Six Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

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Six Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week
Six Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

click to enlarge Sing to your heart’s content this week in the Thunderbird Lounge. Charles Barth Summer may be wearing off, but there’s still plenty of summer fun in Phoenix, including a selection of events that don’t cost you anything. This week you can see some art, sing karaoke, or attend a festival for zero dollars. Explore Public Art Sometimes you just want to frolic and see what’s new in the local landscape. Spend some time doing public art in Tempe on Wednesday 4th August (or really every day), where you can take a self-guided art tour with easy-to-follow maps on the Tempe city website. Chances are you’ve strolled past several works of art in public spaces without realizing it. This is an opportunity to focus on some of the ways local artists add flair to the city. Dozens of artists have created public works of art in Tempe – including Jake Early, Laurie Lundquist, and John Randall Nelson. Several are on and around Mill Avenue, as are Tempe Town Lake and the Tempe Center for the Arts. Lynn Trimble click to enlarge Slither on CB Live on August 5th for his Harry Potter Quiz Night. Warner Bros. Happy Birthday Harry Potter Movie Trivia When you’ve memorized every Harry Potter movie (including the spin-offs) and can memorize all seven Horcruxes and other factoids, invite some friends into your flying Ford Anglia and make your own on their way to the Desert Ridge Marketplace on Thursday, August 5th. CB Live, 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, is hosting a Harry Potter Movie Quiz Night starting at 6:00 p.m. in honor of the character’s birthday. (And yes, before you get rid of Hermoine Granger on us, we know that the official date for the occasion was late July.) Groups of up to six people will answer five rounds of questions that the OWLs (or “common wizarding levels”) worthy are ”to you Muggles) Examination in which the best teams are awarded. Participation is free, but you must register online in advance. Benjamin Leatherman “Summer Spectacular” exhibit The streets of Old Town Scottsdale have been packed this summer as people return to restaurants, shops, and other simple pleasures that were taken for granted before the pandemic hit. If you haven’t been to this part of town in a long time, stop by between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday 5th August to check out the local arts scene. Royse Contemporary, 7077 East Main Street, Scottsdale, presents a “Summer Spectacular” exhibition with works by more than a dozen artists from the metropolis of Phoenix – including James Angel, Fred Tieken, Marilyn Szabo and Casey Wakefield. Together, their work offers an entertaining glimpse into the local contemporary art landscape. Lynn Trimble Playboy Manbaby front man (and TikTok star) Robbie Pfeffer is your host for karaoke at the Thunderbird Lounge this week. TikTok Sareena & Robbie’s Karaoke Dance Party in the Thunderbird Lounge You want to do karaoke. You want to hang out in one of the city’s hip bars. These goals don’t always coincide, but on Thursday August 5th when the Thunderbird Lounge, 710 West Montecito Avenue, will host Sareena & Robbie’s Karaoke Dance Party. Your hosts, Sareena Dominguez and Robbie Pfeffer (from Playboy Manbaby / TikTok), will present an evening of inconspicuous karaoke fun on the Thunderbird’s back terrace. The list of around 300 song options can be found on the event’s Facebook page or in a folder on Thunderbird. Each part of Sareena & Robbie’s Karaoke Dance Party features special guests from all over the music community; Raquel Denis and Bogan Via are on the bill this week. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. Entry is free, but you must be at least 21 years old to attend. Jennifer Goldberg click to enlarge Bring the whole family to CreekWest Summerfest this month. Lauren Cusimano CreekWest Summerfest Cave Creeks Frontier Town hosts the CreekWest Summerfest on the first Saturday of each month. This weekend, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., head to 6245 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek for a family-friendly event that includes a bouncy castle, waterslides, live music, and a drive-in theater. Stroll around town to local eateries like Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue and Local Jonny’s for great dining. The proceeds of the day will go to the Desert Foothills Land Trust. Julie Levin Related Stories I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of the New Times free. ‘The Uncolonized’ exhibit There is a parallel universe in a gallery space at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 East Main Street, Mesa, where Texas-based artist Angel Cabrales envisions America without colonization. Inspired by science fiction, the artist features sculptures, installation art, and an elaborate timeline that celebrates “the cultural heritage and technological achievements” of Native Americans. Sunday August 8th is your last chance to see this fascinating exhibition along with three other exhibits at the museum. The opening times are on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free. Lynn Trimble

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