5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Nicole Belit plays Vera Stark at the Herberger.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for The Help, recently went on record saying that there are still too few good film roles for black women. It's not that big a leap from 1930s Hollywood, the setting for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, whose Arizona première is on Friday, August 22.

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18 Arizona Parks and Monuments to Visit on Free National Parks Day

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Andrew Pielage
They don't call us "The Grand Canyon State" for nothing.

Oh America, the beautiful.

When President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created The National Park Service, it read in part, "[...] and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Almost a century later, national parks and monuments continue to do just that, boasting everything from impressive natural made wonders to the ruins of peoples past. Monday, August 25, is the 88th birthday of The National Park Service, and they're celebrating this milestone with a party of sorts -- Free National Parks Day -- and everyone's invited.

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You Can Surf at Downtown Phoenix's CityScape Through August 31

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The surf comes to Phoenix in the form of the FlowRider during "Surfing on Central."

It sat dormant in the courtyard of downtown's CityScape, inflated but unused, during the early weeks of summer. Despite the hype and anticipation, the shopping center's summer surfing attraction seemed in danger of bailing out before it even got off the ground. But the slow start paid off, bringing the ocean to desert dwellers right in their own backyard.

Surfing on Central provides artificial wave simulation for would-be, landlocked surfers who can't make it to the beach. Measuring 400 square feet and using approximately 38,000 gallons of water, the inflatable FlowRider, the device is the first of its kind from the California-based company of the same name.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Money may not grow on trees, but free events are sprouting up all over the Valley. From celebrating marriage equality to getting on all fours with your pup and socializing with this city's movers and shakers, here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix this week.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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See Sue Cullumber's photographic path.

"Journeys of a Photographer: The Photography of Sue Cullumber"

To Chandler artist Sue Cullumber, all the world's a stage. Passing up on phony poses and props, this outdoor photographer looks at the natural world through unique viewpoints at the times of day when the lighting and color are just right. Cullumber is special education teacher who interest in photography evolved from recreational activity to real life passion. Her works, inspired by her journey into the great outdoors both locally and abroad, serve as aesthetic tools to raise discussion about environmental conservation.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Benjamin Leatherman

Firestage 6th Anniversary

Ernesto Moncada wears a lot of hats in his downtown Phoenix adventures: writer, poet, comedian, performance artist. Each one contributes to his mischievous and raunchy alter ego Ernasty, the goth-eyed host of Firestage, the unpredictable variety show and open mic that celebrates its sixth anniversary on Friday, August 15.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Announces 2014 Good 'N Plenty Award Finalists

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Amy Gochoel
One of these finalists will take one of these home August 29.
Corpse puppets? Shakespearean bikes rides? Eagle Scouts wearing Human Rights Campaign badges instead of their American flag ones?

These are just a few of the projects proposed by the finalists of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's Good 'N Plenty Award. This community-generated award isn't like other arts awards, though. It's meant to fund a project that's fun and original but addresses a concern or interest of an individual's community.


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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Katie Johnson
Find Nancy Drew lunchboxes and more at the next Junk in the Trunk Market, Saturday, September 20.
Empty pockets don't necessarily mean an empty social calendar. From alien road trips to discussing the first stages of fall gardening and having a poster party with some of the Valley's best pickers, there's plenty of opportunities to get out of the house while staying out of debt. 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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Enrique Garcia
Liliana Gomez leads a dance class Monday nights.

Modern Contemporary Dance

Tears for Fears may have advocated shouting it all out, but when the world's gone mad and we can't take it anymore, we'd rather dance it out. Express yourself in movement with the modern contemporary dance class on Monday, August 11, at 5th Row Dance Studios.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Janessa Hilliard
Roll out, Phoenix.

Bike to the Ballpark

It's time to saddle up for a cause, because the Phoenix Spokes People are calling out to Valley cyclists to join them on a group ride to Chase Field for an afternoon baseball game.

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