Best things to do in Phoenix this week


This year has really passed. It’s November already, but don’t despair: you still have plenty of time to have fun and create fond memories of 2021. This week you can experience the Body Art Expo in Scottsdale, celebrate 50 years of House Alwun . , learn to cook noodles, and more.

Body art show

Thinking of making ink? You are not alone, as it is estimated that Americans will spend over $ 1.65 billion this year on tattoos. This weekend, thousands of locals will trade in their hard-earned cash for getting stung at the annual Body Art Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. More than 250 tattoo and body mod artists from across the United States will launch ink and pierce skin during this three-day event, which runs from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7. If you already wear a sleeve or back look, tattoo contests in several categories will be held throughout the weekend. Live music and performances by sideshow hosts are also planned. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 19.99 per day or $ 45 for the weekend. Tickets and more information are available here. Benjamin Cuirman

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The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is back.

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Pancakes and alcohol

Maybe your brushing skills are lousy, but you are really good at using a fork. If so, you’re sure to check out the Pancakes and Booze Art Show to be held at Duce, 525 South Central Avenue at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5. It is a temporary exhibition with over 300 works of art by over 75 local artists. , where you can stock up on art and shovel in all the pancakes you can eat. The evening also features live painting, including body painting, as well as DJs spinning vinyl tracks. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Tickets cost $ 15 at the door. The event, which runs until 1 a.m., is part of the Los Angeles-based Pancakes and Booze brand, which has been hosting pop-up art shows across the country for the past decade or so. And this is one of the many exhibits you can see in or near downtown Phoenix on the first Friday in November. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge There is a new show opening at Alwun House on the first Friday.  - JENNIFER GOLDBERG

There is a new show opening at Alwun House on the first Friday.

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Alwun House Exhibition

The Offbeat Arts Venue launched in 1971 as a way to highlight the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to creating and experiencing art is celebrating an important anniversary this year with a series of events showcasing local talent . The Alwun House Foundation opens its 50th Anniversary Invitational Art Exhibition on the first Friday, November 5, when the free opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Expect an impressive lineup curated with help from Ted Decker, as the gallery showcases artists who have had a significant impact on Alwun House and the Phoenix arts community over the past five decades. Head to 1204 East Roosevelt Street to get it all. The exhibition runs through November 20, with regular opening hours from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge See Black Serenity # 20 by Granville Carroll at Northlight Gallery.  - GRANVILLE CARROLL

See Black serenity # 20 by Granville Carroll at the Northlight Gallery.


“Nude and the nude”

Nudity in art can be removed from social media, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Northlight Gallery, 605 East Grant Street, has an exhibition titled “Naked and the Nude,” where you can see self-portraits by a trio of contemporary photographers: Granville Carroll, Tarrah Krajnak and Arno Rafael Minkkinen. Collectively, they explore identity, pandemic isolation, and the body as a landscape. The gallery’s opening hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, and admission is free. The gallery is located in ASU’s Grant Street Studios, where you can also explore an exhibit inside the Step Gallery that day. “Naked and the Nude” runs through November 20 and also includes works from the Soleri Foundation’s collection of artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and Edward Weston. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge Phoenix Pride attendees in 2019. - JACOB TYLER DUNN

Phoenix Pride attendees in 2019.

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Phoenix Pride 2021

When Phoenix Pride returns this weekend, organizers, attendees and the Valley’s LGBTQIA community will have a lot to celebrate. This will not only be the first time the event has been held in two years (thanks to COVID-19), but the 40th anniversary of the first Phoenix Pride March in 1981. As such, the event of this this year will feature a mixture of history and celebrations. two days.

The celebration begins with the Phoenix Pride Parade on Saturday, November 6, which departs from Third Street and Thomas Road at 10 a.m. It will be followed by the Pride Festival at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road, which runs through Sunday. , November 7, and features vendors, multiple entertainment venues, local and touring drag artists, an art exhibit, the adult-only “Erotic World” area, and more. The main stage lineup will include sets from singers and bands like Jody Watley, Neon Trees and Deborah Cox. The hours are from noon to 9 p.m. on both days. General admission is $ 30 to $ 35 per day or $ 50 for the weekend. VIP tickets are $ 100 to $ 150. Full details and a full schedule can be found on the official website. Benjamin leatherman

Click to enlarge We spotted this Lalo Cota artwork while exploring murals in the East Valley.  - LYNN TRIMBLE

We spotted this Lalo Cota artwork while exploring murals in the East Valley.

Lynn trimble

Lowrider Show

You’ll find over 200 lowrider vehicles in the west parking lot of the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Chandler Avenue, Chandler, when the center features a Lowrider car and art exhibit with Original Street Life. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 7. Expect vintage vehicles in 18 classes, low-rod trucks, dating from the 1930s to the 2000s. The show also features a 20-foot wall of art and photographs, as well as food trucks and cars. DJs spinning music. The artist Cain Carias and his puppet El Triste will organize a meeting. And artist Lalo Cota, whose lowrider murals dot the Phoenix metropolitan landscape, will complete a collaborative project with a pop-up barbershop. The event is free, although you might come home to find that you have an uncontrollable urge to buy yourself some new vintage wheels. Lynn trimble

Vintagepalooza 5

If you are an old school graduate or are a firm believer in the old chestnut that “they don’t do things the way they used to”, Vintagepalooza 5 should be for you. Ditto for anyone looking for retro clothing, accessories or collectibles. The one-day retro flea market on Sunday, November 7, inside the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, will be populated by more than 80 vendors selling clothing, shoes, toys, and sundries and sundries for pickers. Food trucks will also be available. The hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Free entry. Benjamin leatherman

Click to enlarge One of the many beautiful views of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  - MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE

One of the many beautiful views of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

McDowell Sonora Reserve

If the rocks could speak

If the rocks could speak, they would likely have something to say about the recent climate talks in Scotland. Of course, rocks don’t speak, which means we have to rely on geologists and other experts to explain their origins, properties, and importance. Mike Nolan, a steward of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, will talk about stones during a free presentation at the Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. It will focus on how rocks formed in the area and the fascinating history of how they have evolved over time to become the landscape we see today. If Rocks Could Talk: The Geology of the Sonora Mountain Preserve will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 8. Register online before participating. Lynn trimble

Click to enlarge Learn how to cook some truly amazing noodle dishes.  - LAUREN CUSIMANO

Learn how to cook some truly amazing noodle dishes.

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Noodle bites

You might have lived with packets of cheap ramen noodles in college, but your tastes have probably gotten at least a little more sophisticated since then. If you’re ready to really dive into the culinary world of noodles, check out the Oodles of Noodles Cooking Class at Sweet Basil Cooking School, 10749 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 101, Scottsdale. The 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. class on Tuesday, November 9 will include making not only homemade ramen noodles, but also vegetable chow mein and five additional dishes ranging from pancetta and parsnip tagliatelle with homemade pasta to the authentic German spaetzle with mushroom sauce. Patricia Ribeiro will teach the class, and the cost is $ 75. Once you take the course, you might find it hard to believe you’ve ever made do with those store-bought noodles. Lynn trimble

Arizona speaks

The pandemic restrictions have opened up a whole new landscape of online and virtual offerings that people still enjoy today, including discussions with various artists and authors. Arizona Humanities presents “From” Chief “to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers” as part of its AZ Speaks series online from 6-7pm on Wednesday, November 10th. It is directed by Laura Tohe, a Diné poet, librettist and author whose own father was part of the Navajo Code Talkers who had such a significant impact on WWII. She will share the stories of four members of the Navajo Nation, exploring the ways they have demonstrated resilience and self-determination after their return from war to honor while still living in poverty. The conference is free and you must register online if you wish to participate. Lynn trimble


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