Five Must-Attend Lectures in Phoenix This January
Happy 2013, brainiacs.
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If you resolved to be a better, smarter you this year, you're in luck. Phoenix is rife with opportunities to up your I.Q., and this January is no different. Here are five lectures to start the year off smarty pants-style.
"Heels, Hemlines, and High Spirits: Shoe Fashion" @ Phoenix Art Museum
Famously shoe-obsessed and unlucky in love, Sex and The City character Carrie Bradshaw mused that she would end up a most literal old woman who lived in her shoes, based on the whooping 40K she had spent on frilly footwear.
While women of the 1920s likely didn't have that kind of dough, the fascination with well-heeled hooves can be traced to that period.
Why shoes? Well, for the first time in history, ladies' hemlines rose above their previously scandalous ankles, revealing whatever fashion statement adorned their feet. Bata Shoe Museum curator Elizabeth Semmelhack will discuss the flapper's newfound need for fancy footgear during her talk "Heels, Hemlines, and High Spirits: Shoe Fashion" at Phoenix Art Museum.
Explore the origins of Bradshaw's bounty on Wednesday, January 9, at 5 p.m. Admission is free. The lecture is in conjunction with the fashion exhibition "Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s."
"American Indian Warriors: the Veteran Experience and History" @ Heard Museum
Supplementary to the ongoing exhibition "Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano," Heard Museum will host a series of lectures in January and February that touch on ancillary topics.
The second installment on Saturday, January 13, will find Vietnam veteran Tom Holm, who is Creek and Cherokee, discussing the experience of the American Indian soldier, warrior, and code talker in the Steele Auditorium. Holm is a professor of American Indian studies and political science at University of Arizona.
The lecture takes place at 1:30 p.m. It's free to attend with museum admission, which is $18 for adults.