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, sporting events, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend . . .

Monday, March 4: Spring Butterfly Exhibit @ Desert Botanical Garden
Normally, we're not big fans of bugs. In fact, we sort of hate them. The single exception to that rule is the butterfly. Attractive, harmless, and generally shy toward people, they're the easy favorite when it comes to crawly creepers. That's why you'll find us chasing the winged insect at the Desert Botanical Garden's Spring Butterfly Exhibit.

If you haven't visited a butterfly habitat before, then you've probably never seen the flocks of fluttering creatures that will sip nectar so close to you that you could reach out and pat them on the wing. From giant Great Southern Whites butterflies to the recognizable Monarch variety, you won't get a better view of their scaly wings anywhere else in the Valley. -- Lauren Saria

Tuesday, March 5: The Speak Easy @ Hollywood Alley
Everyone secretly wants to be a beatnik, whether they know it or not. The pre-hippies matched the exclusivity of hipsterdom with the pretense of being an English literature major, embarking on wayward journeys and adopting artsy lifestyles because they had a lot of free time -- and trust fund dollars. Imagine taking off at any time you want, leaving behind your stresses to migrate to a new city, and experiencing new things -- just to do it over again the following week.

But of course you -- with your job and your mortgage and your stupid/lovable dependent dog -- aren't able to do that on a whim. Hollywood Alley has a solution. Every Tuesday, The Speak Easy blends jazz, poetry, live art, and dominoes to make you feel like a real cool cat. Plus, they have an open mic, so you can break out your latest song, poem, or live performance featuring a can of beans and a squirrel mask. Yeah, it's weird. Embrace it. -- Christina Caldwell

ASU Ceramic Research Center
Wednesday, March 6: "Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya" @ ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Margaret Tafoya is often called the matriarch of the Santa Clara Pueblo potters. The late artist passed away in 2001, but her legacy lives as one of the carriers of Pueblo culture and tradition. Pueblo pottery dates back to A.D. 500 and has deep roots in New Mexico, where Tafoya's large, polished wares are viewed as a blend of the traditional and functional vessel and a fine art form.

Through Saturday, April 20, Tafoya's work will be on view at the ASU Ceramics Research Center. According to CRC staff, Tafoya utilized ancient techniques including coiling and wood firing her clay, which she adorned with a bear paw, a symbol of the Tafoya clan. "You have to have a good heart when you sit down to make this pottery; you have to live a good life," Tafoya once said. "The pottery knows." -- Claire Lawton

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