There’s plenty to do this week in Phoenix, even if you’re looking for events that don’t cost a thing. Over the next few days, you can draw downtown, pick up some free comic books, and more.
You’ll see the faces of two artists murdered in Roosevelt Row on a new mural nearing completion on the west side of the Carly’s Bistro building. It’s a wonderful tribute to artists David Bessent and Zachary Walter, who were shot while walking home after their October First Friday shift at Jobot Coffee & Bar in 2018. Turns out, there’s another tribute to these artists, which you can be a part of this Wednesday night, August 11, starting at 8 p.m. It’s a free drawing night organized by Catie Cotter, who launched the weekly tradition with Bessent and a few other friends back in 2013. Just show up and look for the drawing supplies, then join in with others eager to enjoy a night of creativity and community. Lynn Trimble
Books and Barks
You might associate huskies with colder climates in places like Alaska, but there are plenty of the adorable dogs right here in Phoenix, and some are looking for good homes. Lucky Huskies Rescue is bringing a few of its furry adoptable friends to a free Barks & Books adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. It’s happening at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 8034 North 19th Avenue. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, but haven’t found just the right match yet, head over to see whether one of these huskies might be just the faithful companion you’ve been hoping to find. Lynn Trimble
Arizona Comic Mini Expo
Like other local comic book shops around the Valley, Samurai Comics is expecting a crowd on Saturday, August 14, during Free Comic Book Day, although the festivities will involve more than just giving away special editions of famous titles. The chain’s locations in Mesa, 2639 East Broadway Road, and Chandler, 1994 North Alma School Road, will host the annual Arizona Comic Mini Expo, a daylong celebration of the sequential art form showcasing local comic book creators. More than a dozen artists will be featured at both stores, including appearances by Jay Fotos (Rising Rebels), J. Gonzo (La Mano del Destino), and Meredith McClaren (Heart in A Box) in Mesa, and Scott Godlewski (Copperhead) and Val Hochberg (Mystery Babylon) in Chandler. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman
Works in Progress
It’s hard to miss all those construction projects happening around Roosevelt Row. But developers aren’t the only ones working to shift the local landscape. Over at Eye Lounge, an artist collective that counts many of the region’s most accomplished artists as alumni, three current members will be showing their own works in progress in a new exhibit titled “Convergence WIP,” giving viewers a chance to explore the ways they’re building new meanings and perspectives. See how Gina DeGideo uses photography to explore things that impede her daily path, how Megan Driving Hawk addresses the ways present choices can heal both future and past, and how Charles Kurre investigates transformation through wilderness and urban environments. The Eye Lounge gallery, 419 North Roosevelt Street, will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 15. Lynn Trimble