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 . . .

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Library Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman

Monday, March 18: "Out West" @ Burton Barr Central Library
We say "gay cowboys," and you automatically think Brokeback Mountain. We can't fault you, as Ang Lee's film adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story is an obvious cultural touchstone. But if Burton Barr Central Library's latest exhibit, "Out West," is any indication, then there's much more to learn about the LGBT community's impact on western America.

The exhibit is a collection of ephemera, including belt buckles, posters, and programs from the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association. On view through Sunday, March 31, it's supplemented by programming including a lecture and film screening. -- Becky Bartkowski

Tuesday, March 19: Cactus League Week Four Roundup @ Salt River Fields
Baseball is the most predictable team sport ever invented. A clever statistician can predict -- with surprising accuracy -- how many wins your team's big off-season acquisition will bring to the table. Sadly, the better people get at modeling baseball, the more the sport becomes an exercise in determinism. The Cactus League sort of eludes this phenomenon because so many players are not in top-form (either because of conditioning, injury, or simply a lack of will to win a meaningless exhibition). That means outcomes are relatively tough to predict. The fact that spring games don't count almost makes the games more interesting.

There will be plenty of unpredictable ball played in the Valley on Tuesday, March 19. Among the matchups will be a tilt between the World Champion Giants and the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue, a Cubs-Rangers battle at Mesa's Hohokam Stadium, 1235 North Center Street, and a D-backs-Padres showdown at Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road. All games start at 1 p.m. -- Ed Kummerer

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