Five Must-Attend Arts and Culture Events This Week in Metro Phoenix
We know. The beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the New Times calendar, you'll see we have plenty of art haps, sporting events, dance parties, and more. Here are the must-attend events from now to the weekend.
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Monday, May 13: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves @ Chase Field
When Justin Upton visits Chase Field this week, it will mark the first time in his young career that he does so as an Arizona Diamondbacks opponent. And what an opponent he's shaping up to be. Upton leads the majors in long balls and, thus far, has been the backbone of an Atlanta Braves club that got off to a blistering start.
Maybe the 25-year-old's MVP-caliber play is ironclad evidence that the years of trade rumors took their toll on him during his tenure here, shackling a superstar in waiting. Or maybe it's just more of the fool's gold that D-backs fans have come to expect from him. Either way, he's an Atlanta Brave now and no doubt looks to make it abundantly clear during Monday's matchup by driving home plenty of reminders along the way. -- Rob Kroehler
Tuesday, May 14: Topia @Desert Botanical Garden
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When nature plays the muse of the artist, the results are often stunning. We've seen landscapes captured by photographer Ansel Adams and botanicals portrayed by painter Georgia O'Keeffe that are iconic images in the art world.
This summer, nature inspires Topia, a ballet created by Ballet Arizona's artistic director Ib Andersen and set to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. From Tuesday, May 14, through Saturday, June 1, Andersen's dancers will transform an 80-foot panoramic stage at the Desert Botanical Garden into a natural venue and an artistic conversation with the environment. -- Claire Lawton