5 Things to do in Phoenix this weekend

Downtown Phoenix Public Market 14 East Pierce St.
This is the best place to get your weekend in Phoenix started. Arrive early at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and watch as all of the fresh produce is being set up. The irony of the earthy, farm-freshness surrounded by the downtown skyline is not lost at all, in fact, it is part of the allure of venturing into the heart of downtown Phoenix to select the freshest dairy and produce that can be found in Phoenix. Not just limited to food, you can also meet vendors promoting community farming, craft work and artwork. The Downtown Phoenix Public Market is open from Wednesdays: 4p to 8p Saturdays (May-Sep): 8a to Noon Saturdays (Oct-Apr): 8a to 1p.


The Heard Museum – 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Berlin Gallery of the Heard Museum hosts the fascinating exhibit “Extraordinary Animals Revisited.” The exhibit celebrates and illustrates the co-existence of man and animals in a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic and mostly reflective way. Through paper, paintings, photography and sculpture from Native artists, depictions of animals with either human surroundings or subtle human characteristics reveal not so much a tragic industrial metamorphose of man and animal, but an artistic juxtaposition of the original inhabitants of this land, and an unrealistic desire for equal incorporation early settlers of the land my have envisioned. 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from May 18 until September 17.


The Heard Museum North Scottsdale – 32633 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85262
“Through The Lens: Diné Photographers,” is on loan from the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, and marks the first time a show curated by a regional museum of American Indian arts/culture has been featured at Heard. Scottsdale’s Heard Museum North invites the public to take a look through the lenses of contemporary Navajo photographers, providing a rare and authentic look at their environment, culture, and everyday life. Curators describe the exhibition as a celebration of the photographers’ homes — their land, lives, and contemporary surroundings through traditional rites of passage, family activities, and consideration for their environment. Spend the whole weekend at the Heard Museum. Go to the Heard Museum Phoenix on Saturday and head to the Heard Museum Scottsdale on Sunday. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from June 12 until November 25.


Phoenix Art Museum – 1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Phoenix Art Museum presents the “National Theatre Live: Frankenstein.” Back by popular demand, the Phoenix Art Museum and National Theatre Live present encore presentations of last year’s smash hit Frankenstein. Described by the Phoenix Art Museum as “Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.”  The encore presentations will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 7pm – Version 1 (Jonny Lee Miller as the Monster, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein.)
and Sunday, June 24, 2pm – Version 2 (Benedict Cumberbatch as the Monster, Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein.)


Arizona Science Center – 600 E. Washington. Phoenix 85004
“Van Gogh Alive.” Venture into an exciting new world; forego all preconceived ideas of traditional museum visits, dispel all notions of tiptoeing through silent art galleries to view masterpieces from afar, change how you engage with art, stimulate your senses and challenge your beliefs of what an “exhibition” can be. Be prepared for a vibrant symphony of light, color and sound, combined and amplified to create what visitors are calling “an unforgettable multi-sensory experience”. In an instant, Van Gogh Alive can transport a visitor to another time and place, immersing them in the artist’s world. Adults and children alike, wander throughout the space, exploring nooks and crannies and engaging with the experience in a manner that transcends traditional installations. This extraordinary exhibit ends June 17, 2012.