1. Phoenix Film Festival at Harkins Scottsdale 101 – April 6-13
Arizona’s largest film festival is back this week, screening more than 175 films, hosting film making seminars, throwing parties and creating an enjoyable experience for all movie enthusiasts. Industry Night is on Friday and completely free. Kids’ Day and Arts Day take place on Saturday. Release your inner nerd on Sunday for Geek Day. A schedule of the screenings and all events are available on their website. $13 for individual screenings, $120 for the festival. Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, phoenixfilmfestival.com.
2. Behind “Hidden Figures” with Margot Lee Shetterly at Orpheum Theater – April 4
The highly acclaimed, three-time Academy Award nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” wouldn’t have had its success if it wasn’t for the author who told the story, Margot Lee Shetterly. Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has invited Shetterly to Phoenix to share her experience writing the book. She’ll be answering questions and signing books after the presentation. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, eventbrite.com.
3. Invisible Mexico (Encuentro Phoenix) at The MonOrchid – April 7
Award-winning husband and wife duo Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali bring their interactive digital multimedia exhibit to The MonOrchid on First Friday. The showcase features augmented photographs that shine a light on a side of Mexico people aren’t aware of. The photos show the life of Afro-Mexicanos and their isolation at home. Free. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The MonOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, monorchid.com/calendar/http/bitly/2mbsozp.
4. Phoenix Symphony's annual Downtown Music Stroll – April 8
Support the Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals this weekend by going on this unique bar crawl. The featured venues include The Arrogant Butcher, Lustre Rooftop Bar, Squid Ink Sushi, Gypsy Bar, Tom’s Tavern and The Park. There will be live music at each location. Some of the proceeds will go toward the Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. $30. 2-5 p.m. Downtown Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org/events/downtown-stroll.
5. Phoenix Lights Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park – April 8-9
The third annual EDM festival is returning to Downtown and they’ve added an extra day this year along with more stages. Saturday will include performances by Above & Beyond, Asadi, Illenium, Tiësto and more. The following day will feature over 20 artists including 21 Savage, Alesso, Cashmere Cat and Vince Staples. GA weekend pass $159, GA Saturday pass $99, GA Sunday pass $79. Noon-11 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, phoenixlightsfest.com.
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