3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Martin Laine via Flickr

Long weekend leaving your pockets empty? No worries. We know plenty of events that'll keep your social calendar strong and your savings, well, intact. From kinky film screenings to souped-up rides and fashionable exhibitions, here are three free events in metro Phoenix this week.

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15 Ridiculously Cute Animals to Follow on Instagram

Categories: Fun, Top Lists

In case you couldn't tell, we love Instagram. Whether it's athletes and photographers to follow, or learning about how to up our photography game, we can't get enough of this app. However, there is a large part of Instagram that we can ignore no longer: animals.

There is basically an Instagram account for any kind of animal you can think of, and, of course, there are probably too many dedicated to people's dogs and cats. But some have risen above the rest and caught more of our attention than we'd like to admit. And now we have decided to share with you our favorite animals to follow on Instagram.


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Graduate Tempe Hotel to Open Near ASU September 23

Categories: Morning Buzz

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Tempe may have bid farewell to the Twin Palms Hotel in May of 2014, but it's about to welcome a new hotel venue in the exact same space.

On Tuesday, September 23, Chicago-based company A.J. Capital Partners will open Graduate Tempe, a 141-room boutique hotel that's one of the first in a new line of hospitality destinations known as Graduate Hotels.


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Charles Bowden Dead at 69

Categories: News

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Charles Bowden has died.
Charles Bowden died Saturday, August 30, at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to Tucson Weekly.

The author and journalist was born in Tucson, Arizona, and formerly wrote for the Tucson Citizen and contributed to New Times. He was 69.

As a nonfiction author, Bowden wrote about the Southwest, penning environmentally conscious works and spending decades writing about the region's underbelly, the War on Drugs, and the city of Juárez in particular.


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Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Zach Ishmael
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 18. Jon Arvizu.

Artist and designer Jon Arvizu always has a few irons in the fire.

The Scottsdale-based creative independently operates Trapdoor Studio, where he creates mid-century-style and advertising-inspired silkscreen works, posters, and letterpress pieces -- among other things -- of iconic imagery including Phoenix's architectural gems, tiki gods, and pop culture ephemera.

And speaking of fire, Arvizu recently wrapped up mod-style poster illustrations for Brandon Williams' Modfire, the Phoenix-based company that specializes in sleek, artisan-made fireplaces.

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Vote For Your Favorite PBS Nerd Walk T-Shirt Design Through September 15

Categories: Geekery

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Benjamin Leatherman
The six finalists in Eight Arizona's PBS Nerd Walk T-shirt design contest on display at Bookmans in Phoenix.
When gaggles of local geeks stroll down University Drive in Tempe on November 1 for this year's PBS Nerd Walk, many will be clad in cheery, gold-colored T-shirts adorned with a particularly nerdy bit of artwork. And exactly what piece of art will be featured on said shirts? Well, that's entirely up to y'all.

Earlier this month, the staff of local PBS station Eight, Arizona unveiled six finalists in its contest to design the T-shirts for the annual Nerd Walk -- and it's now up to the public to decide which one is the best.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Labor Day Weekend

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Pedro Ribeiro Simões via Flickr

Red Bull Curb Kings

Forget being king of the mountain. The new landscape hierarchy lends itself to king of the curb, the skateboarding elite who can ride the rails and ollie to a standing ovation. This summer, Red Bull is teaming up with Cowtown Skateboards in a search to crown the Red Bull Curb Kings. This local talent competition awards cash prizes to the top three finalists who can skateboard through an urban obstacle course of double-sided curbs and customized parking blocks.


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Banned Plays to Present Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts September 2

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Ko Photography
Mark you calendars, Phoenix.

On Tuesday, September 2, Mary Stephens is putting on a special Banned Plays reading of Kia Corthron's Force Continuum at Phoenix Center for the Arts. The play, which will be performed by Arizona State University alumni and staff as well as other members of the community, is being read for one night only in direct response to the recent turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.


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Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 100 Creatives

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Christina You-Sun Park
Meet the sculptor.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 19. Christina You-Sun Park.

Christina You-Sun Park's sculptures explore communication.

Specifically, the artist and Eye Lounge member's works deal with communication via perspective: how children see the alphabet before learning letters, how, via translation, words and stories change and evolve.

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Stephen Gittins Talks Plans for Capture12 on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of Capture12
Capture12 is now located on Roosevelt Row
Stephen Gittins is all about making things happen. "If you're not doing what you want to be doing, you need to create the opportunities," he says. "You have to instill motivation in yourself to push forward and find what you're looking for."

Gittins owns Capture12, a business that started out in 2012 as a photography workshop and has slowly morphed into a multi-functional teaching and exhibition endeavor now nestled in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Earlier this summer, Gittins relocated Capture12 from a back room in MonOrchid to a piece of prime real estate just west of Eye Lounge.


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