Three Virtual/Distanced Events: Architecture, Sci-Fi and Drums

Niki D'AndreaJanuary 14, 2021
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We might be stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside our heads. This week, we can journey into cyberspace to learn about historic building preservation and discuss a sci-fi plot and even get outside to bang a drum in a big, socially distanced circle.

Taliesin Talks: Preserving for a Modern World
Why does saving old buildings still matter? Preservationists discuss the importance of historical structures, how to balance the desire for conservation with the needs of now and how a changing world is impacting the bigger picture in this online conversation hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Panelists include architect Sidney Robinson, emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Emily Butler, director of preservation at Taliesin West. The free talk takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 on Facebook Live. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Sci-Friday Book Club
Scottsdale bookstore The Poisoned Pen hosts this virtual weekly book club dedicated to science fiction novels. This Friday, January 15, the club discusses Semiosis by Sue Burke, which tells the story of colonists from Earth trying to make their homes on a planet already occupied by sentient beings. To join the club, which meets for free online every Friday at 7 p.m., email Pat King at

6 Feet Apart Hearts United Drum Circle
Bring your own chair and something to bang on for this weekly socially distanced drum circle in Paradise Valley. Hosted by Drumming Sounds and The Sacred 7, the event welcomes all sorts of musicians and participants (no musical skills required), so long as they wear masks and stay 6 feet away from others. The next free percussive jam session takes place Sunday, January 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for further details.


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