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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Tuesday, April 2: "Creature - Man - Nature" @ Mesa Contemporary Arts
Carolyn Lavender, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Mary Shindell are no strangers to collaborating with one another. The three artists are all fixtures in the Phoenix arts community. Though their individual styles and media are very different, the imagery they've created for their latest three-woman show, "Creature - Man - Nature," creates a common bond.

According to the artists, Lavender will present her latest drawings of woodland creatures in constructed landscapes, Martinez will show her intricate portraits and studies of the human form, and Shindell will explore the textures and movements of plant forms through sculpture and mixed media. -- Claire Lawton

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- Announcing the 2013 Big Brain Finalists
- A Survival Guide to Phoenix Film Festival 2013

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From left, Johnny Vorsteg, Robert Kolby Harper, and John Wagner are what they are in La Cage aux Folles.
Wednesday, April 3: La Cage aux Folles @ Phoenix Theatre
Watching Robin Williams and Nathan Lane portray a gay couple attempting to act straight to impress their son's fiancée's parents in The Birdcage is pretty hilarious. Lane's drag queen alter ego Starina is as poignant and memorable as his girlish scream. Tempting as it is to burst into a chorus of "We Are Family," we should note that the flick is an adaptation of a 1978 foreign film, which is based on a French play. Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman morphed that play into the musical La Cage aux Folles, which translates to "the cage of mad women."

Williams and Lane's characters are based on Georges and Albin, two crazies in their own right. The movie parallels the musical pretty closely, and (spoiler alert) eventually leads to a happy ending.

To catch a live performance of the glitzy musical comedy, head to Phoenix Theatre. -- Melissa Fossum

See also: La Cage aux Folles from Phoenix Theatre Tastes as Good as It Looks

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