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...

Choctaw Nation code talkers from World War I

Monday, January 7: "Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano" @ Heard Museum
Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla, yel khol-go e-e-ah. Day-ne tal-al-tso go enta-she-jah tal-tso-go entas-se-pah.

Did you decipher that? It's not likely you did -- those phrases are a variation on Navajo. While the uncrackable language of the code talkers that was employed during World War II saved many lives, the men who spoke it remain largely unknown and unrecognized.

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The Heard Museum exhibit "Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano" may change that. The collection of poignant photographs of Navajo Code Talkers tells the story of the Navajo people and how they changed the course of history.

By the way, the translation to the sentences above? "From dawn to setting sun, our flag waves. We have fought every place where we could take a gun." Don't feel bad; Japan couldn't figure it out either. Adult admission is $18. -- By Zachary Fowle

Tuesday, January 8: "Architecture + Art: Hector Zamora" @ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
The Valley of the Sun conjures up images of palm trees, golf courses, and seemingly endless asphalt. But Brazilian-based Mexican artist Héctor Zamora hit the outskirts of town to gain a greater understanding of the intersection of modern life with the native environment in preparation for his current exhibition "Architecture + Art."

While the Sonoran Desert that surrounds our sprawlingly flat metropolis often fades into the background of our hustle and bustle, Zamora brings it to the forefront with his site-specific work Reductio Ad Absurdum. Whether the 1970s travel trailer subsumed by 25 tons of Arizona sand is seen as a relic of a past long left behind or a glimpse at a bleak but possible future, it's affecting all the same. Price: $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for members and those 15 and under, and free on Thursdays -- By Jose Gonzalez

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