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Finals week at ASU is approaching fast, so take a quick sanity break with the arts before we get there!

Visual arts

Print and the Protest Workshop

Use a printing press and learn about the archives at the Labriola Center at West Valley, ASU’s Indigenous library, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the University Center Building. This workshop is in collaboration with Jacob Meders, a printmaker and assistant professor at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science who uses archives to inform his work that challenges new perceptions of Native Americans.

I Love Lamp: A Lighting Show

This lighting show by Master of Fine Arts candidates explores issues such as umbras, penumbras, darkness and dusk at the Step Gallery in downtown Phoenix. The Art Grads will hold the opening reception on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 16 to Nov. 25.

Nature Phone Photography

This Naturespace workshop will teach attendees about the art of mobile photography with the University’s hands-on natural history collection. Bring your phone to the Hayden Library on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. 

DIY Stress Balls

This event for the Barrett, The Honors College community will feature stress ball making on Lantana Lawn at the Polytechnic campus. De-stress with this activity on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. 

Opening Reception | TRANS\art: Transborder and multilayered art history

This free art exhibition showcases the connection between the many layers and meanings of transborder issues, hosted in conjunction with the graduate conference by the Council of Graduate Art Historians. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the Harry Wood Gallery, Art Building at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. The exhibit will remain open until Nov. 22.

Coptic Bookbinding at the Labriola Center

Learn how to bind and design your own journal at the Fletcher Library in room 305 on the West Valley campus.  Labriola archivist and librarian, Vina Begay, will guide attendees on how to use the materials this Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m., and it is free to attend.

Meaning Making Machines Opening Reception

Enjoy the Meaning Making Machines Opening Reception this Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate student photography. The exhibition revolves around the idea of the "artist studio" by displaying the space where photographic images emerge. The exhibit will take place at Northlight Gallery in downtown Phoenix until Dec. 1 and is free to attend.

Makerspace: Intro to 3D Printing

Learn how to 3D print with TinkerCAD on Friday, Nov. 17, at noon in the Hayden Library Makerspace on Level 3. This event is free for all students!

DIY Bird Feeder Workshop

Create your own bird feeder using eco-friendly materials this Monday, Nov. 20, at noon. This free event will take place in the Naturespace room at the Hayden Library.  

Free ongoing galleries and exhibits

'To Whom it May Concern' Exhibit, Gallery 100, Tempe campus until Nov. 16.

Time and Change: Art on Paper Class Exhibit, Noble Library, Tempe campus until Nov. 27.

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

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

Performing arts

Guitar Maintenance Workshop

The Music Therapy Student Organization at ASU is hosting a Guitar Maintenance Workshop this Friday, Nov. 17. Students can learn about overall guitar maintenance and long-term care of their instruments. Head to the MET Lab at 11 a.m. to attend!

Devil Clefs Fall Concert

Devil Clefs, an ASU acapella group, will be performing on Friday, Nov. 18, for its fall concert. It will be hosted in the ASU Tempe Music Building at 6 p.m. and will feature the group's full fall repertoire, including small group performances.

'Ain't Too Proud'

Head to ASU Gammage this Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy "Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations," a Broadway show that follows The Temptations’ journey, a vocal group from Detroit. The show will run until Nov. 19. Tickets are on sale through the Gammage box office and can be purchased here

ASU Jazz Combos

Enjoy a free evening of jazz performances through the School of Music, Dance and Theater. This concert will take place in the Recital Hall of the Music Building on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. 

ASU Wind Ensemble

The ASU Wind Ensemble and conducting student Anna Scott present an evening of chamber music with an all-female composer lineup. Listen to works by Chen Yi, Joan Tower, Augusta Read Thomas, Erika Svanoe and Jonie Greene on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Katzin Concert Hall at the Music Building. 

Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil: The ASU Concert Choir

Conductor Jace Kaholokula Saplan and the ASU Concert Choir will present Eric Whitacre’s “The Sacred Veil," which explores the powers of cyclicity, honoring loss and finding a path forward. General admission for this concert is $12 online, or free for students with an ID card at the door. This performance will be held in the Katzin Concert Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Guitar Studio Recital

Enjoy an evening of free guitar music presented by the School of Music, Dance and Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. This recital will take place in the Organ Hall of the Music Building. 

Charles Lewis Quintet + 1

Join Phoenix artist Charles Lewis accompanied by his band as he plays Latin jazz and honors the legacy of the ASU Kerr namesake Louise Lincoln Kerr on Wednesday Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. For the event, Lewis will play the venue’s 1899 Steinway grand piano. Tickets range from $25 to $35 before fees.

Sample Flip

All ASU students are invited to Fusion on First on Thursday Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. for a free 60-minute sample flip! Music producers are given a track to sample and 60 minutes to transform the track into any style or sound.

Ambisonic Dome Concert

Head to the Stauffer Communication Arts Building on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. to experience the 2023 PRISMS Contemporary Music Festival. Curated by F. Tito Rivas, this program promises a diverse array of music and artists and focuses on the re-imagining and re-envisioning of existing music. Admission is $5.

ASU Dance Emerging Artists II: Frameworks of Many into the Creation of One

"Frameworks of Many into the Creation of One" is an original choreographic work by dance graduate student Alecea Housworth that addresses intersectionalities of identity. The performance will be held in the Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and range from $10-20. Students are eligible for one complimentary ticket, while faculty and staff are eligible for two.

'Miss You Like Hell' presented by Music Theatre and Opera

ASU Music Theatre and Opera will be presenting “Miss You Like Hell,” an American musical, in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. The show centers around a mother-daughter relationship complicated by American immigration policies. Students can receive one complimentary ticket.

Sonoran Winds Quintet - AZ Philharmonic

Featuring the lively classical works of Ibert, Reicha, Taffanel and Damase, the Arizona Philharmonic will be performing at ASU Kerr on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35-45 based on seating.

Guest Artist Theatre Lab: Olivia

"Olivia" is a new modern Native American western play presented by ASU alumnus Claude Jackson Jr. This free performance will be held in Nelson Fine Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Popular Music Visiting Artist: Eric Roberson

Join the ASU Popular Music program for a free live interview and community jam session with musician Eric Roberson at Fusion on First on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

Fall Trombone Night

Students in the ASU Trombone Studio will perform on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Katzin Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature chamber groups and the ASU Trombone Choir and is free to the public. 


Screening of 'A Town Called Victoria'

Head to the Tempe History Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. for a screening and discussion surrounding the 2023 documentary "A Town Called Victoria." Discussion will include Islamophobia, xenophobia and its effects on the receiving communities. The event is free for students. 


ASU Worldbuilding Initiative Workshop

Join guest lecturers Leah Newsom and M. McDonough for a free workshop and discussion of science fiction and various speculative modes of narratives in Ross-Blakley Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

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

Join Hayden's Ferry Review for a virtual Fall Craft Chat with poets Saba Keramati and Rebecca Martin. This free event. which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., includes the poets discussing their writing processes and inspirations. 

Stellar Alumni Reading Series: Aimée Baker and Leah Myers

ASU’s Creative Writing Program presents a reading by two of its star graduates: poet/podcaster Aimée Baker and nonfiction writer Leah Myers. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Ross-Blakley Hall.

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