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Looking for a break from that big project? Catch a break with the arts events this week!


The Echo made a list of the spookiest of ASU’s artistic showcases and opportunities happening this week, and a little extra from the greater community.

Sometimes the semester is overwhelming – it happens to everyone! This point in the semester is a common time to experience burnout. Take a step back and find a place to rest and express yourself creatively with some of these upcoming arts events.

Visual Arts

Sketching Nature's Creepy Creatures

Hosted by the ASU Library's Naturespace, this special Halloween event offers students a chance to sketch some of nature's creepier crawling creatures. Head to Hayden Library Room 311E on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4:00 p.m. to join in on the fun!

Opening Reception | Revealing Reflections

Make your way to Gallery 100 at Mirabella on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to catch the opening reception of this unique exhibit and celebrate the work of ASU's artists and your fellow students!

Garden Commons Compostable Pumpkin Decorating

In honor of the spooky season, University Sustainability Practices is hosting a pumpkin decorating event on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the Garden Commons on the Tempe campus. This event is free to attend and pumpkins are provided.

Opening Reception | Strangers to/in/of/… this world

Head to the Harry Wood Gallery on the Tempe campus on Thursday, Oct. 26th at 8:00 p.m. to catch the opening reception of this unique exhibit! This is also the final week to see the exhibition, so be sure to catch it before it’s gone.

Tactile Terrors: A Spooky Tactile Arts and Crafts Event

Braille Devils at ASU will host a crafting event on Friday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Verde Dining Pavillion. Get ready to sculpt, paint and glue while enjoying free materials and food!

Uninvited Guests Exhibition

This is the last week to check out the Uninvited Guests Exhibition's artistic exploration of urban expansion into the fragile ecosystems of the desert. Visit ArtSpace West between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see the exhibit before it closes on Saturday, Oct. 28. 

In the Spirit of the Hills

Be sure to check out this unique solo exhibition by artist Steffi Faircloth before its final day on Saturday, Oct. 28. It is currently being displayed in the Step Gallery, which is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday.

Make Your Own Doormat

Hosted by Zaria, this unique event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 in the Hayden Library. Entry is free, paint will be provided, and the event will host some games and activities for attendees.

Free ongoing galleries and exhibits

'Nature Imagined' Exhibit, Polytechnic Campus Library until Nov. 12.

'Seral Bodies,' Northlight Galleries at Grant Street Studios until Nov. 4.

'De-Construction: by Popular Demand' Exhibit, Vault Gallery until Dec. 8.

'Hommage de Jules Massenet: Confluence of Art Forms' Exhibit, Music Library until Dec. 15.

Performing Arts

Student Recitals

Check out the Organ Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to see brass performances from Jennifer Zapotocky and Friday, Oct. 30 to watch the Graduate Recital Choir perform a 'Symphony of Psalms.' Swing by the Katzin Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 27 to watch a bassoon recital from Michelle Fletcher. All recitals are free and open to the public. 

Guest Artist Recital: Lovro Peretić, Guitar 

Watch the Guitar Foundation of America’s winner Lovro Peretić in his Phoenix debut at Organ Hall on Oct. 24. Starting at 7:30 p.m., and ticket sales are open for purchase online to see Lovro perform works from Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and many more. 

ASU Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble

The ASU Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble invite you to watch their deep dive performance into musical legends and myths like Bach, Dionysus and many more on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Gammage Memorial Auditorium. Herberger students are eligible for one complimentary ticket, but all other admissions are $12. 

ASU Symphony Orchestra: Picturesque

The ASU Symphony Orchestra invites you to watch their Oct. 26 performance that highlights the new generation of music, youthful creativity and passionate pursuit of musical excellence. Located at the Gammage Memorial Auditorium, the Orchestra will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Herberger students are eligible for a complimentary ticket, but general admission is $12. 

Sol Power 203

Held at the Nelson Fine Arts Center, the Hip Hop Coalition at ASU invites you to join their three-day workshop of fun activities, freestyling and dance battles to bring together a community of hip-hop, dance, and music enthusiasts. Starting on Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. and running through Oct. 29 at 9:30 p.m., the event is free and open to the public. 

ASU Tubafest!

Hosted by the ASU tuba and euphonium studio in the Music Building Recital Hall, students are invited to attend the ASU Tubafest. The event featuring tuba solos, musical collaborations and more will be open to the public on Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.  

'The Mad Ones' presented by Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization

The Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization invited you to come watch the off-Broadway performance of "The Mad Ones," formally known as "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Sarah Brown." The event’s tickets will be available for purchase online for Oct. 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 29 for 2:00 p.m. inside of the Evelyn Smith Musical Theatre

ExperiMeant It Sol!

Join a diverse group of artists for a one-of-a-kind event on Sunday, Oct. 29 from noon to 6:00 p.m. Artivists at ASU will host this free event, so look forward to an incredible combination of art, cause and culture!


The Forge at Barrett’s Spooky Movie Night 

Join the Forge at Barrett to watch "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" on Oct. 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held online on their Discord server, and you must be a member to join. 

Fulton Movie Night - Spiderman No Way Home

Join the Fulton Peer Members on Oct. 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a free Spiderman: No Way Home screening on the Tooker Lawn on the Tempe Campus. Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

Black Student Union Halloween Movie Night

Join the Black Student Union on Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. to watch a spooky Halloween movie to get in the Halloween season. The location has yet to be determined.

Wonderspaces Virtual Reality Film Series — 'Gloomy Eyes'

Join Wonderspaces and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering for a virtual reality film "Gloomy Eyes" this Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Stauffer Communication Arts Building Room B111. The event is $12 for students and $16 for adults with a $3 discount for children under age 12. Buy your tickets here.

Barbie Screening and Q&A with First Assistant Editor Nick Ramirez

Join Hollywood Invades Tempe this Friday, Oct. 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to screen "Barbie" with first assistant editor Nick Ramirez. The event will be a pink out and will happen at the ASU MIX center!


Homecoming Writing Awards + English Faculty Flash Talks

Join the Department of English as they celebrate the winners in the Annual Homecoming Writing Contest. This event will be hybrid and will take place in person at Ross-Blakely Hall in Room 196 and on Zoom. Tickets are free, but prior registration for Zoom is encouraged, and the event is this Tuesday, Oct. 24 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Fall Poetry Workshops: Vulnerable Vision Boards

Join Ashanti Files and Kianah Brooks as they lead a workshop on vision boards and the writing process. All writers of all experiences are encouraged to attend workshops that are free. This event will occur this Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House. RSVP here.

Drama for Anti-Oppressive Literature Instruction

Join the Central Arizona Writing Project and the English Department for a professional development seminar for middle and high school teachers. Participants will receive a couple of complimentary prizes, including a $25 gift certificate to Changing Hands Bookstore. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ross-Blakley Hall Room 117. Register here

Hayden's Ferry Review Craft Chat Featuring Saba Keramati and Rebecca Martin

Join the Hayden’s Ferry Review Fall Craft Chat as Saba Keramati and Rebecca Martin discuss their writing lives and process. This event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend. Register here.  

Thousand Languages Issue 3 Launch

Virtually celebrate the launch of the latest issue of the Thousand Languages Project. These issues are translations of Hayden's Ferry Review, so that everyone can enjoy the work it publishes. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m via Zoom and asks attendees to register ahead of time.

ASU Common Read: A Virtual Visit with Woo-kyoung Ahn

Join ASU as they host Yale psychologist Woo-kyoung Ahn as she discusses her book, "Thinking 101: How to Reason Better to Live Better." This event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Register here to attend.

Eileen Myles and Jenny Irish

Join Eileen Myles, a poet, novelist and art journalist, and Jenny Irish, an author, as they discuss their writing lives and conduct book signings. The event will be hosted this Friday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Piper Writers House. You can register here for free.

Edited by Claire van Doren, Walker Smith and Caera Learmonth.

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Analisa ValdezEcho Reporter

Analisa Valdez is a reporter with the Echo, focusing on covering the arts and entertainment world. Analisa has been apart of the State Press for two and a half years and is in her third year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

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