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.
Remember how "Hidden Figures" came out in December and everyone was shocked that they'd never before heard the story of a group of black women who helped send the first American astronaut into space? If only high schools had assigned Margot Lee Shetterly's book during their lesson segments on the Cold War...
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.
As the song goes, “Somewhere over the rainbow, sexual orientation and gender identity of all kinds are embraced and celebrated.”
OK, so maybe that's not exactly how the song went, but it's an apt description of what Steele Indian School Park will be like this weekend during the annual Phoenix Pride Festival.
Award-winning author and Valley resident Bill Konigsberg will be presenting the sequel to his praised coming-of-age book “Openly Straight” this evening (March 28) at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. His first book “Openly Straight” follows the life of Rafe Goldberg, a teenage boy who changes schools and falls in love with Ben.
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