Five Must-See Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix

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We know, the beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...

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Monday, December 31: Scottsdale's Ultimate New Year's Eve Block Party @ Craftsman Court
It seems like every bar in town hosts a New Year's Eve party. With all the options, it's so tough to pick, and nabbing some sparklers, booze, and that non-depressing Snuggie begins to sound like the easiest way out. Tempting, yes. But there's an easy solution.

See also:
- The Most Interesting New Year's Eve Parties in Metro Phoenix
- The 10 Best Art Exhibitions and Installations I Saw in Phoenix in 2012

One of the Valley's longest running NYE parties is a good place to start. Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party celebrates its tenth year with an impressive line up of bands dispersed between two stages. Headliners The Dirty Heads close out the night after local rock/reggae favorites like Authority Zero, The Veragroove, and Black Bottom Lighters share the stage. But music plays second fiddle to the overall partying, as Dos Gringos, RockBar, and Blitz Sports Grill open their doors for a massive bash. Brave the cold outside at the stroke of midnight, because a fireworks display will usher in 2013. Price: $25 -- Melissa Fossum

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Tuesday, January 1: Books and Beakers Science Café @ Lawn Gnome
Science certainly has its enemies: Creationists still conjure up fantasies of Jesus palling around with dinosaurs, climate-change-deniers turn a blind eye to mild winters and numerous natural disasters, and even Bill Nye the Science Guy was killed by Twitter rumors last fall. Thankfully, it's not yet illegal for fans of scientific progress to gather, and Lawn Gnome Publishing's Books and Beakers Science Café takes advantage of that fact on Tuesdays.

Past topics of the laid-back seminars have included solar energy, how fermentation (and beer) have shaped humanity, and "Six Ways Mushrooms Will Destroy the World." While the science-based professionals that pop up to speak change from week to week, the one constant is affable downtown musician TK Campo moderating to keep things brisk and light. -- Jose Gonzalez


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