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...

Courtesy Frank Barros
Monday, December 17: "Environmental Memories of South Central Phoenix" @ George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
If you're tempted to make the argument that this city has no palpable history, take one look at the current exhibition at George Washington Carver Museum, 415 East Grant Street. "Environmental Memories of South Central Phoenix" tells the story of south Phoenix long ago -- when neighbors swam the canals, farmed in their backyards, and picnicked along the riverbank.

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The scene was picturesque, and through photographs, timelines, stories, and scientific research on urban environmental change, museum visitors can trace the histories of a few of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Price: Donations accepted -- By Claire Lawton

Tuesday, December 18: "Trajectory" @ ASU Art Museum
Tempe has welcomed traveling Portuguese artist Miguel Palma to the ASU Art Museum, 699 South Mill Avenue, to show his work exploring the Southwest's unique desert landscape. As a part of the Desert Initiative: Desert One regional collaboration, the exhibition, "Trajectory," investigates Manifest Destiny and the military history of the American Southwest.

The artist developed a "Desert Initiative Remote Shuttle," which he used to gather images of the arid desert landscape. Along with the images it collected, the shuttle will be on display as a part of the show. The work serves as a visual representation of exploration with ties to the local history, investigating how the past will affect the futures of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial exploration. -- By Lauren Saria

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