Cinco de Mayo, much like St. Patrick’s Day, has come to mean beer-fueled cultural appropriation rather than historical cultural celebration. I’m Irish and though I’m not personally offended when people booze it up while dressed like leprechauns on March 17, I do understand being frustrated by frat bros who refuse to learn about why they’re partying.
1. Firestorm Film Festival – May 2
Arizona Christian University Communication majors will show an original screenplay during this third annual festival. This is a chance to financially support their talents as well as celebrate their achievements as each student has written and directed their own short film. Free. 7-10 p.m. The Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, arizonachristian.edu.
This spring at the Arizona Science Center, phones are ringing off the hook: It’s the ‘70s calling, and they want their lasers back.
Through June, the Science Center is holding a series of events called Lasers and Liquor Nights, and they’re just as far-out and groovy as they sound.
It's not everyday we have the pleasure of welcoming to the Valley one of the leading voices in the Spanish-speaking literature world. Renowned Uruguayan poet Roberto Echavarren will be in Phoenix this Thursday, April 27, at Burton Barr Central Library. The essayist, novelist, professor and translator will be reading from his latest poetry collection, "The Espresso Between Sleep and Wakefulness" (Cardboard House Press, $14.99).
1. On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves at the Valley of the Sun – April 26
David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and founder of the Schorr Collection of Old Master and 19th Century European paintings, and Hannah Lewis, Holocaust survivor and Schorr Collection co-founder, will speak about their personal experiences restoring objects of art looted by the Nazis during WWII.
Spectrum Inspired is offering free photo sessions for families affected by autism this weekend.
1. Gallery Talk: Longer Ways to Go at Phoenix Art Museum – April 19
This exhibition dives into photos taken on America’s tangled web of roads and how they influenced the evolution of an American identity. The photos explore rural life, nature, westward expansion and personal freedom. Free. 7-8 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org.
1. AZ Wine & Dine – April 13
Arizona continues making its mark on the foodie world with AZ Wine & Dine. The sixth annual event brings together top chefs, restaurateurs and beverage makers from around the state for an evening of sampling. Presented by Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, the event includes live entertainment, a silent auction, and tastings from boutique wineries and microbreweries. 5-8 p.m. $69-$79. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, azwineanddine.com, 602-604-0729.
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