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 . . .

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Katrina Montgomery
Monday, March 25: "Whispers of a New World" @ Desert Botanical Garden
Stroll along the verdant paths of the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, and you'll find plenty of plant life that could qualify as art. Look closer and you'll see that alongside some of that flora is manmade artwork -- specifically the nature-inspired sculptures by artist Carolina Escobar. In her garden exhibition, "Whispers of a New World," Escobar reveals organically shaped works that will have you doing double takes to distinguish them from their neighboring vegetation.

Spot the differences on the Desert Discovery Loop trail and find a selection of the artist's two-dimensional pieces in the Ottosen Gallery. Price: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and $8 for children. -- Becky Bartkowski

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Claire Lawton
Installation view, "The Human Touch" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesday, March 26: "The Human Touch" @ SMoCA
For an intimate look at work by widely celebrated artists John Baldessari, Kerry James Marshall, and Ann Hamilton and emerging artists Luis Gispert, Chen Qiulin, and Michael Vasquez, stop by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art through April 28. That's when art included in the RBC Wealth Management Collection is on view for the public. SMoCA curators describe the works in the exhibition, "The Human Touch," as a "cross-section of identity that mirrors who we are and how we live today."

The collection focuses on the human figure as well as the complexity of contemporary society. Works include a range of media, subject, and approach, including digital manipulation, appropriation, and performance. Price: $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for members. -- Claire Lawton

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