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Top 5 Arts Events: April 17-23, 2017

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lists Issue: April 2017
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Red Interior, Provincetown, 1977, by Joel Meyerowitz. Courtesy Phoenix Art Museum.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.

2. Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen at Changing Hands Bookstore – April 20
Nguyen, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, is in town to discuss his new collection of short stories, The Refugees. The stories revolve around immigration, particularly the highs and lows of relocating to a new country. Free. RSVP on Facebook. 7-9 p.m. Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, changinghands.com.

3. CozyCon 2017 at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore – April 22
Grab a book and settle down because CozyCon is back to bring you an intimate event full of author panels and new stories. Cozy mystery novels, or "cozies," for those who don't know, are a subgenre in which sex and violence are downplayed. Authors attending include Tessa Arlen, Hannah Dennison, CS Harris, Jennifer McMahon, Paige Shelton and more. Refreshments will be served. Free. 1-4 p.m. The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, poisonedpenevents.com.

4. Record Store Day – April 22
Every year artists across the country release limited edition vinyl and CDs to participate in Record Store Day. Dozens of record stores around the Valley have taken the pledge to participate in this event. To find which stores are participating, hosting live shows and selling exclusive items visit the national event page. Free. All day. Zia Records, The In Groove, Asylum Records, Revolver Records and more, recordstoreday.com.

5. La Revolución: The Legacy of Mexican Mural Art – April 23
Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, artist and founder of Paint Phx, will be moderating the discussion on Mexican mural art as seen in the murals dotting buildings throughout Downtown Phoenix. He'll be joined by artists such as Martin Moreno, Lalo Cota and El Mac. Free. 1:30–2:30 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org/event.