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Top 5 Arts Events: May 8-14, 2017

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lists Issue: May 2017
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Pushing The Elephant film & conversation. Photo courtesy Rose Mapendo FoundationEach week, we round up the best arts events, and some under-the-radar finds, from around the Valley.

1. Open Mic for Teens at Phoenix Art Museum – May 10
All middle school and high school students are welcome to share their words at the museum on Wednesday night. All wordsmiths welcome, from poets to storytellers. Coffee and treats will be provided. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, facebook.com/events.

2. Film & Conversation: Pushing the Elephant at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – May 12
Rose Mapendo and her family escaped genocide and death camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the '90s. The artist is here to share her experience as a refugee and what it was like to reunite with her family in Arizona. There will be a Q&A following the screening. $10 general admission; $5 for members. 7-10 p.m. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, smoca.org/event.

3. "Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends Live" at Mesa Arts Center – May 12
Actor Rob Lowe brings the stories from his autobiography to the stage during his one-man show. If you’re looking to really make it a memorable night, you can upgrade your ticket to VIP which will feature a post-show meet and greet with the actor who's as swoon-worthy as ever. $30-165. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com.

4. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Opening Reception at Mesa Arts Center – May 12
Free and open to the public, Mesa Arts Center will have an opening reception in celebration of their new exhibitions: Flourish, curated by Thinkspace; Black Box by Christine Cassano; and Making Waves by Lucrezia Bieler, Jennifer McCurdy, Robert Donne and Katie Glusica. Artists will be at the events and music will provided by Pickster and Melo. Free. 7-10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com.

5. Music of John Williams at Orpheum Theatre – May 12-14
The Music of John Williams returns to Symphony Hall after the 2015 sold-out performances. One of the most popular American orchestral composers in the modern era, Williams has written music for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jaws and more. The Phoenix Symphony will be performing his iconic pieces. $40-90. F 7:30 p.m.; Sa 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Su 2 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org.