3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Looking for a spring that's allergy-free? Join the club. While neither we nor your maximum strength antihistamines can clear the pollen from your sinuses, we can help rid your bank account of some unnecessary charges. From flower-pedal pups and poetry speakers to a powerful discussion of the mind and the senses, here are three solid ways to have a cost-free week.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Foprocine, FONCA, Totora Films

Eufrosina's Revolution

In 2007, Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza lost a mayoral race in Oaxaca, Mexico. It wasn't because she lacked votes; she had plenty to be elected. But her win was denied because of her sex.

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Daniel Mills: 2014 Big Brain Award Finalist, Urban Vision (VIDEO)

Katrina Montgomery
Daniel Mills founded Sprawlr to reimagine Arizona
You submitted nominations for awards given to the Valley's emerging creatives, and the results are in. Introducing our 2014 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch and Chow Bella will introduce the finalists. Up today: Daniel Mills.

Daniel Mills spends his time thinking about the big concepts: identity, sustainability, and place, to name a few. The 22-year-old ASU English department grad got his start as a blogger, covering the local art beat at www.phxtaco.com, but last fall he decided it was time to take his passion for telling stories to a new level. Thus, Sprawlr was born.

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7 Best Group Bike Rides in Metro Phoenix

Janessa Hilliard
Phoenix bike rack at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, created by Ruben Gonzales of The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.

For those who prefer the bike lane to the HOV, there are plenty of group cycling rides criss-crossing the metro area. Each began with the goals of combating car-centric culture and, more often than not, pounding a refreshing pint or pitcher. Here are the top seven regular rides around city streets.

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Phoenix Named Among Best Cities for Midcentury Modern Architecture

Becky Bartkowski
Al Beadle's House 6 near Camelback Mountain.
Nestled nestled between its best neighborhoods and its up-and-coming ones, Phoenix has its fair share of renovated retro residences. Thanks to Phoenix preservationists and community events like the Modern Phoenix Home Tour, Arizona's Atomic Age architecture is getting the recognition it deserves.

Case in point: California-based HÔM Sotheby's The Haverkate Group placed Phoenix on its list of the "Best Cities in the U.S. for Mid-Century Modern Architecture."

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child

A24 Films
Jenny Slate stars in Obvious Child.

Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child isn't your typical romantic comedy.

Jenny Slate stars as Donna Stern, a charmingly foul-mouthed Williamsburg stand-up, whose cheating boyfriend (Paul Briganti) dumps her for another woman.

She goes through the typical stages of relationship loss. She gets drunk, leaves him many inebriated messages, finds comfort in her roommate Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann), and does some light stalking of her ex and his new girlfriend, who had been a close friend of Donna's. Adding insult to injury, she also loses her job at an independent bookstore.

But then, something great happens.

She stops chasing him.

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7 Games We Want to Play at ZapCon 2014 in Phoenix

Categories: Geekery, Top Lists

Benjamin Leatherman
View a slideshow of ZapCon 2013.
We're looking forward to reuniting with a few old friends this weekend. These are characters we haven't encountered in ages. They are a bit colorful and animated, to say the least, and go by such unusual names as Jumpman, Contestant One, Liu Kang, and Rastan.

They're the pixelated heroes of the dozens upon dozens of arcade classics that will be available for play at Zapcon 2014 on Saturday and Sunday at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

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Tommy Chong Wants to Get High with Paul McCartney

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Paul Mobley
Cheech & Chong are still on top of the comedy scene after all these years.

The last true carryovers from the counterculture will bring their time-tested comedy and musical routine to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Cheech & Chong are as entertaining and relevant as ever -- even though the taboo nature of marijuana has significantly dissipated. Fans can expect the Cheech & Chong they have grown to love, but they also should be ready for some new material from the duo.

There are few entertainers who can say their act has truly appealed to every new generation over a 40-year span, but Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's fame has remained a staple in pop culture from their original films and albums to projects like Nash Bridges and That '70s Show. Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Chong about the swirling rumors of a new movie in the works, what is left on his bucket list (spoiler alert: he wants to get high with Paul McCartney), and legalizing his favorite plant.

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Breeze, Dwayno Insano, and Vyal Painted a Temporary Mural at Phoenix's Por Vida Gallery

Thomas "Breeze" Marcus
The collaboration piece by Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, Dwayne Manuel, and Jaime "Vyal" Reyes will be on display temporarily on 16th St. before it is rotated out to display a new mural.

Three Southwest artists collaborated on a mural for Por Vida Gallery's new wall, built to showcase artists' works by rotating new murals through every few months.

Phoenix-based artist Thomas "Breeze" Marcus collaborated with Tucson's Dwayne Manuel and Jaime "Vyal" Reyes from Los Angeles during the Paint PHX weekend in March to paint the first mural on Por Vida's wall on 16th Street near Barrio Cafe.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Chris D'Elia
Comedy, rugby, and a little profanity round out Jackalope Ranch's top picks for things to do this weekend.

Chris D'Elia

Between his spot-on impersonations of drunk chicks who just don't care to Brits who are pissed, Chris D'Elia is gaining the laughs and attention he deserves. In 2011, D'Elia appeared in Variety's "Top 10 Comics to Watch" alongside comedy notables Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson. Since his days as the lead opposite Whitney Cummings in the NBC sitcom Whitney, D'Elia can be found on tour, on NBC's Undateable, and this coming fall in his one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central.

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