is still a worthy reason for celebration. And what's better than celebrating? Celebrating for free, duh. Here are our three picks for celebrating Cinco de Mayo without dropping a single cent.


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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Phil Weaver-Stoesz
Catch micro-performances throughout ASU Art Museum this week.

[DE/AS]cending

What if ASU Art Museum were a bunker? And what if said bunker was holding a store of water? That's the premise of [DE/AS]cending, a theatrical and immersive experience that brings two troupes of master of fine arts students who specialize in theater to engage spaces throughout the museum.

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5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Head west for Front Porch Pickins.

Front Porch Pickins

If trekking through troves of vintage vestments is your thing, then we've found a mecca for you. While the Valley has no shortage of antique shops filled to the brim, Front Porch Pickins Market offers another chance with a variety of goodies. Browsing through everything from Midcentury Modern furniture to jewelry to facial products (those are new) you'll find a great gift or accent for your home. A photo booth and games will also keep kids of all ages entertained.

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Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference Brings Innovation Leaders to Phoenix

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Get a taste of some innovative girl power during the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference April 26-28.
Girl power is coming to Phoenix. And no, we're not talking about the Spice Girls. The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference takes place Sunday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 28, at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix and spotlights the success and innovation of women in the tech field.

Almost 50 women leaders in the tech world are scheduled to speak about topics ranging from education and empowerment in technology worldwide to the gender gap in pay and creating happiness both in and outside of work to creating change in developing nations using technology.


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Casebeer's "Everything Is Fine Here" Is a Collection of Family Secrets at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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Courtesy Tilt Gallery
"Everything is Fine Here" by Casebeer. Painting and collage on wood.
Two years ago, shortly after her father's death, Phoenix-based artist Casebeer was going through his effects. As she read one letter he had written, a line jumped out at her.

"In the second paragraph, after all this stuff, it just said, 'everything is fine here,' and I -- knowing my dad's life and knowing what was really going on -- I thought, 'That is it. That's the elephant in the room'," she says. "It was the moment that broke through: You have to put all these stories together and here's how it goes."

His nonchalant quip has become her artist's mantra as the title for her newest exhibition, "Everything Is Fine Here," at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale.


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3 Free Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Do you love free? So do we. We love it so much that we scour the world wide web every single week to find you the most fun, compelling, and above all complimentary events happening around the Valley. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy a screening of a cinematic staple, soak in some information about design techniques, or better the planet and your own backyard with some eco-friendliness consider yourself covered. Here are our top three picks for free things to do this week.


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5 Artsy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Vinny Viti
Vinny Viti's Restitution is among the offerings at the ASU Student Film Festival.

ASU Student Film Festival

You know, student films have gotten a bad rap. Sure these kids may not have the huge budgets or crews that studio productions have, but students know how to visually tell stories nonetheless. Plus, there's a lot more to a good movie than a few big name actors and some flashy special effects. Take note, Hollywood, and pay attention to the films being shown during the 10th Annual ASU Student Film Festival.


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