Five Must-Attend Lectures in Phoenix This March
Better not obliterate too many brain cells while spring breaking, buddy. There are far too many lectures to take in this March. Time to trade in your beer helmet for a thinking cap, class is in session.
Benjamin Leatherman From the Slideshow: Don Parks' Collection of Yard Art, Statues, and Phoenix Relics
"Labors of Love: The Whimsy of Valley Yard Art" @ Burton Barr Central Library
Art consultant and collector Gretchen Freeman will talk about the quirky intersection of outsider art and landscaping at Burton Barr Central Library at 7 p.m. March 14. She's discussed the topic with New Times before, saying "These are the kinds of things that make Phoenix unique. They're little jewels, little landmarks that add personality to the city."
Having previously served as founding director of Phoenix Arts Commission Public Art Program, Freeman will discuss how these installations and oddities impact the city and its dwellers, and she'll provide examples of such works. The lecture is free and coincides with the exhibition "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks," which is on view in The Gallery @ City Hall.
"Assessing the Historicity of the Trojan War: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010" @ ASU's Business Administration C Wing
March is Archaeology Awareness Month here in Arizona, and you'll have the opportunity to get your Indiana Jones on when C. Brian Rose drops some knowledge about recent excavations from Troy, now known as Turkey. Dig into the free lecture in room 316 of ASU's Business Administration C Wing at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21.