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

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Thursday, January 31: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
For the first time in nearly five years, one of the foremost names in contemporary dance hits the stage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, January 31. That's when Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will bring to town its 18 dancers and the talents of artistic director Glenn Edgerton to showcase an eclectic repertoire of pieces from internationally recognized choreographers.

Canadian choreographer Aszure Burton worked closely with each cast member in creating Untouched to establish environments onstage that highlight each performer as an individual, while uniting them through a shared movement language. Other choreographers whose work will be featured include Alejandro Cerrudo and Sweden's Mats Ek. -- Lauren Saria

Parazol Studios
Friday, February 1: "The Artcade Show" @ Parazol
Bigie Meanmugg is a big-time joystick Jedi. Has been for decades. In his adolescence, the local DJ and graphic artist used to waste away hours at the old Nickel Palace arcade over on the west side, feeding five-cent pieces into such classics as Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. However, the game that ruled the school for Meanmugg was Neo Geo, the legendary multi-game home/arcade system created by SNK at the dawn of the 1990s.

It's no surprise then that Meanmugg decorated a vintage Neo Geo machine for "The Artcade Show," an exhibition of refurbished classic quarter-pumpers. The Friday, February 1, showcase features 24 arcade games that have been given a bonus life and an artsy, urban makeover. Artists were assigned a game and created custom murals and snazzy paintings on the cabinets of each. Others involved in the project include Lalo Cota, El Mac, Ashley Macias, Mikey Jackson, and Josh Rhodes.

The exhibition will open at Parazol Studios and will offer the chance to play the games for free, as well as a 20-person Street Fighter II tournament. -- Benjamin Leatherman

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